Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 14 Episode 5

Conflict (5)

Aired Unknown Nov 11, 1983 on PBS

Episode Recap

Once again, Rogers says you can't tell what's inside something from what the outside looks like. This time, Rogers has a record player in the box with a handle. He plays a 45 RPM of Everybody's Fancy. Then he plays a film (video, really) of people making record players.
The NOM holds a peace passing. Chef Brockett has made peace pancakes for the ceremony. Queen Sara, director of the World Peace Movement (WPM), wants to know what to do with all those parts. Handyman Negri sends a peace message to Southwood, inviting them to visit NOM. Lady Aberlin takes a call from Lady Elaine, asking her help for a peace program on MGR-TV. Lady Aberlin rings the bell, claps her hands, and snaps her fingers to enter MGR-TV studios for the last time. Lady Elaine instructs Lady Aberlin to get interviews of peace on location.
Lady Aberlin gives a stirring speech at the Tree before X and Henrietta chip in their views. Bob Dog, no longer a spy, does a dance for peace, as does Lady Aberlin. Joining in are the visitors from Southwood. Lady Aberlin reports that the School at Someplace Else needs a record player. Keith David says he and the Southwood residents used leftover pieces for other neighborly things, including one for the Southwood marble factory (which we never see). He makes a record album out of a hundred spare parts. King Friday and Queen Sara meet Betty Okonak Templeton, who has nothing but praise for the NOM. Friday declares that he will give one thousand record players, distributed to every school in the world, with Keith supervising the work.
Back at the television house, Rogers explains that people can imagine bad and good things. What we imagine is dependent on out feelings. "The only way to be sure how somebody else is feeling," says Rogers, "is to find out from them."
The program ends with an unidentified quotation:
"And they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning forks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation
Neither shall they learn war any more."
Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Everybody's Fancy, You Are Special, Good Feeling, Peace And Quiet.