List of Round the Twist episodes

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The following is a list of episodes of the Australian children's television series, Round the Twist. Between April 4, 1989 and May 2, 2001 there have been 52 episodes produced, spanning 4 seasons.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 4 April 1989 (1989-04-04) 4 July 1989 (1989-07-04)
2 13 4 April 1992 (1992-04-04) 26 June 1992 (1992-06-26)
3 13 27 February 2000 (2000-02-27) 19 June 2000 (2000-06-19)
4 13 31 January 2001 (2001-01-31) 2 May 2001 (2001-05-02)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1989)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Skeleton On The Dunny" Esben Storm Paul Jennings 4 April 1989 (1989-04-04)

The Twist Family move into the seaside town of Port Niranda where they have just bought the lighthouse. Bronson is busting to go to the toilet and is shocked to find that a ghost is haunting the outhouse. The three Twist children set out to find out what the ghost wants.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unreal!.
2 2 "Birdsdo" Esben Storm Paul Jennings 11 April 1989 (1989-04-11)

When Nell shows up raving about a dragon, the Gribble family plan to keep her in hospital until her house and land with its unpaid mortgage is repossessed and falls into their hands. As Bronson tries to prove the dragon is real, Pete and Linda go to Seagull Shack to find Nell's lost rubies to pay off her mortgage with – but then the seagulls attack with their volleys of droppings.

Note: Based on the short stories "Birdscrap" and "There's No Such Thing" from Unbelievable!.
3 3 "A Good Tip For Ghosts" Esben Storm Paul Jennings 18 April 1989 (1989-04-18)

Starting at their new school, Pete and Linda are forced by Gribble Jr and his gang to pass a "nerve test" by retrieving a steer's skull from the rubbish tip at night – the same rubbish tip said to be haunted by Old Man Chompers, the ghost of a man searching for his twin long-lost grandchildren.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Uncanny!.
4 4 "The Cabbage Patch Fib" Esben Storm Paul Jennings 25 April 1989 (1989-04-25)

When Bronson asks Tony where babies come from, an embarrassed Tony tells him that babies come from a cabbage patch—which turns out to be true when Bronson discovers a green baby in a cabbage patch.

Note: Based on the illustrated story of the same name.
5 5 "Spaghetti Pig-Out" Steve Jodrell Paul Jennings 2 May 1989 (1989-05-02)

Pete finds a remote control that can control reality – when Gribble Jr's gang find out, they steal it and use it to compete in a spaghetti eating contest.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Uncanny!.
6 6 "The Gum Leaf War" Steve Jodrell Paul Jennings 9 May 1989 (1989-05-09)

After an accident, Linda ends up with a broken nose. She dreams of her nose being big, so she escapes to the country with her Aunt Tuneless (who looks like Nell), where she discovers that anyone who plays The Wild Colonial Boy on a gumleaf from a certain tree can pass illnesses onto others. She discovers this after Aunt Tuneless uses it against Foxy (who looks like Mr Gribble), a neighbour with whom Aunt Tuneless has been feuding for years.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unbelievable!.
7 7 "Santa Claws" Mark Lewis Paul Jennings 16 May 1989 (1989-05-16)

Pete discovers the truth behind Jolly Old St. Nick when he meets Santa Claws No. 115,302. He offers two wishes to each Twist.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Quirky Tails.
8 8 "Wunderpants" Steve Jodrell Paul Jennings 23 May 1989 (1989-05-23)

Pete's underpants become blessed with magic powers after he uses a microwave to dry them. Unfortunately, a frog race and a shrinkage problem leave Pete all alone and a bit undressed...

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unreal!.
9 9 "Lucky Lips" Steve Jodrell Paul Jennings 6 June 1989 (1989-06-06)

Pete and Gribble Jr are dying for a kiss from Fiona and the magic lipstick that is irresistible to all females, comes in handy. Unfortunately, it really does mean all females, not always human.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unreal!.
10 10 "Know All" Esben Storm Paul Jennings 13 June 1989 (1989-06-13)

An old trunk of circus clothes creates all kinds of problems when they begin to come to life.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Uncanny!.
11 11 "The Copy" Mark Lewis Paul Jennings 20 June 1989 (1989-06-20)

A copying machine is a dangerous object, as the Twists soon discover. But none worse than when Linda makes a copy of herself.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Quirky Tails.
12 12 "Without My Pants" Esben Storm Paul Jennings 17 June 1989 (1989-06-17)

Ben Byron, the ghost of a boy who died trying to save his dog, casts a spell on Pete. Now Pete can't say anything without blurting, "without my pants" at the end of every sentence.

Note: Based on the short story "Without A Shirt" from Unreal!.
13 13 "Lighthouse Blues" Esben Storm Paul Jennings 4 July 1989 (1989-07-04)

The Gribbles finally succeed in evicting the Twists from the lighthouse. However, unbeknownst to the Gribbles, the developer he has hired plans to destroy the lighthouse. The Twists, Gribbles, and all of their friends join together with the ghosts in the attic to save the lighthouse.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unreal!.

Season 2 (1992)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
14 1 "Next Time Around" Esben Storm Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 4 April 1992 (1992-04-04)

Linda has hypnotized Pete to act like a chicken for 10 seconds when someone says "now". But how does she undo it?

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unbearable!.
15 2 "Copy Cat" Steve Jodrell Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 11 April 1992 (1992-04-11)

Linda's new magic hat gives her the power to fly—and everyone in town wants their turn with the hat.

Note: Based on the short story "Birdman" from Unmentionable!.
16 3 "Little Squirt" Esben Storm Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 18 April 1992 (1992-04-18)

In an effort to prove that he can do anything the older kids can do, Bronson befriends a water spirit who gives him the power to win a urinating competition.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unmentionable!.
17 4 "Pink Bow Tie" Steve Jodrell Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 25 April 1992 (1992-04-25)

Pete, Gribbs and the gang have a hair problem after fighting off a gang of thieves on board a ferry.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unbelievable!.
18 5 "Nails" Esben Storm Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 1 May 1992 (1992-05-01)

Linda discovers that a new boy at school has a rather "fishy" problem.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unbearable!.
19 6 "Sloppy Jalopy" Steve Jodrell Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 8 May 1992 (1992-05-08)

An accident in a toxic sludge puddle turns Pete into a human garbage magnet as anything and everything smelly becomes attracted to him.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unmentionable!.
20 7 "Smelly Feat" Esben Storm Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 15 May 1992 (1992-05-15)

While Bronson has been wearing his sneakers for six months now, the time has come for Fay's birthday party and Bronson is dying to take off those sneakers in order to save a 200 year old turtle.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unbearable!.
21 8 "Grandad's Gifts" Steve Jodrell Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 22 May 1992 (1992-05-22)

While the lemon tree begins sprouting instant fruit and Linda gets suspicious, Tony tries to convince Fay to stay after she has one too many fights with Bronson.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unbearable!.
22 9 "Ice Maiden" Esben Storm Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 29 May 1992 (1992-05-29)

Bronson takes a shine to Tony's ice-sculpted maiden—and the ice maiden wants to make Bronson her groom.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name from Unmentionable!.
23 10 "Yuckles" Steve Jodrell Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 5 June 1992 (1992-06-05)

While Mr. Gribble sets out to destroy a rainforest and erect a casino, the Twist kids set out to recover a species of magical toadstools called Yuckles which live in the rainforest and can duplicate whatever stands next to them before exploding.

Note: Based on the short story "Yuggles" from Unbearable!.
24 11 "Quivering Heap" Esben Storm Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 12 June 1992 (1992-06-12)

Jealous that Pete gets to suck Fiona's neck during a school production of Dracula, Gribbs locks Pete in the school bathroom. While there, Pete meets a ghost who is forced to scare Pete if he ever wants to get out.

Note: Based on the short story "Inside Out" from Unbelievable!.
25 12 "Little Black Balls" Steve Jodrell Paul Jennings and Esben Storm 19 June 1992 (1992-06-19)

A valuable opal belonging to Nell gets swallowed by a goat. Now Bronson must search through the goat's droppings in order to find it.

Note: Based on the short story of the same name and "Licked" from Unbearable!.
26 13 "Seeing The Light" Esben Storm Paul Jennings 26 June 1992 (1992-06-26)
As the Twists, the Gribbles, Fay, Fiona, Rabbit, Tiger, and Nell are all trapped in the lighthouse in a storm, the ghost ship of the SS Niranda is returning a hundred years after being wrecked on the coast. The ghost of Matthew, the old lighthouse keeper, possesses Pete in order to save the ghost ship and be reunited with his lost love Jane.

Season 3 (2000)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
27 1 "The Big Burp" Esben Storm Esben Storm 29 February 2000 (2000-02-29)
While urinating on a magic tree, Pete gets magically impregnated by a dryad.
28 2 "Viking Book of Love" Esben Storm Esben Storm 1 March 2000 (2000-03-01)
When Vikings Chief Snorri and his son Snorrison travel to Port Niranda through time with an enchanted Book of Love, Linda falls under their spell.
29 3 "Whirling Derfish" Ray Boseley Ray Boseley 2 March 2000 (2000-03-02)
Bronson swallows a rare whirling derfish and his life starts spinning out of control. After finding it in Linda's room Fay reads to Tony from the Viking Book of Love.
30 4 "UMI" Pino Amenta Chris Anastassiades 3 March 2000 (2000-03-03)
Pete and Harold's minds get switched in a virtual reality gaming accident. Fiona falls for Pete after he reads to her from the Viking Book of Love.
31 5 "Truth Hits Everybody" Pino Amenta Chris Anastassiades 6 March 2000 (2000-03-06)
Anthony and Linda discover a strange microphone that forces everyone to tell the truth. Bronson and James Gribble both turn vain after reading from the Viking Book of Love.
32 6 "The Nirandathal Beast" Pino Amenta Chris Anastassiades 7 March 2000 (2000-03-07)
After breaking a family tradition, Bronson is cursed with a meter-long beard and is mistaken for the Nirandathal Beast. Harold and Matron start up a motel business after Harold reads the Viking Book of Love to Matron. Tony and the Twist children struggle with Fay's first Mother's Day.
33 7 "Mali-Boo" Ray Boseley Chris Anastassiades 8 March 2000 (2000-03-08)
Pete and Tony find an old Malibu surfboard and Pete meets the board's owner, the ghost Moondoggy Throckmorton who never did manage to surf Big Blue, the once-every-30-years tidal wave. But with Pete, he just may have a chance. Rabbit reads the Viking Book of Love to Nell which leads to embarrassment for him.
34 8 "Brainless" Ray Boseley Ray Boseley 9 March 2000 (2000-03-09)
In an experiment gone wrong, Anthony and Bronson succeed in separating Pete and Linda from their brains. Now, Gribbs' gang have control of the bodies while the brains create havoc in the town. Linda falls for Anthony after he reads from the Viking Book of Love.
35 9 "Toy Love" Esben Storm Esben Storm 10 March 2000 (2000-03-10)
When the Twists decide to throw out all their junk, they realise how much of it they really want – except for Linda, who doesn't want her doll, Veronique. But Veronique isn't about to let go of her human friend without a fight. Gribbs, meanwhile is in love with Linda after the Viking Book of Love comes into play.
36 10 "Tears Of Innocence" Esben Storm Esben Storm 13 March 2000 (2000-03-13)
A drought has hit Port Niranda hard and the rainmaker has fallen in with Gribbs! It is up to Pete to save the day. Fay has fallen in love with Mr. Snapper after he reads from the Viking Book of Love.
37 11 "The Ice Cream Man Cometh" Ray Boseley Ray Boseley 14 March 2000 (2000-03-14)
Harold fires Linda from his ice cream parlour so she moves to Paulo's. But Paulo's secret is Giorgio, a freak who makes ice cream from his nose and has lived his whole life in the van. Linda decides to rescue him but he may not be ready for the world that lies beyond.
38 12 "If The Walls Could Talk" Pino Armenta Chris Anastassiades 15 March 2000 (2000-03-15)
Bronson is sick and tired of being ignored by everyone, but now every inanimate object can talk! Bronson decides to rescue Fay from Mr. Snapper by retrieving the Viking Book of Love.
39 13 "The Big Rock" Esben Storm Esben Storm 16 March 2000 (2000-03-16)
Gribbs reads the last poem in the Book of Love and unknowingly turns Fay into a frog. Unfortunately, this is only part one. Snorrison's future wife, Helga suddenly appears when all the adults are transported to the 8th Century AD and the kids take over. Now the future is dependent on the gang trying to get Helga back to her home.

Season 4 (2001)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
40 1 "Welcome Back" David Swann Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 31 January 2001 (2001-01-31)
Mr. Snapper is directing a play for the bicentenary of Port Niranda. Fay has a secret (she's pregnant) and the ghosts of the Von Clapp family want their 15 minutes of fame.
41 2 "Monster Under The Bed" Ray Boseley Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 7 February 2001 (2001-02-07)
The dirt of the house has compiled itself into the Lint Monster and Bronson is heading for a showdown. Meanwhile, Fay jostles with the idea of telling the family about the baby, unaware the kids already know.
42 3 "Linda Godiva" David Swann Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 14 February 2001 (2001-02-14)
Linda gains the power to become invisible. After ruining Gribbs' reputation she agrees to help Pete win a horserace but ends up revealing a lot more than the fact she's holding the reins.
43 4 "Dog By Night" Ray Boseley Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 21 February 2001 (2001-02-21)
At a flea circus, a rare Transylvanian flea named Count Dracumite sinks its teeth into Pete, turning him into a werewolf at night. Not only is he in love with Fiona's dog, but Pete may have to stay that way.
44 5 "TV Or Not TV" Arnie Custo Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 28 February 2001 (2001-02-28)
Pete, Bronson and Linda are sucked into the TV and discover the truth behind their "heroes".
45 6 "Face The Fear" Arnie Custo Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 7 March 2001 (2001-03-07)
While Linda and Pete attempt to face their fears, Bronson spends a night in the cemetery with an escaped prisoner who tries to steal some loot from Old Man Crenshaw's grave.
46 7 "Hair Brain" Ray Boseley Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 14 March 2001 (2001-03-14)
Linda and Gribbs are oppositions in the election for school council. But when a hair treatment goes wrong, Linda can hear people's thoughts and decides to use her power for the election, despite the smelly consequences.
47 8 "The Princess And The Pete" Ray Boseley Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 28 March 2001 (2001-03-28)
While Mr. Gribble has discovered a new claim to fame for Port Niranda, Pete's new crush is a force to be reckoned with.
48 9 "Bird Boy" David Swann Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 4 April 2001 (2001-04-04)
A huge boy-faced bird has followed Bronson home and his singing talent is extraordinary – or is it?
49 10 "The Shadow Player" Arnie Custo Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 11 April 2001 (2001-04-11)
In a total eclipse, Linda's shadow breaks free and tells her how boring she is. But the Shadow Master is out to give the new fun-loving Linda a lesson. So, at a talent show, Pete, Bronson and Linda must escape the Shadow Player so Linda can play her violin.
50 11 "Radio Da Da" David Swann Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 18 April 2001 (2001-04-18)
Using Nell's old radio, Pete and Linda are transported back to World War II. As they soon realise, everything they do in 1945 reflects what happens in 2001. Now, Linda and Pete must make life go back to normal or the Gribbles will have complete control of Port Niranda.
51 12 "Skunkman" David Swann Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 25 April 2001 (2001-04-25)
There is a new hero in Port Niranda – Skunkman! He fights evil, protects the innocent and is in love with Lois. The reality is – it is just Bronson.
52 13 "The Isle Of Dreams" Arnie Custo Ray Bosley, Louise Fox, Robert Greenberg and Christine Madafferi 2 May 2001 (2001-05-02)
Remember the strange person who keeps popping up in the lighthouse? It turns out she is Princess Ariel of the Isle of Dreams, and is looking for more people for her home. She has chosen the Twist and Gribble kids to join her. This leaves Pete, Linda, Bronson, Gribbs, Tiger and Rabbit having to decide whether or not to leave Port Niranda forever. Meanwhile, Fay handcuffs herself to Mr. Gribble and then goes into labour!