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Episode 1527

Topic: Work
Air Date: April 5, 1984
Previous Episode: 1526 - Work
Next Episode: 1528 - Work
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Mister Rogers arrives with a piece of string that came on a package. Using the loop, Mister Rogers shows a few games and tricks that can be played with such a string and then sings Did You Know.

After a phone call from Jane Henshaw, Mister Rogers visits her at the Neighborhood dairy farm where he learns about cows. He also sees how cows are milked and how the milk is bottled.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the heat wave continues as Ana Platypus waits on her father to come home so her family can take a trip to the beach. At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Aberlin questions Lady Elaine Fairchilde about the rumor of a swimming pool and learns that the plans are already underway.

Near the castle, Ellen Peterson from Paterson's Pools is surveying the Neighborhood property. After a somewhat subtle conversation with X the Owl about volunteer work, Ms. Paterson and Lady Aberlin are called to the castle where they show King Friday a sketch of the proposed pool. They are joined by Beaver O'Day who also works for Paterson's Pools. Together, Beaver O'Day and Ms. Paterson continue surveying the nearby land. It appears that the swimming pool will cost exactly 4,500 -- more than the funds available. To help save money, it is decided that everyone in the Neighborhood will be asked to help dig the hole for the pool.

Meanwhile, at the Platypus mound, Ana is disappointed that her father is still working and their beach picnic will be delayed. Lady Aberlin helps Ana talk about her feelings and explains that her father works hard because he cares for his family.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers uses empty milk cartons to make building blocks and talks about how children cannot always have the toys they want and sometimes might want to make their own toys.


Always a child at heart, Mister Rogers is not only fascinated by seeing his breath in the milk cooler, he also says a quiet hello the the cows as he enters the farm yard.

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

Appearing In This Episode


  • Anne Bauer
  • Jane Henshaw




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Bill Barker, Anne Bauer, Jim Beard, Jane Henshaw, Carole Muller, Zelda Pulliam
Special thanks to Turner's Dairy Farm
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Sam Newbury
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications, Inc.
© 1984 Family Communications, Inc.

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