Pinky and the Brain

Season 3 Episode 39

Inherit The Wheeze

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Feb 14, 1998 on The WB
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Pinky and Brain prepare a plan that makes use of abandoned satellites and a giant magnet. Things take a different turn, though, as the mice learn of a tobacco executive's misdeeds. It turns out that test results damaging to the company were stolen. Brain, of course, sees an opportunity here. Posing as the company's spokesman, Brain intends to reveal the truth and earn the adoration of millions – enough to then take over.moreless

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    Pam Grier

    Pam Grier

    voice of Julie Auburn

    Guest Star

    T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh

    T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh

    voice of Singer

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    Michael McKean

    Michael McKean

    voice of Mel Anoma

    Guest Star

    Townsend Coleman

    Townsend Coleman

    voice of Les Tarr

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    Tress MacNeille

    Tress MacNeille

    voice of Nicky O'Tine

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      • The episode plays on several real life controverseys involving cigarettes. Brain being a cartoony spokesman meant to get kids smoking refers to Camel cigarette's mascot Camel Joe. The company was accused of using Camel Joe to lure children into smoking, and after enough pressure they eventually dropped it.

        The courtroom scene where judges question the cigarette makers about missing nicotine research documents mirrors real life court cases where big tabacco companies were accused of forging documents and bribing politicians to cover the addictiveness of their products.

        Brain's desire to take down the cigarette company for getting him addicted is a nod to Wayne McLaren, one of the actors in the Marlboro Man ad campain who joined anti-smoking movements and sued Marlboro Cigarettes after contracting lung cancer.

      • The commercial where kids try to catch Brainy the Elf to get his cigarettes is a nod to similar commercials for Lucky Charms cereal, where kids chase after a leprechaun to get his Lucky Charms.

      • The episode's title is a reference to Inherit the Wind, a 1955 Broadway play that attempted to warn against the evils of McCarthyism through a fictionalized account of the Scopes Monkey Trial.

        The play's name comes from the Bible, specifically Proverbs 11:29: "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind; and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart."

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