Breakdown is the 33rd episode of Season 7 of Beavis and Butt-head. It is the 193rd overall episode.


Beavis and Butt-Head are in Principal McVicker's office for having gone through with another of their destructively carnage-filled antics. Only known that the Teacher's Lounge has been blown apart, McVicker receives the message that the contractor is there to estimate the damage. As he leaves, the duo eyes with anticipation of the master control of the intercom system throughout the school.

Walking off to meet the contractor at the blast site that is the Teacher's Lounge, Beavis and Butthead happily take over the intercom system in his absence. As McVicker does not see the contractor there, mistaken to where he had to truly go, he notices that the boys are laughing all throughout the school in maniacal laughter. With all of his stimuli surrounded on the duo's chaos they have caused, McVicker then goes insane, balling up on the floor and in the asylum after their antics and laughter take their toll on him.

The next day, Van Driessen makes the boys visit McVicker to make them see what they did to their principal. During their asylum arrival, McVicker is slowly recovering, reading the Little Fire Truck That Could to a group therapy meeting. Successfully reading it and to his sanity, it is not until he hears the boys' laughter outside. Going insane and on the verge of another breakdown, the assistants hold him down and immediately sedate him.

In his room to recover, the doctors desire McVicker to see the boys in hopes that he'll recover and face his fears. However, arriving in constant laughter, boys drive him over the edge again. As they reveal that they have done every kind of therapy in the book, Beavis adds in the need to kick him in the nads and use the straitjacket, then McVicker strangles Beavis. However, he was subdued by doctors and is held in restraints to prevent another assault. They finalize that he needs the ultimate treatment: Electroshock Therapy. Upon those words, the boys are excited to see their aggressive principal be given thousands of volts for his own good.

As they rush down the halls, Van Driessen sees McVicker restrained and hearing of what they will do with him. Van Driessen, upset and dumbfounded that Beavis and Butt-Head didn't care what they did to their principal, is emotionally vulnerable to what cheerfully diabolical callousness they displayed, and finally, the boys drive him into a Breakdown after hearing their constant laughter as well.


Music VideosEdit

  • Dr. Dre - Keep Their Heads Ringin


  • In a twist of fate, this time, it is the boys who send someone of the school to the insane asylum. They were sent to a mental therapy hospital in the episode, They're Coming To Take Me Away, Huh Huh.
  • McVicker mentions having sent Beavis and Butt-head to group counseling, which occurred in "Close Encounters."


Episode List
Pilot ·Season 1 · Season 2 · Season 3 · Season 4 · Season 5 · Season 6 · Season 7 · Season 8

Pilot: Frog Baseball · Peace, Love and 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 · Most Wanted

Season 4: 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 the Harvest · 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 · Dumbasses 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

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