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Episode 1747

Topic: When Things Get Broken
Air Date: March 24, 1999
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Mister Rogers arrives with some drawings of Hula Mouse which he shares before reading When the TV Broke. After reading the book, Mister Rogers returns it to the library where he finds another book, I Heard a Little Baa, recommended by the librarian. Before reading it, Mister Rogers sits in on a kids' crafts group. Back at the house, Mister Rogers uses items from his kitchen to prepare for make-believe.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Miss Paulificate dances outside the castle as Neighbor Aber arrives. King Friday insists that the royal Hula Mouse must return to the Castle and asks Miss Paulificate to call "every person in the world" in order to make it happen.

Neighbor Aber sees Hula Mouse at the Museum-Go-Round and takes him back to the castle where they learn that King Friday is flying around the world searching for the royal mouse.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers concludes by reading I Heard a Little Baa.


The library portion of this episode was filmed at the Homewood Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Neighbor Aber very briefly speaks directly to viewers before going to the Museum-Go-Round.

Multiple times throughout the episode, Neighbor Aber sings "The Hula Mouse, the Hula Mouse, let's find the Royal Hula Mouse" to the tune of I'm Proud of You.

Joyce Broadus also appears in Episode 1637 and Episode 1654.

As Mister Rogers cleans up the kitchen, I'm Proud of You plays in the background.

This episode is included on the DVD collection Mister Rogers Meets New Friends.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Joyce Broadhus




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Joyce Broadhus, Tony Chiroldes, Audrey Roth, Tom Smith
Special thanks to: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Homewood Branch), Viking Children's Books for permission to use When the TV Broke by Harriet Ziefert, Kids Can Press Ltd, Toronto for permission to use I Heard a Little Baa by Elizabeth MacLeod
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Editor: Susan Howard
Associate Producer: Michael Johnson
Location Director: Peter Argentine
Location Production: John Burdick, Jim Bruwelheide, Mark Knobil
Music Directors: John Costa, Michael Moricz

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1999 Family Communications, Inc.

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