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Episode 1355

Air Date: March 29, 1974
Previous Episode: 1354
Next Episode: 1356

Mister Rogers arrives with two books -- Count and See and History of Purple Planet. He begins by reading Count and See before singing Look and Listen.

Visiting Negri's music shop, Mister Rogers visits with Mike Taylor who is picking out a bass violin. After looking at a variety of instruments, Mr. Taylor plays Everybody's Fancy. Debbie Neal and Johnny Costa join Mr. Taylor and, along with Mr Negri, everyone performs Sometimes Isn't Always.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri is at the castle playing music with King Friday but is anxious to get started helping X and Henrietta clean up the tree after a recent fire.

Cleaning at the tree, Handyman Negri is in need of a rag and is shocked when a purple one falls from the sky. Wondering if the rag came from Planet Purple, Handyman Negri seeks some insight from Lady Elaine. Paul and Pauline suddenly make a very quick appearance from Planet Purple. At the castle, Handyman Negri informs the King of Paul and Pauline's return.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers reads the beginning of History of Planet Purple and sings It's You I Like.


Count and See was written by Tana Hoban and is available for purchase on

While King Friday and Handyman Negri are singing together, Handyman Negri mentions that he will be helping X and Henrietta clean up at the tree. King Friday then sings a "clean up" version of Row Row Row Your Boat:

Clean up, clean up, clean up your house
Whenever you see that it's dirty
Beautify, beautify, beautify, beautify
Exactly like my old Aunt Gertie

Through and after his song, King Friday reveals that he has quite and extended family. When Handyman Negri questions the King's mention of an Aunt Gertie, King Friday replies, "I have family you never dreamed of, Negri."

King Friday's (Fred Roger's) sense of humor is evident in a King Friday's response to learning that a purple rag had fallen from the sky: "You mean out of the blue came the purple? Ha ha ha."

History of Planet Purple is much like portions of If We Were All the Same.

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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: John Costa, Joe Negri, Deborah Neal Stampo, Michael Taylor
Count and See by Tana Hoban courtesy of The Macmillan Company
Directed by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa
Bass: Michael Taylor
Percussion: Robert Rawsthorne
Written by Fred Rogers
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Film Producer: Laura Perkins
Associate Producers: David Newell, Nan Wheelock
Assistant Producer and Associate Director: Azriel Gamliel
Assistant to the Director: Norma Franklin
Art Director: Jack Guest
Assistant Art Director: David M. Smith
Propmaster: Roy Backes
Lighting Director: Gregory King
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Manager: James Seech
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, David Anthony, Don McCall
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Dick LaSota

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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