Blackout! is the 11th episode in Season 4 of Beavis and Butt-Head. It is the overall 72nd episode.


At home, Beavis and Butthead sit down to a cozy viewing of The Crap Network's premier of movie Asbestos in Obstetrics (Though Butthead explains to Beavis that Asbestos is a kind of health food, the channel is mainly a Lifetime network parody about a rescue operation in a maternity ward threatened by asbestos insulation; in short, overblown dull stuff). Shortly into the movie, an explosion is heard and shakes the neighborhood, all before anything electric immediately goes out. Wondering what happened, and obviously not understanding anything that the neighborhood watch van has been announcing, especially the part about a transformer having blown up at the power plant, the two get the idea to kick the TV to work. All while kicking, Butthead comes to the conclusion: They need a new TV.

Walking out into the middle of the crazy riots in the heart of Highland (you can see McVicker also stealing mannequins), Beavis and Butthead remain oblivious to the anarchic chaos around them; Beavis attributes everyone going crazy and hoarding things to another one of those "Midnight Madness Sales" (EVERYTHING MUST GO!!). The two find a criminal duo run off with a TV, and they tell them to wait up, but change their minds after seeing them get loaded with bullets by an aggressive cop.

Somewhere further in town, Mr. Van Dreesen performs traffic duty as the lights have gone out. Noticing their teacher, they also ask him where they could find a TV, but he takes the opportunity to hand the job over to the boys en route to the soup kitchen (for what reason and what purpose in a one night blackout is uncertain) despite taking their enthusiasm for hard up authorial enforcement and to be loaded with security equipment seriously. As a result of the two not knowing how to count to the number 50, they obviously botch up that job with disastrous results; though at the traffic's own disregard for common sense, basic law, and safety in a blackout, the ensuing chaos results in hilarity. Later on, a massive wreck of cars and vehicles strewn about the road is the result of their work, and Beavis and Butthead get bored of their assigned "job". Hearing a groan of pain coming from a car, they realize it's Mr. Stevenson, who got into a serious accident and whose car is totaled. Asking for help and moaning of internal bleeding, Beavis and Butthead asks him if they could watch TV at his house, but without any visible signs of saving, he passes out in despair and pain.





  • In the episode's title is shown, the screen's color's will invert and "Blackout!" is very briefly replaced by "Nachos rule!" in red lettering.}
  • The movie on the television just before the Blackout, "Asbestos in Obstetrics," can also be seen in the original series finale, "Beavis and Butthead Are Dead."
  • Mr, McVicker can be seen as one of the looters during the blackout.


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Pilot Frog Baseball · Peace, Love & Understanding
Season 1 Door To Door · Give Blood · Balloon
Season 2 Scientific Stuff · Good Credit · Burger World · Baby Makes Uh, Three · Beware of the Butt · At The Sideshow · Customers Suck · Sick · Home Improvement · Way Down Mexico Way · Way Down Mexico Way Part 2 · At the Movies · No Laughing · No Laughing Part 2 · The Butt-head Experience · Lawn and Garden · Stewart's House · For Better or Verse · Bedpans & Broomsticks · Babes'R'Us · Yogurt's Cool · Heroes · Sign Here · Washing the Dog · Friday Night · Be All You Can Be
Season 3 Comedians · Carwash · Couch Fishing · Incognito · Kidnapped · Kidnapped Part 2 · Naked Colony · Tornado · Cleaning House · Scratch 'N' Win · Scared Straight · Eating Contest · Sporting Goods ·Sperm Bank · Buff 'N' Stuff · Citizen Butt-Head · Citizen Butt-Head Part 2 · Politically Correct · Ball Breakers · Meet God · Meet God Part 2 · True Crime · The Trial · The Crush · Plate Frisbee · Canoe · Young, Gifted & Crude · Foreign Exchange · A Very Special Christmas With Beavis and Butt-head · Closing Time
Season 4 Most Wanted · Wall of Youth · Cow Tipping · Trouble Urinating · Rabies Scare · They're Coming To Take Me Away, Huh Huh · Jump! · Pumping Iron · Let's Clean it Up · 1-900-BEAVIS · Water Safety · Blackout! · Late Night with Butt-head · The Final Judgement of Beavis · Pool Toys · Madame Blavatsky · Beavis and Butt-head's Island · Figure Drawing · Date Bait · Butt is it Art? · Right On · Manners Suck · The Pipe of Doom · Safe Driving · Mr. Anderson's Balls · Patients Patients · Teen Talk · Crisis Line · Beavis and Butt-head vs. the Vending Machine · Generation in Crisis · Radio Sweethearts · The Great Cornholio · Liar! Liar!
Season 5 Held Back · Killing Time · Beard Boys · Choke · Safe House · Hard Sell · Walkathon · Temporary Insanity · Dude, a Reward · Walking Erect · Career Day · Plastic Surgin · Take a Number · Beaverly Buttbillies · Tainted Meat · Stewart Moves Away · Top O' The Mountain · Party · Wet Behind the Rears · Bad Dog · Lightning Strikes · Dream On · Candy Sale · Animation Sucks · What's the Deal? · The History of Women · To the Rescue · I Dream of Beavis · Pregnant Pause · Here Comes the Bride's Butt · Screamers · Beavis, Can You Spare a Dime? · Skin Trade · Oil Change · Buttniks · Bang the Drum Slowly, Dumbass · Another Friday Night · Tired · Close Encounters · Womyn · Premature Evacuation · Whiplash · Spare Me · Patsies · Murder Site · Spanish Fly · Sexual Harassment · Bus Trip · Green Thumbs · Steamroller
Season 6 Bungholio: The Lord of Harvest (Butt-O-Ween) · The Mystery of Morning Wood · U.S. History · Feel A Cop · Date Watchers · Blood Pressure · Huh Huh Humbug · It's a Miserable Life · Babysitting · Vidiots · Stewart Is Missing · Gang Of Two · Sprout · Prank Call · No Service · Yard Sale · P.T.A. · Substitute · Shopping List · Buy Beer
Season 7 Butt, Butt, Hike! · Vaya Con Cornholio · Evolution Sucks · Ding Dong Ditch · Just For Girls · A Very Special Episode · Anonymous · Underwear · Head Lice · Cyber-Butt · Nosebleed · Citizens Arrest · Pierced · A Great Day · On Strike · Follow Me · Nothing Happening · Take A Lap · Shortcuts · Bride of Butt-head · Special Delivery · Woodshop · TV Violence · Canned · Garage Band · Impotence · The Miracle That Is Beavis · Shopping Cart · Inventors · Die Fly, Die! · Drinking Butt-ies · Work Is Death · Breakdown · Graduation Day · The Future of Beavis and Butt-head · Speech Therapy · Leave It to Beavis · Butt Flambé · Our Founding Losers · Beavis and Butt-head Do Thanksgiving · Beavis and Butt-Head Are Dead
Season 8 Werewolves of Highland · Crying · Daughter's Hand · Tech Support · Holy Cornholio · Drones · Supersize Me · Bathroom Break · The Rat · Spill · Doomsday · Dumb Design · Copy Machine · Holding · Used Car · Bounty Hunters · Time Machine · Massage · School Test · Snitchers · Whorehouse · Going Down
See also: Episode List
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