At the A.V. Club, I review the latest episode of The Michael J. Fox Show, which has a throwaway story about an infested couch and a cheesy appearance by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. An excerpt:
The political cameo is kind of an NBC Thursday tradition: Cheers had Tip O’Neill and Mike Dukakis, Seinfeld had Rudy Giuliani, and Parks And Recreation has had a bunch of them. I hate the gimmick of cameos by non-actors. The Good Wife has thankfully tapered off on them, and Veep is all the better for creating a universe of fictional Washington pols to fill even the smallest roles. “Surprising” is the last thing you can say about politicians’ appearances on TV comedies—except for California Sen. Barbara Boxer on Curb Your Enthusiasm, lecturing Larry David that it’s proper to keep other people’s clothing that your dry cleaner has accidentally given you, and former senator and astronaut John Glenn revealing alien encounters on Frasier.
On The Michael J. Fox Show, Mike interviews Christie after not getting much sleep the night before (that’s it, no drug mix-up or anything), and he dozes off after one question. The gag is that Christie rambles on the air about being ready to make some kind of big announcement (i.e., that he’s running for president), and Mike is too tired to notice. The meta gag is that Christie is known for having a hot temper, and making a jovial appearance on a sitcom is a way of softening his image before a national audience as he really does consider a run for president.