A Close Shave, re-titled A Close Shave for Soarin for American audience, is the fourteenth episode of the second season of Spike the Dragon and Friends, and the fortieth episode overall. It is a parody of the Thomas and Friends episode, A Close Shave/A Close Shave for Duck.


  • Shining Armor as Edward
  • Soarin as Duck
  • Hoity Toity as Sir Topham Hatt
  • Barber Groomsby as The Barber
  • The Changelings as The Troublesome Trucks
  • Spike as Thomas (does not speak)
  • Cranky Doodle Donkey as James (does not speak)
  • Filthy Rich as Henry (cameo)
  • Big Macintosh as Gordon (cameo)
  • Pipsqueak as Percy (cameo)
  • Discord as Diesel (mentioned)
  • Everyone else as Themselves


Narrator: "Soarin the Wonderbolt Pony puffed sadly to Shining Armor's Station."

Soarin: "It's not fair!"

Narrator: "He complained."

Soarin: "Discord has been telling lies about me, and made Hoity Toity and all the animals think I'm horrid."

Narrator: "Shining Armor smiled."

Shining Armor: "I know you aren't, and so does Hoity Toity. You wait and see. Why don't you help me with these changelings?"

Narrator: "Soarin felt happier with Shining Armor, and set to work at once.

The changelings were silly, heavy, and noisy. The two ponies had to work hard, pushing and pulling them all afternoon. At last, they reached the top of the hill."

Soarin: "Good-bye!"

Narrator: "Whistled Soarin, and rolled gently over the crossing to the other line.

Soarin loved coasting down the hill, running easily with the wind whistling past. Suddenly, it was a conductor's warning whistle!"

Changelings: "Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!"

Narrator: "Laughed the changelings."

Changelings: "We've broken away! We've broken away! Chase him! Bump him! Throw him off the road!"

Narrator: "They yelled."

Soarin's Driver: "Hurry, Soarin, Hurry!"

Narrator: "Said the driver. They raced through Shining Armor's station, but the changelings were catching up."

Soarin's Driver: "As fast as we can, then they'll catch us gradually!"

Narrator: "The driver was gaining control."

Soarin's Driver: "Another clear mile, and we'll do it!"

Soarin: "Oh, glory, look at that!"

Narrator: "Cranky was just pulling out on their line from the station ahead. Any minute, there could be a crash!

Soarin's Driver: "It's up to you now, Soarin!"

Narrator: "Cried the driver.

Soarin put every ounce of weight and strength against the changelings."

Soarin: "It's too late!"

Narrator: "Soarin groaned, and shut his eyes. He veered into a siding where Barber Groomsby set up shop. He was shaving a customer."


"The silly changelings had knocked their conductor down, and left him far behind after he had whistled a warning.

But the changelings didn't care. They were feeling very pleased with themselves."

Soarin: "Beg pardon, sir."

Narrator: "Gasped Soarin."

Soarin: "Excuse my intrusion."

Barber Groomsby: "No, I won't!"

Narrator: "Said Barber Groomsby."

Barber Groomsby: "You've frightened my customers! I'll teach you!"

Narrator: "And he lathered Soarin's face all over. Poor Soarin.

Spike was helping to pull the changelings away, when Hoity Toity arrived."

Barber Groomsby: "I do not like ponies popping through my walls!"

Narrator: "Fumed Barber Groomsby."

Hoity Toity: "I appreciate your feelings,"

Narrator: "Said Hoity Toity."

Hoity Toity: "But you must know that this pony and his crew have prevented a very serious accident. It was a very close, um, shave."

Barber Groomsby: "Oh."

Narrator: "Said Barber Groomsby."

Barber Groomsby: "Oh. Excuse me."

Narrator: "He filled a basin of water to wash Soarin's face."

Barber Groomsby: "I'm sorry. I didn't know you were being a brave pony."

Soarin: "That's all right, sir. I didn't know that, either."

Hoity Toity: "You were very brave, indeed."

Narrator: "Said Hoity Toity."

Hoity Toity: "I'm proud of you."

Narrator: "Hoity Toity watched the rescue operation, then he had more news for Soarin."

Hoity Toity: "And when you are properly washed and healed, you are coming home."

Soarin: "Home, sir? Do you mean the yard?"

Hoity Toity: "Of course."

Soarin: "But sir, they don't like me. They like Discord."

Hoity Toity: "Not now. I never believed Discord, so I sent him packing. The animals are sorry and want you back."

Narrator: "A few days later, when he came home, here was a really rousing welcome for Soarin the Wonderbolt Pony."

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