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Episode 1614

Topic: When Parents Go To Work
Air Date: November 23, 1989
Previous Episode: 1613 - When Parents Go To Work
Next Episode: 1615 - When Parents Go To Work
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Mister Rogers arrives witha book called Potty which he takes to the couch to read. The book is about children learning and growing as they are potty trained. Going into his own bathroom, Mister Rogers flushes the toilet as he explains that a person can never go down the drain. A phone call from Joe Negri invites Mister Rogers to the Music Shop.

At Negri's Music Shop, Mister Rogers talks briefly with Helena, an employee of Negri's, about how parents often think of their children while at work. Helena emphasizes that she works because she loves her children and wants to provide for them. Inside the rehearsal room, Mister Rogers meets Natasha, a famous and talented oboeist who plays a beautiful version of It's You I Like. Natasha shows pictures of her own children before playing another song and talking about how she expresses her feelings through her music. She concludes by playing Did You Know.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Princess Zelda is dressed in a cat costume which she found in the castle's C Room. Meanwhile, Prince Tuesday is considering "getting sick" so that his parents will stay home and not work as much. Princess Zelda sings You're Much More in an effort to encourage the frustrated Prince. Lady Aberlin arrives with three small toilets which are to be installed in the new caring center at the factory. Prince Tuesday is invited to help at the caring center -- an invitation he says he will consider.

At the factory, Lady Aberlin and Henrietta Pussycat are about to go inside with the new toilets when Lady Elaine calls from the Museum-Go-Round. Lady Aberlin steps over to the Museum where Lady Elaine is playing the oboe. Learning of Prince Tuesday's frustrations, Lady Elaine goes to the castle to talk with him about his anger and to let him know that he is special.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers reinforces the idea that each person is so much more than any one thing. He wraps up for the day by singing You Are Special and talking about the importance of discussing your feelings with someone you love.


The Potty book read by Mister Rogers is actually called Going to the Potty and is part of the First Experiences book series. He also reads this book in Episode 1723.

In his conversation with Helena, Mister Rogers asks about the well-being of her son, Matthew. This is in reference to Episode 1611 when Helena needed to leave work to attend to her son.

You're Much More is an adapted version of the song from Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Natasha




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Lenny Meledandri, Natasha, Joe Negri, Zelda Pulliam, Helena Ruoti
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Muens
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
©1989 Family Communications, Inc.

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