Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 17 Episode 11

Making Mistakes (1)

Aired Unknown May 04, 1987 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers has trouble zipping up his sweater, leading him to think of the time (flashback to Show #1293) when he buttoned his sweater the wrong way. He shows a book of animals, which has inadvertently transposed the captions and pictures of a skunk and a giraffe. Susan Linn enters with her Audrey Duck and Catalion puppets (characters who would be heard from again on the FCI series Different and the Same). Susan explains to Audrey that going to the hospital is not because someone had been bad or good. Rogers tells Catalion that the mad wish he had about Audrey Duck did not send her to the hospital. In the NOM, Audrey Duck finds Handyman Negri making a diorama of animals. She is about to visit Henrietta when Lady Aberlin stops by with letters for X the Owl. Henrietta leaves a note on her door (in meow talk) saying she will be out of the house for the day. X mistakes Audrey Duck for Henrietta, which hurts her feelings bitterly. X decides to make a letter for Audrey, reading "I am sorry," that Lady Aberlin delivers to Audrey at the School. In the School, everyone reads the sentences on Harriet Cow's blackboard. The last sentence, "D is for duck," upsets Audrey, mindful of X's mistake. Lady Aberlin gives Audrey X's message and everybody reads it. Audrey believes X's sincerity. Catalion tells the class that Audrey is a poet, and she improvises "…that owls are owls and ducks are ducks…" Prince Tuesday wants to tell King Friday XIII and Queen Sara about the poem. Back at the Castle, King Friday XIII explains to Handyman Negri he should have assembled his animal display behind the Castle garden. He learns of Audrey's poem from Lady Aberlin and proposes a major poetry reading. Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, You Are Special, Good Feeling.