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Episode 1668

Topic: Then and Now
Air Date: September 1, 1993
Previous Episode: 1667 - Then and Now
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Mister Rogers arrives with a painting of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe made by a friend. Every place on the painting has a door that can be opened to show the people who live inside. He talks about different ways to tell other people about the Neighborhood of Make-Believe such as acting out the characters.

Mister Rogers mentions that Mr. McFeely may be visiting today with a friend who is a mime artist. As he waits for them to arrive, he sings One and One Are Two.

Outside, Mister Rogers meets Mr. McFeely and mime artist, Motoko. Motoko demonstrates her talents by miming various activities like eating an apple, walking, and throwing a ball. At the suggestion of Mr. McFeely, Motoko mimes a pussycat and an owl.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin talks to King Friday about the Trolley's ability to show images from the past. The Trolley shows baby pictures of Prince Tuesday, King Friday, and Lady Aberlin. At the Platypus Mound, Lady Aberlin shows Ana and Elsie Jean what the Trolley can do by revealing a pictures of each of them as babies. Movign on to the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Aberlin watches with Robert Troll and Lady Elaine as the Trolley shows pictures of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe when it was nothing but open land.

Lady Aberlin turns the Trolley upside down and it demonstrates another trick -- turning the entire Neighborhood of Make-Believe upside down! She and Robert Troll move on to the tree where they show this new trick to X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat.

Lady Aberlin and Robert Troll are called to the castle where Mayor Maggie is wondeing why the Trolley has not come to Westwood.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how it is important to love and to be loved. Taking out some craft materials, he cuts a flap in a piece of construction paper and makes a door by taping it on top of another piece of paper. Mister Rogers concludes by singing Many Ways to Say I Love You.


One of the pictures shown by the Trolley is of King Friday as a baby which also shows his parents.

Another picture reveals what the Neighborhood of Make-Believe looked like as open land.

Slowly the various places in Make-Believe appear as Robert Troll and Lady Aberlin mention the order in which they were "built" -- "Daniel's clock was the first place here, and then the castle was built." Then Lady Elaine mentions that everything else in between was to follow. According to the image on the Trolley, the order in which everything else came to be was the Oak Tree, followed by the Museum-Go-Round, the Eiffel Tower, the Factory, and finally the Platypus Mound.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Motoko




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Bill Barker, Motoko, David Newell, Maggie Stewart, Carole Switala, 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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