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This Brain for Hire
Season 04, Episode 26
This Brain for Hire
Air Date November 29, 1999
Previous The Candidates
Next Spinelli's Masterpiece
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This Brain for Hire is the twenty sixth episode of the fourth season of Recess which was first broadcast on November 29, 1999.


Gretchen does other people's homework to get the money for a new bike, under the belief that the kids are going to study it. However when everybody fails a big test based on the work they never even looked at, its up to the brainy girl to make things right.


  • Phil appears to be a completely different character in the beginning of the episode.


  • The in-episode time is 6 weeks, making it the longest time for an episode.
  • This was the final episode to premiere in the 1990s.
  • This episode was cut from the Italian dub.
  • April Winchell is credited as Miss Finster in this episode (and "The Candidates", the episode it was paired up with), however, Miss Finster doesn't appear in either episode. However, she does voice both T.J.'s mom and Gretchen's mom in this episode.
  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of Lawson's mom.
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Randall's mom.
  • The animation for this episode was credited as being from Plus One Animation, however, the episode was animated by Toon City.
  • This episode aired the same day the Blue's Clues episode, Blue's Big Holiday aired.


  • T.J. Detweiler - Andrew Lawrence
  • Vince LaSalle - Rickey D'Shon Collins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Mikey Blumberg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Miss Grotke - Allyce Beasley
  • Randall Weems/Dave - Ryan O'Donohue
  • Sam - Klee Bragger
  • Earwin Lawson - Erik Von Detten
  • Mr. Kelso/Man #2 - Paul Willson
  • T.J.'s Mom/Gretchen's Mom - April Winchell
  • Man #1 - Gregg Berger
  • Mrs. Kelso - Tress MacNeille

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