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Episode 1183

Air Date: April 28, 1971
Previous Episode: 1182
Next Episode: 1184

Mister Rogers arrives with an apple peeler which he takes to the kitchen to demonstrate. Attaching the peeler to the table, he shows how the apple peel comes off in one long piece. Mister Rogers sings I Like to Take My Time after mentioning that he will use the apples later to make apple sauce.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Corney is waiting on the delivery of his new lathe as Nurse Miller stops by on her way to check on X the Owl. At the tree, X's wing is on the mend after having been hit with a ball.

Back at the factory, Mr. McFeely delivers Corney's lathe which Corney insists be set up and plugged in without reading the directions. As they turn it on, Corney's finger is pinched in the new machine. Still nearby, Nurse Miller returns to the factory to check on Corney who is embarrassed to be crying. She helps Corney realize that it is okay for a man to cry when he is hurt.

Back at the house, talks about crying before he visits Bob Trow's workshop where Mr. Trow is using a real lathe to make new pieces for a broken chair. Returning to the house, Mister Rogers peels another apple and talks about how children are not allowed to use dangerous tools. He concludes by singing, You Are Special.


When Nurse Miller knocks on X's door at the tree, it takes a few extra seconds for him to come out. While X explains that he is "moving a little slower" due to his injury, the delay most likely was a result of the need for Fred Rogers to move from behind the factory to behind the tree.

The instructions for Corney's lathe are very specific and clear: "These are the instructions to your new lathe: Be very careful not to put your fingers in the side of the lathe. It can pinch them very badly and it will hurt enough to make a grown man cry."

Corney's injury is referenced later by Dr. Bill Platypus in Episode 1201.

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Episode Credits

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

Created by Fred Rogers
Produced and directed by Sam Silberman
Written by Eliot A. Daley, Fred Rogers
Music Director: John Costa
Neighbors: Maxine Miller, David Newell, Bob Trow

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

© 1971 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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