"The Game" is the fifth episode of the second season of Recess, which was first broadcast on September 26th, 1998.



A new and popular card game sweeps all of Third Street School into a magical craze.

Main Story

When an addictive tile game called "Ajimbo" reaches Third Street, it isn't long before everyone except T.J. are turned into zombies. They can't think about anything but Ajimbo.


  • Animation error: When Upside-Down Girl was right side up, it's still like she's upside-down, though this could just be a comedic effect.


  • This episode debuted at the start of the enormous Pokemon craze in North America (having started in Japan one year earlier,) and Ajimbo may be referencing the card game of the franchise. As of July 2011, the craze is still going strong. The television show was dubbed in English by 4Kids (and now dubbed in-house by The Pokemon Company), and was shown on Kids' WB!, which was the biggest competitor to Disney's One Saturday Morning (Disney and Warner Brothers have been competitors since the 1930s) until OSM was terminated in 2003. The second Pokemon movie was supposed to compete with Recess: School's Out as well, but Disney pushed the movie's release back to avoid competition from the franchise.
  • This is the first episode with Andrew Lawrence voicing T.J.
  • This is the first and only time Upside-Down Girl is not seen hanging upside-down.
  • This is another episode that hints that T.J. has a crush on Spinelli. As T.J. gets worried about Gus, Gretchen, and Mikey but is shown to be more saddened about Spinelli getting into the craze.
  • This is the only time where Francesca Smith voices Cornchip Girl.
  • This episode shares the same title as an episode of Disney's Aladdin TV series.
  • At the end of the episode a character is seen wearing a St. Vitas Middle School shirt suggesting that the city contains more than just the Spiro T. Agnew Middle School.


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