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Episode 1249

Air Date: May 4, 1972
Previous Episode: 1248
Next Episode: 1250

Mister Rogers arrives with a pitch pipe and compares the sound of various pitches. He makes a call to Francois Clemmons in hopes that Mr. Clemmons might be giving a voice lesson. Mister Rogers learns that Johnny Costa and his grandson are visiting Mr. Clemmons and he is invited to join them.

At Francois Clemmons' studio, Mister Rogers joins the others as they play the piano and remember the last time Mr. Costa's grandson -- John John -- visited the Neighborhood. Mr. Clemmons sings What Can You Hear.

Returning to his house, Mister Rogers sets up the Neighborhood of Make-Believe models in the kitchen and encourages viewers to make up their own story about the current situation in Make-Believe with the malfunctioning telecan.

Mr. McFeely, feeling much better, stops by to show Mister Rogers how he has been practicing sitting still. He has just delivered a new electric piano to Francois Clemmons and invites Mister Rogers back to the studio to see it. After Mr. Clemmons demonstrates the new piano, Mrs. McFeely arrives for her voice lesson. Before Mister Rogers leaves, Francois Clemmons informs him that the Browns are out of town for a few days and have left the Neighborhood of Make-Believe marrionettes behind in case he wanted to borrow them. Mister Rogers borrows the King Friday marrionette.

Back at his house, Mister Rogers puts away the Neighborhood of Make-Belive models as he sings You Are Special.


As he finishes changing into his sweater and sneakers, Mister Rogers has trouble finding his pitch pipe before realizing that it had fallen to the floor when he entered. Rather than reshooting the scene, in typical Mister Rogers fashion, he simply explains how it must have fallen when dropped it on the bench.

At Francois Clemmons' studio, Johnny Costa's grandson is asked to join his grandfather on the piano bench. Instead, John John finds more interest in the seats across the room. This leads to a clearly unscripted interaction between John John and Mister Rogers where they compare the shoes they are wearing.

Reference is made to John John's last visit to the Neighborhood which took place on Episode 1078.

With the models set up, viewers are given a moment to think about their own Make-Believe story. Otherwise, there is not Make-Belive segment in this episode.

Let's Be Together Today plays in the background as Mister Rogers returns to Mr. Clemmons' studio to see his new piano.

Appearing In This Episode


  • John Costa
  • John Costa III (John John)




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Francois Clemmons, John Costa, John Costa III, Betsy Nadas, David Newell
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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