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Episode 1228

Air Date: April 5, 1972
Previous Episode: 1227
Next Episode: 1229

As Mister Rogers is changing his shoes and singing Won't You Be My Neighbor, the telephone begins to ring but he is not able to answer it in time. Thankfully, the caller, Mrs. McFeely, tries again very quickly and Mister Rogers is happy to learn that she will be stopping by later with two lambs. Almost immediately, the phone rings again -- this time a call from Chef Brockett asking about the arrival of Astronaut Al Worden.

Mrs. McFeely arrives with two small lambs. She and Mister Rogers talk briefly about the animals and the care that they require.

Mister Rogers answers yet another phone call inquiring about Astronaut Worden -- this one from Joe Negri.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday asks Handyman Negri to spread the word that everyone will meet in the castle's A Room upon the arrival of Astronaut Worden. First, Handyman Negri helps Lady Elaine Fairchilde as she continues to practice for her trip to the moon. After she jumps to a nearby "practice moon," Handyman Negri sings I'm Proud of You.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers explains that the moon is much too far away for a person to jump to. As he talks about the size of the moon, Bob Brown stops by and invites Mister Rogers for a visit to his marionette theatre. Leaving a note at his house for Mr. Worden, Mister Rogers spends some time at the Brown's Marionette Theatre where he and Chef Brockett learn that the Browns are working on a new show.

Everyone is disappointed when Mr. McFeely delivers a telegram from NASA saying that Astronaut Worden's visit has been delayed by one day.


When Handyman Negri mentions to King Friday that Lady Elaine is practicing to go to the moon, his reply includes a subtle jab at his mischievous neighbor: "Practicing to go to the moon?! Why she would! Of course there are times I'd be glad to have her go anywhere..."

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Don Brockett, Betsy Nadas, Joe Negri, David Newell, and the Bob Brown Marionette Company with Dorothy Pierce, Bob Payne (uncredited), Judy Brown (uncredited)
Music Director: John Costa
Directed by Bob Walsh

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