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Episode 1222

Air Date: March 28, 1972
Previous Episode: 1221
Next Episode: 1223

Mister Rogers has been thinking about "things that go around" and arrives with a paper cup, a candle, and a plastic lid. Taking them to the kitchen, he rolls each item on the table which reminds him of the Museum-Go-Round.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, is watching Lady Elaine Fairchilde from the top of his clock and observes that she has many "animals" at the Museum-Go-Round. Daniel seems to feel badly after accidentally scratching Handyman Negri and hesitates to go with him for a closer look.

At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine reveals that she is using the animal cut-outs to turn her Museum into a merry-go-round. With several animals in place, Handyman Negri helps her add a royal carriage for King Friday XIII. When the king is invited to the Museum-Go-Round, he is pleased to be seated in his carriage and take a ride on Lady Elaine's merry-go-round.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers shares an animated film about a merry-go-round with animals that come to life.

Visiting Elsie Neal's Craft Shop, Mister Rogers watches as she creates a mobile out of weeds. Ms. Neal also shares some pottery that she has made from clay and demonstrates her potter's wheel. Mister Rogers helps as she pieces together the parts of a new pot.


As she puts the finishing touches on her merry-go-round, Lady Elaine comments, "It's easier to make fake gold than it is a merry-go-round." This is in reference to the previous episode when she tried to get the attention of King Friday by passing off painted rocks as real gold.

During Make-Believe, Lady Elaine mentions that "[King Friday] got royally gypped yesterday." The term "gypped," although commonly used in the past, has come to be considered a politically incorrect term which makes reference to the Gypsy (or Roma) people being thieves and con artists.

The animation is also seen in Episode 1286.

As he points out, Mister Rogers' face can be seen for a few seconds of the animation.

With three objects in his hand as he closes the episode -- the cup, the candle, and the lid, Mister Rogers slightly alters the words to Tomorrow: "Tomorrow, tomorrow, we'll start the day tomorrow with a song or three. Tomorrow, tomorrow, we'll start the day tomorrow with a smile for thee."

In reference to the merry-go-round Lady Elaine has made, Handyman Negri sings a "merry-go-round" version of I Like This Zoo -- a song from the Uncle of the Monkey opera.

Pretending plays in the background during the film.

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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Elsie Neal, Joe Negri
Animation: Lynn Smith
Music Director: John Costa
Directed by Bob Walsh

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

© 1972 Family Communications, Inc.

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