Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Season 2 Episode 1

Open House

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Sep 12, 1987 on CBS
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Open House
Today in the "Playhouse," Pee-wee tricks his friends into doing all of his chores by pretending that work is fun. The gang meets some new friends while renovating the "house." Reba arrives in time to deliver Clocky while the Playhouse gang uncovers Floory and meets Mrs. Rene for the first time.moreless

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  • Pretty good episode, nothing special.

    This episode was pretty good, I personally like the episodes that aired before this one, which were shot in New York on a smaller stage, but some of the new stuff is pretty cool and for the most part doesn't hurt anything. This episode lacks some of the more funnier parts than other episodes do because it spends a lot of the time introducing new characters than it does to have a side story with it. Although I didn't really care for all of the newer stuff, I do realize that the producers had to do something now that they moved to a new larger stage than in New York and I think that they made the right decision.moreless
  • Meet Pee-wee's new friends and take a look at the newly redecorated Playhouse!

    Oh yes, you still get to see familiar characters like Magic Screen, Conky, and Pterri. In this first episode of the second season, get to know Ricardo, Mrs. Rene, Floory and Clocky. Jon Pee-wee and his old and new friends as they get the Playhouse redecorated!

    When I saw this episode last year, I was surprised to see a part I have never seen before. It's the part where Pee-wee shows us how to make sun tea. After watching it, I tried it myself. It was very easy. You should give it a try.

    Get ready as the second season (and the further seasons) reveals new Playhouse characters.moreless
Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens

Pee-wee Herman

George McGrath

George McGrath

Fish, Flower, Globey, Pterri

Alison Mork

Alison Mork

Chairry, Chicky Baby, Magic Screen

John Paragon

John Paragon


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 (5)

    • Beyond this point, Pee-wee would now crank the arm of a white statue (instead of lifting an iron from the board) to unlock his scooter. And Pee-wee now wears a one-eyed helmet to ride the scooter. After he drives his scooter out of his playhouse, He flies over Mount Rushmore before hitting the road.

    • Reba and some others sing a line from the song "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes.

    • From this point on, the flowers sing as they introduce the King of Cartoons.

    • The secret word is said and screamed at 15 times altogether in this episode - seven times for just "house" and eight times for "Playhouse".

    • In the previous season, the first letter of the secret word was capitalized. In the next two seasons, all letters in the secret word are lowercase.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jambi: (after a sip of tea) Mmm. This tea is so good, I wish I had another cup. (reacts) Wish?! Did I say wish?!
      (he grants the wish, and a second cup of tea appears; Jambi takes a sip from both cups)
      Jambi: Ahh!

    • (when Ricardo removes the teepee, Cowboy Curtis removes the cloth from the floor and sees that part of it awakens, much to his surprise)
      Cowboy Curtis: WHOO-WHEE!!!
      (Pee-wee has overheard his whoop and runs to investigate)
      Ricardo: Wow!
      Cowboy Curtis: Hey! Lookie here, Pee-wee!
      (Pee-wee walks up to the living piece of floor)
      Pee-wee: Gosh! Who are you?!
      Floory: Uh, my name is Floory.
      Pee-wee, Ricardo, and Cowboy Curtis: Hello, Floory.
      Floory: Hello, everybody.
      Pee-wee: How long have you been here?
      Floory: I've been here forever. You just didn't notice me, 'cause I was underneath your teepee.
      Pee-wee: Well, why didn't you say somethin'?
      Floory: Uhhh... I don't know. I guess I just didn't think of it.
      Pee-wee: Well, from now on, I'm gonna keep my teepee over there, so you can play with us.
      Floory: Thanks, Pee-wee.
      Pee-wee: Gee. You never know where you're gonna meet a new friend, huh?
      Cowboy Curtis: Sure does make ya think.

    • Pee-wee: I hope you don't get dirty in here. It's so messy.
      Miss Yvonne: Now don't you worry about it. You know my motto.
      Pee-wee: No, what is it?
      Miss Yvonne: Be prepared.
      Pee-wee: Hey, that's the Boy Scouts' motto.
      Miss Yvonne: Oh, so that's where I heard it.

  • NOTES (8)

    • On the 2004 DVD, there was a warning about the dangers of Sun Tea that played before the episode.

    • Featured Cartoon: Philips Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

    • Throughout this season, George McGrath portrays the role of Pterri.

    • This is the only episode in which Jambi grants his own wish.

    • This is the first episode shot at the Hollywood Center Studios in California. (The show had previously been shot in New York.) This is why in this episode Pee-wee is renovating the Playhouse. The new studio was larger and could accomodate more props and a larger cast of characters.

    • This episode features the first appearance of Pee-wee's dummy, Billy Baloney.

    • This episode features the first appearances of Ricardo, a hispanic soccer player, and Mrs. Rene, a new next-door neighbor. Also featured are the first appearances of Clockey, a clock Pee-wee ordered from a warehouse, and Floory, who had been trapped underneath Pee-wee's teepee previously.

    • Since the Playhouse is being redecorated, this is the only episode in which the full opening credits are not shown.