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Episode 1075

Episode: 1075
Air Date: February 13, 1970
Previous Episode: 1074
Next Episode: 1076

Mister Rogers arrives with an empty aquarium which he takes to the kitchen table. After showing his telephone to viewers, Mister Rogers places a call to Dr. Yen Wang who will be stopping by with some laboratory rats which are different than wild rats that one might see in an alley. After explaining that Dr. Wang studies people and knows how fancy they are, Mister Rogers sings Everybody's Fancy.

Dr. Wang arrives with his rats which he places in the empty aquarium. He explains that the rats are used by doctors and scientists to help them learn how to better understand and help people. One rat is grey and the other is white, but Mister Rogers and Dr. Wang talk about how they are the same on the inside.

Before Make-Believe, Mister Rogers wonders about how our bodies work and suggests that the rat's cage reminds him of the cage work by Bob Dog. He also shows how he operates the Trolley to make it come and go.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel Striped Tiger is talking to Bob Dog about how he, too, was once wild and used to scare people. When he is startled by Lady Aberlin, Bob Dog puts himself back in his cage where he feels safe. Although he made a lot of toast for the opening of the restaurant, Bob Dog is nervous about attending the grand opening but is encouraged to do so by Lady Aberlin.

At the restaurant, King Friday is intimidated by Bob Dog and orders him to go someplace else.

Back with Mister Rogers, Bob Trow stops by with models of Someplace Else. He and Mister Rogers set up the models which include the windmill, the community center, and a sign.

Returning to Make-Believe, Donkey Hodie is lonely as he looks out his window for a friend at Someplace Else. Lady Aberlin and Dr. Bill arrive with Bob Dog who is gladly welcomed by Donkey Hodie. When he is encouraged to take off his cage, Bob Dog accepts Donkey Hodie's invitation to stay at the Someplace Else community center where he will learn to be tame.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how people sometimes need to be alone and other times it is good for them to be with others. He concludes for the week by singing Just For Once.


Notes

A strange and oddly-aggressive interaction takes place in Make-Believe. When approached by Lady Aberlin, Bob Dog is startled and raises his fists snapping, "I'll hit you. I'll hit you." Lady Aberlin responds, "Did you think I was going to hit you?" before Bob Dog puts himself back in his cage.


Appearing In This Episode


Guests

  • Yen Wang

Songs


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Episode Credits

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in association with Small World Enterprises, Inc. for N.E.T.

Creator and Producer: Fred Rogers
Associate Producer-Director: David Fu-Ying Chen
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, W.P. Barker, Bob Trow, Yen Wang M.D.
Psychological Consultants: Margaret McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Assistant Producer: Hedda Sharapan
Lighting Director: Art Siegel
Art Director: Wayne Gallagher
Production Assistant: David Newell
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, Dick Reschoff
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears Roebuck Foundation and a children's program fund established by N.E.T. affiliated stations.

© 1970 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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