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Episode 1243

Air Date: April 26, 1972
Previous Episode: 1242
Next Episode: 1244

Mister Rogers checks the outside porch light as he enters and uses the lightbulb he brought with him to change out an old bulb. He explains that tasks like climbing ladders and changing lightbulbs is only for grown-ups.

Relaxing in the porch swing, Mister Rogers wonders aloud if he might be able to borrow a film about swings from the McFeelys. He calls and speaks with Mrs. McFeely who says she will check with Mr. McFeely when he gets home. While he waits, Mister Rogers uses objects placed on his ladder to play a memory game.

Mr. McFeely invites Mister Rogers to visit his house where he does not have a film about swings, but he does have a Funny Fast Film to share. While he is there Mister Rogers sees a macaw parrot that Mrs. McFeely is caring for.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is "snow dusting" as she removes the freshly fallen snow from Daniel's clock. She and Daniel talk about how sometimes Lady Elaine Fairchilde does good things and sometimes her actions are questionable. Lady Aberlin sings Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things. Meanwhile, Lady Elaine has started making colorful snow and accidentally stopped up the sky. Lady Aberlin, Francois Clemmons, and Reardon climb a ladder to poke the sky with a stick which starts the snow falling again.

Back at the house, remembers a time he watched some children playing in the snow.


The film of the McFeelys building a snowman is also seen in Episode 1345.

A subtly humorous conversation takes place between Lady Aberlin and Lady Elaine as Lady Elaine explains what she and Francois Clemmons are doing:

Lady Aberlin: So what happened?
Lady Elaine Fairchilde: Well, F.C. and I...
Lady Aberlin: F.C.?
Lady Elaine Fairchilde: F.C. Franc Clemmons. I call him F.C. for short sometimes.
Lady Aberlin: I see.
Lady Elaine Fairchilde: No. F.C.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Francois Clemmons, Betsy Nadas, David Newell, John Reardon
Film: Joe Seamans
"Children in Winter" film by Christopher Chapman
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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