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The Experiment
Season 1, Episode 3 (2A)
Kiss
Air Date September 20, 1997
Previous The New Kid
Next The Great Jungle Gym Standoff

After a chilling story of a boy and girl kissing is told by Butch, TJ and Spinelli are chosen in an experiment to see what happens.


Synopsis

The boys of the Recess gang are telling scary stories (one of which involves Jimmy Cratner being abducted by aliens), until Butch appears suddenly out of the shadows with a white streak in his hair. He explains the origin of it, he was spying on his brother, Joey, when he saw him and a girl kiss (as the majority of the cast is elementary school kids, they are grossed out). Butch then tells them that his brother liked it, and soon, all of the boys will reject all the playground fun for girls, and they will like it.

This unsettles the whole gang so much that they decide to test this theory. TJ and Spinelli are randomly chosen, to which they take pretty badly. They kiss with the whole playground watching the next day and it is implied that they did like it. However, they react with disgust nonetheless, giving great relief to the rest of the students. TJ and Spinelli walk back to the school together teasing Butch and his stories, when just then, without the knowledge of anyone, Jimmy Cratner appears, apparently having just been given a ride, and runs to the school to avoid tardiness.

Goofs

  • Animation error: When Spinelli says, "Touch me with that [lipstick] and I'll break your arm", the blouse she was wearing over her dress was missing.
  • Animation error: When T.J. gets hit in the head with a paper airplane, he sees Ashley Q., Ashley T., and Judy laughing across the room. In the next shot of him, Judy is sitting behind him.
  • Animation error: When T.J. stops the gang on their way home to bring up what Butch said earlier, Gus's watch is missing.

Trivia

  • It is implied in this episode that T.J. and Spinelli have a crush on each other, and the first of many episodes to do so.
  • This is Butch's first appearance in the series.
  • This episode includes the first appearances of Ashley A., Ashley B., and Ashley Q., however they won't be identified until "Jinxed" (They are named in the episode, but it's not pointed out who Gus is referring to when he mentions them). Also, Ashley A. and Ashley B. aren't shown wearing their signature outfits.
  • T.J. wears the same outfit he wears in this episode again in "One Stayed Clean".
  • Jimmy Cratner is mentioned for the first time in this episode.
  • This episode was adapted into a novilization by Disney Publishing for their Disney Chapters series in 1998.
  • This was Courtland Mead's first episode playing Gus.
  • The episode shares the same name as the third episode of Beethoven: The Animated Series, though the episodes have different plots. The show was developed by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere, the creators of Recess.
  • In the Portuguese dub for the episode, the title was left unchanged in English, though other episodes of the dub had their names changed.
  • This was the first episode of the series to air on Toon Disney, at 7:00 AM on September 1, 2003, and the first to air on Disney Channel, at 3:30 PM on September 8, 2003.
  • In the German dub, both T.J. and Spinelli's Mr. Monk-Monk are referred to as "their favorite monkey".
  • This episode was skipped in the Czech dub.
  • On ABC's official Recess website, an audio clip of Spinelli saying, "Touch me with that and I'll break your arm" was included on Spinelli's character page, and a video clip of Gretchen explaining how they're going to do the experiment was included on Gretchen's character page. The video clip was later put on the Toon Disney website, along with a video clip of T.J. saying goodbye to his "happy childhood".
  • This was the first episode to be written by Lesa Kite.
  • A clip of Gretchen in the cafeteria was used for Disney Channel's "Coming up next" bumpers for Recess from 2003 to 2006.

Foreign Dub Titles

Note - Some foreign dubs leave the title in English

  • French: "L'expérience" ("Experience")
  • German: "Das Experiment" ("The Experiment")
  • Italian: "L'esperimento" ("The Experiment")
  • Japanese: "キスってどんな感じ?" ("What Does a Kiss Feel Like?")
  • Polish: "Eksperyment" ("Experiment")
  • Spanish: "El Experimento" ("The Experiment") (Spain)

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