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"Of Mouse And Man" is the second episode of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the first episode to air Sunday nights at primetime. It originally aired on September 10th, 1995.

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Animation by Akom

Of mouse and man title


In order to gain money for his latest plan, Brain becomes an employee at an insurance insurance company (re-re-insurance), and then fakes an on-the-job accident so he can sue the company.



  • The title is a parody of the book Of Mice And Men.
  • This is the first episode to air Sunday nights during The WB's primetime block.
  • Being an episode in a primetime block, this episode is notably more mature than the typical Animaniacs-fare. For instance, Beetle Fiero hands Brain a rather large stack of papers that are labeled as being the company's policy form on sexual harassment.
  • When responding to Pinky's "pondering" inquiry, Brain scoffs that Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud would've had a field day analyzing Pinky. Ironically, Freud would later analyze Brain himself in the episode "Leggo My Ego."
  • The trial of O. J. Simpson is spoofed during the climactic trial of Brain V. Fiero & Co. The judge is a caricature of the real trial's judge Lance Ito, and Pinky mentions that Brain's trial wasn't being broadcast on Court TV (the channel that aired the actual O.J trial).
  • This episode marks the first appearance of a Christopher Walken caricature voiced by Jeff Bennett. He serves as a lawyer representing Fiero and Co.. The caricature would go on to become a recurring role in the series (usually in villainous roles) and would culminate in being used for Wally Faust, antagonist on Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain.
  • Brain's human suit from "Win Big" returns. This time, both Pinky and Brain get to operate it.
  • Bobby, Squit, and Pesto make silent cameos outside the court right before Brain's trial perched on a statue. Not counting the Warners' hands appearing in archive footage from the intro or background character designs, the Goodfeathers are the first Animaniacs characters besides the mice themselves to make an appearance in the spin-off series.
  • Much of the courtroom set design and background characters are re-used from the Animaniacs cartoon "La La Law."




Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Pinky, Additional Voices
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Additional Voices
Jim Belushi (as James Belushi) Additional Voices
Jeff Bennett Howie, Locke, Christopher Walken, Judge, Doctor
Jim Cummings Punk
Gail Matthius Gina
Jeffrey Tambor Beetle Fiero


Special thanks to Brian Norman's "Bunches of References Accumulated In a Nutshell" (B.R.A.I.N) reference guide for aiding in documenting this episode's references.

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)