Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 20 Episode 6

Environment (1)

Aired Unknown Apr 16, 1990 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers has a card with a fish on it. Given foresight, rather than throw the envelope away, Rogers refolds it inside out so he can use it another time. He suggests to make the front half of the card into a postcard. Mr. McFeely shows the pages of his delivery book are reprinted from the backs of old forms. On other old form sheets, Mr. McFeely draws a few shapes. A beeper reminds Mr. McFeely to call home to jot down a delivery. He leaves Rogers with this rule: Think before you discard anything. After Mr. McFeely leaves, Rogers finds a paper bag in his yard and holds on to it for some other use.
In the NOM, Handyman Negri is busy collecting a large barrel of garbage. King Friday XII calls for him to perform a bass violin and guitar duet. Friday overprinted copies of sheet music and wants to throw all the extra copies away. Bob Dog brings another amount of what appears to be garbage, but he does keep a party hat. After Friday leaves, Mr. McFeely walks by, reminding Handyman Negri to think before he disposes of anything. Only then does the viewing audience learn that all the NOM's garbage had been sent to a landfill at Someplace Else. But Mr. McFeely reports of a major crisis: the landfill is virtually full. With that, Handyman Negri goes to Someplace Else. Lady Elaine tries to clean out a bunch of things at her Museum, but Bob Dog, mindful of Mr. McFeely's report, isn't sure. We view the exterior of Someplace Else for the first time in ten years seven months three weeks – and discover to everyone's horror that Mr. McFeely was right. Harriet Cow and Donkey Hodie warn Handyman Negri to stop sending any garbage. And things are only going to get worse. Much worse.
Back at the television house, Rogers uses the paper bag outside for a game. Marilyn Barnett drops by for exercises that can be done on the grass. Rogers shows her the bag-ball game.
Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Good Feeling.