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Episode 1309

Air Date: April 26, 1973
Previous Episode: 1308
Next Episode: 1310
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Mister Rogers has been helping with the Speedy Delivery service and arrives with a list of tasks to be completed. One of the tasks, involving Elsie Neal, is unclear so Mister Rogers attempts to call her for clarification.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday is practicing the bass violin by playing The People You Like the Most for Queen Sara when Lady Aberlin arrives. The King and Queen are somewhat concerned as there is something clearly bothering their niece.

At the tree, Lady Aberlin seeks some help from X the Owl as she asks, "What is love?" Consulting his Benjamin Franklin book, X only finds that love is good but not what love actually is.

Moving on, Lady Aberlin presents Robert Troll with the same question. Robert Troll tries to explain that "love is a have feel it." Lady Elaine suggests that Lady Aberlin talk with Queen Sara about love.

At the castle, Queen Sara explains that "understanding love is one of the hardest things in the world." She helps Lady Aberlin come to the realization that love is a wonderful feeling, regardless of whether it is understood.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings Many Ways to Say I Love You before receiving a return phone call from Elsie Neal. Ms. Neal clarifies that she needs Mister Rogers to pick up some costumes for delivery.

In her work room, Elsie Neal is working on some costumes for a "big wild play at the college." Mister Rogers tries on several of the costumes including one that looks like King Friday. Ms. Neal shows a few masks made by Neighborhood children before Mister Rogers leaves with the costumes to be delivered.

Concluding for the day, Mister Rogers sings You Are Special.


Attempting to call Elsie Neal, Mister Rogers dials the wrong number and politely apologizes.

When Elsie Neal returns Mister Rogers' call, he answers the phone by saying "Hi" before quickly correcting himself and saying "Hello."

The Neighborhood of Make-Believe storyline is identical to that found Episode 1664.

The giraffe costume at Elsie Neal's shop is the same one seen in Episode 1160, Episode 1334, and Episode 1483.

This episode is included on the Helping Children Understand video disc.

Portions of the Neighbohrood of Make-Believe segment from this episode were used on the VHS release What About Love.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Elsie Neal, Bob Trow
Produced and Directed by Bob Walsh
Music Director: John Costa

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of The Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1972, 1973 Family Communications, Inc.

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