BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD 8-05 & 8-06 ‘Holy Cornholio’ & ‘Drones’

Beavis' famous alter-ego returns and takes over a cult, before the guys discover the army's secret weapons.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Episode Titles: "Holy Cornholio" & "Drones"

Writer: Mike Judge

Director: Mike Judge

Among longtime "Beavis and Butt-Head" fans, the Cornholio episodes are considered to be among the best installments of the original run of the series. For the uninitiated, any time that Beavis has a massive sugar rush or an adverse reaction to drugs, he folds his shirt over his head and becomes "The Great Cornholio," a bewildering prophet of doom who needs "TP for my bunghole!"

For Cornholio's reemergence, the new "Beavis and Butt-Head" season actually gives us an entire half hour episode for the events unfold. Things start out charmingly enough with Beavis and Butt-Head attempting to violate one of Stewart's action figures in the butt with a screw… which Butt-Head manages to turn through Beavis' hand and then attach it to both hands with a power drill. That had to be intentional, not even Butt-Head is that stupid.

At the hospital, Beavis actually seems friendly with a young kid until the boy tries to yank the action figure out of his hands, with Butt-Head mocking him all the way through treatment. After being freed from the toy, Beavis is given a bottle of painkillers; which he promptly begins gulping down like candy. And then… Cornholio lives again!

"I am the Great CORNHOLIO! You will name your baby 'Bungholio'! Is he an albino?"

Ahem… sorry.

Meanwhile, a religious cult flocks around the death bed of its leader moments before he expires. They happen upon Beavis in full Cornholio mode and notice his stigmata-like injuries. Naturally they assume that Beavis is their leader reborn and they take the dim-witted duo to their compound over the objections of Stewart.

Thus, Cornholio finally has a flock. But his message about TP for his bunghole only goes so far and the group nearly bankrupts itself by bringing him mountains of toilet paper and keeping him hyped up on pills. However, even Cornholio has his limits and Beavis eventually reverts to normal and simply leaves with Butt-Head over their inability "to score" with the women of the cult.

Of course, the women were all too eager to mate with both of them… after the ceremony the next day. And yet it still slips past the grasp of Beavis as he sends Stewart on in his place as the new leader of the cult. Is it statutory rape if the women have their way with Stewart? Technically yes, but he seems enthusiastic about it.

For an extended sketch, "Holy Cornholio" was mostly setup with little payoff. I was never a big "King of the Hill" fan, but Mike Judge knows how to tell a complete story in a half hour. "Holy Cornholio" didn't feel complete and there was a lot of potential for Beavis as an accidental cult leader that seemed like it was squandered. Maybe Judge is intentionally keeping the show simple for the new MTV audience. It does work on that level, but it could have been so much more.

"Drones" is also another half hour episode; which almost slipped by me thanks to MTV's decision to breakup the "Beavis" episodes with "Good Vibes." Here the dim-witted duo find themselves separated from their classmates while on a field trip. Beavis and Butt-Head also happen upon a Drone control center and proceed to wreck havoc locally and in the Middle East at the same time!

Our pair of Modern Warriors can't distinguish between the Drone monitors and "Grand Theft Auto," but they somehow manage not to kill anyone despite Butt-Head using the Drone to dive bomb the school bus. Beavis alone is probably responsible for a major setback in U.S. Middle Eastern relations… which to be honest, weren't that stable to begin with.

Judge also throws in some subtle commentary on the modern U.S. Military as the hippie teacher, Mr. Van Driessen fruitlessly tries to find the friendly upside of the Army only for the helpful Lieutenant Decker to contradict him at every turn. Decker's dialog was actually frequently hilarious thanks to his blunt honesty and Van Driessen's increasingly disappointed responses were also amusing.

For this week's interstitials, more segments from "Jersey Shore" dominated the show. Even with Beavis and Butt-Head on commentary, those clips were excruciating to watch. On the other hand, the "Teen Mom" clips were really funny as the duo remarked about the young mother treating herself to a new pair of breasts. Viral video "It's So Cold in the D" also showed up and the animation seemed to get even cruder for that one; which was appropriate. The other videos didn't leave much of an impression with me, but they were still more entertaining than "Jersey Shore."

It's still enjoyable to catch the new "Beavis and Butt-Head" episodes, but I feel like the show could rival "South Park" and "Futurama" if Judge really cut loose. But much like the title characters, "Beavis and Butt-Head" just doesn't seem to have much ambition.

Crave Online Rating: 7.5 out of 10.