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Episode 1666

Topic: Then and Now
Air Date: August 30, 1993
Previous Episode: 1665 - Love
Next Episode: 1667 - Then and Now
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Mister Rogers arrives with a package of food coloring which he takes to the kitchen and uses to color two glasses of water -- one blue and one yellow. Mixing the two together, he shows how yellow and blue make green. Taking out a water wheel, Mister Rogers uses the rest of the water in his pitcher to make the wheel turn. He explains that all of this is "part of science" and sings It's the Style to Wear a Smile as he thinks of all that he learned in school when he was young.

Mr. McFeely stops by to tell Mister Rogers that he has not yet found the film about people making light bulbs. He does, however, have a picture of himself when he was three years old. Mister Rogers explains that, unlike toys, people are "live things" that are always growing and changing.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Robert Troll has a small toy Trolley and heads off to play with the real Trolley leaving the toy on the tracks. Mayor Maggie arrives late for her "then photo meeting" with King Friday as she typically judges the time based on the Trolley schedule. On this day, however, the Trolley has not passed through Westwood. Carrying on with their meeting, Mayor Maggie shows a picture of herself when she was a young girl. Neighbor Aber calls and reports that the Trolley has not been seen and King Friday issues an all-out search for the Trolley.

At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine shares a variety of different trolleys but she has not seen the Neighborhood Trolley. Mayor Maggie goes inside the Museum to continue searching.

Meanwhile, Robert Troll and the Trolley join Daniel inside his clock for some fun just before Neighbor Aber passes by. Neighbor Aber moves on to the castle as he sings Look and Listen. There he finds Prince Tuesday who is very concerned after having found the small toy Trolley on the tracks. Robert Troll returns to pick up his toy Trolley and puts everyone's mind at ease by telling them that the real Trolley is playing at Daniel's clock. King Friday requests that the Trolley be returned to its tracks immediately. As he goes to pick up the Trolley from the clock, Daniel is sharing with Mayor Maggie that the Trolley can do some "magical things."

Back at the house, Mister Rogers cleans up the kitchen. As he puts things away, he finds a pretend trolley he once made out of cardboard, pencils, and thread spools. Mr. McFeely returns and calls Mister Rogers outside where he has a dog named Lucky. The dog has been lost and Mr. McFeely is on his way to return Lucky to the owners listed on his tag.

Mister Rogers concludes by singing I'm Taking Care of You.


While viewers are rarely addressed directly by anyone other than Mister Rogers, King Friday looks into the camera and greets the viewer as his "royal neighbor." Also, before Mayor Maggie enters the Museum-Go-Round to look for the Trolley, she looks into the camera and asks viewers to continue looking outside.


Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Bill Barker, Lenny Meledandri, David Newell, Maggie Stewart, Bob Trow
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1993 Family Communications, Inc.

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