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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. Then, they try to have the kids call Principal Prickly "daddy", but that plan fell flat, too, because of Gus' poor handwriting. Gretchen then suggests subliminal messaging, but that plan, too, fell flat since it only affected the kindergartners. 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

Warning! This episode contains a lot of challenging goofs with elaborating details that could be complicated, stressful, and/or hard to find. If you want to read this section, feel free to do that.

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.
  • Spinelli and the students in TS
    Animation error: When Spinelli came to recess, she is slightly shorter than usual, meaning that Spinelli and Gus have the same height during the scene. Her height is later back to normal.
  • 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 error: When the kids got Spinelli while they are playing maul ball (this is off-screen), which literally made the gang scared briefly, T.J.'s eyebrows disappear for a frame.
  • Animation error: When Miss Finster tells the kids to "quiet down" on the jungle gym, one of the dodgeball displays did not appear near the stairs where Miss Finster was standing. However, when the scene changes, a dodgeball display did appear near the stairs.
  • 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/continuity error: When the second scene of Miss Grotke walking near the mud puddle happens, the animation of Miss Grotke walking is almost the same as the first scene (though, in a different perspective this time), and the mud puddle is smaller than usual.
  • 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. Another error that happened during the scene is that Spinelli's pupils are smaller than usual.
  • Animation error: When Spinelli exclaims, "-mama!", her head and neck is not drawn correctly on two frames. On her head, the left side is drawn vertically smaller, while the right side is drawn vertically larger. Her neck is also smaller than usual, causing her wide mouth to end where the left side of the neck is drawn. Another error is that when she is about to end this word, the lines are drawn below each side of her nose (as seen on the top of the screen).
  • 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 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. This error is hard to see in some airings of the episode due to the screen being cropped a bit.
  • 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, it did happen during a couple parts of the episode (mainly, when Spinelli felt shocked and walked away).
  • Animation error: When Spinelli moves to the right before she walks away, the detail on her right ear disappears.
  • Animation error: On one of the frames during Spinelli's eye zoom sequence, the top of her left eyebrow is drawn longer than her right eyebrow. This error is a bit hard to see in some airings of the episode.
  • Spinelli's eye closeup HQ

    Spinelli's eyelash on one of her eyes is shown briefly during her eye zoom sequence.

    Animation error: During the episode, Spinelli does not have any eyelashes. However, during Spinelli's eye zoom sequence, an eyelash on one of her eyes is shown briefly. It is also possible if the lash line is eyeliner since it appears to be thicker than usual.
  • Animation error: When Spinelli's eye gets closer to the camera, her eye shape is different than usual, and one of her eyebrows thickens for a few frames.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Spinelli is shown worried while she is waiting for her lunch to be ready, it only has one horizontal row of the cafeteria table sets. It is later extended to three when she is looking for a place to sit. When perspective changes, one of the tables on the first vertical row is not seen.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: When Spinelli is shown worried while she is waiting for her lunch to be ready, the first horizontal row had the boys sitting on the second cafeteria table set, and only one unnamed girl is shown sitting on the third cafeteria table set. However, when Spinelli is looking for a place to sit, one of the boys that is previously shown does not appear anymore, and another boy is shown sitting with an African-American boy on the second cafeteria table set of the first row. On the third cafeteria table set of the first row, an unnamed girl that is previously shown is moved to the right, and another boy is added near her.
    • When perspective changes, there is a girl that is sitting on the first cafeteria table set of the first horizontal row; she looks very similar to the other girl that is sitting on the third cafeteria table set of the first horizontal row, but the only difference is that her skin is darker. It is possible if she is the same girl with a coloring error or not. She is probably just a different girl since the girl on the previous scene does not have her face revealed.
  • Animation/coloring error: When Spinelli is shown worried while she is waiting for her lunch to be ready, an unnamed girl who is sitting on the third cafeteria table set has a shirt lighter than the other scene, and her hair looks like it is down for some reason, which was later changed to a bun.
  • 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

    There are two errors in that scene.

    Animation/continuity error: When the white barn house first appeared, the door has its regular size. However, when Spinelli runs away from the German Sheppard dog while he is barking at her, the door is larger than usual. It is back to normal afterwards.
  • Spinelli screaming HQ
    Animation error: When the white barn house first appeared, the lines appeared on a wooden wall. However, when Spinelli exclaims a Big "NO!", the lines disappear.
  • Animation/continuity error: When the German-Sheppard dog frightened Spinelli, she is a little bit farther from the dog. However, when perspective changes, she is closer than usual. Her first movement happened again afterwards.
  • 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/continuity error: On one of the frames before Spinelli's "Eat the Camera" or mouth zoom sequence, the lines are drawn on her bottom teeth and did not fully reach to the top until the last frame before the sequence started to happen. However, as it zooms during the sequence, the lines started to become shorter than usual, and afterwards, each line did not look the same together until the frame changed, where both of each look the same together. When the frame changes again, each line did not look the same together again, and one of the lines is almost fully drawn to the bottom of her tooth. They later look the same together for the third time, and probably a frame later, the lines started to become shorter again.
  • 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/continuity error: On the first frame of Spinelli's "Eat the Camera" or mouth zoom sequence (where her throat is about to be visible), her mouth is vertically wider than usual, and the right side of her mouth is horizontally a bit smaller than the next frames, where it began to expand.
  • Animation/continuity error: During Spinelli's "Eat the Camera" or mouth zoom sequence, her throat vary its size various times, and her lips on the left and right side of her mouth did not fully appear until after many frames.
  • Animation/continuity error: After the camera starts to zoom into Spinelli's throat, her uvula is smaller than usual for a couple frames. It later vary to become normal again.
  • Animation/continuity error: During Spinelli's "Eat the Camera" or mouth zoom sequence, a detail on the right of her bottom teeth is missing for a couple frames, and a tiny white dot is visible on her throat for a frame (Note: This is probably the hardest goof to find for any people with glasses or bad eye vision. The best website to find it is on Disney+ since it has the best quality. If you do not have it, then go to this instead. Make sure the quality is 480p on this video. After you go to any of them, go to the scene where Spinelli starts to "Eat the Camera", and pause as much frames as possible to find it. If you still cannot find it, do it over and over again until you find it. If you have a bad eye vision, you can get closer to the screen for a better chance to see it. Here is a hint: It is on the first frame of the part where the detail on the right of her bottom teeth is missing. It is on the left of her throat, and it is near to where the top of her tongue is at.). As the camera zooms, more details on each side of her bottom teeth started to become visible.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: When T.J. asked Spinelli if she was overreacting just a bit, an earth globe did not appear on the top of the cabinet. However, when Vince says that it is "not that bad", it happened, and the cabinet either move its position a little bit or removed a little bit on the right.
  • 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 US, 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.
  • Spinelli angry 4
    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 drawing 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 drawing is almost entirely 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 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.
  • Clips of this episode, including a short clip, where T.J. says, "Let's do this thing", were included in the following promos: Disney's One Too's "It's time for recess!" promo, Disney Channel's "This Fall, it's going to be so Disney Channel" promo from 2003, Disney Channel's "Follow Your Dreams" musical promo from 2004, the first version of Toon Disney's "What I Like About You" music promo from 2004, Toon Disney's "After Class Laugh Attack!" promo, and Toon Disney's "Get Ready for This" music promo.
  • An audio clip where Spinelli says, "Are we flappin' our jaws or are we playing maul ball?" was heard in versions one and three of Toon Disney's "We’re the kids of 3rd Street" promo from 2004.
    Spinelli giving Miss Grotke thumbs up from a Toon Disney promo
  • An animation cel of Spinelli giving Miss Grotke a thumbs up can be seen on Toon Disney's "We see them everyday" promo from 2004.
  • 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".
  • 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". It is possible if it is an animation/grammar error or not. This is probably due to the fact that it does not exactly have to be revealed.
  • Since there is a lot of goofs, this episode seems to be off-model a lot. This has to be one of the most off-model episodes besides any episode animated by Toon City.
  • In Disney Channel's "Follow Your Dreams" musical promo, Spinelli was seen sleeping with the same pajamas she wore during this episode.
  • When she is about to end the exclaiming phrase ("Look out, mama!"), parts of her mouth are much different than the scene where Spinelli eats the camera. However, the bottom teeth on her mouth is not seen possibly because it does not have to be detailed for that scene. In comparison, the "Eat the Camera" had Spinelli's mouth to be wider and have a lot of details, such as the visibility of her bottom teeth. This is probably to fit an exaggerated scene and extreme shots during the sequence.

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 a girl did "Eat the Camera"; the other being "The Biggest Trouble Ever".
  • This is the only episode where a zoom/wipe is shown twice.
  • This is the first episode written by Mark Drop.
  • This is the only episode to include an eye zoom. However, there is also a bonus eye zoom at the end of Disney Channel's "Follow Your Dreams" musical promo from 2004.

International Information

  • Clips of this episode were included in the following promos: Toon Disney UK's "New Weekday Line-Up" promo and Disney Channel Middle East's "Power, Strength, Brains, Gum Ball" promo.
  • The French dub has Spinelli call her life "a Charles Dickens story" instead of a Stephen King novel.
  • Various 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.

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