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Episode 1135

Air Date: February 19, 1971
Previous Episode: 1134
Next Episode: 1136

Mister Rogers sits at the piano where he demonstrates how music is written on paper.

Mr. McFeely delivers a baby bed which he helps assemble. Mister Rogers shares that this was his bed when he was little, but he eventually outgrew it. After singing Please Don't Think It's Funny, he goes to the kitchen where he uses a puzzle to lead into Make-Believe.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday has had one music lesson but is still struggling to play the bass fiddle. Mr. McFeely is sent off to find a machine that will play the fiddle. The King, along with Lady Aberlin and Queen Sara, pluck the strings of the fiddle before Mr. McFeely returns with "The Machine that Plays the Bass." With the machine installed, everyone finds that the music sounds perfect but it is not nearly as fun as when they were playing the instrument themselves.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers puts the pieces back in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe puzzle and imagines a similar puzzle that puts itself together. After writing out the sheet music for Tree Tree Tree, he plays and sings the song and talks about how his younger sister liked that song as a child.

Concluding for the week, Mister Rogers shares a new song he has written -- The Weekend Song.


The puzzle used by Mister Rogers as he leads into Make-Believe is the 1970 Neighborhood of Make-Believe Puzzle Toy produced by Schisgall Enterprises. This product came with a poster of Make-Believe which is used for the animated segment later in this episode.

After concluding every episode up to this point with Tomorrow, this episode ends with The Weekend Song.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in association with Small World Enterpriese, Inc. for N.E.T.

Created and Written by Fred Rogers
Produced and Directed by Sam Silberman
Music Director: John Costa
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, David Newell
Animation: Jack Guest
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Associate Producer: Diana Dean
Lighting Directors: Art Siegel, Al Brennecke
Art Director: Jack Guest
Production Assistant: David Newell
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, Dick Reschoff
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Chuck Sradomski

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears Roebuck Foundation and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1970 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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