BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD 8-07 & 8-08 ‘Supersize Me’ & ‘Bathroom Break’

The dim-witted duo return to Burger World and take on Morgan Spurlock

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Episode Titles: "Supersize Me" & "Bathroom Break"

Writer: Mike Judge

Director: Mike Judge

It was inevitable that Beavis and Butt-Head would eventually return to episodes taking place at Burger World, the McDonald's/Burger King amalgamation that provides America's favorite idiots with semi-gainful employment. But putting two Burger World episodes back-to-back was unexpected… and possibly a genius move.

For the rest of the world, "Super Size Me" is very 2004. But when Beavis and Butt-Head see Morgan Spurlock on TV with his wife, they think that they've hit upon the secret of his success. Because clearly it was the eating at McDonalds every day for a month that led to "Morgan Sherlock's" fame and his ability to score with women.

Never let it be said that Beavis and Butt-Head can't put a plan into action… even if it's a horribly ill-considered plan. In practically no time at all they're at Burger World awkwardly hitting on women while stuffing their faces with as much free food as they can. Butt-Head even hilariously cleans the fry grill by pouring the discarded fries down his throat.
At school, Mr. Van Driessen assumes that the duo are on the Burger World diet as a form or social expression against teenage obesity. And while they're smart enough to basically agree with Van Driessen's assessment of their motives, Butt-Head can't resist mocking the rest of the class about being able to eat in the middle of the lecture.

The kicker is that even Beavis and Butt-Head can't fail when it comes to getting fat off of fast food. Thanks to Van Driessen's encouragement (and a third partner to film the experience), the duo reach full obesity and get the attention of the Burger World corporate heads; who essentially bribe Beavis and Butt-Head with unlimited funds for Taco Yummo, a competitor.

Thus for once, a Beavis and Butt-Head plan finds success. They may not able to get girls, but they reach another level of internet fame that starts to bring down Taco Yummo, until the executives of that company decide to pass the duo off to a hotdog franchise. It's a pretty sublime commentary on both the fast food franchises and "Super Size Me." The only thing that would made this even better would have been a quick appearance by Spurlock himself or a fictional equivalent.

In "Bathroom Break," Beavis and Butt-Head have an epiphany… Well, maybe epiphany is too strong of a word. They have an idea: if they get paid for taking bathroom breaks, then why should they ever leave the bathroom? Naturally, this leads to chaos at the register and the drive-in as the hapless customers wait for any kind of service. Amazingly, Beavis and Butt-Head appear to be the only employees there until the Manager finally takes notice of the commotion.
While the Manager rightly chastises the duo for their excessive bathroom breaks, a labor lawyer waiting in line interjects himself into the conversation and states that Beavis and Butt-Head have the right to take as long in the bathroom as they have to. This leaves the Manager in the unenviable position of being the sole employee with an increasingly angry crowd of customers. As the boys lounge in the bathroom with a TV (and eat fries off of the toilet), the Manager runs outside to urinate only to be arrested for indecent exposure. 

If nothing else, Beavis and Butt-Head have a talent for causing serious problems and walking away without suffering the consequences. That's part of the appeal of the series. If this show took place in a rational world, they wouldn't have recovered from massive obesity in the space of a commercial break.

Both of the Burger World related stories were fairly strong with some great comedic moments, but the interstitials this week were a little disappointing. More "Jersey Shore" clips were heaped upon us, and my tolerance for that series in any format has expired. The highlight was the duo mistaking Alex Ebert from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as Jesus Christ returning from Heaven to take up a career as an indie rock singer. It's also not that far off from the actual narrative behind the band.

If "Beavis and Butt-Head" is doomed to only talk about MTV programming, then we should at least get more than just "Jersey Shore" and "Teen Mom" shoved down our throats. I think we're way overdue for a "Teen Wolf" commentary. And at this point, I'd even take "The Hard Times of RJ Bergere" and "Skins."

Crave Online Rating: 8 out of 10.