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  • All the things Pee-Wee plays with in the magic shop are jokes in of themselves.
    • The clerk showing off different fake severed heads... a replica shrunken head, a normal-sized manequin one... and a GIGANTIC SCOWLING BALD GUY HEAD!
      Clerk: "B'WAAHAHAHAAAHH.."
      Pee-wee: "NOOOOOO!"
  • Pee-wee initially assumed the Soviet Union was behind the bike's theft note .
    Officer: "...So what led you to believe the Soviets were involved?"
  • The entire climax of the film with Pee-wee's rampage across the Warner Brothers studio lot. Moments include:
    • Pee-wee barreling across the set of a suspiciously familiar kaiju film with rather lackluster and obvious vfx.
    • What's even more funny is the fact that the security guards are actually the ones causing damages to the sets.
    • Only Pee-wee could get into a chase by a guy in a boat on land that is towing both Santa Claus and Godzilla!
  • Pee-wee's argument with Francis.
    Pee-wee: I wouldn't sell my bike for all the money in the world. Not for a hundred, million, billion, trillion dollars!
    Francis: Then you're crazy.
    Pee-wee: I know you are but what am I?
    Francis: You're a nerd.
    Pee-wee: I know you are but what am I?
    Francis: You're an idiot!
    Francis: I know you are but what am I?
    Together: I know you are but what am I? IknowyouarebutwhatamIIknowyouarebutwhatamIIknowyouarebutwhatamIIknowyouarebutwhatamI...
    Pee-wee: Infinity.
    Francis: No, I'm not.
    Together: You are! No way! Knock it off! Cut it out!
    Francis: Oh shut up, Pee-wee.
    Pee-wee: Why don't you make me?
    Francis: Why don't you make me?
    Pee-wee: Because, I don't make monkeys, I just train them.
    Francis: Pee-wee, listen to reason. (Pee-wee put his hand on his ear to "listen") Come on!
    Pee-wee: Shhhh, I'm listening to reason.
    Francis: Pee-wee!
    Pee-wee: That's my name, don't wear it out.
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  • Pee-wee's friend who owns a magic shop pulls out a big head with an Evil Laugh.
    Pee-wee: (backs away) NOOOO!!! Ha ha ha ha!
  • The bath fight with Francis is hilarious.
    • The tub itself is basically an indoor swimming pool with a comically giant tub faucet set on one end.
    Pee-wee: (after locking the bathroom door) Go ahead; scream your head off! We're miles from where anyone can hear you! (maniacal laughter)
    • Before that, Pee-wee threatening Francis:
    "Tell me where it is before I lose patience with you, Francis!"
  • On the window of Madam Ruby's psychic parlor, there is a neon sign advertising her services. Along with the usual forms of divination mentioned there is also... INCOME TAX.
  • Pee-wee scares some local punks by making an animal sound.
    Punk: Hey, man! You're new in this turf. We don't take kindly to strangers around here!
    Pee-wee: *HISSSSSS!* (the gang runs away)
    • Still funny later on when Madam Ruby tries to remove his wet jacket and he hisses at her as well, causing her to recoil quickly.
    Madam Ruby: Alright, you wanna wear a wet jacket, it's fine with Madam Ruby.
    • And then there's Pee-wee demanding proof that she's a real psychic:
    Madam Ruby: "You're heeeere... you're here because yoooouu... want something."
    (Pee-wee immediately tosses over his wallet and cash)
  • Pee-wee throws his hitchhiking thumb away when it didn't work.
  • Simone the waitress asks Pee-wee if he has any dreamsnote , he brings up something involving "rolling a big doughnut" and a "snake wearing a vest" before she corrects him.
  • "Andy!"
    • "ANDY?!"
  • The hobo keeps singing and singing.
    • It's a montage where Pee-wee is enthusiastically singing along at first....but time just goes by and Pee-wee gets sick of it but the hobo's still singing. Finally....
    HOBO: "Jimmy cracked corn and I don't care! Jimmy cracked corn and I DON'T CARE! JIMMY CRACKED CORN AND I...DOOOOOOOON'T....CAAAARRREEEE!!!...."
    PEE-WEE: "*AUUUUUUUGH!*" (Jumps off the train).
  • When Pee-wee wanders the wasteland at night (with just his eyes showing), he breaks out one of his toys: Illuminating goggles. But when he puts them on...
    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! (He's surrounded by obviously fake animals, and a few real ones.)
    • "Kitty."
  • Pee-wee's impatience in the Alamo tour.
    • The one shot with his expression between the two very happy gents in cowboy hats (who are really enjoying the tour), especially.
    • The tour guide stating that there are THOUSANDS of ways to use corn....
      Tour Guide: "....all of which I will tell you, right now!".
    • The fact that....after all that boring stuff about "the thousands of uses of corn" and other "life in the Alamo" facts, the big reason that The Alamo is an important historical site is merely glossed over by the tour guide....and she phrases it as if the American side won instead of the pro-Mexico Curb-Stomp Battle it really was.
    • Oh my God, just that whole scene at the biker bar.
    • Pee-wee cries after he accidentally knocked the motorcycles.
    "I barely touched them!"
  • While on the phone with Dottie, Pee-wee has to convince her that he's at the Alamo. He does so by loudly singing "The stars at night, are big and bright—" ... Cue the ENTIRE CROWD walking by on the sidewalk stopping, turning, clapping four times, and singing "Deep in the heaaaaaart of Texas!" in perfect unison.
    • Also about Texas, after a rodeo, Pee-wee says he doesn't remember anything...but he remembers the Alamo. Everyone around him cheers note .
    • While hiding from Andy, Pee-wee disguises himself as a cowboy. Even walking in a cowboy strut. He found out too late he was dressed as a bull rider.
      • The costume itself, compared to the other cowboy types hanging around, is a cartoonish, brightly-colored "Tom Mix" sort of gettup.
    Cowboy: (pulls Pee-wee up) That's you, cousin!
    Pee-wee: Uh-oooohh!
  • The chase through the soundstages and backlots, particularly as "bystanders" get swept up in it.
  • "Is this something you can share with the rest of us, Amazing Larry?!"
  • The funny look at Pee-wee's face when he honks his horn at everyone. Followed by a suspiciously brief Death Glare similar to the T-1000's.
    Pee-wee: Exhibit D: Jimmy what is this? Too late! Chip!
    Chip: It looks like a pen.
    Pee-wee: Exactly! I bought this pen exactly one hour before my bike was stolen. Why? What's the significance? I DON'T KNOW!
    • "Exhibit Q: a scale-model of the entire mall! X marks the scene of the crime. These arrows here show the exact position of the sun at the hour of the crime. Jupiter was aligned with Pluto! The moon was in the seventh..."
    • "It's like you're unraveling a big, cable-knit sweater, that someone keeps KNITTING! A-HA-HAND KNITTING! A-HA-HAND KNITTING!"
  • Pee-wee finally acts against his snake phobia at the burning pet shop. The look of disgust on his face as the music pauses momentously is priceless.
    • The lead-up....where he repeatedly passes the snake tank and reacts with a scream, too.
    • Then he barges out of the Pet Shop with two wads of Garter snakes in his hands...
  • The very first scene, as Pee-wee pulls to the lead in the Tour De France on his coaster bike in his gray suit and tie - sets the mood for the whole movie.
  • His Rube Goldberg Device breakfast-making machine makes a full, delicious-looking breakfast of Fried Eggs, Bacon and Pancakes (in the shape of a face, called 'Mr. Breakfast')... which Pee-wee pours Mister T cereal on, eats only two pieces of the cereal... and is DONE... leaving the whole thing uneaten.
  • "And when they finally pulled the driver's body.. from the twisted.. burning.. WRECK, it looked like this!", doubles as Nightmare Fuel as well.
  • That look Mickey —who just got out of prison, mind you— gives to Pee Wee while he's disguised in drag is both creepy and hilarious at the same time.
    "Arrivederci, baby!"
  • Pee-Wee's painfully obvious overdubbed voice in his movie cameo. You just know the producers took one listen to his performance and went "Yep, we're fixing that in post.":
    "Paging Mr. Herman..."
  • Right after the car makes a soft landing:
    Mickey: Out!
    Pee-wee: But...
    Mickey: OUT!!
    • Before that, as they were falling down screaming, they both hold onto each other. Mickey then pushes him away while still screaming.
      • During all the screaming, Mickey makes some hilarious "OOH! OOOOH!" noises.
      • More hilarious is when Pee-wee turns on the sunroof as a makeshift parachute, Pee-wee laughs in relief while Mickey is still screaming.
  • Pee-wee trying to get into Francis' house.
    Pee-wee: I wanna see Francis.
    Butler: Francis is busy.
    Pee-wee: Busy doing what?
    Butler: Busy having his bath.
    Pee-wee: Oh, really? Where are they hosin' him DOWN?
    (The Butler slams the door, but Pee-wee knocks again and the Butler answers again)
    Pee-wee: Me again. Ha-h—
    (The Butler slams the door again, but hears another knocking sound. He opens the door, but finds a knocking device attached to it, while Pee-wee sneaks by behind him.)
    • The butler looks like Oddjob and Francis' bathtub is basically an indoor swimming pool.
  • The deadly serious reason why Pee-wee keeps avoiding Dottie's attempts to ask him out to the drive-thru.
    Pee-wee: Déjà vu.
  • The fact that some truckers in a diner had set up an elaborate, Gothic, candle-festooned memorial to Large Marge that would look more at home in a Catholic Church or mausoleum is pretty funny as well.
  • How a few scenes echo or Call-Back each other...
    • EARLY IN FILM: Pee-wee does some bike tricks and falls off his bike in front of some bike-riding kids, cue I Meant to Do That. LATER IN FILM: At the end of the big Movie Studio chase, he escapes from the studio by flying through the air, rolling off a house roof like a ski jump, then lands before another group of bike-riding kids. Cue an adorable little boy saying "RADICAL!".
    • EARLY IN FILM: When Pee-wee discovers his bike stolen, he barges into the bike shop, yells "DOTTIE!" blasts the bike horn, faints and knocks down a row of bikes like dominoes. LATER IN FILM: Pee-wee accidently knocks over a row of Biker Gang motorcycles in similar fashion, earning the ire of The Satan's Helpers.


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