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"Hello Duck! Going fishing? I'd take care If I were you."
"Well for one thing, if fish get into an engines boiler, they always cause trouble. And for another, fish can be awfully smelly. And I know what I'm talking about. Good night.
— Thomas advising Duck

Fish is the twenty-fourth episode of the fourth season. In the US, it first aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Paint the Town Red in 1996.


A special load of fish is ordered and extra vans are needed for "The Flying Kipper" and, to Henry's annoyance, the only vans available are old and unused. Duck shunts them into position and moments later, Thomas arrives with the post train and he warns him to take care, reminding him of his own experience with fish. Henry is still complaining about his extra load, but his driver tells him that at least another engine will be there to help.

At Wellsworth, Duck waits for Henry and when he arrives he moves to the back to help him to the top of Gordon's Hill. As the train nears the top of the hill, the tail-lamp falls off. After that, Henry slows down while Duck suddenly loses sight of the train and as he frantically runs after it he crashes into the last van causing loads of fish to spill out and bringing the train to a halt.

The next morning, Edward arrived with the Breakdown crane and the workmen cleaned up the mess and the missing tail lamp is found at the bottom of the hill. The Fat Controller tells Duck that the accident was not his fault and that the crew should have fitted the tail lamp on properly, and Duck reflects that Thomas' earlier advice about fish was right.





  • Duck's eyes are wonky in some scenes.
  • Throughout the episode, Thomas has Edward's whistle sound.
  • Thomas' eyes are wonky in the first close up shot of him.
  • When the narrator says, "Henry was pulling his train harder than he realised," Henry's eyes are wonky.
  • Henry's lamp is not on his lamp iron.
  • In a close up shot of Duck, his lamp has no light.


Duck: Thank you sir, Thomas told me to be careful about fish. They got me in a right pickle, didn't they?

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Fisk Fish
Spanish Como Pez en el Agua Like fish in the water
Welsh Pysgod Fish
Japanese さかなにはきをつけろ Be Careful About Fish
Finnish Kalassa Fish
Czech Ryby Fish
Dutch Vis Fish
Slovenian Riba Fish
Hungarian Vigyázz a halakkal, Duck! Take Care of Your Fish, Duck!
Russian Рыба! Fish!
Ukrainian Риба Fish
Italian Che Puzza di Pesce! What a fishy smell!
Chinese Fish
Greek Το φορτίο με τα ψάρια The Cargo with Fish
Romanian Peşte Fish
Polish Ryby Fish
Slovak Ryba Fish
Swedish Fisk Fish
Danish Fisk Fish
German Fisch Fish
Brazilian Portuguese Peixe Fish
Thai ดั๊กชนรถบรรทุกปลา Duck's Fish Truck Crash

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  • Thomas and Stepney and other Stories
  • The Complete Fourth Series

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