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Episode 1598

Topic: Secrets
Air Date: November 23, 1988
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Mister Rogers arrives with an invisible-ink pen and a marker that reveals its writing. He demonstrates by making some X’s and O’s on paper.

Mr. McFeely stops by with a very heavy present for Mister Rogers that he says is a secret. Before opening it, they watch a videotape of Mr. McFeely’s visit with marble sculptor Allen Dwight which includes Mr. Dwight sculpting a marble block with various tools. After the video, the present is opened to reveal the finished sculpture. Mister Rogers comments that he is thrilled that they would think to give it to him and Mr. McFeely suggests that this has been one of his favorite deliveries.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday announces to Lady Aberlin that he has an invisible announcement -- not only that, but after a fanfare he proclaims his inaudible, invisible announcement. He declares that when he is ready, he will reveal his secret.

At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine whispers her secret to Lady Aberlin: she is getting married to Neighbor Aber. Lady Elaine is reminded of a time she thought she was going to marry Corney and Lady Elaine assures Lady Aberlin that she does not make the same mistake twice.

At the school, Harriett Elizabeth Cow is late and the children hide behind their desks to surprise her when she arrives. Lady Aberlin arrives with a new teaching board on which she draws an O with an X inside – “a hug and a kiss together.” When she pulls up the plastic layer on the front, the hug and kiss disappear. Miss Cow explains that it’s not magic but Daniel still wonders where the hug and the kiss went. Lady Aberlin suggests that real hugs and kisses go straight to your heart. She then brings up the topic of weddings which makes Harriett Cow suspicious. Ana mentions that she would like to marry Daniel when she grows up.

Back at the Museum, Betty Okonak Templeton is informed of Lady Elaine's secret. Lady Aberlin returns in time to hear Lady Elaine sing a song full of excitement for her pending "marriage." After her song, Lady Elaine shows her balloon ring causing doubt in the mind of Lady Aberlin.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers concludes by expressing his gratitude for the marlbe sculpture and that he will write some thank you letters -- with regular ink.


The marble studio in the film is the Vermont Marble Museum. A gallery of Allen Dwight’s work can be found on the Vermont Fine Art Gallery website.

When the marble sculpture is revealed, Mister Roger’s can’t resist peeking through the center.

Lady Elaine's happy song:

I was always a bridesmaid, but never a bride,
But now that’s different!
I was always somehow put right aside,
But now that’s different!
Ever since a good friend of mine asked me to be
His fancy balloon holder
I feel like a girl again, woops, 1, 2, 3,
And acted not a day older

Lady Elaine, Lady Elaine,
Mrs. Charles Robert Aber,
Lady Elaine Aber, toot, toot,
Lady Fairchild C. Aber

We’ll have a wedding with lots of fun,
Everyone there with their favors!
There’ll be parties and showers and sun,
Who is invited? Of course, all our neighbors, for

Lady Elaine, Lady Elaine,
Mrs. Charles Robert Aber,
Lady Elaine, Lady Elaine,
I’m a bride, not a bridesmaid,
A lovely bride!
Lady Elaine, someone loves you!

Appearing In This Episode


  • Allen Dwight




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Allen Dwight, Michael Horton, Lenny Meledandri, Carole Muller, David Newell, Bob Trow
Special thanks to Vermont Marble Museum, Vermont Marble Co.
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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