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Episode 1707

Topic: Brave & Strong
Air Date: August 27, 1996
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Mister Rogers arrives with a bag of knitting supplies which he demonstrates for viewers.

Visiting the studio of puppeteer Brad Brewer, Mister Rogers returns a knitted scarf to one of Mr. Brewer's puppets which makes the puppet feel "brave and strong." Mr. Brewer discusses his puppets and his work as a puppeteer. He and Mister Rogers also talk about making sock puppets.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Elsie Jean Platypus informs Lady Abelrin that the cereal quit falling on her because she was not afraid of it and made the most of the situation by saving the cereal in boxes. Meanwhile, Daniel is still afraid and is staying at the castle while the cereal continues to fall on his clock. King Friday decides that he will put on his cereal-proof gear, go to the clock, and command the cereal to stop falling.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers adds more detail to Stripey, a sock puppet he created earlier with Mr. Brewer. Mr. McFeely stops by with a film on how socks are made and sings the Speedy Delivery song with Stripey.


As a puppeteer, Brad Brewer was "self-taught as a child and later trained under Jim Henson." Read more about Mr. Brewer in the Innovative Lives section of the Smithsonian website or in an interview also provided by the Smithsonian.

Asking about the cereal falling over Daniel's clock, King Friday XIII suggests that the clock is to the east of the castle; however, In Episode 1044, Daniel Striped Tiger mentions that his clock is "about as far west as you can get in Make-Believe."

The footage of socks being manufactured was taken at the Sara Lee Sock Company.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Brad Brewer




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Bill Barker, Brad Brewer, Lenny Meledandri, David Newell
Special thanks to: Sara Lee Sock Co.
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producers: Adrienne Wehr, Kathy Leichter
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1996 Family Communications, Inc.

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