Chihiro shows compassion by looking past the external flaws of the Stink Spirit and recognising he needs help. Assisted by the rest of the bath house staff Chihiro is successful in removing the pollution caught in the Stink Spirit's side. The Stink Spirit turns out to be a wealthy mythical dragon, helping Chihiro win the approval of Yubaba.
Bob returns the money Joe gave him to lose a race, asking for chocolate instead. Shop owner, Raj, almost exposes Joe. Joe is happy for his new friend but burdened by his lie. Bob and Joe try to evade the Grubb bullies, but Joe is caught, deciding to cut a deal. In class, Joe realises he's left his homework at home, and Mrs Sharp threatens litter duty. Len decides to deliver the homework personally. Joe realises he doesn't want special treatment.
Warwick Davis "Willis" helps Joe transfer to the local Ruffington High. On their way to school Willis advises Joe to hide his wealth from the other students, Joe agrees. When Joe arrives, he has a frank chat with the school bullies and gets tossed in the bin. In class, he manages to make a new friend, Bob, who gives him a tour. At home, his father, blinded by money, continues to shower gifts on his greedy and forgetful girlfriend, Sapphire.
Leonard Spud works at a toilet paper factory. He's down on his luck and can't even buy his son, Joe, a proper Christmas present. The sequence is shot in sepia until, while crying over the kitchen sink, Leonard invents "Bum Fresh". Bum Fresh revolutionises toilet paper and catapults Joe and Leonard into great wealth. Len gives Joe everything he could ever want, but over time Joe feels more isolated than ever before.
Realising the error of his ways, Joe seeks to apologise to those he hurt. Together, Joe, Bob and Maddie plan a surprise for Mrs Sharp. Joe gives the last of his money to Maddie, telling her to build a school in Africa. Wandering the streets alone, Joe bumps into Raj and discovers Bum Fresh has gone bust overnight. At home, Len and Joe make amends, and Bob and Julie generously invite them for Christmas dinner.
Joe loses his new friend Bob and learns a hard lesson about lying. Len tries to fix Joe's litter duty problem and bribes the principal to sack Mrs Sharp. Joe starts a petition to get her reinstated, discovering the bribe his father made. Joe takes Bob's words to heart and decides to confront his father at his engagement party. Joe runs away, and Len finally seeks an "honest" answer from Warwick Davis.
"Kissin' Kate" tell Charles "Trout" Walker neither he nor his family will ever find the treasure. At camp, Hector and Stanley find the buried treasure. Warden Walker attempts to take it from them, but Hector reads Stanley's name written across the case. Back at camp, Stanley refuses to leave without Hector and the Camp Green Lake staff are arrested. The palindrome of family histories interlock and the curse on the town is finally broken.
Hector "Zero" gets sick during their climb up God's Thumb's mountain. Stanley carries him to the peak, unwittingly breaking his family curse. Hector and Stanley find an oasis full of sweet onions and fresh water. Hector tells Stanley about the shoes that fell from the sky, Stanley thinks it's fate. Back at camp, Stanley's attorney ruffles some feathers. Stanley and Hector decide to dig one last hole.
Mr Sir tells the boys about a place that never rains. Stanley takes the blame for stealing Mr Sir's sunflower seeds and is brought to Warden Walker. At Warden Walker's house, Mr Sir's plan for punishment goes awry. Stanley returns to the digging fields to find that Zero has finished digging his hole for him. Zero claims he did so because he was being wrongfully punished. Stanley decides to finally make good on Zero request to learn to read.
Rex bullies Stanley into handing over a mysterious object he found in the dirt, which he shows to camp councillor Dr Pendanski. Warden Walker is called to inspect the find. Rex receives the day off and the boys are told to dig double-time in search of more artefacts. Flashbacks to the populous Camp Green Lake show a burgeoning romance between Sam the onion man and Katherine Barlow, and her rejection of wealthy heir to the town, Charles "Trout" Walker.
Stanley digs up a fossil and shows the camp councillor. He learns Camp Green Lake was once a populous lakeside town with ties to Mr Sir's family. The group accepts Stanley at the expense of Zero, once his only friend. The camp councillor tries to discuss why the boys are here, but the lines between good and bad are blurry. Zero asks Stanley for help, but Stanley refuses him.
Stanley is sent out on his first day of work at Camp Green Lake. Interwoven flashbacks reveal the origin of the Yelnats family curse and his great-great grandfather's broken promise to a fortune teller.
A dry and desperate desert environment is shown in the opening sequence, while the conservation of water and allusions to slavery in America are reoccurring themes. In the city, Stanley Yelnats is busted by police for "stealing shoes", tried in court and sent the Camp Green Lake. The family curse is blamed for Stanley's misfortune. At camp, Stanley Yelnats meets Mr Sir.
Dehydration makes Stanley hallucinate, piecing together the history of the town. Zero opens up about his past and Stanley is confronted by the disparity between their lives. On the digging field, Stanley and Zero are bullied about their mutual agreement. Zero comes to Stanley's rescue during a fight. Warden Walker bans Stanley and Zero's reading lessons. Zero escapes and Warden Walker puts guards on all water sources. It becomes apparent digging holes for character is not the only reason.
Stanley's family story and the history of Green Lake are discovered to have parallels with present events. Stanley sets out to find Hector "Zero", finding him hiding under an overturned boat called Mary Lou. Zero offers him some "bloosh", a familiar peaches syrup from the past. They notice a mountain peak that looks suspiciously like the God's Thumb rock formation from his grandfather's story.
At camp, Warden Walker is annoyed by the lack of results. While in Green Lake, Charles "Trout" Walker has become enraged that Katherine rejected him for Sam and has incited the town to persecute him. Katherine is heartbroken and seeks revenge on those involved, transforming into the infamous "Kissing Kate". The scene deals with American history, racism and law.
Astronaut Mark Watney must find a way to survive being stranded on Mars with 300 days' food to last at least four years. He uses his expertise in botany and chemistry to grow potatoes. (Coarse language).
An astrodynamicist comes up with a faster but riskier way to rescue Watney from Mars. Watney's fellow astronauts go against orders and decide to enact the dangerous plan that the head of NASA rejected.
Jessie goes to the museum with his music teacher and discovers paintings and artistic contraptions he's never seen. When he gets home, his family is in a panic about his whereabouts and inform him that Leslie drowned in the river earlier that day. Jessie is in disbelief and his family attempt to support him. In class, Jessie stands up to a bully and finds Leslie meant a lot to others around her too.
Distraught and confused, Jessie returns to Terabithia. May Belle tries to follow him, but he pushes her away. Jack finds Jessie and consoles him, telling him not to give up that special thing Leslie inspired. Jessie recognises he can keep Leslie alive in his memory. He decides to make amends with May Belle and create a safe passage into Terabithia with the skills Leslie taught him. The next day, he invites May Belle to Terabithia and crowns her the future leader.
Jessie and Leslie talk about their families, and Leslie pulls Jessie up on his assumptions about gender. Jessie's dad, Jack, treats Jessie differently to his sisters and punishes him for having his head in the clouds. Jessie starts losing faith in his imagination and dreams.
After Jessie and Leslie play a trick on the school bully, Janice Avery, she is found crying in the bathroom. Jessie tells Leslie to talk to Janice and Leslie finds out that her father is abusive. They begin to understand why Janice behaves the way she does. Leslie goes to church with Jessie and decides they need bells in Terabithia.