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Episode 1353

Air Date: March 27, 1974
Previous Episode: 1352
Next Episode: 1354

Mister Rogers arrives with a flashlight and a music box -- both of which he turns on and then off. In the bathroom, he turns the water on and off in the sink and the tub, as well. Retrieving a squirt bottle from the kitchen, Mister Rogers fills it with water and squirts it in the tub like he used to when he was a boy.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Prince Tuesday is playing with a squirt bottle near the castle waterfall. Lady Aberlin is there to be sure he does not squirt the water where it does not belong. When Handyman Negri notices a strange smell, he discovers a minor fire at Henrietta Pussycat's house and uses Prince Tuesday's squirt bottle to put it out.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about good fires that stay in their place like campfires. He compares them with bad fires that get out of their place. Talking about how grown-ups should be the only ones to make fires, Mister Rogers reminds young viewers that their parents were once young themselves. He sings Parents Were Little Once Too.

At Elsie Neal's craft shop, Mister Rogers sees a variety of crafts made by Maggie and Holly Dobkins and some made by the Thompson family. Marianne Wion stops by with her daughter Jennifer and shows a paper mache tunnel they made.

Returning to his house, Mister Rogers plays a game with a ball and an empty squirt bottle.


This episode offers a rare look out Mister Rogers' bathroom door and into the kitchen.

The fire at Henrietta Pussycat's house was caused by a stove that was left on.

Elsie Neal shows a photo of the entire Thompson family which includes Chrissy, Terri, their parents, and their seldom mentioned sister Becky.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Jennifer Wion
  • Marianne Wion




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Elsie Neal, Joe Negri, Adair Roth, Jennifer Wion, Marianne Wion
Directed by Bill Moates
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

© 1974, 1975 Family Communications

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