The Big Prank is the second episode of the fourth season of Recess, which was first broadcast on September 12, 1999.


T.J. tries to prank King Bob so he can win the king's old title of Prankster Prince.


The episode starts with TJ pranking Randall into getting covered with oatmeal. When Randall tells King Bob, the latter reveals to TJ and his friends that he too was a practical joker during the reign of King Sid. TJ's goal to become the Prankster Prince: to pull a practical joke on King Bob.

TJ's friends think he can do it, but TJ himself isn't so sure. Indeed, every time TJ tries to pull a prank on King Bob, King Bob outwits him. The result: TJ becomes King Bob's fanner boy... until King Bob inadvertently sits on TJ's whoopie cushion.


  • Cornchip Girl is voiced by E.G. Daily in this episode instead of Aria Noel Curzon.
  • This was the first episode of the third season in the Japanese dub.
  • The scene in which TJ walks up to King Bob carrying a giant tree Branch up the slide is similar to Jesus' crucifixion where he carries the cross up Calvary's Mountain.  
  • In this episode, Vince makes a rash decision on T.J.'s behalf just as T.J. did for Gus in Dodgeball City.   
  • The episode continues in The Madness of King Bob.   


  • T.J. Detweiler - Andrew Lawrence
  • Vince LaSalle - Ricky D'Shon Collins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Gretchen Grundler - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumberg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Principal Prickly - Dabney Coleman
  • Randall Weems - Ryan O'Donohue
  • King Bob - Toran Caudell
  • Captain Sticky/Cornchip Girl/Fanner Boy/Kid #1 - E.G. Daily
  • Jerome - Justin Shenkarow
  • Jordan/Earwin Lawson/Scribe Kid - Erik von Detten