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Episode 1701

Topic: Helping
Air Date: July 22, 1996
Previous Episode: 1700 - Transformations
Next Episode: 1702 - Helping
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Mister Rogers arrives with a vacuum sweeper which he plugs in and demonstrates. Warning young viewers ahead of time that the sweeper makes a loud noise, Mister Rogers cleans the couch and some of the area around it. As he is cleaning, he finds a toy tiger in the couch.

Chuck Aber arrives to borrow the vacuum sweeper. While he is at the house, he sings You Are Special. Mrs. McFeely calls to invite Mister Rogers to her home where she and Mr. McFeely are looking after some puppies.

The sun is setting in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and King Friday recites his kingly version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as Prince Tuesday struggles to write a poem of his own. When the prince asks his father for help, he is told that princes should never ask for help. When Queen Sara offers her assistance, Prince Tuesday declines. Bob Dog stops by with a toy puppy he calls Christopher Jose. Inspired by the toy, Prince Tuesday is able to complete his poem.

Outside the Museum-Go-Round, Neighbor Aber is using a vacuum sweeper to tidy up when Lady Elaine sends him away. Moving on to the clock, Daniel is more than willing to accept Neighbor Aber's cleaning help.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers suggests that Lady Elaine might be afraid of the vacuum sweeper noise before leaving to visit the McFeely's. At their house, Mrs. McFeely is watching a litter of sixteen-day-old puppies and explains the care that they need. Mr. McFeely arrives with the vacuum cleaner that Chuck Aber has finished with.

Returning to his house, Mister Rogers thinks about people helping others in various ways.


The toy tiger found in the couch is actually a Daniel Striped Tiger finger puppet.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Lenny Meledandri, David Newell, Betsy Nadas Seamans, Bob Trow
Special Thanks to: Jan Marchezak
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
© 1996 Family Communications, Inc.

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