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Episode 1105

Air Date: March 27, 1970
Previous Episode: 1104
Next Episode: 1106

Even though he is no longer using a cane, Mister Rogers is still limping from the ankle injury he described the previous day. After showing viewers the bandage on his ankle, Mister Rogers takes an easel from the closet. Johnny Costa stops by with his accordion and plays music as Mister Rogers draws with crayons.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday XIII and Queen Sara have gifts for the new baby platypus. Handyman Negri offers to deliver the gifts along with a gift of his own -- a song he will create when he learns the baby's name.

At the Platypus mound, Dr. Bill tells everyone that they will see the new baby next week. Handyman Negri delivers the gifts from King Friday and Queen Sara -- a pillow stitched with the word "welcome" and a portrait of the king himself. After Dr. Bill shares the name of his new baby girl -- Ornithorhynchus Anatinus -- everyone uses her name to create a new song.

Back at the house, Mr. Costa sits at the piano as he and Mister Rogers sing Ornithorhynchus Anatinus. As Mr. Costa leaves, Mr. McFeely delivers a telegram from Francois and Carole Clemmons inviting Mister Rogers to come visit their new home in the city.


Ornithorhynchus Anatinus is the scientific term for platypus.

As Mister Rogers puts his sneaker on over his injured foot, a cough (or sneeze?) can be heard off camera.

As Mister Rogers makes a welcome sign for Johnny Costa, We Welcome You Today plays in the background.

Dr. Bill mentions that the baby platypus will be called Ana for short.

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Episode Credits

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in association with Small World Enterpriese, Inc. for N.E.T.

Producer-Writer: Fred Rogers
Associate Producer-Director: David Fu-Ying Chen
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, W.P. Barker, John Costa, Joe Negri (uncredited), David Newell
Psychological Consultants: Margaret McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Assistant Producer: Hedda Sharapan
Lighting Director: Art Siegal
Art Director: Jack Guest
Production Assistant: David Newell
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, Dick Reschoff
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Chuck Sradomski
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

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

© 1970 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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