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Episode 1632

Topic: Growing
Air Date: February 26, 1991
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Mister Rogers arrives with a ceramic pot which he wants to use to plant a bean seed. He covers the kitchen table in newspaper just before Mr. McFeely arrives with a bag of potting soil. Together they plant the seed in the pot before returning the extra soil to the Neighborhood conservatory.

At the conservatory, Mister Rogers and Mr. McFeely meet Dale Lignoski, who watering some flowers in the work room. Ms. Lignoski shows them various types of flowers and plants before they find Maggie Stewart taking pictures of orchids.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday assigns Handyman Negri the task of telling all of the Neighbors not to be afraid of the "big thing" coming from Westwood. Handyman Negri does his best, not knowing exactly what they are not to be afraid of, by singing We're Not to Be Afraid. In hopes of diverting attention away from an emergency meeting with Mayor Maggie, Handyman Negri sets off singing his song.

At the tree, the lyrics of the song bring concern to Henrietta and X. Moving on to the Platypus mound, Handyman Negri talks to Prince Tuesday and Ana Platypus who are worried about the "big thing."

Meanwhile, at the castle, Mayor Maggie and Neighbor Aber have arrived with a picture of the "big thing" and news that it will be arriving in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe in "two and eight ninths." Lady Elaine looks at the picture and wonders if anyone on Planet Purple may know anything about it.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about growing though the expression of feelings and taking care of oneself. He concludes by singing I'm Taking Care of You.


The Phipps Conservatory is located in Pittsburgh, PA.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Dale Nicholl-Lignoski




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Lenny Meledandri, Joe Negri, David Newell, Dale Nicholl-Lignoski, Maggie Stewart, Carole Switala
Special Thanks To: Phipps Conservatory
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
©1991 Family Communications, Inc.

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