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'Family Guy': Rush Limbaugh Guest Stars -- and Kicks Some Butt (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 4th 2010 3:39AM
'Family Guy': Rush Limbaugh Guest Stars -- and Kicks Some Butt'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane is well-known as being a fairly liberal guy. Still, let no one say that he doesn't give equal time to opposing views. On the newest installment of the animated sitcom (Sun., 9PM ET on Fox), Rush Limbaugh shows up to voice the character of, um, "Rush Limbaugh." Surprisingly, the radio host and sworn enemy of the Democrats is given a hero's welcome by 'Family Guy.'

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Ultra-liberal family dog Brian Griffin is the character who most represents the show's political voice. So it comes as no shocker when Brian decides to protest a Rush Limbaugh book-signing at the local mall. But on his way to the event, Brian is attacked by a multi-ethnic "politically correct" mob. The surprising part takes place when Brian gets rescued by a shadowy figure. And this mysterious savior turns out to be ... Mr. Limbaugh.

Brian is quickly seduced by Limbaugh's Republican-ness, and brings the "lovable little fuzzball" home to have dinner with the rest of the Griffins. Rush then sings a musical number in front of the entire family. Limbaugh's song is about his vision of a perfect conservative world, and contains such lyrics as: "Trees grow from Republican sod/ And everyone prays to a proper right-wing God!" Brain sings along right with him -- having been totally converted to Rush's brand of politics.

It can't last, though. By the end of the episode, Rush realizes that Brian is still a liberal -- because the dog still "cares." The dog and the host must then part ways. At this point, everything flip-flops back to normal, reversing the original nonsensical twist of Brian joining the GOP. (And yes: We realize that no one watches 'Family Guy' for its dramatic consistency and strong character motivation. But Brian's transformation still could have made a little more sense.)

However, gaping plot-holes or no, it was entertaining to have Rush on the show. Mr. Limbaugh seemed like a good sport about the whole thing, too. So what do you guys think? Was Rush a good fit as a guest? Did you feel like the show was too nice to him. Too mean?

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Edan Aharony

Funny. I thought the script was well written. Edan Aharony

December 07 2010 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I felt it coddled Rush. There's so many ways this ep could've played out but having Brian fawn over Rush was not to my liking, neither was characterizing him as a superhero. Was not the pillory I expected or was hoping for from Seth.

October 04 2010 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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