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Episode 1291

Air Date: April 2, 1973
Previous Episode: 1290
Next Episode: 1292

Mister Rogers arrives with a wedding cake on loan from Brockett's Bakery. After looking at the decorations on the cake, he mentions that he wanted to marry his mother when he was a child. Mister Rogers shows pictures of his wife and children and talks about how they became parents when their children were born: "It takes people to make a family." A film is shared which shows families spending time together.

Returning the cake to Brockett's Bakery, Mister Rogers sees other wedding cakes before he watches Chef Brockett working on a few more cakes in the back.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Elaine Fairchilde is reviewing the birth dates of everyone in the Neighborhood and reminds Lady Aberlin that Daniel Striped Tiger's birthday is on Friday. For his birthday, Daniel would like to have a cake, a ride in King Friday's new airplane, and a truck "like that one Santa brought" him.

Looking for Purple Panda's birthday, Lady Elaine consults the Purple Platter which informs her that those on Purple Planet do not have birthdays. This is due to the fact that those on Planet Purple were made, not born. Lady Aberlin, Lady Elaine, and Daniel are determined to find a way to celebrate Purple Panda's birthday.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers makes a row of paper dolls as he thinks about everyone on Purple Planet being the same.


Mendelssohn's Wedding March plays as Mister Rogers goes from his house to Brockett's Bakery.

Lady Aberlin verifies that her birthday is "the day before the very last day of the year." Betty Aberlin's actual birthday is December 30.

Lady Elaine Fairchilde reveals that her birthday is February 21.

It is often considered that Daniel Striped Tiger's birthday is in April -- coinciding with the premiere of the Children's Corner. According to Our Small World, Daniel's birthday is actually July 9.

For his birthday, Daniel suggests that he'd like "a truck like that one Santa brought." This is a reference to the events in Episode 1261.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbor: Betty Aberlin, Don Brockett, Jose Cisneros, Dave Nohling
"It Takes a Person" film by David Troster, Christopher Chapman LTD
Produced and Directed by Bob Walsh
Music Director: John Costa

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

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© 1972, 1973 Family Communications, Inc.

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