"Lord of the Nerds" is the tenth episode of the third season of Recess, which was first broadcast on November 6th, 1999.


When T.J. breaks his collarbone during a kickball game, he's forced to stay in "Room 51": a room of nerds - colloquially referred to as the Pale Kids - who chose to stay inside during recess.



  • The Pale Kids all make their first appearances in this episode.
  • This episode was paired up with "The Shiner," making it an instance where in two episodes in a row, T.J. was injured somehow.
  • The game played by the Pale Kids, Daggers & Dragons, is a parody of the popular role-playing game (often just referred to as an RPG), Dungeons & Dragons.
  • This episode was paired up with "That Stinking Feeling" outside the US.
  • This is one of only six episodes of the television show Recess that were directed by both Sheetz and Parkins, the two prominent directors of the series.
  • "Room 51" refers to "Area 51," a highly classified remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base located in Lincoln County, Nevada.
  • The episode's title alludes to William Golding's 1954 novel Lord of the Flies. One of the novel's characters, Piggy, is ostracized from the rest of the boys in the story due to his physical weaknesses and social ineptness.


  • T.J. Detweiler - Andrew Lawrence
  • Vince LaSalle - Rickey D'Shon Collins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Gretchen Grundler/Ashley Tomassia - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumberg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Miss Finster - April Winchell
  • Ashley Armbruster - Anndi McAfee
  • Ashley Boulet - Francesca Smith
  • Ashley Quinlan - Rachel Crane
  • Erwin Lawson - Erik von Detten
  • Frank "Knarf" Sedgewick: Eddie Deezen
  • Rodney - Kenny Blank
  • Steve - Pamela Hayden
  • Carl - Kath Soucie
  • Comic Shop Owner - Sam McMurray