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Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Season 5 Episode 8

Camping Out

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Oct 27, 1990 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Camping Out
Pee-wee goes on a camping trip with Cowboy Curtis and leaves Mrs. Rene to house-sit the Playhouse. Pee-wee and Cowboy Curtis ride horses, roast wieners, and sleep under the stars. Curtis does his best to "show" Pee-wee a good time, and Pee-wee thinks Curtis is lucky to be a cowboy!moreless

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  • This is one of the best episodes in the series!

    Cowboy Curtis and Pee-wee live within a horseback-ride's distance from the Grand Canyon (okay) so they make a trip out there and play with their echoes for about fifteen minutes. They eat dinner, Cowboy Curtis sings "Amarillo by Morning" or whatever on the guitar, and they go to sleep. But before they do they have one of the sweetest moments in the entire run of the show, and one of the very few times Pee-wee remained serious for more than two facetious seconds. It's hard to see the stars at night when you're playhouse is fitted with 20,000 lightbulbs and is sitting underneath a sphinx. So Pee-wee is amazed by the beauties of the open night sky. Laying head to head with Curtis he asks whether or not somebody just like them is up on one of those stars, looking back. Cowboy Curtis reckons there has to be. Then they just lay there for a minute, and Pee-wee smiles up at a twinkling star. It's cheesy, yeah, but it's the same theorem that Futurama used so well: The serious moments will mean a lot more if you aren't expecting them. Pee-wee's Playhouse never said anything deep about our humanity and never pretended to be anything more than a way to get people to scream more than usual. But this moment really works to show that even unbridled insanity should stop every now and then to think about the stars.moreless
John Paragon

John Paragon


Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens

Pee-wee Herman

Alison Mork

Alison Mork

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George McGrath

George McGrath

Fish, Flower, Globey

Kevin Carlson (II)

Kevin Carlson (II)

Clockey, Conky, Floory

Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne

Cowboy Curtis

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Cowboy Curtis: Y'know, it's important that we take care of nature, Pee-wee, by not litterin' and not pollutin' our waters and streams.
      Pee-wee: Well, that way, all this natural beauty will remain natural for generations to come. (echoes last word) Hey! (echoes again) Listen! (echoes again) It's an echo! (echoes again)
      Cowboy Curtis: You can say that again! (echoes)
      Pee-wee: Echoey! (echoes again)
      Cowboy Curtis: Y'oughta have an echo in every show!
      (Pee-wee screams, and his scream echoes around the canyon)

    • (Pee-wee and Cowboy Curtis have a weenie roast)
      Pee-wee: Would you pass me a bun, Cowboy Curtis?
      Cowboy Curtis: I thought you brought the buns.
      Pee-wee: I thought you brought the buns.
      Cowboy Curtis: Well, I didn't bring the buns, because I thought you were gonna bring the buns.
      Pee-wee: Well, I didn't bring the buns, because I thought you were gonna bring the buns.
      Cowboy Curtis: Well, I brought the wieners!
      Pee-wee: Well, then why didn't ya bring the buns?!
      Cowboy Curtis: I didn't bring the buns, because I--! Look here, Pee-wee, let's just forget about the buns! Okay?!
      Pee-wee: Okay! Fine.
      Cowboy Curtis: Fine.
      Pee-wee: Fine.
      (he sets his wiener on his plate)
      Pee-wee: Would you pass me some mustard, please, Cowboy Curtis?
      Cowboy Curtis: I thought you were gonna bring the mustard.
      (Pee-wee does a triple-take, and both laugh)

  • NOTES (5)