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Gretchen Grundler is the intelligent member of the main characters from Recess.


Gretchen is the smartest of the main kids in the show. In a few episodes, it's shown that she's smarter than almost everyone else in town, as shown in "A Genius Among Us", where it's established that she's smarter than most of the teachers at school. Gretchen is also somewhat of a "team mom" to the main six, usually to T.J. and Gus. She often argues with Vince, but appears to be very close to him as well, hinting that she may have feelings for him (and vice versa). Out of all the members of the main six, Gretchen seems closer to Spinelli than she does to any of the boys.

Although she is very smart, she can also be sweet, and a bit naïve (mostly due to her young age). At times, she can easily fall for most of the crazy stories told on the playground, such as the outcomes of the Stinky Peterson fortune teller in "Gus's Fortune". She's also very unathletic, as shown in "Gretchen and the Secret of Yo," but is shown to be very skilled at yo-yos.

She is one of the few kids on the playground to get along with one of the Ashleys, Ashley A., as seen in "Outcast Ashley", where Ashley A. is kicked out of the clique for forgetting a tradition in the group. When looking for friends, she decides to hang out with Gretchen. The two become friends for a while, until Ashley A. is welcomed back into the clique. Their friendship is seldom seen again.

One device Gretchen is usually seen with is her Gallileao, a small, handheld computer with a talking frog mascot.


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  • She, Gus and Mikey are the half of the main six to be only children--TJ has an older sister, and Vince and Spinelli have an older brother.
  • Her parents appear to be geniuses as well, so it's implied that her brains come from them.
  • In the original pilot from 1996 (which would be re-made into the first episode), she had a slightly different appearance, such as her being given black hair, slightly larger buckteeth, and the blue part of her dress was white with green dots.
  • Ten years after she debuted, another Gretchen, from Phineas and Ferb, was introduced, having very similar features to her.

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Recess | Recess: School's Out/Soundtrack | Recess: All Growed Down | Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade | Recess: Miracle on Third Street | Videography
T.J. Detweiler | Vince LaSalle | Ashley Spinelli | Mikey Blumberg | Gretchen Grundler | Gus Griswald | Captain Bradley | Cornchip Girl | The Kindergartners | The Diggers | Hustler Kid | Guru Kid | Earwin Lawson | Miss Grotke | Muriel Finster | Becky Detweiler | Dr. Phillium Benedict | Menlo | Brock | Peter Prickly | Kojak | Butch | Ashley Armbruster | Ashley Boulet | Ashley Quinlan | Ashley Tomossian | Fenwick | Brandon the Singer | Gelman | King Bob | Chucko | Jocko | Randall Weams | King Freddie II | Cheay | Spencer | The Megans | The Brittanys | The Tylers | Bob and Flo Spinelli | Secret Service Look-Alike Foot Soldiers
Season One: "The Break In" | "The New Kid" | "The Experiment" | "The Great Jungle Gym Standoff" | "Jinxed" | "Officer Mikey" | "First Name Ashley" | "To Finster with Love" | "King Gus" | "Big Brother Chad" | "My Fair Gretchen" | "Speedy, We Hardly Knew Ye" | "I Will Kick No More Forever" | "The Kid Came Back" | "The Pest" | "The Legend of Big Kid" | "The Box" | "The Trial" | "Teacher's Lounge" | "Randall's Reform" | "Rainy Days" | "The Great Can Drive" | "The Voice" | "Kids in the Mist" | "Parents' Night" | "Swing on Thru to the Other Side"

Season Two: "The Break-up" | "The Hypnotist" | "Mama's Girl" | "Outcast Ashley" | "The Game" | "The Lost Ball" | "Gus' Last Stand" | "Operation Field Trip" | "The Challenge" | "Wild Child" | "The Substitute" | "Gretchen and the Secret of Yo" | "The Girl Was Trouble" | "Copycat Kid" | "Operation Stuart" | "Pharaoh Bob" | "The Story of Whomps" | "Weekend at Muriel's" | "Economics of Recess" | "Omega Kids" | "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave" | "Bad Hair Day" | "Dance Lessons" | "Principal for a Day" | "The Beauty Contest"
Season Three: "One Stayed Clean" | "A Genius Among Us" | "The First Picture Show" | "The Big Prank" | "Hustler's Apprentice" | "The Spy Who Came in from the Playground" | "Dodgeball City" | "A Career to Remember" | "Gus' Fortune" | "Rumor Mill" | "Recess is Canceled" | "Tattletale Heart" | "Kindergarten Derby" | "The Bet" | "The Madness of King Bob" | "Call Me Guy" | "Space Cadet" | "Stand Up Randall" | "Prickly is Leaving" | "Randall's Friends" | "Gus and Misdemeanors" | "A Science Fair to Remember" | "That Stinking Feeling" | "My Funny Valentines" | "Mikey's Pants" | "Here Comes Mr. Perfect" | "Good Luck Charm" | "Diggers Split Up" | "Schoolworld" | "Bachelor Gus" | "The Dude" | "Partners in Crime" | "The Candidates" | "This Brain for Hire" | "The Barnaby Boys" | "Buried Treasure" | "The Library Kid" | "The Ratings Game" | "Spinelli's Masterpiece" | "Nobody Doesn't Like T.J." | "A Great State Fair" | "The A.V. Kid" | "Yope from Norway" | "Bonky Fever" | "Don't Ask Me" | "The Secret Life of Grotke" | "The Fuss Over Finster" | "Soccer Kid" | "Fort Tender" | "Germ Warfare" | "More Like Gretchen" | "Prince Randall" | "Me No Know" | "Good Ole T.J." | "Chez Vince" | "Tucked in Mikey" | "Old Folks Home" | "Some Friend"
Season Four: "The Coolest Heatwave Ever" | "No Strings Attached" | "Beyond a Reasonable Scout" | "The C Note" | "The Army Navy Game" | "Big Ol' Mikey" | "The Principals of Golf" | "All the Principal's Men" | "Lawson and his Crew"
Season Five: "Terrifying Tales of Recess" | "Kurst the Not So Bad" | "League of Randalls" | "Mundy, Mundy" | "Lost Leader"

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