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Episode 0040

Air Date: April 12, 1968
Previous Episode: 0039
Next Episode: 0041
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Prepared for the reception at the castle, Mister Rogers arrives dressed in a tuxedo. With him, he carries two large cut-outs in the shape of the letter S -- for Sara Saturday. He talks about dressing fancy as he puts on his vest and jacket. Expressing his excitement, Mister Rogers sings Today is a Special Day.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lynda Martha is preparing for her performance at the reception and shows her new "S.S." flags to Corney.

Meanwhile, Handyman Negri stops by the tree on his way to the reception. He rehearses the opening of his performance for X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat.

Inside the castle in the S Room, Lady Aberlin has scheduled the entertainment for the reception which includes Monduel Banessia playing the congo drums and Lynda Martha twirling a baton. Dressed in a tuxedo, Handyman Negri is introduced by his full name -- Joseph Harold Negri -- and plays the guitar. The guests are surprised to learn that the guitarist is Handyman Negri who they are not used to seeing so formally dressed. Near the end of the entertainment, Lady Aberlin sings I Think I'm Going to Like Today.

It comes time for Sara Saturday to depart and everyone wishes for her to return to the Neighborhood very soon. The guests move to the R Room for refreshments.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers enjoys some milk and a cookie shaped like a letter S. As he eats, he talks about Sara Saturday and how King Friday likes her very much. Concluding for the week, Mister Rogers sings Tree Tree Tree.


Although it is not seen on camera, Henrietta flies on X's back as they go to the reception together.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Lynda Martha
  • Monduel Banessia




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Monduel Banessia, Lynda Martha, Joe Negri
Producer: Fred Rogers
Director: David Fu-Ying Chen
Psychological Consultants: Margaret McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Lighting Director: Richard Weiss
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
Assistant Producer: Diana Dean
Technical Supervisor: Jerry Jones
Video: Ken Anderson
Videotape Editor: Tom Knight
Production Assistant: David Newell
Art Director: Joan Thomas
Set Decorator: Bill Law
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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