Drones (Beavis and Butt-head)
|Beavis and Butt-head episode|
Beavis and Butt-head fighting over the drone controller.
|Episode no.||Season 8
|Directed by||Mike Judge|
|Written by||Mike Judge|
|Original air date||November 10, 2011|
"Drones" is the sixth episode of Season 8 and 206th episode overall of the American animated television series Beavis and Butt-head. It is an extended episode. It aired on MTV on November 10, 2011, along with "Holy Cornholio," another extended episode.
Beavis and Butt-head are on a class field trip to a military base—but only half of the class is there, because the school's guidance counselor felt the other students were better served by visiting Hewlett Packard—where their teacher Mr. Van Driessen (conducting the trip under protest) tries to present a military career in non-violent and educational terms, only to be cheerfully countered by an Army officer who notes the virtues of pre-emptive strikes and bluntly says that juvenile delinquents make the best warriors. Beavis and Butt-head have to use a bathroom, so they go look for one. Meanwhile, a lazy trainee leaves the Drone Control room to get some birthday cake. Shortly thereafter, the duo wander into the Drone Control room, which they at first thought was a bathroom when they read it as "Drain Central". At the pilot seats, the duo thinks they are playing the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas when they are actually controlling drone planes in Afghanistan (the local villagers are speaking Dari). They start wreaking havoc around the city (Butt-head) and in Afghanistan (Beavis) while looking for prostitutes, still thinking they are playing a video game. They manage to scare civilians around the world and destroy some property. Not succeeding in finding prostitutes, they eventually get bored of the "game" and leave the Drone Control room, after which a drone crashes into and destroys the Highland High school bus and two other drones crash into a foreign field. The drone trainee, whose return to his job was delayed when he decided to get some ice cream to go with his cake, is arrested as a saboteur. While he's being beaten up and taken away in handcuffs, Beavis and Butt-head finish their day by enjoying what's left of the birthday treats.
- Deadmau5 featuring Rob Swire – "Ghosts 'n' Stuff"
- MGMT – "It's Working"
- Two clips from Jersey Shore
- Benny Benassi – "Satisfaction"
The episode was seen by 1,554,000 viewers in its initial airing.
IGN rated the episode a 7.5/10, commenting "While not a perfect episode, "Drones" did have me laughing out loud quite often." and commented that the best element of the story is when Mr. Van Driessen learns about how the army works. The A.V. Club graded the episode a B, comparing it to the satire that the show South Park has in their episodes and calls it "Heavy, heady stuff". They also comment on the line "pee all I can pee", saying "yet another notch in Judge and his writers".
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- R.L. Shaffer (2011-11-11). "Beavis and Butt-head: "Drones" Review - TV Review at IGN". Tv.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
- Herzog, Kenny (2011-11-10). ""Holy Cornholio"/"Drones" | Beavis And Butt-Head". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2011-12-01.