Pets can play an important role during a child's early years. They often serve as trustworthy listeners for a child's secrets and feelings of loneliness, sadness, fear or joy. When grownups don't have time to play or listen, when a parent has scolded a child, or when a child is frightened by something (the dark, a thunderstorm), the pet is often there - available and comforting.moreless
Mister Rogers meets Bob Trow's dog named "Barney" who will be staying overnight with him. He shows a video of children and their pets and all the different ways they take care of them. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Ana Platypus wants a pet for her birthday that she can hug and love. The neighbors have very definite ideas about what kind of pet she should have. Includes the songs "I'm Angry", "Everybody's Fancy" and "Trogylydaetes Aedon".moreless
The Neighborhood of Make-Believe stages its Spoon Mountain opera. A mean figure called Wicked Knife and Fork kidnaps a baton-twirling cat and takes him to Spoon Mountain. It's the same mountain given to a queen for her birthday.
When Chuck Aber retrieves his lost cat at Mister Rogers' television house, they discuss seat belts and car seats for infants. King Friday XIII climbs the mountain made from the Eiffel Tower to sip imaginary tea. Once there, he asks to organize an opera for the next Friday. Near the end, Mister Rogers presents clips of four previous operas (three of which would never air after 1994).moreless
Mr. McFeely brings slides of various trees to show on Picture-Picture. Make-Believe is cut short when, in decorating the Eiffel Tower with trees, Queen Sara sprains her arm. This gives Rogers twenty minutes to talk about hospitals and emergency rooms.
After displaying an array of spoons, Mister Rogers introduces the song Let's Think Of Something To While We're Waiting before a spoon-player visits. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday gives a proclamation for Lady Aberlin and Robert Troll to make a mountain beside the castle.
Rogers visits the Washington National Zoo, where Barbara Bingham invites him to help feed the pandas. The Neighborhood of Make-Believe holds a big parade for Ana's birthday, but that doesn't prevent Ana from a quiet birthday party with her friends. In the last minute Rogers, for the first time, does sign language for "I Love You."moreless
Mister Rogers reflects on his walk with Barney (film insert) before his owner, Robert Trow, collects him. At the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, a few are anxious for Ana's birthday to arrive the next morning.
Mrs. McFeely stops by with a parrot before Robert Trow brings his dog, Barney, to Mister Rogers for the night. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel is starting to lament over the shabby fire truck he is trying to build for Ana's birthday. King Friday gets disturbed over a talking parrot.moreless
Robert Trow calls Mister Rogers to ask if he can look after his dog the next night. At the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday and Lady Elaine suggest the type of pet to give Ana for her birthday.
Rogers visits the home of Adelia Moore, who has been crafting many dolls and quilts for her children. On his return to the television house, he shows a film of people celebrating a doll's 100th birthday.
In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, everyone is preparing gifts for Ana Platypus's upcoming birthday.
Mister Rogers brings a blanket and shows a video on how blankets are made. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Elaine keeps Corny's factory running smoothly. She convinces Corny to manufacture only rocking chairs. Thus Corny bails out of pretzel-making after just a year.
Mister Rogers talks with Peggy Fleming, who is practicing at a nearby arena. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Elaine knows she will be punished for defacing the King Friday dolls. She suggests that she work at Corny's factory for two days.
Mister Rogers tells of the promise he had made to himself years before, leading to a film of Rogers swimming. He also reminds viewers that one cannot coast through anything, that one must keep trying. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday is enraged that Lady Elaine has defaced the King Friday dolls at Corny's factory.moreless
Rogers goes to a factory to see how people make dolls. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, an overeager X the Owl presses Corny into making Friday XIII dolls. That's be more than anybody can handle, especially a jealous Lady Elaine.
At his Music Shop, Negri demonstrates a player piano and shows Rogers a video on how player piano rolls are made. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, an overworked Cornflake S. Pecially (Corny) is trying to make miniature trolleys in addition to rocking chairs and pretzels.