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.


  • 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