"Bad Hair Day"
Bad Hair Day
Season 2
Episode 20
Air Date January 16, 1999
Episode Guide

"Weekend at Muriel's"


"Dance Lessons"

Bad Hair Day is the twentyth episode of Recess's second season which was originally broadcast on January 16, 1999.


After Gretchen and Spinelli leave for an event, Mikey attempts a world record, blowing the biggest bubble of gum. He is thwarted by Captain Sticky, and the gum is promptly splattered on his hair, worrying him that he may get punished by his parents. TJ agrees to cut his hair, but when the Mikey is shown his reflection, he looks in horror at the worst haircut that he has ever been given.

TJ, Vince and Gus then convince him that it is the official hairstyle of a rock band named Dog's Pajamas. Many other students hear of this through the Diggers, and more and more students line up to get "the Mikey" from TJ and Vince (Gus acted as a rather obnoxious schedele manager), including King Bob, who gives them a royal procession.

Unfortunately, Gretchen and Spinelli arrive (Gretchen with a 1st prize ribbon on her front) and tease the haircuts, revealing the truth: Dog's Pajamas does not have botched up haircuts, they have hair that trails down to their butts. Gus quickly escapes, but TJ and Vince are chased by an angry mob of their clients. Spinelli and Gretchen asks Mikey if they should help them, but Mikey refuses, saying that he'll wait until his hair grows back.


  • Elements of this episode reflect the classic, "The Emperor's New Clothes", most notably at the royal procession at the end.
  • In this episode, King Bob's shown to have a third adviser, albeit unnamed. He doesn't appear after this episode as an adviser; only as a background character.
  • Ashley A.'s messed up hair is similar to Angelica's doll, Cynthia, and her botched up hair from Rugrats, which was co-created by Recess co-creator Paul Germain, and had episodes written by co-creator Joe Ansolabehere.
  • T.J, Vince and Gus and Mikey somewhat portray the The Three Stooges, With T.J as Moe, Vince as Larry, and Gus and Mikey as Curly, and the episode's plotline is simliar to the The Three Stooges' animated episode "HairBrained Barbers".
  • This episode shares the same name as an episode of the DiC dub of Sailor Moon.


  • T.J. Detweiler - Andrew Lawrence
  • Vince LaSalle - Ricky D'Shon Colins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segal-Aldon
  • Gretchen Grundler - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumberg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Randall Weemes/Dave/Morris P. Hingle - Ryan O'Donohue
  • Sam/Gordy - Klee Bragger
  • King Bob/Buster - Toran Caudel
  • Captain Sticky/Bradley - E.G. Daily
  • Ashley Armbruster - Anndi McAffee
  • Ashley Boulet - Francesca Smith
  • Ashley Quinland/Kid #1 - Rachel Crane
  • Jerome/Jordan - Patrick Renna
  • School Paper Reporter - Erik von Detton
  • King Bob's Advisor - Justin Shenkarow


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Disney's Recess - 48 - Bad Hair Day

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