Gretchen Grundler is the intelligent member of the main characters from Recess.

Personality

Gretchen is the smartest of the main kids in the show. In a few episodes, it's shown that she's smarter than almost everyone else in town, as shown in "A Genius Among Us", where it's established that she's smarter than most of the teachers at school. Gretchen is also somewhat of a "big sister" to the main six, usually to T.J. and Gus. She often argues with Vince but appears to be very close to him as well, hinting that she may have feelings for him (and vice versa). Out of all the members of the main six, Gretchen seems closer to Spinelli than she does to any of the boys.

Although she is very smart, she can also be sweet, and a bit naïve (mostly due to her young age). At times, she can easily fall for most of the crazy stories told on the playground, such as the outcomes of the Stinky Peterson fortune teller in "Gus' Fortune". She's also very unathletic, as shown in "Gretchen and the Secret of Yo," but is shown to be very skilled at yo-yos.

She is one of the few kids on the playground to get along with one of the Ashleys, Ashley A., as seen in "Outcast Ashley", where Ashley A. is kicked out of the clique for forgetting a tradition in the group. When looking for friends, she decides to hang out with Gretchen. The two become friends for a while until Ashley A. is welcomed back into the clique. Their friendship is seldom seen again.

One device Gretchen is usually seen with is her Galileo, a small, handheld computer with a talking frog mascot.

Appearances

TV Series

Films

Recess: School’s Out

After their last day of school, T.J. is looking forward to a fun-filled summer with his friends, right up until they tell him that they are each going to summer camp, with Gretchen going to space camp. T.J., disconsolate, accompanies his friends to see them off.

Two days later, T.J. summons them back when he notices suspicious activity going on at the school, and witnesses Principal Prickly get dematerialized. Sneaking a box of documents from the school and finding it only contains useless school stuff, Gretchen and the others get the impression that T.J. made the whole thing up just to get them back, especially when they see a person resembling Principal Prickly leaving the school. Just as they are about to go back to their camps, they witness a tractor beam rise from the school roof and shoot a green laser beam, making them realize that T.J. wasn’t lying.

T.J. then comes up with a plan so that his friends’ absence from their camps will be kept secret: they’ll go back to their camps during the day and meet up again in the evening. Gretchen provides her special digital camera to monitor the school at night. The next evening, after T.J. acquires Principal Prickly’s discarded golf pants from the school dumpster while hiding from Kojak and two other guards, Gretchen concludes that the pants are indeed Prickly’s, and she also finds a note that reads “Help Me!” in the pocket, confirming that Principal Prickly is being held prisoner in the school.

The gang infiltrates the school to rescue Prickly. While there, they observe the same device from the day before being shot at the moon, and get caught after Mikey belches from the air vent, and end up tumbling out after their combined weight causes the vent to collapse. The ringleader of the operation, Phillium Benedict, orders his guards to capture the gang. T.J. is captured and locked up in a storage room where he finds Principal Prickly, while the others narrowly escape, running past Ms. Finster and Randall, causing them both to suspect that something is amiss at the school.

Going to the police station, the kids tell the officers about what’s happening at the school, only to get laughed at. They look through the box of documents that they took from the school again, to which Spinelli acquires a date book that speaks of Lunar Perigee, which she mistakes for an Italian girl, before Gretchen explains to them what it means. She also mentions seeing strange abnormalities in the moon’s position while at Space Camp, then concludes the machine they saw in the school auditorium is a tractor beam, adding that if a tractor beam were aimed at the moon at Lunar Perigee (12:22 pm the next day), it could alter the moon’s orbit.

Moments later, T.J. acquires his confiscated Walkie-Talkie from Principal Prickly’s office, where they discover Benedict’s true plan to get rid of summer vacation, and alert the gang before Kojak takes the walkie-talkie from T.J.. Knowing they can’t stop Benedict on their own, they inform Becky about the situation and persuade her to drive them to their camps and rally the other students.

After gathering up all the students, Gretchen futilely tries to get their attention, but they think it’s pointless. Luckily, Gus steps in to take charge of the student body and concocts a well-thought-out plan. Mikey distracts the guards by singing, causing them to try and get rid of him, only to fall into a hole that the Diggers dug up. Gus, Spinelli, Gretchen, Vince, and the Ashleys sneak past the guards while they are distracted. Spinelli, Vince, and Gus subdue the guards by luring them towards their units. Gretchen, meanwhile, goes to the electrical room and turns off the power to the auditorium, then locks Fenwick and two scientists in the room when Benedict orders them to fix it.

Reuniting with T.J. and Principal Prickly after they defend them from Kojak, the group reaches the auditorium to confront Benedict. However, he brings in more guards to keep them from trying to stop him. Just before he has a chance to activate the tractor beam, Ms. Finster bursts in, accompanied by the other teachers. In the ensuing fight, Gretchen resorts to spraying gooey string at the scientists with help from Becky. The battle ends with Vince destroying the tractor beam with T.J.’s baseball, and Benedict and his goons getting arrested.

T.J.’s friends approach him to say that they have plenty of time to get ready for their futures, and they still have three months of summer. After speaking with Principal Prickly to say thanks, T.J. and his friends go off to the pond.

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Trivia

  • She, Gus and Mikey are the half of the main six to be only children—T.J. has an older sister, Vince has an older brother, and Spinelli has two older brothers.
  • Her parents appear to be geniuses as well, so it's implied that her brains come from them.
  • In the original pilot from 1996 (which would be re-made into the first episode), she had a slightly different appearance, such as her being given black hair, slightly larger buckteeth, and the blue part of her dress was white with green dots.
  • Ten years after she debuted, another Gretchen, from Phineas and Ferb, was introduced, having very similar features to her.


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Media
RecessRecess: School's Out/SoundtrackRecess: All Growed DownRecess: Taking the Fifth GradeRecess: Miracle on Third StreetVideography"Lax" (Lilo & Stitch: The Series crossover episode)"Codename: Electric Haircut" (Fillmore! crossover episode)
Characters
T.J. DetweilerVince LaSalleAshley SpinelliMikey BlumbergGretchen GrundlerGus GriswaldCaptain BradleyCornchip GirlThe KindergartnersThe DiggersHustler KidGuru KidErwin LawsonMiss GrotkeMuriel FinsterBecky DetweilerDr. Phillium BenedictMenloBrockPeter PricklyKojakMiss SalamoneButchAshley ArmbrusterAshley BouletAshley QuinlanAshley TomassianFenwickBrandon the SingerGelmanKing BobChuckoJockoRandall WeemsKing Freddie IICheaySpencerThe MegansThe BrittanysThe TylersBob and Flo Spinelli
Episodes
Season One: "The Break In" • "The New Kid" • "The Experiment" • "The Great Jungle Gym Standoff" • "Jinxed" • "Officer Mikey" • "First Name Ashley" • "To Finster with Love" • "King Gus" • "Big Brother Chad" • "My Fair Gretchen" • "Speedy, We Hardly Knew Ye" • "I Will Kick No More Forever" • "The Kid Came Back" • "The Pest" • "The Legend of Big Kid" • "The Box" • "The Trial" • "Teacher's Lounge" • "Randall's Reform" • "Rainy Days" • "The Great Can Drive" • "The Voice" • "Kids in the Mist" • "Parents' Night" • "Swing on Thru to the Other Side"

Season Two: "The Break-up" • "The Hypnotist" • "Mama's Girl" • "Outcast Ashley" • "The Game" • "The Lost Ball" • "Gus' Last Stand" • "Operation Field Trip" • "The Challenge" • "Wild Child" • "The Substitute" • "Gretchen and the Secret of Yo" • "The Girl Was Trouble" • "Copycat Kid" • "Operation Stuart" • "Pharaoh Bob" • "The Story of Whomps" • "Weekend at Muriel's" • "Economics of Recess" • "Omega Kids" • "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave" • "Bad Hair Day" • "Dance Lessons" • "Principal for a Day" • "The Beauty Contest"
Season Three: "One Stayed Clean" • "A Genius Among Us" • "The First Picture Show" • "The Big Prank" • "Hustler's Apprentice" • "The Spy Who Came in from the Playground" • "Dodgeball City" • "A Career to Remember" • "Gus' Fortune" • "Rumor Mill" • "Recess is Cancelled" • "Tattletale Heart" • "Kindergarten Derby" • "The Bet" • "The Madness of King Bob" • "Call Me Guy" • "Space Cadet" • "Stand Up Randall" • "Prickly is Leaving" • "Randall's Friends" • "Gus and Misdemeanors" • "A Science Fair to Remember" • "That Stinking Feeling" • "My Funny Valentines" • "Mikey's Pants" • "Here Comes Mr. Perfect" • "Good Luck Charm" • "Diggers Split Up" • "Schoolworld" • "Bachelor Gus" • "The Dude" • "Partners in Crime" • "The Candidates" • "This Brain for Hire" • "The Barnaby Boys" • "Buried Treasure" • "The Library Kid" • "The Ratings Game" • "Spinelli's Masterpiece" • "Nobody Doesn't Like T.J." • "A Great State Fair" • "The A.V. Kid" • "Yope from Norway" • "Bonky Fever" • "Don't Ask Me" • "The Secret Life of Grotke" • "The Fuss Over Finster" • "Soccer Kid" • "Fort Tender" • "Germ Warfare" • "More Like Gretchen" • "Prince Randall" • "Me No Know" • "Good Ole T.J." • "Chez Vince" • "Tucked in Mikey" • "Old Folks Home" • "Some Friend"
Season Four: "The Coolest Heatwave Ever" • "No Strings Attached" • "Beyond a Reasonable Scout" • "The C Note" • "The Army Navy Game" • "Big Ol' Mikey" • "The Principals of Golf" • "All the Principal's Men" • "Lawson and his Crew"
Season Five: "Terrifying Tales of Recess" • "Kurst the Not So Bad" • "League of Randalls" • "Mundy, Mundy" • "Lost Leader"

Locations
Third Street SchoolOld RustyFifth and Sixth Grader ClubAshley's ClubhouseKing's Jungle Gym
Songs
We Shall Not Be MovedBorn to Be Wild


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Media
Films and Television: Lilo & Stitch (video) • Stitch! The Movie (video) • Lilo & Stitch: The SeriesLilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (video) • Leroy & Stitch (video) • Stitch!Stitch & AiThe Origin of StitchLilo & Stitch (live-action film)

Soundtracks: Original soundtrackLilo & Stitch: Island FavoritesLilo & Stitch Hawaiian Album
Video games: Lilo & Stitch (GBA)Lilo & Stitch PinballLilo & Stitch: Hawaiian AdventureLilo & Stitch: Trouble in ParadiseDisney's Stitch: Experiment 626Lilo & Stitch's Island of AdventuresLilo & Stitch 2: Hämsterviel HavocKingdom Hearts IIStitch JamKingdom Hearts: Birth by SleepStitch Jam 2Stitch!Now (Stitch Cosplay) • Disney Magical WorldDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Magical World 2Disney Magic KingdomsDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Crossy RoadDisney Heroes: Battle ModeKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Epic QuestDisney Getaway Blast
Books: Disney's Wonderful World of ReadingComic Zone Volume 1: Disney's Lilo & StitchTono & Stitch

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingDisney Friends of the MonthIt's a Small WorldKaribuni MarketplaceStitch's Great Escape!Stitch EncounterThe Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai!

Entertainment: Disney's Showtime SpectacularDisney's WishesFantasmic!Max LIVE: Gettin’ Goofy With ItMickey and the Magical MapOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnMickey presents: "Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris"Stitch's Supersonic CelebrationThe Golden Mickeys
Parade: Disney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Mickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's Storybook Express
Fireworks: Celebrate the MagicCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandWonderful World of Animation
Spring:Disney's Easter WonderlandDisney's Spring PromenadeFashionable Easter
Summer: Mickey's WaterWorksStitch's Summer Dance BashStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseSummer Blast
Halloween: Halloween Pop'n LIVERe-Villains! Halloween ParadeScream and Shout Halloween Parade
Christmas: A Totally Tomorrowland ChristmasDisney Christmas StoriesWorld of Color: Season of Light

Characters
Original: StitchLilo PelekaiNani PelekaiJumba JookibaPleakleyDavid KawenaCaptain GantuJacques von HämstervielGrand CouncilwomanGalactic ArmadaUGF TroopersMertle EdmondsElena, Teresa, and YukiSusan HegartyCobra BubblesMoses PulokiMrs. HasagawaMr. and Mrs. PelekaiLukiIce Cream Man

TV series: Mr. WongMrs. EdmondsAunt StacyOfficer KahikoKeoni JamesonMr. JamesonVictoriaMrs. PleakleyPixley PleakleyBertley PleakleyCharles and MaryMitzi Suzuki and Kato StewartMerwin and DeanEllen and LonaZach MackillinRingmasterMayor AnoloNicoléDr. Gladys OkraSaraMr. CooperChaps, Manny, and SperkMortlegax
Stitch!: Yuna KamiharaObaa KamiharaPennySashaTaroHiromanJessicaTigerlilyKennyAni PelekaiBooGooKijimunaaDelia
Stitch & Ai: Wang Ai LingWang JiejieMeiyingQian DahuWang DaiyuDim LongScratchJumba's Chinese Experiments
Video game characters: Dr. Habbitrale
Experiments: ReubenSparkyJamDiggerMaryHuggoSlimyRichterPhantasmoClipMr. StenchySpookyHolioCannonballGigiYinYangKixxSplodyheadAmnesioSwirlyFibberTankSproutElasticoYaarp627DeforestatorZapTopperMeltyHoudiniFudgySinkerNosyFinderSlushyDupeHeatThresherPlasmoidHammerfaceShortstuffAngelFelixPoxyHunkahunkaSampleBabyfierBonnieClydeSluggerDrowsySpikeSqueakFrenchfrySwapperShoeBackhoePokiSlickSkipClinkCheckersPJPlootSnootyRetroBelleMorpholomewSpatsHecklerWishy-WashyPhoonBugbyShushLaxRemmyDoubledipGotchuForeheadHockerZawpMulchShredderPixBoomerMannersWoodyWrapperBlowhardDerrickAceGlitchWoopsSnafuNosoxStamenTickle-TummyLinkLeroyCloudyStopgoSplatSproingKernelCarmenChopsueyCyberShrinkBraggMrs. SicklyPopDorkifierWormholeToonsHertz DonutWelcoLoriderWitchSproutlingSkunkunaDark End
Guest Characters: Kim PossibleRon StoppableWadeDr. DrakkenShegoRufusPenny ProudOscar ProudTrudy ProudBeBe & CeCe ProudSuga MamaPuffT.J. DetweilerVince LaSalleAshley SpinelliGretchen GrundlerMikey BlumbergGus GriswaldMuriel FinsterJake LongLuong Lao ShiFu DogTrixie CarterArthur Spudinski
Others: Elvis PresleyPudgeJimmy the CockroachVarious AliensLeroy ClonesSergeant C4703BK2704-90210

Episodes
Season One: "Richter" • "Phantasmo" • "Clip" • "Mr. Stenchy" • "Spooky" • "Holio" • "Cannonball" • "Yapper" • "Yin-Yang" • "Kixx" • "Splodyhead" • "Amnesio" • "Swirly" • "Fibber" • "Tank" • "Sprout" • "Elastico" • "Yaarp" • "627" • "The Asteroid" • "Topper" • "Melty" • "Houdini" • "Sinker" • "Nosy" • "Finder" • "Slushy" • "Dupe" • "Shortstuff" • "Angel" • "Felix" • "Poxy" • "Hunkahunka" • "Sample" • "Babyfier" • "Bonnie & Clyde" • "Slugger" • "Bad Stitch" • "Drowsy"

Season Two: "Spike" • "Frenchfry" • "Swapper" • "Shoe" • "Slick" • "Skip" • "Checkers" • "PJ" • "Ploot" • "Snooty" • "Retro" • "Belle" • "Morpholomew" • "Spats" • "Heckler" • "Wishy-Washy" • "Phoon" • "Bugby" • "Rufus" • "Shush" • "Lax" • "Remmy" • "Mrs. Hasagawa's Cats/Ace" • "Glitch/Woops" • "Snafu" • "Link"

Songs
He Mele No LiloHeartbreak HotelStuck on YouSuspicious Minds(You're the) Devil in DisguiseHawaiian Roller Coaster RideAloha ʻOeHound DogBurning LoveCan't Help Falling in LoveRubberneckin'I Need Your Love TonightA Little Less ConversationAlwaysAloha, E komo MaiI'm So Lonesome I Could CryJailhouse RockDon't Be Cruel
Locations
HawaiiHonoluluKokaua TownLahui BeachLilo's HouseAloha Animal RescueMrs. Hasagawa's Fruit StandHula SchoolMertle's HouseBirds of Paradise HotelKilauea LighthouseRental HutMuscle BayKiki's Coffee HutMacki Macaw'sKauai AirportTuroPlorgonarPrison Asteroid K-37Jumba's LabLihue AirportIzayoi IslandOkinawa New Town
Objects
Experiment PodsExperiment Pod ContainerJumba's ComputerPlasma BlasterNet CannonGalactic Cell PhonePrison CapsuleSample ExtractorFusion ChamberProjectorUburniumTime MachineProtoplasmic Growth RayPlasmatic EnglobulatronLuggageScrumpLilo's Experiment BookStitch's SpacesuitStitch's NecklaceSpiritual Stone
Vehicles/Spaceships
Jumba's ShipGantu's ShipPolice CruisersThe Red OneYellow Plantation TrucksAHI Tanker TruckDr. Hämsterviel's ShipManta ShuttleHovercraftX-BuggyFederation ShipB.R.B. 9000G.A.C.C. Ship
See Also
Tantalog languageLilo & Stitch: "The 747 Sequence"Pelekai ʻohana
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