Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 24 Episode 5

Things to Wear (5)

Aired Unknown Feb 25, 1994 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers enters with a portable sewing machine that a friend loaned him. He demonstrates the machine by attaching two pieces of cloth. Someone had to think of a portable sewing machine, Rogers explains. A long time ago, making clothes was very different. Rogers takes viewers to the Colonial Williamsburg Millinery Shop. Janaye Whitaker says that some 18th-Century clothes had no buttons or zippers. She presents a dress with false hips – sidehoops. The colors on suits and dresses were reflected off candlelight. A young girl's dress, Whitaker suggests, could have been made from a larger dress. She fits Rogers with a vest, a banyan, and that irritating (to Lady Elaine) three-cornered hat. Rogers also tries a big wig made from real hair. There is even a padded safety hat for babies learning to walk. In the NOM, Handyman Negri greets Miss Paulifficate. Betty Okonak Templeton is on the phone for his advice. King Friday XIII now says he will relax the rule before the day is out, provided, of course, everyone is wearing a "three-cornered one." He repeats his rule to Templeton on the phone. The King and Miss Paulifficate go to discuss telemarketing as Handyman Negri goes to the Museum-Go-Round. Betty Okonak Templeton asks Handyman Negri to play a song about a three-cornered scarf. Just after Mayor Maggie arrives, Lady Elaine displays her scarf to everyone. She is prepared to wear the scarf, along with an 18th-Century wig, at the Castle. King Friday is confronted with the truth: Westwooders are planning to remove their odd headgear. The King is not pleased with Lady Elaine's wig, but he can't question the scarf. The rule is lifted. Betty Okonak Templeton tells King Friday and Lady Elaine to cooperate. Back at the television house, Rogers says how difficult it is to be with people who think they are more important than other people. He reads a book titled Hats Hats Hats. Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Three-Cornered Hat, You Are Special, Good Feeling.