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Episode 1121

Air Date: April 20, 1970
Previous Episode: 1120
Next Episode: 1122

Mister Rogers is talking about loud sounds and quiet sounds when Mr. McFeely arrives with a pair of sound-reducing earmuffs. Picture Picture shows a film of different things that people wear on their ears.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Prince Tuesday has been crying all night and Lady Elaine Fairchilde is losing sleep. Nurse Miller explains to Lady Elaine that the baby cannot be "sent back." Lady Elaine puts on a pair of noise-reducing earmuffs and closes the Museum-Go-Round.

Nurse Miller sings Sometimes People Are Good on her way to the tree where she is joined in song by X the Owl. To help calm an exhausted Bob Dog, X the Owl shares a "magic leaf song" -- a performance by Mabel Mercer seen only when holding a magic leaf and saying "una hoja," the Spanish word for leaf.

At the castle, Nurse Miller talks with Dr. Bill Platypus about the patience involved with caring for a new baby. Lady Elaine threatens to turn the casle upside down if the baby does not stop crying. Thankfully, Prince Tuesday's crying stops and King Friday suggests everyone take a thirteen second nap.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings When a Baby Comes to Your House before he talks about how babies cry because they do not have any words to communicate.


X the Owl sings an alternate "baby" verse to Sometimes People Are Good.

The footage of Mabel Mercer was also used in Episode 1063 and orginally seen in Episode 1041. On each of those episodes, Ms. Mercer's accompanist and musical director, Buddy Barnes, was not seen on camera but was named in the credits. On this episode, neither are credited.

In Episode 1063, Lady Aberlin first uses the magic leaf to see the same performance by Mabel Mercer.

David Newell appears in this episode as Mr. McFeely and is omitted from the credits.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Buddy Barnes
  • Mabel Mercer




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
Music Director: Johnny Costa
Neighbors: W.P. Barker, Buddy Barnes (uncredited), Mabel Mercer (uncredited), Maxine Miller, David Newell (uncredited), Bob Trow

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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