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Episode 1301

Episode 1301
Topic N/A
Air Date April 16, 1973

Mister Rogers arrives with a children's marble game and a Newton's cradle. After showing how each one works, he asks viewers to close their eyes and guess which one he is using based on their sounds. Mister Rogers suggests that Bob Trow is planning to make a homemade marble game for his son. Explaining how making something for someone is a way to show love, he sings Many Ways To Say I Love You.

At Bob Trow's workshop, Mr. Trow tries the marble game and decides that he could make something similar out of wood. He shows Mister Rogers a paneled structure he has repaired which could be used as a pretend store or even a puppet stage. Mr. McFeely arrives to take the piece back to its owners at the school. He mentions that Mrs. McFeely has been under the weather but is feeling better now.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers finds that Mr. McFeely has left a large empty box for him outside. He thinks of several creative ways to play with the box.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the sun is rising and Queen Sara is taking a walk with Prince Tuesday. Yoshi Ito arrives to take King Friday on an early morning flight but he would rather stay with Prince Tuesday who wants to play with his father. In his place, Queen Sara joins Ms. Ito for the plane ride while Bob Dog uses his blanket to pretend that he is Super Dog. Returning from the flight, Queen Sara begins to show signs of a cold.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how Bob Dog was nervous about the thought of flying in a plane. He suggests that playing about things that concern you is a good way to prepare for them. Mister Rogers concludes by singing I Did Too.


Notes

  • Before having viewers guess what he is doing, Mister Rogers offers these instructions: "If you can hear very well, close your eyes and see if you can tell which one of these I'm using." By subtling suggesting that some people may not hear well, it is safe to assume this was a way validating those viewers who may have difficulty participating in such an activity.
  • Prince Tuesday has begun speaking -- using words like "mama" and "dada."

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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Yoshi Ito, David Newell, Bob Trow
Produced and Directed by Bob Walsh
Music Director: John Costa

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

The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of The Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1972, 1973 Family Communications, Inc.

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