Rumor Mill is the sixth episode of the fourth season of Recess, which was first broadcast on September 19, 1999.


Mikey is the subject of a vicious rumor that terrifies the whole of Third Street School, but who started it?



  • Animation error: When the gang arrive at school the day after the rumor hit, T.J. is not wearing a backpack. When the gang walk up to Phil pushing Mikey on the swing, he's wearing a backpack.
  • Animation error: When T.J. is wearing his backpack, he only has one strap over his shoulder, but when T.J. tells Mikey that he needs to stand up against rumors, his backpack has two straps. 
  • Consistancy error: When the gang find Randall hiding in one of the tires to the Ashleys' clubhouse, T.J.'s backpack is missing. After they drag him out, it's back. After Randall tells the gang that Digger Dave told him the rumor, his backpack is gone for the rest of the episode.
  • Animation error: When Menlo stamps the letter to Principal Prickly, it's dated December 8, 1998. When Menlo shows the gang the date on "The Men-Lo Down", the date is December 9, 1998.
  • Continuity error: The date on Pricky's letter says December 8, 1998. However, because it has been established that Recess is only taking place over the course of one school year (September 1997 to June 1998), that would mean that the gang would've been in fifth grade by then.
  • When Menlo stamps the letter to Principal Prickly, his named is spelled P-R-I-C-K-L-E-Y.
  • Consistency error: The kindergartener's playground is missing from the side of the school in this episode.


  • This is the first and only time we hear Mikey talk in his singing voice.
  • This episode shares the same title as an episode of the second season (1997-1998) of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, which was, at the time, airing on ABC along with Recess.
  • This episode was cut from the Italian dub.
  • This episode was paired up with "One Stayed Clean" outside the US.