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The First Picture Show
Season 04, Episode 01
The First Picture Show
Air Date September 12, 1999
Previous The Ratings Game
Next The Big Prank
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The First Picture Show is the first episode of the fourth season of Recess which was first broadcast on September 12, 1999.


T.J. finds out about the first Señor Fusion movie and vows to see the first show as a school field trip, ending up against Principal Prickly. T.J. loses, because he pronounced the name wrong. But then Prickly decided to say T.J. won.

The next day, Lawson buys his ticket to see the movie, but he is soon lead out of the theater by Ms. Finster, because he made an excuse about a family reunion and he tries to say he's sick, but he is given the half of a year of detention.


Coloring Error: When T.J. informs the gang about the movie, Vince's lips briefly turn lighter.


  • This episode, along with The Big Prank, were the first episodes of the show to debut on Disney's One Too, which aired on UPN. New episodes would debut on UPN until the start of the fifth season, where new episodes would only be broadcast on ABC.
  • This episode was paired up with "Gus' Fortune" outside the US.
  • This episode's title is a refrence to the 1971 drama film, The Last Picture Show


  • T.J. Detweiler - Andrew Lawrence
  • Vince LaSalle - Rickey D'Shon Colins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Gretchen Grundler - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumberg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Miss Finster - April Winchell
  • Miss Grotke - Allyce Beasley
  • Principal Prickly - Dabney Coleman
  • Earwin Lawson - Erik von Detten
  • Coach Kloogey - Paul Wilson
  • Mr. Dunn - Gregg Berger
  • Senor Fusion/Man - Frank Welker

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