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Episode 1600

Topic: Secrets
Air Date: November 25, 1988
Previous Episode: 1599 - Secrets
Next Episode: 1601 - Fun & Games
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Mister Rogers finds a clipboard on his porch with a small piece of paper that says "read this note" but the rest of the paper is blank. Assuming that the note is written with invisible ink like he used a few days eariler, Mister Rogers desiphers the message to find that Mr. McFeely will be making a delivery very soon. Promptly, Mr. McFeely arrives with a film about how people make suitcases. After watching the film, Mister Rogers sings Many Ways to Say I Love You.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Neighbor Aber explains to Lady Elaine that the balloon ring he gave to her does not mean that they are to get married. After the confusion has settled, Neighbor Aber invites everyone to Westwood for the opening of the new sandbox. Before everyone leaves, Queen Ida plays a song on her accordion and invites Lady Elaine to join her for a duet. Mayor Maggie arrives at the castle and announces an open invitation to the new sandbox as well as her plans to establish a museum of secrets which she would like Lady Elaine to oversee.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers hears an alarm coming from the suitcase Mr. McFeely delivered with the film. Opening the suitcase, Mister Rogers finds a note from Mr. McFeely instructing him to sing the Good Feeling song, change out of his sweater, and go out the front door. Following the instructions, Mister Rogers is surprised to find that many of his neighbors are waiting outside to celebrate his birthday. The group sings a Happy Birthday song to Mister Rogers before he blows out the candle and wishes that everyone knows how special they are to him. His gift includes a small slide viewer which displays photos of many of his friends. Together, everyone closes by singing It's Such a Good Feeling.


Mister Rogers sings a "delivery" version of Many Ways to Say I Love You.

A different film about how people make suitcases is seen in Episode 1107.

After finding the note in the suitcase, Mister Rogers refers to a treasure hunt that Mr. McFeely had arranged for him. The treasure hunt took place in Episode 1597.

Although this episode originally aired during the month of November, Fred Rogers was actually born in March.

More info on ‘Queen’ Ida Guillory can be found here.

This episode is included on the It's a Beautiful Day Collection (DVD).

Appearing In This Episode


  • Ida Guillory




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Don Brockett, Ida Guillory, Joe Negri, David Newell, Audrey Roth, Maggie Stewart, Bob Trow
Special thanks to American Tourister
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret A. Whitmer
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Adrienne J. Wehr
Music Director: John Costa
Editor: Randy Strothman
Art Director: Jack Guest
Properties: Eloise Albrecht
Production Assistants: Lenny Meledandri, Ellen Moore, Keith Rees
Lead Technician: Ken Anderson
Studio Supervisor: Doug Coates
Production Coordinator: Mark Smukler
Assistant Directors: Rich Dwyer, Tim McGrane
Technical Directors: Jack Arthurs, Jim Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Assistant Lighting Director: Eric Sanchez
Video: Tom Deluga
Studio Cameras: Don McCall, Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel
Audio: Dick LaSota, Jerry Cobbs
Videotape: Mike Laver, Bill Moore
Floor Managers: Jim Seech, Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Managers: Frank McGough, Jim Seech
Location Production: Mark Adelsheim, Michael Boyle, Paul Brown, John Burdick, Mike Kobick, Bob Lubomski, John Moyer, Richard Seig
Carpenter: Rich Karapandi
Scenic Artists: Rebecca Glaser, Paula Payne
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Consultants: Albert V. Corrado M.D., Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D.
Director of Production: Sam Newbury
Videotape Editor: Kevin Conrad
Videotape Sound: Dennis Williams

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

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