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Recap / Recess S 2 E 9 The Challenge

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Principal Peter Prickly's brother and rival, Paul Prickly, has challenged him to a kickball duel between the respective teams of Third Street and 98th Street Elementary Schools.


  • Compensating for Something: Paul mentions that his flagpole is bigger than Peter's. Indeed, when Peter sees Paul's 50-foot-tall flagpole, he complains to himself that it's "unseemly".
  • Doppelgänger: All the students in 98th Street School are very similar to those in Third Street School.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The aforementioned Compensating for Something flagpole.
    • Not to mention that, among the 98th Street dopplegangers of the Recess Gang, TJ's counterpart is a girl. And since Spinelli has a crush on TJ, what does that say about Rigalli?
  • Hypocritical Humor: Mikey when Mickey catches the kickball:
    Mikey: Hey! No fair! That kid's really big!
  • Jerkass / Big Brother Bully: Paul Prickly
  • Manchild: As if Peter Prickly wasn't childish enough, his big brother Paul is equally immature. TJ lampshades it nicely.
    TJ: Pff, adults...
  • Palette Swap: The Recess Gang's 98th Street doubles are different from them as follows:
    • Rigalli has blond hair and a beret in contrast to Spinelli's black hair and ski cap.
    • Vance is blond and Caucasian, instead of African-American like Vince.
    • Greta Grobler is Ambiguously Brown, while Gretchen is definitely Caucasian.
    • Rus Rimple is African-American as opposed to Gus' Caucasian looks.
    • Mickey looks Chinese, while Mikey is clearly blond.
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    • And CJ Rotweiler is a girl with curly red hair, instead of a boy with light brown hair like TJ.
  • Rule 63: Averted for the most part, but played straight with TJ and the Diggers; their 98th Street counterparts are all girls.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Paul Prickly likes to think he is better than his brother in every way!
  • Spit Take: Spinelli's reaction to seeing Rigalli.

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