History Heartwarming / Recess

18th Mar '18 9:03:31 AM ShadowDJ
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* And there's also the fact that Chad went to the elementary school to stop a bully's older brother from hurting Vince. Despite being the nerdy kid at his school, he's [[BigBrotherInstinct not gonna let some jerk pick on his little brother.]]
9th Mar '18 10:27:33 PM Gravidef
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* The episode's overall plot is one big CMOH. Mikey volunteers the Gang to spend a Saturday afternoon at a retirement home, but they're reluctant as it's the same day as the "Senor Fusion Fest" at the mall, and only agree when they find out that they can do both. But as the day goes on, each kid finds a resident that matches up with them perfectly, and the resulting [[IntergenerationalFriendship relationships]] are extremely sweet. Gretchen talks to a now-declassified scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project, who tells her that she "seems possessed of a mind" and is thus smart enough to understand him; Vince befriends a former baseball star who played on "Birmingham's old team"--that is, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Black_Barons Birmingham Black Barons]], a wonderful example of [[ShownTheirWork the writers putting in effort to be accurate]] (the old man references Satchel Paige and Willie Mays, who both actually played for the Black Barons); Spinelli meets a woman interested with knitting, which turns out to be a method of [[NeverMessWithGranny keeping her fingers strong for boxing]], a skill she picked up in the U.S. Merchant Marines; Gus connects with an [[GentleGiant enormous but friendly man]] who recognizes himself in the boy and helps calm his fears about being small by promising that he'll grow up to be big and strong someday; and T.J. chats with a man who served in World War II and played pranks on his superiors, just as T.J. does on his principal and Miss Finster--and in a bonus surprise, the man turns out to be the creator of Senor Fusion! Mikey, meanwhile, has a miserable time when his singing doesn't go over well, and tries to get the gang to leave, only for them to point out that he [[PoorCommunicationKills didn't bother to listen to what the audience wanted to hear]], and that if he tries, he just might learn something. Mikey gives it another shot and brings the house down, and the episode ends with all of the residents, including the kids and their new friends, joining the audience to cheer him on. Anyone who has a close relationship with their grandparents, or the elderly in general, will be warm and fuzzy by the time the show's over.

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* The episode's overall plot is one big CMOH. Mikey volunteers the Gang to spend a Saturday afternoon at a retirement home, but they're reluctant as it's the same day as the "Senor Fusion Fest" at the mall, and only agree when they find out that they can do both. But as the day goes on, each kid finds a resident that matches up with them perfectly, and the resulting [[IntergenerationalFriendship relationships]] are extremely sweet. Gretchen talks to a now-declassified scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project, who tells her that she "seems possessed of a mind" and is thus smart enough to understand him; Vince befriends a former baseball star who played on "Birmingham's old "back when Birmingham had a team"--that is, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Black_Barons Birmingham Black Barons]], a wonderful example of [[ShownTheirWork the writers putting in effort to be accurate]] (the old man references Satchel Paige and Willie Mays, who both actually played for the Black Barons); Spinelli meets a woman interested with knitting, which turns out to be a method of [[NeverMessWithGranny keeping her fingers strong for boxing]], a skill she picked up in the U.S. Merchant Marines; Gus connects with an [[GentleGiant enormous but friendly man]] who recognizes himself in the boy and helps calm his fears about being small by promising that he'll grow up to be big and strong someday; and T.J. chats with a man who served in World War II and played pranks on his superiors, just as T.J. does on his principal and Miss Finster--and in a bonus surprise, the man turns out to be the creator of Senor Fusion! Mikey, meanwhile, has a miserable time when his singing doesn't go over well, and tries to get the gang to leave, only for them to point out that he [[PoorCommunicationKills didn't bother to listen to what the audience wanted to hear]], and that if he tries, he just might learn something. Mikey gives it another shot and brings the house down, and the episode ends with all of the residents, including the kids and their new friends, joining the audience to cheer him on. Anyone who has a close relationship with their grandparents, or the elderly in general, will be warm and fuzzy by the time the show's over.
5th Mar '18 4:25:37 PM ladyofthelibrary
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** Whats really good is that he IS! Randall IS good as being who he is, a sneaky little bastard. It might not win any favors on the playground, but its going to serve him well in life.

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** Whats What's really good is that he IS! Randall IS good as being who he is, a sneaky little bastard. It might not win any favors on the playground, but its it's going to serve him well in life.




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** He also gets a PapaWolf moment where during said slideshow, he subtly calls out one of the adults for actively ''trying'' to break the statue, in contrast to TJ and the gang who did so completely by accident.



-->'''Gus's Dad:''' [[spoiler:Well, let's put it this way: Gus, you've got one heck of a platoon leader.]]

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-->'''Gus's Dad:''' [[spoiler:Well, [[spoiler: Well, let's put it this way: Gus, you've got one heck of a platoon leader.]]



* The episode is especially poignant for artists, as a commentary on the transience of art. Yes, the physical piece has some importance, but in the end, once it has done its job in portraying its message, it is, in the end, "just a stupid drawing". Arts true value lies in its impact on its audience, and Spinelli certainly accomplished that.

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* The episode is especially poignant for artists, as a commentary on the transience of art. Yes, the physical piece has some importance, but in the end, once it has done its job in portraying its message, it is, in the end, "just a stupid drawing". Arts Art's true value lies in its impact on its audience, and Spinelli certainly accomplished that.



5th Mar '18 4:19:23 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* And then there was the truth of the matter; [[spoiler: Spinelli did have Randall at her mercy during the whole situation, but didn't have a rock; it was just a dirt clot. However, she noticed Miss Finster, the mean teacher of teh school, having trouble with her cat. So Spinelli actually helped the long-time pain in the gang's side. Shows that under her [[BruiserWithASoftCenter tough girl side, she's really nice.]]]]

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* And then there was the truth of the matter; [[spoiler: Spinelli did have Randall at her mercy during the whole situation, but didn't have a rock; it was just a dirt clot. However, she noticed Miss Finster, the mean teacher of teh the school, having trouble with her cat. So Spinelli actually helped the long-time pain in the gang's side. Shows that under her [[BruiserWithASoftCenter tough girl side, she's really nice.]]]]
* King Bob's anger that Spinelli got attacked during a time out is pretty touching, especially since she called said timeout because one of his subjects was hurt. Proof that a good king is also [[BigBrotherInstinct the playground's big brother]].
27th Feb '18 10:24:52 AM ShadowDJ
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* And then there was the truth of the matter; [[spoiler: Spinelli did have Randall at her mercy during the whole situation, but didn't have a rock; it was just a dirt clot. However, she noticed Miss Finster, the mean teacher of teh school, having trouble with her cat. So Spinelli actually helped the long-time pain in the gang's side. Shows that under her [[BruiserWithASoftCenter tough girl side, she's really nice.]]]]



* Randall just got used to being in T.J.'s pack when he finds out that Miss Finster has a new snitch, Douglas. Because of this, Randall is jealous and sad, and goes over onto a swing to cry. T.J. finds him upset, and tells him that he should go back to being Finster's snitch.

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* Randall just got used to being in T.J.'s pack when he finds out that Miss Finster has a new snitch, Douglas. Because of this, Randall is jealous and sad, and goes over onto a swing to cry. T.J. finds him upset, and tells ells him that he should go back to being Finster's snitch.
21st Feb '18 12:04:18 AM futuremoviewriter
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[[caption-width-right:287:Count on T.J. to always have Spinelli's back (and occasionally his arm around her too).]]

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[[caption-width-right:287:Count on T.J. to always have Spinelli's back (and occasionally his arm around on her shoulders too).]]
21st Feb '18 12:00:48 AM futuremoviewriter
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[[caption-width-right:287:Count on T.J. to always have Spinelli's back (and occasionally his arm around her too)]]

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[[caption-width-right:287:Count on T.J. to always have Spinelli's back (and occasionally his arm around her too)]]
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21st Feb '18 12:00:13 AM futuremoviewriter
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[[caption-width-right:287:Count on T.J. to occasionally have his arm around Spinelli]]

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[[caption-width-right:287:Count on T.J. to always have Spinelli's back (and occasionally have his arm around Spinelli]]
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20th Feb '18 11:59:01 PM futuremoviewriter
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[[caption-width-right:287:Count on T.J. to occasionally have his arm around Spinelli]]
19th Jan '18 10:47:02 PM Gravidef
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* Before this, the Gang finds themselves without a sense of direction--Lawson and his new crew have taken over their position of helping other kids, playing pranks, and standing up to unfair faculty decisions, and the "original" six feel like they no longer have a purpose on the playground. TJ, Vince, and Spinelli admit that they liked the praise that came with their old roles, and Gretchen fears that they may have only been doing nice things [[AttentionSeeker to get attention and glory]]. That's when Mikey steps in with [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre his most inspirational, poetic speech ever]], pointing out that the most important "role" they serve is to be each other's best friends; furthermore, they always did nice things regardless of rewards and recognition. This rallies the other five, and they all start happily playing with each other, making jokes and pretending to be monsters. It's sweet to see that even without a ZanyScheme or common enemy, the Recess Gang [[TrueCompanion really does love each other]].

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* Before this, the Gang finds themselves without a sense of direction--Lawson and his new crew have taken over their position of helping other kids, playing pranks, and standing up to unfair faculty decisions, and the "original" six feel like they no longer have a purpose on the playground. TJ, Vince, and Spinelli admit that they liked the praise that came with their old roles, and Gretchen fears that they may have only been doing nice things [[AttentionSeeker [[AttentionWhore to get attention and glory]]. That's when Mikey steps in with [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre his most inspirational, poetic speech ever]], pointing out that the most important "role" they serve is to be each other's best friends; furthermore, they always did nice things regardless of rewards and recognition. This rallies the other five, and they all start happily playing with each other, making jokes and pretending to be monsters. It's sweet to see that even without a ZanyScheme or common enemy, the Recess Gang [[TrueCompanion [[TrueCompanions really does love each other]].
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