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Episode 1161

Air Date: March 29, 1971
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Mister Rogers arrives with something wrapped in a cloth labeled "CAUTION." After a few hints, he removes the cloth and reveals a snake in an aquarium. Mister Rogers uses a keychain to imitate the movements of a snake before pretending that the keychain can move like a snake on its own.

Mr. McFeely stops by with a large caduceus -- a symbol of the medical profession ready to be installed on the front of the nearby medical building. He shows the snakes that are part of the symbol and then shares a serpentine stone with Mister Rogers.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the Platypus family has given gifts to several of the neighbors. While Trolley has been given a collection of photographs from Australia, Lady Aberlin received a new shawl. At the clock, Daniel asks Lady Aberlin for help buttoning his new sweater he received from the Platypus family.

At the Platypus mound, Dr. Bill shows has a caduceus -- a gift for the royal family. Before moving on to the castle, Lady Aberlin stops by the Museum-Go-Round where Lady Elaine Fairchilde has her own gift -- a fancy Australian boomerang. When Lady Aberlin throws the boomerange much too hard and it does not come back.

Lady Aberlin and Lady Elaine retrieve the boomerang from the castle where it has landed. Lady Aberlin is mildly repremanded by King Friday for the boomerang mishap before the King and Queen are presented with the caduceus. Although the snakes on the caduceus startle several of the neighbors, the opals are taken from the symbol and placed on the royal couple's crowns. Dr. Bill shares that he has learned much at pediatrician school.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers goes to the kitchen where he shares some opals he has borrowed from a jeweler friend. Taking out some modeling clay, he forms the shape of a snake.


Upon his arrival, Mister Rogers mis-buttons his sweater.

The pictures from Australia given to the Trolley include shots of Victoria Square Fountain, koala bears, Sidney Harbour, Princes Gate (Melbourne), Smiggin Holes, Devil's Marbles, and Ayer's Rock.

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Episode Credits

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

Created by Fred Rogers
Produced and directed by Sam Silberman
Music Director: John Costa
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, W.P. Barker, David Newell
Animation: Lynn Smith

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1971 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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