Video for interprersonal comm: relational competence

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Simpsons: Season 1, episode 9

This episode has a series of scenes that nicely illustrate the differences between content and relational messages. It is Marge’s birthday and although Homer claims that he remembered and bought her a gift she will love, all signs point to the opposite — he forgot then ran out at the last minute to buy something she would not want and would give to him.  His actions nearly destroy their marriage by the end of the episode.

I found it necessary to edit together several brief scenes to tell the story well. Two of the scenes I used are available for free at, although I don’t think these two alone tell the story completely:

Photo courtesy of Simpsons Wiki


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