On Murphy Brown Season 11 Episode 6, it's time to vote in the mid-term elections.
Murphy doesn't think Avery can make it the day without going off on his fellow Wolf Network member. Avery doesn't think Murphy can make it without falling asleep.
Come on, Avery, she's not THAT old.
Murphy Brown is no spring chicken, but she's not nodding off in her knitting chair while Jeopardy plays in the background, either.
The message behind the episode is the importance of voting during mid-term elections because let's face it, not a lot of people vote mid-term.
Sure, people might leave their houses for the big Presidential election, but it takes a dedicated voter to show up at the poles any other time.
Murphy was bored to death by the 12th hour, and we were wondering if Frank was going to have a heart attack from pounding energy drinks.
Menopause has made you mean.Frank
Poor Pat was off his game because Miles made him in the monkey suit Miles. But as soon as he donned his regular clothes? BAM! Pat was back.
I thought the way Murphy in the Morning handled the coverage was funny. The entire team was messing up their words, and Corking was losing it.
Corky never loses it, but there she was cussin' like a sailor on live TV.
The whole shtick was well done.
I wasn't even bothered when they used Phyllis to slip in the message of how important it is to vote. It was slightly on the cheesy side at the end with her over-hearing about a Roe v. Wade possible overturn, but overall the message wasn't obnoxious.
Again, Tyne Daily had some great moments, not only with lines but with walking in front of the cameras completely oblivious during Murphy's coverage. Each week Murphy Brown is giving Phyllis more character and depth.
Besides Pat and Frank, Phyllis is quickly becoming the funniest on the show.
He runs a zoo and all he does is throw raw meat to his audience.Murphy
Over to the Wolf Network, I'm sure the writers meant for the whole show to irritate, and it did.
Whoever did Trump's voice was excellent, though, and his whole tirade where he just wouldn't -- stop -- talking was the best part of that side of the coverage.
What's starting to bother me is Avery's purpose.
His beliefs are the same as Murphy's, yet he's working for a Republican-driven network. I get that he's trying to be the voice from the other side. That's the idea anyway, but no one is going to hear him there.
Yes, the best way to invoke change is from the inside.
While that might be true in some cases, it isn't always. If Avery were to somehow rise in the Wolf Network, the climb is going to come off so fake.
Talk about fake news.
You're right, Avery, someone is going to have to take over the Wolf Pack, but it will be someone who shares the views of the network.
And that's okay because we need a voice for both sides. Hell, we need a voice for ALL sides; even and especially if we all don't agree.
Yeah, but do I have to wear this? It's like something my parents would put me in to meet the wife they picked for me.Pat
If Avery were to rise to power at the Wolf Network, then what? There's reporting from exactly one perspective?
How is that ever a good thing?
Aside from the Trump impersonator, the only other part I thought was funny from the Wolf side were the female anchors. They were meant to be plastic and robotic, only there to support the leader of the Wolf Pack, John.
They had one line to say.
I realize the whole bit was a dig at Fox and the president, and how Republicans treat women, I suppose, but on its face, it was laugh-out-loud funny.
That is as long as you don't take it too seriously. After all, we're talking about a comedy.
Although it comes with a message, as does all other forms of art and expression, we can laugh at it.
We don't always have to agree with the message. Right?
Welcome to the next two years.Murphy
The ending was perfect. The writers didn't let the audience know who won because that wasn't the point. The point is to vote.
This Murphy Brown didn't want to shine a spotlight on the left or the right. They wanted to wrap a neon sign around the message VOTE NOW so they could make a difference to everyone.
If their voting message kicks people in the pants to get out there and vote, I don't care what end of the political spectrum Murphy Brown is on.
This episode represents the level of Murphy Brown writing the show should stick with. As I've said before, if you dress your message in a yummy comedic dessert and do it well, people will eat that message without even realizing it. The people who do realize it won't care because they'll enjoy the dessert anyway.
What do you think, Murphy Brown fanatics? Did Murphy sway you to vote in the mid-term elections? Which character made you laugh the most? Are you comfortable with the messages coming out of this show?
Hit the comments and tell me what you think.
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Kim Russell was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in January 2019.