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Episode 1705

Topic: Helping
Air Date: July 26, 1996
Previous Episode: 1704 - Helping
Next Episode: 1706 - Brave & Strong
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Mister Rogers arrives with a megaphone he has borrowed from Marilyn Barnett. After showing how it amplifies his voice, Mister Rogers uses a cardboard tube to make his own megaphone. Ms. Barnett stops by to pick up her megaphone and to do some exercises with Mister Rogers.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, everyone is still working to recover all of the missing vacuum sweepers. Lady Aberlin, Neighbor Aber, Prince Tuesday, and Purple Panda are outside the Museum-Go-Round when Lady Elaine uses an newly installed megaphone to announce that the Museum is closed for cleaning. After Lady Elaine finally admits that she is afraid of vacuum sweepers, Purple Panda sings a song that helped him get over his own fear of vacuums. Feeling more comfortable, Lady Elaine agrees to return all of the vacuum sweepers she has taken.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about the importance of talking about your feelings when you are afraid or worried. Visiting the Inner-City Arts Center, Mister Rogers meets Bob Bates who shows him around. Throughout the center, young artists are working on a variety of projects including sculpture, painting, and music.

Returning to his house, Mister Rogers concludes by singing It's You I Like.


This episode is included on the original version of the It's a Beautiful Day Collection (DVD).

Purple Panda mentions having parents, but in Episode 1291, viewers learn that no one on Planet Purple was ever born -- they just exist.

As the episode transitions to the Arts Center, Vacuum Sweepers plays in the background. Moving back to Mister Rogers' house, It's the Style to Wear a Smile is heard.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Bob Bates




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Abelrin, Marilyn Barnett, Bob Bates, Matt Meko, Lenny Meledandri
Special Thanks to: Inner-City Arts
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa
Art Director: Kathryn Borland
Editor: Susan Howard
Assistant Art Director: Catherine McConnell
Properties: Andy Vogt
Production Assistants: Amanda Kelso, Lenny Meledandri
Production Intern: Keyway Rezaei
Lead Technician: Ken Anderson
Assistant Director: Chelle Robinson
Technical Directors: Jim Ochtun, Myles Marks
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Assistant Lighting Directors: Joe Abeln, Bob Lubomski
Video: Tom Deluga
Studio Cameras: Don McCall, Marji Murphy, Art Vogel
Audio: Dick Lasota, Al Lawyer
Videotape: Bill Moore
Floor Managers: Jim Seech, Nick Tallo
Carpenters: Rich Karapandi, Don Kann Sr.
Location Production: Ben Adair, Mark Adelsheim, John Burdick, Chris Dahl, Bill DiDonna, Tom Feldman, Robin Hirsch, Bob Lubomski, Mark Rinaudin, Mike Schmehl, Rich Seig, Donny Stegall, Jan Steif, John Sutton, Vince Torres, Steve Wahlenmeyer, Hob Zabarsky, Ron Zabarsky
Scenic Artists: Joe Abeln, Leah Blackwood, Nora Cline, James Desmone, Smith Hutchings, Pam Lewis, Michele MIsiti, Julie Rosen, Sarah Smith, Sandra Streiff, Vickie Toner
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Videotape Editor: Kevin Conrad
Post Production Audio: Dick Lasota, Dennis Williams
Original Scenic Design: Jack Guest
Director of Production: Sam Newbury

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
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© 1996 Family Communications, Inc.

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