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Episode 1588

Topic: Nighttime
Air Date: March 9, 1988
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Mister Rogers arrives with a toy scuba diver as well as a mask and snorkel. Putting on the snorkeling equipment, he describes its purpose before taking the toy into the bathroom to demonstrate.

In the bathroom, Mister Rogers fills the bathtub with water as he places several toys in the tub including a small toy rocking chair. He turns the toy scuba diver on, he watches as it moves underwater. Pretending that the scuba diver is real, viewers see a short film segment of underwater animals. Sitting at the edge of the tub, Mister Rogers talks about bath time and sings You Can Never Go Down the Drain.

It is still nighttime in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and Neighbor Aber is dressed in full scuba gear which frightens Henrietta Pussycat. He explains that he is planning to go scuba diving at the Southwood Lake with Betty Okonak Templeton. At the factory, Corney is finished with a gift for Betty Templeton -- an underwater rocking chair. Passing by the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine mistakes Mr. Aber for a visitor from a distant star.

In Southwood, Betty Templeton is dressed for scuba diving and Carrie Dell is upset. As Neighbor Aber arrives, she removes her scuba mask and Carrie Dell is immediately calmed.

Back at the house, Mr. McFeely stops by with a full firefighter's uniform which Mister Rogers puts on. After Mr. McFeely leaves, Mister Rogers sits at the piano and plays some quiet music. He describes the word "soporific" which describes something that might make a person sleepy.


Carrie Dell never has any dialogue in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe except in this episode when she quietly speaks the word "mommy."

When the Trolley leaves the Neighborhood of Make-Believe for Southwood, there is a flashlight on top. Moments later as it leaves Southwood, the flashlight is no longer there.


This episode is included on the DVD Kindness Collection.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Michael Horton, David Newell
Special Thanks to Pittsburgh Scuba, Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety Bureau of Fire
Underwater Cinematography: Nick Caloyianis & Alli Enterprises
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
© 1988 Family Communications, Inc.

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