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Episode 1458

Air Date: February 18, 1976
Previous Episode: 1457
Next Episode: 1459

Mister Rogers arrives with a large black cape which he has borrowed from Margaret Hamilton. Taking the cape to the garage, he talks about acting and pretends to be Mr. McFeely. While he waits on a visit from Joe Negri, Mister Rogers shows the video camera he has set up before he sings Pretending.

Mr. Negri arrives and watches a few tapes with Mister Rogers of times when he (as Handyman Negri) stopped by the house to visit -- once in search of a picture frame and another time to deliver a small "Welcome" sign.

Joe Negri's friend Mari Gardner stops by Mister Rogers' garage. Using the video camera, Mister Rogers films Mari as she acts out a few nursery rhymes while Mr. Negri plays background music. Before she leaves Ms. Gardner sings Everybody's Fancy with Mr. Negri.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, 327 ways of removing the paint from the crystal ball have been attempted with no success. Lady Elaine embarrassed by her responsibility for the paint on the crystal ball. Calling Princess Margaret Witch, King Friday learns that removing the paint will require her to visit the Neighborhood and she will be coming the next day.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about embarrassment and how children often react to feeling embarrassed.


The film clips viewed by Handyman Negri come from earlier Neighborhood visits including Episode 1002 from 1969. These clips show evidence of the few times that Joe Negri appeared in the "real" Neighborhood as Handyman Negri.

Handyman Negri counts 327 ways they have tried of removing paint from the crystal ball. Among those unsuccessful methods are feather dusting, magnifying rays of the sun, and having Edgar Cooke sing to it all night long. After talking with Princess Margaret Witch, they try a 328th uncessful method of knocking on the ball three times.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Mari Gardner




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Mari Gardner, Joe Negri
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Produced and Directed by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of Public Television Stations, Ford Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Sears-Roebuck Foundation, and Johnson & Johnson

© 1976 Family Communications, Inc.

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