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Episode 1604

Topic: Fun & Games
Air Date: February 23, 1989
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Mister Rogers arrives with a new game made by his friends. The board game is based on the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and challenges players to take take the various Neighborhood characters to their respective homes. Setting up the game, Mister Rogers plays for a moment before taking a phone call from Suzie McConnell -- a basketball player who will be stopping by for a visit.

Mrs. McFeely stops by with a large ball which goes with a video that Mr. McFeely will deliver later. Suzie McConnell arrives with a basketball and talks about times when she felt left out when playing games. Moving to the back yard, Ms. McConnell demonstrates a variety of basketball skills as she explains her technique to Mister Rogers.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday, Bob Dog, and Lady Aberlin are wearing their new king-woman-dog-boy-girl-reindeer-tiger team uniforms. Despite the fun that the team will have, Queen Sara declines an invitation to join the team. Taking Daniel's uniform to him at the clock, Lady Aberlin explains that sometimes clothes are called "outfits." Daniel suggests that they ask X and Henrietta to join the team -- an invitation they accept after a small amount of persuasion. At the castle, the new team comes together -- the pussycat-owl-king-woman-dog-boy-girl-reindeer-tiger team.

Back at the house, Mr. McFeely delivers a videotape about dancers who perform with balls similar to the one delivered earlier by Mrs. McFeely.


Learn more about the basketball career of Suzie McConnell on Wikipedia.

As he talks to Lady Aberlin about the soccer team, Daniel Tiger sings the name of the team to the tune of the Owl Correspondence School song.

The video delivered by Mr. McFeely features dancers from Pittsburgh's Dance Alloy. The music heard in the video is Numbers 1-4 by Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

This episode is included on the Would You Be Mine Collection (DVD).

Unlike other characters who appear in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Randy S. Caribou is actually listed in the credits for this episode with Chuck Aber's name in parentheses.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Suzie McConnell




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Randy S. Caribou (Chuck Aber), Suzie McConnell, Lenny Meledandri, David Newell, Betsy Nadas Seamans, Bob Trow
Special thanks to Dance Alloy
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
©1989 Family Communications, Inc.

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