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Episode 1529

Topic: Work
Air Date: April 7, 1984
Previous Episode: 1528 - Work
Next Episode: 1530 - Work
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Mister Rogers arrives with an apple which he says was given to him by Betty Aberlin on his way in. Putting the apple in the refirgerator, Mister Rogers is reminded of his shopping list and invites viewers along as he visits the Neighborhood grocery store.

As Mister Rogers is arriving at the grocery store, he is greeted by Chef Brockett who is riding by on a bicycle. Inside the store, Mister Rogers buys his groceries and is treated to a tour of the stock room by Wayne and Joel Wagner.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers puts the food away and talks about how children may not always get what they want at the store. Before Make-Believe, he finds a top hat sitting near the trolley track.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the water supply is turned off until the necessary repairs can be made to the broken pipe. Ellen Paterson and Beaver O'Day arrive, this time representing Paterson's Pipes. They inform King Friday that the repair to the pipeline will cost 3000. While begging the sky for rain, Lady Elaine comes up with a few mediocre ideas for funding the repair such as selling the castle. The best idea for paying for the repair comes from the children at the school who are dressed as famous people from history. They suggest that the money that was to be used for the pool be used to fix the broken pipe. At the castle, King Friday is disappointed that there will be no pool but agrees with the children's proposal.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about making good choices: "We must learn to choose the things that we really need." In the kitchen, he plays with some straws and paper before singing Many Ways to Say I Love You.


Mister Rogers' grocery list includes milk, yogurt, and bananas -- all of which cost a total of $3.57.

As he takes a gallon of milk from the cooler at the grocery store, Mister Rogers is reminded of his visit to the dairy farm which took place in Episode 1527.

In Make-Believe, the children at the school are dressed as famous people from history -- Harriett Elizabeth Cow as Amelia Earhart, Ana Platypus as Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Tiger as George Washington, and Prince Tuesday as King Friday XIII.


The phone number to contact Paterson's Pipes is 555-PIPE.

King Friday mentions that in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin "heads our water department."

At the grocery store, many vintage cereal boxes can be seen as Mister Rogers walks down the cereal aisle. One such cereal that can be seen and is a true sign of the times is Pac-Man cereal.

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

Appearing In This Episode


  • Joel Wagner
  • Wayne Wagner




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Charles Altman, Jim Beard, Don Brockett, Carole Muller, Zelda Pulliam, Bob Trow, Joel Wagner, Wayne Wagner
Special thanks to Wagner's Market
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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