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Episode 1530

Topic: Work
Air Date: April 8, 1984
Previous Episode: 1529 - Work
Next Episode: 1531 - Grandparents
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Mister Rogers opens by talking about how his job is to make television programs for children. As the camera pans out, viewers are treated to a glimpse of the studio where Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is filmed. After briefly introducing Johnny Costa, Bobby Rawsthorne, and Carl McVicker, Mister Rogers returns to his television home and talks about writing music. He then sings It's You I Like and spends some time thinking about the kind of work that children do.

Opening a case he brought with him, Mister Rogers shows several of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe puppets before Mr. McFeely stops by with a set of pictures. The pictures show many of the sets and puppets that Fred Rogers had used throughout his career.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the water pipe repair is going well thanks to Ellen Paterson and Beaver O'Day's hard work. Taking a break from their work, Ellen and Beaver enjoy some music (I Like to Take My Time) compliments of Handyman Negri and his guitar. Down in the hole, Lady Elaine sees the new pipeline and is quite impressed with its quality.

At the clock, Daniel is somewhat disappointed by the fact that they will not have a Neighborhood swimming pool. Meanwhile, many neighbors have come to see the final progress before the pipes are buried again. Once the water supply is re-established, everyone works together to fill in the hole. With a job well done, the workers are paid 3,000 as Mayor Maggie and Neighbor Aber propose a community swimming pool to be shared with Westwood.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings I'm Taking Care of You as he packs up the Neighborhood puppets. Bob Trow stops by to show the chalk drawing he has recently completed outside Mister Rogers' house. He also shows some portraits he has done of others in the Neighborhood.


While most Friday episodes from this era were concluded with The Weekend Song, this episode ends after It's Such a Good Feeling.

This episode is included on the Would You Be Mine Collection (DVD).

Mister Rogers shows some pictures early in this episode which offer a glimpse into the earlier versions of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.


Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Jim Beard, Joe Negri, David Newell, Zelda Pulliam, Maggie Stewart, Bob Trow
Special thanks to Shady Lane School
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Sam Newbury
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Music Director: John Costa
Art Director: Jack Guest
Editor: Michael Colonna
Properties: Alexis Samulski
Production Assistants: Casey Brown, Candace Cook, Lenny Meledandri
Technical Supervisor: Ken Anderson
Studio Supervisor: Doug Coates
Production Coordinator: John Cosgrove
Assistant Director: Rich Dwyer
Technical Director: Jim Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Studio Cameras: Don McCall, Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel, Steve Zorbas
Audio: Jim Durham
Video: Tom Deluga, Don Williamson
Videotape: Kevin Conrad
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Manager: James Seech
Assistant Lighting Director: Kate Kearney
Location Production: Joe Abeln, Paul Byers, Chris Dahl, John Fitzpatrick, Jerry Hughes, Michael Kealty, Radar Long, Richard Marsh, Fred Roth, Joe Seamans, Jan Steif, John Sutton
Carpenters: Patsy Giannella, Rich Karapandi
Scenic Artists: Crispin Gray, Smith Hutchings, Darla Karchella, Phillip Mendlow
Graphics: Pam Druliner, Kathy Tigano
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Videotape Editor: Kevin Conrad
Videotape Sound: Bob Millslagle
Concultants: Albert V. Corrado M.D., Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D

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

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