"First Name Ashley"
Spinelli at her lowest
Season 1
Episode 7 (4A)
Air Date October 4, 1997
Episode Guide

"Officer Mikey"


"To Finster with Love"

After Randall reveals that Spinelli's first name is Ashley, she is forced to join The Ashleys. The Ashleys humiliate her and make her work as a servant.


Randall tries to find some dirt on the other students, but he fails. Finster gives him one more chance, and he finds Spinelli's permanent record, apparently with some real dirt: her first name, Ashley, which he eventually reveals after she refuses to answer to all of his demands.

This prompts the Ashleys to force her to join, where they try to girl her up and make her a servant, which demoralizes her. Her friends have had enough, and they, along with several other students, temporarily change their names to Ashley in order to force the Ashleys to kick them out with Spinelli. Once Spinelli is free,she chases after Randall, while very angry.


  • Spinelli's first name, Ashley, is revealed in this episode. Before the episode aired, Disney was very secretive about it; and left her first name off of their official website and tie-in material.
  • The Ashleys mention that the name "Ashley" is only a girls name. The name can also be used for boys, and was once mainly used for boys when the name was first used.
  • Douglas is mentioned in this episode, but he won't physically debut until "Randall's Reform".
  • The video the Ashleys force Spinelli to watch is a spoof of the popular girls' toy line My Little Pony, instead called My Fuzzy Unicorn. When the episode first aired, the toyline started it's second era, or "G2" to collectors.
  • Hustler Kid speaks and is mentioned by name for the first time in this episode.
  • Spinelli's older brother Joey is mentioned for the first time in this episode.
  • Ashley A.'s line about ending up with guys named "Paul" or "Joe" in middle school is a refrence to the series creators, Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere.
  • Ashley A.'s lunchbox has Hello Kitty on it.
  • Gretchen's last name is revealed to be Grundler in this episode.


  • T.J. Detweiler - Ross Malinger
  • Vince LaSalle - Ricky D`Shon Colins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Aldon
  • Gretchen Grundler - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumberg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Miss Finster - April Winchell
  • Randall Weemes/Dave/Kid #2 - Ryan O`Donohue
  • Sam - Klee Bragger
  • Ashley Armbruster - Anndi McAffee
  • Ashley Boulet/Kid #1 - Francesca Smith
  • Ashley Quinland/Ashley Tomassian - Rachel Crane
  • Hustler Kid - Michael Shulman


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Recess Episode 5 First Name Ashley

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