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05 Three Little Pigs

Director

Richard Sarell

Writer

Greg Millin

Airdate Australia

Monday,
7 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
8 May 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Friday,
1 February 1991

Miss India did it, Mr Jensen is sure of it. His rubbish bin has been vandalised, and who else could have done it? Her love for red paint is the only evidence he needs. And everyone knows she's up to no good. Yes, he's sure she's the culprit.

Meanwhile, Skinner Davies lost his paper round because of complaints. Elly suspects this has something to do with Mr Jensen's rubbish bin and decides to investigate.


Trivia
- This episode reveals Skinner does not have it easy at home. His father's actions after Skinner loses his paper round are considered child abuse.

- The episode's title refers to the number of times "pig" was painted on Mr Jensen's bin.

- Mr Jensen's dog, Max, was found at a local pound by the production. He was not what they had in mind when they set out looking for a suitable dog, but they fell in love with him at first sight.

- Skinner is aware it was Elly that convinced Mr Jensen to get him his paper route back. This is why, in the final scene, Skinner hands Elly the paper instead of throwing it at her as he usually does.

06 The Great Billycart Aid Race

Director

Richard Sarell

Writer

Shane Brennan

Airdate Australia

Tuesday,
8 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
15 May 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Monday,
4 February 1991

Elly Barton decides to help Bob Geldof feed the world. And what better way is there do that other than with a charity billycart race?

Everyone joins in, even Mr Jensen. But when someone is about to make more money from the race than Elly's charity does, something needs to be done about it.

Meanwhile, Douglas feels left out by his family as no one wants to help him build a billycart.


Trivia
- The cast group shot on the back cover of the
book was made during the shooting of this episode, even though this story line is not part of the book.

- The newspaper Elly cuts the article about Bob Geldof from, is the Thursday 21 May 1987 edition of
The Age, a real life Melburnian newspaper. The paper was altered by the crew for this episode; you can find out more about that here.

- On that same date,
C/o The Bartons was news in a real life newspaper. So maybe 21 May 1987 is, as Doc Brown in Back to the Future II puts it, "a temporal junction point for the entire space-time continuum. Other than that, it could just be an amazing coincidence". I'm going with the latter.

- Olivia's stunt double for the race was
Trent Lee, who is sadly not credited. A photo of Trent, dressed as Elly, is available in Photos & Clippings

- See the fancy new bike Skinner's riding in the last scene? I guess his paper round from
Three Little Pigs paid off!

07 Position Vacant

Director

Mandy Smith

Writer

Noel Robinson

Airdate Australia

Wednesday,
9 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
22 May 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Tuesday,
5 February 1991

Elly Barton has decided Miss India should get a job. How else is she going to pay for the trip to India she's been talking about for months? And Elly knows just the job for her: clerk at the local firestation.

Mum Clare also needs a job; she's done being a stay-at-home mum. And that vacancy for a clerk at the firestation seems like a perfect fit. Clare loves the fire brigade!


Trivia
- "
My mum's friend Angela" and the fact she runs a travel agency were first mentioned in Mr Snollers' Black Bag, but this is the first (and only) time we see her.

- This episode's plot originates in Miss India telling Elly she wants to visit India one day (also in
Mr. Snoller's Black Bag).

- According to the Internet Movie Car Database (
IMCDb.org) the fire truck in this episode, is a 1980 International ACCO (1810C). Just so you know. Thanks Keith!

- The red Ford Falcon that Robert drives is kind of a
Frankenstein version according to that site.

- Check out that page if you want to know more about the cars used in C/o The Bartons or those in any other film or TV series on this planet, for that matter.

08 Musical Rooms

Director

Mandy Smith

Writer

Greg Millin

Airdate Australia

Thursday,
10 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
5 June 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Wednesday,
6 February 1991

Paul and Anthony fight for the umpteenth time, and Robert and Clare have had enough. It's decided that Anthony should get his own bedroom, and as there aren't enough rooms in the house, Paul has to move in with Douglas and Elly has to move to the smaller bedroom.

During the move, Elly discovers that Paul secretly smokes and gets rid of his cigarettes. But Paul retaliates and takes Elly's diary hostage.


Trivia
- This is the only episode where no other characters other than the Bartons themselves appear. Not even Mr Jensen or Anita turn up.

- The blue dress Elly hides under her bed because she doesn't want to wear it, is the same dress as she's later forcing herself to wear in
Suspected.

- This episode was partially adapted into the book's story line. The subplot of Paul smoking was omitted, leaving only the moving around. In the book, the reason why Paul's thrown out is linked to him walking off the footie field (and causing Mirandavale to win the cup); Anthony is angry at Paul because of this in the book.

- In some online sources, this episode appears to be missing from the original broadcast run in Germany, and appears to be broadcast for the first time three years after the rest of the series. The same goes for
Beautiful Beetroot. I checked with Marika von Radvanyi, who directed the German dubs and is also a big fan of the show, but she assures me both episodes were included in the first run and the schedules found on those sites are incomplete.



 

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