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Gelman is a school bully at Third Street School.


Gelman is always looking for kids to bully for no reason. His previous target was a boy named Stemple, until he moved away. Since then he started picking on Gus. Out of every kid he bullied Gus was his main target, until Gus stood up for himself, however in "A Great State Fair", he starts being a little nicer to Gus bullying him or anyone less. However he did try to attack Gus again in Mundy, Mundy when Gus pretended Conrad Mundy injured him (Gus). This was likely though to teach Gus a lesson about lying albeit very violently whether or not Gelman knew Gus was injured before Vince shouted out to Gus to run because Gus was not really hurt. He also seemed to bully Randall when Spinelli substituted for Guru Kid as Randall along with other kids Spinelli advised went after him in revenge. Again, he likely bullied in vengeance rather (Randall possibly ratting on him) rather than just for fun.

He seems to not have any close friends, but on a few occasions he hangs out with Lawson and his gang. He also sat with Conrad Mundy and his gang in Chez Vince. How close he is to the groups of Lawson and Conrad is unknown. He‘s the most feared bully in Third Street School. Everyone is scared of him, even Spinelli. Though this situation changes after the episode "Gus' Last Stand". He also gets scared when he narrowly misses Gus' plan to put him in a cage (or, as Gus said, "Get Gelmanized"). As a result he became so traumatized that even the kids that he used to bully were enough to scare him. Aside from his his disruptive behavior he can be rather sensitive and insecure and at times can be grateful to those who helped him such as when Gus brought him to the State fair and even befriends Gus and the other Recess gang in Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade but went back to chasing Gus when the group exposed the club’s secret.


Gelman is a tall, fat ten-year-old boy with messy red hair and freckles. He wears a black T-shirt, grey pants, and sneakers.


  • It remains unknown whether Gelman is his first name or last name.
  • Gelman is voiced by Justin Shenkarow, who also voiced another bully named Harold Berman from Hey Arnold.
  • In the episode "The Shiner", his favorite kind of cookies are the chocolate chip cookies that his Granny bakes for him. It also shows Gelman‘s nice side when he decided to give his cookies to T.J. and the gang.
  • It is mentioned in "A Great State Fair" that Gelman does not have a good relationship with his father.

Media: Recess (Episode List) | Recess: School's Out | Recess: All Growed Down | Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade | Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street

Characters: T.J. Detweiler | Vince LaSalle | Ashley Spinelli | Mikey Blumberg | Gretchen Grundler | Gus Griswald | Captain Bradley | Cornchip Girl | The Diggers | Hustler Kid | Erwin Lawson | Miss Grotke | Muriel Finster | Becky Detweiler | Dr. Phillium Benedict | Menlo | Brock | Peter Prickly | Bald Guy | Butch | Ashley Armbruster | Ashley Boulet | Ashley Quinlan | Ashley Tomassian | Fenwick | Brandon the Singer | Gelman | King Bob | Chucko | Jocko | Randall Weems | King Freddy II | Chewy | Spencer | Swinger Girl | Upside-Down Girl | Gordy | Hector | Miss Lemon | Lunchlady Irma | Tubby | Jordan & Jerome | Flo Spinelli | Bob Spinelli | Guru Kid

Songs: Recess Theme Song | "We Shall Not Be Moved" | "Jingle Bells" (Recess Version) | "The Otter Dance" | Bonky Theme Song