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Full Circle

Drama set in a children's home. Tracy's life is going well - until she gets arrested. She needs a job, but can she survive working at The Dumping Ground?


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Our next guest is a young author who spent her childhood in care,

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bouncing between foster families and care homes.

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But she survived to tell the tale and it's all in the autobiography...

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Harry! Harry!

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I was watching that!

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Mike!

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He keeps doing it, Mike!

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All right, Carmen, I'll tell him not to turn it...

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No talking, I'm practising!

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I have to talk, Harry's broken the telly again!

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-You said I was playing next.

-We said best of three.

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Oh, Harry, come here, you devil, you!

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Give us the ball back!

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Give us it back!

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-Come on!

-Stop it!

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-Watch out!

-Yes!

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Harry, I told you it's dangerous behind here!

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No!

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-Give me that ball!

-That's it! Still there!

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Oi, you! I told you not to play with the television!

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'Who cares, Tracy Beaker?

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'Thanks, I was going to...'

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No, no, no, no, no, no, gimme!

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-'That's right...'

-It's Tracy!

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Come here, everybody, look at this! Look!

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-Who is she?

-It's Tracy Beaker!

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'Oh, I still live with her...'

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-She used to live here!

-Is she an actress?

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-No, she's written a book!

-I know someone famous!

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What's all the excitement about?

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THEY ALL SHOUT TOGETHER

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'Who Cares? by Tracy Beaker.'

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I published it myself.

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I've got 2,000 copies right here.

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I can drop one in for you to read.

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How many do you think you'll want, once you've read it?

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Yeah! I'm on TV right now.

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Yeah! IF you like it.

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-KNOCK AT DOOR

-Hang on!

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Sorry! Power of TV, everybody wants me today.

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OK, I'll put you down for ten. Thanks, bye!

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Coming!

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Tracy Beaker?

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That's what it says on the cover!

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You're under arrest.

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Did you pay Author Power Publishing to print 2,000 copies of your book,

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using Camilla Lawson's credit card without her permission?

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Oh, well, yeah, but she's my mum.

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Look! That's her.

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Listen - "To Cam, thanks for a great life."

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She's cool, though. She'll tell you it's OK.

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I don't think so.

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She told the credit card company that you took the money.

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PHONE RINGS

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I haven't seen him, terribly sorry. Frank!

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Have you seen Liam today?

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-No, why?

-Nothing's happened to him, Toby.

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I've just got his foster parents on the phone.

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Shall I look for him?

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No, no. He's just a bit late home for his tea.

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He's probably running home right now.

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Come here!

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# Breaking rocks in the hot sun

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# I fought the law and the law won

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# I fought the law and the law won... #

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Hey!

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# I needed money cos I had none

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# I fought the law and the law won... #

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I should charge you for wasting my time,

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cos that's what this is - a waste of time.

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Kid pulled a service wash scam down the launderette.

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Charged a fiver for it.

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I did his washing, didn't I?

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Yeah, and you turned all his clothes pink.

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There's your criminal, right there - not me.

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Name?

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That's the first time he's shut up since I nicked him, Sarge.

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Park him over there, give him a chance to think.

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Busy, busy, busy!

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You're not talking, huh?

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Undercover agent protecting your identity?

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Time-traveller and don't want to ruin the future?

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Or messed-up kid, worried about what his parents will say?

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If I told you I was an undercover agent, I'd have to kill you.

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Understood.

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-So, let's go with messed-up kid and foster parents.

-Ouch!

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Don't get me started.

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You too?

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I'm kind of here cos I wrote a book about it.

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They arrested you cos you wrote a book?

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How bad was your book?

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Cost you £6.99 to find out!

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You might as well tell them your name.

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They're going to find out sooner or later,

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it'll be better if it comes from you.

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Yeah, I was just trying to buy some time.

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(Liam, by the way.)

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(Tracy.)

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You know what?

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Cos you're a fun guy, I'm gonna decide to tell you my name.

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Beaker, come with me.

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# Stop your foolin' around

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# Time you straightened right out

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# Better think of your future

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# Else you wind up in jail

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# Rudy

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# A message to you, Rudy

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# A message to you... #

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MOBILE RINGS

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Yes? Yes, it is.

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Arrested?! Already?!

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We tend to arrest criminals, Ms Lawson.

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Actually... Yes, erm, now, I do remember, actually, yeah...

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I do think I DID say she could use my credit card.

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Oh, really, even though you'll have to repay the £6,000 debt?

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Yes.

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No.

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Oh, I don't know... Yes.

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Ms Lawson.

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I have a suggestion.

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I've spoken to your mother.

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Subject to a couple of conditions, she's dropping the charges.

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Oh! I knew Cam would see sense.

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First condition.

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You pay Ms Lawson back.

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I was always going to repay Cam. I just need to sell some...

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Second condition.

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You help with the local paper that I'm involved with.

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I'm a bit old to be a papergirl.

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I need someone to write a weekly column for young people.

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And you being able to write this, you'll do.

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Call it community service.

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I can do that.

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500 words by close of play, delivered every Wednesday.

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Fail to meet either condition, you could be prosecuted for fraud.

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Do I make myself clear?

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Liam! How many times do I have to pick you up from places like this?

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Dunno! If there's a limit, tell me, so I can arrange with someone else.

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I don't think it's funny that you've been arrested.

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His foster parents will get a compensation notice

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-to pay the man for his clothes.

-Thank you.

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Come on then, Liam. Time to face the music.

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Your social worker will meet us there.

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Tracy!

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Hiya!

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We saw you on television this afternoon! Well done on the book!

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Aw, thanks, Mike!

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Aw, it's been ages! How's Cam and Gary?

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Cam's fine! We don't talk about Gary.

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Oh. Sorry.

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So good to see you.

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See, Liam?

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If you want to get on in life,

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maybe we could have less Artful Dodger and bit more Tracy Beaker.

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I am like Tracy. We both got nicked!

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You...

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You published your own book?! With Cam's money?!

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Tracy! How could you?

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Cam's a writer, she'll understand!

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-I'll pay her back when the book's out.

-Oh, Tracy!

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So, I think I'd better stick with the Artful Dodger thing for now,

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what d'you reckon?

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No?

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'You have four new messages.

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'Message one.'

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'How DARE you use my credit card?

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'Is that why you've turned your phone off?'

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'Message two.'

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'Can you just pick up the phone?

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'I'm trying your mobile, your mobile's not on.

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'You need to ring me as soon as you get this, OK?'

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'Message three.'

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'Where are you?!

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'I'm so mad at you, I feel like screaming.

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'You'd better ring me back, Tracy,

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'or I don't know what I'll do when I get hold of you!'

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'Message four.'

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'Tracy, this is serious. Pick up the phone NOW!'

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PANTING

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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Who is it?

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I'm a friend of Mike's.

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Hold on.

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I'm... I'm sorry, he's not in.

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Do you want to leave a message?

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I was hoping to see him. I used to live here.

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I don't know when he's going to be back.

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Maybe you should pop back in half an hour, something like that, yeah?

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Wait!

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Why don't you come and wait in here, yeah?

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-Where it's warm.

-Thank you.

-Hmm.

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I'll get you a towel, yeah?

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(What's going on?)

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(It's that girl from the telly.)

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(No way!)

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-Here you go.

-Thank you.

-Come on.

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So, how long were you here, then?

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Felt like forever.

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See? I told you it was her!

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She's famous!

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Did you used to live here?

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Oh, you're the writer! Sorry, why didn't you say?

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You lot, you're meant to be in bed.

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We were, but then we heard she was here.

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I told them.

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If I buy your book, can you sign it for me?

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It might be a little bit pricey for you, Carmen,

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so I'll buy it when I get a chance and then you can borrow it, yeah?

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Oh!

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Oh, thank you, Tracy.

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Normally it's 6.99, but...

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you can have it for 6.

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That's generous(!)

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Come on, you lot! Back to bed!

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No, I haven't had a chance to talk...

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We haven't heard about being on TV yet!

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Right. First one back to bed gets to ask me about being on the telly!

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Wait for me!

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I'll come and say good night to all of you!

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Get out of my way!

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Stop pushing!

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Beat ya!

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What's going on?

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Sorry! My fault.

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You were on telly?

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Yeah.

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That's our Sapphire.

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They hid behind a big, old oak tree

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and the troll leapt out from behind the tree,

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his warty nose wobbling in the moonlight.

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The three princesses screamed and ran for their lives.

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(Is she making this up?)

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(Mm-hmm. It's a new one every night.)

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(The girls won't go to sleep, without Lily being there.)

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(I'm trying to break the habit.)

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Lily?

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They're not asleep yet!

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I know, but they soon will be.

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Kiss your sisters good night.

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-Good night, Poppy. Good night, Rosie.

-Good night, girls.

-Good night.

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Good night, Lily.

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Tracy! What are you doing here?

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She's been helping me put the kids to bed.

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It was like she wave a magic wand and - poof! - they were gone!

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I'm sorry, it took forever to calm down Liam's foster parents.

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How's Liam?

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He's fine, Frank, now go back to bed.

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So, I guess it didn't go so well with Cam, then?

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Did she chuck you out?

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Left before she could. She's on her way back from New York.

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Well, you're going to have to face her sooner or later.

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Sorry, what's happened?

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Tracy used her mum's credit card to publish her book.

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I ran into her down the police station.

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I'm going to pay her back!

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-Hm!

-The charges were dropped!

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I can't believe I let you help me put the kids to bed!

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Would you like to stay here tonight?

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I don't think that would go down very well.

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Don't worry about Gina.

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(It's my call.)

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Well, at least you know where everything is.

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See you in the morning.

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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WINDOW RATTLES

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THUNDERCLAP

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CREAKING

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Sapphire, right?

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Mm-hmm.

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What are you doing?

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Minding my own business.

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Looks good.

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Are you hoping to go to art college?

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You must be nearly 16, right?

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Year and a bit to go.

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Then I'm out of here.

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I was desperate to leave, too.

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Well, it worked out all right for you.

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You're, like, some kind of celebrity!

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What you doing back here?

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Once I'm gone, I'm never coming back.

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Yep, I said that.

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But, you know, at times like this, it's actually quite nice to be here.

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Are you a total brain donor or what?

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Hello, TV Girl.

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Hello, Notebook Boy.

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-It was my idea!

-You'll spill it, I'll take it!

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What's going on?

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We can't decide who's taking Tracy's tea up.

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Why don't you all take it up?

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All right, but I'm holding it.

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Good.

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Stop pushing, I'll spill it!

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Tracy's gone and she never even said goodbye!

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-Maybe she's in the bathroom.

-She's not, we've looked everywhere!

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Oh, well, never mind.

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You know how busy these authors are.

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You never know what they're going to be getting up to next!

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Thought I'd find you here.

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Here you go, lovely.

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Trying to work out what to do.

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When does Cam get back?

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Don't know. Now, I guess.

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I need something to prove I'm going to pay her back.

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Well, you've always got that six quid you took off Gina for the book.

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She's REALLY happy about that, by the way(!)

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Mike.

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I know I haven't got any qualifications but...

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I need a job.

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Yeah.

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We need someone! You said yourself, she was great with the kids.

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Mike! She was arrested yesterday!

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It was a mistake, they dropped the charges!

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-I think she'd be really good at the job.

-Really?

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We need a care assistant, not another kid!

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She grew up here, she gets what's going on.

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Oh, and we don't?

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Neither of you knows what's going on with Lily.

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She's the one that can't sleep on her own, not her sisters.

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Do you know what? I think Tracy might be right.

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I am right.

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Rosie and Poppy aren't the only ones Lily's been telling stories to.

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Tracy!

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Tracy!

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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I'm so, so sorry, Cam.

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I'm going to pay you back every penny.

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Too right you are.

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And here's your first instalment.

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I got a job.

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Where?

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Where you first found me.

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No?

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I am going back to the Dumping Ground.

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Turn it, turn it the... You're squishing me!

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Sorry, sorry, right.

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-Turn it this way.

-What are you doing?!

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Trying to move the bed!

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Well, not very helpful!

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I need to get past!

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THEY BICKER

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WHAT ARE YOU DOIN'?

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Huh?

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You were supposed to wait until Tracy helped you move room!

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-She did wait!

-But Tracy never turned up!

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She never does anything she's supposed to.

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DULL THUD

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Help!

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You're going to be late again!

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It's my first column!

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I need it to be great.

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What you need is to not get fired,

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so you can pay me back the money you owe me.

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I got the job, didn't I?

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Yes, and now you're going to lose it.

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Fine.

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Lily seems to have perked up.

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Let's hope she sleeps better now she's sharing.

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If Carmen stops yakking long enough to let her.

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That was a good idea of Tracy's.

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When she shows up for work, I will be sure to thank her.

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TV Girl's tour was supposed to start after my piano practice.

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At 9.40.

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It's 9.57.

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She'll be here soon, Gus.

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Yesterday, "soon" was 26 minutes late,

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and you said it was too late for her to do my tour.

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Well, I'm sure she won't be too late today. Soon!

0:24:200:24:24

So, how long is today's "soon"?

0:24:240:24:26

Yes, Mike, how long is it, hmm?

0:24:260:24:29

OK, I'll go and ring her.

0:24:300:24:33

'I'm Tracy Beaker. Welcome to my first newspaper column.

0:24:330:24:37

'Writing's my proper job but I also help out at the Dumping Ground,

0:24:370:24:41

'where I grew up.'

0:24:410:24:42

MOBILE RINGS

0:24:420:24:44

'I'm a role model for the kids there.

0:24:460:24:48

'I've been where they are now. They know I'm there for them.'

0:24:480:24:52

TELEPHONE RINGS

0:24:530:24:55

Tracy!

0:24:580:24:59

Oh, sorry. Hi, Rob.

0:24:590:25:02

Mm-hmm, come on.

0:25:020:25:03

Just had social services on the phone. Liam's coming back.

0:25:030:25:06

-Brilliant!

-He's not been arrested again, has he?

0:25:060:25:10

No, something about a minor explosion.

0:25:100:25:12

No, no, no, no, no, no, no! No-one's been hurt.

0:25:120:25:15

Right. Well, there's still no Tracy,

0:25:150:25:19

so I guess I'd better make up his room.

0:25:190:25:22

What time do you call this?

0:25:260:25:28

Tracy, you're over an hour late!

0:25:280:25:30

I know, I'm really sorry. I was working on my column.

0:25:300:25:32

-It's the first one, it's kind of a big deal.

-So is this job.

0:25:320:25:35

Hm! What an honour(!)

0:25:350:25:37

Now, take that, sort out Carmen's old room.

0:25:370:25:40

-Oh, Liam's coming back.

-How come?

0:25:410:25:43

It didn't work out with his foster family.

0:25:430:25:46

-I thought you'd convinced them to give him another chance.

-So did I.

0:25:460:25:51

Tracy, the tour starts upstairs!

0:25:510:25:53

Oh, Gus, can we do this later? I'm busy now.

0:25:530:25:56

No, you promised me you'd do my tour.

0:25:560:25:58

And I can't do anything until I've crossed the tour off my list.

0:25:580:26:02

I can't cross the tour of my list till you've done it!

0:26:020:26:04

This is Tee's room.

0:26:080:26:09

Tee, the girl, is spelt with two E's,

0:26:090:26:11

but tea, the drink, is spelt with an E and an A.

0:26:110:26:15

Hiya!

0:26:150:26:16

Oh, I was going to do that with you.

0:26:180:26:20

Yeah, yesterday.

0:26:200:26:22

Tee, I'm so sorry...

0:26:220:26:23

No talking on the tour, you'll hold us up and we're late already!

0:26:230:26:28

Sapphire's room.

0:26:280:26:29

Get out!

0:26:310:26:32

THUMP!

0:26:330:26:35

When you open the door without knocking, she throws things.

0:26:350:26:39

When you knock, she shouts, "Go away!"

0:26:390:26:43

Go away!

0:26:450:26:46

This would look amazing on you!

0:26:490:26:51

You have to borrow it.

0:26:510:26:52

This was Lily's room, but now it's...

0:26:520:26:54

Lily and Carmen's room!

0:26:540:26:57

-No talking on the tour, you're spoiling it!

-OK, I won't, I promise.

0:26:570:27:01

-You don't keep your promises.

-I do!

0:27:010:27:03

-Don't!

-We're not talking to her!

0:27:030:27:05

-What did I do?

-If you don't know, we're not telling you.

0:27:050:27:08

Stop talking!

0:27:080:27:10

-Oh, I said I'd help you move rooms.

-Talking!

-Hang on.

0:27:100:27:13

Look, girls, I'm really sorry, but...

0:27:130:27:16

You're doing it again! Stop talking!

0:27:160:27:18

"Tracy Beaker promises not to talk on Gus's tour." There.

0:27:220:27:25

Gus!

0:27:270:27:28

Now what did I do?! Gus!

0:27:290:27:32

-Liam's here!

-Liam!

0:27:320:27:35

Hi, Liam!

0:27:350:27:36

Where is he?

0:27:380:27:39

He's right behind me.

0:27:390:27:41

Liam?

0:27:450:27:47

Come on, it's only ten metres between here and the car,

0:27:470:27:50

we can't have lost him already!

0:27:500:27:52

# A million love songs later

0:27:520:27:56

-# And here I am trying to tell you

-Keep it down!

0:27:560:28:00

-# That I care

-Tracy!

0:28:000:28:03

-# A million love songs later

-Tracy!

0:28:030:28:07

# Here I am... #

0:28:080:28:11

SCREAMS AND COMMOTION

0:28:110:28:13

-Get out, get out!

-Get that thing away from me!

0:28:140:28:17

Get it away!

0:28:170:28:19

What's going on?

0:28:190:28:20

Oh.

0:28:200:28:22

Hey, Liam.

0:28:220:28:23

Sapph.

0:28:250:28:26

I told you it was Liam.

0:28:270:28:28

-Lily, this is Liam.

-Hi.

0:28:290:28:31

HE GRUNTS

0:28:310:28:33

So, I guess this ain't my room any more.

0:28:350:28:37

It's Poppy and Rosie's. Their sister's my best friend.

0:28:370:28:40

Oh, for goodness' sake, Liam!

0:28:410:28:43

Could you not come in the front door like everybody else?

0:28:430:28:47

What did you think you were doin', huh?

0:28:470:28:50

What? You wanted to end up a pile of broken bones on the floor?

0:28:500:28:53

Oh, nice to see you too, Gina. So, where am I staying, then?

0:28:530:28:56

The pink palace! My favourite.

0:28:580:29:00

-We helped paint it.

-Entertainment's better than I remember!

0:29:000:29:04

She works here.

0:29:040:29:06

Oh! Hey, Liam.

0:29:060:29:08

Oh! Writing career going well, then?

0:29:080:29:11

Oh! We met in prison.

0:29:120:29:14

We met at the police station.

0:29:160:29:18

Heard you were coming back.

0:29:200:29:22

-You OK?

-Why wouldn't I be?

0:29:220:29:24

-Cos you're back here and not with your foster family?

-Yeah, but...

0:29:240:29:28

they didn't have a pink bedroom,

0:29:280:29:30

or a Frank.

0:29:300:29:31

Let's talk.

0:29:310:29:33

Er, just Liam, Frank.

0:29:350:29:36

But he only just got here.

0:29:360:29:39

Tell you what, I'm making lunch today.

0:29:400:29:42

How about I make you a burger?

0:29:420:29:43

She'll forget!

0:29:430:29:45

No, I won't!

0:29:450:29:46

Take it, mate.

0:29:460:29:47

Burger.

0:29:470:29:48

Deal.

0:29:480:29:50

Come on.

0:29:500:29:52

You don't have to pretend with me.

0:29:570:29:59

Pretend about what?

0:29:590:30:00

Being back here! It sucks, right?

0:30:000:30:03

It's not that bad.

0:30:030:30:04

I've been dumped by hundreds of foster parents, it sucks.

0:30:040:30:07

-It's OK.

-Really?

0:30:070:30:09

I was gutted every time I got sent back here.

0:30:090:30:11

Well, I'm good.

0:30:110:30:13

-Fine. If you ever decide you want to talk...

-Sure.

0:30:130:30:15

Erm, are we done, cos...

0:30:150:30:18

I really wanna catch up with Frank.

0:30:180:30:21

Sure.

0:30:210:30:22

The little girl stood up.

0:30:270:30:28

"I'm Katie Kilometre, the famous explorer,

0:30:280:30:31

"and I'm back from Antarctica." Everyone cheered.

0:30:310:30:34

-But Katie...

-What are you doing?

0:30:340:30:36

Carmen's reading us a story.

0:30:360:30:38

The Tale Of Katie Kilometre. It's the best book ever!

0:30:380:30:41

I tell them stories at bedtime.

0:30:410:30:43

They wanted a story now.

0:30:430:30:45

But Katie wasn't alone. Behind her was a huge bear,

0:30:480:30:52

as tall as three normal bears standing on each other's shoulders.

0:30:520:30:55

Where's Liam's file?

0:31:090:31:10

Ex-resident's drawer, I haven't had a chance to move it.

0:31:100:31:14

Tracy.

0:31:140:31:16

I need to talk to you about your timekeeping

0:31:160:31:18

and the way you've just...

0:31:180:31:20

I'm sorry, I've been all over the place.

0:31:200:31:22

It's my first week, I'm trying to get my column right... I'll sort it.

0:31:220:31:26

Hey, Liam's been returned five times.

0:31:260:31:28

He can be a handful.

0:31:280:31:30

It says he always takes it well.

0:31:300:31:32

Ah well, not everybody breaks things like you used to.

0:31:320:31:36

A-ha-ha, funny(!)

0:31:360:31:37

I just think he's not that surprised any more.

0:31:370:31:39

-Yeah, but it's still not...

-Remember, you're doing lunch.

0:31:390:31:43

..normal.

0:31:430:31:44

You are witnessing the birth of Liam-ade.

0:32:160:32:18

The greatest fizzy drink of the 21st century.

0:32:180:32:20

-He'll blow it up!

-What?!

0:32:200:32:23

It doesn't blow up.

0:32:230:32:24

It does!

0:32:240:32:25

OK, it did once, but it wasn't supposed to happen.

0:32:250:32:29

-What did happen, then?

-I stored it under my foster mum and dad's bed.

0:32:290:32:33

You killed your foster parents?

0:32:410:32:43

No! Just...gave 'em a shock and...

0:32:430:32:46

got them a little bit soggy.

0:32:460:32:50

It is safe now, though?

0:32:500:32:51

Course.

0:32:510:32:53

I have made improvements.

0:32:530:32:55

Is the bottle getting bigger?

0:33:000:33:03

I think we'd better run!

0:33:040:33:07

Whoa, slow down! Somebody'll have an accident!

0:33:070:33:10

Find Liam and posse and get them to clear up the kitchen, will you?

0:33:280:33:31

Mike! I can't believe you never showed me this!

0:33:370:33:40

Tracy, I don't know what that is, but it can wait till I've cleaned off.

0:33:400:33:44

No, it can't! It's a letter from my mum I've never seen before!

0:33:440:33:48

With a note attached from you saying not to show it to me.

0:33:480:33:50

Oh, this is really old.

0:33:520:33:53

I'm sorry. This should have been in your red file when you left us.

0:33:530:33:57

Well, it wasn't! I found it screwed up in the filing cabinet.

0:33:570:34:00

I don't know how that happened. I'm sorry, it was a bad mistake.

0:34:000:34:03

The mistake was not showing it to me when it arrived!

0:34:030:34:06

We did what we thought was best at the time.

0:34:060:34:09

It's a letter from my birth mum!

0:34:090:34:11

Yes, saying that she MIGHT visit and she'd always let you down before!

0:34:110:34:15

So, Cam and I thought it was best not to show you

0:34:150:34:18

until we'd had some confirmation!

0:34:180:34:20

Cam knew about this?

0:34:200:34:22

Well, yes, but...

0:34:220:34:24

Tracy?

0:34:270:34:28

What are you doing back? Oh, don't tell me you've got fired.

0:34:300:34:34

Why are you bringing this up?

0:34:400:34:42

This is five years old.

0:34:420:34:44

And I thought you knew.

0:34:440:34:45

If I knew about it, I'd have said something.

0:34:450:34:49

Well, we were trying to protect you!

0:34:490:34:52

And we were right.

0:34:520:34:53

She never even applied for visiting rights.

0:34:530:34:56

You should have told me.

0:34:560:34:57

At least I'd have known she was thinking about me.

0:34:570:35:00

I'm sorry.

0:35:020:35:04

It felt like the right thing to do at the time.

0:35:040:35:06

What other secrets have you kept from me?

0:35:060:35:09

Have I got a dad somewhere out there I don't know about?

0:35:090:35:11

Brothers? Sisters? Am I twins?

0:35:110:35:14

Tracy, just calm down! We can talk about this...

0:35:140:35:17

I trusted you and you betrayed me!

0:35:170:35:19

I'll never be able to trust you again.

0:35:190:35:21

Oh, well, now you know how I felt after you stole my money!

0:35:210:35:25

Shall I add "Tracy not doing lunch"

0:35:280:35:30

to my list of what she's done wrong?

0:35:300:35:32

No, thank you, Gus. Go and sit down.

0:35:320:35:34

I want chips! Can we have chips?

0:35:340:35:36

Well, let's see. She was late for work,

0:35:360:35:39

she didn't help Carmen move rooms,

0:35:390:35:40

she wrote in my book...

0:35:400:35:42

Not doing lunch makes four.

0:35:420:35:45

Eh, Tracy promised me a burger.

0:35:450:35:48

Yeah, well, Tracy isn't here, is she, Frank?

0:35:480:35:52

I'm adding Frank's burger to my list.

0:35:520:35:54

Give her a break, she hasn't been here long.

0:35:540:35:56

What do you think people thought of you at first?

0:35:560:35:59

You were strange.

0:35:590:36:00

Yeah, well, you think your giraffe talks.

0:36:000:36:03

Here you are, Poppy, I'll do it.

0:36:050:36:07

I bet Tracy's done some good stuff, too.

0:36:070:36:09

You should make a list of stuff she's done right

0:36:090:36:12

since she's been here.

0:36:120:36:13

-She helped me out at the cop shop.

-Oh, yes.

0:36:130:36:15

And Tracy's criminal record is an inspiration to us all.

0:36:150:36:21

DOOR SLAMS

0:36:210:36:23

It doesn't go in there!

0:36:300:36:31

It goes in the compost bin!

0:36:310:36:34

Johnny, what are you doing? Get off!

0:36:350:36:37

-I'm going to put this in the compost bin!

-Johnny, let go!

0:36:370:36:40

-Tracy?

-What?

0:36:440:36:46

This can't go on.

0:36:460:36:49

You have been late for work every day.

0:36:490:36:52

And when you're meant to do lunch, you go out,

0:36:520:36:55

and worse, and even more unforgivable,

0:36:550:36:58

is that you keep on breaking your promises to the kids.

0:36:580:37:02

I do not!

0:37:020:37:04

There's Carmen, Lily,

0:37:040:37:07

Frank, Gus...

0:37:070:37:10

Hmm? You keep letting them down and it happens every day!

0:37:100:37:14

And you out of all people should know,

0:37:140:37:17

you cannot break your promise to children in care.

0:37:170:37:21

Come on, Tracy. You better get your act together, otherwise you're out!

0:37:210:37:25

You can't fire me!

0:37:250:37:27

You're not in charge, only Mike can fire me!

0:37:270:37:30

Tracy.

0:37:300:37:31

Kids, go on, off you go.

0:37:320:37:35

If you don't mind, Gina, I'll deal with this.

0:37:360:37:38

Listen, I've let things slide because I thought you'd find your feet.

0:37:420:37:45

But your behaviour today has been completely unacceptable.

0:37:450:37:50

And if you don't change your attitude, well...

0:37:500:37:53

we're going to have to let you go.

0:37:530:37:55

Let me save you the trouble.

0:37:560:37:57

I quit!

0:37:570:37:59

# Keep on runnin'

0:38:000:38:02

# Keep on hidin'

0:38:030:38:06

# One fine day, I'm gonna be the one

0:38:070:38:10

# To make you understand

0:38:100:38:12

# Oh yeah, I'm gonna be your man... #

0:38:120:38:16

Don't they look great, Lily?

0:38:310:38:33

The clothes are too big.

0:38:330:38:35

We're just having a laugh. Fancy some sparklers?

0:38:350:38:37

Rosie doesn't like stuff in her hair.

0:38:370:38:40

She'll love it, it's like fairy dust.

0:38:400:38:42

She won't like it.

0:38:420:38:45

She will, look! It's amazing.

0:38:450:38:47

-Eurgh!

-I told you not to!

0:38:470:38:51

I thought she'd like it.

0:38:510:38:53

You never listen!

0:38:530:38:54

I don't want to be best friends with you any more.

0:38:540:38:57

Come on, I'll wash that off.

0:38:580:39:01

-Is that what you wanted?

-Yes.

0:39:060:39:08

Do you want another one?

0:39:080:39:10

No, thank you. One each. Sapphire's next.

0:39:100:39:13

Good luck!

0:39:130:39:15

That's a weird question.

0:39:350:39:38

Liam?

0:39:380:39:40

Yo.

0:39:400:39:42

Lily doesn't want to be friends any more.

0:39:420:39:44

That's how it is in a place like this. You'll get used to it.

0:39:440:39:48

But you're in my room, I've got nowhere to sleep.

0:39:480:39:51

Yep, the pink palace is now Liam's lair.

0:39:510:39:54

It's not like you're homeless, you've still got a bed.

0:39:540:39:56

In a room where I'm not wanted.

0:39:560:39:59

Listen.

0:40:020:40:03

You and Lily, you've just gotta get used to each other.

0:40:040:40:07

It's a big deal, living with someone you're not used to.

0:40:070:40:11

-Is it?

-One of the biggest things ever.

0:40:110:40:14

Look at me, I blew me foster parents up!

0:40:140:40:17

Did you blow Lily up?

0:40:170:40:19

Listen, you're doing better than me already.

0:40:190:40:21

Just give 'em a bit of space, eh? And don't blow 'em up.

0:40:210:40:25

Yeah?

0:40:250:40:26

And when the storm came,

0:40:270:40:29

Princess Rosie, Princess Poppy and Princess Lily

0:40:290:40:33

went and sheltered underneath a tent made of feathers and leaves...

0:40:330:40:37

I'm...

0:40:370:40:39

going to ask Mike if we can change bedrooms.

0:40:390:40:41

I'm sorry I've been such a pain,

0:40:410:40:44

but I hope we can still be friends.

0:40:440:40:48

I want you to have this.

0:40:500:40:51

Thanks.

0:40:520:40:53

..a tent made of feathers and leaves.

0:41:050:41:09

Is Carmen in our story?

0:41:090:41:11

Do you want her to be?

0:41:110:41:12

Carmen?

0:41:190:41:21

Yeah?

0:41:220:41:23

You don't have to ask Mike to move rooms. I want you to stay.

0:41:230:41:27

We all do.

0:41:270:41:29

Thanks, Lily!

0:41:310:41:32

I have a question.

0:41:350:41:37

What are you doing out here?

0:41:460:41:48

What do you think?

0:41:480:41:50

Last bottle of lemonade.

0:41:500:41:52

Want some?

0:41:520:41:53

So, why'd you come back to the Dumping Ground?

0:42:010:42:03

Needed a job.

0:42:030:42:06

Yeah, but here?

0:42:060:42:07

You don't have to pretend with me.

0:42:100:42:12

What?

0:42:130:42:14

"Being back here, it sucks, right?"

0:42:140:42:16

I worked so hard to get away from this place and now I'm back.

0:42:190:42:23

Well, I was.

0:42:230:42:25

You showed some back there.

0:42:250:42:27

Everyone was watching, weren't they?

0:42:270:42:30

Not everyone, but the people who weren't,

0:42:300:42:33

they had it acted out for 'em.

0:42:330:42:34

Oh, no!

0:42:340:42:36

It was a laugh.

0:42:360:42:37

"I quit!" Tshhh!

0:42:370:42:40

Oh! What was I thinking?

0:42:410:42:44

Oh, forget it.

0:42:450:42:47

It's done.

0:42:470:42:48

You don't see me crying over something I can't change.

0:42:480:42:52

You wanna see someone cry?

0:42:530:42:54

Go write in Gus's notebook.

0:42:540:42:56

Who told you?

0:42:570:42:59

He did, of course.

0:42:590:43:00

Well,

0:43:000:43:01

that's your "Liam time" up.

0:43:010:43:03

So drink up and shove off.

0:43:030:43:06

Yeah.

0:43:150:43:16

Takes a bit of getting used to.

0:43:160:43:19

Mike, I'm really sorry about earlier.

0:43:240:43:27

-It's OK.

-No, it's not OK.

0:43:270:43:30

I made a mistake, I... I want to stay.

0:43:300:43:33

I'm sorry, Tracy, but it's not that simple.

0:43:350:43:40

-But...

-Look.

0:43:400:43:42

I don't think that you made a mistake. I think I did.

0:43:420:43:46

The business with the letter

0:43:480:43:49

has shown me just how hard it is for you to come back.

0:43:490:43:53

I shouldn't have said you could come and work here.

0:43:530:43:56

But I can do it!

0:43:560:43:57

I'll turn up to work on time,

0:43:570:43:59

I won't make any promises I can't keep!

0:43:590:44:01

I'll make it up to the children. Please, Mike!

0:44:010:44:04

-I need this job.

-OK.

0:44:040:44:06

I'm sorry, Tracy.

0:44:070:44:09

It's been a really tough decision,

0:44:090:44:11

but...but it's for the best.

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As much as I would like to help you,

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the kids come first.

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I have to do what's best for them.

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I have a list to read out.

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Oh, erm, can we hear it later?

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Yes, you can hear it later,

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but you need to hear it now too.

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OK.

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Things Tracy has done right -

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Rosie says Tracy makes her laugh.

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Lily says Tracy's the only other person Poppy lets tie her shoelaces.

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Sapphire says Tracy was rude to a boy who phoned her.

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She says that's a good thing.

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Liam says he likes it with Tracy here,

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because he's not the only one causing trouble.

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That might have been a joke.

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Geoff likes Tracy, Gus.

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Tee says Tracy makes...

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OK, thanks, Gus, thanks.

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I have 11 more things Tracy has done right...

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That's OK, but I think I've got your point. Yep.

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Now, why don't you leave us alone, please?

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Tracy and I need to talk.

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Seems like the kids want you to stay.

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And if you do,

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you are making a huge commitment to these children, right?

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You can't keep letting them down.

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I won't. I promise.

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I know I've got to stop living in the past and move on.

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All right. How are you going to do that?

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Mike, I've no idea.

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But I think I know where to start.

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'This is my first column and my fresh start.

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'Sometimes, having a fresh start

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'doesn't mean doing something completely new.

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'Sometimes it means doing something that you've done before,

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'but in a new way.

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'Moving forward instead of looking back.

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'A wise young man told me something this afternoon,

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'which made me realise -

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'tomorrow starts today.

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'So, to all my readers - Happy New Life's Eve.'

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ALL: Yeaaah!

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Subtitles by Mark Corrigan Red Bee Media Ltd

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E-mail [email protected]

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Drama set in a children's home.

With a published book and TV appearance, Tracy's life is going well - until she gets arrested. She needs a job, but can she survive working at The Dumping Ground?