Episode 1521

Episode 1521
Topic Conflict
Air Date November 7, 1983
Songs Won't You Be My Neighbor?;
You've Got To Do It;
Many Ways to Solve a Problem;
It's Such a Good Feeling;
The Weekend Song
Guests Willie Saunders

Mister Rogers arrives with a wooden puzzle where specific shapes must be matched to their corresponding holes. After playing with the puzzle for a moment, Mister Rogers sings You've Got to Do It.

Mr. McFeely stops by with a coin bank before he and Mister Rogers visit Negri's Music Shop where a collection of toy banks is on display.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday plans to purchase a record player for the Neighborhood school but he becomes distracted when a curious delivery is made to Corney's factory.

King Friday learns that Corney is manufacturing some "things" for Southwood and orders Handyman Negri to buy one of the parts from Corney for further inspection. Handyman Negri questions the high cost of the item but Corney says that the people of Southwood have been willing to pay that price.

Prince Tuesday returns from school where he has been learning about countries and wars. When he asks King Friday if there has ever been a war in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, his father ensures him that for generations there has been nothing but peace in the Neighborhood. King Friday recalls a song which his forefathers had taught to him about solving problems and sings a small portion of the song (the song is exactly the same as Many Ways to Say I Love You but the words have been changed to "many ways to solve a problem"). With war fresh on their minds, King Friday and Prince Tuesday begin to wonder if the pieces being made for Southwood are bomb parts.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings a line from King Friday's song before he plays a game by dropping coins onto a piece of paper with shapes drawn on it. Lastly, Mister Rogers shows a film called "Food Drop" which shows food being dropped from a military aircraft.



  • The original broadcast of this series coincided with ABC's airing of the television film The Day After. It is often believed that these episodes were designed to help children cope with potential feelings brought on by the film; however, the timing of the movie and this series was purely coincidental.
  • Willie Saunders appeared regularly as Coach Saunders in early episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
  • The Conflict episodes last aired during the week of April 1-5, 1996.
  • The "Food Drop" film was made in association with the United States Air Force.

Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Charles Altman, Carole Muller, Joe Negri, David Newell, Willie Saunders, Bob Trow
Special Thanks To: Lockheed-Georgia Company; U.S. Air Force
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 | Mr. McFeely | Joe Negri | Coach Saunders | King Friday XIII | Handyman Negri | Daniel Striped Tiger | Prince Tuesday | Ana Platypus | Harriett Elizabeth Cow | Cornflake S. Pecially

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