Season 1 Episode 5

King Gus

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Oct 11, 1997 on ABC
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Episode Summary

King Gus

Bob installs Gus as a substitute king while he has a tonsillectomy, figuring Gus will be easy to control. But Gus turns into a despot instead.

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  • absolute power corrupts absolutely...

    King Bob names Gus as king when he goes off. Bob thought Gus would just do his job well and quietly and then take his place back when he came back. That, however, did not happen. Gus went power crazy. He started making laws to make people worship him and he became cruel to his friends. It was funny to see how Gus became with power because he was always the quiet, shy guy but he went power crazy. I've seen the idea of this episode been done before, but Recess did a pretty good spin to it. Overall, good episode.moreless
  • Gus becomes king of the playground how bad could it be?

    King Gus is yet another classic episode of an amazing show. In this episode King Bob is getting his tonsils taken out and he needs to find a replacement king. He thinks that Gus would be good because he isn't the smartest kid or the stongest kid but Gus ends up being a cruel king who makes taxes and enslaves the kids of the playground. Gus let his power take over and he put half the school in "Jail" which is a dome monkey bars thing. Eventually all of the kids break out and rebel against King Gus right before it gets ugly King Bob comes back and restores the peace. Another great episode of Recess.

  • Gus, Gus, O Mighty Gus, king of all the playground, Gus, Gus, O Shiny Gus, we're glad such a great king we found.

    What a waste of pure episode. This episode, like no other, is totally appalling. I'm sure you can come up with better, guys! Anyway...Gus becomes king instead of Bob, he starts off nice, until...well, he doesn't. Thus killing the episode, Recess came downhill for a few minutes in my life.
Justin Jon Ross

Justin Jon Ross

Voice of Phil

Dabney Coleman

Dabney Coleman

Voice of Principal Peter Prickly

Allyce Beasley

Allyce Beasley

Voice of Miss Alordayne Grotkey

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Ashley Spinelli

Francesca Smith

Francesca Smith

Voices of Ashley Boulet/Swinger Girl/Upside-Down Girl

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Voices of Bertha/Ms Lemon/Lunchlady Irma

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • King Bob: A substitute king... yes, yes! It's perfect! But who?

      Jerome: How about Eric? He's strong.

      (King Bob looks at his own muscles)

      King Bob: Maybe too strong.

      Jordan: Or Susan. She's smart.

      King Bob: Maybe too smart.

    • Gus(singing): Gus, Gus, O Mighty Gus, king of all the playground, Gus, Gus, O Shiny Gus, we're glad such a great king we found.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode marks the first appearances of Jordan and Jerome (King Bob's lackeys) and Peanut Butter Kid (Unnamed at the time).


    • Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown
      Mikey quotes Shakespeare's play Henry IV Part II in order to sympathize with Gus' situation by suggesting that the responsibilities that come with being a king can be difficult and burdensome.

    • Mikey: Madness! Madness!

      This is a reference to the 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai.

    • Gus: The doll belongs to her.
      This decision of King Solomon's came about when two women, each with a baby son, were living in the same house. They didn't exactly have nurseries back then. Anyways, one women rolled over in the night and killed her son and switched the two babies places, to try to make the other mother think she had killed her own son. They both went before Solomon, who decided the living child should be cut in two; while the mother of the dead baby said this was a good idea, the mother of the living baby would rather have given the baby away then had him killed. Needless to say, Solomon demonstrated his wisdom by picking the rightful mother of the child.