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The Pinky Protocol is the 10th episode of the 3rd season of the episode of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the 35th overall. It originally aired on September 22, 1997.

The Pinky Protocol[]

Pinky Protocol title

Animation by: Akom


After being stalked by conspiracy theorist-filmmaker Gulliver Sloane, Brain decides to take advantage of conspiracy theories by creating one about himself that claims the government is keeping Brain from stepping into power. Meanwhile, the eccentric Big Jake falls for Brain's conspiracy and takes drastic measures to "help" the mice out.



  • The film director, Gulliver Sloane, is a parody of film director Oliver Stone, best known for touching on controversial and political issues. One of his films, Nixon, is satirized in this cartoon.
    • Later on Sloane's film about this subject features a caricacture of Sir Anthony Hopkins performing Brain going off of his performance of Richard Nixon in Nixon. He is joined by a caricature of Christopher Walken, and they act out a typical Pinky and the Brain episode. Nixon's praying on the eve of his resignation is also parodied.
  • Sloane is one of the very few humans in the series who is aware about the two lab mice's worldly ambitions.
  • This cartoon features the recurring news program in the Animaniacs universe, Punchline, a parody of news programs such as Dateline and Nightline; with Ted Koppel caricature Fred Floppel hosting.
  • The name Brain uses in this episode, "Harold Foster Brain," is a reference to Charles Foster Kane (originally portrayed by Orson Welles) in the 1941 film Citizen Kane.
  • Brain's face used in the doctored photograph of him making Nixon comes from the same picture Brain took for his "no-spill" coffee mugs in the episode "Fly."
  • Different conspiracies are satirized in this episode, including the Grassy knoll from the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Watergate scandal, what ever happened to actress Joyce DeWitt, and the case of two actors portraying Darrin Stephens in the 1964-1972 sitcom Bewitched (and why they have the same first name: Dick York and Dick Sargent).
  • Former US president Gerald Ford is portrayed as being a clumsy golfer, who injures Brain multiple times. In reality, this cartoon wasn't too far off, as he had also injured people during golf games in real life.[1]
  • One of the police officers is a caricature of actor Don Knotts in a nod to his role as Barney Fife in the 1960-1968 sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.
  • The public affairs program, The McLaughlin Group, is parodied in this cartoon as The McLoudness Group. Among the panelists satirized are host John McLaughlin and Eleanor Clift.
  • News program 20/20 is parodied as 50/50, and then-co-host Barbara Walters is caricatured as well.
  • Photographer Adam Ansel, who exposes Brain's fake photographs, is a parody of a photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams.



  • "Shortnin' Bread"
  • "How Dry I Am"
  • "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia"
  • "Symphony 6, Movement 1: Pastorale"
  • "Hail to the Chief!"


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Pinky
Maurice LaMarche The Brain
Tress MacNeille Mary Hartless, Barbara Walters
Frank Welker Fred Floppel, Mr. President
Jeff Bennett Gulliver Sloane, Christopher Walken
Townsend Coleman Big Jake, FBI Agent
Billy West Anthony Hopkins (Nixon), John McLaughlin


  1. Marjorie Hunter - Ford, Teeing Off Like Agnew, Hits Spectator in Head With Golf Ball. Published June 25, 1974. Retrieved December 2, 2022.

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)