Tank Stands By is the twentieth episode of the fourth season of Spike the Dragon and Friends, and the ninety-eighth episode overall. It is a parody of the Thomas and Friends episode, Toad Stands By.


  • Spike as Thomas
  • Pipsqueak as Percy
  • Soarin as Duck
  • Hondo Flanks as Douglas
  • Dr. Hooves as Oliver
  • Tank as Toad
  • The Cockatrice as Scruffey
  • The Changelings as The Troublesome Trucks
  • Hoity Toity as Sir Topham Hatt
  • Filthy Rich as Henry (cameo)
  • Cranky Doodle Donkey as James (cameo)


Narrator: "Dr. Hooves had been to the hospital to be healed.

Some changelings tricked him, and the pony fell into the turntable well.

Now, Dr. Hooves was as good as new, but he was still worried about changelings."

Dr. Hooves: "I'd rather not use them."

Narrator: "He said to himself.

But the changelings sang songs rude and loud.

The Cockatrice, their leader, led the chorus."

Cockatrice and Changelings: "Dr. Hooves' no use at all, thinks he's very clever, says that he can manage us, that's the best joke ever! When he orders us about, with the greatest folly, we just push him down the well, Pop goes old Hooves!"

Narrator: "Spike, Soarin and Pipsqueak were shocked."

Spike, Pipsqueak and Soarin: "Be quiet!"

Narrator: "They ordered.

But they couldn't be everywhere, and everywhere they weren't, the changelings began again."

Changelings: "Dr. Hooves' no use at all, thinks he's very clever, says that he can manage us, that's the best joke ever!"

Narrator: "At last, the animals gave up."

Spike, Pipsqueak and Soarin: "We're sorry, Dr. Hooves."

Narrator: "They said."

Dr. Hooves: "It's realy my fault."

Narrator: "Said Dr. Hooves sadly."

Dr. Hooves: "I shouldn't have fallen in the turntable well."

Narrator: "Tank, the Tortoise, felt sorry for Dr. Hooves, too.

Next morning, he spoke to Hondo Flanks."

Tank: "I'm worried, Mr. Hondo. This disrespect for animals, when is it going to end?"

Hondo Flanks: "Who knows?"

Narrator: "Sighed Hondo."

Tank: "I've got a plan, Mr. Hondo. May I stay here today and help Mr. Hooves? We are both great western, and must stand together."

Hondo Flanks: "Certainly, Tank."

Narrator: "Replied Hondo, and puffed away.

Soon, Tank was explaining his plan.

Soarin: "Goodness Gracious, Tank, I don't think you should suggest such a thing to Dr. Hooves."

Narrator: "But Dr. Hooves interrupted."

Dr. Hooves: "No, Soarin, Tank's right. It's really my fault. I must put this trouble right."

Tank: "I meant no disrespect, you understand."

Dr. Hooves: "Of course not, Tank. Anyway, driver says the same, and he's arranged it with the station master."

Soarin: "Very well, Dr. Hooves."

Narrator: "Conceited Soarin."

Soarin: "But I must hurry; my passengers will be waiting. Good luck!"

Dr. Hooves: "So long!"

Narrator: "Smiled Dr. Hooves bravely, but he felt dreadfully nervous inside.

Dr. Hooves marshalled the worst changelings two by two."

Tank: "That's the way, Mr. Hooves."

Narrator: "Whispered Tank."

Tank: "And if you leave that Cockatrice till' last, then you'll have him behind you, and you can bump him if he starts his nonsense."

Cockatrice: "Hold back, hold back!"

Narrator: "Whispered the cockatrice."

Cockatrice: "And pass the word to the others."

Narrator: "The silly changelings giggled.

But Dr. Hooves knew what to do; there was plenty of sand on the ground and his hooves gripped splendidly. He gave a great heave."

Cockatrice: "Oooh!"

Narrator: "Groaned the cockatrice."

Cockatrice: "I don't like this!"

Soarin: "Go on!"

Narrator: "Yelled Soarin."

Soarin: "Well done, boy, well done!"

Cockatrice: "Ohhh!"

Narrator: "Wailed the cockatrice."

Cockatrice: "I'm coming apart!"

Narrator: "And he did.

Then there was trouble."

Hoity Toity: "Well, Dr. Hooves, so you don't know your own strength, is that it?"

Dr. Hooves: "No, no, sir."

Narrator: "Said Dr. Hooves nervously.

Hoity Toity inspected the cockatrice."

Hoity Toity: "As I've thought; rotten feathers, rusty bones. Maybe if we put your back together, you'll earn yourself a better name."

Narrator: "Nowadays, Dr. Hooves only takes the changelings when the other animals are busy.

But they're always quick to warn each other,"

Changelings: "Take care with Mr. Hooves, if you play tricks on him, you'll never be the same changeling again!"

Narrator: "The cockatrice has learned his lesson, and says nothing at all."

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