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Episode 1597

Topic: Secrets
Air Date: November 22, 1988
Previous Episode: 1596 - Secrets
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Opening the program, there is something on picture-picture's frame. Mister Rogers begins by showing a card from Mr. McFeely that is the first clue in a treasure hunt he set up. It reads “Somewhere between picture and picture.” After checking between the trolley pictures, Mister Rogers finds a sandpaper-man between the frames of picture-picture. It reads, “Be a sandman in the daytime.” In the sandbox he finds a fish toy with a pull-string. Its message says, “Fish have to eat!” Feeding the fish, he notices a message on the bottom of the fish food can, “Where do you usually keep you milk?” Looking in the refrigerator, he finds a small yellow swing with a clue that reads, “Swing low, sweet yellow.” Out under the porch swing he discovers a miniature green sweater: “Your treasure’s in you sweater pocket.” In the pocket of his green sweater, Mister Rogers finds a sculpting balloon. Excitedly, he tries to blow it up, but is disappointed when he is unable to do so.

Mr. McFeely calls and tells him to look in the other pocket as well where he finds a picture of balloon artist Bruce Franco. Mr. Franco arrives and makes him a ring out of his balloon, as well as a teddy bear sitting in a heart and holding a flower.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin has a balloon flower and King Friday wonders what would happen if the air went out of it. Lady Aberlin encourages him to enjoy it like it is now and not to worry about when the air goes out of it. Bob Dog arrives with a bag of balloons which he likes to pop. Before the King departs, Bob Dog offers him a balloon crown to King Friday, which he declines.

Continuing their “air-filled play,” Bob Dog and Lady Aberlin dance over to the clock where Daniel is given a surprise… which turns into a scare. Daniel is afraid of balloons because he does not like when the pop.  Bob Dog tells him that he is brave, he just doesn’t know it.

Neighbor Aber arrives at the Museum-Go-Round where Lady Elaine is “in need of a song, right off the bat!” While Lady Elaine listens, Neighbor Aber sings Then Your Heart is Full of Love. Before he departs, Neighbor Aber has a very peculiar conversation about secrets with Lady Elaine.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers blows up a regular balloon and feels better that he can do that. After singing Then Your Heart is Full of Love, he reemphasizes that the love inside your heart is a good secret to tell


Bruce Franco is also seen in Episode 1660.

Mister Rogers makes sure that Mr. Franco points out that he wears his gloves so the balloons don’t make a squeaky noise that might scare children and also that he never wastes a broken balloon.

As Bob dog holds the balloon he has just blown up, the grip through the dog costume seems to be pretty weak as the balloon gets constantly smaller throughout the scene.


This episode is included on the DVD Kindness Collection.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Bruce Franco




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Bruce Franco, Bob Trow
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret A. Whitmer
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Adrienne J. Wehr
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
©1988 Family Communications, Inc.

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