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Episode 1416

Air Date: March 24, 1975
Previous Episode: 1415
Next Episode: 1417

Mister Rogers arrives with a toy crane when he demonstrates using a nickel and a dime. Asking viewers to pretend that the crane is real, Mister Rogers leads into a short film clip of a real crane. Over the phone, Mister Rogers is invited to come along with Marilyn Barnett and her nephew as he visits the dentist.

At the dentist's office, Ms. Barnett's nephew, Brian, is given a detailed explanation of a typical visit to the dentist by Dr. Kilbury. Mister Rogers and Ms. Barnett stand behind Brian and observe as Dr. Kilbury works with him. Afterwards, back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about the importance of keeping teeth clean and demonstrates how to use dental floss.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri is moving some stones from the castle to the Platypus mound. As he loads the stones, Edgar Cooke asks to borrow a nickel and a dime. As the stones are delivered to the Platypus Mound, Daniel invites Handyman Negri to the clock to show him that he has lost a baby tooth. Daniel and Handyman Negri decide to hide and wait for the Tooth Fairy to come for the tooth. While they wait, both X and Lady Elaine come by and notice the tooth -- both laughing at the idea of the Tooth Fairy. Daniel and Handyman Negri give up waiting and shortly after, Daniel's clock is visited by Edgar Cooke who is dressed as the Tooth Fairy. Edgar uses a toy crane to pick up the baby tooth and to leave a nickel and a dime behind for Daniel.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers clarifies that new teeth do not come from the Tooth Fairy: "It's all party of your growing."


Edgar Cooke's request for and Daniel's mention of a "nickel and a dime" are a change from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe's usual monetary references of "a two" or "a five."

A note from the Tooth Fairy tells Daniel that a new community center is being built in Toothland and that his tooth will be used as the front doorknob.

As Handyman Negri returns to the castle at the end of Make-Believe, a quick eye will catch Edgar Cooke rushing away from one of the castle windows.

As Mister Rogers takes the phone call from Marilyn Barnett, the Trolley is visible over his right shoulder.

This episode is included on the VHS release A Dentist and the Tooth Fairy.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Brian Owens
  • Irene Wong, R.D.H.
  • Dr. Kenneth Kilbury
  • Sharon Powell




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Marilyn Barnett, Joe Negri, Brian Owens, Sharon Powell, Dr. Kenneth Kilbury, and Irene Wong R.D.H.
"Crane in Action" film by Dusty Nelson
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Produced and Directed by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of The Sears Roebuck Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Public Television Stations, the Ford Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1975, Family Communications, Inc.

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