Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 17 Episode 3

Playthings (3)

Aired Unknown Nov 26, 1986 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers brings a locked case. He displays a succession of keys, trying to determine what key opens the case. All the keys are too large, except one. On the smallest key, Rogers unlocks the case. Inside the case is a meticulous model of an early 20th-century airplane. Rogers talks of the time he built a model airplane and tried to see if it would fly, only to see it break. This kind of model airplane is not a toy. But Rogers does have a toy airplane which he makes from balsa wood. He flies that plane at the porch. Mr. McFeely stops by with a videotape of his visit to an air traffic control tower (Preston Henderson provides the tour). Rogers explains how his playing of flying led to his flying lessons in high school. In the NOM, H.J. Elephant and Handyman Negri discuss the properties of the master make-believe key: it has a special shine and it can fly. Lady Elaine agrees that, once the master key is found, they will bring it to her to see the gymnastic toy. Lady Aberlin tells King Friday XIII that Prince Tuesday is coming home from school. That sets Friday in motion to prepare the bicycle. Prince Tuesday is anxious to know if the bicycle is there. King Friday reminds Tuesday, "Life is good." Handyman Negri presents Tuesday's bicycle. He wants to ride it, but he falls off. H.J. Elephant wants to ride it, but before he can get on, he sees a shiny key has fallen off the bike. The key flies. Back at the television house, Rogers says it's important to take one's time to learn something. He goes to the kitchen to make a paper airplane. Songs: Won't You Be my Neighbor?, I Like To Take My Time, Good Feeling.