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"Outcast Ashley" is the fourth episode of the second season of Recess, which was broadcast on September 19th, 1998.



Ashley A. is kicked out of The Ashleys for forgetting the tradition of Purple Day, a sin against the clique so gravely as to get thrown out, and hooks up with Gretchen.

Main Story




  • Consistency error: Ashley A. should not get kicked out of The Ashleys because she is the leader.
  • Animation/continuity error: After Gus rushes to tell the gang that he has seen Ashley A. and Gretchen walking together to school, he is initially in front of Spinelli. After the perspective changes, Gus is beside Mikey. Ashley A. was talking during the perspective change, implying there was no time for Gus to move so fast.
  • Dialogue error: When Ashley A. is leaving the Ashleys' clubhouse, she says, "I got the three words to say to you." However, when she says "I'm like, so sure", her dialogue has four words, though this could just be a comedic effect.
  • Animation/continuity error: When the gang are watching Gretchen and Ashley A. going out together during sunset, Spinelli's nostrils are drawn; this error also happens when Spinelli says "It's an Ashley epidemic!".
  • Animation/continuity error: When the Ashleys agree to never fight again, they place their hands together. After perspective changes, they are still with their hands together but in a different order.
  • Animation/continuity error: While Gretchen is sitting on the destroyed pinhole projector and confesses to the gang that she got carried away with the impression of being popular, the outline of her hair partially disappears for a frame.
  • Animation/consistency error: After Gretchen's confession, T.J. places his hand on her shoulder. In this moment, Gretchen's moves her lips and her head without any voice. It is possible that her line has been cut.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Spinelli asks a question to Gretchen, her eyebrows are thicker than usual.
  • Animation/continuity error: When the Ashleys laugh at a black-haired girl, Ashley T. has thin eyebrows. This also happens when the Ashleys run to get Ashley A. out of the van for Purple Day. However, the second time it happens only occur during the first several frames of the scene.


A couple frames were zoomed in by accident on Disney+.

  • Editing error: In the flashback, shortly after the Ashleys accidentally bump together and stand out to introduce themselves, a couple frames zoom in from one to one until it zooms back to the original format; this error occurred on Disney+.



  • Gretchen's birthday is mentioned in this episode as March 23rd, 1988. She is the only member of The Recess Gang to have a birthday mentioned.
    • This indicates that she is born during the Waxing Crescent phase of the moon.
  • This episode mentions that Gretchen is an Aries (her birthday indicates that it is the 3rd day of the Aries' sun phase), Ashley Q. is a Leo, and Ashley A. is a Gemini.
  • At the beginning of Ashley B.'s flashback of how the Ashleys met, a younger version of T.J. can be seen running by Ashley A.
  • T.J. has a small role in this episode, and does not speak as much as he usually does. This could have been because, by the time the episode was made, Ross Malinger's voice got too low and did not sound like T.J. that much anymore.
  • After Ashley A. befriends Gretchen, at least one day has passed. However, the rest of the Ashleys are still wearing their purple outfits from Purple Day. This could be from a rush on Plus One's animators.
  • A clip of this episode was included in Toon Disney's "We see them everyday" promo from 2004.


  • This is the last episode where Ross Malinger voices T.J.
  • This episode marks the first time Gretchen is shown with her hair down.
  • This is the only episode where Ashley A. and Upside-Down Girl interact together.
  • This is the only episode where a member of the Ashleys gets kicked out.


  • The scene where Ashley A. gets kicked out of the Ashleys is similar to a 2004 movie called Mean Girls, in which Regina George was the leader of her troupe, but was kicked out when she wore sweatpants to school.

International Information

  • Clips of this episode were included in Disney Channel Middle East's "Power, Strength, Brains, Gum Ball" promo.