Spike & The Rumours is the seventeenth episode of the fifth season of Spike the Dragon and Friends, and the one hundred and twenty-first episode overall. It is a parody of the Thomas and Friends episode, Thomas & The Rumours.
- Spike as Thomas
- Filthy Rich as Henry
- Big Macintosh as Gordon
- Cranky Doodle Donkey as James
- Pipsqueak as Percy
- Hoity Toity as Sir Topham Hatt
- Owlowiscious as Harold (does not speak)
- Soarin as Duck (cameo)
- Apple Bloom as Annie (cameo)
- Sweetie Belle as Clarabel (cameo)
- Everyone else as Themselves
Narrator: "Spike the Dragon loves his route. One day, when he stopped at a small station, some children looked sad."
Bridget Hatt: "They've closed your playground and our favorite sand pit."
Boy: "Teacher says the sand is soiled and too dirty to play in."
Children: "Please help us, Spike."
Spike: "I'll see what I can do."
Narrator: "Replied Spike kindly.
Spike hoped things weren't quite as bad as the children had made them out to be. But as he passed their playground, a large sign read "Playground closed until further notice"."
Spike: "The children were right."
Narrator: "Thought Spike sadly.
He puffed into the yards and was just about to tell the other animals about the playground when Pipsqueak rushed in."
Big Macintosh: "You look glum, little Pipsqueak."
Narrator: "Said Big Macintosh."
Pipsqueak: "Hoity Toity told driver that he's using Owlowiscious to show a visitor the town instead of using any of us animals."
Big Macintosh: "Despicable!"
Narrator: "Said Big Mac."
Filthy Rich: "Disgusting!"
Narrator: "Snorted Filthy Rich."
Cranky Doodle Donkey: "Animals on the ground are meant to take visitors around our town. Not that old bird!"
Narrator: "Cranky exclaimed.
Big Mac was the first to see Owlowiscious."
Big Macintosh: "Owlowiscious thinks he can go faster than me. I'll show him!"
Narrator: "Next, it was Filthy Rich's turn."
Filthy Rich: "Hoity Toity has chosen Owlowiscious because he thinks he's more important than me. Well, he's not! Owlowiscious can't fly through tunnels!"
Narrator: "Pipsqueak stopped by a signal on his route near a field where sheep were grazing. Owlowiscious hovered for a while, then buzzed away."
Pipsqueak: "I know what he's doing. He's counting sheep."
Narrator: "And Pipsqueak puffed along his path feeling much better about things.
That evening, the animals talked about the situation."
Big Macintosh: "Owlowiscious wants to get rid of us!"
Narrator: "Said Big Mac."
Filthy Rich: "He doesn't need tunnels!"
Narrator: "Added Filthy Rich."
Pipsqueak: "Don't worry, he's just counting sheep."
Narrator: "Said Pipsqueak."
Big Macintosh: "Counting sheep? Pah!"
Narrator: "Snorted Big Mac."
Big Macintosh: "He's counting how many animals he can get rid of. He'll see how useful I am tomorrow!"
Narrator: "Spike wanted to mentioned the children's playground, but solving the mystery of Owlowiscious and the visitor came first.
The next day, Big Mac was traveling to collect his buffaloes."
Big Macintosh's Driver: "We'll show that old bird just how fast you can go, Big Mac!"
Narrator: "Said his driver. But because they were watching Owlowiscious, they missed a signal and went onto the wrong path.
Big Mac was traveling to trouble. Ahead was a tunnel under repair. His driver braked hard, but it was too late."
Narrator: "Later, Spike pulled Big Mac clear with the breakdown crane. Hoity Toity spoke severely to Big Mac's driver."
Spike: "Will Big Mac be scrapped, sir?"
Narrator: "Asked Spike sadly."
Hoity Toity: "What makes you think that?"
Narrator: "Said Hoity Toity. Spike decided to pluck up courage."
Spike: "Because the animals think the visitor is here to see if we can be replaced by Owlowiscious."
Narrator: "Hoity Toity laughed."
Hoity Toity: "Well, the animals are wrong, and you shouldn't listen to rumours, Spike. This gentleman is making a playground for the children. It was easier to find a suitable site from up in the air."
Visitor: "And what's more,"
Narrator: "Said the visitor."
Visitor: "That tunnel sand will be perfect for the playground. Sand we found by accident, you might say."
Narrator: "Hoity Toity still uses Owlowiscious to fly above the town. But all the animals know that Owlowiscious isn't spying on them. He is just being very useful."