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Episode 1630

Topic: Mouths and Feelings
Air Date: November 23, 1990
Previous Episode: 1629 - Mouths and Feelings
Next Episode: 1631 - Growing
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Mister Rogers arrives with a toy backhoe which he plays with on the floor by using it to pick up a few small blocks. In the kitchen, he uses the backhoe to scoop sand inside a large plastic tub before spending some time thinking about real backhoes.

Moving to the living room, Mister Rogers sits at the couch to look at a book called Are You My Mother?. Part of the book features a backhoe which "snorts" at a baby bird looking for its mother. Mister Rogers mentions that he occasionally refers to backhoes as "snorts" because of that book.

Mr. McFeely stops by a video about how people make toothpaste.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Robert Troll rides a scooter to the tree as he looks for Princess Zelda. About to leave for work at the factory daycare center, Henrietta accepts a ride from Robert Troll on his scooter. At the factory, Hilda Dingleboarder mentions that the children at the daycare center have been frightened by "a big tiger" -- Lady Aberlin in costume.

At the clock, Lady Aberlin is sad because she has been unintentionally scaring people. Although she wants to go back to being herself, part of Lady Aberlin wants to stay a tiger so she can be part of Daniel Tiger's family. Daniel explains that they are related by their hearts: "That's the way it is with a family of friends. They don't look alike. They feel for each other." With that, Lady Aberlin turns back into herself and removes the "UR" sticker from her head as she sings a line from You Are Special.

Princess Zelda arrives and asks Lady Aberlin for some help finding information about a cousin named Princess Ella. At the castle, King Friday inquires about Lady Aberlins research on laughing. Robert Troll arrives with a book for Princess Zelda called Lives of Famous Princesses. A section of this book explains that Princess Ella was the real Cinderella.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about the many things that people can do with their mouths such as talking: "Do you know what's even more important than saying words? It's the things we do. The things that our hearts understand."


Are You My Mother? is a book by P.D. Eastman and is available for purchase through

Mr. McFeely leaves Mister Rogers with a very pleasant and postive comment: "Happiness to you in your life ahead!"

After Henrietta agrees to take a ride on Robert Troll's scooter, she is ready to go (including a helmet on her head) before Robert Troll can circle the tree even once.

As Mister Rogers talks about the many things that people can do with their mouths, he mentions whistling and briefly refers to the fact that he cannot whistle.

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

This episode is included on the DVD Kindness Collection.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, David Newell, Zelda Pulliam, Barbara Russell, Bob Trow
Special Thanks To: Random House Inc. for permission to use Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman, Sheffield Industries and Dr. G.H. Tichenor Antiseptic Co., Highway Equipment Company
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa
Art Director: Kathryn Borland
Editor: Randy Strothman
Properties: Matthew Marcus
Production Assistant: Catherine Singstad
Production Intern: Jeff Stimmel
Lead Technician: Ken Anderson, Don Williamson
Studio Supervisor: Doug Coates
Production Coordinator: Mark Smukler
Assistant Director: Bill Medica
Technical Director: Jim Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Assistant Lighting Director: Jim Bruwelheide
Video: Tom Deluga
Audio: Dick Lasota
Studio Cameras: Jay Mathews, Don McCall, Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel
Videotape: Bill Moore
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Manager: Jim Seech
Location Production: John Burdick, Jerry Hughes, Mike Kobick, Bob Lubomski
Carpenters: Patsy Gianella, Rich Karapandi
Scenic Artists: Cathy Bruce, James Capenos, Jan Domzal, Melinda Eshelman, Michael Fisher, Karen Hoyson, Mary Beth Monroe, David Pohl, Alexis Samulski, Karen Steffey, Sandra Streiff, Cathy Tigano
Make-Up: Scott Calhoon
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Videotape Editor: Kevin Conrad
Videotape Sound: Dennis Williams
Original Scenic Design: Jack Guest
Director of Production: Sam Newbury
Consultant: Albert V. Corrado M.D.

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