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Episode 0071

Air Date: May 27, 1968
Previous Episode: 0070
Next Episode: 0072
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Mister Rogers arrives with a toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste, and a bottle of tooth powder. Taking it all to the kitchen, he brushes his teeth over the sink. Picture Picture shows a film of the last visit Mister Rogers made to the dentist's office for a check-up.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. McFeely delivers a bottle of mouthwash to Donkey Hodie who pretends to gargle. Sara Saturday stops by to invite them both to the dance room at the castle where Vija Vetra will be making up dances as others tell stories. She suggests that Donkey Hodie tell the story of how he learned to stop biting people.

At the castle, Ms. Vetra dances as King Friday tells the story of how he received his first crown. She continues dancing as Donkey Hodie shares his story, as well. After the story, Donkey Hodie mentions that he was given a piece of the rainbow after he learned to not bite others -- a "seal of a promise" as described by Sara Saturday.

Sara Saturday tells about being asked to babysit for a friend's child and not wanting to do so because she was visiting a "special friend." The story is true and Sara must leave but promises to return. Before leaving, she sings I'm Taking Care of You.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings I'm Taking Care of You.


Although he brushes his teeth quickly, it's surprising that Mister Rogers does not turn off the water while he brushes.

Sara Saturday refers to the rainbow as a "seal of a promise." This is likely a biblical reference to God's promise through a rainbow following the great flood.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Vija Vetra




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: David Newell, Vija Vetra
Film: Norris Brock, Diana Dean, Tom Minchin
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
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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