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Episode 1504

Topic: Make-Believe (Creativity)
Air Date: July 1, 1982
Previous Episode: 1503 - Make-Believe (Creativity)
Next Episode: 1505 - Make-Believe (Creativity)
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Mister Rogers arrives with a popcorn popper which he has received as a gift from his wife. Taking it to the kitchen, Mister Rogers begins to demonstrate the popper when he receives a phone call from Joe Negri inviting him come to the music shop.

At Negri's Music Shop, Mister Rogers is introduced to Ray Detwiler, a horn player who demonstrates a variety of rare horns. With Mr. Detwiler, Mister Rogers and Mr. Negri play Tree Tree Tree.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers returns to the popcorn popper which he demonstrates for viewers. Patiently waiting for the popcorn to pop, Mister Rogers sings Let's Think of Something to Do.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the search for Reardon continues as the plans for the opera commence. At the tree, Chef Brockett gives popcorn balls to Henrietta and X before heading to castle to offer one to King Friday. Quite pleased, King Friday declares that there should be popcorn in the opera. Handyman Negri arrives at the castle with a horn which is played by King Friday in hopes of attracting Reardon. Instead, Mr. McFeely arrives with a recorded message from Reardon -- he would like to be in the opera but he is busy making the news.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers returns to the kitchen where he adds popcorn to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.


Often labeled as the "Creativity" series of episodes, the title of this week's programs is actually "Make-Believe."

Tree Tree Tree plays in the background as the episode transitions back to the house from the music shop.

The Popcorn Song -- a short tune used in the Spoon Mountain opera -- plays in the background as Mister Rogers talks about popping popcorn.

This episode is included on the DVD collection Mister Rogers Meets New Friends.

Reardon's message is sung to the tune of Spoon Mountain -- a song used in the upcoming opera:

I'd like to be in your opera
But I'm busy making the news

Appearing In This Episode


  • Ray Detwiler




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Don Brockett, Ray Detwiler, Joe Negri, David Newell, John Reardon, Audrey Roth
Special thanks to: Paul Bjorneberg and the American Members of the American Music Conference
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Sam Newbury
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Margy Whitmer
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1982 Family Communications, Inc.

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