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Episode 1524

Topic: Conflict
Air Date: November 10, 1983
Previous Episode: 1523 - Conflict
Next Episode: 1525 - Conflict

Mister Rogers brings with him a box full of colored blocks. He takes them to the kitchen were he uses them to build a bridge. He also has with him a handful of marbles which he shows before watching films on how people use and make marbles.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Elaine and Lady Aberlin take Bob Dog with them to Southwood to find out what exactly is going on.

Upon their arrival, they learn that the parts Corney made have been used to build a bridge, not for building bombs.

While they are there, Keith, the Southwood carpenter, sings What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel. King Friday is embarrassed when he learns that there are no bombs in Southwood and declares that his generals are not "generals of peace."

Mister Rogers concludes this episode with a few interesting comments about rules: "Rules are very, very important. Not just for games but for all things. Even big things like countries. Countries have to have rules to protect people, too. And someday you'll be helping to make the rules for your country. I trust that you'll make the best kind you know how."


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.

The Conflict episodes last aired during the week of April 1-5, 1996.

The film about marbles was made in association with Marble King in Paden City, WV. This is the same film shown in Episode 1750 from the When Things Get Broken series.

The famous clip of Fred Rogers closing the program to discover that the crew has switched his dress shoes for a smaller pair comes from this episode.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Keith David, Michael Horton, Joe Negri, Bob Trow
Special Thanks To: Marble King, Inc.
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Sam Newbury
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Music Director: John Costa

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

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