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Episode 1366

Air Date: April 15, 1974
Previous Episode: 1365
Next Episode: 1367

Mister Rogers arrives with a photograph of himself when he was a teenager along with his younger sister, Elaine. His sister and her sons have been visiting over the weekend and Mister Rogers has invited them to stop by his television house.

Waiting on the porch for his sister, Mister Rogers sings When a Baby Comes To Your House. When Elaine and her sons arrive, the boys -- Brook and Danny -- are interested to see the Trolley and the traffic light. After Brook feeds the fish, Danny plays It's Such a Good Feeling on the piano.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Elaine Fairchilde is playing the piano and shares with Reardon that she would like to play the part of a mean woman in an opera. Reardon decides he would like to play someone who does "hard dirty work." King Friday suggests that his full-time employees -- Miss Paulificate, Handyman Negri, and Edgar Cooke -- will not be allowed to participate in the new opera as they should be attending to their own duties at the castle. King Friday pays Reardon to sing an aria for him.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers is visited by Marilyn Barnett who brings with her a handball, a football, and a film about both.


According to the Archive for American Television interview with Fred Rogers: "My sister was adopted when she was six months old and I was eleven years old. And her name is Elaine. We tease her because she thinks that I must have named Lady Elaine Fairchild for her."

As his sister is leaving, Mister Rogers mentions that they are headed "back to Fairhill." Fairhill is a neighborhood on the north side of Philadelphia, PA.

After discussing the opera, Lady Elaine and Reardon sing Beautiful Dreamer -- a song written by Stephen Foster in the 1860s.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Brook Crozier
  • Danny Crozier
  • Laney Crozier




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Marilyn Barnett, Brook Crozier, Danny Crozier, Laney Crozier, John Reardon, Audrey Roth
"Handball and Football" film by George Boyle
Directed by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

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