BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD 8-03 & 8-04 ‘Daughter’s Hand’ & ‘Tech Support’

The dim-witted duo act as proper gentlemen and cause a power plant meltdown.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Episode Titles: "Daughter's Hand" & "Tech Support"

Writer: Mike Judge

Director: Mike Judge

The first episode from the new season of "Beavis and Butt-Head" made it seem like American's favorite idiots never actually went away. Week 2 was more of the same dumb fun.

In "Daughter's Hand," Beavis and Butt-Head are inexplicably watching an Elizabethan era drama and they deduce that when a young man in the movie asks a woman's father for her hand in marriage; that is he is actually asking for a hand job. Even these two morons realize that the old fashioned rules of etiquette aren't closely followed anymore. Thus they believe that they have the perfect solution for their inability to score.

The duo end up at the doorstep of a local father, who is initially bemused by their request because he misinterprets it as romantic feelings for his oldest daughter, Victoria, whom he patiently explains already has a boyfriend. Somehow Beavis and Butt-Head interpret that as meaning that the girl needs time to finish off her boyfriend, so they wait on the sidewalk for their turns. Crusty old Mr. Anderson then makes a return appearance from the original series and he hilariously assumes that Beavis and Butt-Head are in a love triangle for the girl and he urges them to get off their asses and do something about it.

When the father finally understands what the guys want from his daughter, he starts to kick the crap out of them… until Anderson saves the day and clocks him with his rake! Yes, Anderson does the boys a solid by saving them from what he thinks is unwarranted aggression from the father. Too bad the duo don't return the favor when Anderson ends up on the losing end of the fight. Instead Beavis and Butt-Head come to the realization that they don't need the girl… after all, they have two hands of their own!

The segment got the most out of its simplistic premise and it was amusing watching the guys try to "act as gentlemen" without any real understanding of what they were trying to do.  The second segment, "Tech Support" ends up in an even crazier premise that casts the duo as the newest additions to a call center. Well, Beavis and Butt-Head don't actually work there, so much as they wandered into the building and began answering tech support calls in their never-ending quest for porn.

Their "co-worker," Hamid quickly becomes upset when Beavis and Butt-Head simply repeat his platitudes ("I understand your frustration") and even introduce themselves to the callers using Hamid's name before hanging up on them. But instead of disciplining them, Hamid's boss holds up Beavis and Butt-Head as proper examples for Hamid to follow. They may not actually help the customers, but they get them off the phone quickly and help make the call center more profitable in the process. That's actually a brilliant commentary on all call centers.

Hamid does his best to imitate Beavis and Butt-Head, even going so far as to suggest a customer set his machine "on fire." But when a power plant calls trying to avert a meltdown, Hamid's newly inept advice leads to disaster… the porn that Beavis and Butt-Head were watching suddenly cuts out. Oh… and the power plant melted down too. That's probably bad, right? To cap things off, Beavis and Butt-Head take the monitor and keyboard with them so they can watch the porn at home, but they end up inadvertently goading two locals to begin looting the office.  

I'd forgotten how sublime this show could be. Beavis and Butt-Head may be oblivious to the chaos they cause, but Mike Judge still has some sharp commentary about the world they live in. In the interstitials, the duo see "16 and Pregnant" for the first time and it slowly dawns on them that they aren't watching actors. Just bad people. It's an amazingly banal clip and it's very sad that people watch that show for any reason. MTV's "True Life" also comes under their glare as the duo begin making fortune telling jokes at the expense of a hapless (so-called) medium as she looks for love.

However, it doesn't get any better than when Beavis and Butt-Head get a chance to comment on Katy Perry's "Firework" video. My tolerance for MTV's reality shows is low even within the context of "Beavis and Butt-Head." But I could listen to these guys talk any music videos for hours.

Crave Online Rating: 8 out of 10.