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Episode 0084

Air Date: June 13, 1968
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Mister Rogers arrives with a briefcase containing pictures drawn of him by children in the Neighbordhood. Mentioning that there will be an opera in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mister Rogers sings Today is a Very Special Day.

A royal messenger delivers a message from King Friday who has been away visiting Sara Saturday. His letter states that nothing must go on in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe without his permission.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, X the Owl and Reardon are concerned with the opera taking place without King Friday's knowledge. Using the long-distance can in X's tree, Reardon calls the home of Sara Saturday and receives permission from King Friday to use the castle garden for the opera. Lady Aberlin speaks to her uncle via the long-distance can as well.

The opera begins with the Hobby Horse Express man (Reardon) arriving at the campsite with a delivery. The campsite owner (Lady Elaine Fairchilde) opens her mail to find that Benjamin Franklin would like a tent at the Castle Campsite. Ben Franklin (X the Owl) arrives at the campsite and is provided the best tent on site. The photographer (Lady Aberlin) arrives with her covered wagon (Chef Brockett) on a trip taking pictures of rolling rocks. She stops at the campsite looking for a place to stay for the night.

The Hobby Horse Express man returns to the campsite with another delivery and poses for a picture by a smitten photographer before departing once again. After everyone falls asleep for the night, the Hobby Horse Express man returns and leaves a letter for the photographer asking for her hand in marriage. Since the covered wagon is not big enough for the married couple, it is given to Benjamin Franklin. With everyone happy in their new partnerships, they all conclude by singing Let's Be Together Today.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers uses a broom to pretend that he is riding a hobbyhorse.


After showing the pictures drawn of him, Mister Rogers mentions that any letters he receives from young people are kept in a big book in his office.

When Lady Aberlin first approaches the tree, Reardon almost addresses her by the wrong name: "Oh, Lady Eh....Lady Aberlin" (almost calling her "Lady Elaine).

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Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Don Brockett, Andrew Green, John Reardon
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
Producer: Fred Rogers
Director: David Fu-Ying Chen
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

Production funds for this series were provided by a grant from The Sears-Roebuck Foundation and a children's program fund established by N.E.T. affiliated stations.

© 1968 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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