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Dangerous Brains is the 31st episode of the 3rd season of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the 56th episode overall. It originally aired on May 2, 1998.

Dangerous Brains[]

Animation by Rough Draft

Dangerous brains title


Brain takes a job as a teacher at a troubled school, Thaddeus Mumphries Memorial High School. His motivation is that the city is running a contest for teachers and the prize is the exact amount of money he needs for his latest plan to take over the world. Pinky, disguised as one of the students, convinces the other classmates to take Brain's studies seriously.




  • The title and plot of the episode is a parody of the 1995 film Dangerous Minds.
  • This episode would mark the first instance in which the plan involves one of the mice becoming a public school teacher. The Animaniacs (2020) cartoon "Reichenbrain Falls" would have both mice become school teachers at "Malcolm in the Middle School" (whereas "Dangerous Brains" takes place at a high school). Brain even wears a brown hairpiece, brown pants, and black shoes for his teacher persona.
  • A running-gag in this episode is Pinky, Brain, and various characters inquiring if one is "patronizing" them.
  • Thaddeus Mumphries Memorial High School is named for a fictitious circus monkey who was famous for an act where children were invited to cover him in chocolate. He was also a highly regarded mathematician.
  • Pinky’s alias Jergen Pinkhead, and the song that plays during his introduction, is a reference to the short-lived Kids’ WB! cartoon Waynehead.
  • As of this episode, Pinky has a high-school diploma. Brain does not.
  • This cartoon marks a rare instance where both Pinky and Brain shout "try to take over the world!" together at the end.


  • Pinky's tidbit about Entertainment Tonight's report of Larry Linville and Brian Doyle-Murray turning 63 on the same day is incorrect. Larry Linville was actually born on September 29, 1939 (59 years from 1998); while Brian Doyle-Murray was born on October 31, 1945 (53 years from 1998). Then again, this is Pinky stating this incorrect information.
  • Principal Bruhn is given a toon hand with four fingers, but in the scene where he briefly takes away Brain's check, he has five fingers.


  • Animal Fair
  • Symphony Number One in Cm, Movement 4 by Johannes Brahms


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Pinky, Additional Voices
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Additional Voices
Thomas F. Wilson (credited as "Tom Wilson") Larry Bruhn
Bumper Robinson Tyrone Spellbinder
Marcelo Tubert Hector Papadopolis
Tress MacNeille Girl, Additional Voices

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)