"Mama's Girl" is the thirteenth episode of the second season of Recess, which was first broadcast on September 19th, 1998.


Spinelli is humiliated when she accidentally calls Miss Grotke "Mama" and the other kids mock her.


Spinelli accidentally calls Miss Grotke "Mama" in front of the whole playground. So to make someone else say “Mama”, Spinelli's friends try to do that to Randall, who was with Miss Finster. But Randall couldn't spit it out, so their plan fell flat. Many hours later, the students in Miss Grotke's class all said, "Mama" just like Spinelli did.


  • October 1997 (Miss Grotke mentions that she and Spinelli are Libras, and T.J. mentions that Spinelli is nine years old; it's safe to assume that Spinelli's birthday is in late September).



  • Coloring error: When T.J. says "Let's do this thing", his hat briefly darkens in color.
  • Animation Error: Before Spinelli calls Miss Grotke "Mama", she is about to step into a puddle with her right foot. When the camera angle changes after Spinelli yells out, she is about to step in with her left foot.
  • Animation Error: When Spinelli says "I've had it ya punks!", the drawing on the blackboard briefly disappears.
  • Animation Error: At the end, there's a picture on the blackboard which Miss Grotke wipes off in the first shot, then rubs out most of it, but keeps rubbing out the same bit. A few shots later, the whole picture is back and she rubs it off again.
  • Crediting error: Justin Jon Ross was incorrectly credited as Justin John Ross.


  • T.J. Detweiler - Ross Malinger
  • Vince LaSalle - Rickey D'Shon Collins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Gretchen Grundler/Kid #4 - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumberg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Miss Finster - April Winchell
  • Miss Grotke - Allyce Beasley
  • Principal Prickly - Dabney Coleman
  • Randall Weems/Willy/Kid #2 - Ryan O'Donohue
  • Ashley Armbruster/Kid #1/Kid #5 - Anndi McAfee
  • Ashley Boulet - Francesca Smith
  • Ashley Quinlan/Kid #3 - Rachel Crane
  • King Bob - Toran Caudell
  • Flo Spinelli - Katey Sagal
  • Bird/Dog - Frank Welker
  • Kindergarteners - E.G. Daily
  • Lunchlady Irma/Tape voice - Tress MacNeille
  • Phil - Justin Jon Ross