Home Alone
Season 1, Episode 1
Home Alone
Air date 04/01/2013
Written by Elly Brewer
Directed by Craig Lines
Episode guide
Goodbye Tracy Beaker
Liberty in the DG

Home Alone was the first episode of The Dumping Ground. It was orignally broadcast back-to-back with the following episode Liberty in the DG under the title "Freedom" on the CBBC Channel on 04/01/2013.


The Dumping Ground residents are left to fend for themselves after Mike goes on holiday and Gina ends up hospitalised. But will everyone be able to get along without adult supervision?


  • The episode premiered at an ealier time of 16:30 as opposed to the regular time slot of 17:00.
  • First appearance of Leanne Dunstan as Faith Davis.
  • The original (back-to-back) broadcast deleted all lines and scenes referring to the girls wanting to go to the Year 12 party, as well as the scenes at the end where Gus leaves his room for a bath, is given things by everyone on the way and sees that he is orange.
  • This is the only season premiere of the Dumping Ground to have footage cut on its original broadcast.
  • Sapphire has left the Dumping ground prior to this episode, as revealed when Harry wants to visit her, and Faith tells him she now lives "too far away" for him to visit.
  • In the shooting script available from the BBC's website, after Gus discovers that he is orange, Johnny would have then said "We forgot to cover the mirror".
  • The episode shares (and may well have taken) its title from the movie Home Alone, in which a young boy finds himself alone in a house without his parents and other relatives. Similarly, the Dumping Ground kids find themselves in this episode without any responsible adults.
  • Lily comments that her dad and his girlfriend can discuss baby names whilst she is staying at the DG. This is foreshadowing the episode Baby, where Shannay (the girlfriend) first appears, and said baby is born, and named Jonah.
  • Faith is revealed to be 15 years old.
  • Mike is mistakenly referred to as "Mulligan", again.
  • In the final episode of Tracy Beaker Returns, a new care worker named "Melanie" arrives to take Tracy's place. However, she is completely absent in the new series without any explanation to her whereabouts.
  • In the first episode of Tracy Beaker Returns, Gina declares to Mike that they need another care worker. Starting with this episode, Mike and Gina seem to be fine with the fact there are now only two care workers as opposed to three.
  • First appearance of Rick's vinyl records.
  • The episode takes place on a Tuesday, given we later learn in What Would Gus Want that Gus eats macaroni on Tuesdays.


Gus (holding a grenade): Everything's wrong without Mike and Gina!

Gus (seeing that he is stained with henna): My face! My hair! I'm orange!

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