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Episode 0086

Air Date: June 17, 1968
Previous Episode: 0085
Next Episode: 0087
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Mister Rogers arrives with a new tablecloth for his kitchen table. After using it for a quick game of peek-a-boo, he takes the tablecloth to the kitchen where he sets the table for a pretend party with viewers. With the table set, Mister Rogers sings You Are Special before cleaning up and a quick "postprandial" meeting with viewers.

In the Neighbohrood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri is ready to take down the tents set up outside the castle, but Lady Elaine Fairchilde refuses to allow him to do so.

At the tree, a clearly-frustrated Handyman Negri tells X the Owl about the tents. They both share concern for how King Friday will react when he returns. X provides Handyman Negri with a bird costume -- a great crested grebe -- which he thinks they might use to frighten Lady Elaine away from the castle long enough for the tents to be removed. With Handyman Negri wearing the costume, he and X sings A Fine Feathered Friend.

Returning to the castle, Handyman Negri is surprised to find that he does not frighten Lady Elaine at all. Instead, she is birdwatching already and is quite intrigued by seeing such a large bird.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how Lady Elaine was not frightened because she was expecting to see birds. He explains that knowing about things can keep them from being frightening. He tells about a boy who was afraid of the vacuum sweeper. Taking the vacuum sweeper from the closet, Mister Rogers demonstrates the noise it makes and shows how it works. He concludes by singing I Like To Be Told.


As Mister Rogers is about to go to the kitchen with the new tablecloth, Children Can briefly plays in the background. Later, as he demonstrates the vacuum sweeper, I'd Like To Be Just Like Mom/Dad can be heard.

Everyone in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe talks about how King Friday will react to the tents when he returns; however, on the previous episode (Episode 0085), he had already returned to watch a performance by Vija Vetra inside the castle.

A great crested grebe is a duck-like bird -- the largest in the grebe family.

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Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: Joe Negri
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
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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