Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 16 Episode 14

Celebrations (4)

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Aired Unknown May 08, 1986 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers enters with a cake which, at the start, reads "I celebrate." He goes into the kitchen to finish decorating the cake with the word "You." After giving a warning not to play with fire and always have grown-ups with you around lit candles, Rogers sings his new birthday song. He shows a film (video, really) on how people make candles.
In the NOM, everyone is anticipating Friday's Comet. Purple Panda tells King Friday he feels like a child waiting. When Friday's Comet emerges, everyone is amazed. Handyman Negri picks up a note the comet had dropped. It explains, "I belong to you AND to everyone else in the world. No one can own the stars, the moon, the planets or a comet. No one owns you, King Friday…and no one owns us." It's an important lesson for everyone. Chuck Aber arrives late, telling Friday that you don't have to own something to think about it. Aber also shares the new Birthday Song. Everyone sings it quietly for Henrietta's birthday surprise, held at the Museum-Go-Round in about four. Aber invites Henrietta to a party at the Museum-Go-Round. It takes her about five seconds to change into a fancy dress. Aber explains that a lot of people like Henrietta. Many of them greet her at the Museum-Go-Round with the birthday surprise. They give her presents, including an orange (from X) and the Birthday Song. But the biggest surprise of them all is John Reardon. He tells Henrietta that everyone is planning an opera as a birthday present.
Back at the television house, Rogers says birthday parties are little expressions of love, and that birthday parties can take various forms. Before leaving, Rogers reminds viewers that nobody can own anybody else. "We are our own person."
Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Birthday Song, Good Feeling.
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