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The Pink Candidate is the 4th episode of the second season of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the 17th episode overall.

The Pink Candidate[]

Animation by Wang

Pink candidate title


Loved by the citizens of the country, Pinky runs for president with The Brain running as his vice president. The plan is working until The Brain's instruction book on world domination is stolen and he is impeached.




  • This episode's title is a reference to the 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate.
  • This entire episode is a satire of the 1996 United States presidential election, which occurred three days after this cartoon first aired.
  • Dan Anchorman returns from the Animaniacs episode "Broadcast Nuisance." He is a caricature of anchor Sam Donaldson. This time, he is voiced by Maurice LaMarche rather than Phil Hartman.
  • One of the people attending the Allied Front To Smear Candidate Pinky meeting is a caricature of Robert Shaw, specifically his performance as Quint in the 1975 film Jaws. It is later revealed that it was a disguise for Bil Keane, the creator of the comic strip The Family Circus, which the Brain criticized as never being funny at the beginning of the episode.
  • The reporter who jokingly asks Pinky who he is going to vote for appears to be a caricature of Jerry Lewis, and uses a slightly-modified design of Lewis-caricature Mr. Director.
  • Michigan J. Frog makes a cameo when Bil Keane is rummaging through Acme Labs for "dirt" on Pinky and his campaign.
  • Before the ending chorus, an instrumental snippet of "Hail to the Chief" is heard. Then, Pinky and the Brain fall off the stairs, as they miss the plane that's heading back home.



Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Pinky, Additional Voices
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Dan Anchorman, Additional Voices
Tress MacNeille Old Woman
Frank Welker Mr. President
Richard Karron Sweaty Pete
Jim Meskimen Bob D.
Kevin Michael Richardson (as Kevin M. Richardson) Bernard S.
Steve McGowan Reporter
Phil Snyder Bob C.

External links[]

List of Pinky and the Brain episodes
Season 1
Das MouseOf Mouse And ManTokyo Grows / That Smarts / BrainstemPinky and the Fog / Where No Mouse Has Gone Before / Cheese Roll CallBrainaniaTV or Not TVNapoleon BrainaparteA Pinky and the Brain ChristmasSnowballAround the World in 80 NarfsFlyAmbulatory Abe / Mouse of La ManchaThe Third Mouse / The Visit
Season 2
It's Only A Paper WorldCollect 'em All / PinkassoPlan Brain From Outer SpaceThe Pink CandidateBrain's SongWelcome to the JungleA Little Off the Top / Megalomaniacs AnonymousThe Mummy / Robin BrainTwo Mice and a Baby / The MazeBrain of the FutureBrinkyHoop Schemes
Season 3
Leave it to Beavers / CinebrainiaBrain NoirPinky and the Brain... And Larry / Where the Deer and the Mousealopes PlayBrain's Bogie / Say What, EarthMy Feldmans, My FriendsAll You Need Is Narf / Pinky's PlanCold Open- A New Direction / This Old MouseBrain StormA Meticulous Analysis of History / Funny, You Don't Look RhennishThe Pinky ProtocolMice Don't Dance / Brain DrainedBrain AcresPinky and the Brainmaker / Calvin BrainPinky Suavo / T.H.E.YThe Real LifeBrain's WayA Pinky and the Brain HalloweenBrainy JackLeggo My Ego / Big in JapanBut That's Not All, Folks!Operation Sea Lion / You Said a MousefulThe Tailor and the Mice / Bah, WildernessPinky at the Bat / Schpiel-borg 2000Broadway MaladyThe Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo / The Melancholy BrainInherit the WheezeBrain's Night Off / Beach Blanket BrainThe Family That Poits Together, Narfs TogetherPinky's Turn / Your Friend: Global DominationYou'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town AgainDangerous BrainsWhat Ever Happened to Baby Brain / Just Say NarfThe Pinky P.O.V. / The Really Great Dictator / Brain Food
Season 4

(Part 1 - Brain, Brain, Go AwayPart 2 - I Am Not a HatPart 3 - Wash Harder)
To Russia With Lab Mice / Hickory Dickory BonkThe Pinky and the Brain Reunion SpecialA Legendary Tail / Project B.R.A.I.N.
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special: (Star Warners)