So in Pee Wee's Big Adventure a convict with black hair in his 40s named Mickey Morelli stopped his red convertible to pick up Pee Wee Herman, an old school nerd in his early 30s. What I am wondering is why did the convict pick up this hitchhiker? Why risk letting someone know his location? Did he just need someone to talk to? What purpose did it serve?

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    Pee-Wee's a loner, OP, a rebel. Jul 13, 2016 at 12:57
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    There are things about this movie we wouldn't understand. Things we couldn't understand. Things... we shouldn't understand. Jul 13, 2016 at 13:38

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There is no explanation given by Mickey Morelli at the time that he picks up Pee-Wee while he is hitchhiking to Texas:

Pee-Wee: Thanks a million. I've been trying all day.

Mickey: The name's Mickey.

Pee-Wee: I'm Pee-wee.

Mickey: How about some music? Forget the music. Let's enjoy the scenery.

Perhaps Mickey is wanting to have a passenger with him to assist him in his escape. Pee-Wee has an idea to pose as Mickey's female companion to elude a road block set up by police who are searching for Mickey:

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    I believe this is correct, if there is even an answer. This wasn't really a deep-thinking plot, it was a vehicle to get Peewee some (pardon the pun) exposure. If there was any reason at all, it would have been that Mickey knew the cops were looking for one guy, and having a car with 2 people may have helped him slip through checkpoints. Jul 13, 2016 at 13:05

In real life it probably wouldn't have happened but the movie makers wanted something during the journey so it wasn't just a car ride.

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