Bear-Faced Liar is the second episode of the fourth season of The Dumping Ground. It was first broadcast back to back with the previous episode Lost and Found under the name Slings and Arrows at 4:30pm on 29 January 2016 on CBBC and CBBC HD.


Carmen and the other young people attempt to put on a play to impress the Ofsted inspectors. Elsewhere, Bailey's dad shows up, annoyed at the news his wife has reappeared.


  • The title is a play on the phrase "Barefaced Liar", referring to Allison/Bryony's deception of pretending to be Bailey's mother and a reference to the restaurant owner's model bear.
  • Bryony is credited as "Allison" in the end credits, even though it was not her real name.
  • Floss makes a referral to her past, when in the play, she says "...she might see you again, in a palace. Or a nail bar!" Floss was left by her mother in a nail bar when she was 18 months old.
  • Ryan and Tyler stealing the computer in It's Not About the Money and Jody shoplifting the nappies in Free to Good Home are brought up
  • First appearance of Mr Wharton since season 2's Quitters


  • In the audio described version, the narrator calls Ashdene Ridge "Ashdene Rodge" [sic].

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 OffQuittersExperienceThe BarbecueFinding FrankHolding OnEnduranceI Have a DreamSticks and StonesG.I. 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?The 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 BusinessTrollIt 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 HeroStuckThe SecretBird's SongHomeFakerMe, Myself and IJay and Bird's Day OffWastersJoyless DivisionNo EscapingTo Have and Not to HoldMissing Presumed Single

Series 7: RageFive DoorsThe Lone RangerFace Your FearRun the RiskCandi-Rose?The Return of the Freaky Twins

Specials: Jody in WonderlandLiam's StoryFloss the FoundlingDumping Ground IslandSasha's Contact MeetingThe Joseph & Taz Files