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Episode 1616

Topic: The Environment
Air Date: April 16, 1990
Previous Episode: 1615 - When Parents Go To Work
Next Episode: 1617 - The Environment
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Mister Rogers arrives with a greeting card showing a picture of a fish. He talks about how greeting cards can be used again for various puposes including scrapbooking and even as new greeting cards. In the kitchen, he removes the front of the card and shows how it can be used as a postcard.

Mr. McFeely stops by to see if Mister Rogers needs any pick-ups or deliveries. While he is there, Mister Rogers shows him his recycled greeting card. Mr. McFeely explains that he reuses scrap paper for taking notes and for making story books for his grandchildren. They talk about what happens to garbage when it is picked up and Mr. McFeely shares that he has "taken a great interest in the Neighborhood dump." After being paged for a delivery, Mr. McFeely leaves Mister Rogers with some advice: "Before you throw anything out, just think...and don't buy anything you don't really need." As Mr. McFeely departs, Mister Rogers finds a paper bag in his yard and decides to keep it for later use.

It's garbage day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and Handyman Negri is busy collecting the rubbish. King Friday takes Handyman Negri away from his work by requesting that they play a musical duet. King Friday has printed an excessive number of copies of the sheet music and suggests that they just throw away the extras.

King Friday departs as Mr. McFeely stops by and reminds Handyman Negri and Bob Dog that they should think before they throw things away. They learn that the dump at Someplace Else is getting full. At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine is looking to dispose of some garbage but Bob Dog is concerned by the news he has heard from Mr. McFeely.

At Someplace Else, Donkie Hodie and Harriett Elizabeth Cow are greeted at the dump by Handyman Negri. They share that the dump is indeed getting full and is threatening to overflow into the schoolyard. Handyman Negri realizes that a new dump must be found as there is no more room at Someplace Else.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers takes the paper bag and a ball outside where he makes up a new game. Marilyn Barnett stops by for some exercises.


Mister Rogers briefly opens the greeting card at the beginning of this episode to reveal a short note from a friend:

I can't tell you what a pleasure it was to spend time with you and your friends snorkeling. I was so nervous about trying it, but once I saw how gorgeous the fish and plant life are down there, I forgot my fears. The beauty of the ocean is just breathtaking. I'm grateful for that very special experience. Thank you.

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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Marilyn Barnett, Joe Negri, David Newell, Bob Trow
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
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