In Ghosts R Us, after a trio of ghosts escape from the Containment Unit, they decide to discredit the Ghostbusters by disguising themselves as "Ghosts R Us," a rival ghostbusting franchise![2]





Egon Spengler

Ray Stantz

Peter Venkman

Winston Zeddemore

Mr. Conrad


Janine Melnitz

Toy Ghost


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Proton Pack

Particle Thrower


P.K.E. Meter

Ecto Goggles



Containment Unit




Smalldorf Hotel

Brooklyn Bridge

East River


The Ghostbusters face three Class 5 Full Torso Apparitions on their latest bust, in a factory that belongs to Conrad's, a manufacturer and distributor of chocolate. After causing a huge mess, the ghosts are blasted out of a machine and trapped. The team returns to the Firehouse and deposit the ghosts into the Containment Unit. However, Slimer accidentally releases them. These three ghosts decide to get revenge on the Ghostbusters by driving them out of business.

Ghosts R Us succeeds in discrediting the Ghostbusters. Slug decides it is time to move onto the next phase of the plan. The ghosts arrive at an abandoned toy factory in Brooklyn in search of a friend named Turlock, a reputed Class 7 Phantom. However, Slug rudely awakens a different entity. It is angered and reveals itself as a Full Magnitude Class 10. The ghosts flee the factory but the Class 10 assembles a giant host body made out of toys and pursues. The Ghostbusters arrive and sight the Class 10, bigger than anything they ever encountered so far. The team splits up between Ecto-1 and Ecto-2 to pursue the entities.

Egon and Ray have an easy time re-trapping the three ghosts at the Brooklyn Bridge. It is decided the Ecto-2 will be set to full power overload in order to defeat the Class 10. Slimer slimes the bridge's suspenders. The Class 10 is tripped up and falls into the bay with Ecto-2. The Class 10 reveals its true form just as Ecto-2 goes critical and disperses the entity. The bystanders cheer the Ghostbusters as they stand atop giant toys left over by the Class 10.


  • The first draft was written on March 20, 1986, with revisions on March 27, April 1, and April 4.
  • The episode was recorded on May 6, 1986.[3]
  • This episode is the first episode aired on television and includes the first appearance of the Ecto-2.
  • This episode is one of seven episodes from the early seasons to be re-dubbed with Dave Coulier and Kath Soucie. It was rebroadcast as part of season four. The second version was not included on the DVD. Multimedia samples can be found on Spook Central's Alternate Episodes page.
  • Ecto-1's license plate erroneously reads "ECT-1" during the Conrad's bust.[4]
  • Dan Riba, during the visual commentary, points out he and Kevin Altieri drew Slug, Snarg, and Zonk with the idea they were based on The Three Bears with a little Archie Bunker, a fictional blue collar New Yorker from the "All in the Family" television series.[5]
  • Ray sleeps with a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man doll. [6]
  • Dan Riba storyboarded the abandoned toy factory scene.[7]
  • Len Janson revealed Turlock was named after a town in California.[8]
  • Kevin Altieri noted the smoke form of the Toy Ghost was inspired by "The Crawling Eye," a black and white 50s Science Fiction movie.[9]
  • Dan Riba noted when the ghosts run over Ecto-1 while vacating the toy factory, Riba originally had an exclamation mark there but it was cut for being too silly.[10]
  • Kevin Altieri storyboarded from the launch of Ecto-2 and on.[11]
  • Just like the rest of the episodes of season, it uses a track from The Real Ghostbusters Soundtrack. This episode features the song "Driving Me Crazy" in part of the episode.
  • The taxi driver whose cab is run over by the ghosts is Everett Peck's take on another member of the staff, John Calmette.[12]
  • "GOYOKIN" is seen on the tugboat when the Toy Ghost falls over the Brooklyn Bridge. This may have been a reference to a 60s Jidaigeki movie of the same name.
  • It should be noted that Egon's voice is a lot deeper for the first four episodes but later much higher.
  • Although never named in the episode, the female ghost is named Snarg.[13]
  • On page 15 of Ghostbusters Issue #5, this episode title is referenced on one of the newspaper clippings.
  • On page 21 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #2, Janine's file photo is from "Ghosts R Us".
  • On page 18 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #4, in panel 4, on the screen is the display of Zunk on the P.K.E. Meter from "Ghosts R Us".
  • On page 7 of 35th Anniversary: The Real Ghostbusters, the montage is similar to "Ghosts R Us" and "Robo-Buster" when a similar rival company starts busting ghosts taking all of the Ghostbusters' gigs away.


  1. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Ghosts R Us" (1986).
  2. Eatock, James & Mangels, Andy (2008). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection booklet, p. 3. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  3. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Ghosts R Us" (1986).
  4. Ecto-1 (2009).The Real Ghostbusters-"Ghosts R Us" (1986) (DVD). (DVD ts. 1:14). Time Life Entertainment.
  5. Dan Riba (2009).The Real Ghostbusters-"Ghosts R Us" (1986) (DVD). (DVD ts. 3:30). Time Life Entertainment.
  6. Ray Stantz (2009).The Real Ghostbusters-"Ghosts R Us" (1986) (DVD). (DVD ts. 6:20). Time Life Entertainment.
  7. Dan Riba (2009).The Real Ghostbusters-"Ghosts R Us" (1986) (DVD). (DVD ts. 14:17). Time Life Entertainment.
  8. Len Janson (2009).The Real Ghostbusters-"Ghosts R Us" (1986) (DVD). (DVD ts. 14:38-14:40). Time Life Entertainment.
  9. Kevin Altieri (2009).The Real Ghostbusters-"Ghosts R Us" (1986) (DVD). (DVD ts. 16:12). Time Life Entertainment.
  10. Dan Riba (2009).The Real Ghostbusters-"Ghosts R Us" (1986) (DVD). (DVD ts. 16:45). Time Life Entertainment.
  11. Kevin Altieri (2009).The Real Ghostbusters-"Ghosts R Us" (1986) (DVD). (DVD ts. 17:30). Time Life Entertainment.
  12. Kevin Altieri and Dan Riba (2009).The Real Ghostbusters-"Ghosts R Us" (1986) (DVD). (DVD ts. 18:00). Time Life Entertainment.
  13. Eatock, James & Mangels, Andy (2008). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection booklet, p. 3. CPT Holdings, Inc.


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