The Story of Tracy Beaker Season 3
S03 E01Feb 12, 2004
Leavin' on a Jet Plane Feb 12, 2004 Tracy Beaker reckons she's top dog at the Dumping Ground, but new head care worker Shelley has other plans. Fearing that Tracy has become too settled, Shelley suggests it's time for Tracy to move to another home. She packs her bags and heads over to her best friend Cam's house, only to find that she's leaving for New York. Meanwhile the other kids decide if Tracy goes, they all go. Even Elaine, Nathan and Duke join in with the mutiny after being sick of Shelley's strict rules.
S03 E02Feb 12, 2004
Supernatural Shelley Feb 12, 2004 Shelley opens her office door – eager to hear suggestions for improvements to the Dumping Ground. She's soon faced with a barrage of requests for sweetie machines, wave pools and daily rations of pickled onion crisps! Without a sensible idea in sight, Shelley sets about doing things her way. But her new healthy eating policy, interior design changes and bedroom swaps, go down like a lead balloon.
S03 E03Feb 19, 2004
Jackie Feb 19, 2004 New arrival Jackie Hopper is dragged kicking and screaming to the Dumping Ground. She refuses to accept that she needs to be in care, and that her beloved Grandpa Jack has Alzheimer's and can no longer look after her. She's determined to escape, collect Grandpa from his nursing home and return to their old house together.
S03 E04Feb 19, 2004
Free Louise Feb 19, 2004 Louise couldn't be happier with her new foster family the Morris's, but she attempts to spare the feelings of her parent-less friends in the Dumping Ground by fibbing that they are horrible. Tracy & Justine are horrified that their friend seems to be in trouble.
S03 E05Feb 26, 2004
The Bygraves Feb 26, 2004 Michael has quickly established himself as the Dumping Ground's most unpopular kid – bullying the little ones, snitching on the older ones and constantly sucking up to the staff. Tracy realises that they could get rid of Michael for good if they could find someone to foster him. When Tracy stumbles across The Bygraves (ironically funeral directors), she reckons they might just be desperate enough to even consider Michael.
S03 E06Feb 26, 2004
Down with School Feb 26, 2004 Jackie has run away from school so many times, that she now has to be tutored at the Dumping Ground. Faced with another boring Monday morning at school, Tracy and Crash reckon if Jackie can have home schooling, so can they.
S03 E07Mar 5, 2004
Crashed and Trashed Mar 5, 2004 Crash and Tracy are both in lousy moods and fall out at breakfast. When Cam sends Tracy an 'I love NY' T-shirt in the post, Tracy is on cloud nine and can't resist boasting about her exciting new pressie to Crash. Then, when Nathan accidentally ruins the T-shirt, both Tracy and Crash's tempers reach frightening levels.
S03 E08Mar 6, 2004
No-One Quite Like Grampa Mar 6, 2004 Jackie decides that it's finally time to rescue Grandpa, and enlists the help of her new pal Tracy. The girls sneak out of the Dumping Ground, and successfully get Grandpa back to his old house. Meanwhile, Louise is over to visit and Michael's fallen hard for her.
S03 E09Mar 12, 2004
Down to Earth Mar 12, 2004 Tracy can't believe her luck when she wins tickets to a pop awards show. But as Tracy gets ready to leave for the big event, disaster strikes. She suddenly feels desperately unwell and collapses. Tracy comes round the next morning to discover that she's in hospital, and has had her appendix out. Tracy is furious with how everything has turned out, but cheers up when there's a surprise for her... Cam!
S03 E10Mar 12, 2004
Nothing Happens Here Mar 12, 2004 Tracy thinks it's about time Cam wrote a best seller, and reckons she knows exactly what the book should be about – her of course! Tracy isn't impressed when Cam decides that a book about all the kids in the Dumping Ground would be just the thing. Cam starts gathering stories but becomes increasingly exasperated by everyone's over-eagerness to help.
S03 E11Mar 19, 2004
The Tracy Beaker Club Mar 19, 2004 Dolly, Hayley and Marco get a taste for trouble when they realise just how much fun being bad can be. Tracy thinks they're clueless and brags about all her famous scams – cheese sauce in wellies, running round the garden with the head care workers knickers on your head and eating a worm, to name a few! The little kids are in awe and decide to set up 'The Beaker Club'. However, The Beaker Club's actions nearly cost Dolly her soon-to-be foster family. When the foster family in question turn up at The Dumping Ground and the Club drop ketchup-and-flour bombs on their heads, not realising it's Dolly's soon-to-be foster family, their actions soon bite Dolly on the bum.
S03 E12Mar 19, 2004
Powercut Mar 19, 2004 The Dumping Ground residents are thrown into chaos when there's a sudden power cut. Tracy and the other kids aren't impressed at the prospect of an evening with no TV, music, computers or cooking. Tracy decides to scare the pants off everyone by telling ghost stories.
S03 E13Mar 26, 2004
Just Desserts Mar 26, 2004 Aspiring chef Bouncer takes a small step towards achieving his ambition, by getting a Saturday job in a bakery. Lol can't help feeling at a bit of a loss without his brother around. Meanwhile, Tracy is also feeling sidelined when she discovers that Cam's got herself a snooty literary agent, Zara.
S03 E14Mar 26, 2004
Mind Your Own Business Mar 26, 2004 Michael and Crash come to blows when Elaine announces that a new kid Wilson is arriving, and one of them will have to share with him. Meanwhile, Tracy reckons it's about time Louise got her own back on her prankster boyfriend, Adam. All goes to plan until Tracy realises that she's got the wrong guy! Elaine is horrified to discover Wilson emerging from the cellar, covered in flour and rotten eggs. To Tracy's surprise, Wilson lies, saying he coated himself in them on purpose. Tracy appreciates Wilson's gesture, but will not admit to liking Wilson.
S03 E15Apr 2, 2004
I Am Not In Love Apr 2, 2004 Tracy develops a crush on Wilson, but is loath to admit it. Tracy agrees to go with Wilson to visit his Mum in hospital. Tracy agrees, and on a day out with Cam, she can't stop talking about Wilson. Meanwhile, Duke and Shelley are led a merry dance by some amorous text messages. Lol and Crash are responsible, but when the game is up it looks like Tracy is going to get the blame. However, Wilson takes the blame thinking he is doing it for Tracy. When Tracy asks him why he did it, she finally admits her feelings, and they kiss. Unfortunately, Justine is watching from behind.
S03 E16Apr 2, 2004
Time Capsule Apr 2, 2004 Tracy is in a foul mood – Wilson's left without saying goodbye and Justine is teasing her rotten about the kiss. Meanwhile, the other kids dig up a time capsule from the previous owners of the house. They attempt to put together a Dumping Ground time capsule of their own – preparing video diaries, recipes, collages and photographs. Note: In Tracy Beaker Returns, the capsule is found and at some point during Tracy's life she makes clues to the time capsule.
S03 E17Apr 9, 2004
Football Trial Apr 9, 2004 Lol is fast turning into the next David Beckham, and Tracy is quick to notice. Before Lol knows it, Tracy is acting as his manager, has snuck him into a professional football ground demanding that the manager give him a trial. As he stands in awe of the vast stadium, Lol's dream is so close he can almost touch it.
S03 E18Apr 9, 2004
We Are Family Apr 9, 2004 Everyone's intrigued by Bouncer's uncharacteristic behaviour – he's wearing after-shave, off his food and even buying flowers! Eventually it transpires that Bouncer has got himself a girlfriend. He's fallen for his co-worker Kelly, from the bakery. Fearing that Kelly will be put off by his unusual home life, Bouncer fibs that he's from an average 2.4 family.
S03 E19Apr 16, 2004
Be Prepared Apr 16, 2004 Layla is determined to get enough cub scout badges to secure a place on the camping trip. Tracy and Jackie are put in charge of supervising her, but quickly fall out when Tracy suggests that it's time for some Beaker-style assistance. Refusing to cheat, Jackie and Layla struggle on without Tracy.
S03 E20Apr 16, 2004
Sufia The Silent Apr 16, 2004 Tracy's nose is put out of joint when she's forced to share her room with a new arrival – non-English speaking Sufia. However, when Sufia finds herself on the receiving end of Michael's bullying, Tracy is quick to step in and come to her defence. Meanwhile Bouncer, Lol and Jackie get carried away with a game of football, and end up breaking a picture in the lounge, which results in a competition breaking out over the Dumping Ground.
S03 E21Apr 23, 2004
Babies Suck! Apr 23, 2004 Justine is desperate for her Dad and Carrie to ask her home with them for good. However, when they cancel taking her out for the day, Justine begins to doubt that it'll ever happen. Justine fears the worst when she hears that Carrie is on her way round to speak to her. When Carrie arrives and announces that she's pregnant, Justine is certain that her dream will never come true.
S03 E22Apr 23, 2004
Exploited! Apr 23, 2004 Everyone is in high spirits when the TV cameras arrive at the Dumping Ground, for the launch of Cam's book 'The Dumping Ground Kids'. Tracy tries to steal the limelight at every opportunity – convinced that she's the inspiration for the star of the book 'Trudy' – a tough no-nonsense kid who is queen of the scammers. But Tracy's in for a nasty surprise, when she finally reads the last chapter & discovers that Trudy is the only kid not to get fostered.
S03 E23May 7, 2004
Be Quiet May 7, 2004 Sick of always being ignored, little Hayley decides that it's time she made her presence felt. Everyone is shocked to discover the normally quiet Hayley stomping her feet, banging saucepans and chucking underwear out of windows! Satisfied that she's made her point, Hayley is soon back to normal. Meanwhile, Tracy goes through the motions with three sets of hopeless potential foster parents on a trip to the science museum.
S03 E24Apr 30, 2004
Dad Trouble Apr 30, 2004 Tracy is determined to win Jake & his Dad Tom over. She realises that if she's going to impress them, then she needs to brush up on her skills at being around little brothers & dads. Taking advice from Justine, Tracy treats Tom as though he's a dog – throwing a ball for him to catch and rewarding him with treats.
S03 E25Apr 30, 2004
The Big Race Apr 30, 2004 Jackie is caught off guard when she gets a letter from her Grandpa telling her that they're both entered in a charity race tomorrow. Tracy gets busy signing up sponsors, whilst Crash helps Jackie to train for the big day. Meanwhile, Cam comes round to see Tracy in a desperate attempt to make amends. But Tracy is sticking to her guns and Cam finds herself out in the cold.
S03 E26May 7, 2004
Good As Gold May 7, 2004 There's a BBQ party to celebrate Justine leaving. Jackie goes to collect Grandpa to join the party, and is devastated to discover that he is in a wheelchair. Marco dresses up as a magician for the party but can't seem to do anything magic, until he pinches Duke's flip-flops while he is asleep and sends them up high into the sky tied to helium balloons with Duke waking up in time to see what is happening and then tries to catch them back down (but fails to do so) while everyone else is looking on with laughter. Jackie is determined that her Grandpa will still be the fastest Grandpa in the land and soon gets him wheeling at top speed. As Justine heads off to begin her new life, Tracy has to face the fact that she's the last kid from the old Dumping Ground set to be left behind.