Pee-Wee's Playhouse
Series Name
Season 2, Episode 8
Pee-Wee Herman entering the Playhouse.jpeg
Air date November 7, 1987
Written by John Paragon
Directed by John Paragon & Paul Rubens
Episode Guide
Playhouse in Outer Space

Spring is the 8th episode of Pee-Wee's Playhouse season 2.

Episode Plot[]

It's the first day of spring, and Cowboy Curtis comes over and gives Pee-wee some seeds to plant, saying that all kinds of trees and plants grow from them - as they are living things, this is how their life begins. Thanks to Clocky, the seeds grow right away. They have grapefruit for snacktime and Randy squirts juice at Pee-wee and Cowboy Curtis, so they both squirt juice back at Randy. The King of Cartoons brings over his family, consisting of the Queen and Prince, and Magic Screen shows everyone a film about sexual reproduction. Pee-wee tries out for little league and doesn't make the team, so Ricardo tells him that he should find a sport he is good at and do that instead.


  • Cowboy Curtis and Ricardo visit in this episode.
  • Myrna White played the Queen of Cartoons.
  • The Prince of Cartoons was not credited due to the actor being an infant at the time. Thus, it's unknown who played the Prince.
  • Only appearances of the Queen of Cartoons and the Prince of Cartoons, though the Queen is mentioned by her husband in Sick, Did Somebody Say Sick?.
  • This is the only episode that talks about sexual reproduction, albeit in a safe, gentle manner for children to understand, using the example of hens laying eggs. Rightfully, the film that Magic Screen shows refers to reproduction as a "miracle" and a "wonder of nature".
  • The episode's secret word is featured in the King's catchphrase - "Let the cartoon begin!"
  • Feature Cartoon: Much Ado About Mutton (1947).
  • The secret word was said and screamed at 12 times.
  • Spring is Pee-wee's favorite season.
  • It was revealed that Pee-wee stank at playing baseball, he got disqualified, because he didn't make the little league team. Baseball is not the only sport Pee-wee's not any good at, there were both sports on which he isn't very good at and is also too short to play are both: football and basketball.
  • The first and only time in this episode where Randy said to Cowboy Curtis - "Howdy Doody," which was one of Paul Reubens's favorite kid shows, growing up.
  • This is the second time in this episode where the King of Cartoons had almost taken off, without ever showing a cartoon. The first time he did that was with School, and later Dr. Pee Wee and the Del Rubios, Heat Wave and Tango Time.
  • Pee-wee's favorite sport is scooter racing. At the end of every episode, in order for Pee-wee to exit the playhouse, he frequently rides his scooter, after he or anybody else said the secret word.
  • This is the first episode in which the seed of a citrus fruit grows, which happens to be a grapefruit. Clockey helped sped up the process by allowing the grapefruit to grow. This would later be followed with Dr. Pee Wee and the Del Rubios, where Pee-wee asked Jambi for the oranges to grow faster, after Pee-wee planted that seed.
  • Though Cowboy Curtis cut the grapefruits, Randy squirted the grapefruit juice at both Pee-wee & Cowboy Curtis, before they both squirted right back at Randy.
  • The cartoon is a reference to the Shakespeare play, "Much Ado About Nothing".


  • Secret word: begin
  • Connect-the-dots: none (even though Magic Screen is present)
  • Snack: grapefruit
  • Wish: none