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Episode 1667

Topic: Then and Now
Air Date: August 31, 1993
Previous Episode: 1666 - Then and Now
Next Episode: 1668 - Then and Now
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Mister Rogers arrives with silhouette cut-outs of a carrot and a potato and compares them to pictures of real vegetables. Mr. McFeely arrives along with Jim West, a shadow artists who is able to make creative images using shadows. In the kitchen, Mister Rogers tuns the lights out and Mr. West uses a flashlight shining on the refrigerator to create the silhouettes of various animals.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Queen Sara reminds Robert Troll that the Trolley should stay on its track before she departs for a meeting. King Friday asks Robert Troll for help him by returning some shadows that were left behind at the castle by various Neighbors. Lady Aberlin has a carefree day ahead of her and agrees to help Robert Troll deliver the shadows to their owners.

At the tree, Henrietta Pussycat is sunbathing and is happy to have her shadow back: "I didn't know meow meow gone." X the Owl is equally excited for his own shadow to be returned.

Meanwhile, Lady Aberlin is helping with the post-machine vegetable sorting and returns shadows to Harriett Elizabeth Cow and Donkie Hodie.

Robert Troll has finished the shadow deliveries and is taking a nap at the castle when the Trolley approaches and wakes him up. When Lady Aberlin returns, he shares with her that he and Daniel have discovered the Trolley's amazing talents. For example, Trolley is able to produce images from the past such as Robert Troll being given the shadows by King Friday. Queen Sara again reminds Robert Troll that the Trolley should stay on its track but he and Lady Aberlin are eager to explain why that had taken it off again.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers reads a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson called My Shadow. Before he can finish the poem, Mr. McFeely returns with a videotape about how people make light bulbs. Before watching it, Mr. McFeely shows the various parts of a light bulb. Afterwards, Mister Rogers shows a silhouette of a tree and sings Tree Tree Tree.


A short instrumental segment of We Are Elephants is played as Mr. West makes an elephant shadow on the refrigerator.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Jim West




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, David Newell, Bob Trow, Jim West
Special Thanks to: Osram Sylvania Inc.
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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