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"Hmm... An excellent drawing, and I do applaud self-expression, but people... this just isn't good karma. This sort of satire is best used against oh, say, a repressive totalitarian government. You know, I was a child myself once; I remember what it's like. The world can be a cruel place; people treating each other terribly for no reason. But it doesn't have to be that way—not if we look out for each other. A little empathy on the playground, a little consideration in the lunchroom will go a long way toward making our world a better place. I mean, being a kid is hard enough without kids being hard on each other, right? ...Doesn't anyone understand basically where I'm coming from?"
Miss Grotke

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

Plot



Summary

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

Main Story

Spinelli accidentally calls Miss Grotke "Mama" in front of the whole playground. So to make someone else say "Mama", T.J. and the gang try to do that to Randall, who was with Miss Finster. But Randall could not 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.

Timeline

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

Goofs

Episode

  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, Phil is shown sitting on Lily's seat. However, when the students are laughing at the drawing, she replaced him, and he is shown sitting near the Unnamed Girl. When Spinelli is yelling at the students, he is sitting on T.J.'s seat. When Miss Grotke told her to sit down, Ashley Q. replaces him. He is later shown sitting on another seat when the scene shows all of the students sitting in the classroom.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, Vince is shown sitting between T.J. and Spinelli. However, when Miss Grotke told Spinelli to sit down, he is shown sitting on Gretchen's seat. When the scene shows all of the students sitting in the classroom after she says, "I mean, being a kid is hard enough without kids being hard on each other, right?", he is sitting near Spinelli and Mikey.
  • Animation error: During the beginning of the episode, a Hispanic/Latino girl is shown sitting on Judy's seat. However, when the students are running to recess, Judy replaces her.
  • Animation/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, Ashley T. is not shown in the classroom.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, Ashley Q. is shown sitting near Vince and the Unnamed Girl. However, when the students are laughing at the drawing, she is shown sitting near Ashley T. and Megan. When Spinelli is yelling at the students, Ashley Q. is sitting on T.J.'s seat. When Ashley Q. is shown during Miss Grotke's speech, she is shown sitting on the same seat as it happened during the scene where the students are laughing at the drawing.
  • Animation/continuity error: During the beginning of the episode, Timmy Milton is shown sitting near Willy. However, when the students are running to recess, an unnamed fat boy replaces him. When the students are laughing at the drawing, Timmy replaces him. When the students are shown during Miss Grotke's speech, an unnamed fat boy replaces him again, and Timmy is sitting on another seat.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, Spinelli is shown sitting near Vince. However, during the scene where she is having a conversation with the gang while she is giving some of her things to her friends, she is shown sitting on Mikey's seat. When the paper airplane flew onto her hair during Miss Grotke's long speech, she is sitting on Gus' seat. When the scene shows all of the students sitting in the classroom, she is sitting near T.J. and Vince.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, Megan is shown sitting near T.J. However, when Miss Grotke told Spinelli to sit down, she is shown sitting on Lily's seat. She later sat on the same seat as usual.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, Willy is shown sitting near Megan. However, when Spinelli is yelling at the students, he is sitting near Ashley Q. He later sat on the same seat as usual.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, Gretchen is shown sitting near Gus. However, when Miss Grotke told Spinelli to sit down, she is sitting on the unnamed Asian boy's seat. She later sat on the same seat as usual.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, the Unnamed Girl is not shown. However, when the students are laughing at the drawing, she is shown sitting near Phil. When Miss Grotke told Spinelli to sit down, she is shown sitting on Megan's seat. She later sat on the same seat as usual.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, T.J. is sitting near Gretchen. However, when Miss Grotke told Spinelli to sit down, Megan replaces him. He later reappeared when Miss Grotke is examining the drawing.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, an unnamed Asian boy is not shown. However, when the students are laughing at the drawing, he is shown sitting near Lily. When Miss Grotke told Spinelli to sit down, Gretchen replaces him. He later reappeared when Miss Grotke is examining the drawing.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: During the beginning of the episode, Gus is shown sitting near Gretchen. However, during Miss Grotke's speech, Spinelli replaces him. He later reappeared when the scene shows all of the students sitting in the classroom.
  • Coloring error: When the students are running to recess, Gordy's shirt is green.
  • Animation/consistency/continuity error: When Spinelli came to recess, many students, such as Gordy and Lola Ann, are there. However, after a few perspective changes, various students replaced them.
  • Animation error: During the maul ball scene, Spinelli is shown playing maul ball with a football. However, when Spinelli started to see Miss Grotke walking near the mud puddle, she is shown holding and dropping a weird looking basketball. The football replaces it afterwards.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Spinelli is about to feel shocked about Miss Grotke, only Mikey and two little kids appear on the background. However, when she says, "Oh no," no students are near her. When she covers her mouth after she accidentally called the teacher "mama", T.J., Gretchen, and an unnamed Asian boy appeared on the right side, and all the students on the left side are replaced. When an unnamed boy says, "Spinelli just called Miss Grotke 'mama', all members of the gang appeared, an unnamed Asian boy does not appear near them anymore, and Spinelli is farther away from the students.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Spinelli started to see Miss Grotke walking near the mud puddle, the background has a few houses. However, after a couple perspective changes, only one house is shown on the background; the house is also different than one of the houses during the other scene.
  • 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: While Spinelli is shouting, "Look out, mama!", her eyebrows got thicker; the same error happens before the birds started to chirp at Spinelli.
  • Animation/continuity error: When an unnamed boy says, "Spinelli just called Miss Grotke 'mama', many students are near the gang. However, after a few perspective changes, they are not there anymore.
  • Animation/coloring error: When an unnamed boy says, "Spinelli just called Miss Grotke 'mama'," his shirt is colored dark red with bright red thin stripes in it.
  • Animation error: During the scene where an unnamed boy says, "Spinelli just called Miss Grotke 'mama'," Ashley T. is shown wearing a short-sleeved shirt with a skirt. When the perspective changes, her clothes is back to normal.
  • Animation error: When the students started to laugh at Spinelli, Mikey's face switches many times, and Ashley T.'s lips are missing.
  • Animation/continuity error: After Spinelli calls Miss Grotke "Mama", several kids are shown laughing from above. Ashley Q., Ashley T., and Ashley B. are visible, but far apart from each other. When the perspective changes, all the four Ashleys are shown laughing together.
    Mama's Girl error
  • Animation error: When T.J. says, "That was weird. Spinelli said anything, funny" and started laughing, along with the gang (Excluding Spinelli), his legs are missing. You can only see the error in some airings of the episode.
  • Spinelli shocked HQ
    Animation error: When Butch is shown laughing while Spinelli is being shocked and embarrassed, the streak on his hair is missing.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Spinelli is shown feeling shocked about the accident, various students in the background are not the students that appeared on the previous scene where an unnamed boy says, "Spinelli just called Miss Grotke 'mama'.
  • Animation error: During the episode, Spinelli does not have a line above each eyelid when her eyes are wide open. However, during a couple parts of the episode (mainly, when Spinelli felt shocked and walked away), a line did appear above each eyelid when her eyes are wide open.
  • Animation error: During the episode, Spinelli does not have any of the eyelashes. However, during Spinelli's eye zoom, an eyelash on one of her eyes is shown briefly.
  • Animation error: When Spinelli's eye gets closer to the camera, her eye shape is different than usual.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: When Spinelli is holding her lunch while she is walking, Ashley A., Ashley B., and Judy are shown sitting together at the table. During the scene, Judy has sleeves on her top, and the gang are sitting at the table behind them. However, after two perspective changes, Ashley A. and Ashley B. switch seats, and Ashley Q. sits with them instead. An unnamed boy and an unnamed girl are also shown sitting at the table and examining each other behind them; it means that they are sitting on another table.
    Another animation error in Mama's Girl
  • Animation error: When Spinelli is running away from the German Sheppard dog while he is barking at her, a line appears around her waist, making her look like she is wearing a shirt and a skirt instead.
  • Animation error: When Spinelli started to examine the sign, she is standing near the door. However, when she is shown looking at the sign briefly before she exclaims a Big "NO!", she is farther than the previous scene; this error causes her to turn around while she is exclaiming.
  • Animation/grammar error: During the "Sign of Despair" scene, where Spinelli is looking at the sign which turns off many letters before she exclaims a Big "NO!", it reveals "Ma Ma's Grll" instead of "Ma Ma's Girl".
  • Animation error: When the camera starts to zoom into Spinelli's throat, a line is drawn on the left and below of her nose.
  • Animation error: Before Spinelli says, "It's the only way," her eyebrows disappear for a frame.
  • Animation/continuity error: When the gang started to have a conversation after Spinelli puts her head down, Gus is shown standing closer to T.J. However, when perspective changes, Gus is not shown standing closer to T.J. anymore.
  • Animation error: When Vince says, "That's crazy," Gretchen's glasses is not drawn completely.
  • Animation error: When Gus is writing "Call me daddy" in cursive, he is doing it backwards.
  • Coloring error: When T.J. says, "Let's do this thing," his cap briefly darkens the color. It is corrected and recolored in all reruns of the episode, except in other English-speaking countries outside the U.S., Toon Disney's "After Class Laugh Attack!" promo, and Disney+.
  • Coloring error: When the students are laughing at the drawing, Willy's shirt is navy blue.
  • Animation/continuity error: When the students are laughing at the drawing, many students are not sitting at the classroom, meaning that they are not there yet. However, when Miss Grotke told her to sit down, more students are shown sitting; it presumably means that all students are there.
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    Animation error: When Spinelli sees the drawing on the blackboard, she is drawn with nostrils; the error also happens when Spinelli examines the other students calling Miss Grotke "Mama".
  • Animation error: When Spinelli yells, "I've had it ya punks!", the drawing on the blackboard briefly disappears.
  • Animation error: At the end, there is 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, almost the whole picture is back, and she rubs it off again.
  • Coloring error: When Ashley Q. is shown during Miss Grotke's speech, Gordy's shirt is gray.
  • Animation error: When the scene shows all of the students sitting in the classroom, Ashley T. is shown wearing a different outfit.
  • Coloring error: When the students are calling Miss Grotke "mama", Timmy Milton's hair is blond.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: When Spinelli is giving Miss Grotke a thumbs up, Ashley T. is shown standing near Megan.
  • Crediting error: Justin Jon Ross was incorrectly credited as Justin John Ross.

International Versions

Castilian Spanish

  • Audio error: When Spinelli started to walk away from the students who are laughing at her, the kids' laugh ended earlier than usual.

Trivia

Regular

  • This episode was based on an idea by C. D. Payne, author of the bestselling novel Youth in Revolt: The Journal of Nick Twist, which was made into a movie with Michael Cera in January 2010.
  • A short clip, where T.J. says, "Let's do this thing", was included at the end of Toon Disney's "After Class Laugh Attack!" promo.
  • The scene where Spinelli yells, "I've had it ya punks!" to the students in Miss Grotke's classroom appears in the Behind-the-scenes feature on the Recess: School's Out DVD. After that, the clip shows Pamela Adlon recording the line that is not featured in this episode, which is presumably due to the fact that it causes some controversy about the episode.
  • Out of all the episodes in the series, this episode has the most amount of errors.
  • One of Spinelli's quotes was previously used by Miss Finster in "The Hypnotist".

Continuity

  • This is one of the only episodes where Spinelli is seen having at least one eyelash; the others being "First Name Ashley" and "Prickly Is Leaving". However, this is the only episode where Spinelli is seen having only one eyelash on one of her eyes (though, this is an animation error), as the other episodes had Spinelli to have two eyelashes on each eye.
  • This is the first episode where "Eat the Camera" happens during one of the scenes; the next being "Gus' Fortune", and the last being "The Biggest Trouble Ever".
    • This is also one of the only episodes where any girl did the "Eat the Camera" part; the other being "The Biggest Trouble Ever".
  • This is the only episode where a zoom/wipe is shown twice.
  • This was the first episode written by Mark Drop.

International Information

  • Clips of this episode were included in Toon Disney UK’s "New Weekday Line-Up" promo from 2003.
  • The French dub has Spinelli call her life "a Charles Dickens story" instead of a Stephen King novel.
  • Many international voice actresses of Spinelli cannot raise a Big "NO!" as much as Pamela Adlon does in the original English version. However, some international voice actresses, such as Marwa El Sawy (Arabic) and María Ribó (Castilian Spanish), can raise a Big "NO!" quite well. Some versions also sounded similar to the original English version of it as well.

Cast

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