The Dumping Ground Experience
Series 2, Episode 3
Air date 17/01/14
Written by Sarah-Louise Hawkins
Directed by Sallie Aprahamian
Episode guide
The Barbecue

The Dumping Ground Experience was the third episode of the second season of The Dumping Ground. It was first broadcast on 17/01/2014 at 17:30 on the CBBC Channel and CBBC HD.


Believing that Carmen is creating a false impression of what life in the Dumping Ground is like for a care worker training video, Jody decides to make her own video of life in the DG. Will she succeed?

Bonus Scene

Outside the bathrooms, Carmen makes Floss make a frame shape with her fingers so Carmen can pretend she's on camera and tells what life in the DG is like (including having to share a bathroom). Floss tells Carmen that what she did was dumb, and starts giving her own account of life in the DG with the help of her sock puppets.


  • A preview for this episode shown on the CBBC website showed the bit where Tyler tumbled over on the grass without the video camera effect.
  • The episode is referred to on BBC websites (including CBBC and iPlayer) as "Experience".


  • From this episode, Carmen and Jody are no longer friends.
  • Faith is now in crutches as opposed to being wheelchair bound.
  • From this episode, Jody starts to regularly wear her hair in a ponytail instead of having it down.

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