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Episode 1704

Topic: Helping
Air Date: July 25, 1996
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Mister Rogers arrives with a small chalkboard and a box of colored chalk. After he draws on the chalkboard, Mr. McFeely stops by with a video about how people make chalk. Once they have watched the video, Mister Rogers thinks of Purple Panda who he draws on the chalkboard.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Prince Tuesday is talking to Lady Aberlin about how he used to be afraid of vacuum cleaners. He shares that it was Purple Panda who helped him get past his fear. As Lady Aberlin begins to explain Lady Elaine's recent vacuum swiping to King Friday, Mayor Maggie arrives at the castle and reports that all of the vacuum sweepers in Westwood are missing. King Friday assigns Lady Aberlin, Mayor Maggie, and Prince Tuesday to find the missing vacuums.

Lady Aberlin is called to the factory by Corney who has been cleaning by hand after his vacuums have turned up missing. Moving on to the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Aberlin meets Purple Panda. Along with Mayor Maggie, they overhear Prince Tuesday talking to Lady Elaine about her fear of vacuum sweepers.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers visits the home of Chinese calligrapher, Professor Wang, and his daughter Jai Wang. With his daughter translating, Professor Wang creates images representing the sun, moon, mountain, and water. He concludes by creating the images for peace and quiet.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers sings Peace and Quiet.


As Mr. McFeely leaves Mister Rogers' house, the Speedy Delivery song plays in the background.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Prof. Wang Jin Huai
  • Wang Jai




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Abelrin, Matt Meko, Lenny Meledandri, David Newell, Maggie Stewart, Prof. Wang Jin Huai, Wang Jai
Special Thanks to: Binney & Smith, First Generation Productions Inc.
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1996 Family Communications, Inc.

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