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Episode 1626

Topic: Mouths and Feelings
Air Date: November 19, 1990
Previous Episode: 1625 - Fathers & Music
Next Episode: 1627 - Mouths and Feelings
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Mister Rogers arrives with a colorful box that has a smaller box inside. By pushing a button on the smaller box, the sound of laughter is heard. After singing a few lines from You Are Special, a phone call from Chef Brockett invites Mister Rogers to the bakery to see some "gingerbread Brocketts."

At Brockett's Bakery, Sergio teaches Mister Rogers the Spanish word for "laugh." In the kitchen, Chef Brockett shows that he has made gingerbread faces wearing chef's hats. Each cookie is decorated with eyes and noses but no mouths. Chef Brockett explains that each cookie can be decorated with different mouths to show different emotions. Together they create faces showing happiness, sadness, surpise, and boredom. Mister Rogers chooses to take home a cookie with a laughing mouth.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is bored and longs for an important job to do. Mr. McFeely arrives with a package addressed to the "Director of Research in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe." King Friday declares that this new position is to be filled by Lady Aberlin. Opening the package, Lady Aberlin finds that the Neighborhood of Make-Believe has been for a research project on laughter. The project involves playing the sound of laughter from a "laughing box" and noting how long it takes those who are nearby to start laughing.

At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine is the first research subject as she does not respond quickly to the laughing box. At the same time, however, Chef Brockett finds the laughing box to be very funny and cannot keep from laughing himself. Soon enough, he, Lady Elaine, and Lady Aberlin all find themselves laughing.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how everyone is different when it comes to laughter. Outside on the porch, he listens as Eric Kloss uses a wind synthesizer to make sounds like laughter, a fanfare, and the sounds of other instruments. Eric's wife, Candee, arrives to take Eric to teach music lessons.


At the bakery, when greeted by Sergio, Mister Rogers initially responds in French: "Tres bien." He quickly corrects himself and responds in Spanish: "I mean...muy bien."

A promotional kit provided in connection with this week of episodes included a Mister Rogers' Neighborhood toothbrush.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Candee Kloss
  • Eric Kloss




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Don Brockett, Candee Kloss, Eric Kloss, David Newell, Sergio Pinto
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
©1990 Family Communications, Inc.

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