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Biblical is the twentieth-forth chapter on the DVDs of Ghostbusters. In this chapter the Ghostbusters talk with the Mayor.

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The police escorted Ghostbusters to New York City Hall. Reporters and photographers barraged them with questions. A snippet of "Savin' The Day" played. The officers and agents told the reporters to stay back. The escort kept the reporters off the Ghostbusters as best they could as they walked up the stairs. An old blue banner "Furnishing the Streets: 1902-1922, September 22-November 30, 1983" was still hanging up above the entrance.

The Mayor was holding a conference in his office with his aides and various department heads. They were gathered in front of a map of New York City with several points pinned. The Mayor stressed the city was blowing up, and no one was giving him any answers. The Police Commissioner bit and informed him bridges and roads were being blocked. The Mayor's aide entered the office and told the Mayor the Ghostbusters were coming. The Ghostbusters and officers filed in. The Mayor switched gears to the Ghostbusters and asked where "Peck" was. Walter Peck introduced himself and declared he was prepared to make a full report: the Ghostbusters were consummate snowball artists, used sensitive nerve gases to induce hallucinations to make people think they were seeing ghosts so they call them, who conveniently show up to deal with the problem with a fake electronic light show. Ray stated everything was fine with their system until the power grid was shut off by dickless. Peck quickly blurted out they caused the explosion. The Mayor asked them if that was true. Peter admitted it was true that Peck had no dick. Peck lunged at Peter. The police officers stepped in and kept them apart. They told everyone to break it up. Peck relented. Peter retorted that was what he heard. The Mayor shouted they were in City Hall then turned to the Fire Commissioner, referred to him by his first name of John, and asked him what was happening. John, the Fire Commissioner sat down on the couch then admitted it was no light show they saw in the morning. He stated he had seen every kind of combustion known to man, but he had no idea what to make of current events. The Police Commissioner told Peck the walls in the 53rd precinct were bleeding then asked him to explain that. Peck had nothing.

The Archbishop entered the office and bid everyone good afternoon. The Mayor was elated and addressed him as "Your Eminence." He got out of his chair and kissed the Archbishop's ring. The Mayor and the Archbishop were on a first name basis. He referred to the Mayor as Lenny and asked him how he was. The Mayor gave the Archbishop a friendly slap on the cheek. The Mayor referred to the Archbishop as Mike and told him he was looking good. The Mayor admitted they were in a real fix and asked him what he thought they should do. The Archbishop stated that officially, the Church was not taking any position on the religious implications of the phenomena occurring then revealed his personal opinion, it was a sign from God. He teased not to quote him on that. Peter quipped that was a smart move. The Archbishop went to sit. The Mayor refused to call a press conference and tell everyone to start praying. The Fire Commissioner and the other official next to him sat back down. The Mayor sat down. Winston stepped forward and introduced himself. Winston prefaced that he only worked for the Ghostbusters for a couple of weeks but ghosts were real because he saw shit that would turn him white. The Fire Commissioner face palmed. Winston walked back to his spot. Peter stepped forward. Peter invited the Mayor to believe "Mr. Pecker." Peck clarified his last name was "Pack." Peter continued and stated his other choice was to accept the fact that the city was headed for a disaster of biblical proportions. The Mayor asked what he meant by "biblical." Ray clarified he was taking about "Old Testament biblical" and "real wrath-of-God-type" stuff. Peter agreed. Ray threw out some examples: fire and brimstone coming from the skies and rivers and seas boiling. Egon added 40 years of darkness, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Winston added the dead rising from the grave. The Mayor stood. Peter stressed there would be human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, then mass hysteria. The Mayor exclaimed that was enough and he got the point. He asked what if they were wrong. Peter promised if nothing happened, they would go to jail peacefully and quietly and they would enjoy it. Peter started his pitch. He pointed out if he was right, and they could stop the end of the world, the Mayor will be credited with saving the lives of millions of registered voters. The Mayor understood the implications and smiled. The Archbishop also smiled and nodded in approval. Peck came forward and voiced his concern with seriously considering listening to them. The Mayor thought. Peter smiled smugly and signaled with his eyes. The Mayor pointed at Peck and ordered him out of the office. Peter waved goodbye to Peck. Peck promised he would get back at him. The Mayor's aide and an officer walked him to the door. Peter promised to get him a nice fruit basket and joked he was going to miss him. Ray stood straight and nodded. Peck relented and left. The Mayor turned around from the map and looked at the Ghostbusters. He asked them what they needed from him.

A snippet of "Savin' The Day" played. The Ghostbusters, the National Guard and New York Police Department made preparations at the Manhattan Municipal Building. The National Guard roared in unison as they loaded up in their military vehicles parked on the sidewalk up to the corner by a USA Today stand. One of the guardsmen yelled at the others to get the lead out. Reporters at the barricades yelled out questions. Police ran to their motorcycles. Agents spoke into walkie-talkies. A reporter and camera man got out in front of the building. The Ghostbusters waited inside Ecto-1. Peter leaned out of the front passenger seat, and barked, "Come on, let's run some red lights!" The police escort, motorcycles then squad cars, departed and were followed by Ecto-1. The siren wailed. The streets were cleared of all traffic, but the sidewalks are jam packed with people waving signs and cheered. The National Guard began to depart.

Strange dark clouds gathered in the blue sky above the Shandor Building. People on Central Park's Sheep Meadow could see it. A man on a stretcher was wheeled out of the Shandor Building. Firefighters ran inside. A nun clutched her rosary beads. Priests prayed in unison. Women looked up. A group of punk rockers looked up. A group near the Red Cross van held signs urging people to repent like "Repent...for the End is at Hand" or "Are You Ready?", "Repent and Believe", "Repent Now", and "Repent! For the End is Near" National Guardsmen marched past them. Rabbis prayed. People clapped and cheered in response to the Ghostbusters' approach.

Quotes

Ray: Everything was fine with our system, until the power grid was shut off by dickless here.

Walter Peck: They caused an explosion!
Mayor: Is this true?
Peter: Yes, it's true. This man has no dick.

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Peter: Well, you could believe Mr. Pecker.

Walter Peck: My name is Peck.
Peter: Or you could accept the fact that this city is headed for a disaster of Biblical proportion.
Mayor: What do you mean "Biblical?"
Ray: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor. Real "Wrath of God"-type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky, rivers and seas boiling ...
Egon: ... forty years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanos ...
Winston: ... the dead rising from the grave ...
Peter: ... human sacrifice, dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria!

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See Also

Trivia

Ghostbusters

  • A snippet of "Savin' The Day" plays at the start of the chapter and after the Mayor asks the Ghostbusters what they need from him.
  • The blue banner "Furnishing the Streets: 1902-1922, September 22-November 30, 1983" was kept up on the exterior of City Hall during filming in fall 1983 but is an anachronism in-universe.
  • Filming was done at the actual New York City Hall for two days.[1][2]
  • Dialogue in the Mayor's office in the first movie changed considerably during rehearsals and shooting.[3]
  • Filming was done at the actual New York City Hall.[4][5]
  • The Mayor's office scene was shot in City Council president Carol Bellamy's office. Both were identical in design.[6]
    • Joe Medjuck, in the commentary, misremembered it as Elizabeth Holtzman's office on the other side of the building where the actual Mayor's office was.[7]
  • Mayor Koch didn't like the cast. Bill Murray then decided he didn't like Koch either and channeled that into the scene in the Mayor's office with respect to Walter Peck.[8]
  • Ray refers to the explosion at the Firehouse seen in Chapter 21: Out of Biz. Peck and the Fire Commissioner also mention it.
  • In a variation of the Mayor's office scene, Ray called Walter Peck 'wee wienie winkie' and Bill Murray broke up completely - a rare occurrence he almost never does. [9]
  • The Fire Commissioner's first name is John, just like the actor who portrayed him John Ring.[10]
  • The Police Commissioner mentions the 53rd precinct. It is located in Queens.
  • David Margulies credits Bill Murray for suggesting the first name basis between Mayor Lenny and the Archbishop.[11]
  • The Archbishop mentions God.
  • Ray refers to the Old Testament portion of the Bible.
  • Newly recovered dailies from a Kansas mine revealed some of the alternate takes and discarded material:[12]
    • Mayor Lenny asks the Ghostbusters if they were using nerve gas and ends with Egon clarifying they wouldn't steal nerve gas, they would make their own.
    • Peter instead saying Peck has "It's true, this man has no genitalia."
    • Instead of the fruit basket line, Peter remarks he's going to have lunch with Peck.
    • When Mayor Lenny asks them what they need, Peter replies, "Whattaya ya got?"
  • In reality the City Hall loading dock doesn't exist. The location used was the Manhattan Municipal Building across the street from the real City Hall.[13]
  • There are several takes of Bill Murray getting into Ecto-1 and yelling a different line each time.[14]
  • A USA Today sign briefly appears on the corner before a soldier off-screen says "Get the lead out!"
  • The shot of the Shandor Building from Central Park was once again taken at Sheep Meadow like in Chapter 06: Spook Central.
  • The Central Park West exterior scene was shot in New York.

IDW Comics

  • The back cover of the Ghostbusters Volume 2 TPB is a homage to when the guys talk to Mayor Lenny about mass hysteria in Chapter 24 "Biblical" with quotes on an invoice.
  • On page 4 of Ghostbusters Volume 1 Issue #15, a plaque refers to "Wally Wick," an alternative to the infamous "Dickless" line from the first movie used in TV broadcasts.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1:
    • On page 10, the officers present from left to right are the Police Commissioner and one of the cops who escorted the Ghostbusters to City Hall in the first movie.
    • On page 13, by the Mayor is the crisis map the Police Commissioner utilized in the first movie
  • On page 17 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #14, in the ABS News ticker is "Darkness! Earthquakes, Volcanoes" - part of the classic 'Mass Hysteria' line from the first movie when the Ghostbusters talk to Mayor Lenny.
  • On page 19 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #18, Peter inquires about human sacrifice, something mentioned in the Ghostbusters' Mass Hysteria speech to Mayor Lenny in the first movie.
  • On the Dramatis Personae of Ghostbusters International Issue #1, Winston's biography alludes to his "seen shit that will turn you white" line from the first movie.
  • On the Subscription Cover of Ghostbusters Deviations, the Ghostbusters are depicted in handcuffs, as a nod to Peter telling the Mayor if they were wrong they would go to jail.
  • On page 12 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #1, in panel 4, in Peck's desk is a nice fruit basket, a nod to Peter's line when Peck was ejected by Mayor Lenny. Still on the wall is the framed award referencing the Wally Wick alternate line.
  • On page 3 of Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters, Peter is wearing his blue sweater vest, shirt, brown pants combo before on the back cover of the Volume 2 trade paperback with a brown coat based on the scene in the first movie when the Ghostbusters talk to Mayor Lenny.
  • On page 2 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, in panel 1, the Archbishop refers to when the Ghostbusters convinced Mayor Lenny to allow them to take on Gozer.

References

  1. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:14:28-1:14:32). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This is actually the City Hall yes. "
  2. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:14:37-1:14:44). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "We were given amazing access actually by the filming group in New York. "
  3. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 156 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Dialogue in the mayor's office changed considerably during rehearsals and shooting."
  4. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:14:28-1:14:32). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This is actually the City Hall yes. "
  5. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:14:37-1:14:44). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "We were given amazing access actually by the filming group in New York. "
  6. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 154 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The production unit filmed for two days in and around New York's City Hall, during which time the office of City Council president Carol Bellamy was garciously made available as a stand-in for the actual mayor's office cited in the script."
  7. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:14:54-1:15:02). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This was I believe Elizabeth Holtzman's office if my memory serves me. It's a twin to it on the other side of the building. "
  8. Josh Gad YouTube "Who Ya Gonna Zoom? | Reunited Apart GHOSTBUSTERS Edition" 19:38-19:49 6/15/2020 Bill Murray says: "We'd already met, what's his name? Koch. Who did not like us at all. No, he didn't like us at all. And I decided I didn't like Koch either. And basically that's what I carried into the scene and went 'I hate Koch' as much as I hate you, Bill."'
  9. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 156 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Joe Medjuck says: "There were several variations of that scene on the set. During one take, Danny called Peck 'wee wienie winkle' and Bill Murray broke up completely - which is something he almost never does on camera."
  10. Mayor Lenny (1984). Ghostbusters- "Ghostbusters (Chapter 24): Biblical" (1999) (DVD ts. 1:15:28-1:15:29). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Mayor says: "Now what am I going to do, John?"
  11. Cross the Streams Episode 40, 27:16 to 27:45, 5/20/14
  12. Slash Film YouTube "Lost Ghostbusters Footage Revealed by Jason Reitman and Ivan Reitman at Ghostbusters Fan Fest" 6/9/19
  13. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 158 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "In the film, the action cuts from the mayor's office to the rear of City Hall - actually a building across the street, since the real City Hall had no loading dock."
  14. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 161 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Michael Gross says: "We had decided we needed a 'go get 'em' kind of line from Bill as he jumps into the Ectomobile. The dailies of that day's shooting were really funny because we had all these takes of Bill jumping into the Ectomobile, yelling a different line each time. Ivan finally settled on: 'C'mon let's run some red lights!'."


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