TSOF Note: This review is Part 2 of a three part series examining various sitcoms' use of social learning theory to address the behavior of drinking and driving.
For social learning to take place, the passive viewer must observe the behavior, see the consequences, and be sufficiently motivated to replicate that behavior. In order for the social learning to succeed, the consequences must flow naturally from the action. Importantly, those consequences must be either sufficiently rewarding or severe in order to motivate the observer to choose a certain course of action in the future. While in the first part of this series this reviewer criticized “Second Chance” for its lack of subtlety, at least it had clarity. Sandy drove drunk and was punished for that action with his own demise. The model behavior, drinking and driving, led directly to severe consequences, namely death. “Second Chance,” despite its flaws, presented a clear motivation for any observer to avoid Sandy’s action.