"The Pest" is the fifteenth episode of the first season of Recess, which was first broadcast on November 1st, 1997.


A boy named Geoffery bothers Gretchen on a regular basis. When it is found out that he likes her, she tries to further avoid him. Geoffery shouts at the top of his lungs that he’s in love with Gretchen resulting the entire student body to laugh at her. That night Gretchen has a nightmare of her and Geoffery getting married, having a baby and growing old together. The next day Gretchen decides to handcuff herself to Geoffery to teach him a lesson about not to bother anyone again. After that, Geoffery tells Gretchen that he only likes her as a friend now he then walks away and does not bother her again.


  • Animation/continuity error: When Gretchen is hit by the ball thrown by Geoffery, she is sitting beside Spinelli; both behind a table. After perspective changes, Gretchen is standing beside Mikey and Spinelli is ahead of them, while there is no table.
  • Animation/continuity error: When both Geoffery and Gretchen are on the bus, once Gretchen corrects the saying said by Geoffery, her eyebrows disappear. Then, while Geoffery is replying to her correction, her eyebrows reappear.
  • Animation/continuity error: When both Geoffery and Gretchen are on the bus and Geoffery says he will be by her side for ever and ever, Gretchen's left pigtail is initially in front of her shoulder. Once perspective changes while he is talking, it is then behind her shoulder.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Gretchen handcuffs herself to Geoffery, he drops a bunch of flowers. While he is shown kneeling, the flowers are on the ground in front of his knees. After Gretchen releases him, there are no flowers.
  • Animation error: After Gretchen releases Geoffery from the handcuffs, he starts explaining how he felt. During the explanation, a while after Geoffery snaps his fingers, his left ear disappears for a frame.
  • Animation/continuity error: After Gretchen releases Geoffery from the handcuffs, she drops them to the ground. After Geoffery gets up, they are still on the ground in front of his feet. Once he runs away, there are no handcuffs there; they also never reappear again.



  • Geoffery makes his first appearance in this episode, and this is the only episode where he has a major role. The only other episode where he had a speaking role was in "Tattletale Heart".
  • This was the first episode written by Rachel Lipman.


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