The Recess Gang
Hanging out, pulling pranks, solving problems,etc
Episodes Appeared In
The Recess Gang is the name given to the group of six Third Street School students who hang around with each other and are lead by TJ Detweiler and the second-in-command is Vince LaSalle. They are the main protagonists of the series.
The group originally only contained five people at the start however it became six with the arrival of Gus in the second episode, The New Kid. The group is also shown to have some unofficial members who take part in the gangs plans.
The gang are six peerless elementary school students who are mainly all friends and pull pranks, solve problems etc. around Third Street School. Although there were originally five members, they became a group of six with the arrival of Gus in "The New Kid".
Pilot "beta" versionEdit
The gang in the pilot episode (re-made into The Break In) had the same personalities as they do in the series proper, but not the same appearances. The "beta" gang can be seen on a preview to the series on the 1997 VHS tapes of the live-action 101 Dalmatians and Doug's Birthday Blues, as well as on certain station IDs for ABC during One Saturday Morning (also using clips from 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Disney's Doug, and Pepper Ann), depending on the station's area.
Differences between the gang in the pilot than in the series proper are:
- TJ Detweiler: In the pilot, he is tall and skinny, while in the show, he is short and pudgy. He also has a different outfit (without the baseball hat), red, messy hair, and he has green eyes. He had bigger ears as well.
- Vince LaSalle: In the pilot, he has a different hairstyle and outfit. He also had an older look to him, where he looked like a teenager.
- Ashley Spinelli: In the pilot, she has a different outfit and hairstyle, and looks very young, almost like a kindergartener.
- Gretchen Grundler: In the pilot, her hair is black instead of reddish-brown like in the series, and her dress is white with green dots instead of bright blue with white sleeves. She also had red lipstick and a few bracelets. She also isn't as skinny as she is in the show itself; roughly being around the same weight as Spinelli (and most of the other female characters).
- Mikey Blumburg: His appearance stays the same, with the exception of him having red sneakers instead of gray.
- Gus Griswald: Gus is the only character that does not appear in the pilot.
In the 20-minute special episode Lawson and his Crew, Lawson organized
his own crew after being so jealous of T.J. and his crew making things better getting all the good glory and getting rewards off King Bob. Lawson decided to get himself a whole new crew of his own. His crew was another version of T.J. and his crew. Lawson's crew, however, became a much better crew then T.J.'s crew and took care of everything first, so then they started getting all the glory and took care of all the problems and made everything better. T.J. and his crew, though did not really care about glory anymore; they were just happy being friends, and being friends was the only thing that T.J. and his crew were that Lawson and his crew were not, and because Lawson and his crew were only just team members and not friends, they did not remain a crew permanently like T.J.'s crew. Eventually Lawson's crew members all either went back to being themselves and doing what they were before, or started hanging with people they hung out with before that were friends, and Lawson went back to hanging out with his two friends, Jocko and Cheay, as he thought 'maybe a kid needs friends more then glory'.
Members of Lawson's CrewEdit
Earwin Lawson - The leader of the crew the one in charge and the "T.J." of the crew.
Swinger Girl - The "Spinelli" of the crew who is possesor of even greater courage than Spinelli.
Kurst the Worst - The "Mikey" of the crew. When it comes to shear balanced and eating abilities, she is more than a match for Mikey.
Greg Skeens - The "Vince" of the crew. He's in charge of thinking up bad stuff before anyone can do it, and when he's chased, he's even faster than Vince,
Randall J. Weems - The "Gus" of the crew is the eyes and ears of the crew for on the playground and is considered more valuable then Gus.
Menlo - The "Gretchen" of the crew. While he's no Gretchen in the classroom or in the lab, he matches his single minded organization abilities against anyone else's.
The Unoffical MemberEdit
Even though the recess gang has only 6 members, Fans of the show believed that Cornchip Girl is considered the unofficial seventh member due to her frequent inclusion within the Recess Gang in later episodes, then in the end of Lawson and his Crew when Gus invited her to Kelso's and she accpeted the offer.