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"Bad Hair Day" is the twenty-second episode of the second season of Recess, which was first broadcast on January 16th, 1999.



Mikey is given a bad haircut after getting gum stuck in it, and Vince and T.J. lie and say it is a trendy new cut, leading every kid on the playground to want their hair styled the same way.

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After Gretchen has to go out of town for an academic event and invites Spinelli to come with her, Mikey attempts to blow the world's biggest bubblegum bubble. He is thwarted by Captain Sticky, and the bubblegum is promptly splattered all over his hair, worrying him that he will get punished by his parents. T.J. offers to give Mikey a haircut, which Mikey agrees to. But when Mikey sees the results, he screams in horror at the worst haircut he's ever been given.

T.J., Vince and Gus then convince him that it is the official hairstyle of a famous rock band called Dog's Pajamas. Many other students hear of this through the Diggers, and more and more students line up to get "the Mikey" from T.J. and Vince—Gus acted as a rather obnoxious scheduling manager—including King Bob, who gives them a royal procession. Unfortunately, Spinelli and Gretchen come back and start making fun of the haircuts as soon as they see them.

The girls then reveal the truth: the members of Dog's Pajamas do not have haircuts like the one Mikey got from T.J.—Spinelli (who had recently seen them on TV) says that they got hair that trails all the way down to their butt. Gus manages to quickly escape, but the other two are chased away by an angry mob of their clientele. The girls ask Mikey if they should help T.J. and Vince upon which he says, " soon as my hair grows back." The episode ends as the two of them run into the sunset chased by the other kids.


  • Animation/continuity error: When T.J. says "Get out of nothing", his eyebrows disappear.
  • Coloring/continuity error: When Dave is explaining about how their new haircuts resembles Dogs' Pajamas, half of Gretchen's bow turns light blue.
    Animation error in Bad Hair Day.PNG
  • Animation/continuity error: While the Ashleys are reading their books, one of Ashley B.'s hands disappears for a frame.



  • Gretchen got first place at the academic event that she and Spinelli went to.
  • Elements of this episode reflect the classic, "The Emperor's New Clothes", most notably at the royal procession at the end.
  • Moral: You may look different but you are still the same person.


  • Ashley A.'s messed up hair is an allusion to Cynthia's botched up hair from Rugrats, which was co-created by Recess co-creator Paul Germain, and had episodes written by co-creator Joe Ansolabehere.
  • The episode's title is an allusion to an episode of the DiC dub of Sailor Moon.
  • In this episode, T.J., Vince, Gus, and Mikey loosely portray The Three Stooges, even though there are four of them, With T.J. as Moe, Vince as Larry, and Gus and Mikey as Curly, and the episode's plot line is similar to the The Three Stooges' animated episode "Hair-Brained Barbers".


  • In this episode, King Bob is shown to have a third adviser, albeit unnamed. He does not appear after this episode as an adviser; only as a background character.