"Gretchen and the Secret of Yo" is the eighth episode of the second season of Recess, this episode focuses on Gretchen finding a talent in sports.


Gretchen gets annoyed that she cannot find a sport she is good at so she tries multiple things and eventually finds a sport she turns out to be one of the best at.


The episode starts on the playground with Gretchen playing games like a normal kid, doing badly in them, being one of the smartest children in the school it's expected to some degree.

After some mocking by the Ashleys she notices someone playing with a yo-yo, a device that you pull up and down by the strings.

The rest of the episode is showing various training with Grechen and her trainer who happens to be one of the best yo-yo players with loads of trophies who is now retired from the sport.

At the end of the episode she competes in a competition against one of the most feared yo-yo players in the city. But does she come out ahead?

Character Screen Times

As you'd expect, Grechen is showed the most in this episode with every other character being an additional face to keep the plot running at a sensible pace.


  • 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
  • Miss Grotke - Allyce Beasley
  • Swinger Girl/Ashley Boutlet - Francesca Smith
  • Phil/Kid #2 - Klee Bragger
  • Ashley Armbruster - Anndi McAfee
  • Ashley Quinlan - Rachel Crane
  • Tommy Tate - Brian Doyle-Murray
  • Alex Lorall - Warren Sroka
  • Announcer - Gregg Berger
  • Kid #1/Kid #3 - Ryan O'Donohue


  • This episode (along with "The Substitute", the episode it was paired with) premiered on Halloween, however, it has nothing to do with the holiday.
  • This episode was first broadcast on October 31st, 1998.
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