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Episode 1515

Topic: Games
Air Date: February 11, 1983
Previous Episode: 1514 - Games
Next Episode: 1516 - Day Care & Night Care
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Mister Rogers arrives with a board game based on the Neighorhood of Make-Believe. Taking it to the kitchen, he shows how the game is played. After playing for a minute, Mister Rogers sings You Are Special.

Mr. McFeely delivers a harmonica and turns down an invitation to play the new board game as he needs to get to the airport to pick up Ella Jenkins.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the snow has started to pile up and everyone is trying to remove the snow in time for the games. Lady Elaine shows sincere regret for causing the snow and learns that "nobody can be in charge of a big thing like the weather."

Seeking help from the Neighborhood children, Mr. Strothers is reminded of how the snow was melted in the Snow People opera. Thanks to a "very special teacher' and a "warm pussycat," the snow disappears and the games begin!

Back at the house, Mr. McFeely returns with Ella Jenkins who plays a variety of songs on her harmonica.


The rules of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe board game very much mimic the rules of Candyland. A different Neighborhood board game is featured in Episode 1604.

To help combat the snow problem, the Trolley is equipped with a snow plow.

As Ella Jenkins arrives, Mister Rogers invites Mr. McFeely to stay and refers to him by his first name: "David, will you come in?" David Newell portrayed Mr. McFeely for the entire run of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

The Snow People opera referenced by Daniel in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe can be seen in Episode 1245.

The time spent with Ella Jenkins clearly runs longer than intended. At one point, Mr. McFeely somewhat awkwardly interrupts to remind Ms. Jenkins that they need to get going soon. In addition, after they have left, Mister Rogers concludes for the day and says, "I'll come back this weekend and clean up that board game in the kitchen." Very rarely is an episode ended with a mess left anywhere in the house.

Fred Strother is credited in this episode as "Fred Strothers" and the others on the show clearly refer to him as "Mr. Strothers."

This episode is included on the It's a Beautiful Day Collection (DVD).

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Charles Altman, Ella Jenkins, Carole Muller, David Newell, Audrey Roth, Fred Strothers, Bob Trow
Special thanks to The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Sam Newbury
Director: Paul Lally
Music Director: John Costa
Associate Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Art Director: Jack Guest
Editor: Gary Hines
Properties: Alexis Samulski
Production Assistants: Victoria Gerdrys, Lenny Meledandri
Lead Technician: Ken Anderson
Studio Supervisor: Doug Coates
Production Coordinator: John Cosgrove
Assistant Director: Rich Dwyer
Technical Director: Jim Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Video: Tom Deluga
Studio Cameras: Merv Lightner, Don McCall, Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel
Studio Audio: Jim Durham, Dick LaSota
Videotape: Kevin Conrad
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Production Crew: Kate Kearney, Kurt Rimmel, Jim Seech, Bill Wegert
Location Production: Jerry Hughes, Mark Knobil, Kenneth Love, Joe Seamans, John Sutton
Scenic Artists: Crispin Gray, Fredericka Gray, Darla Karchella, Linda Zimmer
Production Intern: Andrew Lichstein
Carpenters: Patsy Gianelli, Rich Karapandi
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Videotape Editor: Kevin Conrad
Videotape Sound: Bob Millslagle
Consultants: Albert V. Corrado M.D., Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D.

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications, Inc.
© 1983 Family Communications, Inc.

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