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Episode 1514

Episode 1514
Topic Games
Air Date February 10, 1983
Songs Won't You Be My Neighbor?;
Everybody's Fancy;
It's Such a Good Feeling;
The Weekend Song
Guests Brandon Margulies

Mister Rogers arrives with a small cooler containing an ice cream bar shaped like a gorilla. Taking a bite, he explains that food that is shaped like animals and people are very different from real animals and people. This leads into a shortened version of Everybody's Fancy.

At Brockett's Bakery, Mister Rogers sees some cakes shaped like some of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe characters. Chef Brockett introduces Mister Rogers to Brandon, a young friend who shows Mister Rogers a Donkey Kong game which is temporarily at the bakery to promote the cake sale. As they play the game, Keith David arrives to remove the quarters from the inside of the machine. In doing so, he is also able to show Mister Rogers and Brandon the electronic panel that makes the game work.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Miss Paulificate is helping King Friday prepare for his role as timekeeper in the upcoming Neighborhood games. Instead of counting on his own, Mr. Strothers offers King Friday an electronic counting machine. As they try out the machine, Lady Elaine stops by and baffles them by declaring that she will be in charge of the weather for the games.

Meanwhile, Lady Aberlin and X the Owl race each other through the Amaze in Time game. Flying over the maze, X is the clear winner. At the Platypus mound, Ana is having difficulty in the Up and Down game which involves going up and down in a hot air balloon. X is able to use his wings to help her off the ground and as he and Ana rise above the Neighborhood, clouds begin roll in and it begins to snow. It is quickly learned that the snow is a result of Lady Elaine's weather experiment and could delay the Neighborhood games.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers heads outside to demonstrate the game of hop scotch and talks about how some people are good at some things and not as good at others.


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Notes

  • In this episode, we get a glimpse of X the Owl from head to toe as he flies over the Amaze in Time Game.

  • Fred Strother is credited in this episode as "Fred Strothers" and the others on the show clearly refer to him as "Mr. Strothers."
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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Don Brockett, Keith David, Brandon Margulies, Carole Muller, Audrey Roth, Fred Strothers
Special thanks to Pennsylvania Amusement and Music Machine Association
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Sam Newbury
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications, Inc.
© 1983 Family Communications, Inc.


Appearing In This Episode

Mister Rogers | Chef Brockett | Keith David | King Friday XIII | Miss Paulificate | Mr. Strothers | Lady Elaine Fairchilde | Lady Aberlin | Ana Platypus

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