How To Be Perfect
Series 4, Episode 18
Air date 18/11/16
Episode guide
Two Camps
One For Sorrow

How to be Perfect was the 18th episode of season 4 of The Dumping Ground. It was first broadcast on 18th November 2016 at 4:30pm on CBBC and CBBC HD.


Having not heard from her father for a year, Kazima steals the files of the other young people to work out how to gets fostered. Finding that it is unlikely that a teenager will be adopted and that someone of her age is more likely to be adopted by someone she knows, she decides to impress May-Li to get herself adopted by her.


  • First Appearance of Jethro Baliba as Archie Able.
  • At the climax, Tyler and Floss do the famous lift from Dirty Dancing, and (I've Had) The Time of My Life is also played during their dance.
  • This is the first time one of the care workers have considered aopting one of the residents.


  • Everyone seems to forget what Kazima was running away from in Somalia and the situation she's in.

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 PossibleSickRough JusticeWhere You Belong#SaveTheDGWhat Lies Beneath

Series 6: Jody On The RopesSaved By The BellGive & TakeHeroesSorryNotSorryCat's In The CradleChallenging TimesTwo Sides to Every StoryUtopiaThe LurgyRyanManHolding Out For a Hero

Specials: Jody in WonderlandLiam's StoryFloss The FoundlingDumping Ground IslandSasha's Contact Meeting