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Episode 1246

Air Date: May 1, 1972
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Mister Rogers arrives with a new plant which he adds to his aquarium. Having noticed that Picture-Picture was not working, he removes the screen and takes out the projector inside. It is quickly determined that that projector bulb needs to be replaced.

At Negri's Music Shop, Mary Sweenie and her children are just finishing a drum lesson when Mister Rogers arrives. He and Joe Negri compare the burned out bulb to the ones that Mr. Negri has in stock so as to find the right replacement. Unable to find the correct bulb, Mr. Negri goes next door to see if his friend has a bulb on hand. Mister Rogers is asked to mind the store while he steps away.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers installs the new projector bulb and restores Picture-Picture to working order. He shows a film about people taking their time.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Cousin Mary Owl and Handyman Negri investigate as the telecan is coutinuously bouncing up and down. Whey they play music, the telecan moves in time with the music. X the Owl helps by making a "Caution" sign to put near the telecan until it can be fixed.

Back at the house, talks about different things that go up and down -- a zipper, a yo-yo, and a slide whistle. In the kitchen, he uses a paper cup and string to make a pretend telecan.


Wondering if his friend at the music shop might have a replacement bulb, Mister Rogers refers to Joe Negri as "Handyman Negri." Calling the music shop, he covers this by telling Mr. Negri, "I just called you 'Handyman Negri.' We sometimes pretend that about you in Make-Believe."

Among other records, a copy of Mister Rogers' 1970/1972 release A Place of Our Own can be seen.

Joe Negri goes "next door" for a proper bulb replacement for Mister Rogers. It is never specified exactly where he goes or who he goes to see.

While Mr. Negri is away from the shop, Dr. David Crippens stops by to purchase a record of guitar music. Soon, Mr. Negri returns and sells him a copy of "Guitar with Love" at a cost of $4.00.

In an effort to be transparent, Mister Rogers talks about Picture Picture as he fixes the bulb and puts the screen back up: "Is it fun for you to see this? Behind Picture-Picture's screen? See, there's nothing magic about it. No. Just a projector back here."

During the film, I Like To Take My Time plays in the background.

Just before Make-Believe, Mister Rogers receives a wrong number phone call asking for "Edith."

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: David Crippens, Joe Negri, Christopher Sweenie (uncredited), Mary Sweenie, Meghan Sweenie (uncredited)
"I Like to Take My Time" 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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