“The Daltons” is an interesting fare that originated in the Netherlands. Chronicles the life of a family of four boys aged from infant Daantje to 10-year-old Erik. Most of the focus of the show is seen through the eyes of 6-year-old Tim. 8 year old Jelle rounds out the herd.
Section 1 “New Neighbors”
The older man next door is dead and now his widow is moving. When the house is empty, the three older brothers decide to explore. As the two elders explore the house, Tim spends his time imagining how the old man died in the house. Eventually a new family moves in, which has a son, Gijs Jan, who is the same age as Tim.
Section 2 “The Treehouse Club”
Erik and Jelle have a tree house club, but don’t let Tim play with them. Tim decides to start his own club, a Spy Club, with his new friend Gijs Jan complete with a secret password. Gijs Jan decides that the treehouse club is better and betrays his friend by giving away the secret password. A good look at friendship, betrayal and forgiveness.
Section 3 “Pants”
Being the third child results in Tim never getting any new clothes; only hand-me-downs. He tries a number of stretches to make himself grow faster. When his mother informs him that it is only time for him to grow, he decides to take the matter into his own hands by cutting the legs of his pants to make his mother believe he has grown.
Section 4 “Swimming Pool”
The family swims by the local swimming pool. In the locker room, one of Tim’s classmates convinces him to let her see him naked. Jelle looks over the dividing line and is convinced that Tim loves Clara. He makes it his mission to let everyone at the pool know this little piece of information. Now Tim has to endure teasing for everyone.
Section 5 “A Small Operation”
During a routine physical examination at the school, it is discovered that Jelle has an effortless testicle. He must have an operation that leads to many questions from Tim, including asking his friend Gijs Jan how many “balls” he has. He nonchalantly puts his hand in his pants and calmly replies, “Three.”
Section 6 “The Tent”
The family decides to go camping, which is why they buy a tent. The boys are excited when they get to try the tent the first night in their backyard. As is typical of boys, the night begins with a lot of ghost stories. Will Tim be able to survive the night, or will nightmare marbles keep him awake?
Section 7 “Pink”
A neighbor lady has had a baby girl and now Tim has decided that he needs a baby sister. He steals a doll from the girl next door and even begins to tell the neighbors that his mother has had a baby. Humorous results abound.
Section 8 “Billy”
Gijs Jan has been given a pet hamster and now Tim has decided that he needs one too. His mother doesn’t allow it, but soon after the boys find a stray cat. Through a little trickery, the boys are able to convince their parents to allow them to keep it. It turns out that our little heroes have no idea how to take care of a cat.
Section 9 “Recorder”
Tim hears a beautiful song played on a flute. I have decided that flute teaching is a necessary part of his near future. His mother buys him a recorder to help him get started. Tim will soon decide that all this practice is just not worth the time.
Section 10 “Museum”
Jelle decides to clean the storage shed and turn it into a museum to show off her model aircraft. No one seems to be interested in coming before the boys meet to do a small advertising campaign. Tim accidentally breaks one of the planes and blames it on the neighbor. Jelle seeks revenge on her neighbor and finds out that it was really Tim.