The Bob Newhart Show

Season 1 Episode 8

Don't Go to Bed Mad

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Nov 11, 1972 on CBS

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  • This episode gives great insight into Bob and Emily's relationship.

    In this classic episode of the series Emily is angry with Bob because he insists on watching Monday Night Football, taking away one of the few evenings they have to spend together. She reminds Bob that when they got married they vowed that they would never go to bed mad, so neither one of them can go to bed, since she's mad. I like the insight into the Hartley's marriage. We find our they are not perfect. However, they don't yell at one another. Instead they use several methods to try to resolve the conflict. My favorite is when they each write down what bothers them about the other person. Bob writes one line, while Emily fills both sides of a piece of paper. Eventually they are too tired to argue any more. They didn't find a solution, and I think Emily briefly shows disapproval of Bob's watching football in later episodes. I think this episode gives us a good example of how to resolve conflict.