Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 24 Episode 8

Going Away & Coming Back (3)

Aired Unknown Aug 31, 1994 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers enters with a basketball. He tosses it through a hoop next to his porch. The hoop isn't too high, so he measures it (just over six feet) with the yardstick he keeps in his closet. He decides to shoot baskets while sitting in a chair, which isn't as easy. While waiting for Marilyn Barnett, Rogers shows one of his bookshelves.
In the NOM, Lady Aberlin holds the Royal yardstick to try to determine where the tunnel is. Cousin Stephen has been bouncing his basketball to see if the bouncing sound changes. Lady Elaine Fairchilde summons Lady Aberlin and Cousin Stephen to the Museum-Go-Round. Cousin Mary emerges from the Museum's map room with a scrap of paper. Written on the scrap is, "Once upon a time, there was a secret tunnel in the NOM, but…" Everyone vows to continue the research.
Back at the television house, Marilyn Barnett arrives. They do a marching exercise before a new bend-and-stretch. She also hints to a team of wheelchaired basketball players, and shows some of their arm exercises. Barnett leads Rogers to a gymnasium to meet the wheelchair team. All four people were involved in accidents. They have their feet strapped to the wheelchairs, and the cambering wheels help them turn quickly in the course of a game. After playing a game, John Sikora points out a couple of rules to wheelchair basketball.
Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Let's Think Of Something To Do While We're Waiting, It's You I Like ("fancy equipment" substituted for "toys"), Good Feeling.