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Episode 1472

Episode 1472
Topic Makes an Opera
(Windstorm in Bubbleland)
Air Date May 20, 1980

As he changes into his sweater, Mister Rogers takes out all of the sweaters in the closet. After changing into his sneakers, Mister Rogers shares a picture of his mother before looking at the detail of the sweaters she has made for him.

Visiting Bob Trow's workshop, Mister Rogers shows viewers a bubble machine as well as a knitting machine.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin and Handyman Negri eagerly await Reardon's arrival. Planning to present Reardon with a sweater, Lady Aberlin decides to be a sweater-maker in the opera while Handyman Negri decides to play the part of a bubble. Meanwhile, Cornflake S. Pecially is at the school teaching the children about rocking chairs and Reardon arrives in the Neighborhood to share a song with Lady Elaine.

Back at the house, Mr. McFeely stops by with his camera to show a film he has made about sweaters being made in a factory.


Notes

  • After Mister Rogers has just talked about his mother knitting sweaters being a way to say "I love you," Many Ways to Say I Love You plays in background as he makes his way to the workshop.
  • Lady Elaine Fairchilde mentiones that she knit her own sweater.
  • King Friday XIII suggests that he likes his operas to be on Fridays -- likely in honor of himself.
  • As Corney shows the diagram of the scroll-back Rockit, I'm a Man Who Manufactures plays in the background. When he talks about parents rocking their children, Please Don't Think It's Funny plays in the background.
  • At the school, a careful eye will notice that rather than Daniel having the black tiger pencil box and Ana having the yellow parrot pencil box (as they do when the start school in Episode 1464), Daniel has the parrot pencil box on his desk and Ana has the tiger pencil box on her desk. In Episode 1464, the back of the pencil boxes are clearly labeled with the students names.
  • The song Reardon sings to Lady Elaine is "And This is My Beloved" from 1953 musical Kismet and by Robert Wright and George Forrest. The melody is based on String Quartet in D, composed by Alexander Borodin.
  • While commonly referred to as the "Bubbleland" episodes, this week's series is actually titled "Mister Rogers Makes an Opera."
  • Mister Rogers mentions that it is fun to think about Ana and Prince Tuesday being about six or seven years old in this episode, likely to clear up any confusion that might have occurred as this episode aired along with earlier episodes from the 70's where Prince Tuesday and Ana were infants or toddlers.
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Appearing In This Episode


Guests

  • Rae Gold

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Episode Credits

Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Rae Gold, Fred Michael, Carole Muller, Joe Negri, David Newell, John Reardon, Bob Trow
Special thanks to: Campus Sweater and Sportswear
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Produced and Directed by: Hugh Martin
Associate Producer: Cathy L. Cohen
Music Director: John Costa

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