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When Brian learns that Rush Limbaugh is singing books and the Quahog Mall, he decides to go down there and give him a piece of his mind. However, when Rush comes to Brian's rescue during a gang beating, he gives Rush's books a second look and the 2 become fast friends.
“Excellence in Broadcasting” was seen by 7.94 million viewers
This episode was originally titled Peter Griffin is a Big Fat Idiot
The 'Tasteful Nude' photograph was credited to photographer James Stenson
The DVD version contains extended dialog between Rush and Peter at the dinner table.
Peter: Hey Rush, who'd win in a fight between you and Oprah?
Rush: You know actually it was a draw. We destroyed most of downtown Tokyo, and then she just walked sadly back into the sea.
After Rush Limbaugh gives George W. Bush a sucker he tells Rush not to tell his dad and runs off. On the DVD the scene continues with George Bush Sr. entering.
George Bush Sr.: Oh Rush you're not giving him sweets are ya, God damn it.
Rush: What's the harm?
George Bush Sr.: He's going to be pooping all over his Spider-Man sheets and I'm the one who's gonna be dealing with it.
The DVD version of this episode contains an extended scene after Brian complains about Rush Limbaugh.
Stewie: I've got to scratch my joint. [Puts his hand in his pants]
I say Chris, there may be something to this pastime of manual self-stimulus
Chris: They all laughed at me.
Stewie: Huh, let's see where this goes.
Stewie envisions himself tied to his crib while a muscular Brian and muscular Rupert kiss on a heart shaped bed.
Stewie: Wow, it went right there.
Meg appears in the cold opening watching Brady Bunch & very briefly right after the opening credits and at the kitchen & dining room tables but has no lines.
When Rush bails Brian from jail they are standing outside the cell.
To Brian's right and Rush's left there is always another cell. They never move but ...
as Rush walks away, suddenly they are standing next to a wall.
When Brian first complains about Rush Limbaugh there is no table next to the stereo behind him, but when Brian says he is going to stare at a paper bag; it suddenly appears on the table next to the stereo that wasn't there before.
When Brian is reading the book in the living room he finishes while having read a little more than half the book. The scene moves to the kitchen where it is shown that he has only read half.
After the opening credits, this episode opened with a news report by Tom Tucker reporting on Diane Simmons' death and the intro to his new co-anchor Joyce Kinney
Chris: But I thought Rush Limbaugh is a fictional character played by Fred Savage.
Lois: Where'd you hear that?
Chris: FOX News.
Lois: Then it's a lie. Everything FOX News says is a lie.
Chris: But this one's true Mom. You saw it with your own eyes and then you reported it on FOX News.
This exchange between Chris & Lois retell the events that happened in the Season Seven episode, ‘Fox-Y Lady’
During the ‘Rupublicantown’ song, Chuck Norris appears as he did in the Season Five episode, ‘Boys Do Cry’, with a fist under his beard.