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"Balancing Act" is the thirty-eighth episode of 101 Dalmatian Street. It premiered on Disney Channel UK on February 6, 2020 and premiered on Disney XD in the United States on July 12, 2021[1].

Summary

Dolly gets trapped on top of a crate suspended by a crane.

Plot

It is a rainy day outside and Dolly is entertaining not just herself, but also the other pups, by skateboarding around the house. However, she shreds Doug's face off of the family portrait with her skateboard. Dylan is cleaning around the house when he almost accidentally vacuums the remains of paper showing Doug's face. When Delilah enters the room, she thinks Dylan purposely vacuumed Doug's face off the picture. Dylan is frustrated at Dolly for carelessly ripping a piece of the portrait and Delilah blames him for that. The rain stops, and the pups go outside to play. While Dolly jumps on her trampoline, a crane carrying a large metal box suddenly hovers over the neighborhood. All the pups stare at the thing in awe. Dolly sees the box as the "ultimate climbing challenge." Reasonably, Dylan knows Dolly's idea is not going to go well. Dolly makes leaps and bounds on objects of the Dalmatians' property until she runs on the surface of the crane. Dolly lands on the box and the pups applaud for her. Suddenly, the construction worker inside the machine pulls a lever, causing the box moves higher and higher.

Dolly takes no notice of the danger and risk she is getting into until there is a clang from the machine. The construction worker takes a break from his duty. The box moves back and forth and Dolly dangerously slips on the edges. The motion of the box even breaks into houses and neighborhood property. Dylan and Dawkins call Doug for help using the World Wide Woof. However, Doug is listening to a video with headphones in the fire station, blocking out the World Wide Woof. The box is still swinging back and forth. Dylan encourages Dolly so stay still to reduce the risk of damage.

Dolly gets bored to sleep as Dylan reads space facts to her. She slips to the edge of the box when she falls asleep. Dylan tries other things to keep Dolly collected, such as reviewing next week's cleaning schedule and trying to speak "skate." Dolly then laughs at him, which causes her to again slip to the edge of the crate. Then Dolly is hungry, and it doesn't help when Clarissa tantalizes her when she receives a big, juicy steak from her owner. She throws the steak at Dolly, causing her to run on the crate. Dolly misses the piece of steak, unfortunately, and the crate crashes into Clarissa's window.

Dylan decides to use D.J. for backup. The music is calming, but too calming because it is lulling Dolly to sleep. She slips on the edge of the crate. D.J. switches the music to energizing techno, waking Dolly up. Dolly and Dylan are screaming in panic because of her dangling right off the edge of the crate. Meanwhile, Constantin has called officer Pearl to witness the damage the swinging crate has done to his property. Then it starts to rain. The rain makes the surface of the crate more slippery, making climbing on top harder for Dolly. Using a trampoline and wearing an astronaut helmet, Dylan sets himself onto the opposite edge of the crate.

Dolly finally confesses that she ripped Doug's face off of the family portrait. Meanwhile, the construction worker returns and goes back to work on the machine. Dolly makes other confessions to Dylan while the crate is being lowered in the rain. Dylan soon forgives Dolly for letting him take the blame of those situations. They finally hold paws just as the crate touches the ground. Doug arrives home and wonders what happened to his face in the portrait. Dolly jokes about who would do such a thing before giggling and running away mischievously.

Cast

  • Josh Brener as Dylan
  • Michaela Dietz as Dolly
  • Rhashan Stone as Doug
  • Ella Kenion as Delilah
  • Nefeli Karakosta as Dizzy
  • Florrie Wilkinson as Dee Dee
  • Rhys Isaac-Jones as Dawkins
  • Rocco Wright as Dimitri Trio
  • Kyle Soller as Dante
  • Harriet Carmichael as Clarissa
  • Tameka Empson as Pearl
  • Rufus Jones as Constantin

Trivia

  • This is the second episode where Dolly tunes out Dylan's "nerdspeak" with "blah blah blah". The first time being in "Poodlewolf".
  • So far, this is the only episode in which Dawkins refers to Doug as "Dad" rather than by name.

References


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Media
Films: One Hundred and One Dalmatians101 Dalmatians102 Dalmatians101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London AdventureCruellaCruella 2

Television series: 101 Dalmatians: The Series101 Dalmatian Street
Music: One Hundred and One DalmatiansCruellaCruella: Original Score by Nicholas Britell
Video Games: Animated StoryBook: 101 DalmatiansMath Antics with Disney's 101 DalmatiansDisney Hotshots: Disney's 101 Dalmatians101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue102 Dalmatians: Activity Center101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London AdventureKingdom Hearts
Books: Disney Princess BeginningsHello, Cruel HeartBe Careful What You Wish Fur

Disney Parks
Club VillainSorcerers of the Magic KingdomMidship Detective Agency

Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The MagicThe Golden MickeysVillains Tonight!
Parades: Disney Cinema Parade
Fireworks: Wonderful World of Animation
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyFrightfully Fun ParadeHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsLet's Get WickedMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadeRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeScream and Shout Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out! Chapter 2

Characters
One Hundred and One Dalmatians: PongoPerditaRoger RadcliffeAnita RadcliffeNannyCruella De VilJasper and HoraceDalmatian PuppiesLuckyPatchRollyPennyFrecklesPepperDannyScottieTowserLucyCaptainSergeant TibbsColonelThunderboltDirty DawsonPrissyCocoCollieThe CowsLabrador

101 Dalmatians: The Series: CadpigSpotMoochTripodScorchLieutenant PugMayor Ed PigDumplingCorneliaSwamp RatCydneStevenPersian PeteVendella De VilGo-GoBlazeCave PupRebeccaThe VandercreamsAmber DearlyP.H. De VilCecil B. De VilIvy De VilMalevola De VilJudge Dimsdale De Vil
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure: Lil' LightningLars
101 Dalmatians: HerbertAlonzoMr. SkinnerJewelDipstickFidgetTwo-ToneWhizzerKipper
101 Dalmatian Street: DylanDollyDawkinsDougDelilahTriple-DDanteD.J.DeepakDieselDorothyDa VinciDelgadoDizzy & Dee DeeDimitri TrioPortia PoodleFergus FoxHanselRoxySnowballClarissaPearlHunter De VilSpikeConstantin SidBig FeeSpencer Sausage DogSummerChipsArabellaPrunellaBessieApolloCuddlesDoctor DaveGodfreyHugoStanislav
Video game characters: Patches
102 Dalmatians: Chloe SimonKevin ShepherdJean-Pierre Le PeltDottieLittle DipperDominoOddballFluffyDroolerChompDiggerWaddlesworthEwan
Cruella: Baroness Von HellmanBuddyWinkArtieJohnCatherine MillerThe Baroness' Dalmatians

Episodes
101 Dalmatians: The Series

ABC Episodes: "Home is Where the Bark Is" • "He Followed Me Home" • "Love 'Em and Flea 'Em" • "Howl Noon" • "Easy on the Lies" • "Two for the Show" • "An Officer and a Gentledog" • "Bad to the Bone" • "Southern Fried Cruella" • "Swine Song" • "Watch for Falling Idols" • "The High Price of Fame" • "The Great Cat Invasion" • "No Train, No Gain" • "Rolly's Egg-Celent Adventure" • "Wild Chick Chase" • "The Dogs of DeVil" • "Dog's Best Friend" • "A Christmas Cruella" • "Out to Launch" • "Prophet and Loss"
Syndicated Episodes: "You Slipped a Disk" • "Chow About That?" • "Tic Track Toe" • "Lucky All Star" • "Shake, Rattle, and Woof" • "Cadpig Behind Bars" • "Leisure Lawsuit" • "Purred It Through the Grapevine" • "Our Own Digs" • "Goose Pimples (Goose Pamples)" • "Two Faces of Anita" • "The Fungus Among Us" • "Market Mayhem" • "Lucky to be Alone" • "Four Stories Up" • "It's a Swamp Thing" • "Roll Out the Pork Barrel" • "Alive N' Chicken" • "Prima Doggy" • "You Say It's Your Birthday" • "Oozy Does It" • "Barnboozled" • "Citizen Canine" • "Full Metal Pullet" • "Dough the Right Thing" • "Frisky Business" • "Cadet of the Month" • "Valentine Daze" • "Close But No Cigar" • "Invasion of the Doggy Snatchers" • "Smoke Detectors" • "Lobster Tale" • "Double Dog Dare" • "Mooove It On Over" • "Shipwrecked" • "Mall Pups" • "Shrewzle Watch" • "The Life You Save" • "Spots and Shots" • "On the Lamb" • "Treasure of Swamp Island" • "Lord of the Termites" • "Fountain of Youth" • "Walk a Mile in My Tracks" • "Cruella World" • "Hail to the Chief" • "Food for Thought" • "The Maltese Chicken" • "Film Fatale" • "My Fair Chicken" • "Snow Bounders" • "Gnaw or Never" • "Poison Ivy" • "Twelve Angry Pups" • "The Good-bye Chick" • "Robo-Rolly" • "Splishing and Splashing" • "Virtual Lucky" • "Cupid Pups" • "The Artist Formerly Known as Spot" • "The Nose Knows" • "K is for Kibble" • "Humanitarian of the Year" • "Beauty Pageant Pandemonium" • "Hog-Tied" • "Coup DeVil" • "Every Little Crooked Nanny" • "Cone Head" • "Channels" • "Un-Lucky" • "The Making of..." • "Best of Show" • "Walk on the Wild Side" • "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move" • "DeVil-Age Elder" • "Jurassic Bark" • "My Fair Moochie" • "Dog Food Day Afternoon" • "Spot's Fairy God-Chicken" • "Good Neighbor Cruella" • "Animal House Party" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part I - Road Warriors" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part II - Cross-Country Calamity" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part III - Dearly Beloved"
101 Dalmatian Street
Shorts: "Merry Pups" • "Muddy Pups" • "Prank Pups" • "Ransom Pups" • "Target Pups" • "Yoga Pups" • "Jurassic Pups" "Space Pups" • "Disco Pups" • "Diva Pups"
Season One: "Dog's Best Friend" • "Boom Night" • "Power to the Puppies" • "Who The Dog Do You Think You Are?" • "Walkies on the Wild Side" • "May Contain Nuts" • "Winter Funderland" • "Snow Day" • "Perfect Match" • "All Fired Up" • "Poetry Scam" • "Crushed Out" • "Girls' Day Out" • "The Woof Factor" • "The Nose Job" • "My Fair Dolly" • "Flea-Mageddon" • "A Right Royal Rumble" • "Dal-Martians" • "A Date with Destiny... Dallas and Déjà Vu" • The Wow of MiaowFear WindowThe Dog HouseA Summer to RememberLong Tongue DayDoggy Da VinciLondon, We Have a ProblemIt's My PartyFox in the Dog HouseFetchDon't Push Your LuckThe Curse of the FerrydogThe Walls Are AliveDiamond DogsRide AlongPoodlewolfThe Longest NightBalancing ActDawkins Strikes BackPoodlefall!Dotty DancingYappily Ever AfterD-FactorPuppy DreamsDante's InfernoBetter The De Vil You KnowThe De Vil Wears Puppies

Locations
LondonRegents ParkHell HallDinsfordDearly FarmGruteley CountyCherry Tree FarmHouse of DeVil101 Dalmatian Street2nd Time AroundLiberty LondonSmith & WollenskyHouse of Baroness
Songs
Films: Cruella De VilKanine KrunchiesDalmatian PlantationPlayful MelodyI See SpotsTry AgainYou're the OneDigga Digga DogSo Fabulous, So FierceWho's Sorry Now?Perhaps, Perhaps, PerhapsLivin' ThingCall Me CruellaThese Boots Are Made for Walkin'

Animated Storybook: I Love FurPuppies, Oh, PuppiesTwilight BarkUp the StairCover Yourselves with Soot
Television series: 1-0-1Dalmatian VacationSurf PuppiesI Got My Pups with MeIt's a Dog's LifeIn the HouseDolly's RapDogs are Out for Summer SunIt's a PrankWe're Sending You Love
Deleted: Don't Buy a Parrot from a SailorMarch of the One Hundred and OneCheerio, Good-Bye, Toodle-oo, Hip Hip!One Hundred and OneThe Creation of Cruella De Vil

See also
Cruella's carJasper and Horace's truckThe Thunderbolt Adventure HourThe Disney AfternoonHouse of MouseOnce Upon a TimeThe Further Adventures of Thunderbolt
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