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Episode 1605

Topic: Fun & Games
Air Date: February 24, 1989
Previous Episode: 1604 - Fun & Games
Next Episode: 1606 - Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe
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Upon his arrival, Mister Rogers talks about learning to play peekaboo as a young boy. Comparing peekaboo to hide-and-seek, Mister Rogers explains that both games have the potential to scare young children when they think that the person hiding may not come back.

With him, Mister Rogers has brough two different kinds of bowling balls -- a large one and a small one. Mr. McFeely arrives to join Mister Rogers on a trip to Bob Trow's bowling alley. Together they demonstrate the game of bowling and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bowling lanes compliments of Mr. Trow. Leaving the bowling alley, Mister Rogers and Mr. McFeely talk with Marilyn Barnett who is teaching a group of children, including her son, how to bowl.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the pussycat-owl-king-woman-dog-boy-girl-reindeer-tiger team has assembled at the castle but is having difficulty deciding on a game that would be appropriate for all team members. Randy Caribou suggest a game of "antler ball" while X prefers the idea of playing "wing ding." Lady Aberlin's suggestion of football will not work either. Neither will Bob Dog's mention of "paw ball." Quietly, Daniel suggests hide-and-seek which everyone agrees would be a game that could involve all team members.

Realizing that everyone must be hiding, Lady Elaine finds everyone at once by using her boomerang to turn the Neighborhood upside down. After the team recognizes that Lady Elaine has won, she returns the Neighborhood to normal. Since they were only playing for fun, Bob Dog explains that his team won as well. Lady Elaine asks to join the team and is given the uniform of Randy Caribou who must return to his home.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers has placed the Neighborhood of Make-Believe figures in the order they were mentioned in the pussycat-owl-king-woman-dog-boy-girl-reindeer-tiger team name. As he puts the figures away, he talks about how important play is to growing and learning.


Rashidi Barnett, son of Marilyn Barnett, previously appeared in Episode 1593.

Daniel Striped Tiger suggests that the team play hide-and-seek to which everyone responds with great interest. Listening closely, Randy S. Caribou can be heard saying "I played with Trolley." This refers to the game of hide-and-seek that he shared with Trolley in Episode 1602.

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.

This series is dedicated to friend and mentor Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D. who passed away in 1988.

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

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Marilyn Barnett, Randy S. Caribou (Chuck Aber), Lenny Meledandri, Carole Muller, David Newell, Bob Trow
Special thanks to Dormont Lanes
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa
Art Director: Kathryn Borland
Editor: Randy Strothman
Properties: Eloise Albrecht
Production Assistants: Lenny Meledandri, Ellen Moore, Keith Rees
Lead Technician: Ken Anderson
Studio Supervisor: Doug Coates
Production Coordinator: Mark Smukler
Assistant Director: Rich Dwyer
Technical Director: Jim Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Video: Tom Deluga, Don Williamson
Cameras: Don McCall, Al Rosen, Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel
Audio: Dick LaSota
Videotape: Bill Moore
Assistant Lighting Director: Kate Kearney
Floor Managers: Jim Seech, Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Managers: Mike Reid, Jim Seech
Location Production: Joe Abeln, Paul Brown, Jim Bruewelheide, John Burdick, Rich Dwyer, John Fitzpatrick, Terrell Funk, Nathan Hathaway, Jerry Hughes, Eric Kutner, Bob Lubomski, Richard Seig
Carpenter: Rich Karapandi
Scenic Artists: Francine Byrne, Frika Gray, Paula Payne, Beth Ann Zamborsky
Costume Design: Barbara Anderson
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Videotape Editor: Kevin Conrad
Videotape Sound: Jim Durham, Bob Millslagle, Dennis Williams
Original Scenic Design: Jack Guest
Director of Production: Sam Newbury
Consultants: Albert V. Corrado M.D., Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D.

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

Dedicated to our friend and colleague, Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., with love, thanks, and respect.

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