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Note: The name Bennett Davis applies only to IDW Comics Canon.

The Hotel manager[2] at the Sedgewick Hotel was the first person to phone in to the Firehouse for help with paranormal terrors in the night.

History

Primary Canon History

Ghostbusters (1984)

In 1984, on the night of Mrs. Van Hoffman's party, Slimer had made his presence known on other floors of the Sedgewick. The manager panicked, so he called the Ghostbusters to see what they could do. When they arrived, the manager promptly walked up behind them in the main hall and thanked them for coming so promptly. Peter Venkman was startled. They walked together. The hotel manager explained the guests were starting to ask questions and he was running out of excuses. Ray Stantz asked him if it happened before. He told them that there was a longstanding history of a ghost roaming about the 12th floor. The "original staff" had been dealing with the disturbances for quite sometime, but the specter was typically rather benign. He recalled it had been quiet for years up until two weeks ago and it was never, ever this bad. Peter patted him on the left shoulder. Egon Spengler asked if he ever reported it to anyone. The manager was mortified at the prospect. Peter played along. Egon rolled his eyes. The manager added the owners did not even like the staff talking about it. The manager hoped they could take care of it quietly. Peter promised it was done. The manager emphasized it was to be done that night. Ray told him not to worry because they handled this kind of thing all the time. He believed them, unaware he was their first legitimate call. Slimer later flew into the ballroom. Egon, Peter, and Ray followed. Ray grinned and asked the Hotel Manager if he and his staff could please wait outside and they would take care of everything. Egon and Ray closed the doors and locked them.

All three fired at Slimer but they missed and nailed the chandelier. The chandelier fell on a table and smashed it. The Hotel Manager heard the noise and became worried. He 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. Peter and Egon threw a table aside. The crash it made could be heard outside. The manager excused himself and left Van Hoffman then walked back to the doors. He tried the door knobs again then whispered to Donald, an Hotel employee, to get Mr. Smith. Donald clumsily ran off. After Donald returned with Smith, the Hotel Manager snapped his left fingers. 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. The manager again asked what it was and if there would be any more of them. He 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 initially refused to pay the $5,000 bill. 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 the ballroom. 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 agreed after they . 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 and Egon.

Secondary Canon History

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions)

The Manager position was replaced at some point in the seven year span between 1984 and 1991. During Thanksgiving 1991, the replacement, a different man named John O'Keefe dealt with the Ghostbusters coming to the Sedgewick uninvited to recapture Slimer. However, he was aware of a previous run in at some time between 1986 and 1991 as evidenced when Ray Stantz noted to Peter Venkman there have been multiple busts at the Sedgewick.

IDW Comics

Week after the Gozer incident, Rebecca Morales interviewed the Sedgewick Hotel manager, Bennett Davis. Davis emphasized the Sedgewick was the Ghostbusters' first client and while the damages were initially unacceptable, word of Slimer's capture led to an incredible uptick in clients. He boasted the hotel was booked through fall of next year. Bennett also told her Peter had a lot of nerve. Peter reminisced about the Ghostbusters' first bust as he entered the Grand Palace Hotel & Saloon during the Old West era and recalled the manager.

Tertiary Canon History

Slimer!

Not considered canon

In the "Slimer!" Show another manager named Morris Grout, which wears glasses and is clearly a different man than in Ghostbusters the film.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Styled/Styled Portable Versions)

Not considered canon

In these versions of the game, it looks like the same manager from Ghostbusters the film appears.

Personality

The manager seemed to be an upper-crust, pretentious person who wanted to maintain an air of superiority to others (i.e. Mr. Smith).

Trivia

  • Though the original manager's name is still unknown, fans have unofficially referred to him as Mike Ensign (the actor who played the character).
  • In the July 6, 1983 draft, on pages 43-44, while the manager eats a sandwich at his desk in the hotel basement, keys on the rack began to move on their own.
  • In the August 5, 1983 draft, the Hotel Manager admitted there was a previous disturbance involving Slimer when he first started working at the Sedgewick years ago.[3]
  • In Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, the Hotel Manager was named J.M. Shupp.[4]
  • On page one of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, in panel 7, the Sedgewick Hotel manager's name in the IDW canon is revealed to be Bennett Davis.

Appearances

Primary Canon Appearances

Secondary Canon Appearances

References

  1. Text Box (2020). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1" (2020) (Comic p.1). Text box reads: "Bennett Davis Manager of the Sedgewick Hotel."
  2. End Credits - Cast
  3. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 43). Hotel Manager says: "This happened once before. Years ago, though, when I first started working here.""
  4. Mueller, Richard (August 1985). Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, p. 93. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984. Hotel Manager says: "Oh, good. My name is J.M. Shupp. I'm the manager of the Sedgewick Hotel, and I wish to contract for their services...."


Gallery

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