Drama set in a children's home. The Dumping Ground reopens and Tracy must face the truth: because of her actions Mike looks certain to be sacked.
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POLICE SIREN WAILS
Kiddie like that jumping off the roof.
You here, were you?
She didn't jump off the roof. She fell.
It's not what it said in the papers, mind.
-Well, you shouldn't believe what you read.
But she was up on the roof, though, wasn't she?
That's a terrible thing.
Kids like that running wild?
Er, our young people do not "run wild."
They are decent, respectful, and...
All right, Gina?
Who's your boyfriend?
Look at the mess.
You should have seen it before I tidied up.
Well, how did you get in?
Secret VIP entrance.
The boys' bathroom might need a little bit of TLC
and you might want to re-stock the freezer.
Right, this is all coming out of your allowance.
Now get your clothes and get dressed.
I'm calling the police.
What? That's not fair!
Just to say that you're OK.
We've done it! The protest worked.
What? Let me see.
They've re-opened Elm Tree House?
Better. They've also cancelled the budget cuts.
Tracy, that's fantastic! Oh, well done!
And well done to you, too, Lily.
-Yeah. I mean,
I'm really sorry that you feel off the roof,
but if you hadn't, we wouldn't have got on the telly.
Amazing how such bad news can turn into such good news.
There you go, babes.
Erm, Emma said we could stay.
OK. The Cromwells only do emergency care.
But she said we could stay.
-No, she didn't.
-She did. She promised.
-Ah, she said she really liked us.
-Yes, she liked us.
-It doesn't mean they want us to stay with them forever.
-You don't know.
-We should ask.
-Look, Johnny, I know the Cromwells.
They only do emergency placements.
They not foster long term.
Sorry. He's just being a bit, well, you know...Johnny.
Hi! Oh, hey, babes!
-Hello! Carmen, what's happened to your eye?
-What happened, babes?
-No, she says she's fine.
They put us in Burnywood.
Ouch. I thought my week on the run was rough.
She had all her stuff nicked.
Don't worry, you can have some of mine. I'll help you choose.
Heard about what happened to Lily?
She's coming out of hospital today.
Two-storey drop. Only a couple of broken bones.
-Yeah, she'll have a couple more when I get hold of her.
Well, it's her fault we ended up in Burnyhell.
Do you need any help?
Have you come to close us down again?
No, I'm just going to go in and see Gina.
-Is Mike still suspended?
-I'm afraid so.
Why are you afraid? Are you afraid he might...fall?
Erm, no, I just meant I'm sorry. Why would he fall?
-Cos you haven't taken him down yet.
Wherever you suspended him!
No, I haven't physically actually suspended him from anywhere.
-So why did you say you had?
Look, I'm sorry, I just need to go and see Gina.
-You sure you don't need help carrying?
-I'll carry my own things.
Nice talking to you.
OK, see you again, yeah?
Hey, Gus. Welcome back.
Leanne Spinks hasn't come to close us down.
-Come on through.
How can I help you?
I need more information before I can finish my report.
Well, I've got to do Gus's paperwork first,
so there's coffee in the kitchen.
-I've come to clear out my desk.
Not waiting for the outcome of the hearing?
My union rep told me not to get my hopes up.
Harry! Hello, lad.
Jeff doesn't like you.
-Gina's free now.
HE TURNS TAP ON
Me being here, Mr Milligan - you know it's not personal, right?
When a young person falls off the roof of a care home,
it's very, very unusual, thankfully.
When something unusual happens, someone's got has to be accountable.
Mike, I need to talk to you about...
Emma said we could stay, so you need to sort it out...
I think it would be more appropriate if Gina dealt with this.
-But it'll only take a few seconds.
-You'll sort it out?
Emma phoned me at home this morning.
-We can go?!
-No, no, no.
She was afraid you'd got the wrong end of the stick.
-But she said we could stay.
-No, she didn't.
She said she'd always be happy to have you back, when necessary.
-It's not the same thing, is it?
-They liked us, though.
They did, yeah. We've been here before.
You and Tee WILL be fostered.
It's just not going to happen with an emergency placement, OK? Yeah?
DOG BARKS, CAT MIAOWS
Make me a cup of tea, yeah?
Oh, nice to see you too(!)
You heard the good news?
It's kind of obvious, isn't it?
The budget cuts have gone, too.
You spoken to Mike?
I'll, um, tell him that we're here.
A disciplinary hearing?
I thought everything was back to normal.
You caused chaos in the council and an unexpected council tax rise.
-That's not normal.
-Kept this place open.
AND put one of your residents in hospital.
You're looking for someone to blame and it's Mike?
Tracy, you are NOT helping.
-Nothing's decided until after the hearing.
-We've been here before.
Let's just let the process take its course, hmm?
I'm sorry they sent you to Burnywood.
Oh, no, no. You mean you're sorry YOU sent her there.
-It wasn't Lily's fault.
-How do you figure that out?
It's ALL her fault.
Is that what YOU think?
Now look what you've done.
LILY SOBS Aww, she's upset(!)
Is that because all her stuff got nicked
and when she asked for it back, she got beaten up?
No, wait. That wasn't you, Lily. That was Carmen!
I never cried! You don't let them see you cry, do you, Sapph?
Well, I think you'll be glad to hear that I'm not coming back here.
I'm not really bothered.
That'll be nice for Poppy and Rosie, won't it?
I'm not going to the Perrys'.
Cam's fostering me.
-You've thieved that foster placement from me and Tee!
You had a foster home to go to and you turned them down.
-You're stealing our place!
-Why does SHE get all the chances?
When's it going to be our turn?
-Don't you EVER hit me again...
-..or I'll get you!
-Ow! Get off!
Carmen... Carmen! Stop it.
Let go! Right! Stop it, you two.
Hey, hey, hey. What is the matter?!
Lily jumps off a roof and gets whatever she wants.
I've never done anything wrong, ever and I get nothing!
Johnny, come back!
-I won't go.
Johnny... Johnny, calm down. Come here!
Get off me!
-This isn't going to help.
-Get off me!
-This isn't helping.
-What's going on?
-Get off me!
-Oh! I'm SO sorry.
-Right, get down now.
Stop it, Johnny! Please!
-Have you got a tissue?
-OK, I'll get some tissue.
I don't think anyone's OK, do you?
At least we're open.
What do you want, a gold star?
I'm nearly finished. How about you?
It's probably time you left.
I'm not going anywhere till the atmosphere calms down.
And you can stick that in your report.
How you doing?
Oh, what a horrible way to end my time at Elm Tree.
It's not the end, Mike.
Sometimes you have to know when it's time to move on.
Might be great to have a fresh set of eyes on this place.
Liam, we've got to do something
or Mike's going to lose his job tomorrow.
There ain't no "we". You got him into this mess, you get him out.
Why are you being like this?
I know loads of Mikes.
You get used to 'em, they leave, you get used to someone else.
You know if it was the other way round, he'd fight for you.
Oh, like he did when they closed us down?
I'm proud of you, you didn't cry.
We need something to make Mike look good before Leanne goes.
We're not getting involved in another one of your plans, Tracy Beaker.
The last one got us sent to Burnyhell.
Well, you're here now, aren't you?
We're keeping out of trouble, so we don't get sent back there again.
Yeah, I'm in. But what's the plan?
I can't get involved. Not after what happened last time.
-But Leanne's going soon.
-Got it. Just leave it to me.
To do what?
I'll leave you to it.
We need something to make Mike look good in front of Leanne.
-I'll do one of my, "what Mike did right" lists.
I can't, Tee. I'm in trouble already.
You've got to. It was your fault Mike punched Leanne in the face.
Just packing up some of Lily's stuff.
Could do with a hand.
-Sure she'd love to hear from you.
-My phone got nicked at Burnywood.
Here's some of Tracy's things.
They might be a bit small,
but they'll do till we get you stuff brought over.
Do you want to use the phone?
Sort things out with Carmen?
Make sure she's all right?
I need to talk to you, Leanne Spinks.
-Can it wait?
-It might have to, I'm nipping to the loo.
I can walk and talk at the same time.
-I've made a list of what Mike Milligan did right.
He collected Liam from the police station four times.
I know. Maybe you could just wait for me downstairs.
I don't have to, I can keep on talking.
I'll just talk louder.
..and gave Carmen the extra 50p, so she could buy the shirt.
You took five minutes, 12 seconds.
-That's quite a long time.
-I wouldn't say long.
When Harry had a poorly tummy,
Mike slept in his room that night, in case he was ill.
I haven't got a poorly tummy.
I'm...reading my list again.
Also, he rescued Mr Hamster out of the toilet.
-I really have to get back to work.
-This IS work.
You're writing a report about Elm Tree House
and it isn't Elm Tree House without Mike, so you have to listen.
I have four more things on my "what Mike did right" list...
-If it's just four, then I'll listen.
..in book one.
Also, when Frank...
You know Mike might have to leave?
We think we've found a way to keep him,
-but we are going to need your...
It smells. That is a poo.
It's not poo. It's just...a bit of mud,
that looks like one.
-Look, I know it smells...
-It stinks down there.
..but you want to help Mike, don't you?
I'm not going in.
Oh, Harry, please! It's just for a minute,
then Mike will save you and you'll be a hero.
Look, you don't even have to go in that far.
I guess I'm going to have to pretend to be stuck, instead.
You can't. It can't be you, it's got to be Harry.
-Grown ups care more about the little ones.
-Yes, I know, but what do we do
if he won't go in?
Go on, then. Go and get him.
Sshh! It's OK, it's OK. Johnny will get him for you.
-Yes, go on.
Can't reach him now.
Nearly got him.
-I'm going to have to go in myself.
It's OK, Harry, I'm getting in.
-Harry, come back!
Mike, Gina, help!
-Stop messing about and get back up.
-I can't. I'm stuck.
-Have you hurt yourself?
I think I've trodden in something really bad.
Mike, Gina, help! Help!
Jeff's stuck down a hole with Johnny.
OK, easy, Harry. Easy.
-OK, let's go and get him out, shall we?
-Just hold on a minute.
What were you doing down a hole?
Tee and Johnny wanted to make Mike look good.
MUSIC: "Stuck In The Middle With You" by Steelers Wheel
I'll get you out of there now.
I'm going to reach down and try and pull you out, right?
-Walk up the wall, walk up the wall, all right?
Go. Give me your hand.
Come on! That's it.
Come on. Come on.
MUSIC STOPS ABRUPTLY
Keep Harry out of your stupid games next time, all right?!
'Now I have four things'
for my "people getting stuck" list.
Four? Who are they?
-Liam got stuck in the window, Tee got stuck up a tree...
-When did all this happen?
Gus, why don't you help Johnny get cleaned up?
You're not going to be too hard on him, are you?
I'm just going to deliver my report.
It's up to the disciplinary panel to make their decision.
Guess that's that, then.
-Don't give up yet, Mike.
-Come on, Gina.
I helped to organise a protest against the council,
a young person falls off our roof, another gets trapped in a drain.
A third's stuck up a tree.
Maybe Leanne saw some positive moments, too.
Before or after I smacked her in the face?!
THEY CHUCKLE Mike, I don't know what to say.
Well, that's a first!
Don't worry, cos I do.
It's going to have to be "goodbye" to everyone.
Oh, I'm dreading it.
DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS
Frank! My main man, where you been?
-Is he better?
Where do I start?! It's all been kicking off today.
Jeff wants to go with you tomorrow.
Well, that's very kind of you, Jeff, but I don't think I could...
He's good luck.
Well, I feel lucky knowing that you and, er, Jeff
are thinking about me.
Thank you. Now, into bed, Jeff, please!
Sleep tight, right?
Night-night. Go on.
Yeah, I'm fine.
Just, er, you know...hay fever?
Yeah, I've used that one.
Look, I'm going now. I just wanted to wish you luck for tomorrow.
I'm sorry for everything.
What's done is done.
I know you did it with the best intentions.
KNOCK ON DOOR
I'm going now. Do you want me to give Lily a message?
Yeah, bye-bye. There's the rest of her stuff.
Look, this is bound to be difficult for both of you.
What's difficult for Lily? She got a lovely new home,
you and Cam jumping up and down for her every time she wants something.
She's your best friend.
Was. People move on, that's what happens.
You sound like Sapphire.
Good! No-one steals her stuff or leaves without saying goodbye.
See you tomorrow.
-How's it going?
-I don't think I'm ever going to get used to it.
No, you're definitely getting better.
-Thanks for giving up your room.
(If you ever want to sneak out, watch the dodgy floorboard.)
Maybe you should give Carmen a ring in the morning.
She hates me. I wouldn't know what to say.
She doesn't hate you.
She's just had a really tough time
in a place where you get stamped on if you show your feelings.
She needs you.
She's just scared to say so.
When we're looking for someone to blame
it's usually the people we care the most about who get it.
Tracy was the same.
-Blamed me for everything.
Although to be fair, it WAS always your fault.
It's always you sticks up for mates.
I DO stick up for mates. Mike isn't a mate.
Well, if Mike isn't a mate, who is?
A mate is someone who you can rely on, no matter what.
Someone who'll be on your side.
Mike gets paid to be your mate.
No. He does that bit for free.
Listen, are we playing cards or having a girly gossip?
KNOCK ON DOOR
Nice kidney punch on Johnny.
-Did I get it right?
Got to let the bad stuff go, Carm.
I've had an idea!
I wonder how Mike's getting on.
His hearing doesn't start for another 15 minutes yet.
You know what, Tracy? Just leave that.
Liam, Harry and Frank haven't come down yet.
-They're not having breakfast. They're at the Town Hall.
Exactly what were you expecting to achieve
by allowing Miss Beaker to proceed with her protest?
I wanted to give our young people a chance to fight for their home.
Sometimes those in power forget
that the way we treat our young people in care
-affects them for the rest of their lives.
-You can't sack Mike!
-Elm Tree House won't be the same without him!
-We're begging you.
-This is not the time.
-Look at Harry, he's only little.
-I must insist you all leave now.
-I'm really sorry they interrupted.
-What they did was wrong, but it shows how everyone feels...
Mr Milligan's popularity is not in question here.
He's the best father figure they've ever had.
-The issue is one of indiscipline at Elm Tree House.
This is just another example of that.
Why don't you people ever listen?
-Pretending you know what's best. You ain't got a clue!
I'm so disappointed in you.
Did you imagine for one second that this was going to help?
Look, our apologies.
We won't make this any harder than it already is.
We'll be leaving. Come on.
Gerry, thanks for all you've done.
Thank you, bye.
Look, I'm sure you meant well but, please, just leave it.
I'll, er, leave you to it.
Did you forget something?
I thought Tracy took it all yesterday.
Carmen, you're my best mate and...
I hate it when we fight.
I've come to say sorry.
-What's SHE doing here?
-Yeah. SHE don't live here any more.
Yeah, but SHE is my best friend.
And I've had enough bad goodbyes and I'm not having another one.
And you WILL be nice to her, OK?!
Well, no arguments from me, little tiger.
Lily's staying for lunch.
I'm really sorry about Mike.
I hope I get to see him again.
I'm sure you'll all get a chance to say goodbye, yeah?
-What's she doing here?
You come to say goodbye?
Thanks to Leanne's report, the panel found in my favour!
I just told the truth.
I found a sensitive man, who's firm when he needs to be
and always has the welfare of those in his care at heart.
That means we're all back together again.
ALL CHEER AND LAUGH
He never came back.
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