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Episode 1625

Topic: Fathers & Music
Air Date: August 3, 1990
Previous Episode: 1624 - Fathers & Music
Next Episode: 1626 - Mouths and Feelings
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Mister Rogers arrives with a photograph of his friend Yo-Yo Ma. Visiting the home of the Ma family, Mister Rogers meets Yo-Yo's wife, Jill, as she is leaving to pick up their son, Nicholas. Inside, Yo-Yo describes how he often travels and misses his family when he is gone. He expresses these feelings of sadness by playing Bach's Sarabande on his cello. Mister Rogers and Mr. Ma spend some time talking about Mr. Ma's family before Nicholas arrives home. After simulating the sounds of a cow and a siren on the cello, Mr. Ma helps Nicholas as they play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star together. Sitting at the piano, Nicholas plays the Skater's Waltz as a duet with his father.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday is walking Mimus Polyglottos and Troglodytes Aedon in the castle garden when Lady Aberlin arrives and greets the wooden birds at the king's request. King Friday expresses that he "feels fatherly" towards the pet birds. Lady Aberlin shares her idea from the previous day: she would like to find someone to serve as a father to Daniel Tiger so that he can join his friends and their fathers in playing music. After realizing that Mimus Polyglottos has flown away, King Friday sings Mimus Polyglottos is My Pet. Lady Aberlin sets out to find the king's pet and a father for Daniel (with Walking Mocking playing in the background).

At the Platypus mound, Lady Aberlin asks Elsie Jean to have Dr. Bill bring his bagpipes to the castle later. Moving on to the tree, Lady Aberlin catches a glimpse of Mimus Polyglottos with X the Owl who says that Mimus will go home "sooner or later." Since Daniel is still dressed as a wolf, X the Owl suggests that his father should be a wolf he sees near the clock. Approaching the wolf, Lady Aberlin finds that it is Mayor Maggie in costume. Daniel comes out and shares that Neighbor Aber has agreed to be his pretend father and has gone to Westwood to get his slide trombone. Mayor Maggie agrees to be Daniel's pretend mother and Lady Aberlin his pretend aunt.

Back at the castle, Prince Tuesday has returned with Mimus Polyglottos. The new "wolf" family arrives along with the Platypus family. Together, everyone plays Then Your Heart is Full of Love.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Jill Horner Ma
  • Nicholas Ma
  • Yo Yo Ma




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Bill Barker, Jill Horner Ma, Nicholas Ma, Yo Yo Ma, Lenny Meledandri, Maggie Stewart, Carole Switala
Special Thanks to Glesner Pianos & Organs
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa
Art Director: Kathryn Borland
Editor: Randy Strothman
Properties: Matthew Marcus
Production Assistant: Catherine Singstad
Production Intern: Demetra Stamus
Lead Technician: Ken Anderson
Studio Supervisor: Doug Coates
Production Coordinator: Mark Smukler
Assistant Director: Bill Medica
Technical Director: Jim Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Assistant Lighting Directors: Jim Bruwelheide, Mike Reid, Eric Sanchez
Video: Tom Deluga, Don McCall
Studio Cameras: Don McCall, Al Rosen, Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel
Audio: Dick Lasota
Videotape: Bill Moore
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Manager: Jim Seech
Location Production: Joe Abeln, Mark Adelsheim, Aaron Baron, Monica Bielewski, John Burdick, Jerry Hughes, Mark Knobil, Bob Lubomski
Scenic Artists: Terrie Godfrey, Megan Graham, Karen Hoyson, Beth Kukucka, Mary Beth Munroe, Alexis Samulski, Venise St. Pierre
Costumers: Susan Kistler, Venise St. Pierre, Jessica Rhines
Carpenters: Patsy Gianella, Rich Karapandi
Videotape Editor: Kevin Conrad
Videotape Sound: Dennis Williams, Bob Millslagle
Musicians: Charles Gleddich, Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Original Scenic Design: Jack Guest
Director of Production: Sam Newbury
Consultant: Albert V. Corrado M.D.

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
©1990 Family Communications, Inc.

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