Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 27 Episode 7

Be Yourself (2)

Aired Unknown Aug 26, 1997 on PBS

Episode Recap

A museum loans Rogers feathers and a poster of four birds. He tells viewers to match individual feathers with pictures of a turkey, a rock pigeon, a ruffed grouse, and a northern flicker. Mr. McFeely arrives, fresh from the museum, with a wooden parrot, a model osprey, and a videotape of birds-eye views of the world. After the screening, Rogers files the wooden mechanical parrot through the kitchen and back. In the NOM, King Friday and Handyman Negri discuss X's flying lessons. The king leaves flying to pilots and birds. Negri goes around singing X's lessons. Prince Tuesday surprises Handyman Negri by wanting to fly. He goes to the Tree, but not before Negri tells him to be careful. Lady Elaine beckons Handyman Negri to see her hat with a propeller on it. She wants to teach people to fly high. At the Tree, X the Owl gives Prince Tuesday the jump-and-call lesson. It's a short lesson, and Prince returns home with X's first rule: "Be careful." Handyman Negri tells X of Lady Elaine's attempt at flying lessons. Tuesday tries to teach jump-and-call to the Trolley. Back at the television house, Rogers gets a phone call from David Copperfield. Before seeing him at the theater, Rogers shows a videotape of Copperfield's "flying trick" as seen on CBS just the year before. Rogers sees Copperfield at his dressing room. Copperfield says he is a magician, who has learned the tricks to amaze his audience. He shows Rogers how he performs one of the simpler tricks, one he teaches as a motivation in hospitals. When he returns, Rogers says that people choose what to do each minute of the day, and he wants those around him to make the right choices. Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Peace And Quiet, Speedy Delivery To You (second version), Learn How To Fly With An X-Pert (to the tune of Let's Think Of Something To Do While We're Waiting), Good Feeling.