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COMM 1 - Matthew Nishiguchi T.A. Cia Bates COMM 1 Friday...

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Matthew Nishiguchi T.A. Cia Bates COMM 1 Friday 1:00 October 23, 2007 Episode #204 Approx. 9min in
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“I did it”, says Mrs. Petrelli, as she finds herself in a hospital bed surrounded by two representations of the legal existence in this country. They are detectives, in fact. One is referred to as Parkman and the other next to him is his superior, Detective Fuller. Mrs. Petrelli’s old friend and colleague, Mr. Nakamura, had been recently pushed off a roof, falling to his death. His death seems to only be a reassurance that there is someone or someones trying to eliminate all the people posing in a certain snapshot of some obscure meeting. Mrs. Petrelli’s life is in danger of this same nature of murder and she is very much aware of the fact. Now, though, she is confessing to Mr. Nakamura’s death and agreeing to the motives for murder, sex and money. To the obviously existent and interested observer, Mrs. Petrelli’s fake confession seems to be a cover for a much more interesting, underlying motive. By examining the different layers of communication and the significant issues presented in this scene, we can have a thorough grasp of her true intentions and unveil her methods of communicating such intentions. Our three characters, Mrs. Petrelli, Det. Fuller, and Parkman are in what Professor Dolly Mullen calls an “interaction among three or more people…pursuing a common goal” (Lecture 10/2/07), also known as small-group communication. The common goal, shared by all three people is to outline Mrs. Petrelli’s intentions for murder and previous self-mutilation. While both Parkman and Mrs. Petrelli understand this confession on a more complex level, Det. Fuller’s contribution to this situation is to believe the false confession Mrs. Petrelli is presenting. She states her motives, sex and money, and says, “You know I was on the roof. You have my fingerprints. I did it. I pushed him off.” So the three of them, two mindful of its fabrication, build up a case proving Mrs. Petrelli’s guilt. When Parkman asks why she harmed herself, she responds “I was distraught, overwhelmed by what I did. So I attacked myself.” So the group
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agrees to accept mental distress as the reason for her attempt to kill herself and her fake confession is sufficient to solve the murder case. The small-group communication is concluded by Det. Fuller saying that he’ll start the paperwork to convict Mrs. Petrelli. Parkman has been curiously blessed with the ability to hear other people’s thoughts.
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course COMM 1 taught by Professor Mullin during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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COMM 1 - Matthew Nishiguchi T.A. Cia Bates COMM 1 Friday...

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