Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

When Things Get Broken (1)

Season 29, Ep 11, Aired 8/23/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Rogers enters with a computer mouse and introduces viewers to the one room of the television house we have never seen. He introduces viewers to the online neighborhood (pbskids.org/rogers). Later in the program, Mr. McFeely shows a video on fixing a computer mouse. At the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the King and Queen are searching for the "royal mouse." He has been in the Museum-Go-Round, busily planning a surprise with Lady Elaine.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Fred Rogers

    Himself, puppet characters King Friday XIII, Queen Sara, Edgar Cooke, Cornflake S. Pecially, Henrietta Pussycat, X the Owl, Lady

  • Betty Aberlin

    Lady Aberlin

  • Joe Negri

    Himself (owner of Negri's Music Shop); Handyman Negri (Neighborhood of Make Believe segments)

  • David Newell

    Mr. McFeely (a deliveryman; aka "Speedy Delivery")

  • Audrey Roth

    Herself (aka Audrey Cleans Everything, or ACE); Miss Paulifficate (Neighborhood of Make Believe segments)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Mr. Rogers: Computers do nice things, but they don't do everything. Computers can't do everything, but our imaginations can.

    • Mr. Rogers: I was just thinking. Have you ever made your own model of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe? You can use little boxes or blocks of wood--anything. The good thing about making your own is that everybody's can be different, not like computers where everything looks the same.

    • Mr. Rogers: You know, your own imagination is far more wonderful than any computer could ever be. You know why. You're a living human being, and a computer is just a machine. Human beings are far more wonderful than machines.

    • The original lyrics of the song for Henrietta Pussycat are as follows: You are pretty You are black You are beautifully dressed In lovely fur Finely curled Perfectly, you are pretty Elegant, you are black.

    Notes (1)

    • This was the only time in the modern series that Fred Rogers ran a "Funny Fast Film" on Picture-Picture. Of course, this sped-up film of Mr. McFeely mowing a lawn, was shot a long time ago.

    Trivia (2)

    • In this episode, Fred Rogers introduces his viewers to his "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" web site, which is still active and looks much the same more than a decade later.

    • In all past programs, the song for Henrietta Pussycat opened with the lyrics "You are pretty/You are black" (See Quotes). But in this, the last time anyone performs the song, Mayor Maggie tried to be more politically correct. She told Henrietta, "You are gray."

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