Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 16 Episode 12

Celebrations (2)

Aired Unknown May 06, 1986 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers enters with a basket, with a little ball in it. In the backyard Chuck Aber, the jack of all trades, gives a few tips on dribbling and shooting a basketball. He plays basketball with the same sense of feeling that Rogers plays the piano or swims. Rogers visits the Planetarium (no model neighborhood pan) to discuss the night sky with Audrey Williams. She uses a projector to illuminate the ceiling with light, simulating the stars. They discuss various constellations, and in the course of this, Williams explains that the cosmos belongs to everyone.
In the NOM, King Friday has commissioned balloons for everyone to help celebrate Friday's Comet. He implores Lady Aberlin to wear a clown's hat while she distributes these balloons. "Everyone must celebrate," says the King. Corny gives Lady Aberlin more gifts to celebrate the Comet's arrival: pennants. A blimp advertising Friday's Comet flies overhead. None of this suits Lady Elaine, who does not want the Friday's Comet paraphernalia. She will plan Henrietta's birthday. Chuck Aber comes off a loss in a basketball game, pleased that his team tried hard. Lady Elaine tells him to ask Henrietta what she would want for her birthday. X expresses to Aber his concern for Henrietta's sad feelings. She tells Aber why she feels sad: it is in part due to the orders to celebrate Friday's Comet.
Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, You Are Pretty ("Nice" substituted for "black"), Good Feeling.