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Hoop Schemes is the 12th and last episode of season 2 of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and 25th episode overall. It originally aired on May 17, 1997.

Hoop Schemes[]

Hoop schemes title

Animation by Rough Draft


Pinky and The Brain team with basketball coach Bobby Nacht and a crew of has-been TV actors to create the best squad in the NBA. With the aid of a mechanical arm and 3-foot-high shoes, The Brain soon achieves the kind of celebrity that he has always dreamed about. But just when The Brain is famous enough to contemplate taking over the world, his unchecked ego keeps him from achieving his lifelong goal.




  • This episode's title is a reference to award-winning 1994 basketball documentary, Hoop Dreams.
  • This is the first full-length episode (not counting Episode 38: Spell-Bound, which was an Animaniacs episode) to show the episode's title.
  • In a very relevant gag, when the Brain announces his plan to build a franchise that will help him dominate the universe and be worshipped a hero, Bobby Nacht replies, "That's exactly what Michael Jordan told me when he said he wanted to make Space Jam." Warner Bros. just released the film a year prior to the episode's airing.
  • The character of Bobby Nacht is a spoof of Bobby Knight, coach of the Indiana Hoosiers.
  • The following famous figures in Brain's team are spoofed:
  • Dudley Boore frequently gets hit while scatting on the piano about food such as funnel cake and chumsicles as a running gag. He even played at the Acme Labs and sang his own version of the ending chorus too!
  • This is the first episode of the series to star Billy West.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Maurice LaMarche The Brain
Rob Paulsen Pinky
Tress MacNeille Rue McClanahy
Kevin Michael Richardson (as Kevin M. Richardson) Jelly Head
Billy West Marv Albert, Dudley Boore
Roger Rose Man #1
Peter Jason Bobby Nacht
Jan Rabson Referee

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)