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Awesome: Recess


  • Vince, Spinelli, Gretchen, and Mikey getting the entire playground to help them break T.J. out of detention in "The Break In".
  • The boys' scaled-down Heroic Sacrifice in "Mikey's Pants" when Mikey ripped his pants and had to go to get them personally resewn by Ms. Finster. They all intentionally ripped their own pants to make sure he wouldn't face the humiliation alone. To solidify this awesome moment, as the kids start their jeering chant of "Tighty Whities", King Bob stares at the male members of the team open-mouthed for a moment before instantly silencing the crowd and Shaming the Mob:
    King Bob: ENOUGH! That was the single most courageous act this playground has ever seen! We won't jeer! We will show respect.
    • ...Followed by King Bob taking off his crown and lowering his head, and the entire student body joins him in doing this.
  • In "The New Kid": T.J. getting the rest of the gang to get the rest of the student body to stop calling Gus "New Kid" when he first moves to town, and making him feel welcome. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
    • And in the same episode after that, Gus standing up to King Bob to get his name back.
  • Afer beating up Gus in "Gus's Last Stand", Gelman is confronted by the main six defending him, and he threatens to beat them up. The rest of the playground tell him that if he attacks the gang, they have to attack them as well.
  • Gus, a.k.a. El Diablo, beating Lawson's whole team at dodgeball single-handedly in "Dodgeball City"
  • Tubby finishing the Kindergarten Derby for Mikey in "Kindergarten Derby".
    • And he tells off the Kindergaten Derby and delivers a speech that make sure it never happens again.
      • Tubby being perfectly happy to just finish the race. Right up until Mikey says "Win win win!". Cue some awesome running.
  • In Recess: All Growed Down during the kindergarten flashback, Gus stands up to Randall, and gets the kindergarteners to start acting like they usually do in the series, showing how the kids became who they were in the TV series. After Randall gets Gus in the principal's office, T.J. assumed leader position after being a Shrinking Violet most of the time, makes his first big speech, and for the first time, turns his baseball hat backwards and says his catchphrase for the first time.
    Vince: That's a great plan, Theodore!
    T.J.: The name's T.J. now, Vince. (Turns his hat backwards) Now, who's with me?
    Vince: I'm in!
    Spinelli: And me!
    Gretchen: Count me as well!
    Mikey: And me!
    T.J.: Tender!
  • In Call Me Guy when the kindergartner Hector told Gus that he wasn't cool at all without his glasses.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The music that plays whenever TJ has a plan.
    • Mikey's cover of "Green Tambourine" during the credits of The Movie.
  • In The First Picture Show, Principal Prickly nails T.J. with a tough question from the golden era of Senor Fusion: "What was the name of his one and only sidekick?", a question to which many didn't even know he had! However, T.J. uses all of his knowledge of the Comic to answer the question correctly, without having read the said comic!
  • Finster actually gets one in "The Worst Trouble Ever," where T.J. and the gang are set to appear in court and be sent to six separate schools; despite usually being the gang's enemy, Finster actually asks T.J., with concern in her voice, "Any chance you got a plan for this one, Dettweiler?"
  • Vince's older brother Chad gets one when he gets Chuckles older brother Cy to back off from hurting Vince and his friends by threatening not to help him with his homework.


  • These two remakes of the opening theme.
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