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Hank and Finster

"To Finster with Love" is the eighth episode of the first season of Recess, which was first broadcast on October 4th, 1997.



Miss Finster is attracted to Hank the Janitor, She and Hank begin dating. The student body is concerned when she begins being nice to everyone.

Main story

When T.J. and the gang notice that Miss Finster has a crush on Hank the Janitor, the gang hook them up in order for Miss Finster to leave them alone. However, after she ignores her playground duties in order to spend more time with Hank, the playground falls into havoc and chaos, and the gang have to try and break them up.


  • Animation/continuity error: At various times in the episode, T.J.'s pupils get smaller.
  • Animatioy/continuity/consistency error: Throughout the episode, many shots of The Recess Gang have large and thick eyebrows.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: When Vince asks Mikey how he can tell that Miss Finster has a crush on Hank, Vince is drawn with eye highlights like T.J.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Miss Finster and Hank are dancing, Miss Finster's watch disappears for a second.
  • Animation/continuity error: When Spinelli told Miss Finster that "the whole playground is a mess", Spinelli's head is drawn bigger than her usual head-to-body ratio. Her neck is also taller than usual.
  • Animation/continuity error: When T.J. tells Miss Finster that she smells like his gym socks, his eye highlights are missing.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: When the gang gives T.J. a chance to say insults to Miss Finster, Gretchen has dotted eyes.
  • Animation/continuity/consistency error: When Miss Finster was grading the test, she gave Randall an A plus, but it is shown as a D minus.



  • According to Spinelli, T.J. weighs 76 pounds, and Mikey weighs 112 pounds.
  • A behind-the-scenes clip on the Recess: School's Out DVD shows April Winchell recording a line from this episode.
  • This episode was shown in theaters before the Disney dub of Kiki's Delivery Service.


  • This is the first time it is hinted that Miss Finster is an actual teacher, as she is shown grading papers in this episode.


  • The episode title pays homage and sentence played out of the movie, To Sir With Love (1967).


  • The break up scene line "Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of our lives", among others, is a parody of a scene from the film Casablanca.