Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 23 Episode 9

Love (4)

Aired Unknown Feb 25, 1993 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers says Joe Negri invited him to hear a mandolin player at the Music Shop. He recalls how, as a boy, he liked to pretend to shave, drawing a block of wood over his chin and his upper lip. In the NOM, King Friday plays the bass violin for Lady Aberlin and Queen Sara (the tune is The People You Like The Most). This confuses Lady Aberlin: How could King Friday and Queen Sara spout off one day and work harmoniously the next? Lady Aberlin goes around asking her neighbors: "What is love?" X the Owl consults his book, Benjamin Franklin Speaks, which doesn't seem to help. Robert Troll tells Lady Aberlin that one has to feel love. He also says he will be an usher for Lady Elaine's soap opera. Lady Elaine has the most powerful insight for Lady Aberlin's question: "You can't love anybody else if you don't love yourself." Finally Lady Aberlin asks Queen Sara. "Anybody who has ever been loved," says the queen, "is able to feel love." She adds that, while we have other feelings, the love doesn't go away. Back at the television house, Rogers puts away his block of wood and goes to Negri's Music Shop. Joe Negri directs Rogers to the rehearsal room, where Peter Ostroushko is performing a Ukrainian lullaby on the mandolin. Peter says he learned the traditional folk songs from his parents. He is going to perform tonight with Joe Negri, and together they play Tree, Tree, Tree. Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Tree, Tree, Tree (instrumental), Good Feeling.
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