History TearJerker / Recess

17th Feb '18 12:43:07 AM DispensableCapybara
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* In "One Stayed Clean." If you watch closely this episode parodies SavingPrivateRyan with Gus' friends sacrificing themselves so that he will remain clean for picture day. Really. Replace words like playground with country and kindergarteners with enemy soldiers. Gus' friends' devotion and resolve to keep him clean shows how loyal they are. What really does it is when its only Gus and T.J. in a hole as their last means if sanctuary and shelter is Randall playing RedRiverValley on a harmonica as T.K. strengthens his resolve to protect Gus. :'(

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* In "One Stayed Clean." If you watch closely this episode parodies SavingPrivateRyan with Gus' friends sacrificing themselves so that he will remain clean for picture day. Really. Replace words like playground with country and kindergarteners with enemy soldiers. Gus' friends' devotion and resolve to keep him clean shows how loyal they are. What really does it is nails the tear-jerker moment in, when its only Gus and T.J. in a hole as their last means if of sanctuary and shelter shelter, is Randall playing RedRiverValley Red River Valley on a harmonica as T.K.J. strengthens his resolve to protect Gus. :'(
17th Feb '18 12:40:17 AM DispensableCapybara
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* In "One Stayed Clean." If you watch closely this episode parodies [[SavingPrivateRyan]] with Gus' friends sacrificing themselves so that he will remain clean for picture day. Really. Replace words like playground with country and kindergarteners with enemy soldiers. Gus' friends' devotion and resolve to keep him clean shows how loyal they are. What really does it is when its only Gus and T.J. in a hole as their last means if sanctuary and shelter is Randall playing "Red River Valley" on a harmonica as T.K. strengthens his resolve to protect Gus. :'(

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* In "One Stayed Clean." If you watch closely this episode parodies [[SavingPrivateRyan]] SavingPrivateRyan with Gus' friends sacrificing themselves so that he will remain clean for picture day. Really. Replace words like playground with country and kindergarteners with enemy soldiers. Gus' friends' devotion and resolve to keep him clean shows how loyal they are. What really does it is when its only Gus and T.J. in a hole as their last means if sanctuary and shelter is Randall playing "Red River Valley" RedRiverValley on a harmonica as T.K. strengthens his resolve to protect Gus. :'(
17th Feb '18 12:39:36 AM DispensableCapybara
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* In "One Stayed Clean." If you watch closely this episode parodies [[Saving Private Ryan]] with Gus' friends sacrificing themselves so that he will remain clean for picture day. Really. Replace words like playground with country and kindergarteners with enemy soldiers. Gus' friends' devotion and resolve to keep him clean shows how loyal they are. What really does it is when its only Gus and T.J. in a hole as their last means if sanctuary and shelter is Randall playing "Red River Valley" on a harmonica as T.K. strengthens his resolve to protect Gus. :'(

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* In "One Stayed Clean." If you watch closely this episode parodies [[Saving Private Ryan]] [[SavingPrivateRyan]] with Gus' friends sacrificing themselves so that he will remain clean for picture day. Really. Replace words like playground with country and kindergarteners with enemy soldiers. Gus' friends' devotion and resolve to keep him clean shows how loyal they are. What really does it is when its only Gus and T.J. in a hole as their last means if sanctuary and shelter is Randall playing "Red River Valley" on a harmonica as T.K. strengthens his resolve to protect Gus. :'(
17th Feb '18 12:39:05 AM DispensableCapybara
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* In "One Stayed Clean." If you watch closely this episode parodies [[Saving Private Ryan]] with Gus' friends sacrificing themselves so that he will remain clean for picture day. Really. Replace words like playground with country and kindergarteners with enemy soldiers. Gus' friends' devotion and resolve to keep him clean shows how loyal they are. What really does it is when its only Gus and T.J. in a hole as their last means if sanctuary and shelter is Randall playing "Red River Valley" on a harmonica as T.K. strengthens his resolve to protect Gus. :'(
13th Jan '18 12:05:35 AM Gravidef
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** It takes on meta-levels of sadness when the original audience of the series--now in their twenties and early thirties, and perhaps even with children themselves--watching the episode. It's easy to sympathize with Mikey's desire to return to a simpler, happier time...

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** It takes on meta-levels of sadness when the original audience of the series--now in their twenties and early thirties, and perhaps even with children themselves--watching themselves--watches the episode. It's easy to sympathize with episode through YouTube; a peek at the comments reveals a lot of people sharing Mikey's desire to return go back to a simpler, happier time... simpler time...
* In a similar vein to the above, the episode "The Legend of Big Kid" ends on a surprisingly sad note. T.J. is ambushed and captured by the kindergarteners, and over time, he gradually regresses into one of them. While his friends do rescue him in the end, T.J. admits that there was something wonderful about remembering the joys of being an innocent, carefree child, unafraid to nap or finger paint however he wanted. Gretchen points out that every kindergartener will eventually grow up, which is treated as a fate to be mourned, rather than celebrated. Like "Bonky Fever," it becomes particularly poignant upon watching again as an adult.
13th Jan '18 12:00:51 AM Gravidef
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* Although they're (usually) antagonists, Ashley A. getting kicked out of the Ashleys in "Outcast Ashley" is sad in a way. These girls have been friends since preschool, and were kicking out their best friend ''just for forgetting to wear purple on the anniversary of the day they met''. She might've done some bad things in the past (And in future episodes, as this was one of the early season two episodes), but you can't help but feel sorta bad for Ashley A. The part where they ''rip her 'A' necklace off and stomp on it'', and then tear the head off her teddybear backpack is especially harsh.

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* Although they're (usually) antagonists, Ashley A. getting kicked out of the Ashleys in "Outcast Ashley" is sad in a way. These girls have been friends since preschool, and were kicking out their best friend ''just for forgetting to wear purple on the anniversary of the day they met''. She might've done some bad things in the past (And (and in future episodes, as this was one of the early season two episodes), but you can't help but feel sorta bad for Ashley A. The part where they ''rip her 'A' necklace off and stomp on it'', and then tear the head off her teddybear backpack teddy bear backpack, is especially harsh.



* In "More Like Gretchen", after Spinelli's parents compare Spinelli to Gretchen, Spinelli is so upset that the next day after Gretchen came over her house, she tells Gretchen that she doesn't want to be friends with her anymore. And Gretchen didn't even know what she was doing wrong--she was just being herself.

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* In "More Like Gretchen", after Spinelli's parents compare Spinelli to Gretchen, Spinelli is so upset that the next day after Gretchen came over her house, and inadvertently make the latter feel inferior, she becomes so angry that she tells Gretchen that she doesn't want to be friends with her anymore.they're no longer friends. And Gretchen didn't even know what she was doing wrong--she was just being herself.


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* The whole of "Bonky Fever" is sad. Mikey is turning ten, and his mom (who's apparently walked him to the bus stop and waited with him ''every day'') tells him that now that he's getting older, he'll be going on his own. Mikey spirals into a deep depression that he copes with by reminiscing about Bonky, a [[LawyerFriendlyCameo singing, dancing dragon designed for preschoolers]]. His friends watch in horror as Mikey regresses further and further to a childlike state: he plays with Bonky toys made for little kids, carries around a hand puppet that he treats as a living thing, starts speaking like a baby, and even asks T.J. to help him to the bathroom. The final straw comes when his tenth birthday party is Bonky themed, with all of the kindergarteners attending, and Bonky "himself" appearing in a suit. The gang is forced to reveal the person in the costume--it's Mrs. Blumberg, who was trying to give her son what he wanted. Mikey runs out of the house, and she pursues him; this leads to one of the most earnest, frank, and generally heartbreaking conversations about growing up ever recorded on kids' TV. Mikey confesses that he ''knew'' his obsession with Bonky was childish, but was so afraid of losing his mother and drifting away from her that he tried to recapture his lost youth. Mrs. Blumberg then admits that their bond will never quite be the same, but promises that she'll always be in his heart. The entire thing is a bittersweet meditation on getting older, how [[ParentsAsPeople our parents are human beings, too]], and that childhood is something that inevitably ''has'' to end.
** The final shots of the episode pack in even more Tear Jerker moments. Mikey walks to the bus by himself, takes a deep breath, and climbs aboard, sitting next to Gus...and then the camera pans to reveal Mrs. Blumberg hiding behind a tree, where she was watching her little boy in case he needed her. The episode ends with her clearly choking back tears as she walks away.
** It takes on meta-levels of sadness when the original audience of the series--now in their twenties and early thirties, and perhaps even with children themselves--watching the episode. It's easy to sympathize with Mikey's desire to return to a simpler, happier time...
21st Nov '17 6:59:52 PM Joel32AK
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* When Principal Prickly is hypnotized to believe he's a kid in "The Hypnotist", the other kids have fun with this at first, but then gently break it to him that he's not a kid. [[IRejectYourReality He doesn't take it well]].


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** When they try to break the bad news to Petey that he's not really a kid, [[IRejectYourReality he refuses to believe it, screaming the whole time that he's not a grown man, insisting over and over he's a kid]] as Gretchen releases his mind from the hold the hypnosis had over him.
21st Nov '17 6:54:46 PM Joel32AK
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* In the episode, "The Hypnotist", this applies to Principal Prickly bonding with T.J. and the Recess Gang. Soon after T.J. promises that Prickly, who preferred to go by the alias of "Petey" as he was [[ItsaLongStory hypnotized by accident and made to believe he was 6 years old]], would always have friends as long as they were around. Prickly then went to go play on the swings, only for Vince to point out the problem with T.J.'s statement: [[CaptainObvious Prickly is not a child, he only believes he is]]. Second problem: because Prickly was no longer of sound mind, that would've made Ms. Finster the new principal in charge. They had to return Petey back to his old self, and as a result, lose their new friend.

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* In the episode, "The Hypnotist", this applies to Principal Prickly bonding with T.J. and the Recess Gang. Soon after T.J. promises that Prickly, who preferred to go by the alias of "Petey" as he was [[ItsaLongStory hypnotized by accident and made to believe he was 6 years old]], would always have friends as long as they were around. Prickly then went to go play on the swings, only for Vince to point out the problem with T.J.'s statement: [[CaptainObvious Prickly is not a child, he only believes he is]]. Second problem: because Prickly was no longer of sound mind, that would've made Ms. Finster the new principal in charge. They had to return Petey back to his old self, and as a result, lose their new friend.
21st Nov '17 6:54:11 PM Joel32AK
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* In the episode, "The Hypnotist", this applies to Principal Prickly bonding with T.J. and the Recess Gang. Soon after T.J. promises that Prickly, who preferred to go by the alias of "Petey" as he was [[ItsaLongStory hypnotized by accident and made to believe he was 6 years old]], would always have friends as long as they were around. Prickly then went to go play on the swings, only for Vince to point out the problem with T.J.'s statement: [[CaptainObvious Prickly is not a child, he only believes he is]]. Second problem: because Prickly was no longer of sound mind, that would've made Ms. Finster the new principal in charge. They had to return Petey back to his old self, and as a result, lose their new friend.
24th Sep '17 6:21:52 PM Monolaf317
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* Just the thought of what would have happened had the gang been split up after the breaking of that statue. Spinelli and Vince would have let their more negative traits get the best of them without TJ to balance them out, Gretchen would have skipped out elementary, middle and maybe even high school and had ''no'' friends and Mikey and Gus might not even have survived until high school. Only TJ would have made it out okay...and that's almost worse!

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* Just the thought of what would have happened had the gang been split up after the breaking of that statue.statue in "Biggest Trouble Ever". Spinelli and Vince would have let their more negative traits get the best of them without TJ to balance them out, Gretchen would have skipped out elementary, middle and maybe even high school and had ''no'' friends and Mikey and Gus might not even have survived until high school. Only TJ would have made it out okay... and that's almost worse!
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