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Episode 1538

Episode 1538
Topic Food
Air Date November 21, 1984
Songs Won't You Be My Neighbor?;
Let's Be Together Today;
It's Such a Good Feeling;
The Weekend Song
Guests N/A

Arriving empty-handed, Mister Rogers reveals that he had been to the television house earlier and left some things to show. In the kitchen, Mister Rogers shows different kinds of snacks and talks about the differences between junk food and healthy snacks.

Passing time before a visit to Chef Brockett's bakery, Mister Rogers teaches viewers about disguises by putting on a green cape and a false nose with glasses. Before leaving for the bakery, Mister Rogers sings Let's Be Together Today.

At the bakery, Chef Brockett and Mister Rogers make a tasty and nutritious snack out of peanut butter, raisins, and graham crackers. Back at the house, Mister Rogers makes his own snack from a banana, peanut butter, and raisins.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin, Bob Dog, and Handyman Negri are serving as garden guards seeking to catch the vegetable thief. Disguised in capes and false noses, the guards wander the Neighborhood until they discover the old goat from Northwood stealing from a garden near Daniel's clock.

From the goat, the guards learn that Northwood has no food so, with King Friday, they declare an all-out effort to help their friends in Northwood.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers cleans up his mess in the kitchen before leaving for the day.


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Notes

  • After Mister Rogers visits Chef Brockett's bakery and returns to the house, he makes his own snack. Surprisingly, after slathering a banana with peanut butter and covering it in raisins and graham cracker crumbs, Mister Rogers doesn't eat the snack. I'm sure that leading into Make-Believe would have been much more difficult with a mouthful of peanut butter, but I was quite surprised by Mister Rogers seeming to waste such an elaborate snack. Although he does mention later that he will be taking some of the food home with him, it still seems odd that he would make the snack only to push it to the side uneaten.
  • Fred Rogers sneaks a quick bit of religion into this episode. Once the goat has been caught in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the King and Queen declare an all-out effort to help Northwood. In explaining their plan, Queen Sara addresses the goat: "You need never steal again. Simply ask and you will receive." For anyone with a Christian background, this phrase is quite familiar as it can be found in the Gospel of Matthew: "Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you." (Matthew 7:7)
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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Don Brockett, Jose Cisneros, Michael Horton, Joe Negri, Bob Trow
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
© 1984 Family Communications, Inc.


Appearing In This Episode

Mister Rogers | Chef Brockett | Jose Cisneros | King Friday XIII | Lady Aberlin | Handyman Negri | Bob Dog | Henrietta Pussycat | X the Owl | Old Goat | Queen Sara Saturday

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