Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (98)

  • Randy: Hi, Pee-wee! Hi, Puh-Terri! Pee-wee: That's pronounced "Terry". The "p" is silent. Randy: OK, Ee-wee.

  • Knucklehead: Knock, knock. Pee-wee: Who's there? Knucklehead: Dwayne. Pee-wee: Dwayne who? Knucklehead: Dwayne the bathtub, I'm dwowning.

  • Captain Carl: Boy, what I wouldn't do for a platter of pupus!

  • Knucklehead: Knock, knock. Pee-wee: Who's there? Knucklehead: How are ya? Pee-wee: How are ya who? Knucklehead: How are ya gonna decide who to take to dinner? (Pee-wee is shocked, and Knucklehead starts to laugh and hop away.) Pee-wee: I don't know!

  • Captain Carl: You know, Pee-wee, there's a real twisted side to you. Pee-wee: Thanks, Captain Carl! Captain Carl: You're welcome!

  • Daryl: What's your name, kid?
    Pee-wee: Pee-wee Herman.
    Daryl: Well, you listen to me, Pee-wee Herman. Making prank phone calls is against the law! If I wasn't such a nice guy, I'd take you downtown and throw ya into jail! And you'd have a criminal record for the rest of your life. Would ya like that?
    Pee-wee: No, sir. I mean, no, officer!
    Daryl: Yeah. All right. I'll let you go this time. But next time, you're goin' to jail.

  • Pee-wee: Jambi, please. I wish it would stop raining. I wish it would stop raining! Jambi: You only get one wish. (laughs)

  • Miss Yvonne: (On the picture phone with Pee-wee) I called to let you know that I'm not able to come today because of the rain. Pee-wee: Well, then I'll just take a rain check.

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Notes (115)

  • Featured Cartoon: The Fresh Vegetable Mystery (1939)

  • This marks the first time Pee-wee shows his foil ball.

  • The silver fish is portrayed by Rick Heitzman, and the gold fish is portrayed by George McGrath.

  • The Dinosaur Family is portrayed by the following: Kevin Carlson (Red Dinosaur) Ric Heitzman (Blue Dinosaur) George McGrath (Green Dinosaur)

  • Featured Cartoon: Ants in the Plants (1940)

  • This episode marks the first time Pee-wee's ant farm is seen.

  • Featured Cartoon: Summertime (1935)

  • This episode marks the first time Pee-wee's exercise belt is seen.

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Trivia (115)

  • The secret word is said and screamed at five times in this episode.

  • When the Salesman comes to the door, he says, "I'm going door to door to make you this incredible offer! I'm sure you're wondering by now just what it is I..." "Door" is the secret word, but only Pee-wee screams, and only because of the Salesman.

  • The secret word is said and screamed at seven times in this episode.

  • Big Question: Why do cows have bells? Answer: Because their horns don't work.

  • In the close-up shot of the flowers, one of the puppeteers' arms is visible.

  • The secret word is said and screamed at six times in this episode.

  • This is George McGrath's first on-camera appearance. He plays the housewife's husband, Daryl, the police officer. His other on-screen appearance is in "Playhouse in Outer Space" where he portrays Zyzzybalubah.

  • This is Alison Mork's only on-camera appearance. She plays the over-the-picturephone housewife, speaking in her normal voice.

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Allusions (35)

  • Pee-wee Says is a pun on the game, Simon Says.

  • The scotch tape on Pee-wee's face is a reference to a scene from the motion picture, Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985).

  • The melody of the clock music heard in the Big Question game show sounds like the theme from the quiz show, Jeopardy!

  • Title: Luau for Two The title of this episode is a pun on the phrase, "table for two".

  • Bambi When Magic Screen pretends to be a deer, Pee-wee calls her Bambi, which is the name of the titular deer in the 1942 Walt Disney film of the same name.

  • New York, New York Pee-wee reads in the pen-pal letter from New York, "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. It's up to you." These words are similar to the lyrics from Frank Sinatra's famous 1950's song, "New York, New York".

  • Title: The Gang's All Here The episode title is an allusion to the song, "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here".

  • "Open says me" is a pun of the quote from Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, "Open sesame."

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