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Episode 1583

Topic: Alike and Different
Air Date: November 25, 1987
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Mister Rogers arrives with a dog named Rose Isler which Mr. McFeely has been watching for a friend. Bob Trow stops by with the Bob Dog costume which he puts on as Mister Rogers explains the differences between a real dog and someone wearing a dog costume. Mr. McFeely soon arrives to take Rose for a walk.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Prince Tuesday is preparing to leave for school when Neighbor Aber arrives at the castle with a crown for Mayor Maggie. Unaware of the plans made by Queen Sara and Mayor Maggie, Prince Tuesday is unhappy with the idea when he is informed by Mr. Aber.

Using the crown, Neighbor Aber and Bob Dog play a game of "hide and find the crown."

At the school, Nancy Caterpillar presents a lesson, complete with a film, about caterpillars changing into a butterfly. Still pondering his mother's role as mayor, Prince Tuesday shares his anger at not being asked about the planned queen-mayor switch and fears that the change will be permanent. Neighbor Aber arrives to explain that the switch is just temporary and to sing The Truth Will Make Me Free.

Back at the house, Mr. McFeely returns with two more dogs -- Mugsy and Molly. He and Mister Rogers look at various differences between the two dogs before Mister Rogers concludes by singing You Are Special.


The dog seen in this episode's opening is Rose Isler -- owned by the family of Bill Isler, CEO of the Fred Rogers Company.

Mr. McFeely shares that his services branch beyond basic deliveries as he also has a dog walking service.

A subtle but humorous play on words takes place during an exchange between Prince Tuesday and Nancy Caterpillar:

Prince Tuesday: My mother is changing into a...
Nancy Caterpillar: A butterfly?
Prince Tuesday: No. Into a mayor.
Nancy Caterpillar: A horse?
Prince Tuesday: No. The Mayor of Westwood.

This episode is included on the DVD Kindness Collection.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Michael Horton, Lenny Meledandri, Carole Muller, David Newell, Audrey Roth, Bob Trow
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Susi Simons
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1987 Family Communications, Inc.

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