Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 19 Episode 15

Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe (5)

Aired Unknown May 05, 1989 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers has seen the last part of the book Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe. It has balloons in it, and he demonstrates by inflating a small balloon. But he recalls the first two parts of the story, songs and all, in preparation for the play's end. In Part Three, Rosie and Posie want to know more about Josephine. She wants a longer neck. Samuel Snake needs to hiss. In a fit of pique, he says, "I get hysterical…" Rosie and Posie tell him he can hiss, just by cutting "hysterical" to the first syllable. Rosie and Posie ring the good-news bell, alerting Mr. Bulldog of Samuel's achievement. All but Josephine are thrilled. Josephine tells Mr. Bulldog she wants to leave. Hazel sees the decorations for Samuel's party. She gives a balloon to J.R. Giraffe. Mr. Bulldog says Josephine is outside, ready to leave. Hazel insists Josephine give another try for a few more minutes. As J.R. Giraffe is practicing his speaking exercises, Hazel needs him to talk to Josephine. Outside, Josephine tells Butterfly, Bird and Bee she is ready to leave. J.R. spots her and tries to start a conversation. Josephine thinks it's a class assignment. She thinks J.R. doesn't understand, because shyness is something he can grow out of. J.R. says he will not go. He tells the truth: he finds her nice. She is impressed: he is talking a lot. He even allows Josephine to call him "Jack." A cheerful Josephine returns to school with J.R. Hazel is ready to return, but Josephine enters. J.R. gives her his balloon. Josephine says she will continue to go to school. As a final surprise, Hazel's parents and Josephine's mother come to school for the party. The production of Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe is dedicated to John Reardon. Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, You're Much More, Good Feeling. Play songs: It's No Use, Attractive Active Animals, My Hissing Was Missing, It's No Use/Will You Promise (duet), Josephine, I Think You're Nice, I'm Glad I'm The Way I Am.
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