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"The Army-Navy Game" is the fifth episode of the fifth season of Recess, which was first broadcast on September 23rd, 2000.


When Gus' father finds out that Cornchip Girl's father is his archenemy who works for the Navy, they are not allowed to see each other anymore, but they decide to share a secret friendship that their fathers will not know about.



  • Animation/consistency error: During the opening scene, the gang members are shown sitting beside a table at the cafeteria. However, Gus and Gretchen are sitting beyond the length of the table and the bench, giving the impression that they are floating behind the table.
  • Animation/consistency error: During the opening scene, there is a sign behind Mikey at the cafeteria. Once the perspective focuses on Vince and Gretchen, a platform appears above the sign.
  • Animation/consistency error: While Vince and Gretchen are talking at the cafeteria, there is a green sign behind them. After T.J. shows his dish with the word "Whomps" written, which causes Mikey, Vince, and Gretchen to laugh, the sign is missing.
  • Animation/consistency error: When Spinelli beats the dish, it starts cracking before she hits it.
  • Animation/continuity error: Right before Gus gets up from the cafeteria bench, there are three kids sitting behind him. Once he gets up, there is only one girl alone.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: While Gus is shocked for seeing that Clyde fell down after being pushed, his watch is drawn upside down.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Spinelli is sipping her drink at Kelso's, her lips are not drawn.
  • Animation/continuity error: While Gretchen is sipping her drink at Kelso's, her overbite is missing.
  • Animation/continuity error: While Gus is talking to the rest of the gang at Kelso's, he has no drink. Once the rest of the gang stands up, Gus is seen sipping his drink.
  • Animation/continuity error: When the gang members are drinking at Kelso's, the levels of the drinks inside the glasses increase significantly after they stop drinking.
  • Animation/continuity error: After Gus receives the ice cream and notices Cornchip Girl is also at Kelso's, his right arm is initially behind the ice cream. Once he starts talking, both of his arms appear in front of the ice cream.


  • Naming error: On Disney+, the title is known as "The Army / Navy Game".



  • Cornchip Girl's first name is revealed to be Theresa.
  • After the 9/11 attacks, this episode and the episode paired with it, "Big Ol' Mikey", did not air in reruns for the remainder of 2001. This was due to the later episode having scenes of buildings being destroyed. While this episode had no similar content, it could not fill a thirty-minute timeslot on its' own, so it was also pulled for a while. The episode was added back to the rerun rotation in 2002.
  • Gus and Cornchip Girl have a similar family background. They have a father that works in a important job that has them wear uniforms and their children are kind and gentle.
  • Although Principal Prickly does not appear, he was mentioned by Gus’ dad, Lt. Griswald, because he got a phone call from him as he told him that his son skirmished with another boy.
  • The episode takes its name from the annual American collage football game between the Army Black Knights of the Military Academy at Westpoint, NY and the Navy Midshipmen of the United States Naval Military Academy, and is the third leg of the triangular series between the Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy.



  • The episode is a little bit similar to William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.
  • The episode is also similar to a Pepper Ann episode "Moose in Love"; both shows have the parents of the kids hate each other while the kids themselves are getting along well (Gus' dad and Cornchip Girl's dad are arch-nemeses while Gus and Cornchip Girl are having romantic bonding; Pepper Ann's mom Lydia and Margot LaSandre are arch-enemies back in junior college while Moose, Pepper Ann's sister and Sean have crushes on each other).

International Information


External Link

The Army-Navy Game on Internet Movie Database