We've darkened many a dodgy backpackers' doorway, but those days were before our little darlings - lucky the Heelers' realistic re-eneactments can refresh our recollections! 

We debate the benefits of guide books, our abilities at haggling, and whether every couple on the road face the same relationship dynamics as Bandit and Chilli... or just us?! 

Also, will our kids ever appreciate our travel tales from days of yore? Or should we just bundle them up and create new ones? Suddenly home (and/or our Sunny Coast holiday) has never felt more comfortable - to quote a wise Blue Heeler, this place is alright!

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Gotta Be Done is ex-journos and Melbourne mums Kate McMahon and Mary Bolling, as we deep-dive on every Bluey episode, with plenty of detours into mama life, childhood memories, and everything else we're bingeing, too!

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When Bluey creator Joe Brumm offered us a hand "if you're ever stumped with a question" - we were never going to stop at just one!

We had the longest list of things we wanted (needed!) to know, and Joe had thoughtful and generous answers for all of them. 

From the challenges of writing new episodes for the millions of fans, to childhood inspiration from across the ditch, and the earliest versions of Bluey (R-rated Peppa Pig, anyone??) - Joe shares plenty of backstories, and takes us behind-the-scenes of new season production. 

And we get super excited about Bluey the Movie, a Wiggly endorsement, and most importantly MERCH! (There's laws about how sharp a toy's ears can be, don't you know?!) 

Of course, there's a few secrets that Joe isn't willing to give away. "You'll have to watch the next season," he says. Um, YES WE THINK WE JUST MIGHT! 

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Gotta Be Done is ex-journos and Melbourne mums Kate McMahon and Mary Bolling, as we deep-dive on every Bluey episode, with plenty of detours into mama life, childhood memories, and everything else we're bingeing, too!

Follow us on Insta at @blueypod @marytbolling @katejmcmahon or on Twitter at @blueypodcast - and use #blueypod to join in.

Determined to deflect public outrage about our never-ending holiday, we give the people what they want: Grannies! But is this the most popular Bluey ep so far? Kate suggests it's a particular variety of number two, and suddenly we're flush with toilet humour!

We also ponder dance trends (or in the case of flossing, "dance" trends), boomer technology uptake, and what exactly Bandit is constantly hanging on the washing line??

Finally, we get excited about hints of a Bluey soundtrack release, and release our own theories about Heeler family history. Nice episode Rita! Thanks Janet! 

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Gotta Be Done is ex-journos and Melbourne mums Kate McMahon and Mary Bolling, as we deep-dive on every Bluey episode, with plenty of detours into mama life, childhood memories, and everything else we're bingeing, too!

Follow us on Insta at @blueypod @marytbolling @katejmcmahon or on Twitter at @blueypodcast - and use #blueypod to join in.

Without getting too "what I did on my holidays" on everyone, thought you might like to know - WE WENT TO LUDO STUDIO! The exciting destination is a well-kept secret that far outstrips anything that Dreamworld/Movie World/Australia Zoo has to offer, and even better - we left the kids at home!

Not only did we see where the Bluey magic happens, we also recorded a whole Gotta Be Done ep with creator Joe Brumm, who had heaps of Bluey backstories and behind-the-scenes stuff to share. And while we haven't had time to actually edit the interview (HAVE WE MENTIONED WE'RE ON HOLIDAYS?!), this bonus ep is a bit of a preview of our time in those hallowed halls. 

Also, we can't remember what animatics are called (animaniacs, anyone?!), we accidentally traumatise the production team when we're surprised they have no season two eps in the can, and of course baby Caspian makes a dramatic entrance. Even on holidays, some things never change! 

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Gotta Be Done is ex-journos and Melbourne mums Kate McMahon and Mary Bolling, as we deep-dive on every Bluey episode, with plenty of detours into mama life, childhood memories, and everything else we're bingeing, too!

Follow us on Insta at @blueypod @marytbolling @katejmcmahon or on Twitter at @blueypodcast - and use #blueypod to join in.

Still in Queensland, Kate gets a for-real-life Bluey moment as she takes on a claw machine at the RSL/surf club - and disappointment swiftly becomes the theme of the episode. 

Which is fitting, Mary reckons, for any attempt to take your kids out for a feed - is the theoretical convenience ever worth the suffering?

We also celebrate nicknames (and our podcast heroes over at Chat 10 Looks 3), trashed backseat zones (there's no point trying to clean up, right?), and Chilli's "neither of those things are happening" zinger - realistic parenting for the win!

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Gotta Be Done is ex-journos and Melbourne mums Kate McMahon and Mary Bolling, as we deep-dive on every Bluey episode, with plenty of detours into mama life, childhood memories, and everything else we're bingeing, too!

Follow us on Insta at @blueypod @marytbolling @katejmcmahon or on Twitter at @blueypodcast - and use #blueypod to join in.

UPDATE: Our first post of this ep cut it off at 8.25 (Oscars-style technical error, whoops!) - but you can now listen to the full and glorious 13.30. Sorry about that, but rest assured, that final five minutes is worth it!

We can't wait til Friday folks - Bluey's got a Logie, and we're too bloody excited! (Well, we were once we finally got out of bed.)

This cheap and cheerful bonus ep sees us in Queensland, just as Bluey grabs the gong for Most Outstanding Children's Program. And Mary is sure there's plenty more on the horizon - like, Hi-5 have won the thing multiple times, clearly the sector was crying out for some quality content!

Also, Kate is issuing childhood clarifications after feedback from her Dad, Mary is cranking out some classic tunes ("dashing and daring, courageous and caring", sing along if you know the words!) and not-so-classic ones, and we're just rapt to be in Bluey-land as she takes her rightful place on the throne. (Winning a Logie does make you supreme ruler of your home state, yes?)

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Gotta Be Done is ex-journos and Melbourne mums Kate McMahon and Mary Bolling, as we deep-dive on every Bluey episode, with plenty of detours into mama life, childhood memories, and everything else we're bingeing, too!

Follow us on Insta at @blueypod @marytbolling @katejmcmahon or on Twitter at @blueypodcast - and use #blueypod to join in.