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Episode 0016

Air Date: March 11, 1968
Previous Episode: 0015
Next Episode: 0017
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Mister Rogers arrives with some wood which he has picked up at the Neighborhood lumber yard. Taking out a hammer, he drives nails of various sizes into the pieces of wood before singing I'd Like To Be Just Like Dad. Hammering a few small pieces of wood together into a pretend boat, Mister Rogers "sails" to the kitchen where he floats the boat in the sink.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Virgil Cantini is inside the castle where he shows off several of his nail sculptures to King Friday.

Meanwhile, Lady Aberlin is sitting near the tree where she is knitting and singing I'd Like To Be Just Like My Mom. As she completes her knitting -- a sweater for Henrietta Pussycat -- Lady Aberlin knocks on Henrietta's door to present the gift. Henrietta is overcome with emotion as Lady Aberlin helps her put on the sweater. X the Owl wants a gift as well and Lady Aberlin agrees to make him a rainbow-colored scarf. X and Lady Aberlin express their appreciation for one another by singing Fine Feathered Friend.

As she walks away from the tree, Lady Aberlin encounters Donkey Hodie who rushes off as soon as he verifies that he is in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers wraps yard around the nails he hammered into the wood.


This episode marks the first appearance of Donkey Hodie.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Virgil Cantini




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Virgil Cantini
Producer: Fred Rogers
Director: David Fu-Ying Chen
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

Production funds for this series were provided by a grant from The Sears-Roebuck Foundation and a children's program fund established by N.E.T. affiliated stations.

© 1968 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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