Drama set in a children's home. Lily and her sisters get fostered, leaving Carmen alone. Her loneliness leads to conflict with the other kids.
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Travel card empty. Got kicked off the bus. Ran the whole way here.
Sorry, got here as soon as I...
What is it? What's happened?
I don't want them to go.
Look, Carmen, I know you're upset.
I'm going to miss Lily and the girls too
but today isn't about how you or I feel, it's about them.
You don't want your best friend feeling miserable
when she goes, do you?
-Everything all right?
-It's hard for her.
It's hard for me too.
But that's why we're here, to get the kids fostered.
-Think how many I have to say goodbye to.
-So would you if you'd just run three miles.
-That wasn't a very nice thing to say to Tracy.
-She does smell.
You can hurt people's feelings
by just blurting out what's on your mind.
You need to try and find a less direct way of saying things.
What? What's wrong?
I wasn't getting at you.
Ah, don't get your knickers in a twist.
You're so lucky getting fostered. It's going to be fab.
-You won't forget about me though, will you?
-We won't forget you.
Had to borrow it from Tee.
Here's our little girls.
I'll take Poppy and Rosie.
Who would have thought two little girls would have so many bags?
Someone help me, please!
No? No, don't worry, I'm fine(!)
Don't forget to call me!
Bye! Be good.
Frank! Ready to go to Grandad's?
Right, I'm going to drop the boys off then call by the social workers
to see how the other girls have settled in
and then pick the boys up about tea time, OK?
Sure. Got a feeling it's going to be very quiet today anyway.
It always is once someone's been fostered.
Yes, reminds them that they're still in care.
Hey, but today was a great success.
Getting three siblings fostered wasn't success,
it was a minor miracle!
Oh...and, of course, two would be much easier.
What was it, Johnny?
Is it really easier?
-Yeah, man, easy!
Just because she's gone doesn't mean you won't stay best friends.
-Look at Liam and Frank.
-You mean she might come back?
No, I mean you can stay best friends no matter what happens.
Yeah, best friend who isn't even here.
Hey, us care kids are tough.
What you need is someone else to play with today.
Don't feel like playing today.
Well, you can't just sit around here moping all day.
Go on, go and have some fun with the others.
Come on, where's that big smile?
I know it's in there somewhere!
Go on, go spread some of your calm and sunshine.
Promise you'll feel better for it.
-Do you want to play snap?
-This is a game for one.
You're in one of your moods.
-I think you should try and get fostered on your own.
You heard Mike, we'll never get fostered together.
He said two would be easier than three.
So if Lily and her sisters could get fostered, then so can we.
Mike and Gina were lying. Can't you tell when adults lie?
Look, just forget you're my sister and think about yourself.
Everyone likes to foster cute little girls.
-You're trying to get rid of me.
-I'm trying to help you.
-What about you?
I'll be fine.
All right, Johnny Taylor, if you don't want me to be your sister,
-then fine, I won't!
-Hey, Tee, you want to play something?
Tee? Tee who? I don't know anyone called Tee.
-I know loads of card games.
-Good for you.
-You want to play one?
-Shall I help you with this one?
-You can put the...
-Which bit of "no" don't you understand?
I thought you might want to do something?
I am doing something.
# La-la-la... #
Hey, Gus. What you doing?
Waiting for Mike to come out.
-Cos I need to deliver a message.
Here, I'll take it for you.
No, this is an aeroplane. Planes need to fly.
Let's go play aeroplanes outside?
No, I'm not playing, this is serious.
All right, all right.
Keep your hair on.
-Bet you I can throw it further.
-You're supposed to read it.
Oh, course I am.
Ah, I get it.
You don't like my new trainers?
I DO like your trainers!
Gus, just tell me what's wrong.
Jeff wants to play.
I'm busy, Harry, stuff of my own to do.
-There, Carmen will play with you.
Jeff doesn't want Carmen, he wants you.
Fine, we'll play hide and seek. You're it, me and Jeff will hide.
Jeff doesn't like hiding.
Well I'm not going to play
-if you're going to make up rules that hurt Jeff's feelings.
I'll go and hide Jeff, you count to 100.
Hey, Tee, how's it going?
-Oh, are you talking to me?
-Well you're the only Tee around here.
-I'm not Tee Taylor anymore.
-And why not?
Why don't you ask Johnny Taylor.
-Hey, Tee, I thought that we could...
-I'm not Tee!
Nobody will play with me.
In a minute, just got to go find Johnny, OK?
You've put me off my shot.
What's going on with you and Tee?
Mike said it was a miracle to get three sisters fostered,
so I told Tee to try and get fostered on her own.
Johnny, if we can get Lily and her sisters fostered,
you and Tee can get fostered too.
If you believe in miracles.
Just admit it, Tracy, we've been here for ages
and Tee would get fostered a million times quicker without me.
Johnny, what's more important - losing Tee or staying a family?
You think about that.
-You didn't see who threw this on the floor, did you?
I'll help you.
Oh, had a bit of an accident? Aw.
Some people can be so selfish.
What makes you say that?
You think you know everything about this place but...you don't!
95, 94, 97, tenty. Coming, ready or not.
-Well done, Harry,
now go and find Jeff and don't go back into my room until you do.
OK, no cheating now!
Gus, what are you playing at?
I'm speaking in a less direct way, like you said.
-By nearly killing me?
-It's about things being tied up.
You could have broken my leg.
You could have damaged some equipment. Gus!
I could help you find Jeff if you like?
I have to find him myself.
Well, you will be doing it on your own.
Getting a bit colder.
-Do you want a hand?
-I have to find him myself.
Come on, then.
Oh, that's it, you've nearly got him.
Love me? What do you mean, love me?
Isn't that just something people say when they want something?
-We found Jeff. You're it!
-Erm, I'll call you back.
Who's "we" - what do you mean, "we"?
That's Lily's seat.
- Tee, why did you mess up my room? - I didn't.
Why would I do that - stranger boy?
Everything all right, Mike?
-Something up with Gus.
-Carmen's acting weird too.
Were you spying on me?
-How'd you know where Jeff was?
-It's only a game.
-Which had nothing to do with you!
-Harry, Sapphire hid Jeff so that you'd leave her alone.
-Just trying to help Harry.
-He didn't need it.
-You are an interfering, sneaky little brat.
It's all your fault, smelly Carmen!
You're all mean, selfish people. I hate you all!
Especially you, Tracy Beaker.
Oi! Come back here...
I did not mess up your room.
Oh, all right, get it out your system.
-Aargh! What are you doing?
-Your trainers are in a pickle.
What?! Why did you...
Good news is, Gus just made a joke - bad news is he's ruined my trainers.
Oh... I know what he was trying to say to me.
Get off! Stop it...
You told me to play with someone,
and you said it would make me feel better. Well, I don't.
And now everyone hates me.
They don't, Carmen.
Yes, they do. Now go away and leave me alone!
I laced them up all wrong, didn't I?
And when I showed you how to lace yours,
I told you that was the right way. Didn't I?
And today, I told you to find a less...direct way of saying things.
Well, I got your message. Eventually.
Look...there's two ways of doing laces.
There's crisscross... and there's crossover. Mm?
It's not just the laces.
If you can do laces differently...
everything you tell me can be done differently.
How will I know which way's right?
But there CAN be more than one right way.
Whichever way you choose is fine. OK?
which way do YOU choose?
Your way...or my way?
Let's do 'em, then. You do that one - I'll do this one.
You haven't seen my sister, have you?
I might have. Why?
Wanted to give her this.
What is it? Something to remember you by?
No, it's to say we're together. Whether we get fostered, or not.
I don't think she needs a picture to know that.
Then...tell her I said sorry.
Do you want to play snap?
Tracy, come here and have a look at this before you go.
-Frank's grandad gave it to him.
It was his great-great-great-grandad's.
No, Gina, it was his great-great-great-GREAT-grandfather.
THEY CONTINUE CHATTING
DOOR CREAKS OPEN
ALL TALK AT ONCE
No, listen... Guys, this isn't working.
-What's going on?
-Carmen nicked our stuff!
What?! ..What's going on?
I will explain everything,
WITHOUT any interruptions.
All the children have had something stolen -
including Frank's pocket watch.
And now Carmen has barricaded herself in her room
and she won't talk to anybody.
She won't talk... She won't listen!
Go and wait in the living room.
We'll deal with this, yeah?
Look, I SAID we will deal with it!
OK, OK, OK, OK...
Guys, let the "adults" deal with it.
BANGING ON DOOR
Carmen, let me in!
Carmen, I know why you've done this but just let me in and we'll talk.
Look - I know that you miss Lily
but this is just so not you.
-Would you like to speak to her?
-I can't, can I? Because she's gone.
I'll call her. Look, I'll call her and you can speak to her.
-Because she'll think I'm stupid.
-No, she won't.
She'll see that you're missing your friend.
Not just a friend...
What do you mean?
Lily was like a sister to me.
I understand now.
I do, just...please let me in.
Just you? No-one else?
Poppy called me Auntie Carmen.
I'll...just tell her I want to talk.
'She'll let me in...
'I'll get in...
'I'll throw the water bombs...
'..grab our stuff and leave.'
-And if she doesn't open the window?
-Well...I'll just smash it.
I don't know...
I don't know.
Well, if we give it some time. Work on rebuilding trust.
Mike, she's a thief. Kids bear grudges.
They also forget.
Not quickly, or easily.
I bet they're up to something.
Right... Give me the bags.
Hey! What are you lot doing?
ALL START TO PROTEST
MIKE: No, no...
What's going on? What is going on here?
Liam, come down, man!
House meeting in the kitchen NOW!
What were you thinking you were doing?!
Did you see Gina's face?
Your behaviour is totally out of order. And dangerous!
We will work out what punishment is appropriate,
and WE will take the necessary action.
Eight against one is never fair - no matter what she did!
Am I making myself clear?
Well done, Tracy.
She didn't steal the stuff to keep it. She was making a point.
She was hurting, and... I didn't take it seriously enough.
She better get punished for this.
-But your phone's OK!
-What if it wasn't?!
Are you on her side now?
Frank's watch is OK.
Listen - we all got our stuff back.
That's not the point. She stole our most precious things.
Maybe that IS the point.
Carmen's not going to get HER precious things back.
Lily and her sisters.
That's it! She wanted a less direct way of telling us something.
And WE weren't listening.
Oh... You got mail.
"Dear Carmen. We are playing cards
"and would very much like you to play with us."
-I haven't done too good this time.
Read it and weep. The best!
It is really hot in here. Cos the champ has arrived!
# When you're down
# And troubled
# And you need some loving care
# And nothing...
# ..nothing is going right
Anyway - got a new player.
# Close your eyes and think of me...
'Everyone needs family. Most people have one.
# ..and soon I will be there...
'The rest of us look for it where we can find it.'
# ..to brighten up even your darkest night
-What's this in aid of?
-Not taking you for granted.
'From those we have to live with, and who love enough to take us in.'
# You just call out my name
# And you know, wherever I am
# I'll come running...
Carmen... Lily is on the phone.
-Right, who wants what?
-Is Rosie and Poppy OK?
# ..All you have to do is call
'Families fight. Most forgive and forget.
'For kids in care, friends become family. Family ARE your friends.'
Beans on toast!
# ..You've got a friend #
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