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Episode 1678

Topic: Going Away & Coming Back
Air Date: August 31, 1994
Previous Episode: 1677 - Going Away & Coming Back
Next Episode: 1679 - Going Away & Coming Back
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Mister Rogers arrives with a basektball which he takes outside where a basketball goal is set up. After tossing the ball through the hoop a few times, Mister Rogers notices that the goal is not very high. Retrieving a yardstick from inside, he measures the goal to find that it is roughly six feet high. Taking a chair from his porch, Mister Rogers shoots the ball from a sitting position.

Waiting for Marilyn Barnett to stop by for a visit, Mister Rogers sings Let's Think of Something to Do While We're Waiting.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is using the royal yardstick as she tries to find where the underground tunnel may be located. Cousin Stephen Owl is looking for the tunnel as well by bouncing a basketball to see where the sound of the bounce on the ground might change.

At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine is introduced to Cousin Stephen as Cousin Mary comes out from the museum's map room where she has found a scrap of old paper. The paper reads: "Once upon a time, there was a secret tunnel in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, but…" The search for the tunnel continues with everyone more curious now than ever before!

Back at the house, Marilyn Barnett arrives for some exercises. Mister Rogers asks about specific exercises for basketball players and Ms. Barnett demonstrates some that she does with her wheelchair athletes. Visiting a nearby gymnasium, Mister Rogers is introduced to the members of a wheelchair basketball team who are practicing. The team members talk about the unique qualities of wheelchair basketball and demonstrate their skills for Mister Rogers.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers concludes by singing It's You I Like.


After Cousin Mary reads the words from the scrap of paper, a short segment of Look and Listen is played in the background. As the episode transitions to the gymnasium, You Are Special plays in the background. Let's Think of Something To Do plays in the background multiple times in this episode.

X the Owl's tree branch measures 13 on the Royal Yardstick.

As the episode transitions from the gym back to Mister Rogers' house, the Trolley can be seen stopped behind the McFeelys' house in the Neighborhood model.

John Sikora also appears in Episode 1685.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Bradley Ramage
  • Darius Carlins
  • John Sikora
  • Leah Hann




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Marilyn Barnett, Darius Carlins, Stephen Lee, Leah Hann, Bradley Ramage, Mary Rawson, John Sikora
Special Thanks to: Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, Harmarville Rehabilitation Center, St. Edmund's Academy
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1993 Family Communications, Inc.

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