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|Season 2 Episode 21b|
|Spike the Wonder Dog|
|Original Airdate||March 21, 1993|
|DVD release||Season 2|
|Previous Episode||Feeding Hubert|
|Next Episode||The Slide|
Inspired by the TV show "Oddles the Talking Poodle" , Angelica rigs Spike with Cynthia's toy celluar phone and convices the Rugrats that he can talk. Will she be able to fool Tommy and his friends into obeying her orders when they think Spike is telling them what to do?
- Description from Klasky Csupo
The babies are watching a show about a talking poodle named Oodles who saves peoples' lives. On the TV he saves a man named Lyle from a burning barn, who is the uncle of two clueless kids Hedley and Tulula. He also puts out the fire (which was caused by an electric cable falling over.) and Lyle says "You can't talk. You're a dog." and the show ends.
Chuckie calls Oodles the best dog in the world, Lil admires how Oodles saves people when they are in trouble. Chuckie admires his fearlessness. They all like Oodles's ability to talk. Phil wants Spike to be able to talk, and Tommy thinks maybe he can, but Chuckie says he can't even roll over. Then Angelica comes and they inform her of the show with the talking dog. She shows them the toy phone, which she calls a big girl toy as it is like Charlotte's phone and the babies are too young for it. She then phones Cynthia to do her laundry and leaves.
All the while, she had been dismissing the idea of a talking dog. Tommy thinks Angelica is wrong and that dogs can talk, so they go off to make Spike talk. Tommy says "Hi" to Spike and tells him it is a nice day, also aking him if he's recently eaten any bones. Chuckie doubts that Spike will talk, but Tommy's not giving up and opens Spike's mouth.They think his breath smells bad and Tommy asks him why. Then Spike burps, which Phil and Lil think is talking and they argue what he said, but Tommy and Chuckie say that burping is not talking.
Then Phil and Lil think that maybe Spike is not talking because nobody is in trouble and Oodles only talks when someone is in trouble, so they tie Phil to a tree with toilet paper, Chuckie doubts it will work. Phil shouts for help as part of the plan, also referencing Uncle Lyle. Spike gets up and walks to the bush, but then he pees on it and doesn't say anything. He then goes back and falls asleep. They plan to untie Phil and then get some juice. Angelica sneakily ties her toy phone to Spike's collar.
The babies are sad that Spike cannot talk. Then, using the phone, Angelica makes Spike say "Hey! Over here!", then the surprised babies ask him to say something else. The next piece of dialogue is "It's me. Spike. The dog." and a claim that he never talked before because he didn't feel like it. Tommy thinks that Spike is a poodle and they take him inside to play. Angelica makes Spike greet Aunt Didi, and Didi says she will have his dinner soon. Angelica makes him say "Well shake a leg! I'm starving!" and Didi says "OK". Then Angelica makes Spike say "Hey, Stu! It's me, Spike. I did a doodoo on the carpet. You better clean it up." Stu is annoyed and surprised.
Tommy asks what it is like to be a dog and why he sleeps all the time. Angelica/Spike says "It's OK." Lil asks why he licks himself and Angelica/Spike says "All right that's enough questions. and asks the babies to get him/her some cookies, despite them being for after dinner, or he (Spike) will eat them up. Despite their fear of the height of the table, Tommy climbs on the others and gets the cookies. Then Angelica/Spike tells them to put the cookie jar outside, and when they do it, to get back in the house. In te kitchen, the babies think Spike is acting strange both for a superhero and for a dog. Spike is lying down and they hear nomming and chewing like he is eating, but he is not. Angelica is happily gloating and eating the cookies, but that gives her away, so they go to tell her so. Then, Spike knocks a plant over and barks at Stu. The parents (Stu and Didi) follow Spike and yell at Angelica and take he wash her face and call her father to tell him what she he did. Then, the babies all pet Spike
The transcript can be found here
- The early episode title was called "Spike Can Talk."
- Nickelodeon wanted some "PUs" when Phil & Lil's mouths opened as a way to make the episode funnier.
- In the "Oodles the Talking Poodle" part of the episode, Nickelodeon thought that the childrens' comments about not having a barn or an Uncle Lyle was out of place, but it remained in the final episode draft.
- A line that Tommy says about Spike being a "wonder poodle" was removed from the episode because Nickelodeon thought that such confusion would be weird.
- This episode is seen on the Easter VHS.
- It makes references to Lassie and Rin Tin Tin.
- Tommy can whistle.
- This is the second episode to feature Angelica being mean.
The Gallery for this episode can be found here