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Episode 0005

Air Date: February 23, 1968
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The episode opens with Mister Rogers sitting on his porch playing with a feather he found on his way in.

Coming into the house, Mister Rogers finds a helium balloon inside his bench and several more balloons in the kitchen.

Picture Picture shows a short film about floating things before Mister Rogers pretends to be a leaf falling to the ground. Lady Aberlin stops by to take the balloons to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. She has a plan to float a message to King Friday to encourage peace in the neighborhood. She practices her plan with Mister Rogers before Make-Believe begins.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the war against change continues as Mr. Negri and Edgar Cooke stand guard. They are to "fire a shot" if any trouble comes about. Meanwhile, at the tree, Daniel Striped Tiger and X the Owl are talking about bringing peace to the Neighborhood when Lady Aberlin arrives with her balloons. Peaceful messages are successfully floated to the castle where King Friday declares an end to the war on change.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings Goodnight God before he concludes for the week.


Notes

There are a few "technical difficulties" that are quite evident in this episode. The first took place within the first several minutes of the program as Mister Rogers' microphone was clearly misplaced. With his every move, the microphone-on-sweater static was present in the episode's audio.

As Mister Rogers and Betty Aberlin walk into the kitchen to get the balloons, the boom microphone is visible as it follows them along the way.

As Lady Aberlin arrives at the house, she pokes her head through the window next to the door. Mister Rogers invites her inside and she attempts to enter the house through the window before Mister Rogers redirects her through the door. This small amount of slapstick becomes less present as the show progresses through the decades to follow.


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Episode Credits

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Joe Negri
Producer: Fred Rogers
Director: David Fu-Ying Chen
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
Assistant Producer: Diana Dean
Film: Nick Spies
Production Assistant: David Newell
Art Director: Joan Thomas
Set Director: Bill Law
Lighting Director: Richard Weiss
Technical Supervisors: Ken Anderson, Steve Zorbas, Tom Knight
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

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