The Great Can Drive is the twenty-second (22nd) episode of the first season of Recess, which was broadcast on November 22nd, 1997.


The holiday can drive starts up once again, only this time, Mikey is sure he's going to beat The Ashleys.


At first only Mikey wants to participate in the Thanksgiving can drive competition against the unbeatable Ashleys, because unlike everyone else who see it as a contest he sees it as helping the needy. Rallying against the Ashleys the other kids unite but lose sight of the real purpose of the competition in doing so.


  • November 1997 (around Thanksgiving)


  • In this episode, all of the Ashleys are in Miss Furley's class; yet in the rest of the series, all of them or half of them are in Miss Grotke's class. In most episodes, only Ashley Q. and Ashley T. are in her class.
  • During the scene where the pyramid of cans falls, some scenes of the cans falling and the kids running away are played twice and in reverse. Moreover, when the cans fall, and Miss Grotke jumps off of the stage, she's wearing her usual outfit instead of the Native American outfit she wears for most of the episode.
  • In the episode "Swing on Thru to the Other Side", Vince says "The kids in Miss Furley's class said she [Swinger Girl] never showed up for school today." However, in this episode Swinger Girl is ready to beat the Ashleys in Miss Grotke's (the Gang's) class, meaning she's not in her class.


  • This episode is the series' Thanksgiving special.
  • This episode was released on the VHS and DVD, Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street.
  • According to this episode, Third Street School has been open since the 1920's, its first graduates being sixth graders in 1927-28.
  • This is the first Holiday special in the series.
  • The sign above the can pyramid in the auditorium reads "Catch Can Fever", a possible reference to the 1977 song "Cat Scratch Fever" by Ted Nugent; or the disease the song is named after.


  • T.J. Detweiler - Ross Malinger
  • Vince LaSalle - Rickey D'Shon Collins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Gretchen Grundler - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumburg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Miss Grotke - Allyce Beasley
  • Principal Prickly - Dabney Coleman
  • Dave - Ryan O'Donohue
  • Sam/Guru Kid/Kid #2 - Klee Bragger
  • Swinger Girl/Ashley Boulet - Francesca Smith
  • Ashley Armbruster/Kid #1 - Anndi McAfee
  • Ashley Quinlan - Rachel Crane
  • Hustler Kid - Michael Shulman
  • Eudora B. Finklestien - Tress MacNeille