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"The Break In" is the first segment of the first episode of Recess.

Synopsis

The gang grows tired of the bad food they've been treated to for years, inspiring T.J. to try to break into the school's stash of good food. He ends up being caught by Ms. Finster, who punishes him without recess.

Seeing T.J. in distress inspires the gang to try to break him out without being caught by Ms. Finster or Randall, the school snitch, and turn to Guru Kid for advice. He tells them to consider the bumblebee; alone they are useless, but together they enjoy bountiful amounts of honey. This confuses the gang, until Mikey explains to them that he simply means they can't do it alone, and need to find assistance.

They first turn to the Diggers, asking if they can help dig T.J. out of detention, to which they agree to, but end up getting into conflict between one another. Realizing this, the gang moves on to get help from the Swinger, in hopes that she might help meet their cause, but, while swinging, she flies forward, injuring herself.

Seeing no other option, they turn to the Kindergartners, trying to reason with them, fleeing after they threaten to eat the gang. Finally, they turn to King Bob, ruler of the playground, who refuses to help, calling T.J. "some dumb kid". Ashley, offended, tries to reason with Bob, claiming that everyone's been called "some dumb kid" some time in their life, and that T.J.'s just as important as anyone. Bob considers this, and calls everyone together to get him out.

Eventually, the group succeeds, with T.J. finding his way out before the group arrives. Ms. Finster finds the group inside the classroom, letting them know that recess has ended, and class was back in session. After school, the gang apologizes to T.J. for not getting to him in time. He forgives them, saying they'd done something nobody else would by trying to save him.

The Diggers finally finish digging, finding themselves at a schoolyard in China, as they are chased away by kindergartners.

Trivia

  • At the end of the episode, Vince mentions an "upside down girl" not seen in the episode.

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Media
Recess | Recess: School's Out/Soundtrack | Recess: All Growed Down | Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade | Recess: Miracle on Third Street | Videography
Characters
T.J. Detweiler | Vince LaSalle | Ashley Spinelli | Mikey Blumberg | Gretchen Grundler | Gus Griswald | Captain Bradley | Cornchip Girl | The Kindergarteners | 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
Episodes
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"

Locations
Third Street School | Old Rusty | Fifth and Sixth Grader Club | Ashley's Clubhouse | King's Jungle Gym
Songs
We Shall Not Be Moved

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