The Great State Fair is the twenty-ninth episode of the fourth season of Recess which was first broadcast on February 13, 2000.


Gus gets left behind, along with Gelman and Miss Finster when Gus' dad forgets to give him his permission slip to his first great state fair. Meanwhile, T.J. refuses to enjoy himself because he promised Gus he'd get him to the fair.



  • This is the second episode where a field trip is concerned, the first being Operation: Field Trip.
  • The dance that Miss Finster forces Gus and Gelman to do while at school, "The Otter Dance" (which actually, the latter does not do because "[his] old man doesn't believe in otters"), has become a minor internet meme among fans.
  • We found out that the girl with the light brown skin and brown sandals name is Judy when she handed her slip to Miss Grotke.
  • When T.J. tells the rest of the gang why he's not enjoying the fair, Jerome can be seen working at one of the game booths.
  • This episode was cut from the Italian dub.
  • This episode is "Lost" from the Latin American dub.


  • T.J. Detweiler - Andrew Lawrence
  • Vince LaSalle - Rickey D'Shon Collins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Gretchen Grundler/Ashley Tomassian - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumberg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Miss Finster - April Winchell
  • Miss Grotke - Allyce Beasley
  • Cornchip Girl - Aria Noelle Curzon
  • Ashley Armbruster - Anndi McAfee
  • Ashley Boulet - Francesca Smith
  • Ashley Quinlan - Rachel Crane
  • Gelman - Justin Shenkarow
  • Gus's Dad- Sam McMurray
  • Announcer - Kevin Michael Richardson
  • Teacher/Soldier/Lardantuon - Frank Welker