Actions

Work Header

Ghostbusters: The Great Beyond

Work Text:

Ghostbusters: The Great Beyond

 

Play this song - Silent Shadows Sound

 

INT - GHOSTBUSTERS FIREHOUSE - NIGHT

 

(The camera takes us on a journey through a hole in one of the windows upstairs and into the once familiar firehouse. It’s dirty, dark, and clearly abandoned. We pass bed frames with upturned mattresses and no blankets. We go down the fire pole past a dirty desk that once belonged to Janine. File cabinets are dusty and pulled open. Papers blow in the breeze. The camera takes us down the stairs where the containment unit is held. Across all of the walls are old television sets. One of them flickers on. It’s playing footage that we recognize.)

 

RAY

Are you troubled by strange noises in the night? 

 

EGON

Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? 

 

PETER 

Have you or your family actually seen a spook, specter or ghost? If the answer is yes, then don't wait another minute. Just pick up the phone and call the professionals- 

 

RAY, EGON, PETER

Ghostbusters.

 

(Another tv screen turns on.)

 

REPORTER

Good Morning, I'm Roger Grimsby. Today the entire Eastern seaboard is alive with talk of incidents of paranormal activity. Alleged ghost sightings-

 

(One by one the older television sets turn on all playing footage from the eighties.)

 

RAY

Are you troubled by strange noises in the night? 

 

REPORTER

The related supernatural occurrences have been reported across the entire tri state area-

 

EGON

Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? 

 

PETER 

Have you or your family actually seen a spook, specter or ghost? 

 

REPORTER 2

Heck, my Grandma used to spin yarns about a spectral locomotive that would rocket past the farm where she grew up. But now, as if some unforeseen-

 

PETER

If the answer is yes, then don't wait another minute. Just pick up the phone and call the professionals. 

 

LARRY KING

Ghosts and ghost busting. The controversy builds as more sightings are reported. Some maintain that these professional paranormal eliminators in New York are the cause of it all.

 

RAY, EGON, PETER

Ghostbusters.

 

REPORTER 3

Still making headlines all across the country the ghostbusters are at it again! This time at-

 

PETER

Twenty four hours a day. Seven days a week. No job is too big. No fee is too big-

 

RAY

Our courteous and efficient staff is on call 24 hours a day to serve all your supernatural elimination needs.

 

WINSTON

I’m telling you these things are real. Trust me. I’ve seen my fair share of terrifying things on active duty. Heck, I’ve seen far scarier things watching Ray eat a chopped cheese.

 

RAY (OC)

(mouth full) Huh? 

 

PETER

Damnit, Ray. You’re on camera.

 

HOST 

How is Elvis and have you seen him lately?

 

REPORTER 3

But is this rag tag bunch of ghost blasters helping or hurting us?

 

WOMAN

They’re a menace!

 

MAN

They’re heroes!

 

STORE OWNER

They’re bad for business!

 

GUY 1

They keep us safe!

 

GUY 2

I wouldn’t want to do it.

 

KID

I’m going to be a Buster when I grow up!

 

REPORTER 3

Well there you have it, a city divided. Next up-

 

ANCHORWOMAN

Is there such a thing as being ‘too good’ at your job? Our source tells us there have been no official reports of paranormal activity in the five boroughs in well over a year. With the economy currently in a recession and no ghost sightings since The Plaza Hotel incident this may spell Rest In Peace for the controversial company. Brad?

 

ANCHORMAN 

As we head into November, Clinton is up five percent over Bush in the polls-

 

RAY

Are you troubled by strange noises in the night? 

 

EGON

Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? 

 

PETER 

Have you or your family actually seen a spook, specter or ghost? If the answer is yes, then don't wait another minute. Just pick up the phone and call the professionals- 

 

(One by one all of the screens turn to the same commercial footage)

 

RAY, EGON, PETER

Ghostbusters.

 

( A piece of crime tape that reads ‘HAZARDOUS’ is torn off by an unseen force. The containment unit rumbles. The light that was blinking green then stops flashing.)

 

RAY, EGON, PETER 

We're ready to believe you.

 

(The screens all shut off at once. Everything goes black.)

 

Play this Song - Ghostbusters Updated Theme at 1:00

 

(The title of our movie: GHOSTBUSTERS - THE GREAT BEYOND. Opening credits roll as we see all sorts of small paranormal incidents happen around New York City interspersed with old footage of the Ghostbusters. CURRENT TIMELINE: When people aren’t looking their belongings are taken away by something unseen causing a fight between two individuals. THE PAST: Egon, Ray, Winston, and Peter leaving Dana’s apartment after the Stay Puft Marshmallow battle. CURRENT TIMELINE: A mom feeding her kids has her back turned, when she isn’t looking an invisible force takes the cutting board and whatever she was chopping, shoving it into the nearby trash. When she turns back around she is stunned to see it gone. She looks at one of her kids accusingly who just giggles at her. THE PAST: The Ghostbusters and Louis Tully leaving the Museum of Art. CURRENT TIMELINE: Someone is tripped going down some stairs. THE PAST: The Ghostbusters setting up to film their commercial. CURRENT TIMELINE: A baby asleep in a crib. An unseen force begins to tug at the blankets then lift the baby in the air. In another room the baby monitor sounds with static. The new parents, concerned, run into the room to find the baby lying down in its crib asleep. THE PAST: Shots of Janine hugging Louis and Dana with Peter after the battle at the museum. CURRENT TIMELINE: A man leaves for work. He pets his dog and says goodbye. A few moments after he leaves the door to his apartment swings open and the dog, barking and snarling, runs out as if chasing something. THE PAST: The backs of the Ghostbusters walking down the steps of Dana’s apartment building greeted by the celebrating city. Fade Out.)

 

Play this Song - No More Parties Instrumental (from Ghostbusters 2) at 0:44

 

INT - OSCAR’S APARTMENT - MORNING

 

(Oscar Barrett Venkman steps out of the shower and walks out of the bathroom into the living room of his New York City apartment. He hears a sound from behind the couch. Worried, he grabs whatever he can get his hands on, and begins to approach slowly. He counts. One. Two. Three. He chucks whatever he was holding at the invader who pops up at the same time.)

 

OSCAR                                                           EDDIE

GET OUT OF HERE!!                          Hey Osc- OW! WHAT THE FUCK MAN?!



OSCAR

Eddie?!

 

EDDIE

What the hell was that?!

 

OSCAR

I didn’t know!

 

EDDIE

Who does that?!

 

OSCAR

I don’t know I thought it was-

 

EDDIE

Who? A lunatic squatting on your couch?

 

OSCAR

I was close, wasn’t I?!

 

EDDIE

I live here man!

 

OSCAR

Who sleeps on the couch when their bedroom is literally ten feet away?!

 

EDDIE

I got home late last night!

 

OSCAR

You get home late every night!

 

EDDIE

I can’t help that my social calendar is full! Don’t hold that over my head.

 

OSCAR

Just… (sighs) Whatever. I didn’t expect you to be up this early. You are never up this early. Unless-

 

(Oscar glances at the calendar on the fridge. Notices it’s two months behind. Fixes it and sees a date circled with a crude, smiling ghost giving a thumbs up.)



OSCAR

Oh no.

 

EDDIE

Now he’s getting it.

 

OSCAR

Eddie-

 

(Eddie has already headed to the fridge and has helped himself to a beer. He checks the clock on his phone, sees how early it is, and chucks it in the sink so he can’t see the time. He pops the top off the beer bottle with ease.)

 

EDDIE

Listen, I know what you’re going to say, so allow me to say a preemptive - you’re welcome.

 

OSCAR

I was going to say that you don’t need to do this every year.

 

EDDIE

Well, I happen to be an awesome and very caring individual. 

 

OSCAR

No. You’re really not.

 

EDDIE

I’ll have you know that I happen to be a great little brother.

 

OSCAR

Technically, we’re not related.

 

EDDIE

You’re always so hung up on the technical. You sound like Maggie.

 

OSCAR

Nobody sounds like Maggie.

 

EDDIE

You’ve got that right.

 

OSCAR

Listen, we don’t need to do anything today just because you’re worried about me.



EDDIE

I never worry. I just happen to like celebrating things.

 

(Eddie opens another beer and is now double fisting)

 

OSCAR

That I will not argue. But there’s nothing to celebrate. Seriously.

 

EDDIE

Nothing to celebrate? It’s your anniversary!

 

OSCAR

I don’t think that’s the way to put it. Eddie, wait. Don’t-

 

(Eddie turns the television on.)

 

REPORTER 4

It’s been thirty five years to the day since the incident at the Manhattan Museum of Art. While New Yorkers marveled at a distracionary pyrotechnics show, a million dollar painting of 16th century Prince Vigo the Carpathian was stolen from the museum’s Romantic exhibition hall. It has not been seen since. Police later stated that a baby was held hostage by a team of individuals within the museum in order to distract from the heist. Today, with inflation, the painting would be worth well over 3.5 million dollars. The museum’s former Head of Restoration Janosz Poha was found guilty of robbery, kidnapping, and reckless endangerment and was sentenced to forty years with an additional five for trying to hug the judge. The unnamed child survived. If it wasn’t for the aid of a couple of good samaritans this story would have had a very different outcome. 

 

REPORTER 5

Wow. If I was that kid, I would be counting my lucky stars, Jane. Now let's kick it over to Mary Sunshine with the weather.

 

MARY

Thanks, Bob-

 

(Oscar turns the tv off)

 

EDDIE

See? You’re famous!

 

OSCAR

Hardly. Nobody even knows what happened there. You heard them. Everyone only knows that there’s an expensive painting missing and that there was some baby who survived.

 

EDDE

Yeah. You!

 

OSCAR

Nobody knows it was me.

 

EDDIE

I know.

 

OSCAR

Yeah. And you never let me forget.

 

EDDIE

Why the hell would you want to forget something epic like that? It’s pretty much the coolest thing about you. I would lead with that whenever I met somebody new.

 

OSCAR

I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I was just a baby when it all happened. Maybe it’s because I have nightmares all of the time and I can’t talk to a therapist because they wouldn’t believe me anyways. Maybe it’s because the only people I can talk to are you, some dudes twice our age, and their kids who are just as fucked up as I am- 

 

EDDIE

(shrugs)

I don’t know. The Zeddemores seem to have it pretty together. One of them has a baby. You have it together to have a baby I think.

 

OSCAR

-Maybe it’s because mom checks up on me every single day like if she doesn’t something bad will happen. All because of some stupid painting-

 

EDDIE

You know you should be grateful for that. I don’t even know who my mom is. And dad barely checks up on me. He knows I’ve got it together.

 

(Eddie opens a third beer. Now he’s holding three different beers and taking a sip out of each whenever he pleases.)

 

OSCAR

Oh yeah. How’s good ole Peter doing anyways?

 

EDDIE

He’s good. He likes Jamaica. 

 

OSCAR

Ah. Well, good for him I guess. He was always good at running away from things.

 

EDDIE

Hey! I’ll have you know that’s my dad you’re talking about I think.

 

OSCAR

Yeah… Sorry.

 

EDDIE

You know, you could give him a call. 

 

OSCAR

Oh yeah. I’ll get right on that.

 

EDDIE

He was your dad too.

 

OSCAR

I mean kinda. Sort of. For a couple of years. I don’t know. It’s complicated.

 

EDDIE

Us Venkmans are a complicated people.

 

OSCAR

We’re something, that’s for sure.

 

(A beat. Eddie notices Oscar sulking and sets his beers down..)

 

EDDIE

Wanna see something cool?

 

(Oscar looks up as Eddie retrieves a paper clip from the junk drawer. He holds it up for Oscar, then puts it in his hand. He presents both closed fists. Oscar picks the right one with the clip. Eddie opens it. The clip is gone. Eddie grins triumphantly.)

 

EDDIE

Tadah! Magic.

 

(Eddie shows that the paper clip is in his other hand)

 

OSCAR

(chuckles) How long have you been working on that one?

 

EDDIE

Not long. I’m trying to go viral on Youtube as a magician.

 

OSCAR

I thought you wanted to be an actor.

 

EDDIE

I did. But turns out I’m too handsome.

 

OSCAR

Eddie, I don’t think that’s a thing.

 

EDDIE

Oh trust me. It’s a thing. I’ve never gotten a callback because I intimidate the other actors.

 

OSCAR

I bet you do.

 

EDDIE

I can sense the judgement in your voice Oscar Barrett-Venkman and believe you and me… This time next year I will be famous.

 

OSCAR

Why are you so obsessed with being famous anyways?

 

EDDIE

I don’t know. Why didn’t you change your name when your mom and my dad split?

 

OSCAR

I just haven’t gotten around to it I guess...

 

EDDIE

Face it. Deep down, and I mean really deep down, you’re proud of being a Venkman. You believe what he told us about that night just as much as I do. You think what our dad did is really fucking cool - and I don’t blame you. It is really fucking cool. He’s a legend! I want that. I want to be that. Who wouldn’t want that? He’s going to be remembered forever.

 

OSCAR

Your dad is going to be remembered for being broke and for getting sued by every government and safety organization in New York.

 

EDDIE

Yeah. But what a fucking ride.

 

(Oscar’s cell phone rings. Eddie sneaks a peak.)

 

EDDIE

It’s your mom. 

 

OSCAR

Yeah.

 

EDDIE

It’s always her. Is she the only one that has your number?

 

OSCAR

No.

 

EDDIE

This is early for her. 

 

OSCAR

Yeah but today is-

 

EDDIE

Ah. 

 

(Oscar presses ignore. A few seconds pass. His phone rings again)

 

EDDIE

She just wants to make sure you’re ok, man. You know how moms can be. (Beat) You know how your mom can be.

 

OSCAR

I’m fine. I’ll talk to her tonight.

 

(Oscar presses ignore. A few seconds pass. His phone rings again. Eddie and Oscar have a staredown across the kitchen island. They both race to reach the cell first. Eddie wins.)

 

EDDIE

(answers the phone) Hey Dana! (listens) It’s me. Your boring baby boy who is absolutely fine and not affected by the trauma of the past. 

 

(The sounds of yelling/lecturing. Dial tone. He tosses Oscar his phone.) 

 

EDDIE

How’d she know it was me?

 

(This time Eddie’s phone in the kitchen sink begins to ring. It’s Dana. After a few moments of hesitation and some protest, Eddie answers. Oscar begins to gather his things.)

 

EDDIE

Hey, Mrs. Barrett. How’s things? (Listens) Uh huh. Uh huh. Yeah. I’ll tell him. (Listens) Nah. I haven’t heard from dad. He’s been real busy. (Listens) Oh. Not with anyone in particular just busy in general. You know how dad can be. Then again, can you really know anybody? (Listens) Well, judging by your tone I can tell that you are not in the mood for some back and forth. Uh huh. Uh huh.

 

(Eddie notices the bathroom door, mutes the phone.)

 

EDDIE

Seriously? Still? Who the hell showers with the bathroom door open?

 

OSCAR

I do. 

 

EDDIE

It was a rhetorical question, man. (sighs)  I can’t believe you’re still scared of bathrooms.

 

OSCAR

I’m not scared of bathrooms. I’m scared of bathtubs. There’s a difference.

 

(Oscar exits)

 

EDDIE

Nope. Both are sad. (Unmutes phone) Nah. He’s gone. (listens) No. No! I mean you just missed him. He just stepped out - Hello? (shouts after Oscar) And it wasn’t just any painting!

 It was a haunted painting bent on destruction and immortality!

 

Play this song - Bad Feeling

 

(As Eddie hollers all of the kitchen cabinets he opened close behind him. He turns around. Notices that something is off and can’t put it together. After a pause, he scoops up his three beers, takes a sip, and walks off.)

 

Play this song - Client Instrumental (from Ghostbusters 1)

 

EXT - NICHELLE’S APARTMENT - MORNING

(Nichelle is in her kitchen preparing breakfast for her young child who sits in a booster seat. Her father, Winston, sits at the kitchen table entertaining his granddaughter.)

WINSTON

I’m telling you baby girl. She doesn’t take at all after her father. She’s every bit you and your mother. You better thank god for that.

 

NICHELLE

Ok, dad. You’re lucky she doesn’t understand what you’re saying.

 

WINSTON

Oh. She does. Every single word. She’s smart too. Gets that from me… And that style naturally.

 

NICHELLE

Mm hm.

 

WINSTON

I mean, look at her. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so perfect since you and your brother were born.

 

NICHELLE

That’s what you keep saying.

 

(The sound of the front door closing.) 

 

ALFRED (OC)

But one of us had to be better looking right?

 

(Alfred Zeddemore enters the kitchen.)

 

ALFRED

What? My ears were burning. Hey pops. Hey, Ni.

 

NICHELLE

Nice of you to drop by.

 

ALFRED

Yeah, well, I was in the neighborhood and I had a hankering for one of your cinnabuns.

 

NICHELLE

They’re from a package, Alfie.

 

ALFRED

Yeah. But no one sets that oven temp like you do, sis. Hey dad.

 

WINSTON

Son.

 

NICHELLE

Just passing through, huh?

 

ALFRED

Yup. 

 

NICHELLE

How is it you’re always passing through when I’m making cinnabuns?

 

ALFRED

Don’t worry, Ni. I’m not here long. I’m on my way to the garage. (Takes a bite) Since dad decided to up and retire someone has to run it.

 

WINSTON

Decided? You kids made me. You two and your mom.

 

NICHELLE

Speaking of mom, does she know that you’re here?

 

WINSTON

What she doesn’t know won’t hurt her. Besides, I need some one on one grandpa time with Ellie, here. I’m trying to be the favorite grandparent and right now your mom is beating the beejeezus out of me. (to the baby) But we can’t let that happen. Isn’t that right, Ellie?

 

(Nate ducks his head in)

 

NATE

Babe, I’m heading out oh - The whole gang’s here. Alfred.

 

ALFRED

Hey.

 

NATE

Uh… Morning sir.

 

WINSTON

(short) Morning.

 

(Quiet. Nate gives a little wave, behind Winston’s back gives a nervous look to his wife, then leaves)

 

NICHELLE

Go easy on him, dad.

 

WINSTON

Baby, has it ever occurred to you that I am going easy on your husband?

 

ALFRED

It’s true. He is. He’s practically a teddy bear right now.

 

NICHELLE

Alfie-

 

ALFRED

What? He is. Listen, I’m not trying to get-

 

NICHELLE

-involved. But somehow you always manage to get in-

 

ALFRED

-the middle of it. It’s too early to start with me, Ni.

 

WINSTON

You know, when they told me and Tiyah twins would be a handful they failed to mention that they would continue to be so past the age of eighteen. (The two quiet down) Babygirl, do me a favor and hand me my phone?

 

(Nichelle goes over to her dad’s coat. Digs around in the pockets.)

 

NICHELLE

Dad, don’t tell me you’re still smoking these things. You said you quit.

 

WINSTON

I did.

 

NICHELLE

Then what are these?

 

(She holds the pack of cigarettes up)

 

WINSTON

I’m a marine, Ni. You’ve got to be prepared for every possible scenario.

 

NICHELLE

And what scenario is that?



WINSTON

The event that someone, someday, might need them.

 

ALFRED

Semper Fidelis.

 

WINSTON

Semper Fidelis.

 

NICHELLE

Oorah.

 

WINSTON

Oorah.

 

Play this song - Library Instrumental (from Ghostbusters 1)

 

(Behind her the tv fizzles on without sound to the broadcast that Eddie and Oscar saw earlier. It’s on mute. As the two men at the table fuss over the baby and eat breakfast Nichelle turns and sees the footage. Strange. She doesn’t remember turning it on. Ellie claps her hands giggling.)

 

WINSTON

You ok, baby?

 

NICHELLE

Yeah. Yeah. I’m fine. It’s nothing. (pause) Hey dad. Can you and mom watch Ellie tonight?

 

WINSTON

Don’t have to ask me twice. 

 

NICHELLE

Great. Alfie and I have dinner plans.

 

ALFRED

We do?

 

NICHELLE

Yeah. We do.

 

(She points to the tv. It registers.)

 

ALFRED

Oh. Yeah. We do. Same place?

 

NICHELLE

Same time.

 

ALFRED

You’ve got it.

 

(Alfred gets up and grabs a cinnabon in each hand and one in his mouth)

 

ALFRED

Later, sis. See ya, pops. Bye, Ellie.

 

WINSTON

Bye.

 

(Alfred leaves)

 

WINSTON

You sure everything’s ok?

 

NICHELLE

(putting on a brave face) Yeah. Yeah. Totally ok.

 

(Nichelle holds up the cigarettes)

 

NICHELLE

But I’m keeping these.

 

Play this song - Dana’s Theme (from Ghostbusters 1)

 

EXT - NYC STREET DAY - MORNING

 

(After more ringing, Oscar finally answers his phone. His mom is on the other side of it. She’s putting away groceries.)

 

OSCAR

Hi. Sorry about that. I was just-

 

DANA

-avoiding your mother?

 

OSCAR

No. No. I was just… Eddie caught me off guard this morning and I almost killed him.



DANA

Oh good. That makes me feel so much better.

 

OSCAR

Does it?

 

DANA

No. Don’t be silly. I like Eddie.

 

(Dana pulls out a carton of eggs on the counter, eyes it suspiciously, then puts it in the fridge closing the door quickly.)

 

OSCAR

Since when?

 

DANA

Since always. I happen to think that he’s good for you.

 

OSCAR

Don’t tell him that.

 

DANA

Well, he is.

 

OSCAR

Which part? The constant partying, the having a new job every week, or the busting my balls part?

 

DANA

Oscar-

 

OSCAR

I know. I know. Sorry. You know what I meant.

 

DANA

I don’t like when you talk like that. Balls. You sound like-

 

OSCAR

A Venkman?

 

(Brief quiet)

 

DANA

Any fun plans for tonight?

 

OSCAR

I assume we’re going to do the same thing that we do every year. 

 

DANA

Well, that’s great. I think it’s nice that you all get together and catch up.

 

OSCAR

I don’t know mom. Don’t you think it’s kind of silly that we keep doing this every year? We all just sit around sharing tapas and nobody really talks about it, or asks about it, and everyone just kind of beats around the bush then we all go home and barely see each other until this time next year.

 

DANA

They’re your friends. They probably just don’t know how to go about it. They just want to make sure that you’re ok.

 

OSCAR

Kind of like you’re doing now?

 

DANA

…. I’m not.

 

OSCAR

Mom.

 

DANA

I’m not. I’m just simply calling to say hello to my only child. My baby boy. Is that a crime?

 

OSCAR

No.

 

(Beat)

 

DANA

Are you sure you’re okay?

 

OSCAR

Mom. Yes. I’m okay. I’m almost to work. Gotta go.

 

DANA

Love you.

 

OSCAR

Love you.

 

DANA

Call me toni-

 

(He hangs up before she can finish)

 

Play this song - Fridge and Sign (from Ghostbusters 1)

 

(He has stopped by a farmer’s market on the street waiting for the light to change. Some eggs pop out of an open carton and onto the stand. They begin to cook. Oscar looks behind him just in time to see the stall owner frantically clean up the mess. Hm…. That’s weird.)

 

Play this song - Hot Night

 

INT - ZEDDEMORE GARAGE - DAY

 

(Alfred pokes his head out of his tiny, cluttered office in the garage.)

 

ALFRED

Davis, would you turn that music down?!

 

DAVIS

Sorry, boss.

 

(Alfred ducks back into his office. Sitting in his chair and picking up the phone, dialing.)

 

ALFRED

I hate that song… (waits)

 

MAGGIE (OC)

Hi. This is Maggie Spengler.

 

ALFRED

(at the slight pause takes his cue to speak) Mags, it’s Alfred I just wanted to call and see if-

 

MAGGIE (OC)

But what importance does a name hold anyways? Aren’t we all just sacks of meat, nerves, and organs packaged inside an epidermis simply taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide until we eventually cease to do either. Aren’t we all just ticking time bombs rushing toward the same end game, filling our days with jobs created and maintained by the status quo only continuing to do so because that’s what our parents did before us, and their parents before them, and their parents before them? Needlessly spending sixty two percent of our lives maintaining the life thrust onto us by generations past? As the japanese author Haruki Murakami once said: “Death is not the opposite of life but a part of it.”

 

ALFRED

What kind of voicemail is this?!

 

(Alfred steps back into the garage just as his employees are heading out)

 

DAVIS

Off to lunch boss.

 

MAGGIE (OC)

Anyways, I’m at work right now and can’t come to the phone. Leave a message.

 

ALFRED

I hate when you do that.

 

(Beep)

 

ALFRED

Mags. It’s Alfred. Call me back.

 

(He hangs up)

 

Play this song - Dark Piano

 

(Suddenly all of the cars’ lights in the garage turn on at once. Alfred is startled at first and then...)

 

ALFRED

Oh. Hell no.

 

Play this song - Client  

 

EXT - OUTSIDE OSCAR’S WORK - DAY

 

(Oscar leaves his work carrying a lunch box. He is going to find a place to sit outside when Nichelle pops up in front of him, beaming)

 

NICHELLE

Well if it isn’t the famous Oscar Barrett-Venkman. 

 

OSCAR

Hi, Ni.

 

(They hug. Nichelle LOVES hugs.)

 

NICHELLE

Imagine running into you.

 

OSCAR

Yeah, imagine that. Right in front of the place where I work.

 

NICHELLE

Some people have all of the luck.

 

OSCAR

Were you looking for me, Ni?

 

NICHELLE

Maybe a little tiny bit. I wanted to make sure that we were-

 

OSCAR

-on for tonight? 7 PM? At Puesta de Sol?

 

NICHELLE

Ah. You remembered! 

 

OSCAR

I did. I do. Same place every year.

 

NICHELLE

There’s that air tight Oscar memory we all know and love. 

 

(She gives him another hug)

 

OSCAR

Yup. Never lets me forget anything, even if I want to. (shrugs)

 

NICHELLE

So you’ll be there?

 

OSCAR

Wouldn’t miss it. (playfully) Besides, I don’t think I have a choice. Do I?

 

NICHELLE

There’s that epic memory again. (friendly) And no. You don’t. 

 

OSCAR

I didn’t think so.

 

NICHELLE

I’ll reserve the usual table and you will be on time.

 

OSCAR

Don’t know any other way to be.

 

NICHELLE

Great. Everyone will be excited to see you.

 

(She gives him another hug, goes to leave, then turns back around)

 

NICHELLE

By the way… How is it working for the enemy?

 

OSCAR

I don’t work for the enemy.

 

(The camera pulls back and we see that Oscar is standing on the steps of The Environmental Protection Agency.)

 

NICHELLE

Yeah. You kind of do. (friendly) See you tonight!

 

(Oscar looks down at his lunch. Suddenly he’s lost his appetite. He drums it in a nearby trash can and heads back inside.)

 

INT - THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY - DAY

 

(Oscar sits at his desk, spacing out. His computer is blank. Files are set on his desk by Arthur Peck whose default setting is nervous and awkward.)

 

ARTHUR

Here is uh… Bounton Brewery, Dumbo Chemical, and that manufacturing plant in Bushwick. I need you to check all of these locations and uh… report back by the uh… end of the week?

 

OSCAR

Yeah. You’ve got it.

 

ARTHUR

And uh… Oh...

 

(Arthur nervously knocks a triceratops action figure off of the cubicle. Bends down and picks it up trying to set it back on the cubicle wall how it was before he messed it up)

 

ARTHUR

Sorry…. Also maybe look into… uh…. The church on 108th street?

 

OSCAR

(fixes the dinosaur) I’ll add it to the list. No problem.

 

ARTHUR

Fantastic. Really sorry to pile all of this on your uh… plate. You see, Diane is out on maternity leave earlier than uh… expected and I uh…-

 

Play this song - Creepy Music Mix

 

(While Arthur rambles on, Oscar once again checks out. We don’t even hear the words coming out of Arthur’s mouth but Oscar does notice something on his computer screen. Green text flashing against a black backdrop: WATCH OUT . Arthur’s head leans into view and Oscar snaps back into reality.) 

 

ARTHUR

Hey uh… Are you ok?

 

OSCAR
I… I thought I...

 

(He looks at his computer screen. It’s back to normal.)

 

OSCAR

Yeah. Yeah, I’m okay. Why does everyone keep asking me that?

 

ARTHUR

I don’t know… Uh… Maybe because they think you’re not okay?

 

OSCAR

Well, I am okay. I’m more than okay. I am beyond okay. I am the okayest person on the planet!.. (realizes who he’s raising his voice to) ... Boss.

 

ARTHUR

Okay.

 

WORKER

Mr. Peck?

 

ARTHUR

Be right there. (to Oscar) You sure you’re… Uh… Okay. Thank you?

 

(No answer. Arthur scrambles off leaving Oscar alone to examine his computer.)

 

INT - MAGGIE’S APARTMENT - LATER AFTERNOON

 

(No one is home but we do see an old answering machine from the late eighties whir to life.)

 

MAGGIE (OC)

Anyways, I’m at work right now and can’t come to the phone. Leave a message.

 

EDDIE (OC)

Pick up. Pick up. Pick up. Pick up. Pick up. Pick up. Pick up. Neeeeeeeeerddddd.

 

(We cut to the restaurant where Nichelle, Alfred, Eddie, and Oscar are seated in the outdoor seating area. Eddie hands Alfred his phone back.)

 

EDDIE

She didn’t pick up.

 

ALFRED

Wonder why.

 

NICHELLE

What happened to your phone, Eddie?

 

EDDIE

It was confiscated. 

 

ALFRED

By who?

 

EDDIE

Like hell if I know.

 

OSCAR

I wouldn’t worry too much, guys. She never picks up. She’s going through a phase or something.

 

EDDIE

Is that phase called… being Maggie Spengler?

 

ALFRED

Knock it off, Venkman.

 

EDDIE

It’s a long phase is all I’m saying.

 

NICHELLE

I mean, Egon did… You know...

 

EDDIE

He died. You know you can say it, right? He died. He’s dead.

 

NICHELLE

I know I can say it. I just wish that you would stop saying it.

 

OSCAR

I mean, Eddie’s not wrong… though his delivery leaves something to be desired.

 

EDDIE

Thank you.

 

ALFRED

That’s not a compliment you idiot.

 

NICHELLE

She’s taking it hard. Her mom is worried. Heck, I’m worried about her.

 

ALFRED

You worry about everyone.

 

NICHELLE

I do not.

 

(Alfred reaches across the table toward the pitcher of Sangria but before he can get to it, Nichelle takes it and finishes it off)

 

NICHELLE

-And you’re driving.

 

ALFRED

You can’t mother the world, sis. (to the group) But she is still gonna try.

 

OSCAR

Alf, is right, Ni.

 

NICHELLE

I can’t help it. I feel bad.



ALFRED

I know that you’re gonna feel bad no matter what your big brother says-

 

NICHELLE

By two whole minutes-

 

ALFRED

-And as the oldest and the wisest I propose another round.

 

EDDIE

I support that motion.

 

ALFRED 

The motion passes! Another pitcher please.

 

WAITER

Right away.

 

(The waiter leaves to get their drinks.)

 

OSCAR

Remember that time mom got me a Stretch Armstrong doll for my birthday and Uncle Egon dissected it?

 

EDDIE

That was cool as shit.

 

NICHELLE

For our birthday he got us a puppy.

 

ALFRED

Yeah but then he took it away.

 

NICHELLE

He gave it back!

 

EDDIE

Or the time he and dad got into that huge fight?

 

OSCAR

Time? You mean times.

 

EDDIE

Oh. Yeah. I guess they did fight a bit. I wonder why they did that.

 

OSCAR

Probably because they were friends. Super close. Like us.

 

(The two boys share a bro moment then see Nichelle and Alfred staring. The waiter gives them another pitcher of sangria.)

 

OSCAR

And you two of course.

 

ALFRED

Nice save.

 

NICHELLE

You’re buying now.

 

WAITER

Here you go. Let me know if you need anything else.

 

(The waiter leaves. They notice Arthur looking at them from where the host station is.)

 

NICHELLE

Guys? Looks like we have company.

 

ALFRED

What’s Pencil Neck doing here?

 

NICHELLE

I don’t like the way he’s looking at us. It gives me the heebie jeebies.

 

EDDIE

Who says heebie jeebies anymore?

 

ALFRED

She’s a mom now, Ed. She can’t curse.

 

NICHELLE

I can too curse!

 

EDDIE

Then do it.

 

NICHELLE

Fuck.

 

(Eddie pulls out a phone. He keeps replaying it)

 

NICHELLE RECORDING (OC)

Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.

 

EDDIE

Ha! Got it. 

 

NICHELLE

Delete that.

 

EDDIE

Nah. No way. I’m keeping it. Gonna show it to your kid someday.

 

NICHELLE

You’re such a shit, Eddie.

 

(Eddie now keeps replaying the new word)

 

NICHELLE RECORDING (OC)

Shit. Shit. Shit.

 

NICHELLE 

Delete it right now, Eddie. 

 

OSCAR

I thought you said that you lost your phone.

 

EDDIE

It’s not mine.

 

(Alfred checks his pocket. Realizes it’s his phone and snatches it back. Nichelle grabs it from him, deletes the recording, then hands it back to her brother.)

 

EDDIE

I propose a toast

 

OSCAR

We just made a toast.

 

EDDIE

No, Alfred did that toast. I want to do my own. I like when people look at and listen to me. I propose a second toast. To my brother from another mother and technically another father. May you continue to overcome obstacles in your life as expertly as you overcame paranormal murder as a widdle bitty baby.

 

OSCAR

Eddie… Sh.... 

 

EDDIE

To Oscar.

 

ALFRED & NICHELLE

To Oscar!

 

EDDIE

Happy Anniversary, bud.

 

ALFRED, OSCAR, NICHELLE, & EDDIE

Happy anniversary.

 

Play this song - Dana Abducted

 

(As they cheers a giant gust of wind blows over tables and people. Other restaurant goers are lifted into the air as they try and run. Some are thrown. The gang watches in shock. It is chaos. The unseen forces start to take form - All sorts of different kinds of ghosts. One such ghost, a small boy, approaches a couple at a table pointing at their food.)

 

BEGGING BOY GHOST

Can I have this?

 

WIFE

Go away!

 

(The little boy’s eyes glow red, his teeth sharpen, and he launches at her biting her face off. Elsewhere two ghosts resembling giant facehuggers from Alien climb up the restaurant wall dragging patrons behind them. A ghost appears beside Alfred, looks at him, then takes his form grabbing a knife from the table.)

 

COPY CAT GHOST

Hi there!

 

ALFRED

Nope!

 

(He books it and drags his friends with him, the knife just missing them and landing in another restaurant goer. They try to weave through the crowd.)

 

ALFRED

I am not doing this today.

 

EDDIE

Alf, that guy looked just like you.

 

ALFRED

Ya, think? We’re getting out of here. Nichelle, Eddie, Oscar.. Come on! (realizes) Oscar?

 

NICHELLE

Over there!

 

(Nichelle points and they see Oscar, frozen in place in the madness, as the air swirls to form a looming, big, menacing looking apparition.)

 

JOOCHALMAS

Tech áanteni! Tech áanteni'! Ba'ax u ch'i'ibalobe' ts'o'ok u ch'a'abal yaan restaurado. Venganza! Venganza!

 

ALFRED

Oscar-

 

NICHELLE

-Run-

 

ALFRED

-Like hell!

 

(It reaches for Oscar. Oscar is in a trance, that is until his phone on the table starts ringing. The name ‘MOM’ flashes on the screen. Oscar, now with it again, dodges the spirit’s grasp and runs hiding behind a table. It easily finds him after flipping it.)

 

EDDIE

Oh… Shit.

 

JOOCHALMAS

Tech áanteni'. You are mine… One by one you will all be mine...

 

(The spirit reaches for Oscar but this time something distracts it…)

 

Play this song - Saving the Day

 

(All of a sudden they hear distant music getting closer and closer. They turn and see Winston in his car at the curb.)

 

WINSTON

Get in.

 

NICHELLE & ALFRED

Dad?!

 

EDDIE

Dad?!

 

ALFRED 

He’s not your dad, you idiot.

 

WINSTON

So should I just park the car and wait until you work this out?

 

(A beat. The kids all rush to the car except for Eddie who rushes to grab Oscar and drag him into the vehicle as well. The spirit gives pursuit as all of the kids all cram in. The car is too small for all of them but they make it work. The car takes off. After a little bit the mess that is the restaurant is behind them. The music plays but softer. Quiet for a moment.)

 

EDDIE

So, like, what a Sangria pitcher back there, right?

 

NICHELLE

(ignoring) Dad, how did you know to pick us up?

 

WINSTON

I knew something was off this morning so I followed you.

 

EDDIE

Not creepy at all. 

 

WINSTON

I know the signs. I’ve had my fair share of paranormal experiences under my belt.

 

EDDIE

Weird flex, but okay.

 

ALFRED

Oscar, will you hit Eddie upside the head for me. I can’t reach.

 

(Alfred tries to reach to the back seat from the front, trying to sock Eddie. It’s a commotion until Alfred’s gaze lands on someone who doesn’t belong.)

 

ALFRED

What the heck is this nonsense?!

 

(They look and see Arthur crammed to their side.)

 

ARTHUR

Uh… Hello?

 

OSCAR

Boss?

 

ARTHUR

Uh… Just Arthur is fine.

 

WINSTON

That’s a Peck. I’d recognize one anywhere.

 

ARTHUR

Hi, Mister Zeddemore.

 

ALFRED

Let me at him!

 

(Alfred tries to get to Arthur now.)

 

ARTHUR

No! Don’t!

 

ALFRED

This is all your fault. I know it!

 

EDDIE

(oblivious) This is a nice ride Uncle Z. This another one you souped up yourself?

 

ARTHUR

I didn’t do anything. Honest!

 

ALFRED

Oh yeah, so you just happen to be at the restaurant we all happen to be at when the gates of hell open up? Likely fucking story! Ni, nudge him slightly in my direction. I’m going to punch him in the eye.

 

NICHELLE

Ugh. Boys.

 

OSCAR

What are you doing in here, Arthur?

 

ARTHUR

He said get in. So I got in. He didn’t specify who! I was just following directions!

 

ALFRED

You’re good at that aren’t you? Did your dad give you directions, huh? That’s it, I’m unbuttoning my seatbelt. Ni, switch spots with me.

 

EDDIE

Hey, Alfred. Maybe he’s telling the truth.

 

ARTHUR

I am! I swear! I just like their chimichangas. Honest!

 

(Now Eddie is furious. He tries to cross the backseat to take a swing and is held back by Oscar.)

 

EDDIE

Let me at him!

 

ARTHUR

AH! HELP!

 

EDDIE

Who goes to an authentic mexican restaurant and orders chimichangas!?

 

ARTHUR

They’re Mexican-American fusion!

 

EDDIE

Nichelle, nudge him my way. I’m going to sock him in the nose.

 

NICHELLE

Ugh. Boys.

 

ARTHUR

They have meat, veggies, cheese, and it’s fried. It’s everything you could ever want in a meal!



EDDIE

Good people don’t order chimichangas!

 

ARTHUR

My mom is from Tucson and takes her chimis very seriously!

 

NICHELLE

Um, you guys, maybe we should instead be focusing on, you know, almost getting killed back there by god knows what!

 

OSCAR

Ghosts. 

 

NICHELLE

What?

 

OSCAR

Those were ghosts. Weren’t they Uncle Z?

 

WINSTON

They were.

 

EDDIE

I knew it! I knew it!. I told you they were real.

 

ALFRED

We all knew ghosts were real, moron. It’s everyone else that’s the problem.

 

OSCAR

Not anymore. 

 

EDDIE

We need to go back and film. We could be famous!

 

NICHELLE

No. What we need to do is find somebody who might know what’s going on.

 

WINSTON

I know a guy. Everyone have their seatbelts on?

 

ALL

No.

 

(Winston takes a hard turn and they all slide to one side.)

 

Play this song - Named After a Hotdog instrumental (from Ghostbusters 1)

 

INT - RAY’S OCCULT BOOKS - NIGHT

 

(Ray looks at his watch. The time is 9:59 PM. Once it lands on 10:00 PM he turns the closed sign to open and unlocks the door. He whistles as he walks over to the counter and steps behind it. That’s when the kids and Winston burst in.)

 

RAY

Hey kids. How’s it going? Z-Man! How the heck are ya?

 

WINSTON

Nice to see you too, Ray.

 

(The two bro hug.)

 

RAY

It’s not Thursday is it? I always get my days confused but I would hate to think I spaced on our Battleship nights.

 

WINSTON

No. Not Thursday, pal. This is an unplanned visit.

 

RAY

My favorite kind! Oscar, Eddie, Alfred, Nichelle, Awkward Guy I Don’t Know… What a surprise! I would think it was my birthday but even I don’t remember when that is anymore. How are you?

 

ALFRED

Been better, Uncle Ray.

 

RAY

Oh. I feel that. Haven’t we all?

 

OSCAR

-Been nearly murdered by ghosts who have it out for you? 

 

RAY

I’ve been there.

 

WINSTON

Many times.



RAY 

Many, many times. Twice in one day when I worked a double.

 

WINSTON

Are you trying to guilt me in front of my kids?

 

RAY

-I’m not.

 

WINSTON

-You chose to work the doubles. You offered.

 

RAY

-I liked working the doubles.

 

WINSTON

-Then stop bringing up the doubles.

 

RAY

-If it’s pertinent to the conversation, I’m going to bring up the doubles.

 

WINSTON

-Is this because I thought you cheated when you sunk my destroyer?

 

RAY

-No. Of course not. But how dare you accuse me of such a heinous deed!

 

WINSTON

-If you cheated it’s a war crime.

 

RAY

-You can’t commit a war crime in the fictional world of Milton Bradley!

 

ARTHUR

Uh.. excuse me gentlemen? Maybe there’s a uh… better time to discuss this as opposed to uh.. Right now?

 

RAY

Oh, now I know who you are. You’re the Peck boy aren’t you? (quietly to Winston) It’s interesting that a man with no dick can procreate.

 

WINSTON

Ray… Be nice.

 

RAY

A marvel of science and engineering.

 

ALFRED

Ray, we need your help.

 

RAY

Music to my ears. What can I do ya for? On that shelf over there you’ll find the bizarre, on that side the strange, and over by the door are the hard to finds.

 

ALFRED

Heck of an organizational method.

 

RAY

Everything is right where it needs to be. Right where I can find it.

 

OSCAR

We’re not looking for a book, Uncle Ray. At the restaurant… We were attacked.

 

RAY

(deflated) Oh…

 

NICHELLE

By ghosts.

 

RAY

(jazzed) OH! No kidding? Really?

 

ALFRED

Seriously?

 

EDDIE

It was so cool, Uncle Ray. I wish you and dad could have seen it. It was crazy. They were like (ghost sounds) and then they were like (scared people sounds) and then we were like (scared people running away sounds). It was awesome. I wish I caught it on camera. We would have been on the news.

 

NICHELLE

Hate to break it to you, Ed. But somebody beat you to it.

 

(Nichelle points to a small tv on the bookshop counter that she’s turned on. It’s in black and white but it’s the news and shows the incident.)



ON THE SCENE REPORTER

-The death of nine unidentified individuals at a local restaurant has the city on full alert with authorities speculating that the carnage was the result of a fireworks display in a passing truck detonating by accident. The mayor will be holding a press conference shortly at-

 

(Alfred mutes the television set)

 

ALFRED

We don’t need to hear from that joke of a mayor.

 

ARTHUR

He’s uh… Okay.

 

RAY

(disdainfully) It’s always a light show…

 

EDDIE

Damnit. If only I had my phone out. (Pats his pockets) Dammit I lost my phone!

 

OSCAR

Just let him go down this rabbithole for a while. He’ll tucker himself out.

 

RAY

It’s always a light show with them, Z.

 

WINSTON

Ray. Focus!

 

ALFRED

What we need to do is figure out what those things are and why they’re after us.

 

OSCAR

Me. They’re after me. At least the big one was. He made that abundantly clear.

 

ALFRED

If they’re after you Oscar, they’re after all of us. We’re in this together.

 

EDDIE

Are we?

 

(Nichelle elbows him.)

 

ALFRED

Thanks, Ni.

 

(Ray is still watching the tv)

 

RAY

Oh wow! That’s a class seven apparition right there. Look at the fluidity, the movement, the span. It’s barely transparent. That doesn’t happen too often.

 

NICHELLE

How many classes are there?

 

RAY

Eight.

 

ALFRED

Fantastic.

 

WINSTON

You’ve seen things like this before, haven’t you Ray?

 

RAY

Rarely. Very rarely. The closest we ever came was well… You know…

 

(He awkwardly looks at Oscar)

 

RAY

And then again with the you know…

 

(He awkwardly looks at Oscar again)

 

OSCAR 

Awesome.

 

RAY

Typically these class of spirits are looking for one of three things: revenge, rule, or a host. Sometimes all three. (shrugs)

 

OSCAR

Here we go again.

 

RAY

Everyone follow me… To the restricted section!

 

ALFRED

Isn’t this whole place a restricted section?

 

(As they walk down to the shop’s basement Arthur jogs up beside Ray)

 

ARTHUR

Hey… Uh… Mr. Stantz… How’d you know I was-

 

RAY

A Pecker?

 

WINSTON

Ray…

 

ARTHUR

Yeah...

 

RAY

You have the same eyes. Beady little eyes that watch everything. (beat) Also, you’re wearing your work ID badge. Ah. Here we are.

 

NICHELLE

Whoah. Look at this place. You must be really proud, Ray.

 

RAY

Yeah. She’s my baby. Afraid that she’s not long for this world though. People can just buy their ancient texts and haunted tomes off Amazon nowadays. No need for the independent purveyor of forbidden literature anymore. We’ll be lucky if we make it to next month.

 

OSCAR

Uncle Ray, right now we’ll be lucky if anybody makes it to the end of the month,

 

ALFRED

Really? Amazon?

 

RAY

Ok. Maybe not Amazon. But Ebay for sure. Ah. Here it it is!

 

(He pulls out a very old book. Blows off the dust. Opens it so everyone can see. Flips through the pages.)

 

ALFRED

Pretty thick.

 

EDDIE

That’s what she said.

 

NICHELLE

Who?

 

EDDIE

I dunno.

 

RAY

Here it is. Is this your guy?

 

(Everyone crowds around to look.)

 

OSCAR

Yeah. That’s him alright.

 

WINSTON

What an ugly mug. 

 

RAY

Joochalmas. 

 

NICHELLE

It’s name is Joochalmas? Not very intimidating.

 

ALFRED

Yeah. Kind of sounds like a radio DJ. (radio voice) “You’re live at five with Joochalmas and now the latest from the greatest bands of today and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.”

 

RAY

Trust me. If he’s a class seven paranormal he’s plenty intimidating. Lets see… Mayan. Roughly translates to ‘Harvester of Souls’.

 

EDDIE

Awesome.

 

NICHELLE

Not awesome. Scary.

 

ARTHUR

Horrifying.

 

ALFRED

Expected it.



OSCAR

So what do we do? He said I would be his. That one by one we all would be his. But he didn’t take any souls he just killed people.

 

EDDIE

Kind of the same thing.

 

RAY

Not really. (seriously) To collect a soul the individual has to be alive for the aforementioned soul sucking. You can’t suck a soul from a dead body. It’s already gone. So I think it’s safe to say the souls he wants are still running about. Well, at least yours is. (mood suddenly changes) Wow! This is great!

 

OSCAR

Not the response I was expecting.

 

RAY

I’m sorry. I just get overexcited. It’s been a while.

 

WINSTON

Ray, there’s something else that’s been bugging me. Don’t some of those apparitions look familiar?

 

(Nichelle hands her dad her phone where he replays the footage from youtube for Ray to watch)

 

WINSTON & RAY

The containment unit!

 

WINSTON

-But I thought Egon moved it!

 

RAY

He did. Sort of-

 

WINSTON

-Sort of?!

 

RAY

-Just the most dangerous ones.

 

WINSTON

-They’re all dangerous. This is not what we agreed on!

 

RAY

-He built the unit. He’s the only one who knew how. He did what he thought was best and what he could realistically do with the situation we were in!

 

WINSTON

-And look where we are now!

 

RAY

-He didn’t want to go to jail over it!

 

WINSTON

-We’ve already been several times!

 

RAY

-Do you know how to build a containment unit? Cause I don’t. I just dock and unload. Dock and unload. I’m the middle man!

 

WINSTON

-You did cheat with that destroyer, didn’t you?!

 

NICHELLE

Boys! BOYS!

 

(They quiet down)

 

NICHELLE

So are you saying there are two containment units?

 

(The grown men nod)

 

NICHELLE

And that all of the ghosts you have ever busted are divided between those two units in two categories: very dangerous and less dangerous?

 

(The grown men nod)

 

NICHELLE

Then which ones are out… The very… or the less?

 

(The grown men nod)

 

NICHELLE

That’s not how you answer that question.

 

RAY

That’s the thing. (He points at the different spirits on the youtube video) This one, this one, and this one I recognize. They’re all class one through four. They would have been kept in the original unit which is lower risk if it’s exposed. This one…The big guy here… I don’t recognize and there is no way he would have been left in that unit. He’s new. And if he’s pal-ing around with these lower spectres unchecked… There’s no telling what could happen. Or how many of them are out there.

 

WINSTON

Judgement day?

 

RAY

Judgement day.

 

(Cut to back upstairs in the shop. The gang crosses to the front door. Alfred leads the way.)

 

NICHELLE

Alfred, slow down. 

 

OSCAR

What are you doing?

 

ALFRED

Well, we can’t just stand around and do nothing. We have to try and defend ourselves. I’m not going to sit around here and wait for them to come and suck out Oscar’s soul however the fuck they do that sort of thing.

 

EDDIE

I imagine through a ginger french kiss.

 

ALFRED

I also don’t plan on waiting for things to magically right themselves, so our parents get blamed and we become pariahs.

 

EDDIE

Mm… Paella.

 

WINSTON

Son, this is our doing. Ray and I, and Peter, wherever he is-

 

EDDIE

Jamaica. 

 

WINSTON

-We need to make it right.

 

ALFRED

Dad. Have you looked in the mirror? I’m not trying to be a dick here but you aren’t getting any younger. You’re retired. You guys gave years of your life to this thing only to have the world spit in your face. After which you did everything to keep Nichelle and I comfortable, safe, and taken care of. Let us do the same for you.

 

WINSTON

You don’t know the first thing about-

 

NICHELLE

What? Ghostbusting? As I recall, from the stories you told, neither did you when you first started.

 

RAY 

Neither did we! 

 

(Everyone looks at Ray)

 

RAY

Just being honest.

 

NICHELLE

Dad, Alfie can do this. And so can I. I’m in.

 

EDDIE

Don’t have to ask me twice. I’m in. And if you asked me twice I would be in four times.

 

ALFRED

What?

 

EDDIE

Math.

 

ALFRED

No. 

 

OSCAR

Thanks guys. I’m in too. I guess I kind of have to be considering the circumstances.

 

ALFRED

Who better to temporarily take up the torch than us? Besides… How hard can it be?

 

RAY

Ah. Youth.

 

(Everyone slowly looks at Arthur who has been lurking shyly)

 

EDDIE 

What about you, pencil dick?

 

NICHELLE

Neck, Eddie. Pencil neck.

 

ALFRED

I actually like Eddie’s version.

 

ARTHUR

I uh… Wouldn’t it be better if I stayed as far away from this as humanly possible?

 

ALFRED

Oh no. You’re staying with us until we figure out what the cause of this whole thing is. I’m still not convinced that you’re not involved.

 

ARTHUR

Wonderful.

 

OSCAR

We should start by checking out the original containment unit. Maybe there’s some clue as to what happened there.

 

NICHELLE

Or at the very least if it’s broken we can see if we can get it working again. Have to start somewhere.

 

RAY

That’s good. Neither of us even know where the second unit is.

 

ARTHUR

You’re kidding.

 

RAY

Nope. Egon took those higher ranking ghosts to a top secret unit location where no one would even think to look. So disclosed it’s undisclosed. So obvious it was unobvious. It’s ultra safe that way.  

 

ARTHUR

Or the opposite of that.

 

RAY

Definitely a Pecker. Come on. I’ll take you!

 

WINSTON

No way. I’ll take ‘em.

 

RAY

Somebody needs to watch the shop. My assistant Kylie won’t be here until.. Graduate studies.

 

WINSTON

That’s perfect because you can stay and watch your shop.

 

RAY

You came to me for help, remember? (Beat) Game of chance?

 

(A pause. All of a sudden they rock paper scissors. Once, Ray wins. Twice, Winston wins. Third time...)

 

RAY 

Ultimanium Deionizer disintegrates rock. I win! I’m gonna go get my stuff!

 

(Ray runs off)

 

WINSTON

Wait… There’s no such thing as a Ultimanium Deionizer… I think. Ray! RAY! CHEATER!

 

Play this song - Arrival at the Library instrumental (from Ghostbusters 1)

 

EXT - HOOK AND LADDER FIREHOUSE (THE OLD GHOSTBUSTERS HEADQUARTERS) - NIGHT

 

(We see the gang slip into the firehouse through an open window. Ray has a hard time of it but eventually falls in. With the aid of a flashlight they sneak down the stairs, and to the containment unit. After a few moments of playing around with it.)

 

RAY

Definitely broken and definitely-

 

(He opens the flap and calls into it.)



RAY

Empty.

 

ARTHUR

How is that possible? Did someone uh… unplug it or something?

 

RAY

No, no. I’m afraid that’s not how these things work. When we were kicked out the last time we made sure that it wasn’t anything so easily accessible like a visible lever or switch. Not after the debacle our first year.

 

(Ray begins to search the room on his hands and knees. Knocks on the tile. Finds what he’s looking for. Removes the title to reveal a switch)

 

ALFRED

Ok. So you just made it a switch under something. Inventive.

 

RAY

We worked within our means! Man, social media has you younger folks all judgey. 

 

EDDIE

Well, your means didn’t work. It’s off.

 

RAY

So it is.

 

Play this song at 5:43 - Hotel Haunting (from Ghostbusters 1)

 

(They all hear a soft clanging from within the unit. Ray gets up and goes back to the containment door. Opens the flap and calls out.)

 

RAY 

Hello?!

 

RAY’S ECHO

Hello? Hello? Hello? Hello? Hello?

 

SLIMER

(in slimer speak) HELLO!

 

(Slimer comes bursting out all excited.)

 

RAY

Slimer! There you are buddy. You ok?

 

SLIMER

(in slimer speak) Yeah. I’m fine. Thanks for asking!

 

ARTHUR

What.. what is that thing?

 

NICHELLE

It’s a Slimer.

 

ARTHUR

Huh?

 

NICHELLE

Hey there, Slimer.

 

SLIMER

(in slimer speak) Oh! Hi Nichelle. Hi Alfred! Hi Eddie! Hi Oscar! Everyone has gotten big. You’re all grown now!

 

ALFRED

Yup. The gang’s all here.

 

SLIMER

(in slimer speak) Where’s Maggie?

 

OSCAR

Don’t know. We’re working on it.

 

RAY

Slimer, the guys and I left you in charge.

 

SLIMER

(in slimer speak) It’s not my fault. I have to go out and eat sometimes.

 

RAY

Sometimes?

 

SLIMER

(in slimer speak) All of the time.

 

RAY

Well, while you were out snacking someone came in and emptied the containment unit.

 

SLIMER

(in slimer speak) Oh did they?

 

ARTHUR

Didn’t you notice when you were in there and it was empty?

 

(Slimer gets angry, huffs, and charges)

 

ARTHUR

AHHHH!

 

(Slimer rushes through him then disappears through the wall)

 

ARTHUR

He slimed me!

 

RAY

You offended him. (fiddles with the switch) Well, the unit is spent. Won’t turn back on.

 

OSCAR

Can you fix it?

 

RAY

No. But I know someone who could help. They also have some other things you’ll be needing.

 

NICHELLE

We need a way to get there. Somehow I doubt all of us trying to fit into an Uber will go over well.

 

ALFRED

That, I can help with.

 

Play this song - Other Side by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

INT - THE ZEDDEMORE GARAGE - A PRIVATE BACK ROOM

 

(Alfred unlocks and opens the sliding doors to reveal a car on a revolving platform. There is only one vehicle inside. A show piece, a part of history and yet it looks like it was built only yesterday. On the platform the myth, the legend: The Ecto-1.)

 

OSCAR

Whoah.

 

ARTHUR

It’s… It’s real.

 

RAY

(teary eyed) It’s just like I remembered.

 

NICHELLE

It looks really good, Alfred.

 

RAY

It looks better than ever. I’m thinking you snuck in a few updates, didn’t you?

 

ALFRED

Eh… Just for fun and just cause I had the time. You know, in case they ever came in-

 

NICHELLE

-Handy? Big bro always knows-

 

ALFRED

-Best? You better believe it..

 

RAY

So cool! Lets go!

 

EDDIE

Can I drive?

 

ALFRED

No. Only a Zeddemore gets to be behind the wheel. 

 

(We see Alfred driving the group out of town interspersed with more paranormal events happening around the city. Eventually they pull up to a windowless warehouse located in the middle of nowhere. A gate separates the group, still in the vehicle, from the location. It looks straight out of a comic or Scooby Doo episode.)

 

EXT - MAGGIE’S LAB - LATE MORNING

 

ARTHUR

She’s in there? It uh… Doesn’t look like much of a safe working environment.

 

ALFRED

I’m sure it’s fine.

 

NICHELLE

Remember, when we’re inside everyone take it easy on her. She’s had a bad year.

 

EDDIE

Years.

 

NICHELLE & ALFRED

Shut up, Eddie.

 

(Alfred rolls down the window and starts to fuss with the intercom, sussing it out.)

 

ARTHUR

(Quietly to Oscar) Because of her dad?

 

OSCAR

It’s a little more complicated than that...

 

(Alfred reaches out to press the old intercom’s button.)

 

OSCAR

Wait.. How do you know about that?

 

ARTHUR

My dad told me..

 

OSCAR

Ah. I see. The Busters retire but the good ole head of the EPA can’t give them a break. (beat) Sorry.

 

ARTHUR

It’s ok.

 

ALFRED

Maggie. It’s Alfred. We’re out front and we need you to-

 

(Beep)

 

ALFRED

Shoot.

 

EDDIE

Maybe if you press the button and hold it down.

 

ALFRED

Maggie, it’s Alfred. We’re all out front, a whole group of us and we need you to-

 

(Beep)

 

ALFRED

Come on!

 

EDDIE

Let me try. I can do it.

 

ALFRED

No. I’ve got it. It’s fine. 

 

ARTHUR

Complicated how?

 

OSCAR

(to Arthur) She uh… Has been in and out of hospitals for the last few years. She’s okay now though…. I think.

 

ARTHUR

Oh. Was she sick?

 

OSCAR

Yes… No… I mean, not the way you’re thinking probably.

 

ARTHUR

Oh. I see.

 

ALFRED

(fast) Mags-it’s-Alfie-let-us-in-right-now-we’re-in-a-whole-lot-of-trouble-and-

 

(Beep)

 

ALFRED

DAMNIT!

 

(Alfred gets out of the car and begins to kick and beat the intercom up in frustration)

 

ALFRED

AARGH!

 

NICHELLE

He’s fine. Give him a few seconds.

 

OSCAR

Oh. That’s right. You two used to date.

 

ARTHUR

No. No we didn’t. We didn’t uh… date.

 

OSCAR

But you kissed her?

 

ARTHUR

Yeah, at uh… Like.. uh… summer camp. We were uh… teens. Not dating.

 

OSCAR

I don’t know. It was behind the canoes. That’s kind of serious. (beat) You’re sweating.

 

ARTHUR

Oh. Sorry.

 

OSCAR

It’s ok.

 

ARTHUR

You think she remembers me?

 

(In the background Alfred runs at the machine, yelling, and launches his whole body on it. Falls on the ground. All of a sudden the com fizzles to life)

 

MAGGIE (OC)

I’m not here. Go away.

 

EDDIE

I think she’s here you guys.

 

ALFRED

Mags. Mags. It’s me. It’s us. We’re here and we need to talk to you. Can you let us in?

 

MAGGIE (OC)

Can’t. Sorry. 

 

NICHELLE

Maggie, I love you but this isn’t really a ‘I can’t’ situation. This is time sensitive.

 

ALFRED

Mags, we’re your friends. You have to let us in.

 

MAGGIE (OC)

I don’t have to do anything. I’m sorry. Protocol states no outside parties are allowed within Cryon Corp’s doors.

 

RAY

Margaret Aleuria Spengler, you open this gate right now!

 

(The gate opens. Alfred gets back in the car and drives them up the hill.)

 

NICHELLE

Alright Uncle Ray!

 

OSCAR

Way to go.

 

ALFRED

Now, we’re talking.

 

Play this song - Flesh N’ Blood

 

INT - MAGGIE’S LAB - TIME DOESN’T EXIST

 

(The group descends the stairs into the lab. Music is playing. The lab is filled with various kinds of machines, glowing lights, and experiments. It looks almost otherworldly.)

 

MAGGIE

Welcome to Cryon Corps laboratory. Population me… and I suppose now... you.

 

OSCAR

Whoah. 

 

NICHELLE

You work here by yourself?

 

MAGGIE

Sleep here too.

 

NICHELLE

Well, that explains why she hasn't been picking up her phone.

 

MAGGIE

Oh. No. I just didn’t want to talk to you guys.

 

RAY

Margaret.

 

MAGGIE

Oh. Hi, Uncle Ray.

 

RAY

How are you holding up, kiddo?

 

MAGGIE

About the same as last week when you swung by. And the week before that. And the week before that. A good, middling ‘meh’ on the scale. Usually you give me a heads up before you stop by.

 

RAY

Unplanned.

 

MAGGIE

Ah. Unplanned. Otherwise known as unwanted, unforeseeable, unmanaged, unannounced, undeveloped, undesirable, and unsolicited. Not my favorite kind of visit.

 

RAY

I know.

 

ALFRED

It’s just you here? The isolation must drive you mad.

 

EDDIE

Too late.

 

MAGGIE

It has to be that way. Everything in here is on a need to know basis and top secret. So don’t ask me about anything, don’t tell me anything, and don’t touch anything.

 

EDDIE

Check, check, and nah.

 

(Eddie goes to touch the machine and something hits him in the head after being thrown. He looks up to see Maggie looking at him seriously.)

 

MAGGIE

Don’t.



ALFRED

So what are ya working on down here, Mags?

 

MAGGIE

See? That’s you breaking another rule. But since you’re already here… Nothing all that thrilling. On the far right is my second draft of a mecha suit. Beside that you’ll find both my super sonic craft mock up and the early stages of what pop culture has dubbed in media as a cloaking device.

 

OSCAR

I don’t see anything.

 

(Maggie presses a button. A small ship appears where they were looking.)

 

MAGGIE

Now you do.

 

ARTHUR

Wow.

 

ALFRED

They have you working on all of this?

 

MAGGIE

Oh no. Those are just side projects. I’m supposed to be working on how to get better IP phone reception in space but I solved that months ago and there’s another two years on my contract so... (shrugs)

 

ALFRED

Yeah… Not exciting at all.

 

RAY

Don’t ever underestimate a Spengler.

 

NICHELLE

(laughs) I’ve missed you, Mags.

 

(Nichelle runs and hugs Maggie who looks awkward as awkward can be.)

 

MAGGIE

Uh… Ok? 

 

(She uncomfortable accepts the hug, then notices Arthur across the room)

 

MAGGIE

What’s Membrum Virile doing here?

 

RAY

That’s why we’re here, Mags. Something incredible has happened. You’ll never believe it.

 

NICHELLE

Oscar’s in trouble.

 

MAGGIE

That’s the incredible part?

 

(Cut to the city. More paranormal events occurring. We see an altar that has been created at the top of the Ghostbusters old Headquarters. A figure with it’s back to us stands there praying in a low voice. Joochalmas appears and begins getting bigger as smaller spirits circle it and he takes them in.)

 

INT - MAGGIE’S LAIR - EARLY EVENING

 

NICHELLE

What about you, Mags? Did you have a paranormal experience?

 

MAGGIE

No. Not really.

 

OSCAR

See?

 

MAGGIE

I mean, one of the deceased rats we use for testing reanimated, got up, and walked around for a while but that could happen to anybody.

 

ALFRED

You’re killing me, Mags!

 

MAGGIE

So a Mayan spirit is after Oscar and the containment unit is busted.

 

NICHELLE

Yes.

 

MAGGIE

And you think I can help?

 

ALFRED

Yes.

 

NICHELLE

If anyone can get it working again, it’s you Mags.

 

MAGGIE

Well, I can’t.

 

OSCAR

Why not?

 

MAGGIE

It’s not that I value your life less than anyone else’s Oscar-

 

OSCAR

I appreciate that.

 

MAGGIE

It’s that all life is fleeting and meaningless. It’s the way the world works and I’m not going to disrupt it.

 

OSCAR

Come again?

 

MAGGIE

Hot cocoa, Uncle Ray?

 

RAY

Yeah. I’ll take one.

 

MAGGIE

Marshmallows?

 

RAY

Oh. No. No thank you. I’ll pass.

 

MAGGIE

Besides, I’m not going to touch anything that my dad put together. 

 

NICHELLE

Why not?



RAY

Who better than you?

 

MAGGIE

I’m not going to do it. I’m stepping back. I have a good job here. It pays well. It keeps me intellectually stimulated-

 

EDDIE

Heh. Stimulated.

 

MAGGIE

The point is I really don’t have any interest in going back to New York and frankly you can’t make me-

 

Play this song at 1:28 - Subway Ghost Attack  

 

(Just then there’s an explosion in the lab as a few spirits rush in. Everything is chaos. Machines turn on and start to attack the gang. The spirits try and get ahold of the Ghostbusters kids. Right now they’re on the defense. Ducking behind tables and avoiding being killed.

 

RAY

Whoah! Would you look at that.

 

MAGGIE

Excuse me this is private property!

 

NICHELLE

Somehow I doubt these guys are going to listen, Mags.

 

OSCAR

They followed us here!

 

NICHELLE

How did they even know where here was? We didn’t even know where it was until a few hours ago?

 

OSCAR

I don’t know! But the point is they’re here now.

 

ARTHUR

What do we do?

 

EDDIE

I know.

 

(Eddie fearlessly gets up and chucks a test tube at one of the ghosts who stops, looks down at where it went through its form, and then looks back at Eddie who ducks back behind a table.)

 

EDDIE

Shit. That could have been so cool.

 

ALFRED

What did you think was gonna happen?!

 

ARTHUR

What do we do? What do we do?

 

ALFRED

Hey, Pecker. Be like Maggie and try to reason with them. I’m sure they’ll listen to the head of the good ole EPA.

 

(Arthur peeks out, just then a group of sharp scalpels miss him and land in the wall. He ducks again.)

 

BANSHEE

Hahahahahahaha!

 

ARTHUR

Uh… No thank you.

 

MAGGIE

Oh I think I have something that could help.

 

ALFRED

You think?!

 

MAGGIE

I read about these things... In my dad’s logs.

 

EDDIE

Uncle Egon journaled?

 

ALFRED

Not the time! 

 

MAGGIE 

Follow me.

 

(The group follows Maggie in a single file, crawling across the room to a chest. She puts in the code.)

 

NICHELLE

0008? Not much of a code. 

 

Play this song- NY Heart Ghostbusters (from the new Ghostbusters)

 

(The chest opens to reveal the old proton packs. The group marvels at them: As do we all.)

 

NICHELLE

Everyone grab a uh… Backpack. Grab a backpack!

 

EDDIE

Not like any backpack I’ve ever seen.

 

ALFRED

Shut up and grab one.

 

(Nichelle, Alfred, and Eddie all eagerly put one on. Ray attempts to but he’s too big and just keeps getting tangled. Oscar taps him on the shoulder.)

 

OSCAR

I’ve got it.

 

(Oscar puts it on. Maggie meanwhile crawls and grabs a journal off one of the shelves, crawling back she opens it and begins to furiously flip through.)

 

NICHELLE

What are these things?!

 

MAGGIE & RAY

Proton Packs.

 

NICHELLE

Oh. I remember dad talking about these. Never had to use one before.



ALFRED

That makes two of us.

 

(He guesses and somehow manages to power it up)

 

Play Proton Effect Sound

 

ALFRED

Ha! Just like riding a bike.

 

NICHELLE

You’ve never ridden a bike before and you’ve never used one of these before.

 

MAGGIE

Step one. Everyone flip the switch on the back.

 

(They all do)

 

Play Proton Effect Sound

 

ARTHUR

Then what?

 

MAGGIE

Then you uh… Aim and… Uh… Shoot the things.

 

OSCAR

I didn’t sign up to shoot anything.

 

EDDIE

I did!

 

(Eddie keeps turning his proton pack on and off because he likes the cool sound)

 

ALFRED

Would you stop! Listen, Barrett. You either shoot the things or they kill us. Your choice.

 

OSCAR

Got it. Let's do this.

 

RAY

Don’t worry. Everything is gonna be fine!



OSCAR

I’m not worried. Are you worried?

 

RAY

Why worry? You’re just wearing unlicensed nuclear accelerators on your backs. Good luck!

 

(The four step out. Maggie, Ray, and Arthur stay behind the upturned table.)

 

MAGGIE

Oh! One more thing. There’s something very important that I have to tell you. My dad underlined it in his log.

 

OSCAR

What?

 

EDDIE

Still can’t believe Eegs’ kept a journal. What was he? A ten year old girl?

 

ALFRED & NICHELLE

Shut up, Eddie!

 

OSCAR

What did you dad say, Mags?

 

MAGGIE

Don’t cross the streams.

 

OSCAR

Why?

 

MAGGIE

...It would be bad.

 

ALFRED

Good enough for me.

 

(Alfred increases the charge of his proton pack and aims it at the circling ghosts. The lab is getting destroyed more and more by the second.)

 

ALFRED

Hey! Assholes!

 

(The ghosts all stop their destruction and look at the four.)

 

NICHELLE

Well?...

 

ALFRED

Now that I have their attention, I don’t know what to say.

 

EDDIE

Talk is cheap.

 

Play this song at 1:09 - Epic

 

(They all blast the ghosts with their streams. The ghosts try to dodge but fail. They shriek as they writhe in pain.)

 

NICHELLE

Now what?

 

ALFRED

I don’t know!

 

RAY

Trap. They need a trap!

 

MAGGIE

Oh. Got it.

 

(Maggie flips through her dad’s journal skimming the notes while the other four battle the ghosts. The proton packs are stronger than they expected and they’re currently creating more damage than the ghosts did.)

 

NICHELLE

Any time now Mags!

 

MAGGIE

Any second. Help me, Peck! Find one that looks like this.

 

(She holds up a sketch of a trap in her dad’s journal. Maggie and Arthur dig through various bins as the gang dodge attacks.)

 

EDDIE

This is so cool!

 

RAY

Maggie-

 

MAGGIE

I’m looking. I’m looking!

 

ARTHUR

Is this it?

 

(He holds it up)

 

MAGGIE

Yeah that’s it! That’s one!

 

RAY

Press the button. Turn it on. And throw! (demonstrates)

 

ARTHUR

Press button. Turn on. And throw. Press button. Turn on. And throw. Press button. Turn on. And throw.

 

(He throws it)

 

ALFRED

You didn’t turn it on!

 

ARTHUR

Shit.

 

(Nervously Arthur looks around, musters up the courage and crawls toward the trap doding the streams as well as spirits. He reaches out and presses the button, then backs out. The trap opens and a light shines through the flaps.)

 

RAY

Ok. It’s ready. Bring them down… Now!

 

(The group does so. Slowly but surely each spirit is lowered and then contained. The trap closes with a click. Quiet.)

 

NICHELLE

We did it! We did it! I knew that we could do it!

 

ALFRED

How cool was that? Did you-

 

NICHELLE

See? Yeah. I saw. I saw. It was- 

 

ALFRED

-Just like dad said! I always knew it all had happened but it happened just like-

 

NICHELLE

He said. I know. I know!

 

RAY

Good work little Pecker.

 

ARTHUR

(kind of proud) Uh… Thanks?

 

OSCAR

That’s three down so that leaves-

 

RAY

A lot. Just… A lot.

 

EDDIE

We saved your lab, Spengler. You’re welcome.

 

(Everyone looks around, the lab is destroyed. Sun shines in through the roof.)

 

MAGGIE

Yeah. Thanks a lot.

 

Play this song - Disco Infero

 

INT - CITY HALL EVENT IN A BALLROOM - EVENING

 

(We cut to a fundraising event for the mayor. Attendees are dressed up and hobnobbing. It’s a fancy affair…. That is until the Ghostbusters’ kids and Ray come rushing in looking worse for wear.)

 

NICHELLE

I told you we need to speak to the mayor. It’s important.

 

SECURITY

You can’t go in there. Excuse me sirs! Ma’ams! You can’t go in there. It’s a private event. Stop!

 

WALTER (OC)

Now, now. What’s going on here? No need for all of this commotion. We don’t need to upset our guests and constituents.

 

(Everyone but the Busters laugh at his bad joke as if on cue)

 

SECURITY

I’m sorry sir. They just pushed right through.

 

WALTER (OC)

It’s alright, Jenkins. I’m quite used to your failures by now. 

 

(The mayor turns. It’s Walter effing Peck.)

 

WALTER

You can go back to your post and try to do some semblance of your job the next time a bunch of lunatics rush the door. Let's hope the result is better next time. (eyes land on the group) Now what do we have here? Two Zeddemores, a Spengler, a Venkman, and that makes you a…

 

OSCAR

Barrett-Venkman.

 

WALTER

Right. Ah. And there he is, in the flesh and very much still alive and kicking, Mr. Stantz. What a pleasant surprise. 

 

RAY

Mr. Pecker.

 

WALTER

That’s Mayor Walter Peck to you. I trust that you didn’t stop by to pledge your vote for my next term.

 

NICHELLE

No. Mr. Peck… You see-

 

WALTER

I’m sure that some of you recognized our unannounced guests for the evening. Yes, yes, it’s true. These are the spawn of the infamous Ghostbusters. Some of you may remember them from years back. I certainly do. They pulled a blindfold over our fair city using sense and nerve gases to cause hallucinations of paranormal activity. Scam artists that I was all too happy to expose during my tenure as representative of the Environmental Protection Agency in the third district.

 

OSCAR

You’re lying. 

 

WALTER

I don’t lie dear boy. How else do you think I won the mayoral seat?

 

EDDIE

By lying?

 

WALTER

Your fathers caused an explosion! The city is brought to its knees. Your fathers show up and miraculously save the day. It’s all far too textbook. 

 

PARTY GOER 2

I don’t know, Mister Mayor. There was nothing textbook about last night.

 

WALTER

As the news reported, an accidental firework explosion.

 

PARTY GOER 3

Not just last night. People are getting hurt. Strange things are happening all around the city.

 

WALTER

All of which are being investigated by my team. We are taking every precaution to see that it doesn’t happen again. I assure you that everything is fine. 

 

ALFRED

Fine? Nothing is fine. You saw the video. We saw it firsthand. I am now realizing how sketchy that sounds but it’s true. It’s all true. Our dads were right. Ghosts are real and they are up to some real fucked up shit.

 

EDDIE

You can believe Mayor Weiner over here-

 

WALTER

My name is Walter Peck. Mayor Walter Peck. You can call me Mr. Peck, Mayor Peck, or not at all-

 

OSCAR

Or you can accept the fact that this city is experiencing paranormal activity unheard of since the eighties.

 

PARTY GOER 2

What is he saying?

 

RAY

What he means everybody is that New York is up for a reckoning of chaotic proportions with a kind of threat that most don’t have any experience dealing with.

 

OSCAR

-Yes.

 

RAY

-Sirs, ma’ams, everyone: What we have here is the potential upturning of our mortal hold on this planet and an uprising the likes that no one has before or will ever see again!

 

OSCAR

-Exactly.

 

RAY

-Real dangerous type stuff. Threats from the previously unseen, now seen.

 

MAGGIE

-The buried now risen!

 

NICHELLE

-You think they’re gone but they’re back!

 

OSCAR

Listen Mister Mayor, we don’t want to be here. You don’t want us here. But we don’t have a choice. We need to prepare before we lose this city all together!

 

WALTER

ENOUGH! Don’t let this group of heathens take you on their little rigamarole. Everyone enjoy the party, ok? The hors d'oeuvres are fabulous.

 

(Walter walks away, Arthur runs to keep up with him)

 

ARTHUR

Dad! Dad! 

 

WALTER

Son, I didn’t see you come in. Here for the show?

 

ARTHUR

They’re telling the truth.

 

WALTER

Excuse me?

 

ARTHUR

They are. I was with them. I’ve seen it. It’s true. It’s all true.

 

WALTER

Keep your voice down.

 

ARTHUR

Dad. I-

 

WALTER

I will not have you humiliating me here. Do you understand me?

 

ARTHUR

But-

 

WALTER

Humiliate me on your own time like you normally do. Not mine. Are we clear?

 

ARTHUR

Yessir.

 

WALTER

Fantastic. (To the Ghostbusters) Think you’re quite clever for getting my son involved in all of this don’t you? Well, the fun and games stop here. 

 

(Oscar steps in his way)

 

WALTER

Now, you either walk out that door or I find someone to assist. Your choice. Step aside.

 

(After a moment Oscar does so)

 

WALTER

Good choice. Will someone please escort these fine citizens outside?

 

PARTY GOER

Is any of what you said true?

 

OSCAR

Yes. He’s a giant penis.

 

(Walter launches at Oscar but security holds him back. They also guide the Ghostbusters out of the event.)

 

EDDIE

See? You do have a little Venkman in you.

 

MAGGIE

I really don’t like that guy. No offense.

 

ARTHUR

None taken.

 

ALFRED

It’s like dad says-

 

NICHELLE

- If you want something done you have to do it yourself.

 

OSCAR

So we’re doing this? We’re like, really doing this. We’re going to be Ghostbusters.

 

NICHELLE

Not like they left us with much of a choice.

 

ALFRED

At least until we sort this whole thing out.

 

NICHELLE

Someone has to do it. I’m in.

 

OSCAR

But, Nichelle, you’re a mom. You have Ellie to worry about.

 

NICHELLE

So? You have plenty to worry about too. Your job, your mom, your friends, Eddie... I’m a mom, I’m not dead to all other facets of my life and personality. Besides, New York is my home, it’s Nate and Ellie’s home too. I intend on keeping it safe for them. What’s more mom than that?

 

MAGGIE

I’m in. But only because you blew up my other job and I’m pretty sure I’m now a fugitive.



OSCAR

Count me in.

 

EDDIE

In.

 

ALFRED

In.

 

ARTHUR

In.

 

(Everyone turns to stare)

 

ARTHUR

Uh… to be fair… if there’s no environment there’s no EPA and I’m out of a job so…. I could answer phones?

 

RAY

I love seeing a plan come together.

 

EDDIE

I love this plan! Stoked to be a part of it!

 

Play this song - Higher and Higher

 

EXT - ALL AROUND THE CITY - GHOSTBUSTING MONTAGE

 

(We see the group launch their latest business initiative. The gang sweeps and cleans the firehouse. Whenever someone walks by to check if someone is in there they all duck and hide. We see Magge fixing the containment unit with Slimer while Arthur creates and prints bumper stickers with an updated Ghostbusters logo and phone number. Truly updating everything from the modern era they create a Wix website that lists their number but under location is a question mark. We see Ray and Winston training them on various Busting related things.)

 

RAY

This is where you store all the vapors and entities and slimers that you trap. Very simple really. Load the trap here. Open. Unlock the system. Insert the trap. Release. Close. Lock the system. Set your entry grid. Neutronize your field. And… The light is green. Trap is clean. The ghost is incarcerated here.

 

(Eddie and Oscar goof around while practicing shooting their proton packs at mock ghost targets.)

 

EDDIE

You did it. That was awesome man!

 

OSCAR

Nah. You were awesome.

 

(Nichelle and Alfred juggle home and Buster life. Maggie sits alone at night where all of the beds are looking through her dad’s logs and old photos. Alfred gears up.)

 

ALFRED

Any tips, Ray?

 

RAY

Just one thing… If anyone asks if you’re a god… Say yes.  

 

(Cut to Nichelle, Alfred, Oscar, and Eddie busting ghosts. They’re getting better but it’s slow going. On another day Maggie approaches Ray.)

 

MAGGIE

Uncle Ray, can you take a look at something for me?

 

RAY

Sure, kiddo. What have you got?

 

(She leads him to a back room where Egon’s lab used to be and on the table is an updated, modern proton pack. It’s pretty sweet.)

 

RAY

Whoah! This is… Did you…. I can’t believe it.

 

MAGGIE

It’s not really anything special. I tried my best but it seemed silly that we only had four packs so I made my own. I followed my dad’s instructions but added a few new things. Not sure if they work yet or not.

 

(Ray presses a button on the pack and one gun shoots out on either side. He presses another and an electric shield goes up. He touches it and it sparks him.)

 

RAY

No. We can work with this. Can you make more?

 

(He grins. She smiles back. Cut to Nichelle, Alfred, Eddie, Oscar, and Maggie busting ghosts. They’re getting better at this. Back, at the firehouse Arthur answers the cell.)

 

ARTHUR

Ghostbusters how can I help you?

 

JANINE

No no… like this… “Ghostbusters. What do ya want?”

 

ARTHUR

Uh… Ghostbusters. (awkwardly) What do you want?

 

JANINE

This is gonna take some work.

 

MAGGIE

Venkman, strengthen your stream. I don’t want my face burned off.

 

ALFRED

Watch it!

 

( Splitting time between the EPA office and Busters Headquarters, Arthur answers calls being rerouted to his phone. Ring.)

 

ARTHUR

Ghostbusters what do ya want?

 

OSCAR

Toss the trap.

 

NICHELLE

Here it comes.

 

(Another bust. Ring.)

 

ARTHUR

Ghostbusters what do ya want?

 

EDDIE

We’ve got one!

 

(Another bust. Ring.)

 

ARTHUR

Ghostbusters what do ya want?

 

(We see the whole gang eyeing a schematic on the table, stressing. Nichelle sighs and fishes out a carton of cigarettes. Everyone takes one and lights it. Another bust. Ring.)

 

ARTHUR

Ghostbusters!

 

Play this song - Rhythm of the Night

 

INT - GHOSTBUSTERS FIREHOUSE - NIGHT

 

(The Ghostbuster kids are celebrating their recent bout of successes at the firehouse. Playing music, dancing, drinking. Eddie is currently holding three different beers rotating between them while playing beer pong with Oscar. Alfred is tipsy and dancing by himself on the dance floor, smoking a cigarette. Nichelle keeps taking them from him but he just pulls out another. Arthur watches everyone quietly, amused, but also doing his job and filing. He seems to like taking orders more than being in charge. Meanwhile on the roof Ray finds Maggie.)

 

Play this song - Get you to the Moon by Kina

 

RAY

There you are. I had a feeling that you would be hiding up here.

 

MAGGIE

Oh yeah. How?

 

RAY

It’s where your father would come to clear his head when he was having a hard time figuring something out.

 

MAGGIE

He never had trouble figuring something out ever.

 

RAY

Yeah, well, spoken like a true daddy’s girl I guess. But I knew your pops pretty well and it’s true. Even the smartest man we all had the honor of knowing got stumped sometimes. Rarely. But it happened.

 

(Quiet)

 

RAY

We have a tendency to view those the closest to us with rose colored glasses don’t we?

 

MAGGIE

I have perfect vision.

 

RAY

You know what I mean, Mags.

 

(A beat)

 

RAY

You can’t go off the grid like that again.

 

MAGGIE

I know.

 

RAY

You worried a lot of people.

 

MAGGIE

I know.

 

RAY

The Zeddemores, Oscar, I think even Eddie was a little concerned-

 

MAGGIE

I said I know!

 

RAY

You scared me, Mags. You scared all of us. 

 

MAGGIE

I’m sorry.

 

RAY

Ok.

 

MAGGIE

Maybe I just wanted to disappear for a little bit.

 

RAY

I thought you were working past that-

 

MAGGIE

That’s not what I meant, Ray.

 

RAY

Then what did you mean?

 

MAGGIE

I just needed a break from everything is all. Is that a crime?

 

RAY

How do you expect us to take that given what you’ve done?

 

MAGGIE

A break. Just a break.

 

RAY

What kind of a break?

 

MAGGIE

Would you get off my back!?

 

(She starts to walk past him but he grabs her arm and rolls up her sleeve revealing the series of healing cuts)

 

RAY

This kind of break or-

 

MAGGIE

No! No.

 

RAY

How can I trust you?

 

MAGGIE

I guess that you can’t.

 

RAY

I know that look. I’ve seen it a hundred times before downstairs. I know what determination looks like. This is not the way to find your dad, Maggie.

 

MAGGIE

It would have worked if you hadn’t stopped me.

 

RAY

I’m glad that I did! You’re still here.

 

(Quiet)

 

RAY

Egon meant a lot to me too, kiddo.. He wouldn’t want this for you. You’re a smart girl. You know that. I know that you know it.

 

MAGGIE

I don’t know anything anymore.

 

RAY

You do! You are just like him in all of the places that count. And I know that deep down you know how dumb it is.

 

MAGGIE

Can we not talk about this?

 

RAY

No. We’re talking about this. We’re talking about it right now. You’re hurting. I get that. You feel like you have nobody else. But you have your mom. You have your friends. You have me. And you have the knowledge about how much your dad loved you more than any equation or fungi collection in the universe. 

 

MAGGIE

It’s not about that. I’m not suicidal.

 

RAY

Then what is it about? Why would you keep doing this?

 

MAGGIE

I… I have things. To say. I never got to say goodbye. The last thing I said to him-

 

RAY

Yeah?

 

MAGGIE

I told him I wished that I wasn’t a Spengler. It was stupid. It was over something so stupid. Over a boy. But his parents knew who I was, where I came from, and… It didn’t work. I blamed dad. I don’t know how I could do that. I’m supposed to be smart. He looked so sad… And then he was gone.

 

RAY

Mags, your dad knew how much you loved him as much as he knew that the atomic weight of Nitrogen is 14.0067. At exactly 7:16 AM you arrived in the world and truthfully, practically scared the socks off of him more than any spectre. I’ve never seen the man break a sweat and that includes during our Quantum Physics and How it Relates to the Paranormal in the 1800s final. Egon wanted so badly to keep you safe which is why he stepped away from the Ghostbusters and took up that job teaching. He loved you that much. He was a most fortunate individual. So are you to have loved so strongly. We do our best.

 

MAGGIE

What if our best is not good enough?

 

RAY

Life doesn’t get graded by percentage. You kind of just have to risk it.

 

MAGGIE

Thanks Uncle Ray.



RAY

No problem, kiddo. That’s what I’m here for. I promised your dad so I’ll always be here. And good news for you, my shop is closing up soon so this will pretty soon be my full time job.

 

MAGGIE 

Oh. Lovely.

 

(They turn to leave and nearly bump right into Arthur who was apparently watching the whole time)

 

RAY

Schlong!

 

ARTHUR

I’m sorry I… uh… Came up here to see if she was uh… ok… Not for any reason other than to… uh… Not for a weird reason… Not because of the canoes… I mean… What I mean is… 

 

MAGGIE

Huh?

 

(Nichelle comes rushing up to them with her phone raised)

 

NICHELLE

Hate to break up this party but you guys have to take a look at this!

 

STREET REPORTER

The entire city is in lockdown after what can only be described as an explosion at City Hall. The number of casualties has not been confirmed yet but sources say it is unfathomable.

 

WALTER (OC)

It is clear that the beverages served tonight were poisoned with LSD causing all attendees to have hallucinations. We are certain we know the culprits and we are on our way now. No other comment.

 

RAY

Look! 

 

(He points at the screen. In the swirl of part of City Hall collapsing the familiar growing form of Joochalmas can be seen.)

 

RAY

This isn’t good. He’s getting more powerful with each and every soul he takes. And it looks like in here… He’s taking in other ghosts as well.

 

(Sirens heard in the distance. Getting closer. From the other side of door)

 

OSCAR

We have to get out of here.

 

NICHELLE

Oscar? What are you doing back there? Come out.

 

EDDIE

He’s scared of heights.

 

NICHELLE

He’s scared of everything.

 

OSCAR

No. I’m scared of bathtubs, busy streets, and heights. They are all very specific!

 

(The sound of a door being kicked down)

 

OSCAR

Everyone meet at the safe haven.

 

EDDIE

Run!

 

(They all go their different ways. Some climb down a ladder down the wall, sneaking out the back, Alfred and Nichelle fight off some police and take off. Arthur and Maggie run down the stairs right into…)

 

WALTER

Well, well, well… We meet again.

 

ARTHUR

Dad. They didn’t do anything. She didn’t do anything.

 

WALTER

I’ll get to you later. Miss Spengler, you’ll be coming with me.

 

MAGGIE

Negative percent chance of that happening.

 

WALTER

I thought the daughter of that raving lunatic Egon Spengler was supposed to be smart. Silly me.

 

ARTHUR

Shut up!

 

WALTER

What did you say to me?

 

ARTHUR

Shut up. I said shut up. You’re the raving lunatic. Not them!

 

WALTER

Arthur Beaterman Peck. You go wait in the Camaro. We’ll chat once I’m done here.

 

ARTHUR

No. We’re gonna chat now. You’re wrong. You’re wrong about everything!

 

WALTER

I never thought I would see the day that my son was on the side of these… these… peddlers of erotica.

 

ARTHUR

At least they stand for something other than their own pride.

 

MAGGIE

I don’t think you know what erotica is.

 

WALTER

Shut up!



ARTHUR

Don’t you talk to her like that. I’ll have you know we kissed once! BEHIND SOME CANOES AT CAMP NAZARATH!

 

MAGGIE

Oh geeze.

 

WALTER

I will not have my son gallivanting about with the daughter of some mad conjurer!

 

MAGGIE

Shut up.

 

(Maggie lands a punch right on Peck’s nose and he falls back)

 

MAGGIE

He was a scientist.

 

(She runs off)

 

MAGGIE

Come on, Arthur.

 

ARTHUR

(standing over his dad) You really are a dick sometimes, dad.

 

(Arthur takes off after her.)

 

INT - THE TULLY RESIDENCE - NIGHT

 

(The group is recovering in the eccentricity decorated kitchen. She’s fussing over Alfred.)

 

JANINE

Aw hun, that looks pretty deep. You said you scaled the Firehouse wall?

 

NICHELLE

He fell a block away from your house. Tripped on a piece of uneven sidewalk.

 

ALFRED

Nichelle Zeddemore!

 

JANINE

Doesn’t matter. A battle wound is a battle wound and we’ll get that fixed up in a jiffy. HONEY BEAR!

 

(Louis scrambles in. He walks into his own wall, in his own confusion bumps into his kitchen table, then one of the kids. Janine holds him still to avoid any more mishaps.)

 

LOUIS

Yes pumpkin slice?

 

JANINE

Can you get some of the ace bandages from the junk drawer?

 

LOUIS

Anything for you dearest.

 

(He does but because of the growing crowd in their kitchen he gets bounced around)

 

LOUIS

Oscar, Eddie, Nichelle, Alfred, Maggie….

 

(He stops at Arthur)

 

LOUIS

Who’s this and why am I already uncomfortable with him?

 

JANINE

That’s the Peck boy, honey bunch.

 

ARTHUR

Arthur.

 

LOUIS

Oh.

 

(Awkward quiet and Louis weasels through the crowd in his kitchen again)

 

LOUIS

I think I have some vitamins somewhere. Alfred you can have some. You too Arthur. You’re looking kind of pale. Can relate! They’re safe. From the drug store. They deliver here. Can you believe it? Excuse me. Scuse me. Pardon me. Sorry. Sorry. Coming this way. Oh Ray it’s you! Scuse me. The whole gang is here. Nice to have everyone back together. Excuse me. Sorry! 

 

(He accidentally gets shoved outside his own door and locked out)

 

LOUIS

Hello? Hello? Not again.

 

JANINE

So how exciting. You’re all on the run. It’s like old times in here.

 

OSCAR

Nice that someone sees the silver lining.

 

JANINE

I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be blasé about the whole thing. It’s all very scary, very thrilling. It’s just nice to have this place bustling again. Since we stopped doing holiday dinners this is the most action our place has seen in a year. Now let me see that cheek of yours sweet girl…

 

(She puts some antiseptic on Nichelle’s cheek)

 

NICHELLE

Oh. That stings.

 

JANINE

You’re always taking care of everyone else. Let me take care of you.

 

NICHELLE

Thanks. (a moment) You’re good at this you know.

 

JANINE

So I’ve been told.

 

NICHELLE

You would have been a good mom.

 

JANINE

So I’ve also been told.

 

NICHELLE

Are you ever disappointed that you uh…

 

JANINE

Didn’t have kids?

 

NICHELLE

Yeah. I know you were trying...

 

JANINE

Oh sure, sure. I suppose I was, for a time. It’s a hard thing you know. We both wanted some little rugrats, Louis and I. And it wasn’t for lack of trying. But I guess by the time we figured out that we were trying and it wasn’t working we then realized we already had what we were trying to get.

 

NICHELLE

What?

 

JANINE

A family. You guys are our kids. Each and everyone one of you. And it has been such a tremendous honor watching you all grow up. It’s a fabulous way to spend our years. We wouldn’t trade it for the world. Right honeycomb? Louis? Honey?

 

MAGGIE

I’ve heard that before.

 

JANINE

(to Maggie) You’re very cheery. I can tell. Louis?

 

(Janine gets up looking for her husband. Quiet.)

 

NICHELLE

You ok, Oscar?

 

OSCAR

For the last time I’m ok! How many times do I have to say it!? I wish people would stop asking!

 

NICHELLE

For the record, if there was ever a time to not be ok, Oscar. It would be this one.

 

OSCAR

Sorry, Ni. Didn’t mean to bite your head off.

 

NICHELLE

Bite my head off? I have a toddler. This is nothing… But don’t do it again.

 

EDDIE

So what’s next?

 

MAGGIE

Don’t look at me. Even I don’t know the answer to this one.

 

JANINE

Gang? There’s someone here to see you and he’s waiting in the hall..

 

OSCAR

What does he want?

 

JANINE

I dunno. All I know is he doesn’t look happy.

 

Play this song at 2:33 - Ghostbusters Instrumental

 

(They go to the door and standing there is none other than Peter Venkman.)

 

PETER

My ears were burning.

 

EDDIE

Dad! I think.



PETER

Son! I think. 

 

OSCAR

Peter?!

 

PETER

Osc, buddy. How’s it hanging? What is this I hear about a Mayan god sucking souls? Tale as old as time.

 

RAY

Venkman!

 

PETER

Stantz.

 

(The two go for a hug then decided on a manly handshake)

 

RAY

You’re supposed to be in Jamaica.

 

PETER

I was. Jamaica, Queens.

 

ALL BUSTER KIDS

Ooooohhhhh….

 

PETER

These kids I’m telling you. They’re spoiled nowadays with their phones, and their beepers, and their electricity… Just want everything handed to them.

 

ALFRED

How did you know we were here?

 

PETER

I come bearing gifts.

 

(Winston steps into view)

 

NICHELLE & ALFRED

Dad!

 

ALFRED

How did you-

 

PETER

You know through these things called phones, beepers, electricity… Catch up sport. Speaking of catch… We’ve got a bunch of ghosties to contain. Our greatest hits if I remember correctly. And you’re running from the law. Another page out of our unwritten handbook. They catch on so fast, don’t they? It’s really a beautiful thing to see. We’re going to help you.

 

ALFRED

We’ve got this.

 

PETER

Yeah. Sure looks like it. Sorry kid, but we’re all on this one whether you like it or not. Besides, I’m going out of my mind. Not much to do off of the F line.

 

WINSTON

I’m out of retirement. One day only.

 

RAY

(barely able to contain his excitement) YES. I am in! I am so in. I can’t believe it. The old team is getting back together for one last ride. 

 

PETER

Dial it down a notch, Ray.

 

WINSTON

We’ve got the tools and the talent, and we’re ready to do this thing. Together.

 

RAY

Alright boys. (ahem) People. I have a plan…

 

Play this song at 2:25 - Magic

 

(We see ghosts continuing to terrorize the city while the Busters old and new come up with a plan in Janine’s kitchen. Louis serves everyone tea while trying to sneak a peek.)

 

MAGGIE

A spirit of this class and size with this kind of power would have to be summoned.

 

RAY

Not only that but its summoner would have to keep regular contact with it. 

 

WINSTON

You’re sure?

 

MAGGIE

My dad was sure. So, so am I.

 

PETER

Good enough for me.

 

OSCAR

It did say something to me before it tried to attack me.. But it didn’t make any sense to me...

 

JOOCHALMAS (RECORDING)

Ba'ax u ch'i'ibalobe' ts'o'ok u ch'a'abal yaan restaurado. Venganza! Venganza!

 

(They all turn to see Eddie holding a phone up)

 

OSCAR

You recorded it?

 

EDDIE

Yup.

 

ALFRED

And you’re just telling us now.

 

EDDIE

Yup. Guess I forgot.



ALFRED

Lord help me not hit this man-

 

PETER

Keep saying those prayers Baby Z, we’re gonna need them.

 

RAY

That’s Mayan.

 

PETER

Makes sense, Ray. Considering the spirit is… MAYAN.

 

MAGGIE

What your forefathers have taken will be restored. Vengeance! Vengeance!  

 

PETER

Huh?

 

MAGGIE

That’s what it means. 

 

PETER

Leave it to Spengles to teach his kid Mayan. 

 

(He kisses the top of her head.)

 

OSCAR

Forefathers? But doesn’t that mean you guys?

 

RAY

In theory yes… But I think one of us would remember running into this spirit. I don’t.

 

WINSTON

Not me.

 

PETER & EDDIE

I barely remember last night.

 

OSCAR

So if it’s not Joochalmas’ gripe-

 

PETER

-Sounds like a radio DJ.

 

OSCAR

It must be the gripe of the summoner.

 

NICHELLE

So who has a score to settle with you guys?

 

PETER

Who doesn’t?

 

RAY

It’s not like we kept a list.

 

WINSTON

It would be long.

 

PETER

Well, doesn’t matter. We’ll kick it’s ass even so. (sees the kids) Sorry. Butt. Kick it’s butt.

 

ALFRED

We are grown adults.

 

PETER

Overrated. Now… How do we get this big oaf to come to us.

 

ARTHUR

You uh… could create a soul source.

 

PETER

Young man, are you suggesting we sacrifice people? How eighties of you!

 

ARTHUR 

No I… We see it’s been taking in smaller ghosts. If there is a surge of ghosts somewhere maybe it’ll uh.. Show up? Especially if it needs them to survive.

 

PETER

Who’s this guy?

 

ARTHUR

Arthur Peck, sir.

 

PETER

Doesn’t ring a bell.



ARTHUR

You once told my dad he didn’t have a dick.

 

PETER

OH! Now I remember. He told you that? I tell ya, what a guy that one. A laugh riot. I stand by what I said you know.

 

ARTHUR

Yeah. I would have to agree with you.

 

PETER

You do? (beat) Arthur you said?

 

OSCAR

How do we attract the ghosts to where we want them?

 

RAY

Oh. I’ve got an idea. You’re not going to like it, Peter.

 

PETER 

What else is new? Everyone in the car.

 

(They all leave. Eddie, Arthur, and Oscar get into Pete’s car and the Zeddemores get into the Ecto-1 with Maggie.)

 

LOUIS

(waving bye) You kids stay fit. Keep sharp. Make good decisions.

 

MAGGIE

Sure thing Uncle Louis.

 

JANINE

Go get ‘em Ghostbusters.

 

(Peter stands in front of Ray blocking him from the Ecto-1)

 

PETER

What is Dana’s number, Ray?

 

RAY

I don’t know.

 

PETER

What is Dana’s number, Ray?

 

RAY

I’ve been sworn to secrecy… An oath that can never be broken-

 

(Peter grabs Ray harshly by the ear and Stantz howls in pain)

 

RAY

AHHHHH! OW OW OW OW OW OW! Ok! Ok! It’s-

 

INT - DANA’S APARTMENT - EARLY EVENING

 

(Dana arrives home with her cello. She sets it down which is when she sees the news. Worried she picks up her phone to call Oscar but another number shows instead. She answers. Peter talks to her while getting out of the car. Ray, Winston, and everyone are already setting up on the roof.)

 

DANA

Alfred. Is everything ok?

 

PETER

Sorry to catch you off guard Dana, it’s me. It’s Peter.

 

DANA

Peter… I… How did you get this number? This isn’t your number!

 

PETER

Yeah. I think Eddie stole it from Alfie. That’s not why I called. I just wanted to call and let you know that Oscar is fine and I have everything under control.

 

DANA

What do you mean by that?

 

PETER

Just don’t worry.

 

DANA

Peter, whenever you say that it means I should be very worried.

 

PETER

Just don’t be. Oscar and Eddie are with me and I have everything under control.

 

DANA

Since when?!

 

PETER

We’re just handling something ok. It’ll all be over soon. I’ve gotta go. We’re getting close. Oh Dana? One more thing: I am madly in love with you

 

DANA

Please hang up.

 

PETER

Well, if this is the last call I’m ever going to make, and it could be seeing as how we’re going up against a class seven which is a pretty big deal I’ll have you know... I just want you to know.

 

DANA

You are so…

 

PETER

Funny?

 

DANA

Annoying.

 

PETER

God I love you-

 

DANA

I love-

 

(She notices something on the news of the paranormal incidents)

 

DANA

Oscar!

 

PETER

Weird time to bring up him but far from me to kink shame.

 

DANA

No, Peter. Oscar. How is he?

 

PETER

Don’t worry. Our boy is safe.

 

DANA

Ok. Ok. You make sure he comes back to me safe, alright?

 

PETER

I will.

 

DANA

I love you.

 

PETER

I’ll have you know that I recorded that for blackmail.

 

(He hangs up. He turns. Oscar is suited up behind him.)

 

OSCAR

Our boy?

 

PETER

You heard me. Listen kid, I know I’m not the perfect person by any means and biologically you’re not, like, mine… But I’ve always had a soft spot for ya, you little Stinker. Is that gonna be a problem?

 

OSCAR

No. No problem

 

PETER

Cool.

 

Play Proton Effect Sound

 

(Peter puts on one of the new proton packs and turns it on)

 

PETER

Oh. I like this one.

 

EXT - GHOSTBUSTERS ROOF - DAY

 

(Peter joins Winston and Ray at the bottom. They all have megaphones.)

 

PETER

Nice that you just have three of these lying around.

 

WINSTON

Always be prepared for any situation.

 

(The three start hollering into the megaphones and run up the stairs toward the roof)

 

RAY, PETER, & WINSTON

(various versions of) We’re here! We’re who you want! Come and get us! Why settle for ground beef when you have prime filet right here baby! Come and get me!

 

(It’s when they reach the roof they see that someone is already there. An altar already formed)

 

MILTON (OC)  

I knew that you would be back. I’ve been waiting for you...

 

(The figure turns to reveal…)

 

RAY, PETER, & WINSTON

You!

 

MILTON

Yes. Me!

 

(Beat)

 

PETER

Who are you?

 

MILTON

Milton.

 

RAY

Uh huh.

 

MILTON

Angland.

 

WINSTON

Yeah.

 

MILTON

Milton Angland.

 

PETER

Doesn’t ring a bell.

 

(Just then the kids run onto the roof joining them)

 

MAGGIE

Milton Angland! He was on The World of the Psychic.

 

NICHELLE & ALFRED

Episode eighty seven.

 

PETER

Oh…..

 

MILTON

You humiliated me in front of everyone!

 

PETER

Yeah on public access.

 

MILTON

People still saw it!

 

PETER

Yeah. New Yorkers.

 

MILTON

I predicted that the world would end on New Year's Eve 1989. Which, as you can see, didn’t happen. You mocked me then, everyone mocked me after. My book sales tanked.

 

EDDIE

Bummer.

 

RAY

Tanked? They never got off the ground! (realizes) Not the time. Sorry. Got it.

 

PETER

Yeah. Read the roof man.

 

MILTON

My life was ruined. And now you Peter Venkman, you and everything you care about, will pay!

 

Play this song - The Garrett Attack

 

(As he raises his hands in the air ghosts rush at them from all angles. Eight proton packs turn on at once and start shooting. Peter, Oscar, Eddie, and Winston are dragged into Ghostbusters Headquarters. Milton chases after them leaving a growing cyclone of ghosts that’s getting bigger with every passing second on the roof.)

 

NICHELLE

Alfred! Go help them!

 

ALFRED

But you-

 

NICHELLE

I’ll be fine! Help dad. Maggie, Ray, and I will handle up here. Go!

 

(Alfred books it downstairs. There he finds Milton summoning, while the other ghosts hold the Busters still)

 

PETER

Oh. I recognize these two. The Scoleri brothers. Nice to see you.

 

MILTON

Ko'oten tin Wiknal Jay nuxi' cosechadora u pixano'ob. To'on jump'éel yilaje' kanan.Ko'oten tin wiknal bejla'e'.

 

PETER

Bless you.

 

(The walls of the firehouse rumble and out pops Joochalmas, bigger, and scarier than ever)

 

JOOCHALMAS

Ts'áaten a pixan.

 

MILTON

TAKE THAT ONE FIRST!

 

(He points at Oscar who looks on in horror. Powerless. Peter contemplates, then looks at Eddie.)

 

PETER

Kid… Look out for your brother for me, ok?

 

EDDIE

Ok.

 

(With that Peter manages to free himself and jump in front of Oscar as Joochalmas attacks. Peter’s soul is sucked right out and his body is thrown lifelessly away by their proton packs.)

 

OSCAR

No! Dad!

 

MILTON

Not the order I would have liked but I will take it. Don’t worry. You’re next.

 

(Back on the roof with the ghost tornado. They place the trap down but they keep getting blown away)

 

NICHELLE

It’s not working. It’s too strong.

 

MAGGIE

(realizes) That’s because of the gust their vortex is creating. Theoretically, inside should be much like a regular tornado’s eye. Still. It’ll be fine in there.

 

NICHELLE

What are you saying?

 

RAY

She’s saying someone needs to go in there.

 

NICHELLE

Is that what you’re saying?

 

MAGGIE

Is Venus the only planet to spin clockwise?... It is.

 

NICHELLE

There has to be another way.

 

MAGGIE

There isn’t. Trust me. It’s a hypothesis. Historically eighty percent of my hypotheses are correct.

 

NICHELLE

That’s not a hundred.

 

MAGGIE 

It’s as close as we’re gonna get.

 

NICHELLE

It’s not good enough. No. The answer is no!

 

RAY

I’m the oldest. I’ll go.

 

NICHELLE

That’s not a good argument.

 

RAY

Someone has to do it and it’s the only one I have to keep you two girls safe. I promised Maggie’s dad- Maggie?

 

(Maggie charges inside and disappears.)

 

NICHELLE

Mags!

 

RAY

No!

 

(Back inside the firehouse)

 

EDDIE

Hey! Idiot! You’re a psychic right?

 

MILTON

Another Venkman. You’ll be the next to go.

 

EDDIE

I asked you a question. You say you’re a psychic.

 

MILTON

I am.

 

EDDIE

Want to see a trick?

 

MILTON

No.

 

WINSTON

What is he doing, man?

 

OSCAR 

Sh...

 

EDDIE

I asked you if you want to see a trick.

 

MILTON

I told you I didn’t.

 

EDDIE

Aw come on. What’s it gonna hurt? If I’m gonna die I want to show someone this trick. I’ve been working on it all week.

 

OSCAR

It’s true. He has

 

EDDIE

Come on Joochalmas wants to see a trick before he sucks my soul, doesn’t he?

 

(Joochalmas nods)

 

MILTON

Very well. Show us your trick.

 

(Eddie approaches Milton. He holds up a coin in his hand.)

 

EDDIE

Keep your eye on the coin. (moves his hands around) Where is it off to nobody knows. Could be here, could be there. Where is it? (holds his hands out)

 

MILTON

This one.

 

(Eddie lifts the hand toward Milton’s face as if to open it. Then without warning back hand slaps Milton hard across the face. Runs toward the proton packs. Joochalmas screeches. While distracted Oscar manages to free himself and joins Oscar at the packs.)

 

OSCAR

Eddie, you just bitch slapped a bad guy!

 

EDDIE

I know. I’ll brag about it later. For now-

 

(They both turn on their proton packs and shoot. The ghosts drop Winston who also snags his pack and shoots at Joochalmas. In anger Joochalmas grabs Milton and rips him into shreds. In the confusion Alfred is freed and gets to his walkie talkie and proton pack.)

 

EDDIE

Oh shit.

 

OSCAR

Turn it up!

 

ALFRED

Don’t have to tell me twice.

 

(They, along with Winston, blast Joochalmas who begins to shrink smaller and smaller. Oscar throws the trap. But the spirit doesn’t go in. Alfred turns the walkie talkie on.)

 

ALFRED

Ni! Can you hear me? Ni, it’s Alfred come in!

 

(Nichelle on the roof)

 

NICHELLE

Alfie! I can hear you. You’re ok.

 

ALFRED

As ok as can be expected. But we have a problem down here. It won’t go into the trap. Hope that you’re having better luck.

 

NICHELLE

Nope! None. We’re shooting at it and nothing is happening. Maggie is trying to set the trap right now but no sign.

 

RAY

Interspirit connection.

 

NICHELLE

What?

 

RAY

He gets his power from these lower class ghosts. They’re all connected. We need to trap them at the same time.

 

ALFRED

Oh yeah. Like this was so easy as is.

 

WINSTON

Ray! Are you sure?

 

RAY

No. But it’s all we got. When Margaret is out, Alfred and Nichelle count to three. We’ll blast at the same time. Got it?

 

NICHELLE & ALFRED

Got it.

 

(Meanwhile inside of the ghost tornado)

 

Play this song - Ghost Girl Instrumental (from New Ghostbusters)

 

(Maggie’s eyes open. It’s eerily calm inside the storm of swirling ghosts. Flashes of green lightning streak from above. She looks up. She can see the night sky. Back down she sees a spirit across the way looking at her through thick rimmed glasses.)

 

MAGGIE

… Dad?

 

(Egon smiles. Slowly they reach out for one another. Their hands almost touching, at the last minute they are separated by a swirl of ghost activity within the tornado.)

 

MAGGIE

No!

 

ARTHUR

She’s been in there too long.

 

(Unwilling to wait any longer Arthur finds a rope and ties it around his waist. He heads into the storm despite the protests of Ray and Nichelle.)

 

ALFRED

Nichelle! Is she almost out?

 

NICHELLE

Almost.

 

ALFRED

I’m going to count to 3 then you-

 

(Static)

 

NICHELLE

Alfie? Alfie? I can’t hear him?

 

RAY

It’s the electromagnetic waves. That radio is going to be useless.

 

NICHELLE

But we have to shoot at the same time.

 

RAY

You’re going to have to guess, Ni.

 

NICHELLE

I can’t.

 

RAY

Ni, you’re always believing in everybody else it’s our turn to believe in you. No one knows your brother like you do. You finish each other's sentences constantly. Some say twins have this psychic connection and you two make me believe it. You can do this. Say it.

 

NICHELLE

I can do this.

 

RAY

Good. Lets do it then.

 

(Maggie still looks at Egon. He’s calm. Peaceful. They share a silent exchange. She sticks out her hand again but a voice stops her)

 

ARTHUR

Maggie! Give me your hand!

 

(Arthur’s hand reaches through. Maggie looks to Egon one last time.)

 

MAGGIE

I love you.

 

Play this song at 2:15 - Battle of Times Square

 

(Arthur pulls Maggie out of the circling ghost void.)

 

NICHELLE/ALFRED

Now!

 

(Everyone turns on their proton packs at once blasting the circling ghost mass and Joochalmas downstairs. Including Maggie who, as she’s pulled out by Arthur, turns around and blasts. Slowly the ghosts are sucked downward into their respective traps. When all is said and done everyone is spent. Maggie has landed on top of Arthur)

 

MAGGIE

Just like behind the canoes.

 

ARTHUR

You do remember!

 

(She gives him a peck and gets back up. Everyone meets on top of the roof. They reconvene hugging and checking on each other)

 

MAGGIE

Peter?

 

OSCAR

No.

 

MAGGIE

Oh. I’m here if you uh… Need someone to talk to.

 

OSCAR

Thanks.

 

Play this song at 2:08 - Into the Portal

 

NICHELLE

Wow.

 

OSCAR

Eddie?

 

EDDIE

Yeah?

 

OSCAR

That was really fucking cool.

 

(Eddie grins and puts his arm around his brother affectionately)

 

NICHELLE 

You weren’t scared?

 

MAGGIE

Truthfully? I was terrified beyond the capacity of rational thought.

 

WALTER

We had a deal, Mr. Stantz.

 

(Walter Peck enters.)

 

ARTHUR

Dad?

 

RAY

I know. Super top secret. I didn’t say anything you just did.

 

OSCAR

What deal?

 

WALTER

Well, now that it’s out of the bag… There is an agreement in place with my office and these… gentlemen.

 

RAY

You can say it, Peck.

 

WINSTON

It won’t kill ya. 

 

WALTER

...Ghostbusters. They do their job and we pretend that we have no idea what’s going on.

 

EDDIE

I’m sure that makes a whole lot of sense to you but-

 

RAY

It’s true. It’s one of the few things that we all agree on.

 

WALTER

Can you imagine if the American public knew that ghosts exist? It would be anarchy.

 

OSCAR

Oh. Kind of like today?

 

WALTER

Anarchy for some. But not for all. Not all heroes need to advertise it. It’s what’s best.

 

MAGGIE

So says you.

 

WALTER

It’s called The Spengler Compromise. Named after a man that I greatly respect.

 

ARTHUR

But you said-

 

WALTER

See you on Monday for our usual check in Stantz and Zeddemore.

 

(Walter exits)

 

EDDIE

What. The. Fuck?!

 

(They look at the firehouse which looks in pretty rough shape)

 

MAGGIE

This place needs to be condemned.

 

ALFRED

It needed that before we got here.

 

ARTHUR

Shame really.

 

ALFRED

Huh?

 

ARTHUR

Seems like a waste to shut it down. With so much history. Well, the kind of history only a select few know about of course.

 

OSCAR

Naturally.

 

NICHELLE

We did it. You guys! We totally did it.

 

ALFRED

We did something alright.

 

EDDIE

Too bad nobody saw us do it.

 

Play this song - NY Heart GB

 

(They walk outside and see a large group of New Yorkers of all ages slowly starting to gather. The young Ghostbusters stand there stunned. Unsure of what to say. Louis, Janine, Winston, and Dana all run to join Ray and their kids. Maggie stands without a parent feigning bravery. A small child steps toward her with his father. He’s holding an old Egon action figure. His dad holds one just like it. Maggie smiles. The gathering crowd begins to clap, whistle, and cheer.)

 

ALFRED

I LOVE THIS TOWN!



THE END - SEGUE INTO POST CREDITS SCENE

 

Play this song - Keep Me in Your Heart for a While by Warren Zevon

 

INT - MAGGIE’S APARTMENT - DAY

 

(We see Maggie organizing things at her place in the city. She is packing some things away and taking other things out of their boxes. Elsewhere Nichelle and Alfred are making dinner together. They seem to anticipate the others' next move without speaking. Their father, Winston, watches them fondly - proud of his brood. We cut to Arthur dressing up, looking himself over in the mirror. We see Maggie creating a mini shrine to her father by the window using photos and some of his belongings. Ray in his bookshop, turning the closed sign for the last time. Slimer pushes his face against the window in an attempt to make him smile. It works. Arthur arrives at an apartment and reaches out, knocking on the door, clearly nervous. Dana sits on her bed and opens the nearby nightstand drawer pulling out a photobooth photo of her and Peter from happier times. Eddie and Oscar working together on a sign at Ghostbusters headquarters. Janine and Louis Tully later join them and help with the clean up process. All of them admire their handiwork. Maggie takes one last look at the shrine she has made, smiles a bit, then steps out the door to meet Arthur who, it turns out, was on the other side of the door. Music fades. Quiet. It’s almost eerie.)

 

Play this song - Eerie music

 

(Egon’s glasses, resting on the table in the center of the shrine shake slightly then turn to face the window. Through the frames we see the Manhattan Museum of Art, the same location from Ghostbusters 2, an ominous purple light swirls above the building. Something is coming.)

 

Play this song - Ghostbusters