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Episode 0044

Air Date: April 18, 1968
Previous Episode: 0043
Next Episode: 0045
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Mister Rogers has stopped by the Neighborhood Children's Zoo on his way to the house. John Rucci, the caretaker for a chimpanzee named Honey, has agreed to come by with Honey so Mister Rogers can give her a bottle. While he waits for their arrival, Mister Rogers warms a bottle in the kitchen and sings When a Baby Come To Your House.

Mr. Rucci stops by with Honey who eagerly accepts the bottle. While Honey eats, Mister Rogers and Mr. Rucci talk about the foods that Honey eats and other ways she is cared for at the zoo. When Mr. Rucci needs to leave for the zoo, Mister Rogers agrees to "chimpanzee sit."

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Reardon greets the Trolley by singing Today is New. At Someplace Else, Donkey Hodie auditions for the the role of the baby prince in the upcoming opera. Moving on to the Museum-Go-Round, Mrs. Frogg supplies a "prince costume for a donkey."

Meanwhile, at the tree, X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat share news that Sara Saturday is unable to attend the opera due to a babysitting obligation. As Reardon continues to come up with ideas for the opera, Henrietta agrees to play the part of the babysitter in the opera -- a part where she will sing I'm Taking Care of You. They also determine that Lady Aberlin will play the mother, Reardon will play the grandfather, and X will be the opera's stage manager.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings I'm Taking Care of You before Mr. Rucci returns for Honey.


Mister Rogers refers to Honey as the "little chimpanzee who came one day." This is in reference to Episode 0014.

Appearing In This Episode


  • John Rucci




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: John Reardon, John Rucci (uncredited)
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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