Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 10 Episode 4

Starting School (3)

Aired Unknown Aug 22, 1979 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers brings an invitation to Negri's Music Shop for a free musical lesson. He writes "Dad" on a small chalkboard, then "Fred." Before leaving, Rogers puts milk in his refrigerator. He decides to have a drum lesson at Negri's Music Shop. Once there, he finds Negri giving a guitar lesson to Cynthia Robinson. Bob Rawsthorne gives Rogers a drum lesson. Among the techniques shown are the paradiddle and the ratamacue. Mr. McFeely brings his surprise box in the back room of the shop. After buying a practice pad and sticks, Rogers discovers what Mr. McFeely's surprise is: a typewriter. Mr. McFeely types Fred, along with the home row keys "asdf jkl;". He says he did not purchase the walkie-talkies because he doesn't mind the exercise going to his house so frequently. Negri, Rawsthorne, and John Costa drop by for a performance of Everybody's Fancy, with McFeely's typing thrown in for a Spike Jones feel.
In the NOM, Lady Aberlin gives a small carton of milk to a worried Daniel. He feels he can't go to school because he doesn't know everything. Lady Aberlin explains that school is a friendly place, and recalls her early school days. Then she goes to the Platypus Mound, where Elsie Jean expresses her concern about Lady Elaine's scare tactics. At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine has a blackboard to drill Ana. Lady Aberlin tells the truth about learning to both of them. Upon further questioning, Lady Elaine says she didn't have to learn everything before she started school. The drilling stops, and Lady Elaine donates her chalkboard to the school.
Back at the television house, Rogers draws a face (which looks remarkably like an Eat 'n Park cookie) on his chalkboard. He talks of how he drew pictures of himself and others he loved.
Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Everybody's Fancy (instrumental), Good Feeling.