Season 1 Episode 18

Pavlov's Mice/Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov/Nothing but the Tooth

Aired Weekdays 4:00 PM Oct 06, 1993 on FOX
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Pavlov's Mice: In turn of the century Russia, Pinky and the Brain are conditioned to respond in strange ways to the sound of bells. Brain plans to take over the world by stealing the crown jewels of Russia. Unfortunately, his conditioning prevents him from successfully getting the jewels.

Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov: In New York, Chicken Boo is mistaken for a ballet dancer and dances in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

Nothing But the Tooth: Rasputin has a toothache preventing him from hypnotizing the tsar. Unfortunately, the Warners are his dentists.


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    Barry Dennen

    Barry Dennen

    voice of Czar

    Guest Star

    Maurice LaMarche

    Maurice LaMarche

    voice of The Brain

    Recurring Role

    Rob Paulsen

    Rob Paulsen

    voice of Yakko Warner / Dr. Scratchansniff / Pinky

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • In this episode, instead of the typical "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?", Brain actually says, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"

      • The sound of a gong made Brain recite "I'm a Little Teapot", and the sound of a bell ringing made Pinky do a traditional Russian dance.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Pinky: We made it inside, Brain!
        Brain: Czar Brain.
        Pinky: Right, Czar Brain!
        Brain: Yes, Pinky. There are fleeting moments where I even amaze myself.

      • Brain: He who controls the crown jewels controls Mother Russia!
        Pinky: But I thought your mum's name was Desiree...

      • (after Pinky kicked Brain into the cage bars while dancing under the conditioning)
        Pinky: What are you doing over there, Brain?
        Brain: Contemplating your afterlife, Pinky.

      • (after Brain has finished singing "I'm a Little Teapot")
        Pinky: Egad, Brain! I could watch you do that dance all day. Narf!
        Brain: You have watched it all day, Pinky. Sixty-one times, to be exact.

      • Brain: Pinky, are you thinking what I'm thinking?
        Pinky: I think so, Brain, but where are we going to find rubber pants in our size?

      • Brain: (under conditioning) I'm a little teapot short and stout, here is my handle, here is my spout. When I get all steamed up, hear me shout; tip me over, pour me out.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Pavlov: Classic Conditioning

        Pavlov was famous for developing classic conditioning. The experiement began with dogs that would be given food powder on their tongue (causing them to salivate) when a bell was sounded. Eventually, the dogs began to salivate to the sound of the bell alone. In this episode, the experiment is parodied by having Pinky & Brain dance & sing when they hear a gong or a bell.

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