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Episode 1456

Air Date: February 16, 1976
Previous Episode: 1455
Next Episode: 1457

Mister Rogers arrives with a new plant which he adds to his aquarium before taking viewers out back to his garage/workshop. In the garage, Mister Rogers shows a variety of items such as his tool collection, a boat, plants, and even a few puppets from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. With a television and videotape equipment set up, Mister Rogers reveals a massive collection of recorded Neighborhood visits.

As Mister Rogers is about to share one of the recordings, Mr. McFeely stops by to show off his stamp collection. After looking at the stamps, they think back to one of Mr. McFeely's many visits to Mister Rogers' house and enjoy watching a video of the visit. The video clip shows a time when Mr. McFeely delivered a wooden toy to Mister Rogers. Back in the house, Mister Rogers finds some stamps which he feels that Mr. McFeely may enjoy.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin has a crystal ball given to her by Princess Margaret Witch and is attempting to see into the future. After some help from X the Owl, Lady Aberlin is able to show the Platypus family what Ana will look like when she is older and working as a children's doctor. Similarly, Lady Elaine is able to see herself in the future when she is 250 years old.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers shows a picture of himself when he was one year old. He talks about how he was not called Mister Rogers when he was a boy -- he was called Fred. As he is concluding with You're Growing, Mr. McFeely returns to pick up the stamps Mister Rogers has found.


As he recalls his earlier visit, Mr. McFeely recognizes how he has changed over time: "I used to talk louder then, and talk faster."

The video clip shown comes from Episode 1032 [1969].

When Mr. McFeely mentions that he would like to remember more about the older Neighborhood of Make-Believe storylines, Mister Rogers eludes to the fact that the older episodes will be airing as the show takes a break from production: "Next week we'll start to show all of these visits so everybody can see them the whole way through." The five episodes in this week's series were the last episodes produced until three years later in 1979. For those three years, earlier episodes from the Neighborhood library were broadcast, just as Mister Rogers suggests.

After looking at the book of stamps, Mister Rogers refers to a time before Mr. McFeely started his "sitting still" exercises -- a reference to Episode 1248.

The intro of A Place of My Own followed by Let's Be Together Today plays in the background as Mister Rogers walks to the garage.

Quite out of the ordinary, Elsie Jean Platypus uses the phrase "bill bill" and Dr. Bill uses the phrase "very very."

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Bill Barker, David Newell
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Produced and Directed by Bill Moates
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 Public Television Stations, Ford Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Sears-Roebuck Foundation, and Johnson & Johnson

© 1976 Family Communications, Inc.

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