Family Guy

Season 9 Episode 2

Excellence in Broadcasting

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 03, 2010 on FOX
4.2
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When Brian learns that Rush Limbaugh is going to be at the Quahog Mall for a book-signing, he decides to go down there and give him a piece of his left-wing mind. But when Rush unexpectedly comes to Brian's rescue, Brian has a political change of heart.moreless

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  • HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR CONSERVATIVES!!!

    10
    These reviews prove that conservatives have NO sense of humor. I'm a liberal but even if it was about a liberal i would laugh. The song Republican Town was one the best in the series. Stan's cameo was hilarious and so was Brian reading the book and turning into a republican. I also like Ollie yelling "She Dead!" about Diane. Please learn to laugh at yourselves once in a while Republicans. Conservatives are brain dead idiots who cant laugh at their self once in a while.moreless
  • Worst Family Guy episode.

    1.0
    This is the worst Family Guy episode ever. I'm not really political so I wouldn't know if I am liberal or conservative, but I just hated it. The episode is about Brian spotting Rush Limbaugh at the mall signing books. Brian says he will read his book if tonight's episode of The Office sucks. Since he was right about The Office he reads the book and changes his political opinion. Almost none of the jokes are funny. The only joke I thought was funny was the when Lois tells Chris everything Fox News says is a lie. Maybe why I hate this episode so much is because I'm not political. I found the song to be one of the worst songs on the show. Very boring episode that's not worth watching even if you are a true Family Guy fan.moreless
  • You will not enjoy this episode if you are a conservative/republican...but I did!

    8.0
    So, I am a progressive/liberal...and I suspect so is Family Guy series creator Seth McFarlane. BUT THAT IS NOT WHY IT IS EASY FOR ME TO LAUGH AT THIS EPISODE. It is easy to laugh at it because i have the ability to separate the stereotypes that infest this episode and actually LAUGH at them instead of taking them seriously. The previous reviewers who suggest that this episode strongly pushes a political agenda are not being objective, have a narrow sense of humor, and quite possibly are pushing their OWN agenda (for people to be rating this a 1 just doesn't pass any fairness test). I mean you can say plenty episodes do clearly slant towards Seth's ideology, but this episode? I mean you have the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives smoking crack while Rush Limbaugh does his own voice while his cartoon caricature is a karate-chopping hero who does NOTcome off as a totally buffoonish racist sexist piggish ogre.



    Ha! as with previous episodes, like this one, I find that the more conservative viewers hate the episode the more I like! Maybe, like Brian, I am just a contrarian. But, all i can honestly do is tell the truth and, yep, I smiled through most of the episode and appreciated the cultural jokes...i.e. scooby-doo, brady bunch, celebrity/political figures, American political name-calling labelling. It probably helps to understand those things too in order to get as much out of it as I did.



    It is an episode that calls you to think a little, JUST A LITTLE., but, also maybe, you just need the ability to sit back and laugh/smile.moreless
  • Stop spewing political views on your show Seth!

    1.0
    Well I guess there is a more pointless episode of Family Guy than Brian Sells a Best Seller, and German Guy. This episode was just another episode for Seth to express his political views through Brian once more. The episode is about Brian finding out that Rush Limbaugh is at a bookstore and goes down there to give him a piece of his mind. The first problem is continuity. If you recall the episode where Lois became a FOX reporter, then you should know that Rush was played by Fred Savage in disguise. Seth has apparently thrown continuity out the window, and decided to just forget about that fact. You know an episode is going to be bad when it fails to follow continuity. After being saved by Rush from being mugged, Brian joins the Republicans. Now this is where the real humor should kick in. Family Guy making fun of the Republicans, an maybe the Democrats sounds excellent right? Right? Well apparently Seth forgot that an episode like this needed humor. There was no riffing on the political parties at all. All we were treated to was Seth giving his political views through Brian, and it was stupid and boring to say the least. There was such great potential, and Seth decided to ditch it. There were never any funny moments in this entire episode, and the fact that it was nothing but political stuff was just unneeded. Seth how much more of this political stuff do you want to show us? If you want to express your political views go create a blog about it or something, and don't do another episode like this ever again. Hopefully Seth has learned his lesson, and you are better off avoiding this episode at all costs.moreless
  • Another boring Family Guy episode...

    4.0
    When Brian learns that Rush Limbaugh is going to be at the Quahog Mall for a book-signing, he decides to go down there and give him a piece of his left-wing mind. But when Rush unexpectedly comes to Brian's rescue, Brian has a political change of heart.

    This episode was really boring. The plot was done poorly. Also, that song was kinda a minute long and it was kinda bored me to death. Policites are not my favorite thing. It is just boring. I didn't like that Brian moves out with Rush Limbaugh. I hope we don't see another episode like this again. The other parts that made me laugh were Brian smelling the bag, Stan Smith's (from American Dad) cameo, the conservation during dinner, and the very last part. Other than those, it was just boring. 4/10moreless
Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Peter Griffin/Brian Griffin/Stewie Griffin/Stan Smith

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Lois Griffin

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Chris Griffin

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Meg Griffin

Mike Henry (VI)

Mike Henry (VI)

Various

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

Himself

Guest Star

Wellesley Wild

Wellesley Wild

Voice

Guest Star

Shelley Long

Shelley Long

Carol Brady

Guest Star

Danny Smith (IV)

Danny Smith (IV)

Various

Recurring Role

Alec Sulkin

Alec Sulkin

John McCain

Recurring Role

John Viener

John Viener

Various

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Brian has found the baloney while talking to Lois, after he has read whole book. He certainly should have found it earlier, during the reading.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Brian: Why is Limbaugh coming here? Don't they have bookstores at the Nazi fascist...fascist fat camp where he where he go, where where he is a counselor?
      Stewie: I tell you what, Brian, if you want, we'll give you another crack at that.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Aside from being animated more smoothly and being shown in high definition, the new title sequence is almost a shot-for-shot remake of the original one. There are three minor changes though:

      The Griffins' wedding picture is now visible in the background while Lois and Peter sing.

      Just like in the show itself, Chris no longer wears earrings.

      During the chorus, the generic dancers dancing along the stairs are replaced by prominent recurring characters: Glenn Quagmire, Joe Swanson, Adam West, Mort Goldman, Tom Tucker and Carter Pewterschmidt on the left and Tricia Takanawa, Bonnie Swanson, Jillian Russell, Angela, Joyce Kinney (who takes Diane Simmons' place starting from this episode) and Barbara Pewterschmidt on the right.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The Grapes of Wrath
      Rush's "I'll be there" speechthat he gives Brian after bailing him out of jail, alludes to the poignant speech given by Henry Fonda in the1940 c, The Grapes of Wrath.

    • The Karate Kid

      The way Rush Limbaugh saves Brian and the moves he uses is straight from The Karate Kid.

    • Brain's song "Repubican Town" is a parody of (and sung to the tune of) "The Company Way" from the Musical "How to Suceed in Business Without Even Trying"

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