Video for persuasion (counterarguments)
The Simpsons: Season 4, episode 17
This episode features a sequence at a union meeting where Homer and his fellow employees are offered a new deal on their contract that involves giving up their dental plan. Homer brings a stop to the deal because he recently found out that Lisa will need braces. This leads to some follow-up questions:
- Why did Homer want to kill the new deal?
- If Mr. Burns had anticipated that problem and said that the dental plan would remain for two more years, would Homer have reacted the same way?
- If anyone has seen this episode, what happens?
This leads into a discussion of why it is important to also research the other side of the argument and be prepared to address their objections.
This is often cited as one of the best Simpson episodes — and deserves it. It is rich in terms of persuasive techniques attempted at various points in the impasse.