BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD 8-19 & 8-20 ‘School Test’ & ‘Snitchers’

Todd threatens Beavis and Butt-Head to lie for him in court and Principal McVicker goes to great lengths to get the idiots to pass a test.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Episode Titles: "School Test" & "Snitchers"

Writer: Mike Judge

Director: Mike Judge


According to the most recent episode of "Beavis and Butt-Head," America's two favorite idiots are too stupid to lie.

It's definitely not a moral stance taken by Beavis and Butt-Head. I've little doubt that they would lie if they possessed any guile or cunning. In "Snitchers," the duo encounter their idol, Todd… who appears to be a violent criminal. In past appearances on the show, Beavis and Butt-Head have been so stupidly in love with Todd (or rather, what they think Todd represents) that they ignore the utter contempt with which he treats them. So, they are like the Stewarts of that relationship.

For Todd's first appearance in the revived series, the boys witness him punching out a man in a convenience store parking lot because he dared to ask Todd for the money he was owed. To Beavis and Butt-Head, it was the coolest thing that they had ever seen. And when Todd literally breaks down their front door and "subtly" hints that they should testify at his trial that he acted in "self-defense" that the subtext of his threat is completely lost on them. They don't even seem to mind when he physically threatens them when it's clear that they don't understand him. Butt-Head even takes Todd's definition of self-defense seriously and he begins smacking Beavis around when he asks for the two dollars that Butt-Head owes him.

During the trial, Beavis and Butt-Head are jointly called to the stand and they identify Todd as the one who started the fight despite his obvious anger when they do so. Then in the most hilarious moments of the episode, Todd's lawyer takes out a HUGE file of Beavis and Butt-Head's past offenses, including playing baseball with a frog as a ball… which the duo happily confirm. Two hours later, as the laundry list of past infractions is still being read, the judge snaps that "the witnesses are inexcusable!" before Todd is eventually freed for lack of evidence.

By the end of the episode, Todd and his gang are stuffing Beavis and Butt-Head into the trunk of their car before taking them out for what will presumably be the beating of a lifetime. The worst part is that the duo have no concept of the danger that they're in. At least with Stewart, Beavis and Butt-Head don't seem to physically hurt him. Todd has no qualms about hurting them whatsoever. I've never pitied Beavis and Butt-Head before, but that's one of the darker endings I've seen on this show.

There's also some inherent darkness in "School Test," but of a different sort. In the era of "No Child Left Behind," Beavis and Butt-Head's rampant stupidity is threatening to cost the school its funding. And when Principal McVicker explains the situation to them, they assume that he's interested in "child's behinds." The always optimistic Mr. Van Driessen notes that even though Beavis and Butt-Head are clearly the lowest scoring students in the school, it just means that they can improve the most.

Van Driessen holds this belief so tightly that he somehow arranged for several of the faculty members to converge on the classroom and attempt to cram knowledge into their pea-brains. When Butt-Head reaches an epiphany about "Number two pencils," he manages to discourage five teachers simultaneously. Now that's talent! It's just not a marketable skill.

In the test itself, the boys prove to be so stupid that they stay for hours after the test is completed and barely finish writing out their own names. Incensed, McVicker begins filling in their answers at random, since it would still score better than a blank test. And when Van Driessen threatens to expose him for cheating, McVicker fires him.

The resolution finds McVicker under investigation for the cheating scandal while Beavis and Butt-Head draw poop with their "Number 2" pencils. It's an amusing commentary for the current educational system. And it is kind of surprising that the duo don't even know how to spell their own names.

The interstitials for this episode were particularly weak, once again trolling from MTV's so called reality line up of "Jersey Shore," "16 And Pregnant" and "True Life." Thanks to this show, I've seen more footage from "Jersey Shore" than I have ever cared to see, and it is the most insipid piece of s*** that I've seen on MTV. It was amusing when Butt-Head declared Beavis to be smarter than "The Situation" because he came up with a "Master Plan" that at least resembles a plan. But even short clips of "Jersey Shore" are grating… and this week's clip seemed to be particularly long.

30H!3 had the lone music video of the week… which was horrendous. Fortunately, the duo hated the video and commented that the lead singers were "ass wipes," but in different ways.

These episodes were a little weaker than the strong outings that "Beavis and Butt-Head" had in recent weeks. Again, I blame the interstitials for sucking most of the life out of this particular installment, but "School Test" was also disappointing. Only "Snitchers" elevates this episode above a merely average grade.

Crave Online Rating: 7 out of 10.