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Episode 0037

Air Date: April 9, 1968
Previous Episode: 0036
Next Episode: 0038
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Mister Rogers arrives with the materials needed for painting with watercolors. Standing at an easel, he creates a simple painting of a house before Mr. McFeely delivers a guitar. The guitar will be played later when Peggy Lipschutz and Vivien Richman stop by for a visit. Mr. McFeely checks the kitchen to be sure the large easel he put up earlier is still in place.

After Mr. McFeely leaves, Mister Rogers talks about how he'd like him to stay and visit sometimes instead of rushing off. Emphasizing the importance of being with other people, Mister Rogers sings Let's Be Together Today.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel Striped Tiger and X the Owl are inside the castle exercising with Coach Saunders who talks to them about the importance of practice and physical fitness.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers attempts one of Coach Saunders' exercises as he sings a few words of Be Brave Be Strong. On the porch, he finds two pieces of chalk just in time for Peggy Lipshutz and Vivien Richman to arrive. Joe Davidson and Charles Cubolic play music along with Mrs. Richman as Mrs. Lipshutz creates chalk drawings. Mr. McFeely returns with a plane ticket for Mrs. Lipshutz and enjoys one final performance by the guests.


As Peggy Lipshutz creates her artwork, the other guests perform several songs including John Henry, I Will Give My Love an Apple, and This Land is Your Land.

Daniel mentions that he had a hard time learning his letters. A few hundred episodes later, in the School week (1461-1465), Daniel learns his letters -- apparently for the second time.

According to the summary of Episode 37 found on the University of Pittsburgh Library's online catalog, Mister Rogers "talks about how he is sometimes angered by Mr. McFeely's smoking."

Mr. McFeely does indeed appear in this episode and the rest of the description from the Pitt library is accurate; however, there is nothing in the episode that suggests that Mr. McFeely is a smoker. According to a reliable source from the Fred Rogers Company, Mr. McFeely never smoked and no mention was ever made of him smoking, this was clearly something added (for whatever reason) by the person documenting this episode at Pitt, and (according to Pitt) this information is part of a permanent database and cannot be edited. This information was verified in the summer of 2019 and detailed on the Neighborhood Archive blog.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Charles Cubolic
  • Joe Davidson
  • Peggy Lipschutz
  • Vivien Richman




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: Peggy Lipschutz, David Newell, Vivien Richman, Willie Saunders
Producer: Fred Rogers
Director: David Fu-Ying Chen
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

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

© 1968 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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