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Finding a Way to Play on Backwards Day

Episode: 105b
Air Date: September 6, 2012
Previous Episode: 105a - Prince Wednesday Finds a Way to Play
Next Episode: 106a - Daniel and Miss Elaina Play Rocketship
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Daniel Tiger and O the Owl visit the Museum-Go-Round to play with Miss Elaina. Moving backwards into her room, Miss Elaina declares that today is Backwards Day! She invites Daniel and O to play a game where they find all of the backwards things in her room -- but O is clearly uncomfortable with anything backwards.

Daniel make-believes that he is moving backwards and upside down throughout the neighborhood.

O shares that he thinks things work better when they're forwards. When Miss Elaina announces that they will put on a backwards show, O discomfort increases. Music Man Stan and Lady Elaine Fairchilde encourage the children to find a way to play together.

Miss Elaina and Daniel want to dance backwards and O decides that he will play the music for the show -- although he will play it forwards. The show begins as O plays the bongo drums while Daniel and Miss Elaina dance. They sing about playing together even when some want to play different things.


  • "Find a way to play together."


Appearing In This Episode

Live Action Segment

The live action segment following this episode includes a group of young girls playing together.



As an exclamation, Lady Elaine uses the phrase "Well, boomerang toomerang!" This is in reference to the Lady Elaine from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood who used her magic boomerang to cause mischief in the Neighborhood.

This episode is included on the DVDs Tigertastic 50-Pack, Daniel Tries Something New and Neighborhood Friends Collection.



Episode Credits

Story by Angela C. Santomero and Becky Friedman
Written by Ratha McCann
Created by Angela C. Santomero
Based on the work of Fred Rogers

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