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"I say we tell Miss Finster 'he's a communist!'"

"Here Comes Mr. Perfect" is the eighteenth episode of the fourth season of Recess, which was first broadcast on November 14th, 1999.



A new kid joins Third Street School and is not as average as the crew hopes. In fact, he is very, very far from average! That causes the kid to rebel against him after he bests the kids at everything they do.

Main Story

The episode begins with Gus reading his paper on the topic "Why I'm special". He could only come up with "The one thing that makes me different from any other kid in the world is". Miss Grotke explains it to Gus and comes up with the conclusion that one of the things that make him special is that he went to 12 schools in the past 6 years. That is when a new boy enters the class. He introduces himself as Jared Smith, he hands Miss Grotke his transfer papers and tells her that he is "been to 38 schools since kindergarten", which annoys Gus as the former moved a lot more than him.

During the Math period, Miss Grotke asks a question (2673÷16) to the class (not Gretchen), since nobody could answer, she asks it to Gretchen, who says the answer, is 167.0623. Miss Grotke says that she lacks correctness, Suddenly, Phil notices Jared writing something and peaks into his papers, shouts "Hey! Jared's got an answer", snatches it and reads the answer to be 167.0624, which, according to Miss Grotke (and her calculator), is correct. She says, "Looks like we have two Math whizzes in our class", much to the annoyance of Gretchen too, since she had never been corrected by a peer.

During Recess, the gang races to the jungle gym – "Last one to Old Rusty is a rotten egg soaked in hot sauce that someone spit on". T.J. also invites Jared, who refuses at first but then agrees and runs so fast that he beats Vince too, thus annoying him too. He later beats Spinelli in a game of arm-wrestling.

Later, Jared composes a poem that beats Mikey too. The latter says “What a beautiful soul…….I hate that guy!”. Later, it is revealed that he annoyed every kid in the school: “The Diggers can’t dig because Jared’s already dug a perfect hole! The Swinger can’t swing because Jared’s already swung over the top of the swing set – 8 Times! And look what he’s done to Tubby!”

He finally out stood T.J. when he returned the clackers confiscated by Miss Finster the previous spring, to which T.J. said that there was no plan good enough to get them back. That’s when T.J. says in annoyance: "Jared’s a menace and he must be stopped!"

Later in a meeting, the students decide to instigate a lock-out. When he gets to know about this, he says that he is actually sort of impressed, and that they all came up with a good one. He later explains that this happens to every school that he goes to. Eventually the kids realize that he is good at stuff and try to stop him. They all have different ways of doing it, dumping his books, training a hamster to use his desk as a toilet, etc. Before he goes to spend recess in the library for the rest of the year, he explains that all he wanted to do was to be friends with them; he never wanted to show anybody how good he is. He did not tell Miss Grotke he knew the right answer to Gretchen’s problem, or challenge Vince to a race or Spinelli to arm wrestling, they challenged him. All people say, “No matter how good you get, there’s always someone out there who’s better than you”. It is different for him, there might not be anybody better, but there is always somebody happier; after which he starts going inside, but is stopped by Tubby’s shout; Tubby stops in front of him and burps even louder. When Jared complimented Tubby for his confidence, all the kids stopped snubbing Jared and started accepting him as their newest friend.

The Next day, Gus is shown reading his paper "…finally; it is my passion for military miniatures, the love of the snake named Herbert, and much-much more that makes me someone extra special. Miss Grotke says that it was the longest paper he has ever written. Gus admits that he got some pointers from his pal, and winks at Jared. That is when two gentlemen dressed in black come in looking for Jared and inform him that there has been a situation and the President needs his advice. He goes to a V.T.O.L (Vertical Take-off and Landing) airplane parked near the basketball court, pilots it and goes away, executing a perfect barrel roll.


  • Animation/coloring error: While Gus is dictating his paper during the beginning of the episode, his watch has a different shape, and its buttons have mixed colors with its display.
  • Coloring/continuity error: Phil's face briefly turns dark just after Gus dictates his incomplete paper.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Miss Grotke asks Gretchen for the answer of the long division, the expression on the board is missing.
  • Coloring/continuity error: When Jared is telling the rest of the kids why he is disliked so much, Jerome's sweater turns blue.
  • Coloring/continuity error: When Gretchen first approaches Jared on the playground, her socks are white.
  • Coloring/continuity error: When Jared asks Vince if he wants to play basketball, Vince's shirt changes to gray below his arms.
  • Coloring/continuity error: When the kids are trying to come up with ways to get rid of Jared, the checks on Ashley B.'s skirt are missing.
  • Coloring/continuity error: When Jared is telling the kids that he's upset with no one being better than him, his shirt turns dark blue, just like his sweater.
  • Coloring/continuity error: Right before Jared decides to go inside, Cornchip Girl's entire dress is white, and Gordy's hair is dark green.
  • Coloring/continuity error: Just before Jared says, "But before I spend recess in the library for the rest of the year...", Jerome's jumper turns blue.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Spinelli says, "You... You slammed me", her eyebrows disappear for a few frames.
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    Animation/continuity error: When Vince started to say, "I-I can't believe it!", his mouth disappears for a frame.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Jared says, "Over here, gentlemen", his eyebrows briefly disappear.
  • Animation/consistency error: In the end of the episode, Jared uses a key in the jet. These airplanes do not use ignition keys.
  • Animation/consistency error: In the end of the episode, Jordan and Jerome can be seen sitting in the same class as the gang, but they are sixth graders, so they do not go to that class at all.
  • Animation/dialogue/accuracy error: The division 2673 ÷ 16, which Gretchen calculated as 167.0623, was stated to be 167.0624, which is again wrong since it is actually 167.0625.



  • This episode shows that Jared is very talented and can do the things some of the students usually do. Here are the following talents Jared did in this episode.
    • Attending 38 schools since kindergarten, breaking Gus' record of 12.
    • Answering a difficult math problem that even Gretchen could not solve accurately, and being the student in the hundredth percentile while Gretchen is in the 99.99th percentile for an arithmetic test.
    • Beating Vince in a race and making a tough basketball shot while facing the other way.
    • Beating Spinelli in arm wrestling.
    • Reciting poetry better than Mikey.
    • Making up better plans than T.J. (getting back a pair of clackers that Miss Finster took)
    • Swinging around the top 8 times, while Swinger Girl barely made 1.
    • Digging the perfect hole that the diggers could not do.
    • Burping so loud that he shatter windows, which Tubby could not even do.
    • Flying a jet and performing a perfect barrel roll (none of the other students could do that).


  • This episode includes the first and only appearance of Jared.


  • This episode is similar to the Hey Arnold! episode "Ms. Perfect", where the girls antagonized a new student named Lila due to their jealousy just like how the kids antagonized Jared for the same reason. In addition, both episodes seem to be based off of the Bible story Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors, which is the story that shows how Joseph's brothers sold him out of jealousy. Both shows also had several same writers and cast members reference religion a lot.