History Heartwarming / Recess

12th Jan '18 10:02:49 PM Pamina
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* The episode straddles the line between Tearjerker and CMOH. One one hand, Mikey's relationship with Ms. Salimony (the music teacher who teaches him to believe in himself so that he can discover his repressed singing talent) is one big CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. But the end, in which Mikey realizes that he's genuinely ''in love'' with an engaged 25 year-old woman, never fails to make me choke up. The final scene, where he sings "Nobody Knows the Troubles I've Seen" while gazing longingly at Salimony and saying farewell to her, hits both ends.

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* The episode straddles the line between Tearjerker and CMOH. One one hand, Mikey's relationship with Ms. Salimony (the music teacher who teaches him to believe in himself so that he can discover his repressed singing talent) is one big CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. But the end, in which then we see Mikey realizes convinced that he's genuinely ''in love'' with an engaged his 25 year-old woman, never fails teacher ''and'' that she loves him back, only to make me choke up.walk in on her accepting her boyfriend's marriage proposal. Even though Mikey's romantic fantasy is impossibly naive, it's still heartbreaking to see him run off crying and then hide in the bathroom in a HeroicBSOD. The final scene, where he sings "Nobody Knows the Troubles I've Seen" while gazing longingly at Salimony and saying farewell to her, hits both ends.



** Genuinely? This troper thought it was just a baby crush, or pet crush, or whatever it's called. Mikey couldn't have at least subconsciously not known that Ms. Salimony was far too old for him.
12th Jan '18 9:53:24 PM Pamina
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* Earlier in the episode- Gelman is beating Gus to a pulp, when T.J. steps in and stands up for Gus, saying that Gelman will have to beat him and the gang up too if he attacks Gus. And then the entire student body joins in. Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. [[DirtyCoward Gelman finally gives up when his physical strength isnt enough anymore]]

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* Earlier in the episode- Gelman is beating Gus to a pulp, when T.J. steps in and stands up for Gus, saying that Gelman will have to beat him and the gang up too if he attacks Gus. And then the entire student body joins in. Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. [[DirtyCoward Gelman finally gives up when his physical strength isnt isn't enough anymore]]



** One of the main reasons why the episode is such a fan favorite was due to Miss Finster showing her nice side, and it shows. She wasnt always a cranky old woman, she was young once too.

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** One of the main reasons why the episode is such a fan favorite was is due to Miss Finster showing her nice side, and it shows. She wasnt wasn't always a cranky old woman, she was young once too.too.
** Even at her most boring, Miss Finster is surprisingly nice to Spinelli from the start of their weekend together. It shows that her normal SternTeacher persona is just part of her job and that she really does have [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a heart of gold.]]
12th Dec '17 5:57:50 AM fearlessnikki
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* There's also the fact that when Miss Grotke sees the drawing of Spinelli on the blackboard, she immediately gives a speech to the whole class about how kids needn't be so cruel to each other. It shows that she won't take a 'kids will be kids' attitude; she'll do her best to stop bullying because she cares about her class that much.
** And after everyone in the class has stood up for Spinelli, Miss Grotke shoots the girl a little wink.




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* Ashley A also seems to sincerely have fun hanging out with Gretchen, once again showing her softer side.
22nd Oct '17 4:28:30 PM ClintEastwood
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-->'''T.J.:''' "My Best Friend": By T.J. Detweiler. People say a best friend is the most important fried a kid could have. That a best friend is someone who makes you laugh. Someone you go to for advice. Someone who can come to you for advice. Well, that's great for people who have a best friend, but I don't. I have no best friend. But there are some friends I do have. One's a great athlete. The most popular kid in school. He can hang out with anybody, but instead, he hangs out with me. Another friend of mine is the smartest kid I've ever met. She could probably build an atom bomb. But instead, she uses her brains to help me when I'm down. And then I got a friend who's so tough, she can take down a guy twice her size. But instead, she stands up for kids who can't defend themselves. Another one of my pals is a big guy. Real big. To a lot of kids, he looks scary. But he wouldn't hurt a fly. In fact, he's got a heart of gold. And then there's my newest friend. Some guys say he's a scaredy-cat, but I know deep down that he's a hero. When I see him swallow his fear and do what needs to be done, it reminds me of why things are worth standing up for. Yeah, some people say a best friend is the most important friend a kid could have. But I say, 'Why pick one?'. All my friends are the most important friends I have. So don't feel sorry for me, I'm the luckiest kid in the world! I don't have a best friend- I have five!

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-->'''T.J.:''' "My Best Friend": By T.J. Detweiler. People say a best friend is the most important fried friend a kid could have. That a best friend is someone who makes you laugh. Someone you go to for advice. Someone who can come to you for advice. Well, that's great for people who have a best friend, but I don't. I have no best friend. But there are some friends I do have. One's a great athlete. The most popular kid in school. He can hang out with anybody, but instead, he hangs out with me. Another friend of mine is the smartest kid I've ever met. She could probably build an atom bomb. But instead, she uses her brains to help me when I'm down. And then I got a friend who's so tough, she can take down a guy twice her size. But instead, she stands up for kids who can't defend themselves. Another one of my pals is a big guy. Real big. To a lot of kids, he looks scary. But he wouldn't hurt a fly. In fact, he's got a heart of gold. And then there's my newest friend. Some guys say he's a scaredy-cat, but I know deep down that he's a hero. When I see him swallow his fear and do what needs to be done, it reminds me of why things are worth standing up for. Yeah, some people say a best friend is the most important friend a kid could have. But I say, 'Why pick one?'. All my friends are the most important friends I have. So don't feel sorry for me, I'm the luckiest kid in the world! I don't have a best friend- I have five!
14th Sep '17 1:52:03 PM fearlessnikki
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[[AC:The Beauty Contest]]
* When Spinelli is announced as a finalist, Ashley A comes into her dressing room in secret to congratulate her. She even ''hugs'' her. While it is a little back-handed, Ashley A is sincerely pleased for Spinelli and views her as a WorthyOpponent.
** Right before this, Spinelli is looking in the mirror, in disbelief that she has gotten so far.
--> "Me? A finalist?"
20th Aug '17 10:37:03 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* Tubby winning the race for Mikey, the kid he immediately looked up to as a big brother and ''insisted'' on him being his trainer so he could prove how strong they really are.
4th Aug '17 7:03:26 PM Carraway
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[[AC: The Fuss Over Finster]]
* After seeing her completely overwhelmed by the kids in her dilapidated state, the gang unites the kids of the playground unanimously to behave better for Finster until her leg is fully healed.
6th Jun '17 1:33:52 PM ThorfinnRowle
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** The fact that Ms. Salimony really cared about Mikey despite being only a temporary teacher for him. Not only did she help him discover his talent, but when he was depressed and hiding out in the bathroom she refused to force him to sing and even told Prickly and Finster that she refuses to let them force him either.




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* At the end of Mikey's song, the entire auditorium erupts into applause, including Principal Prickly and Ms. Finster. Keep in mind that Prickly previously couldn't care less about Mikey's feelings and merely wanted him to sing to impress the superintendent, however in the end he completely forgets about that and is one of the loudest to applaud Mikey.
20th Apr '17 12:31:54 PM CJCroen1393
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* Just about any episode that shows Principal Prickly or Miss Finster's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold soft sides]]--doubly so if they're directed [[PlatonicLifePartners at each other]].
30th Mar '17 11:16:34 AM Monolaf317
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