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Episode 1196

Air Date: February 21, 1972
Previous Episode: 1195
Next Episode: 1197

Mister Rogers pretends that his shoe is a bird and talks about how different birds behave in different ways. After singing Pretending, he visits Betty's Little Theater where Betty Aberlin shares a film about birds as she waits for the arrival of Mary Sweenie. When she arrives, Mary joins Betty in expressing various feelings as they act like birds.

Returning to his house, Mister Rogers recounts the various feelings they expressed. He takes out an old curtain which he gently waves in the air as he recalls the birds on the film.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday XIII is exercising at the castle when Cousin Mary Owl passes through on her way to visit X the Owl. Pleased to see his cousin, X talks with Mary about the different ways they express happiness. He shares that he is working on a poem and would like to be alone in order to complete it. Mary obliges and asks Henrietta Pussycat to join her in finding a tree where she might build a nest.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers goes to the kitchen where he makes a paper bird puppet before singing It's Such a Good Feeling.


King Friday to himself as he lifts weights: "Keeping my muscles in shape, for my subjects deserve a healthy king."

X the Owl explains "nifty gallifty" to Cousin Mary: "That's just happy sounds from a happy owl!"

Cousin Mary feels that X and Henrietta's tree is "too crowded" for her to build a nest in.

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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Mary Sweenie
Music Director: John Costa
Directed by: Bob Walsh

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