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Episode 1170

Air Date: April 9, 1971
Previous Episode: 1169
Next Episode: 1171

Mister Rogers arrives with the seat for an exercise bicycle which is already set up in his front room. As he demonstrates the machine, he explains that this is one way that people exercise their bodies. Mister Rogers encourages viewers to exercise their minds by remembering yesterday's opera as he shows a series of pictures from the performance.

Mr. McFeely stops by advertising a special on banana baked goods at Brockett's Bakery. Mister Rogers takes a moment to try out Mr. McFeely's bicycle and talks briefly about learning to ride a bike.

At Brockett's Bakery, Mister Rogers relaxes with Chef Brockett in the back room as they talk about yesterday's opera.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Henrietta Pussycat is upset because she did not have the opportunity to sing in the opera and was too shy to ask. She feels better as she is encouraged to join her friends in some simple exercises recently recommended by Dr. Meow Meow Meow. Everyone exercises as they sing Exercise Your Eyes. Chef Brockett delivers a banana to Lady Elaine Fairchilde.

Back at the bakery, Mister Rogers purchases a loaf of banana break before Chef Brockett joins him on a walk back to the house. Mrs. Shenk agrees to watch the bakery.

At the house, Chef Brockett enjoys a glass of water on the porch before returning to the bakery. Inside, Mister Rogers concludes by singing It's Such a Good Feeling.


As he puts on his sweater, Mister Rogers has some difficulty with the buttons and sings, "Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you button your buttons right?"

As the episodes transitions to and from the bakery, I'm a Chef plays in the background.

The current price of banana bread at the bakery is 59 cents.

Although he is not seen on camera, Reardon is heard saying goodbye to his friends as Make-Believe begins.

Saying goodbye to Chef Brockett, both X the Owl and Lady Elaine Fairchilde refer to him as "Chef Broccoli."

Lady Aberlin mentions Dr. Meow Meow Meow's suggestion for exercising your eyes which took place on Episode 1157.

As they arrive at the house, Chef Brockett mentions a recent operation he had on his legs.

This episode includes a rare instance where Mister Rogers leaves his television neighbors with someone else (Chef Brockett) while he goes off camera for a few moments.

Songs played in the background while looking at pictures of the opera include I Take Care of the Animals, You're a Fine Duck, What Is the Matter, I Am a Failure, and I'm the Monkey's Uncle.

As Mister Rogers sings It's Such a Good Feeling, a piece of studio equipment can be seen in the upper left corner.

The opening sequence from this episode can be seen playing in the background on a 1990 KVCR PBS promo.

Appearing In This Episode




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 (uncredited), Don Brockett, David Newell, John Reardon (uncredited), Gladys Schenk
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Associate Producer: Diana Dean
Art Director: Jack Guest
Lighting Director: Al Brennecke
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, Dick LaSota

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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