Kick Off
Season 2, Episode 1
Air date 10/01/14
Written by Elly Brewer
Directed by Sallie Aprahamian
Episode guide
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Kick Off was the first episode of the second season of The Dumping Ground. It was first broadcast back to back with the episode Quitters under the name Booting Up, on 10/01/2014 at 17:00 on the CBBC Channel and CBBC HD.


After his dad vanishes, Bailey Wharton is left at the Dumping Ground, much to the consternation of himself and the others, to whom he behaves rudely.

Bonus Scene

Floss asks Mo why he is wearing a bucket on his head, to which he replies that he sneezed while making a get well card for Faith and glitter went all over his face. Floss says that she won't laugh if Mo takes the bucket off his head. He does so and Floss starts laughing. Mo sticks the bucket back on his head and says that Floss is laughing at him. Floss denies this, sticks a bucket over her head and continues laughing.


  • First appearance of Kasey McKellar as Bailey Wharton, who is added to the opening titles beginning with this episode.
  • First episode to have a bonus scene.



  • When Faith is in the hospital and says that she is training for 800 metres, the subtitles read "100".
  • When Carmen says "send him (Bailey) to Burnywood", the subtitles spell it "Burneywood".
  • In the previous season (in the episode Seriously Funny), Tyler's mum was shown to be a white skinned woman with red frizzy hair. From this episode onward, Tyler's mother is now portrayed as a black skinned woman. The white skinned mother is Tyler (Miles Butler-Hughton)'s mum in real life.
  • No one mentions or seems to acknowledge the fact that Elektra has gone, and that they are living in a different building.
  • Everyone acts like May-Li has been working at the DG for years, when she has only just arrived.

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