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Season 1 Episode 1

The New Kid

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Aug 31, 1997 on ABC
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The New Kid

New kid Gus arrives at Third Street Elementary, but has to endure the indignities that a new kid must undergo.

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  • A great episode, and an introduction to a new member of the main six (SPOILERS)

    "The New Kid" was a really good episode. In it, Gus Griswald moves to town (we still don't know exactly what town they live in though), and becomes friends with T.J. and his gang. However, according to the constitution of the playground, Gus has to be known as "New Kid" until another kid moves in. He goes through this, and the main six help him by getting everyone to be friendly to him and call him by his real name. King Bob then wonders what's going on, and Gus stand up for himself, and can be called by his name once again.

    So as I've said before, Gus is introduced in this episode. While half of the fanbase hates him, he's one of my favorites, actually. While he's very shy and socially awkward, I think he's the most adorable character in the show and he's one of my favorites. Apparently, he was planned for the show when the characters were first drawn in late 1995/early 1996, was dropped when the pilot was made in 1996, and was added back in again. One thing I'd like to point out is that in this episode only, Gus is voiced by Ryan O`Donohue (Young Kovu in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Demyx from Kingdom Hearts), who was also voicing Digger Dave and Randall, and for the rest of the series, he's played by Courtland Mead (Ned from Nightmare Ned, Lloyd Nebulon from Lloyd in Space)

    Aside from Gus, the gang's new-age hippie 4th grade teacher, Miss Grotke, makes her first appearance (this isn't as notable as Gus's debut, but I'm making note of it for the record). She's one of my favorite characters not in the main six, as she reminds me so much of my 10th grade biology teacher. I think she was made to be the "anti Miss Finster", as she is sweet and cute as oppossed to Miss Finster's bitter sternness.

    This episode had a great plot, and the scene where everyone was sticking up for Gus in the end was really sweet.

    As for flaws, it's really only the early installment wierdness. King Bob was more of an antagonist andMiss Grotke wasn't as sympathetic (even she called Gus "New Kid"!).

    Anyway, this is a very important episode to the series, and a good one for first time fans. Highly reccomended.moreless
  • new kid...

    A new kid arrives at school and is ridiculed and made fun of because he is new. His name is Gus, and he wants everyone to know that. However, they're just interested in calling him "new kid". It was funny when he came in and was first called the new kid, the old new kid was like "YA!" Anyways, this is a classic episode of Recess. It's funny, interesting, and has a good story. It introduces Gus well and the other characters as well. Overall, one of my favorite episodes of the show and introduces a halarious character named Gus, or Gustov.moreless
  • When Gus becomes the new kid he wants his name back and doggone it hes gonna get it back!

    The New Kid was the second episode of Recess and the first episode to feature Gustalv P. Griswald or Gus. Early on Gus makes the big mistake of telling King Bob he is a new kid. Soon all the kids on the playground are shunning him. TJ being the kind trouble maker he is decides to do something and get Gus his name back. The whole second half of the episode consists of Gus getting his name back first everyone is nice to Gus but when King Bob shows up they treat like crud Gus wants his name back so he stands up to King Bob and gets his name back. The second episode of Recess isn't the best but its still a fantastic episode.

  • Gus, son of a military officer, comes to Third Street, and struggles to be known as something more than the "New Kid". TJ and friends are determined to change the ways of the playgroud and not only give Gus his name back, but also teach him a lesson aboutmoreless

    As Gus first arrives to the school, TJ and friends come to the rescue in taking him in and showing him the ropes. Anyone who has ever been to a new school can relate to it. As Gus struggles to be known, the kids work together to make Gus feel welcome. This is the beginning of a great friendship between 6 friends.
Allyce Beasley

Allyce Beasley

Voice of Miss Alordayne Grotkey

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Ashley Spinelli

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Voices of Bertha

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Voice of Gretchen Grundler

Ross Malinger

Ross Malinger

Voice of Theodore "T.J." Detweiler [1]

Toran Caudell

Toran Caudell

Voice of King Bob

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mikey: There are lots of people without names.
      Gus: Like who?
      Mikey: Like the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, the Unknown Soldier, and the other four guys in the Jackson Five.

    • (When Gus gets ready to get on the bus after Mikey and T.J. say hello to him)
      Bus driver: Hop on the bus, Gus!

    • Gus: I've been to 12 schools in the last 6 years, I never met anyone so friendly, it's so---so beautiful!

  • NOTES (10)

    • Along with "The Break In", this episode aired in primetime on ABC on August 31, 1997 as a sneak peek. The show officially debuted on ABC on September 13, 1997 as part of the debut of Disney's One Saturday Morning, which also included the second season of Disney's Doug, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, and Pepper Ann. The primetime airing of the episode placed "The New Kid" before "The Break In", when it should be the other way around.

    • This episode, along with "The Break In", was a bonus episode on the 2003 DVD of Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade. It's not included on the VHS release.

    • This episode was adapted into a chapter book in the Disney Chapters collection in 1998.

    • When the episode first aired, Gus was voiced by Ryan O'Donohue. When it was reran (and for all future repeats), Courtland Mead, who does Gus for the rest of the series, dubbed over his lines. (Ryan O'Donohue continued to play Randall and Dave in the series)

    • This is the only time in the series where Allyce Beasley (Miss Grotke) is listed under "Additional voices" in the credits. From the next episode onwards, she's listed as part of the main credits.

    • Miss Grotke makes her first appearance in this episode.

    • Gus' full name is Gustav P. Griswald

    • Miss Finster does not appear in this episode.

    • Gus's Journal, a comic semi-adaptation of this episode, was printed in the December 1997 issue of Disney Adventures magazine.

    • This is Gus' first episode.


    • Jackson 5
      The Jackson 5 is a band consisting of five brothers. Mikey tries to console Gus by mentioning others without names. "The other four in the Jackson 5" has been chosen because of the popularity of Michael Jackson, resulting in the other members of the band being relatively less well-remembered.

    • Gus: All we are is dust in the wind.

      Gus is reciting lines from "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas.