With NERV's dissolution, a number of the assets it had acquired over the years, going back to its days as the U.N. Artificial Evolution Laboratory, were set to be returned to their original owners, or bequeathed to the nearest convenient successor. Ritsuko and Maya were in one of the labs at NERV HQ taking inventory of some of these assets while they chatted.

"I'm surprised NERV bought up a bunch of ACME Labs assets," the future Mrs. Akagi noted as she looked over a few pieces of equipment.

"Chalk it up to the leadership at the time," Ritsuko said as she scrolled through her tablet. "Probably wanted to keep the competition contained, lest their plans get unexpectedly derailed."

"Well, hopefully they'll be able to make better use of their stuff than we could," Maya said as the two of them, having finished for the day, exited the lab. Our focus then turned to one particular asset in the lab: a certain green-colored cage. Within that cage, one could, at first glance, dismiss the lab mice living within it as being ordinary test animals. The thing is, these two weren't ordinary lab mice...

"Zort! You hear that, Brain?" Pinky asked as he started to do a little dance. "We're going back home to America! P-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-NARF! Oh, beau-tiful, for spay-cious skies, for am-ber waves of-!"


Pinky's singing reverie was cut short when Brain gave him a swift bonk on the head.

"Settle down, Pinky," the Brain implored. "Though you are right in that it is indeed a most fortuitous situation. With our return to ACME Labs' U.S. headquarters, it is a return to the familiar, especially when it comes to the level of access we can exploit. (Certainly more than we attempted during our stay here in Japan.) And best of all, with the world currently in an unprecedented peacetime, we can now pursue our ambitions without any further scrutiny while everyone is content and placated. Now come-we will need to pack for our impending return to the States and also plan for tomorrow night."

"Why, Brain?" Pinky asked. "What're we gonna do tomorrow night?"

"The same thing we do every night, Pinky..." the Brain answered. "TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!"

They're dinky, they're Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain...

Pen-Pen: WARK!

...Dun dun dun DUN!