Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 14 Episode 2

Conflict (2)

Aired Unknown Nov 08, 1983 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers has a satchel containing a quarter and a nickel from his birth year, 1928. He goes to a national mint to meet the (then) Chief Engraver of the U.S., Elizabeth Jones. She tells Rogers how a coin is designed and molded. One of the molds is Jones' design of a commemorative George Washington half-dollar, minted only in 1982. The obverse has Washington on a horse (in tiny detail is Elizabeth Jones' monogram), and on the back of the coin is Washington's home in Mt. Vernon, Virginia. John Mercanti, a sculptor-engraver, taps the mint mark on a quarter die (this practice was changed in 1985). Rogers and Jones then witness metal sheets being cut into blanks. These blanks are edged and stamped on both sides.
In the NOM, King Friday has called 283 people about the possibility that Southwood is secretly preparing for a war. His last call is to the unseen Sam Newmoney. He asks that Friday make sure his assumption is correct. Thus Friday tells Miss Paulifficate to ask Corny about one of his parts: "Might this be a part of a bomb?" Corny doesn't think so, especially since he has made a million parts. Miss Paulifficate reports this to King Friday. He implores Handyman Negri to order a million parts from Corny, depleting the NOM's budget completely, and conscript everyone to build bombs. This worries everyone, especially because Handyman Negri does not want to do this chore himself. Lady Elaine, mindful of the School's desire for a record player, wants no part of Friday's new plans. She believes Southwood is more tame than Daniel. At the Castle, where a bomb assembly is going on, Westwood calls King Friday, ready to build their forces.
Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Handy And Hen, Oh, The Sound Of Money, What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel?, Good Feeling.
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