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"Nice Shootin', Tex." is the thirteenth chapter on the DVDs of Ghostbusters. This chapter is where the Ghostbusters catch their first ghost, Slimer.

Cast

Equipment

Locations


Plot

Ray peaked out from brown curtains and scanned the ballroom with his Ecto Goggles. From Ray's point of view, he looked at some tables then he sighted Slimer flying around a chandelier. The Ecto Goggles pinged and the readout on the left side went green. A number "01333.5" was displayed. Ray told the others it was on the ceiling. Peter confirmed that was the one that got him. They slowly stepped out from the curtain. Ray gave the signal to open fire. All three fired at Slimer. They missed and nailed the chandelier. Slimer flew away. The chandelier fell on a table and smashed it. The Hotel Manager heard the crash and became worried. Mrs. Van Hoffman turned her head. He grabbed the door knob but the ballroom was still locked. Ray admitted it was his fault. Peter pointed out it was okay because the table broke the fall. Egon remembered something very important he forgot to tell them. Peter asked him what that was. Egon told them don't Cross the Streams. Peter looked side to side then asked why. Egon stated it would be bad. Peter countered he was fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing and asked him what he meant by "bad." Egon clarified with an example. He told them to try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. Ray realized he was talking about total protonic reversal. Peter understood that was bad or supposed to be bad. He thanked Egon for important safety tip. He told Ray to take the left and Egon to take the right. Peter headed straight down. Slimer chugged a bottle. Peter gave Ray the order first. Slimer stopped drinking and panicked. Ray opened fire. Slimer yelped and flew away. Peter cued Egon. Egon fired. He totally destroyed crystal ware, a three layer cake, and many, many dishes. Slimer flew behind the bar. Egon opened fire. Slimer flew away. Egon kept firing into the bar. Peter and Ray looked up at Slimer. Peter yelled at Egon to hold it and in a faux Texan voice told him, "Nice shooting, Tex!" Slimer panted near the ceiling.

Outside in the hall, the Hotel Manager spoke with Mrs. Van Hoffman. He assured her there was no problem with the room and it would be ready promptly, in time, as soon as her guests all arrived. Back in the ballroom, Ray hustled. He noted the last throw took something out of Slimer, but it was going to move. He needed some room to put the Trap down. He asked Peter and Egon to give him some room. Peter and Egon threw a table aside. The crash it made could be heard outside. A trio of Asian men, young, middle, and senior, in business suits, turned and looked at the ballroom doors as they walked past the Hotel Manager and Mrs. Van Hoffman. The manager excused himself and left Van Hoffman then walked back to the doors. He tried the door knobs again then whispered something into the ears of Donald, an Hotel employee in a brown suit and bow tie, standing outside the ballroom. Van Hoffman walked back to the woman and two men she came with. Donald clumsily ran off. A brunette woman asked Van Hoffman what was going on.

Back inside, Peter and Egon threw another table. Ray held a Trap. Ray emphasized they had to the the Trap in the clear. Peter held out his hands to them to stop. Peter admitted he always wanted to do something. He pulled the white tablecloth out from under a table while Egon threw a chair aside. All the dishes and utensils were upended. But... the flowers were still standing. Ray pushed a Trap across the floor. Peter and Egon looked down at it. Ray looked up at Slimer. Ray guided Egon to fire a confinement stream on his go-signal. He gave Egon the go to fire. Egon fired and wrangled Slimer in his Proton Stream. Slimer whimpered. Ray instructed him to hold Slimer. He gave Peter the go. Peter fired and wrangled Slimer, too. Egon confirmed it was working. Ray instructed them to start bringing Slimer down. He reminded them not to cross the stream. Peter remarked maybe now it would never slime a guy with a positron collider. Egon told Peter to shorten his stream so his face would not get burned off. Peter looked down at his thrower in confusion. Ray was now wearing his Ecto Goggles. Ray announced he was opening the trap now and reminded them not to look directly into the Trap. Ray stomped the trap pedal. The Trap opened, a bright vortex shot out and started to pull in Slimer. Egon's eyes widened with worry. Egon stated he looked at the Trap. Ray told them to turn their streams off as soon as he closed the Trap. He gave the signal and stomped the pedal. The Trap began to close as Peter and Egon ceased fire and turned away. Ray shielded his vision. Slimer moaned and was trapped. Peter peeked around with one eye open. The Trap beeped and a red light blinked constantly. Egon got down on one knee and touched the Trap. Peter slightly nudged it with a foot. Blue electricity arced briefly. Egon looked up at them and confirmed it was in there. Peter aimed at the Trap. Ray was relieved and thought that wasn't such a chore. Egon was speechless.

The Hotel Manager snapped his left fingers. Another employee had arrived. The manager told Mr. Smith he wanted the door opened quickly. He told Donald to stand over on the side. The Hotel Manager bent and closely observed Smith. Just as Mr. Smith was about the open the door, the Ghostbusters came out. Mr. Smith backed away to the manager's left. The Hotel Manager backed up. Donald's eyes got big. Peter declared, "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!" The manager asked them if they saw it and what it was. Outside in the hall, there was now a sizable crowd. Ray confirmed they got it. Peter turned away from Mrs. Van Hoffman and got out a blue notepad and pen from the pocket under his name tag. The manager again asked what it was and if there would be any more of them. Egon held his electrical gloves. Ray looked at the smoking Trap. The Hotel Manager took out his handkerchief and covered his nose and mouth. Ray coughed then classified Slimer as a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm, or a Class 5 full roaming vapor. He remarked it was a real nasty one, too.

Peter eyed Egon as he spoke. Peter cleared his throat twice then signaled it was time to talk seriously. As Peter talked about the cost of entrapment, Egon flashed four fingers against his left cheek to Peter. Peter stated it would cost $4000. He then informed the manager they were having a special that week on proton charging and storage of the beast. Egon nodded and touched the tip of his nose with his right index finger. Peter revealed that was only going to come to $1000. The Manager stiffened up and refused to pay them $5000. The Manager stuffed his handkerchief back in his suit pocket. Peter told him that was all right and they could just put it right back in there. Ray confirmed that was true. They turned back towards the ballroom. The manager ran to them and caved. He ran up to Ray and grabbed his arm then stated he would pay anything. The manager patted Ray's left arm. Peter ripped an invoice out of his notepad. Peter thanked the manager and handed him the bill, patted his arm, and walked down the hall with Ray close behind. Donald turned his head and watched them leave. Egon started walking down the hall. Ray shouted thank you and hoped they could help the hotel again. He yelled he was coming through and to watch out.

Trivia

Ghostbusters

  • Slimer flying around the chandelier in the hotel ballroom is one of Ivan Reitman's least favorite effects.[1]
  • The ballroom sequence took about three to four days to film at the actual Biltmore Hotel's ballroom in Los Angeles.[2]
  • The ballroom was only modified with a breakaway chandelier and a set of prefabricated replacement walls.[3][4]
  • Egon warned everyone not to cross the streams. He will propose it to save the world from Gozer in Chapter 27: Stay Puft Man. Peter recalls Egon's warning from this chapter. They ultimately perform the move in Chapter 28: Crossing Streams.
  • The replacement walls were constructed by Chuck Gaspar and his crew. Each one was embedded with fuses and pyrotechnic materials that were ignited on cue. The Proton Streams were animated and inserted later on by Entertainment Effects Group.[5]
  • The crew gave a lot of thought in justifying a midnight buffet and came up with the fictitious theatre association and the sign outside the banquet room.[6]
  • The smoke made from after the Trap captures a ghost was made from fabric strips socked in smoke-generating liquid.[7]
  • After Slimer is confined in streams, Peter refers to being slimed in the Chapter 12: "He Slimed Me!".
  • In the August 5, 1983 draft, on pages 53-61, after Egon warns against crossing the streams, Winston takes charge and orders everyone when to fire on the vapor. They open fire and form a loose trapezoidal configuration around the vapor. Peter throws out the trap. Peter doesn't think that was so bad but Winston likens it to pushing smoke into a bottle with a baseball bat. They charge $5000 for entrapment plus $500 for proton recharge and storage. The Ghostbusters are interviewed by reporters outside. A punk asks Egon if they could beat Superman and he asserts they could on Krypton. They sing a Ghostbusters jingle.
  • In the September 30, 1983 draft, Egon now handles the trap. The Hotel manager waits outside the banquet room nervously. Ray now says the line saying it wasn't such a chore and Peter is the one who looks at him askance then speaks the baseball bat line Winston had in the previous drafts. The conversation with the manager is mostly like in the movie then the scene with the reporters, the song, and the punk with the Superman question are essentially kept from the previous draft.
  • Ray fully classified Slimer as a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm, or a Class 5 full roaming vapor.
  • Newly recovered dailies from a Kansas mine revealed some of the alternate takes and discarded material:[8]
    • When Peter emerges from the ballroom upon trapping Slimer:
      • We came, we saw, we came again
      • I need a tall cold one
      • What a lot of fun. All taken care of!
    • When Peter segways to the fee
      • Let's talk fees and tortillas
      • It's the weekend and it's late
    • After the manager takes the bill from Peter, Ray says "Thank you, sign us a check" then asks everyone to clear a path because he has a Class 5.

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Quotes

Peter: OK, alright, alright, hold it, hold it, whoa, whoa, nice shootin' Tex.
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Ray: Well, that wasn't such a chore, now was it?
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Peter: We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!
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References

  1. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 35:05-35:10). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "One of my least favorite special effects. "
  2. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 35:32-35:37). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "We ended up shooting I guess in the hotel for three or four days on this sequence. "
  3. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 35:32-35:37). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "We ended up shooting I guess in the hotel for three or four days on this sequence. "
  4. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 81 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Though the hallway action took place on a soundstage, the sequence which follows was shot at the Biltmore Hotel. Modified with a breakaway chandelier and a set of prefabricated replacement walls, the ornate banquet facility was taken over by the film crew and occupied for two days."
  5. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 83 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Filmed on location at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, the scenes required that Chuck Gaspar and his crew prepare a series of replacement walls, each embedded with fuses and pyrotechnic materials which could be ignited on cue. These fake walls were then erected over the actual wall surfaces in the Biltmore. The incendiary nutrona beams were produced later at Entertainment Effects Group through a variety of animation techniques."
  6. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 81 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Michael Gross says: "But how could we justify a completely laid out banquet room this late at night? We finally solved the problem with a single billboard, outside the room, announcing a midnight buffet for a nonexistent theatre association -- the implication being that the group was having a banquet after attending the theatre. I doubt if anyone in the audience ever gave it a thought, but we certainly did."
  7. Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History, p. 57. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108. Line reads: "Fabric strips soaked in smoke-generating liquid produced the effect during filming."
  8. Slash Film YouTube "Lost Ghostbusters Footage Revealed by Jason Reitman and Ivan Reitman at Ghostbusters Fan Fest" 6/9/19
  9. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Boogieman Cometh" (1986) (DVD ts. 05:23-05:26). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "Well, our usual fee for a standard capture and containment is $1500."
  10. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters- Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Ghost? (1987) (DVD ts. 3:03-3:04). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "I've always wanted to do this."
  11. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Loose Screws" (1989) (DVD ts. 20:23-20:24). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "Nice shootin', Tex!"

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