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Episode 1312

Air Date: May 1, 1973
Previous Episode: 1311
Next Episode: 1313

Mister Rogers arrives with a ukelele -- an extra one of his own which he plans to take to Negri's Music shop to see if it could be sold. Using a pitch pipe, he tunes the ukelele before singing You Are Special.

At Negri's Music Shop, Mister Rogers and Joe Negri compare the ukelele to several other similar stringed instruments. Mr. Negri explains that many people learning to play instruments prefer to start out using a second-hand instrument. After Mr. Negri plays You Are Special on his guitar, Mister Rogers returns to his house where he explains the meaning of the term "second-hand."

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. McFeely delivers a package of Collette's second-hand dresses to Henrietta Pussycat and then a box of cement to Lady Elaine Fairchilde. After helping Lady Elaine mix the cement, Mr. McFeely hurryies along to make other deliveries. Handyman Negri helps Lady Elaine patch a crack inside the museum's wall as they sing A Handy Lady and a Handy Man.

When Henrietta declines an offer to join them in cementing the wall, Lady Elaine calls her a sissy and Henrietta becomes upset. Lady Elaine asks Handyman Negri if it's wrong to be the way she is and wonders if she should be more like Henrietta. Handyman Negri encourages Lady Elaine to be her own energetic and lively self. He also explains to her that she sometimes likes to get dressed up and fancy like Henrietta does. Handyman Negri leaves for the castle and mentions that he would like to stop and have a similar conversation with Henrietta.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers shares a film about children that plays over It's You I Like. He concludes for the day by drawing a picture of himself.


As he leads into You Are Special, Mister Rogers mentions the song is called "You Are My Friend."

You Are Special plays in the background as Mister Rogers makes his way to Negri's Music Shop.

Remember way back at the variety show when I sang the story?

Henrietta suggests that if any of the dresses are too big for her, she will share them with Lady Elaine Fairdchilde.

The box of cement delivered to Lady Elaine was from Security Cement Foundation, Inc.

The film shared in this episode is also seen in Episode 1218, Episode 1239, Episode 1371, and Episode 1409.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Joe Negri, David Newell
"It's You I Like" film by Christopher Chapman
Produced and Directed by Bob Walsh
Music Director: John Costa

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

© 1973, 1974 Family Communications, Inc.

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