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09 Beautiful Beetroot

Director

Mandy Smith

Writer

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Airdate Australia

Monday,
14 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
12 June 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Thursday,
7 February 1991

Anita finally gets Elly to join the Girl Guides by telling her how fun the Guide's annual camp is. But camp turns out quite differently than Elly imagined it. No tents and campfires, but barracks, bunkbeds and beetroot for dinner every other night.

And on top of that, patrol leader Vivienne has it in for Elly and Anita (and some poor frogs). But as Vivienne is about to find out, you don't mess with Elly Barton.


Production notes
- No frogs were harmed in the filming of this episode. There was an actual frog handler, Nick Hilligos, involved in the shooting of those scenes. The frogs were replaced by plastic molds before being squeezed.

Trivia
- This is one of the episodes most people seem to remember. In my experience, the frog squeezing scenes come up whenever the show is mentioned.

- The girls in the Banksiawood Girl Guides are in reality those of the
Glen Waverley Guide Troup.

- "Guide Law No. 9",
on which grounds Vivienne takes the girl's personal possessions, is really the ninth Guide Law in Australia (or at least it was in 1987; the Guide Laws were rewritten in 2012). Of course Vivienne interprets it the wrong way. Guide Laws differ per country by the way (you learn a lot building a site like this).

- Vivienne's blonde side kick, Shelley, who explains "
Guide Law No. 9" to Elly, is played by Andree van Schaik. In real life, she's Olivia's best friend at school and also played in the Kaboodle episode Olivia was in.

- This episode was not adapted into the book's story line, but the events are recalled by Elly and Anita, as Vivienne's parents are amongst the prospective buyers of the Bartons' house (and Vivienne insults Elly's goldfish while touring her room with her mum).

- Addiitonal photos available for this episode in
Photos & Clippings

10 Bartons on the Beach

Director

Peter R. Dodds

Writer

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Airdate Australia

Tuesday,
15 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
19 June 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Friday,
8 February 1991

Mrs Barton must have been checking the weather forecast for weeks, because the very first ray of sunlight of the year means the family is bound for the beach. Not that it's exactly beach weather, but that will not stop her.

The day does not go as planned. Paul and Anita get lost in the dunes, and Anita's plans to make Paul finally notice her fall in the water (literally). Meanwhile, Elly is chased by a boy who takes things (way) too far to her liking.

Anthony meets a girl who claims she's a mermaid.

And mum Clare? She about has enough of it all.


Trivia
- You just realised where this fansite got its name from, didn't you?

- Am I the only one that finds the scene where Lee forces himself on Elly difficult to watch? Admittedly, she handles it very well (and the book's version of this scene gives even more depth to her handling of it), which certainly adds to my appreciation of Elly (and Olivia's acting). But still: yikes.

- There are backstage photos available for this episode in
Photos & Clippings

11 Suspected

Director

Peter R. Dodds

Writer

P.J. Hogan

Airdate Australia

Wednesday,
16 March 1988

Airdate UK

Not broadcast
See Trivia

Airdate Netherlands

Monday,
11 February 1991

Paul is soft-mannered, and that has been bugging Anthony for years. But when Anthony's friends spot Paul picking flowers in a park, Anthony's reputation is at stake. So Anthony and his friends make Paul take a test: pass it to prove you're a real man. But Paul fails the test, and Anthony takes it upon himself to help Paul be more manly and get him a girlfriend. Of course Anthony's plan backfires.

Elly has quite the opposite problem: she takes the same test that Paul failed, but she passes. Great? No, because that must mean she's way too masculine! So it's a good thing that Anita knows just how to fix that.

Douglas learns what a homosexual is, and decides he wants to be one.


Production notes
- The mall shown in this episode is the Century City Walk in Glen Waverley. The cinema shown is the Village Cinema inside that mall.

Trivia
- This is one of only two episodes that doesn't focus on Elly, but on Paul instead. The other one is
Half-time (episode 3).

-
This episode was never aired in the UK. The reason is the word "poofter" being used. Words like that one can not be used in a television broadcast before 9 PM (21:00h, also known as the "watershed") in the UK.

- It's a bit hard to see in
the clip, but Elly's fingers are in band aids because, as it turns out, embroidery is a dangerous hobby.

12 Bye Bye Bartons

Director

Richard Sarell

Writer

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Airdate Australia

Thursday,
17 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
26 June 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Tuesday,
12 February 1991

Robert gets offered a better job, one that requires the family to move to Mirandavale, on the other side of the city. This means leaving the Bartons' beloved Banksiawood home. The children were not told about the move until the last moment and are strongly opposed to it. But Robert and Clare ignore their pleas.

Elly is devastated by the fact she'll never see Anita again and by the inevitable loss of her beloved tree. To make matters worse, Mr Jensen announces to Elly that he will resume his fight to get the tree taken down after the Bartons have moved away.

Anita is forced to confess her love to Paul, but it falls on deaf ears.



Production notes
- We get our first and last glimpse of the Capaletti's house in the shot where Vince and his brothers are working on their car. The house is right across the street from the Barton's house, at 10 Copnal Court, Glen Waverley (the Barton's house is at No. 5).

Trivia
- Someone goofed up: Olivia Harkin is not listed in the end credits of this episode. Well we can't have that now, can we? Let's fix that while we're at it:

Elly Barton
OLIVIA HARKIN

There we go; all fixed!

- Olivia celebrated her twelfth birthday during the filming of this episode. You can find photos of her on set birthday party in the
Photos & Clippings page, along with photos of the wrapping/going away party.

- In the book, the girl that gets escorted around Elly's room is Vivienne Bone, the Emu Patrol Leader we met in
Beautiful Beetroot, still sporting the wild hair style due to Elly's revenge in that episode.
In the
Bye Bye Bartons episode it's an unrelated (and unnamed) girl. It would explain her saying Elly's fish is diseased though (as "Disease" was what she called Elly in Beautiful Beetroot).

- The series was originally going to end with a different episode called
Street Party. For unknown reasons, that screenplay was replaced by Bye Bye Bartons. See What could've been for more information.



 

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