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Episode 1536

Topic: Food
Air Date: November 19, 1984
Previous Episode: 1535 - Grandparents
Next Episode: 1537 - Food
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Mister Rogers arrives with his ventriloquist dummy, Hischer Booptrunk, which he has had since he was ten years old. Showing viewers the controls used to make Hischer's mouth and eyes move, Mister Rogers remembers how his sister once tried to feed Hischer thinking that he might be hungry.

Mister Roges goes on to talk about how Hischer is just a doll and dolls do not have feelings; but people do have feelings and one of the first feelings that they feel is hunger. This leads into a film segment showing various babies -- both animal and human -- drinking milk. After the film, Mister Rogers invites viewers along on a trip to an applesauce factory where he visits with Bob Smith.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, X the Owl is impatiently awaiting the delivery of the seeds he ordered. Queen Sara encourages X to think of something to do while he waits. As the Queen returns to her "Food for the World" meeting, X passes some time by playing hide-and-seek with viewers.

Mr. McFeely arrives with X's Speedy Seeds which they promptly plant in a box outside X's tree. X is disappointed to learn that his seeds will not be grown in time for dinner, but after singing Let's Think of Something to Do with Mr. McFeely and Henrietta, the threesome plays a round of hide-and-seek to help occupy their time. As Mr. McFeely is leaving the Neighborhood, he comes across Hischer Booptrunk who is taking a break from the meetings at the castle.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers concludes for the day by talking briefly about patience and waiting.


The film showing babies nursing is surprisingly detailed. While you might expect footage of a human baby nursing to be somewhat edited with the mother and baby strategically positioned so as to prevent any exposure of the mother's body, the film on this episode does just the opposite. Fred Rogers was never one to leave any stone unturned when it came to children understanding the things around them. With that in mind, I am not at all surprised by the "anatomical detail" shown in this film segment.

As the episode transitions to the applesauce factory, Look and Listen plays in the background.

When Mr. McFeely finds Henrietta Pussycat, a short bit of Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 37 in D Major plays in the background.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Bob Smith




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: David Newell, Bob Smith
Special thanks to: Knouse Foods, Inc.
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
© 1984 Family Communications, Inc.

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