Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 17 Episode 5

Playthings (5)

Aired Unknown Nov 28, 1986 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers enters with an elephant sculpture made from one piece of wood. He shows a video of his recent visit to a large wooden elephant called Lucy, which resides on the Atlantic coast. He climbs the stairs inside Lucy, stopping to look out windows and observe one big room. When he reaches the top, he can see the Atlantic Ocean. Rogers then goes to a toy-lending library. A manager tells him three large toys stay at the toy-lending library all the time, and that visitors have to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Rogers finds a doll house with a family of five. Inside the doll house is a tiny box with a tiny key. The manager says one of her biggest satisfactions comes in watching children play in the toy-lending library. She gives Rogers a Playthings catalogue. Back at the television house, Mister Rogers scans through the Playthings catalogue, advising viewers that they can take time to play well. In the NOM, Prince Tuesday has practiced balancing on his bicycle for a day, but he still can't balance. Handyman Negri gives assistance to Tuesday. Tuesday wants to show Ana the bike, offering her the opportunity to ride it. Chuck Aber and Daniel Striped Tiger compliment Prince Tuesday on his gesture. Tuesday tells Ana to keep trying to balance. She, Tuesday, and Daniel stay at the Clock while the others gather at the Museum-Go-Round. Lady Elaine Fairchilde is surprised that so many people have gathered at the Museum. While she, Handyman Negri and Aber unlock the door, Lady Aberlin explains the worth of the magic make-believe key to James Michael Jones. Aber, Negri, and Fairchilde are disappointed that all the room had was a dust-filled box containing a penny. When Negri flips the penny, it turns into the elephant gymnastic toy (we do not see his front). James Michael Jones explains the rarity of the toy comes from your imagination. To prove this, Chuck Aber puts a penny in the dust, flips it, and sees the elephant gymnastic toy. Lady Elaine decides to clean the locked room and make it a play room. Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, I'm Proud Of You, Good Feeling.