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What's the Matter with Henry?

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"Well, they mended my tubes, but they didn't even look at my brakes, my gauges, my squeaky wheels..."
— Henry
What's the Matter with Henry?

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


George Tarry


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 13th,
2003 (UK)
February 16th,
2004 (US)
April 17th,
2004 (JPN)
October 19th,
2004 (AUS)

Previous episode

Edward's Brass

Next episode

James and the
Queen of Sodor

What's the Matter with Henry? is the sixth episode of the seventh season.


It is the end of another busy day and all of the engines are happy, expect Henry who is feeling ill. He complains that his boiler is grumbling. Thomas teases him about it, but Henry crossly moans that Thomas doesn't care, and leaves. Emily notices a puddle of water where Henry was standing.

The next morning, the Fat Controller tells Henry, Thomas and Percy to collect coal trucks and take them to the docks. The two tank engines puff away quickly, but Henry is still feeling ill. But really useful engines don't complain.

Henry is still leaving a trail of water behind him as he puffs along, which worries Emily even more. Percy and Thomas continue to tease Henry, thinking he's just being lazy. When they arrive the coaling plant before Henry, they make a plan. Thomas tells the manager that Henry wants to take lots of trucks. The manager agrees. Meanwhile Emily tells the Fat Controller about Henry's problem, and he sends her to find him.

Henry arrives at the coaling plant and is horrified to see a long line of trucks left by Thomas and Percy. But he still has to take them, so he sets off and pulls with all his might. But the trucks prove too much and Henry grinds to a halt in the middle of the line. Emily pulls up alongside and sees that Henry needs help. So she changes tracks and couples up to Henry while his driver uncouples the trucks. They set off towards the docks.

When they arrive, the Fat Controller praises Emily, and tells Henry that he was brave for taking the trucks despite being ill. Thomas and Percy are ashamed, and apologise to Henry for not believing he was sick. The Fat Controller sends Thomas and Percy to pick up Henry's train.

Soon Henry is mended and back at work. But he moans to Emily that the workmen didn't look at his brakes, or gauges or squeaky wheels. Emily just laughs.





  • In the DVD Percy Saves the Day, the Title dosen't have a question mark.
  • Thomas and Henry leave Tidmouth Sheds within three seconds of each other, but the turntable does not work that fast.
  • Thomas and Percy leave before Henry, but he still manages to overtake them at some point. Later, when the two overtake him, Percy passes first.
  • When Henry arrives at the coaling plant, and when Henry grounds to a hault, the end of the set can be seen.
  • In the close-up of Thomas looking gloomy, fingerprints are visible on Henry's boiler.
  • When this episode was aired on television in the UK and the US, a second "with" was added to the title.
  • In the episode, Henry's trucks do not have faces, but in rare pictures they do.
  • Henry has James' whistle sound when he leaves the sheds.
  • In a few shots, Thomas's brake pipe is crooked.
  • When Emily pulls up beside Henry after he brakes down, the end of the set can be seen behind Henry's brake van.


  • Henry: My boiler's grumbling!
  • Thomas: Maybe it's grumbling at you!
  • Henry: That's not funny!

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese どうしたのヘンリー What's the Matter, Henry?
Danish Det syge lokomotiv The Sick Engine
Russian что случилось с Генри What Happened to Henry?
Italian Henry non sta bene Henry doesn't feel well
Hungarian Mi a baj Henry-vel? What's Wrong with Henry?

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