"First Name Ashley" is the seventh episode of the first season of Recess, which was first broadcast on October 4th, 1997.



After Randall reveals that Spinelli's first name is actually Ashley, she is forced to join The Ashleys. The Ashleys make her pretty and make her work as their servant.

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Randall tries to find some dirt on the other students, but he fails. Finster gives him one more chance threatening to replace him and he finds Spinelli's permanent record, apparently with some real dirt: her first name, Ashley, which he eventually reveals after she refuses to answer to all of his demands.

This prompts the Ashleys to force her to join. Spinelli angrily refuses at first but is forced to join in after hearing from the playground's constitution that any girl named Ashley must be initiated into the Ashley group by another Ashley, much to her dismay. At that point, the Ashleys try to girl her up and make her a servant, which demoralizes her. Her friends have had enough, and they, along with several other students, temporarily change their names to Ashley in order to force the Ashleys to kick them out with Spinelli. Once Spinelli is free to go, she chases after Randall for making her angry.


  • February 17th, 1998


  • Animation/continuity error: While the Ashleys are sitting in front of their lunchboxes at the cafeteria, Ashley T. is initially very close to the table corner. Once perspective changes, she is sitting much closer to the other Ashleys.
  • Animation/continuity error: While the Ashleys are first seen drinking tea, all Ashleys are seen with a tea cup saucer in front of them. During a scene that shows the other Ashleys from Ashley A.'s perspective, her saucer is missing. This saucer eventually reappears after another perspective change.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Ashley A. invites Spinelli to the clubhouse, the other Ashleys are farther outside. After Ashley A. and Spinelli enter the clubhouse, all other Ashleys are already seen inside.
  • Animation error: While Ashley A. is talking to the other Ashleys about the change, her eyebrows are thicker than usual; the same error happens during the end of the talk, as Ashley B. and Ashley Q. also have thick eyebrows as well.
  • Coloring error: When Spinelli is running and says, "You'll never take me alive!", both Ashley B. and Ashley T.'s lips are lighter than usual.
  • Animation error: When Ashley A. and Ashley Q. are painting Spinelli's nails while Spinelli says, "No-o! No-o-o!", her eyebrows disappear for many frames.
  • Animation/continuity error: When the Ashleys present Spinelli as Ashley S., Ashley A. is initially very close to Spinelli. After perspective focuses on Spinelli, there is no other Ashley visible.
  • Dialogue error: After the Ashleys present Spinelli as Ashley S., Randall makes fun of Spinelli for wearing a dress. However, Spinelli is usually wearing a dress in every episode.
  • Animation error: When Gretchen and T.J. arrive to talk to Upside-Down Girl, Gretchen's drawing outline become thicker once T.J. stops moving.
  • Coloring error: When Spinelli calls each male member of the gang "Ashley", Gus' belt is gray.
  • Coloring/animation error: When Ashley T. says, "They're destroying our clubhouse," her lips turn light pink for a few times.
  • Animation/coloring error: In some last scenes of Ashley A., her eyebrows are blonde.
  • Animation error: Usually, Ashley T.'s hair length is down to where her head ends. However, when Ashley A. is reading the Constitution of the Playground, Ashley T.'s hair length is a bit longer than usual. It is back to normal afterwards.



  • Spinelli's first name, Ashley, is revealed in this episode. Before the episode aired, Disney was very secretive about it; and left her first name off of their official website and tie-in material.
  • The Ashleys claim that the name "Ashley" is only a girl's name. On the contrary, "Ashley" is technically a unisex (meaning that it can be used for both boys and girls), and, at least in the United States, "Ashley" was primarily a boy's name until the early 1980s.
    • In the United Kingdom, "Ashley" is still more common as a boy's name than a girl's name, with the alternative female spelling being "Ashleigh."
  • Despite the scene where Spinelli's nails are being painted, characters' nails are never drawn in the episodes.
  • The video the Ashleys force Spinelli to watch is a spoof of the popular girls' toy line My Little Pony, instead called My Fuzzy Unicorn. When the episode first aired, the toyline started its second era, or "G2" to collectors.
  • Ashley A.'s lunchbox has Hello Kitty on it.
  • Gretchen's last name is revealed to be Grundler in this episode.
  • According to Randall, this episode takes place on February 17th, 1998, even though it was originally broadcast a few months before then.
  • This episode was shown in selected cinemas before Disney's 1998 feature film Mulan.
  • Though it is never again explicitly stated, several later episodes hint that the Ashleys still desire to get Spinelli to be part of their clique. The two most prominent ones are "That Stinking Feeling" and "The Beauty Contest". In the former episode, the Ashleys sympathize with Spinelli's crush on a boy and Ashley A. subsequently offers Spinelli one of the boys on their wall of pictures of acceptable boys. In the latter episode, Ashley A. congratulates Spinelli on becoming a finalist and remarks to her how she is now just like them.


  • This is one of the only episodes where Spinelli is seen having at least one eyelash; the others being "The Break In", "Mama's Girl", and "Prickly Is Leaving". However, this episode and "Prickly Is Leaving" are the only episodes where it had Spinelli to have two eyelashes on each eye. "Mama's Girl" had her to have only one eyelash on one of her eyes briefly during her eye zoom (though, this is an animation error), and "The Break In" had Spinelli to have one eyelash on both of her eyes for a brief time.
  • This was the first episode to be written by Holly Huckins.
  • This is the only episode where Spinelli is shown crying to herself.
  • This is the only episode where Ashley T. speaks more than twice.
  • Hustler Kid speaks for the first time in this episode.
  • Spinelli's older brother, Joey, is mentioned for the first time in this episode.
  • Douglas is mentioned in this episode, but he will not physically debut until "Randall's Reform".


  • Randall's line when he finds Spinelli's file, "Why with dirt like this, I could, dare I say it? Rule the playground!", is an allusion to one of Ringo's lines in the 1965 film starring The Beatles, Help! , where he says, "With a ring like that, I could, dare I say it? Rule the world!".
  • Ashley A.'s line about ending up with guys named "Paul" or "Joe" in middle school is an allusion to the series creators, Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere.

International Information

  • In the Latin Spanish dub, the names Ashley A. was talking about are changed to "Juan" and "Pedro" respectively, but those names are not English versions of Paul and Joe.
    • However, in the Castilian Spanish dub, the names are kept.



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