Beavis and Butt-Head’s ‘Locked Out’ spotlights their home

Places can become TV series characters if they are dynamic enough. Part of what made CSI: Crime Scene Investigation a resounding success was that Las Vegas was a character in this series, with Sin City’s personality featured prominently in nearly every episode. The Law and order The franchise also emphasizes unique New York elements to create its gritty crime drama. And then there’s Beavis and Butt-Head’s house (or Beavis’ house, thanks to a retcon in Beavis and Butt-Head make the universe).

The house — especially the living room — has been iconic to viewers for decades. Large portions of each episode take place indoors, including the concise commentaries to the music videos the series has become famous for. So when people think of the show, they think of Beavis & Butt-Head on their couch. Beavis and Butt-Head by Mike Judge Season 1, Episode 6, “Virtual Stupidity/Locked Out” takes this to another level by taking the house away from them and showing how desperate they are to get back there.

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The whole plot of the episode is in the title. Beavis and Butt-Head are stuck outside their house, thanks to Beavis’ good reasoning for locking the front door (“I thought we could just knock, one of us is usually there”). The story then uses the classic series formula of making a simple task more complicated because of the characters’ idiocy. In a hilarious and cringe-worthy moment, they smash their bathroom window to get in, but only Beavis is responsible for the giant shattered piece of glass right in the target from the frame, and both are stabbed by it. They should have been able to remove the broken glass, climb through the now open window and get in, but they don’t because they are Beavis and Butt-Head.

With this simple fix dismissed, “Locked Out” continues to cause further hardware damage. The duo drive to Tom Anderson’s house, thinking they can chain his truck to their front door, then he’ll rip the door off when he leaves. The end result is Anderson ripping out half of the front wall of their house and breaking the main water pipe. It’s a fitting conclusion considering everything they’ve done at Anderson over the years. Still, it’s another way Paramount+’s reboot is adding a bit more depth. Similar to the original show’s Season 5, Episode 2, “Killing Time” and the beginning of Beavis and Butt-Head Do Americaviewers see how nervous these guys get when they can’t have their couch and TV.

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“Locked Out” exemplifies Beavis and Butt-Head’s relationship with their home — a dysfunctional one, to be sure. Beavis cares enough to lock the door (admittedly to protect them from the ghost in the 1990 film Phantom), but I don’t mind losing an entire wall. By the end of the episode, they’ve broken three different parts of the house… but they’re just turning their couch on its side to enjoy the view. All they want is to be in the house, regardless of its condition. There’s even a certain pride in ownership, as Butt-Head thinks the place “looks cool” with a huge hole in the front.

Shirley Beavis would be so disappointed. They regularly ransacked the house in the original series, and only six episodes of the revival managed to undo much of the renovation. The house takes as much abuse from Beavis and Butt-Head as it does from anyone they interact with (with the possible exception of Keith from “Doppleganger”). But she too has to put up with them, and they also seem to have genuine affection for her. “Locked Out” elevates the house to the third character in the series, making the viewer uneasy about what’s happening to him, but also happy that Beavis and Butt-Head finally find their way home.

Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head air Thursdays on Paramount+.

Robert M. Larson