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Family Guy: Excellence in Broadcasting

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.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 9x2
Production Number: 8ACX03
Airdate: Sunday October 03rd, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) May 15, 2011

Guest Stars
Alec SulkinAlec Sulkin
voiced Various
Chris CoxChris Cox
voiced George W. Bush
Christine LakinChristine Lakin
voiced Joyce Kinney
Danny Smith (1)Danny Smith (1)
voiced Various
Gary ColeGary Cole
voiced Mike Brady
John VienerJohn Viener
voiced Various
Nana VisitorNana Visitor
voiced Nancy Pelosi
Phil LaMarrPhil LaMarr
voiced Ollie Williams
Ralph GarmanRalph Garman
voiced Various
Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh
voiced Himself
Wellesley WildWellesley Wild
voiced Various
Rainn WilsonRainn Wilson
voiced Dwight Schrute
Shelley LongShelley Long
voiced Carol Brady
Main Cast
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Peter Griffin | Stewie Griffin | Brian Griffin | Various Characters
Alex BorsteinAlex Borstein
voiced Lois Griffin | Various Characters
Seth GreenSeth Green
voiced Chris Griffin | Various Characters
Episode Notes
“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.

Episode Goofs
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.

Episode References
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.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane
DeveloperDavid Zuckerman  |  Seth MacFarlane
Executive ProducerSteve Callaghan  |  Mark Hentemann  |  David A. Goodman  |  Danny Smith (1)  |  Seth MacFarlane  |  Chris Sheridan
Co-Executive ProducerTom Devanney  |  Wellesley Wild  |  Brian Scully  |  Alec Sulkin
Supervising ProducerPatrick Meighan  |  John Viener  |  Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
ProducerShannon Smith
Co-ProducerKim Fertman
Consulting ProducerGary Janetti  |  Jonathan Jacobs
EditorMichael Elias
CastingLinda Lamontagne
Staff WriterAlex Carter (3)  |  Andy Goldberg  |  A. Spencer Porter  |  Elaine Ko
MusicWalter Murphy
Music EditorStan Jones
Production AssistantKat Purgal  |  Chris Martin (2)
Production Sound MixerPatrick Clark (2)
Production CoordinatorMichael Kennedy (2)  |  Stuart Bam  |  Nick Cofrancesco  |  Anne Michaud
Assistant EditorEric Brown (2)
Post Production SupervisorCharles Song
Storyboard ArtistBao Nguyen  |  Young Lee  |  Won Ki Cho
Character DesignerMickey Cassidy  |  Ed Acosta  |  Sharon Ross  |  Ken Hayashi
Supervising DirectorPeter Shin  |  James Purdum
Production ManagerBrent Crowe
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Casting AssistantMelissa Aives
Sound SupervisorBob Newlan
AssistantJaydi Samuels
Casting AssociatePam Hyatt
Assistant DirectorRick Del Carmen
Storyboard RevisionistRon Smith  |  Louis Gallegos  |  Dante Leandado  |  Joe Vaux  |  Pete Michels (1)  |  Debbie Shin  |  Kristina Bustamante  |  Dave Boudreau
Writing AssistantDavid Wright (1)  |  Kristin Long
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantKristy Grant  |  David Ihlenfeld  |  Lindsay Flinn  |  Artie Johann  |  Sam Littenberg-Weisberg
Sound Re-recording MixerJim Fitzpatrick (3)
Retake DirectorDeborah Cone
Overseas Animation SupervisorTerry Pike  |  Peter Brown
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