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The Great Can Drive
Season 01, Episode 22 (11B)
The Great Can Drive
Air Date November 22, 1997
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Written By Michael Kramer
Based on an idea by Gary Glasberg
Directed By Chuck Sheetz

The Great Can Drive is the twenty-second episode of the first season of Recess, which was broadcast on November 22nd, 1997.


The holiday can drive starts up once again, only this time, Mikey is sure he's going to beat The Ashleys.


At first only Mikey wants to participate in the Thanksgiving can drive competition against the unbeatable Ashleys, because unlike everyone else who see it as a contest he sees it as helping the needy. Rallying against the Ashleys the other kids unite but lose sight of the real purpose of the competition in doing so.


  • In this episode, all of the Ashleys are in Miss Furley's class; yet in the rest of the series, all of them or half of them are in Miss Grotke's class. In most episodes, only Ashley Q. and Ashley T. are in her class.
  • In the episode 'Swing on Thru to the Other Side', Vince says "The kids in Miss Furley's class said she never showed up for school today", but in this episode Swinger girl is ready to beat the Ashleys.


  • This episode is the series' Thanksgiving special.
  • This episode was released on the VHS and DVD, Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street.
  • According to this episode, Third Street School has been open since the 1920s.
  • When the pyramid of cans fall, Miss Grotke is shown jumping off the stage in her regular outfit instead of the Native American costume she wore for most of the episode.
  • This is the first Holiday special in the series.
  • During the scene when the pyramid of cans fall, some scenes of the cans falling and the kids running away are played twice and in reverse.


  • T.J. Detweiler - Ross Malinger
  • Vince LaSalle - Rickey D'Shon Collins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Gretchen Grundler - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumburg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Miss Grotke - Allyce Beasley
  • Principal Prickly - Dabney Coleman
  • Dave - Ryan O'Donohue
  • Sam/Guru Kid/Kid #2 - Klee Bragger
  • Swinger Girl/Ashley Boulet - Francesca Smith
  • Ashley Armbruster/Kid #1 - Anndi McAfee
  • Ashley Quinlan - Rachel Crane
  • Hustler Kid - Michael Shulman
  • Eudora P. Hinklestien - Tress MacNeille

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