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Episode 1259

Air Date: May 18, 1972
Previous Episode: 1258
Next Episode: 1260

Mister Rogers is in a hurry as he changes into his sweater and sneakers -- the McFeelys will be waiting on him outside as soon as he is ready. Outside, Mr. and Mrs. McFeely have two African lion cubs which they observe as they play and explore the area.

Back inside, Mister Rogers washes his hands in the kitchen before taking out a set of toy animals -- a baby and adult of each one. He matches each of the babies with its mother.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin has been caring for Prince Tuesday and brings him back to Queen Sara. Handyman Negri has many repairs to be made around the Neighborhood and accepts the help of Lady Aberlin to complete the tasks. Lady Aberlin begins by helping X the Owl repair a broken table leg while Handyman Negri assists Daniel Striped Tiger with a sticking door. As Handyman Negri works, he talks with Daniel -- who wasn't able to fix the door himself -- about how waiting and trying new things are part of growing. Lady Aberlin shares a poem -- shared with her by X the Owl -- about being the best you can be. As they depart, Lady Aberlin and Handyman Negri sing A Handy Lady and a Handy Man.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers is visited by Marilyn Barnett who involves him in an exercise routine.


Opening the episode, it is clear that Mister Rogers is in a hurry as he subtly mentions his excitement throughout the opening song: "Would you be mine? Wait 'til you see..." / "Would you be mine? Could you be mine? In a hurry..."

The poem shared by Lady Aberlin is "Be the Best of Whatever You Are" by Douglas Malloch. It is also shared by Miss Emilie in Episode 1003.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Marilyn Barnett, Betsy Nadas, Joe Negri, David Newell
Music Director: John Costa
Directed by Bob Walsh

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

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