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Episode 1584

Topic: Alike and Different
Air Date: November 26, 1987
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Mister Rogers arrives with a clown mask which he puts on and then removes. He explains that he does not change just because he puts something on over his face or dresses up in different clothes. After singing It's You I Like, Mister Rogers shares two pictures of people dressed as clowns -- one of Chef Brockett and one of his friend Jeff Gabel.

At Brockett's Bakery, Chef Brockett and Mr. Gabel are not dressed as clowns as Mr. Gabel shows how to make strudel.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Queen Sara is preparing for her day as Mayor of Westwood when King Friday announces that two clowns will be visiting the Neighborhood. Neighbor Aber comes to the castle to pick up Queen Sara to take her off for a busy day in Westwood. Clearly jealous of Queen Sara's temporary duties, King Friday does his best to one-up her every responsibility. Mayor Maggie arrives at the castle to serve as queen as King Friday give a speech about the weather.

In Westwood, Neighbor Aber assists as "Mayor" Sara prepares a speech on the League of Neighborhoods to be broadcast on WWAW radio. As she is speaking, two clowns arrive with quite a disturbance and are allowed to sing on the air. Together, Chuckles the Clown and Chef Brockett (dressed as a clown, as well) sing The Clown in Me. To help the clowns find their way to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Queen Sara suggests that the trade last only half-a-day -- an offer "Queen" Maggie gladly accepts.

Back at the house, Mr. McFeely delivers samples of Jeff Gabel's strudel which he and Mister Rogers share in the kitchen.


King Friday delivers two speeches in this episode:

  • The first is about the weather: "The weather will undoubtedly do what it will do today. The weather does what it does every day. And tomorrow it will probably do it again. Here ends my first speech of today."
  • The second is about being proud of yourself: "To know oneself, and to be oneself is a great, great joy. End of speech."

Appearing In This Episode


  • Jeff Gabel




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Don Brockett, Jeff Gabel, Lenny Meledandri, David Newell, Sergio Pinto (uncredited), Maggie Stewart
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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