Back in The Game
Season 5, Episode 2
Air date 20/01/17 (compilation)
28/01/17 (individual)
Episode guide
Miscreants, Robots and Bullies
One Giant Leap

Back in The Game was the second episode of season 5 of The Dumping Ground. It was first broadcast in compilation format with its first half under the title Back in The Game at 4:30pm on 20th January 2017 on CBBC and CBBC HD.


Having discovered that Dexter is being used to mark houses for robberies, Bailey comes up with a plan to get Roddy jailed. Elsewhere, the young peoples' attempts to make their new neighbours feel welcome fail.


  • Final appearances of Kasey McKellar as Bailey Wharton and Sage as Mischief, though they both continue to appear in the opening titles until the mid-season finale.
  • Dexter moves in to The Dumping Ground.
  • Dexter mentioned that he's being assessed with a youth offender officer called Roxy, and that she has a motorbike and a tattoo. This might be Roxy Wellard from The Story of Tracy Beaker series.
  • On leaving the Dumping Ground, the kids sing "We Love You Bailey, We Do". This was previously sung by Tyler and Rick in Quitters.
  • Bailey brings up his old dog-sitting service, from First Past The Post and Risky Business
The Dumping Ground episodes

Series 1: Home AloneLiberty in the DGBabyS.O.S.What Would Gus Want?The Real Faith DavisThe Truth is Out ThereDreamlandA Day in The PastOh, Mo!Seriously FunnyEsmeScary Beasts

Series 2: Kick OffQuittersThe Dumping Ground ExperienceThe BarbecueFinding FrankHolding OnEnduranceI Have a DreamSticks and StonesGI JohnnyBe My GirlHopeFace The Music

Series 3: Party GamesGrand Theft DGStuck with YouMischiefNow You See MeIt's Not About the MoneyFake it to Make itBreaking InThe Long Way HomeDragon SlayerThree DaysFree to Good HomeBetter Than YouWho Are You?Where is Love?Goodbye GirlSomething BorrowedWhat Matters?Coming RoundRefuge

Series 4: Lost and FoundBear-Faced LiarStepping UpThey Walk Among UsHold The Front PageGrowing PainsSubmarineFirst Past The PostSurvivorsThe End of it AllPerfect MatchDorisRisky BusinessI TrollIt Takes TwoGetting to Know YouTwo CampsHow to be PerfectOne For SorrowTwo For Joy

Series 5: Miscreants, Robots and BulliesBack in The GameOne Giant LeapThe Fairytale PrincessSittin' in a TreeFaking ItSasha Bellman P.I.BeliefVox PopuliFreeThe WardrobeFarvelChoose Your Own AdventureMaking WavesThe Phantom of Ashdene RidgeThe SwitchMission Totally ImpossibleSickRough JusticeWhere You Belong#SaveTheDGWhat Lies Beneath

Specials: Jody in WonderlandLiam's StoryFloss The FoundlingDumping Ground Island