Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 19 Episode 14

Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe (4)

Aired Unknown May 04, 1989 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers shows a slide trombone. He details what had occurred in the first part of Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe. In Part Two of the play, Hazel Elephant is eager for her first day at school. Josephine is not. Hazel insists that Josephine look forward to school. As they walk, with Butterfly, Bird and Bee guiding them, Hazel reminds Josephine that no one is defined by one thing alone. They gather near the pond to meet Sunflower, Frog and Tree. The school awaits, as Mr. Bulldog welcomes Hazel and Josephine. Josephine opts for the Attractive Active Animals Class, run by two elephants. Among the students in that class are shy J.R. Giraffe and Samuel S. Snake, who can't hiss. Both elephants coax J.R. Giraffe into talking about his surroundings. Mr. Bulldog leads J.R. Giraffe to Hazel's music class run by Mrs. Mongrel. Hazel has her first few notes on the slide trombone. J.R. Giraffe plays the hoof organ (a prop inspired by the Tom Hanks film big). Hazel invites J.R. to meet Josephine. She discusses J.R.'s shyness with Mrs. Mongrel. J.R. plays a fugue as Part Two ends. Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, You're Much More, Good Feeling. Play songs: It's Time To Go To School, We Are Elephants, Will You Promise?, You're Much More, Attractive Active Animals.