How did Rush Limbaugh do in his starring role as himself on “Family Guy” Season 9 Episode 2 “Excellence in Broadcasting?” For the most part, Rush did very well. He was erudite, calm (except when whupping gangsta butt), and not scary at all.
Spoilers surely follow.
The plot of “Excellence in Broadcasting” is already well-known. Brian, the talking left-wing dog, finds out that Rush Limbaugh is signing a new book at the local mall. Brian decides to go give Rush a piece of his mind. After being rescued by Rush in ninja mode from a multi-ethnic gang, Brian reads Rush’s new book and becomes a convert.
Unfortunately, Brian becomes one of those obnoxious converts who want to be more Catholic than the Pope, or in this case more right-wing than Rush. In the end, Rush realizes that Brian has not actually converted to the right side of the Force, but rather is just rebelling against the new establishment in Washington, which is left-wing. Brian is in fact still a left-winger. They part, after some perfunctory insults, as friends.
One doesn’t know if Seth MacFarlane meant this, but the message seems to be that liberals like Brian are ruled solely by their passions, even when they seem to be coming “up from liberalism,” as the late Bill Buckley might have said. Likely, though, that went over the heads of the “Family Guy” stoner/slacker fan base.
What Worked for Me
The musical number was a hoot, even though it presented a twisted, fun house mirror version of conservatism. MacFarlane obviously believes that righties really want to burn women who have abortions at the stake, that Dick Cheney frowns all the time, and that right babies emerge from the womb fully clothed by Brooks Brothers. Rush Limbaugh went along with the joke, but with a wink and a nod at his friends, as if to say, “Can you believe this guy?”
Two items from the end. If conservatives don’t respect the opinions of women, how does one explain Sarah Palin? And righties would not execute 4-year-old murderers, even in Texas. We would wait until the miscreant turns 18 and then fry him.
The whole skit with Rush and John McCain solving crimes in the style of Scooby Doo was a little twisted, especially when the villain turned out to be Barney Frank, lisping that he would have gotten away with it too, had it not be for those meddling Republicans. Need I say more?
And Nancy Pelosi on crack? No further explanation is necessary.
What Didn’t Work for Me
The infantile George W. Bush is an old “Family Guy” stand by and it is getting old. This is one instance in which Seth MacFarlane, who has Bush Derangement Syndrome something awful, allowed his passions to get in the way of a good joke. It should be possible to lampoon the former president in a much more humorous and unexpected way. I would have come upon him in his new role as theoretical physicist, working against stereotype.
As for Peter Griffin’s flatulence, I have to say that it never worked for me.
But all in all, Rush Limbaugh’s appearance was funny and lacked, mostly, the irritating moments that often ruin a good “Family Guy” episode.
Source: Family Guy, Excellence in Broadcasting, TV.Rage