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Episode 1224

Air Date: March 30, 1972
Previous Episode: 1223
Next Episode: 1225

Mister Rogers arrives with some iron filings and uses magnets to make the filings move. He remembers an animated film about sand taking the form of various animals. Using the magnets as an example, Mister Rogers talks about how "sometimes you feel like going close to somebody and other times you feel like going away from that same person." He then sings The People You Like the Most.

Outside, Mister Rogers finds Mrs. McFeely calling for her cat. With her she has Mr. John Baker, a expert on cats. Mr. Baker talks about how cats grow and how pets are best trained through continued patience, love, and kindness. Back inside, Mister Rogers talks about how some people are afraid of animals.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Bob Dog is playing Frisbee with Grandpere and is saddened to discover the collection of signs Daniel Striped Tiger has posted at the clock saying that he is not welcome. Lady Elaine tries unsuccessfully to convince Daniel otherwise as she tries to force him to confront his fear of Bob Dog. Bob Dog himself is finally able to slowly put Daniel's mind at ease as they play and have fun together.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers suggests that grown-ups can help young people decide which dogs are friendly and which ones may not be. Mr. McFeely stops by with a film about cats and Mister Rogers concludes with a short talk about there being different types of people in the world just like there are different types of cats -- and they're all unique and special.


Mister Rogers acquired the iron filings when he recently "stopped by a factory."

The sand animation is also seen in Episode 1209 and Episode 1647.

Mrs. McFeely's cat is named Cherrystone.

Lady Elaine Fairchilde is wearing rain gear in this episode as she is busy watering her flowers when she is approached by Bob Dog.

Along with the cat film, Mr. McFeely also delivers a photo album which Mister Rogers ultimately decides to save for the next day.

Appearing In This Episode


  • John Baker




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betsy Nadas, David Newell, Audrey Roth, Bob Trow
With John Baker
Animation: Caroline Leaf
Film courtesy of Sandler Institute Film
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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