What Would Gus Want?
Season 1, Episode 5
Air date 25/01/2013
Written by Elly Brewer
Directed by Stewart Svaasand
Episode guide
The Real Faith Davis

What Would Gus Want? is the fifth episode in the first series of The Dumping Ground. It was first aired at 17:00 on 25/01/2013 on the CBBC Channel.


Mike tells Gus that he has found a lesbian couple who are interested in fostering him. While Gus is tied between leaving the Dumping Ground and going to live with a new family, Johnny is opposed to Gus being fostered under the view that gay couples should not be allowed to have children. What will Gus decide?


  • Final appearance of Noah Marullo as Gus Carmichael. Gus remains seen in the opening titles until the final episode of season 1.
  • The episode was nominated for, and won, "Best Children's Television Script" at the "2013 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards".
  • This is the third, and final, time Gus is seen wearing something other than his standard blue shirt and brown shorts.
  • This is the first time in The Dumping Ground "hayfever" and "bowling" have been mentioned.
  • These are the first lesbians in the series,the second is May-Li Wang.
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