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Episode 1248

Air Date: May 3, 1972
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Mister Rogers arrives with a machine used to make records. Using a blank vinyl record, he uses the machine to create a record of himself singing It's You I Like.

A phone call from Chef Brockett invites Mister Rogers to the bakery where Gladys Schenk is making platanos fritos. Before leaving, Mister Rogers records a message to Mrs. Schenk on the record as he plans to give it to her as a gift.

At Brockett's Bakery, Mister Rogers watches as Mrs. Schenk makes platanos fritos -- a sweet, baked treat made with bananas. As he leaves the bakery, Mister Rogers greets Audrey Roth who is making a purchase for the McFeelys as Mr. McFeely continues his recovery.

Returning to his house, Mister Rogers makes a call to Mr. McFeely to let him know that he is happy to hear he is recovering well. Mr. McFeely suggests that he has been practicing "sitting still exercises" at the suggestion of his grandchildren. Mister Rogers tries a sitting still exercise himself.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the telecan continues to malfunction. Handyman Negri ties the telecan in place but this causes all telephones in Make-Believe to stop working. This interrupts a conference call between King Friday and "all the kings and queens of the world" which angers the king. This prompts Handyman Negri to cut the broken telecan loose. Seeking the advice of Lady Elaine Fairchilde, Handyman Negri learns some "alpha and beta rhythms." According to Lady Elaine, if this practice is repeated every hour, the telecan will return to normal.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks briefly about pretending.


Mrs. Schenk's version of platanos fritos was baked after topping the bananas with cinnamon and brown sugar.

Lady Elaine's "alpha beta rhythms" consist of Handyman Negri standing on his ladder, performing a series of hand hand motions, and saying "alpha beta, alpha beta, alpha beta, alpha omega."

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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Don Brockett, Joe Negri, Audrey Roth, Gladys Schenk
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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