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The Lavender Lights

Episode: 109b
Air Date: May 13, 2021
Previous Episode: 109a - Art Show Today
Next Episode: 110a - Spooky Shadow Swamp
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Purple Panda shares the exciting news that the Lavender Lights will soon be viewable in outer space. Duck Duck hesitates when she realizes that she'll need to ride in Panda's spaceship in order to see the Lights. She admits that she is scared of spaceships because of the loud noises they make when they take off. Bob Dog shares the he used to be afraid of the dentist but finds comfort when he carries Howard, the cozy ball given to him by his grandma. Duck Duck feels a little better when she retrieves her stuffed bear, Quackenbush, but she's still not quite ready for the spaceship.

Purple Panda explains that he was once afraid of rocking chairs, but overcame his fear with the help of his mama. She encouraged him to sit on a swing and pretend it was a rocking chair. He soon became more comfortable with the rocking. Using a similar idea, Donkey and her friends pretend they are blasing off in a spaceship with Duck Duck.

Donkey remembers a time she was afraid to ride in Grampy Hodie's hot air balloon. Grampy took her to a park where she climbed the ladder of a slide to become accustomed to being up high.

Ready for the real thing, Duck Duck is encouraged by her friends as they board the spaceship. They blast off and take in the beautiful view provided by the Lavender Lights.


Appearing In This Episode


Purple Panda's fear of rocking chairs is a reference to the Planet Purple storyline from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. On the original Neighborhood program, Episode 1284 explains that rocking chairs do not exist on Planet Purple and those who live there are not allowed to rock in chairs. In that episode, Purple Panda is visiting the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and rocks in one of Cornflake S. Pecially's rockits. This results in Panda's temporary banishment from Planet Purple.



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Created by Adam Rudman & David Rudman
Developed by Ellen Doherty
Inspired by the work of Fred Rogers

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