Mister Rogers starts out by explaining that he only zips his sweater half-way because he wears a microphone on his tie.
He then heads to the kitchen where he draws a rainbow before reflecting on a local place where children visit to play with toys. This is followed by a brief lesson on people being unique. Leading into make-believe, Mister Rogers uses common items from his kitchen to set the scene rather than his models.
In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is talking to Queen Sara about Kevin Wendell Gorilla and suggests that he may not be a real gorilla. Meanwhile, at the clock, Daniel and Kevin agree to be friends as they sing You Are Special. After singing, Kevin Wendell Gorilla reveals that he is really Neighbor Aber wearing a gorilla costume. He was doing an experiment to see how people would treat him if he didn't look like himself.
Back at the house, Mr. McFeely stops by to pick up Zak: The One-of-a-Kind Dog for the library and reads it with Mister Rogers. Outside, Mr. McFeely demonstrates a unique wind-up toy he calls a "speedy critter."
- Mister Rogers' reflection early in the episode was of scences from the Center for Creative Play in Pittsburgh, PA. The Center for Creative Play closed its doors in early 2008 [source].
- The book read near the end, Zak: The One-of-a-Kind Dog, was written by Jane Lidz.
- The wind-up toy demonstrated by Mr. McFeely is actually called a Critter marketed by Kinkerland.
- As Mister Rogers walks to his kitchen, Let's Be Together plays in the background.
- As Lady Aberlin leaves the castle, A Perfectly Beautiful Day plays in the background.
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With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Bill Barker, David Newell, Maggie Stewart
Special thanks to: The Center for Creative Play; Harry N. Abrams, Inc. for permission to use Zak: The One-of-a-Kind-Dog by Jane Lidz
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producer: Casey Brown
Location Production: Christian Dahl
Music Directors: John Costa, Michael Moricz
Editor: Susan Howard
Art Director: Kathryn Borland
Assistant Art Director: Catherine McConnell
Properties: Andy Vogt
Production Assistants: Chris Boulton, Lenny Meledandri
Lead Technician: Tom Deluga
Assistant Director: Chelle Robinson
Production Interns: Michael Johnson, Emily Crement
Technical Directors: Kevin Conrad, Jim Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Video: Don Williamson
Studio Cameras: Dave Foreman, Don McCall, Marji Murphy, Art Vogel
Audio: Dick LaSota
Videotape: Bill Moore, Ron Vangura
Floor Managers: Joe Abelin, Dianna Palatella, Jim Seech, Nick Tallo
Scenic Artists: Leah Blackwood, Jim Bruwelheide, Pam Lewis, Gregg Puchalski, Sandra Streiff
Make-Up: Patty Bell
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne, Joe Negri
Videotape Editor: Kevin Conrad
Post Production Sound: Bob Millslagle
Original Scenic Design: Jack Guest
Direction of Production: Sam Newbury
Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1998 Family Communications, Inc.
Appearing In This Episode
Mister Rogers | Queen Sara Saturday | Dr. Bill Platypus | Lady Aberlin | Daniel Striped Tiger | Kevin Wendell Gorilla | Neighbor Aber | Lady Elaine Fairchilde | Mayor Maggie | Mr. McFeely