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Napolean brainaparte - pondering

Well, I think so, Brain, but first you'd have to take that whole bridge apart, wouldn't you?

In every episode of Pinky and the Brain, Brain asks Pinky the question [or some variation of] "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?" Pinky's various responses are:
  • "I think so, Brain, but where are we going to find a duck and a hose at this hour?"
  • "I think so, but where will we find an open tattoo parlor at this time of night?"
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but if we didn't have ears, we'd look like weasels."
  • "Uh... yeah, Brain, but where are we going to find rubber pants our size?"
  • "Uh, I think so, Brain, but balancing a family and a career ... ooh, it's all too much for me."
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but isn't Regis Philbin already married?"
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but burlap chafes me so."
  • "Sure, Brain, but how are we going to find chaps our size?"
  • "Uh, I think so, Brain, but we'll never get a monkey to use dental floss."
  • "Are you pondering cheesesticks?"
  • "Uh, I think so Brain, but this time, you wear the tutu."
  • "I think so, Brain, but culottes have a tendency to ride up so."
  • "I think so, Brain, but if we covered the world in salad dressing wouldn't the aspargus feel left out?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but if they called them 'Sad Meals', kids wouldn't buy them!"
  • "I think so, Brain, but me and Pippi Longstocking -- I mean, what would the children look like?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but what would Pippi Longstocking look like with her hair straight?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but this time you put the trousers on the chimp."
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but I can't memorize a whole opera in Yiddish."
  • "I think so, Brain, but there's still a bug stuck in here from last time." - Das Mouse
  • "Uh, I think so, Brain, but I get all clammy inside the tent." - Of Mouse and Man
  • "I think so, Brain, but I don't think Kaye Ballard's in the union." - Tokyo Grows
  • "Yes, I am!" - That Smarts
  • "I think so, Brain, but, the Rockettes? I mean, it's mostly girls, isn't it?" - Pinky and the Fog
  • "I think so, Brain, but pants with horizontal stripes make me look chubby." - Where No Mouse Has Gone Before
  • "Well, I think so -POIT- but where do you stick the feather and call it macaroni?"
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but pantyhose are so uncomfortable in the summertime." - Brainania
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but it's a miracle that this one grew back." - TV or Not TV
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but first you'd have to take that whole bridge apart, wouldn't you?" - Napolean Brainaparte
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but 'apply North Pole' to what?" - A Pinky and the Brain Christmas
  • "I think so, Brain, but 'Snowball for Windows'?" - Snowball
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but snort no, no, it's too stupid!" - Around the World in 80 Narfs
  • "Umm, I think so, Don Cerebro, but, umm, why would Sophia Loren do a musical?" - Mouse of La Mancha
  • "Umm, I think so, Brain, but what if the chicken won't wear the nylons?" - The Third Mouse
  • "I think so, Brain, but isn't that why they invented tube socks?" - It's Only a Paper World
  • "Well, I think so Brain, but what if we stick to the seat covers?" - Collect 'Em All
  • "I think so Brain, but if you replace the 'P' with an 'O', my name would be Oinky, wouldn't it?" - Pinkasso
  • "Oooh, I think so Brain, but I think I'd rather eat the Macarena." - Plan Brain From Outer Space
  • "Well, I think so hiccup, but Kevin Costner with an English accent?" - Robin Brain
  • "I think so, Brain, but don't you need a swimming pool to play Marco Polo?" - The Mummy
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but do I really need two tongues?" - The Pink Candidate
  • "I think so, Brain, but we're already naked." - Brain's Song
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but if Jimmy cracks corn, and no one cares, why does he keep doing it?" - A Little Off the Top
  • "I think so, Brain NARF, but don't camels spit a lot?" - Megalomaniacs Anonymous
  • "I think so, Brain, but how will we get a pair of Abe Vigoda's pants?" - The Maze
  • "I think so, Brain, but Pete Rose? I mean, can we trust him?" - Brinky
  • "I think so, Brain, but why would Peter Bogdanovich?" - Hoop Schemes
  • "I think so, Brain, but isn't a cucumber that small called a gherkin?" - Leave it to Beavers
  • "I think so, Brain, but if we get Sam Spade, we'll never have any puppies." - Brain Noir
  • "I think so, Larry, and um, Brain, but how can we get seven dwarves to shave their legs?" - Pinky and the Brain... and Larry
  • "I think so, Brain, but calling it pu-pu platter? Huh, what were they thinking?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but how will we get the Spice Girls into the paella?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but if we give peas a chance, won't the lima beans feel left out?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but I am running for mayor of Donkeytown and Tuesdays are booked." From an early Kids' WB intro.
  • "I think so, Brain, but if we had a snowmobile, wouldn't it melt before summer?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but what kind of rides do they have in Fabioland?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but can the Gummi Worms really live in peace with the Marshmallow Chicks?"
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but wouldn't anything lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but three round meals a day wouldn't be as hard to swallow."
  • "I think so, Brain, but if the plural of mouse is mice, wouldn't the plural of spouse be spice?"
  • "Umm, I think so, Brain, but three men in a tub? Ooh, that's unsanitary!"
  • "Yes, but why does the chicken cross the road, huh, if not for love? I do not know." - Pinky Suavo
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but I prefer Space Jelly." - T.H.E.Y
  • "Yes Brain, but if our knees bent the other way, how would we ride a bicycle?"
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but how will we get three pink flamingos into one pair of Capri pants?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but Tuesday Weld isn't a complete sentence."
  • "I think so, Brain, but why would anyone want to see Snow White and the Seven Samurai?"
  • Pinky: I think so, Brain, but then my name would be Thumby.
    Brain: In a perfect world, your name would be Dummy!
  • "I think so, Brain, but I find scratching just makes it worse."
  • "I think so, Brain, but shouldn't the bat boy be wearing a cape?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but why would anyone want a depressed tongue?"
  • "Um, I think so, Brainie, but why would anyone want to Pierce Brosnan?"
  • "Methinks so, Brain, verily, but dost thou think Pete Rose by any other name would still smell as sweaty?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but wouldn't his movies be more suitable for children if he was named Jean-Claude van Darn?"
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but will they let the Cranberry Duchess stay in the Lincoln Bedroom?" - Brain's Night Off
  • "I think so, Brain, but why does a forklift have to be so big if all it does is lift forks?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but if it was only supposed to be a three hour tour, why did the Howells bring all their money?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but Zero Mostel times anything will still give you Zero Mostel."
  • "I think so, Brain, but if we have nothing to fear but fear itself, why does Eleanor Roosevelt wear that spooky mask?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but what if the hippopotamus won't wear the beach thong?" - The Pinky P.O.V
  • "I think so, Brain, but Lederhosen won't stretch that far."
  • "Yeah, but I thought Madonna already had a steady bloke!"
  • "I think so, Brain, but what would goats be doing in red leather turbans?"
  • "I think so, Brain... but how would we ever determine Sandra Bullock's shoe size?"
  • "Yes, Brain, I think so. But how do we get Twiggy to pose with an electric goose?"
  • Pinky: I think so, Brain. But if I put on two tutu's, would I really be wearing a four-by-four?
    Brain: Why do I even bother asking?
    Pinky: I dunno, Brain. Maybe it's all part of some huge, cosmic plot formula!
  • "I think so, Brain, but wouldn't mustard make it sting?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but can you use the word 'asphalt' in polite society?"
  • Pinky: I think so, Brain! (Sprays his breath)
    Brain: Er... then again, let's not let our enthusiasm overwhelm us!
  • "I think so, Mr. Brain, but if the sun'll come out tomorrow, what's it doing right now?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but aren't we out of shaving cream?"
  • "Oh yes, Brain! Remind me to tape all our phone calls!"
  • "Um, I think so, Brain, but I hear Hillary is the jealous type."
  • "I think so, Brain, but Madonna's stock is sinking."
  • "I think so, Brain. But does 'Chunk o' Cheesy's' deliver packing material?"
  • "I think so, Brainwulf, but if we're Danish, where's the cream cheese? Narf!"
  • "I think so, Bwain, but I don't think newspaper will fit in my underoos."
  • "Uh, I think so, Brain--but after eating newspaper all day, do I really need the extra fiber?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But isn't a dreadlock hair extension awfully expensive?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But will anyone other than Eskimos buy blubber-flavored chewing gum?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but the ointment expired weeks ago!"
  • "I think so, Brain. But would the villains really have gotten away with it, if it weren't for those pesky kids and their dog?"
  • "Uh, I think so Brain, but how are we gonna teach a goat to dance with flippers on?"
  • "Wuhh... I think so, Brain! But let's use safflower oil this time! It's ever so much healthier!" - The Legend of the Dark Knight
    489px-Safflower oil

    Pinky and the Brain #1 "The Legend of the Dark Knight"

  • "Wuh... I think so, Brain. But Cream of Gorilla Soup—well, we'd have to sell it in awfully big cans, wouldn't we?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But if he left chocolate bullets instead of silver, they'd get all runny and gooey!"
  • "Yes, Brain, I think so, but do nuts go with pudding?" - Verminator
  • "I think so, Brain, but a codpiece made from a real fish would get smelly after a while, wouldn’t it?"
  • "I think... so, Brain... *gag* ...but I didn't know Annette used peanut butter in that way."
  • "I think so, Brain, but do those roost in this neighborhood?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but is the world ready for angora bellbottoms? I mean I can see wearing them inside out, but that would--"
  • "I think so, Commander Brain from Outer Space! But do we have time to grease the rockets?"
  • "I think so, Doctor. But are these really the legs of a show girl?"
  • "Whuh... I think so, Brain. But this time I get to play the dishwasher repairman!"
  • "I think so, Brainius. But what if a sudden wind were to blow up my toga?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But Trojans won’t arrive on the scene for another 300 years."
  • "I think so, Brain... but where would a yak put PVC tubing?"
  • "Whuh... I think so, Brain, but... but if Charlton Heston doesn't eat Soylent Green, what will he eat?"
  • Pinky: (talking to his reflection in the mirror) Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
    Pinky's Reflection: Why, yes, Pinky! Yes, I am! But where would you get a chicken, 20 yards of spandex and smelling salts at this hour?
  • "I think so, Brain, but Ben Vereen never answered our proposition."
  • "I think so, Brain, but wouldn't an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie, yellow polka-dot one-piece be better suited for my figure?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but won't it go straight to my hips?!"
  • "I think so, Ali-Brain! But isn't it cheating to use glue?"
  • "Whuu... I think so, BrainPan! But if running shoes had little feet, wouldn't they need their own shoes?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But what if the Earl of Essex doesn't like burlap pantaloons?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but should we use dishwashing liquid or cooking oil?"
  • Pinky: I think so, Brain! We'll dress up like biker dudes and infiltrate the "Hades Ladies." Then we'll convince them to hold a meeting inside the corn palace. Narf! The resulting carbon-monoxide buildup will allow you to complete your energy-making device and shortly after, you will rule the world!
    Brain: Actually, I was thinking of calling the police. But I like your idea better!
    Pinky: I’m honored, Brain... er, what was my idea again?
  • Pinky: (holding one of the pointy pieces from Sorry! and the bottle of Slick 'n Slide) I think so, Br...
    Brain: [shuts Pinky's mouth] No, on second thought, don’t tell me... I don't think they allow that in a book with the Comics Code.
  • "I think so, Brain, but would Danish flies work just as well?"
  • "We think so, Brain! But dressing like twins is so tacky."
  • "I think so, Brain, but practicing docking procedures with a goat at zero G's—it's never been done!"
  • "I think so, Brain! But shouldn't we let the silk worms finish the boxer shorts before we put them on?"
  • "I think so, Brain! You draw the bath and I'll fetch the alka-seltzers and candles!"
  • "I think so, Brain. But the real trick will be getting Demi Moore out of the creamed corn!"
  • "Wuhhh... I think so, Brain, but if a ham can operate a radio, why can't a pig set a VCR?"
  • "I think so, Brain, you'd think [Lyndon Johnson would] have left room for baby-kissing, wouldn't you?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But won't Mr. Hoover notice a missing evening gown?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But what's the use of having a heart-shaped tattoo if it's going to be covered by hair?"
  • [Snowball has used his Visual Transmogrifier to make himself look like Brain and has encased an iron mask on Brain's head, claiming him to be his (Brain's) visiting cousin, Clement.]
    Snowball/Brain: Listen, Pinky—Clement's a little tired. Let's go take over the world while he rests.
    Pinky: Sure, Brain—but aren't you going to ask me somethin'?
    Snowball/Brain: Eh? Ask you what?
    Pinky: You know, "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
    Snowball/Brain: That depends, what are you pondering?
    Pinky: Me? Well, actually, I was pondering which was more exciting, hand or foot pumps. Narf!
    Snowball/Brain: I see...no, I wasn't pondering that...
    Pinky: Um...
    Snowball/Brain: Does that answer your question?
    Pinky: Which question?
    Snowball/Brain: [visibly annoyed] Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
    Pinky: I think so, Brain! But I can't decide which is more exciting...
    Snowball/Brain: Hand or foot pumps, narf! Yes, you said that already!
    Pinky: Oh... right... Poit!
  • "I think so, Brain, but couldn't the constant use of a henna rinse lead to premature baldness?"
  • "I think so, Brain. Just make sure we don't swallow each other's bubbles!"
  • "I think so, Brain! But ruby-studded stockings would be mighty uncomfortable wouldn't they?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but if I have my portrait drawn, will we have time to make it to the lifeboats?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But is Chippendale's ready for 'The Full Pinky?'"
  • "I think so, Brain! But do I have what it take to be the 'Lord of the Dance'?"
  • "I think so, Brain! How much deeper would the ocean be if there weren't sponges down there?"
  • "Oh, I think so, Brain! But doing a clog dance in actual clogs will give me awful blisters."
  • "I think so, Brain, but nose rings are kinda passé by now."
  • "I think so, Brain, but where are we going to get a trained octopus at this time of night?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But no more eels in jelly for me, thanks—I like my gelatin after lunch."
  • "I think so, Brain, but I didn’t know 90210 was a real zip code! Will Tori be there?"
  • Pinky: Narf! I think so, Brain, but what if the Telechubbies don't fight fair?
    Elmyra: Ewwww, that would be bad!
  • "I think so, Brain. But even if we found a tuxedo to fit a blowfish, who would marry it?"
  • "Um, no, Cranky Mouseykin, not even in the story you made up."
  • "I think so, but where is a fish?"
  • Brain: "You pondering what I'm pondering?" I asked Pinky on the sly. "Well, I think so, Brain," he muttered. "But my feet taste better buttered." Then I grimaced and I shuddered at his typical reply.
  • "I think so, Brain. But if Pinocchio were carved out of bacon it wouldn't be the same story, would it?"
  • "Um, I think so, Brain, but wasn't Dicky Ducky released on his own recognaissance?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but Pepper Ann makes me sneeze."
  • "I think so, Brain. But suppose we do the hokey pokey and turn ourselves around, is that what it's really all about?"
  • (sung) "I think so, Brain, but just how will we get the weasel to hold still?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but how are we going to get the bacon flavoring into the pencils?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but instant karma's always so lumpy."
  • [Upon looking for safe passage through colonial India...]
    Pinky: Well, I think so, Brain, but... no, it's too stupid.
    Brain: We shall disguise ourselves as a cow!
    Pinky: Narf, Brain! That was it exactly!
  • "I think so, Brain, but I'm allergic to petroleum jelly." - Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt
  • [Unused one]
    Pinky: I think so, Brain, but she'd never leave Mickey.
    Brain: I thought we agreed never to discuss that!

The Series Finale: (They're Brain-2-Me-2 and 3-Pinky-0 in a Star Wars Parody)


  • "Uh, I think so Brain2, but a show about two talking lab mice? It'll never get on the air.

And for a change: (Brain Food )


  • Brain: Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
    Pinky: Whoof, oh, I'd have to say the odds of that are terribly slim, Brain.
    Brain: True.
    Pinky: I mean, really, when have I ever been pondering what you've been pondering?
    Brain: To my knowledge, never.
    Pinky: Exactly. So, what are the chances that this time, I'm pondering what you're pondering?
    Brain: Next to nil.
    Pinky: Well, that's exactly what I'm thinking, too.
    Brain: Therefore, you are pondering what I'm pondering.
    Pinky: Poit, I guess I am!

Other

Occasionally, the Brain/Snowball responds to this question when posed by Pinky or Snowball/Brain.

  • Brain: We eat the box? - Welcome to the Jungle
  • Snowball: Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Brain?
    Brain: There's a 99.7% probability that I am, Snowball!
  • Snowball: "Oh Brain, I certainly hope so."

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