"A Career to Remember" is the fourth episode of the third season of Recess, which was first broadcast on September 18, 1999.


The Recess Gang ponder on what they want to be when they grow up, and Spinelli fears she may not have a future.


Principal Prickly holds a Career Day assembly whith some special guests: an orthodontist named Melvin Donohue (graduate of 1965), a secretary, Mayor Philip Fitzhugh, and lastly, Pat Patterson, who gets stage fright and runs off.

Spinelli finds the assembly boring, but all her friends are convinced that they must have a job when they grow up. Vince wants to be a great athlete in the Intergalactic Games, Mikey wants to be a bard/minstrel, Gretchen wants to clone herself to solve all the world's problems, Gus wants to join the military, and TJ wants to be President of the United States and Senor Fusion. However, all Spinelli wants to do is play around like a normal kid, while her friends sharply remind her that if she doesn't get a job soon, she'll have no good job at all.

That night, Spinelli has a nightmare in which she is old and homeless. Gretchen has cloned herself and holds at least three jobs, Vince has won the Intergalatic Games, Mikey is holding a sold-out concert for well over a year, TJ is President of the United States, and Gus is in the military, manning a giant robot.

As soon as Spinelli wakes up, she rushes to school, where she meets up with Pat Patterson, who explains that you don't have to know exactly what you want to be when you're nine years old, since Pat Patterson didn't invent Gumoflex shoes until he was already an adult. The episode ends with Spinelli going to school and playing tag with her friends.


  • This episode was paired up with "Kindergarten Derby" outside the US.
  • The French dub has Vince explicitly want to participate in the Intergalactic Games of 2010.


  • T.J. Detweiler - Andrew Lawrence
  • Vince LaSalle - Rickey D'Shon Collins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Gretchen Grundler - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumberg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Principal Prickly - Dabney Coleman
  • Dave - Ryan O'Donohue
  • Sam - Klee Bragger
  • Ashley Armbruster - Anndi McAfee
  • Menlo - Blake Ewing
  • Miss Lemon/Secretary - Tress MacNeille
  • Mayor Fitzhugh - Ronnie Schell
  • Dog Walker/Man/Advertiser/Drywall Announcer - Jess Harnell
  • Pat Paterson/Announcer - Gregg Berger
  • Dr. Melvin Donohue/Alien/Big Rig Announcer/Repairman - Frank Welker