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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)
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.


Henry is feeling under the weather, but Thomas and Percy are skeptical and lie to a foreman that Henry has volunteered to take most of their trucks. Emily believes Henry and, when he loses water due to leaky tubes, she comes to the rescue while the ashamed tank engines are sent to do Henry's work. When Henry returns, however, he complains that the workmen did not check him good enough.





  • 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, Percy, and Thomas are puffing to the coaling plant, 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.


  • 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



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