BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD 8-09 & 8-10 ‘The Rat’ & ‘Spill’

Beavis unwittingly befriends a rat before the duo clean up oil covered birds in an attempt to score

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Episode Titles: "The Rat" & "Spill"

Writer: Mike Judge

Director: Mike Judge

Fans of animated comedies like "South Park," "Futurama" and "Archer" may be getting a little spoiled. On those shows, the audience can almost always expect some kind of story to hang the majority of the jokes on.

"Beavis and Butt-Head" never has much more than a simple story at best. But "The Rat" has some of the funniest cartoon slapstick in a long time. It begins with Beavis and Butt-Head awakening on their couch to discover that a rat has moved in with them. They're more or less indifferent to the rat… until it dares to eat their nachos. Of course you know, this means war.

The dim witted duo head over to a Home Depot-like store to pick up a classic mouse trap. The overly talkative worker they encounter there is actually kind of a sad future reflection of themselves who appears to be desperate for any human contact. How else would you explain it when he practically begs the boys to come back and visit him some time?

But once the guys are back home, the hilarious insanity resumes. Beavis and Butt-Head practically kill each other just trying to set the trap, leaving both with black eyes and bruises by the time they finally set it down correctly. And yet soon enough, Beavis forgets that the nachos on the trap were meant for the rat and he clips himself again.

By the time the rat finally falls for their trap, the duo find that the trap wasn't quite enough to kill it… although Butt-Head is happy to finish the job with a broom. Somehow, Beavis inadvertently frees the rat and the guys lose interest in killing it. In fact, the rat seems to be quite affectionate towards Beavis and they more or less adopt it as a pet.

Beavis and Butt-Head don't even blink when the rat follows them to Burger World for their afternoon shift. By this point, the duo talk to the rat and treat it like a dog as it runs through the back counter and leaves turds everywhere. Naturally, this freaks out the one customer that they have and the unnamed Manager is upset when they confirm that the rat is in the resturant. Amusingly, the Manager assumes the guys are joking when they say that the rat was just on the counter and that they threw out the rat traps for the rat's safety. And then the apparently female rat gives birth. Thus, Beavis and Butt-Head manage to bring down Burger World once again… without really trying.

"Spill" finds Beavis and Butt-Head lured into accompanying Mr. Van Driessen on a trip to clean up birds at an oil spill because they misunderstood what he meant by cleaning up "filthy chicks."

Once there, the duo encounter Maya, a hot young girl who mistakes their eagerness to join in as a genuine desire to help the birds. Even when they get within inches of touching her breasts, Maya assumes that they're just itching to get started. However, the guys assume that they need to be covered in oil themselves before they can get with Maya, so they practically rake the sludge off of an alarmed bird that eventually manages to escape them by flying away.

At the same time Maya laments the fate of the young birds growing up without their parents in a hopeless future. When she sees Beavis and Butt-Head apparently accomplishing the job, Maya apologizes to them for her moment of doubt. If the duo had any self awareness, this would have been their best chance to score. Instead, Butt-Head deadpans "You're making a difference… in my pants."

In the music videos for the week, Beavis and Butt-Head have some funny commentary about the singer Oh Land and the video "My Machines" by Battles. But there was also yet another "Jersey Shore" clip to drag everything else down.

But even Snookie couldn't ruin two of the best "Beavis and Butt-Head" shorts of the new season. Even on my second and third viewing, "The Rat" and "Spill" were both hysterical. I just wish the series had some continuity so we could eventually see the fallout from their unique brand of chaos.

Crave Online Rating: 8.5 out of 10.