On this page, we'll take a look at what could have been. This is not fan fiction (you won't find that on this site), but based on official documents and interviews.
Changes to episodes
The information below was compiled from paperwork Olivia got for her role as Elly. Unfortunately I can't (yet) publish that paperwork as I'm not sure if that's allowed. I think it's wise to get permission from Jenny Hooks first and I haven't been able to contact her yet. Look here for future updates!
Other than the title, I only know that this episode is listed in place of Beautiful Beetroot. I can only imagine what the original script was about… do Girl Guides in Australia eat lobsters regularly? I'm not sure that would go over any better than beetroots. Hmmm…
This episode is listed in place of Suspected and judging by the summary, has a lot of elements from that episode's final script. It might be the same script, with just a different title.
Now this is where it gets interesting. COTB could have ended with a big street party instead of a looming move for the Barton kids, judging by this episodes summary.
Street Party's summary tells of friction between neighbours in the street where Elly and Anita live. The friction is apparently so severe, that the annual street party is in jeopardy. As Anita has been planning to make her big move and win Vince's heart over during the party, this doesn't look well for her. So she, and her "wing-girl" Elly, try everything to close the rifts that exist between the adults in the street and have the party to go through.
But it takes Skinner saving Mr Jensen's dog from unnamed peril to really make the adults see. Still, Anita's plans turn out differently as she suddenly sees Paul Barton as something other than Elly's brother. Meanwhile, Elly suddenly understands why Anita has been obsessing over Vince…
The family was going to be called the Stoomphs, a German couple with no children. Mr Stoomph was to be a tailor, and his wife rarely seen. They would have a giant, scary German-shepherd dog that would go nuts if you went too close to the couple's back fence.
The cat? Well, that would be Barley-sugar, the cat that sparks the creation of the Bartons League of Bird Lovers in the episode of the same name. So there's still 25% of Stoomph left in the final version!
Second Bartons book
I asked Jocelyn about that book in the interview I did with her for this site. She told me the book was indeed an option she had with the publisher, but it didn't go through because ABC held the rights to the series. What a shame!
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