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Episode 1489

Topic: Play
Air Date: July 23, 1981
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Mister Rogers arrives with a cornet which he says he is trying to learn how to play. After playing a few notes, Mister Rogers sits at his piano where he is a little more comfortable playing music. Just for fun, he makes an attempt to play both at the same time.

Mr. McFeely stops by and invites Mister Rogers to come along with him on a visit to a place where mushrooms are grown. He brings his cornet along to see what it sound like to be played in a cave.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday sees Lady Aberlin pretending to be a growing mushroom and Purple Panda pretending to swim. Officer Clemmons returns and informs King Friday that Lady Elaine will not return until the no-play rule is changed. The importance of play finally starts to sink in with King Friday when he realizes the his fanfair cannot be played if play is not allowed. As a result, King Friday has a change of heart and announces that "there will be play again!"

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about the importance of admitting your mistakes and sings Sometimes People are Good.


The Butler County Mushroom Farm (Winfield, PA) is now a part of Sylvan, Inc. after being sold in 1988.

Comment left on the Neighborhood Archive blog by Margo Yoder, December 2010:

I can see now... watching from the "outside" so to speak... how he treats each person we met with with such deep respect. He could see how unique and important each person's relationship to their children and granchildren was and had a way of sincerely honoring that. When we came out of the mine there was a huge line of employees waiting for us who had gone to get their kids and grand kids in order to be able to meet him. I never saw anything like it!... with love... Margo Yoder

Appearing In This Episode


  • Margo Yoder




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Chuck Austin, Francois Clemmons, Janice Henson, David Newell, David Nohling, Margo Yoder
Special thanks to: Butler County Mushroom Farm
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Produced and Directed by Hugh Martin
Associate Producer: Cathy Cohen
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1981 Family Communications, Inc.

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