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"Steamies can't get chickenpox!"
"I know that now, Paxton."
"But...maybe diesels can get measles!
— Paxton and Henry

Henry Spots Trouble is the fourth (sixth in Australia) episode of the nineteenth season.


One day, Henry arrives at Knapford where he meets the Fat Controller and his grandchildren. The Fat Controller explains that he is taking the children out in Winston for the day as they have both been stuck at home recently with chickenpox. Henry is worried by the spots on the children's faces; what if engines can catch chickenpox?

Meanwhile, at the farm, Thomas is dropping off some chickens while Butch is trying to pull a tractor out of the mud when he gets stuck. Butch revs his engine and his wheels kick a lot mud up which flies all over Thomas. Luckily, Thomas sees the funny side and knows he can have it washed off after delivering the rest of the chickens.

Henry arrives at Wellsworth station, but he cannot stop thinking about chickenpox. Emily arrives and is concerned that Henry seems very nervous. Henry explains that he saw Bridget and Stephen with spots all over their faces and he is worried he will catch chickenpox, too. Emily tries to reassure Henry by telling him that engines cannot get chickenpox. Henry is relieved momentarily, until he sees Thomas coming towards him with mud splattered all over his face, along with his trucks full of chickens. Henry thinks the mud is chickenpox and races away, scared.

At the Sodor Dieselworks, devious Diesel plays a trick on poor old Paxton and blows dirty, black smoke in the gullible diesel's face. Diesel swiftly exits, leaving Paxton coughing in a mist of thick, black smoke.

Shortly, Henry is taking his passenger train along the main line when Paxton, still coughing and spluttering, approaches him in the opposite direction. Henry thinks the black marks all over Paxton's face are the dreaded chickenpox. Henry is so scared that he races away as fast as his wheels can carry him, causing his passengers to bounce around like peas in a frying pan.

Kellsthorpe Road Station is being repainted when the painter knocks over a tin of red paint. The paint falls onto the rails and Connor runs through it, sending the paint flying into Gordon's face. Henry approaches with his passenger train and spots the red specks of paint on Gordon's face. Now, he is sure Gordon has chickenpox and reverses away at high speed. Henry reverses past a confused Paxton and has a very near-miss with James. Henry carries on backwards up Gordon's Hill when he sees Gordon approaching him in front. Henry orders Gordon to keep away, but the confused express engine cannot work out what is wrong with Henry.

The Fat Controller is still enjoying his day out with Winston and his grandchildren when he gets a big surprise. He spots Henry reversing down the main line and gives chase. Henry is finally stopped at Wellsworth. Just then, Thomas puffs in and Henry cannot work out why the tank engine's spots have gone. Thomas explains it was just mud and he has had it washed off. Then, Gordon arrives and explains that he has red paint on his face. Henry confesses that he thought they both had chickenpox and Thomas tells him that engines cannot get chickenpox as the Fat Controller and his grandchildren arrive in Winston. The Fat Controller clarifies the situation by saying that it is usually only children who get chickenpox and even then, they recover very quickly and it is nothing to be afraid of; he even had it when he was young. The Fat Controller then gives a demonstration of his good health and rips his trousers in the process, revealing a red-spotted pair of underwear.

After that, Henry did not worry about chickenpox again and he even stops to say hello to some chickens near the Sodor Dairy. He meets Paxton there and apologises for running away from him the other day. Paxton finds the situation quite amusing and says that steamies cannot get chickenpox and jokes that maybe diesels can get measles. Paxton makes sure he tells Henry that he is only joking, but poor old Henry still seems concerned.




  • Going by production order, this is the sixth episode of the nineteenth season.
  • The working title for this episode may have been "A Spot of Bother", as this name was originally listed on the Whale of a Tale and Other Sodor Adventures DVD.
  • This episode marks the first of a few things:
  • As Henry leaves Knapford, a variation of his sad theme from the Classic Series is heard.
  • While Henry is going backwards on the main line with his passenger train, he states that chicken pox are even scarier than rain. This is a reference to the first season episode, The Sad Story of Henry and the special, The Adventure Begins.
  • The scene in which Henry avoids James while moving backwards is similar to Toad avoiding James in the fifth season episode, Busy Going Backwards.
  • In the US version, Henry's "CHICKEN POX!!" when he sees Paxton with dirt on his face is used again when he sees Gordon with paint on his face.
  • This episode only aired on Australian television twice. It got banned because of the scene where Sir Topham Hatt accidentally rips his pants which makes it adult humour. This could have been similar to when the pledge drive airing of the Barney & Friends episode: At Home with Animals where the Barney Says sequence shows that Shawn is allergic to animal hair was banned by PBS during tax weekend on April 15th, 1995, due to health sex.
  • When Henry flees after seeing Paxton with spots on his face, the narrator says he bumped his passengers around like peas in a frying pan. This is a reference to the first season episode, Thomas and Bertie.


  • In the UK version, when Henry is talking to Emily at Wellsworth, he says "The Fat Controller" but his mouth moves to say "Sir Topham Hatt".
  • Thomas' face gets covered in mud, but immediately after that, there is nothing on his face but a small amount of dirt.
  • When Henry first arrives at Wellsworth station, two children are near the brick bridge, in the foreground overlooking the station with one of Dowager Hatt's friends, but in the next shot they can be seen on the platforms.
  • When Gordon arrives at Wellsworth another coach appears behind his brake coach.
  • When Henry returns to the Wellsworth in reverse, technically he should arrived on the same line and platform that he was at earlier however he is on the opposite line and platform meaning he came from the wrong direction.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘンリーのしんぱい Henry's Worry
Spanish Una Mancha Molesta / Henry y las Manchas Preocupantes An Annoying Spot / Henry and the Worrying Stains
Romanian Henry şi Punctele Problemă Henry and the Points Problem
Polish Henio i ospa Henry and the Smallpox
Czech Henryho flekaté problémy Henry Stained Problems
Greek Ο Χένρι και τα σπυράκια Henry and the Pimples
Russian Осторожный Генри Cautious Henry
Dutch Henry is Bang voor Waterpokken Henry is Afraid of Chickenpox
Hungarian Pötty pánik Speckle Panic
Serbian Henrijeva tačkasta nevolja Henry Dotted Trouble
Portuguese Henry pinta o problema Henry Paints the Problem
Norwegian Flekkete trøbbel for Henry Spotty Trouble for Henry
French Henry voit des Boutons Partout Henry Sees Buttons Everywhere
Slovenian Henrik vidi pike Henry Sees Dots

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