BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD 8-11 & 8-12 ‘Doomsday’ & ‘Dumb Design’

Beavis and Butt-Head embrace the freedom of the Apocalypse before taking on "The Human Centipede."

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Episode Titles: "Doomsday" & "Dumb Design"

Writer: Mike Judge

Director: Mike Judge

Could Beavis and Butt-Head survive the end of the world?

In "Doomsday," America's favorite pair of idiots ignores an emergency evacuation during a toxic gas leak. While the TV news anchor sells the event like it's the end of the world, the duo simply assume that the EMS guy banging at their front door is an overzealous census agent.

By the time it finally dawns on them that the "Apoc-elpse" has come, Butt-Head has the closest thing to an epiphany that he'll ever have: with no one else seemingly alive, the world is theirs. And so, the duo gorge themselves at the local convenience store. There's also a neat character bit where Beavis is enthrallwed by the gun magazines while Butt-Head handles all of the porno mags.

At their next stop, the duo make themselves at home in Stuart's house. And although Beavis says that he's always wanted to live there, they just aren't comfortable unless the place is trashed like their own home. Finally, the guys happen upon a female EMS tech, who initially seems concerned that they've been left behind. But when she sees that they're only interested in crudely propositioning her, she hilariously abandons them.

Finally, proof that Beavis and Butt-Head can't even score if they're the last men on Earth. Unfortunately for the dim-witted duo, the next house they pick to inhabit belongs to an angry redneck, who proceeds to beat the crap out of them when he returns to his home. It's possibly one of the few times that Beavis and Butt-Head have suffered any consequences for their actions. And yet, when they see a newscrew interviewing Stewart and his family about their vandalized house; Beavis and Butt-Head assume that somebody else thrashed it after they went through the trouble of making it cool.

For "Dumb Design," the duo misunderstand a protest about evolution being taught in schools. Under the belief that anything too hard to understand doesn't need to be taught, Beavis and Butt-Head begin walking out of all of their classes "because of their religion." Beavis even develops an amusing habit of condemning the teachers to Hell. After they get suspended, the protesters are all too happy to use Beavis and Butt-Head as their way to get evolution out of the classroom. But in a circular turn, the duo find that Intelligent Design isn't any more comprehensible and they walk out once again. Not a bad short, but it could have been a lot funnier.

The interstitials in this episode were some of the best since the series was rebooted. During the Plain White T's  "1, 2, 3, 4;" Beavis and Butt-Head make an oblique reference to actor turned insurance pitchman, Dennis Haysbert (David Palmer on "24") as the guy "who was President before Obama" before they begin mocking ads for boner pills. Even more entertainingly, Beavis and Butt-Head do their best Ebert and Roeper impression while introducing a clip from Tom Six's "The Human Centipede."

"The Human Centipede" is described by the duo as a "wonderful and inspiring film," with Beavis adding that the victims get to "learn what human butt tastes like!" After the clip, Butt-Head suggests that the third "Human Centipede" film should be combined with the next "Sex and the City" sequel for "the ultimate chick flick." To top it off, Beavis exclaims "Feed her Charlotte, feed her Carrie, feed her Samantha!" Judging by wikipedia, that means Miranda was at the tail-end of that monstrosity.

It was a truly hilarious sequence and Mike Judge has finally hit upon a viable solution for this show. Rather than constantly subjecting the audience to more "Jersey Shore" clips, watching Beavis and Butt-Head misinterpret the movies could be almost as much fun as the classic music videos. Hopefully, we'll see more segments like that in the future.

If "Dumb Design" had been a little funnier, the episode would have gotten a higher rating. But overall, this was still one of the more solid installments of the new "Beavis and Butt-Head."

Crave Online Rating: 8 out of 10.