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Episode 1200

Air Date: February 25, 1972
Previous Episode: 1199
Next Episode: 1201

Mister Rogers mentions that he just saw Mrs. McFeely pushing a bicycle to the bike shop where she will have the chain repaired. Using his fingers to explain how the bicycle chain rotates on spokes, he goes on to talk about how babies like to look at their hands and how it is healthy to look at and be comfortable with oneself.

At the bicycle shop, Mister Rogers finds that Bob Trow is filling in at the shop for Don Davidson who is on vacation. Mrs. McFeely is there with Mr. McFeely's bicycle hoping to have it repaired. As Mr. Trow works, Mrs. McFeely talks about how she and Mr. McFeely enjoy riding bicycles together. Bob Trow asks permission to try out the bike once it is fixed and explains that he does not know how to ride a bicycle. Mister Rogers offers to help his friend learn.

Returning to his house, Mister Rogers explains the basics of riding a bike as he guides Mr. Trow along the sidewalk on the bicycle.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Robert Troll is learning to ride Mr. McFeely's bicycle and Corney is confused as to why a grown-up does not know how to do so already. He assumes that everyone learns how to ride a bike when they are children and shares his concern for Robert Troll with Queen Sara. The Queen explains that Robert Troll cannot do everything well just because he is big. Corney shares that he does not know how to swim and Robert Troll offers to help him learn.

Back at the house, Bob Trow and Mister Rogers return the repaired bicycle to McFeely's house where Mrs. McFeely is planting seeds in eggshells. Inside, she shares a film about people on bicycles. When he returns to his own house, Mister Rogers reviews the events of the day as he wraps up for the week.


Mrs. McFeely mentions that Mr. McFeely is using her bicycle to make deliveries while his is being repaired.

Mister Rogers is surprised to find Bob Trow working at the bike shop instead of the usual repairman, Don Davidson. As they leave the bike shop, Mr. Trow calls to back of the shop to another employee: "So long, Ralph. I"ll be back."

As the episode transitions from the bike shop to Mister Rogers house, and while Bob Trow practices riding the bicycle, You've Got To Do It plays in the background. After Mister Rogers mentions that Mr. Trow could probably use some time to himself, the opening chords of A Place of Our Own plays as the episode transitions to the McFeelys' house. An instrumental version of Afternoon plays as the film about bicycles transitions back to Mister Rogers.

On Episode 1226, Mister Rogers visits Bob Trow's workshop where Mr. Trow has been working on a tandem bicycle. He says to Mr. Trow, "You certainly learned to ride quickly...and now you have yourself a bike with two seats on it."

The exterior building set outside the bicycle shop window is clearly the same one used for the building next door to Mister Rogers' house.


As Mister Rogers and Bob Trow sit down on the front steps, the edge of the interior living room wall comes in to view.

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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betsy Nadas, Bob Trow
Film courtesy of Andre De La Varre, Jr and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Music Director: John Costa
Directed by Bob Walsh
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Associate Producer: Diana Dean
Assistant Producers: Betsy Nadas, David Newell
Production Assistants: Laura Perkins, Susan Peters
Art Director: Jack Guest
Assistant Art Director: David Smith
Lighting Directors: Al Brennecke, Frank Warninsky
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, Dave Anthony
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Chuck Sradomski, Dick La Sota

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of The Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1971 Family Communications, Inc.

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