|THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers|
Mister Rogers arrives with some paper and paint which he takes to the kitchen where a motorized contraption is set up on the table. This set-up, borrowed from Bob Trow, includes a basin surrounding a spinning platform where the paper is placed. As the motor spins the paper, a design is formed by drops of paint. Mister Rogers makes two separate paintings before Bob Trow arrives and makes one of his own.
In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Elaine Fairchilde is upset by her failed attempt to become like those on Planet Purple. Continuing to insist that every be called "Paul" and "Pauline", Lady Elaine find herself at odds with King Friday. Robert Troll and Lady Aberlin use the purple platter to teach Lady Elaine that "no one ever talks back to a king on Planet Purple...a king is always right on Planet Purple." They help her to recognize her self-worth and important place in the Neighbohrood of Make-Believe.
Back at the house, Mister Rogers visits Elsie Neal's craft shop where she and Bob Trow teach him the art of pole dyeing -- a craft very similar to tie dyeing. Before leaving, Mister Rogers admires some paintings created by Elsie Neal's husband.
Returning to the house, Mister Rogers makes another painting but decides not to use the spinner. He concludes for the week by talking about how all people are different -- and that is what helps them to be friends. Viewers are left with a challenge: "Maybe this weekend, you could look around and at all your family and your friends, and start to realize how special each person is."
With Fred Rogers
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