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Back off man; I'm a scientist.
Peter Venkman; Ghostbusters


Dr. Peter Venkman is one of the original Ghostbusters. He has doctorates in both psychology and parapsychology. He appears in all major forms of the Ghostbusters Franchise. He is one of the main protagonists and arguably the leader of the Ghostbusters.

Canonicity

Peter in the Primary Canon is developed from Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife. In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions), a Secondary Canon, Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II pre-date the game, Ghostbusters: Afterlife conflicts with the game. Peter (prime) appears in the IDW Comic Series, a Secondary Canon, which follows Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II, also includes some elements from Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) and Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions); as well as being canon to Tobin's Spirit Guide (Insight Editions). Peter (from Dimension 50-S) in the IDW Comic Series, is a alternate version based on Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime. Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime video game, deemed a Tertiary Canon, follows Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II.

History

Primary Canon History

Before Ghostbusters (1984)

Peter Venkman earned doctorates in parapsychology and psychology then became a professor at Columbia University where he worked with Dr. Egon Spengler and Dr. Ray Stantz. The trio researched the supernatural but, unlike his partners, Peter was not as enthusiastic about the topic and was skeptical about the existence of ghosts. Egon and Ray were usually the first to interview case subjects, even people Peter called "schizos" no matter how far-fetched their stories were. Egon once tried to drill a hole in his own head, utilizing a process known as trepanation. Egon believed it "would have worked" but Peter prevented him from going through with trying to replicate it. At some point, someone used lipstick to write "Venkman burn in hell" over the names of Peter, Egon, and Ray on the door to the Paranormal Studies Laboratory.

Ghostbusters (1984)

In 1984, Peter conducted an ESP experiment with volunteers in Room 205 A in Weaver Hall. Peter instructed the male volunteer he was going to turn over the next card, wanted him to concentrate, and tell him what he thought it was. The male volunteer and female volunteer, Jennifer, were wired to electrodes of an Electro-Shock Generator. He held up the back of the card to them. The card was a star. The male student guessed it was a square. Peter revealed the card to them and shocked him. Peter turned to Jennifer and smiled. Peter told her to clear her head. She smiled. He held up the next card. It was a circle. Peter asked her what she thought it was. The male student watched her. Jennifer asked if it was a star. Peter lied and pretended to be amazed she was correct. She was ecstatic. He held up a card for the male student. He instructed him to think hard. The male student guessed it was a circle. Peter revealed a square then shocked him. Pink gum shot out of his mouth. He grabbed it off the table, put it back in his mouth, and continued chewing. Peter jotted down a note, asked Jennifer is she was ready, and held up the next card for Jennifer. It was a plus sign. He pressed the eraser end of a pencil on the side of his head, smiled, and asked what it was. Jennifer stared at the back of the card. She guessed figure eight. Peter pretended to be surprised again. He remarked she was five for five. He asked if she could see the card. Peter moved the card around and squinted. The male student tried looking from her vantage point. Jennifer smiled and swore she wasn't cheating, the answers were coming to her.

Peter turned to the male student. The male student grabbed at his collar. Peter asked if he was nervous. The male student admitted he was. Peter reminded them they only had 75 more to go. He held up the next card. It had three wavy lines. The male student guessed it was a couple of wavy lines but Peter lied and told him it was wrong. Peter reached for the lever. The male student stuttered. Jennifer looked amused by the tension. Peter winked at her. Peter electrocuted him. The male student got agitated. Peter countered he volunteered and would be paid. The male student pointed out he didn't know Peter was giving the volunteers electric shocks. He asked Peter what he was trying to prove. Peter pressed his hands together and revealed he was studying the effect of negative reinforcement on ESP ability. The male student became irate and screamed the effect was the shocks were pissing him off. Peter stood and countered maybe his theory was correct. The male student ripped the electrodes off his hands, told Peter to keep the five bucks, then he stormed out of the room and slammed the door. Peter yelled he would. He changed his demeanor as he sat down next to Jennifer. He warned Jennifer to get used to that kind of resentment because her ability was going to provoke some people. Jennifer asked Peter if he really thought she had a gift. Peter promised her she was no fluke.

Ray returned to the Paranormal Studies Laboratory excited about a ghost sighting at the New York City Public Library, nearly killing the mood Peter Venkman had created with Jennifer. Ray exclaimed, "This is it! This is definitely it!" Ray grabbed a Camcorder off a table near Peter then asked him if those UV lenses came in for the video camera and for the blank tape that he erased the day before. Ray gathered equipment from a shelf. Peter turned to Jennifer and asked if she would excuse him. Peter crept over to Ray, hopped off the floor, and cartoonishly slapped him on the head as he told him he was right in the middle of something. He pretended to be talking to Ray in normal fashion by the time Jennifer peaked over. Peter insisted he needed a little more time with Jennifer and asked him he could come back in an hour or hour and a half. Ray stated at 1:40 p.m. at the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, ten people witnessed a free-floating, full-torso, vaporous apparition, it blew books off shelves from 20 away, and scared some poor librarian. Peter, uninterested, tried to handle him and told him get right down there, check it out and get back to him. Ray shook his head and told Peter he was coming, too. He revealed Egon took P.K.E. valances and it went right off the top of the scale. Ray emphasized it buried the needle and they were close. He could feel it. He walked past Peter. Peter repeated to himself that he could feel it and they were very, very close. He sat back down next to Jennifer and told her he had to go but he would like to work with her some more. He asked her if she could come back in the evening. Jennifer suggested 8:00. Peter, still pretending astonishment, lied he was just going to say 8:00. He called her a legitimate phenomenon. She giggled.

Peter and Ray briskly walked up the stairs to the New York Public Library. It appeared Peter was talking Ray's ear off the whole time from Columbia to the library. Peter tried to break it to Ray that he finally had gone around the bend on the "ghost business." He brought up how he and Egon met every "schizo" in the five boroughs who claimed to have had a paranormal experience. He asked Ray what he had actually seen so far. As they entered the South Wing of the Main Reading Room from the Southern side doorway to the Art and Architecture Reading Room, Ray reminded Peter he was present at an undersea, unexplained Mass Sponge Migration. Peter reacted as if he probably heard that story for the umpteenth time and countered the sponges migrated about a foot and a half. They found Egon. Peter sneaked over then, in a faux zombie voice, uttered, "Egon..." Egon perked up. Peter rapped the table with his knuckles then slammed a hardcover book down. Egon was startled and jumped. He finally noticed Peter and Ray. Peter asked Egon what he had. Egon stated it was very big and there was definitely something present. Peter smiled remembered the time Egon tried to drill a hole through his head. Egon quickly countered it would have worked if he hadn't stopped him.

Roger Delacorte, a library administrator, walked up behind them and introduced himself. Peter took the lead and introduced himself as "Dr. Venkman," Ray as "Dr. Stantz," and Egon as "Egon." Roger shook Peter's hand then Ray's, and Egon nodded once. Roger thanked them for coming and expressed his hope that they could clear it up quickly and quietly. Peter warned against rushing into things before they knew what was going on. Roger, Peter, and Ray went into the office dividing the north and south wings of the Reading Room. Alice recalled not seeing any legs, but it definitely had arms because it reached out for her. Peter sat near Alice and told her he was going to ask her a couple of standard questions. He started off by asking if she or anyone in her family were ever been diagnosed schizophrenic or mentally incompetent. She remembered her uncle thought he was St. Jerome. Peter made a face and countered that as a big yes. He asked her if she was habitually using drugs, stimulants, alcohol. She wasn't. Peter asked her if she was currently menstruating. Roger nervously asked what that had to do with it. Peter stated, "Back off, man. I'm a scientist." Egon entered the office and reported the ghost was on the move.

Peter came down the stairs to the basement stacks last, lacking any interest and rolling his eyes. He started to make scary hand gestures at Ray. They found an incredibly tall stack of books in an aisle. Egon swept his P.K.E. Meter around the stack and stated it was hot. Ray recalled the term, Symmetrical book-stacking, and it was just like the Philadelphia Mass Turbulence of 1947. Peter dryly and sarcastically agreed, noting no human being would stack books like this. Ray suddenly turned and instructed everyone to listen then asked them if they smelled something. Peter sniffed the air. They came across the card catalog that Alice ran away from. Cards were all over the place covered in clear hued Ectoplasm. Ray was amazed with the telekinetic activity. Egon held out a Plastic Petri Dish and asked Peter to get a sample. Peter grumbled. Egon stated he would like to analyze it. Peter scraped Ectoplasm from a drawer into the petri dish. It was not working and some of the residue got on Peter's hands. Peter groaned and grunted. He tried to flick it away. Some got on his face. Ray told Peter to come on. Peter grunted. He started slapping books and wiping random book spines. He stepped on some slimed cards and yelled "Dah!" He lifted his foot and tried to shake the cards off. A green wood bookcase creaked and suddenly fell down face first behind them onto the floor. They all stared at the bookcase. As the dust kicked up in the air, Peter calmly turned to Ray and asked if that happened to him before. Ray slowly shook his head 'no' and Peter asked if that his first time. Ray slowly nodded 'yes' and they continued on.

They found the ghost in the middle of looking at a spinner rack. Peter asked what they were going to do next. Egon and Ray were silent and looked at each other. Peter rolled his eyes and asked them to come over for a talk. He pulled Ray by the ear into an aisle. The ghost looked over at them. Ray was not sure what to do and turned to Egon. Egon took out a calculator and started typing but Peter yelled at him to stop that and knocked it out of his hands. It tattered on the floor. Ray proposed they make contact. Egon agreed. They both looked at Peter. Peter huffed over the silent vote. He walked out of the aisle and greeted the ghost, introduced himself, and asked her where it was from. He kicked himself and clarified, "Originally." The ghost only shushed him. Peter returned to the aisle, corralling Ray and Egon back into the aisle. Ray had a new plan. He instructed them to stay close and do exactly as he said. They inched back out and slowly moved closer. Ray suddenly exclaimed, "Get her!" The ghost transmogrified into a monstrous form and screamed "Rah!" at them. They backed away almost in unison then left the library. Roger came out the door after them and asked them if they saw it and what it was. Peter yelled they would get back to him. Peter, Ray, and Egon had returned to Columbia University and walked through campus alongside the Low Library. Peter laughed and teased Ray about his plan. He found it scientific. Ray admitted he just got overexcited. He was still beaming about actually touched the etheric plane. He then asked Peter what this could mean to the university. Peter proclaimed it was going to be bigger than the microchip. Egon revealed the experience wasn't completely wasted. According to the new P.K.E. readings he took, Egon believed they had an excellent chance of actually catching a ghost and holding it indefinitely. The gears turned in Peter's head and he hurried up to them. Ray thought it was great and speculated if the ionization rate was constant for all ectoplasmic entities, they could really bust some heads in a spiritual sense. Peter asked Egon if he was really serious about catching a ghost. Egon stated he was always serious. Peter got out a Crunch bar and told Egon he was going take back some of the things he said about him. Peter was about to hand it to Egon but hesitated then gave it and told him he earned it. Ray grinned and chuckled as Egon looked at the bar.

Subsequently, they found out from Dean Yeager that their funding was cut and they were fired from their university positions. At first, Peter presumed they were being moved to better quarters on campus. Dean Yeager replied they were being moved off campus because the Board of Regents decided to terminate their grant. He instructed them to vacate the premises immediately. Peter closed his eyes then stated the situation was preposterous and demanded an explanation. Yeager obliged Peter and stated Columbia was no longer continuing any funding of any kind for their group's activities. Peter countered the kids loved them. Yeager stated Columbia believed the purpose of science was to serve mankind and pointed out Peter seemed to regard science as some kind of dodge or hustle. He critiqued Peter's theories as the worst kind of popular tripe, told him his methods were sloppy, and thought his conclusions were highly questionable. He called Peter a poor scientist. Peter only replied, "I see." Yeager concluded he had no place in the department or in the university.

Ray paced outside while Peter lied on stone left of the exterior of the Low Library and drank a swig from his liquor. Ray thought it was a major disgrace and uttered they should forget employment at MIT or Stanford, who wouldn't touch them with a ten-meter cattle-prod. Peter remarked he was always so concerned about his reputation and pointed out Einstein did his best stuff when he was working as a patent clerk. Ray asked Peter if he knew how much a patent clerk earned. Peter was not aware. Ray explained he liked the university because they gave them money and facilities and they didn't have to produce anything. He pointed out Peter was never out of college and didn't know what it was like out there. Ray reminded Peter he worked in the private sector and they expected results. Peter got on his feet, placed his arm on Ray, and walked him to the top of the stairs. He told Ray for whatever reasons, call it fate, call it luck, call it karma, he believed that everything happened for a reason. He believed that they were destined to get thrown out of this dump. He walked Ray over to the top of the stairs looking out at the courtyard. Ray asked for what purpose. Peter answered it was for them to go into business for themselves. He offered Ray a drink. Ray drank and calmed down. He stated the ecto-containment system that he and Egon had in mind was going to require a load of bread to capitalize. He asked Peter where they were going to get the money from. Peter drank then replied twice that he didn't know. Peter encouraged and prodded Ray to mortgage his house in order to find the capital for their freelance ghost catching idea.

Some time later, Peter, Ray, and Egon emerged from the Manhattan City Bank at 489 Fifth Avenue in suits. Peter opened the doors. Ray stared at a manila envelope in his hands. Peter promised Ray he was never going to regret it. Ray stated his parents left him that house and he was born there. Peter reassured him he was not going to lose the house and everybody had three mortgages nowadays. Ray questioned settling at 19 percent and not bargaining. Egon finished a calculation and flashed his Casio Micro-Mini Calculator to Ray. Egon stated the interest rate alone for the first five years came to $95,000. Peter told them to relax and reminded them they were are on the threshold of establishing the indispensable defense science of the next decade, professional paranormal investigations and eliminations. He pined the franchise rights alone would make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. He gestured 'rich' with his hands. Ray shook his head.

They checked out Hook & Ladder No. 8 in Lower Manhattan. The Real Estate Woman told Egon and Peter there was office space, sleeping quarters and showers on the next floor and there was a full kitchen on the top left. Egon and Peter looked around the garage bay. Peter commented that it seemed a little pricey for a unique fixer-upper opportunity. He asked Egon what he thought. Egon grazed Peter's right arm and stated he thought the building should be condemned because there was serious metal fatigue in all the load-bearing members, the wiring was substandard, it was completely inadequate for their power needs, and the neighborhood was like a demilitarized zone. Ray called out to them from upstairs. He wondered if the pole still worked. They looked up at Ray. Ray slid down the fire pole. Ray was excited and thought the place was great. He asked when they could move in and invited them to try this pole. Ray ran up the stairs to get his stuff and paused. The real estate woman turned to Egon and Peter with a smile. Ray suggested they sleep over that night to try it out. Peter looked at Egon. Egon slowed shook his head 'no' as the real estate woman took some steps closer to them. Peter turned to her and informed her they were taking it.

Peter, Ray, and Egon filmed a commercial outside Hook & Ladder No. 8. Peter's line after Ray's was, "Have you or any of your family ever seen a spook, specter or ghost?" Ray continued then inn unison, they said, "Ghostbusters." The commercial ended with them saying, "We're ready to believe you!" Peter supervised Marty and watched him put up a sign that read "GHOSTBUSTERS" in small type face. Peter asked Marty if he thought the sign was too subtle and people wouldn't see the sign. Marty turned his head to Peter and shook his head. A dark black hearse drove up to the firehouse. Peter tried to peer inside and yelled at the driver not to park there. Ray got out of the car. He announced he found the car and revealed it needed some suspension work, shocks, brakes, brake pads, linings, steering box, transmission, and a rear end. Peter asked how much it cost. Ray replied it only cost $4800. Peter was shocked speechless, not in a good way. Ray droned on it might need new rings, also mufflers, and a little wiring.

Janine Melnitz, the Ghostbusters' secretary, sat at her desk on the first floor of the Firehouse reading a People Weekly magazine. Peter walked to her desk with a file under his right arm. Peter asked her if there were any calls. Janine replied, "No." Peter asked if there were any messages. Janine replied, "No." Peter asked if there were any customers Janine looked up at him and replied, "No, Dr. Venkman." Peter jokingly asked her if it was a good job. He asked her to type something since they were paying her. Peter continued on into his office area behind hers. He told her not to stare at him because she had the "bug eyes." He apologized to Janine then told her he would be in his office. Peter soon became the first to meet the company's first client, Dana Barrett and formed a romantic interest. Dana entered the Firehouse and asked Janine if she was in the Ghostbusters' office. Janine confirmed that and asked how she could help her. Peter peaked up from his office like a gopher out of its hole. Dana admitted she didn't have an appointment but wanted to talk to someone. Peter bolted to them. He narrowly jumped over the office gate. Peter introduced himself. Dana cautioned what she had to say may sound a little unusual. Peter joked that's all they got day in, day out. He invited her into his office. Janine looked up at him in disbelief. Dana introduced herself.

Dana was hooked up to the Aura Video-Analyzer upstairs on the second floor and was interviewed by Peter, Ray, and Egon. Dana concluded her story and told them there was a voice that said "Zuul" and then she slammed the refrigerator door and left. She recounted that was two days ago, and she had not been back to her apartment since. Peter remarked you generally did not see that kind of behavior in a major appliance. He asked her what she thought it was. Dana got annoyed and told him if she knew what it was, she would not have come. Peter asked Egon what he thought. Egon turned to Peter with his head lamp still on. Peter was blinded. He swatted at the air until Egon clicked the light off. Peter opened his eyes in a daze. Egon noted Dana was telling the truth or at least, she thought she was. Dana stammered she was telling the truth and asked who would make up a story like that. Peter informed her they ran into some people who just wanted attention and a lot of nutballs who came in off the street. Ray and Egon speculated but Dana admitted she did not believe in any of the supernatural. Peter went next to her and told her he did not either. Egon and Ray exchanged looks. Peter walked behind Dana and gestured to Ray and Egon to make something up as he told her there were standard procedures they did in cases hers that gave them results. Ray figured he could go down to hall of records and check out the structural details in the building. He guessed the building itself could have a history of psychic turbulence. Peter nodded and agreed. Egon suggested he could look for the name Zuul in the usual literature. Ray thought of Spates Catalog. Egon mentioned Tobin's Spirit Guide. Ray agreed. Peter suggested he would take Dana back to her apartment and check her out. She looked up at him. Peter corrected himself and stated he would go check out her apartment. He turned to her. She nodded. He quietly grumbled about his flub. Dana thanked him. She got up and walked away. Peter smacked his head and made a face as he followed her.

Dana slowly opened her front door and inched in. Peter swung the door open and asked her to let him go first in case something happened. He bolted over to her and opened the door behind her. He pointed the Ghost Sniffer around. Dana noted that was just the closet. Peter went to the piano. He lifted the cover and played the two highest notes over and over. He remarked the ghosts hated the sound. Peter warned the non-existent ghosts he was present. He stayed in the middle of the room and used the Sniffer. Dana looked around and started to take her coat off. Peter remarked the apartment had a lot of space. He asked her if she lived alone. She confirmed it. He noted, "Good." She pondered what he meant. He looked at some books stacked on a table. She asked what he was doing with his device. Peter told her it was technical and it was one of their "little toys." He quickly went to another door. Dana told him that was the bedroom, but nothing ever happened in there. Peter looked inside then closed the door and remarked what a crime that was. Dana paused then noted he did not act like a scientist. Peter surmised she meant they were usually pretty stiff. She believed he was more like a game show host. Peter was at a loss. He turned his head and asked her if that was the kitchen. She nodded.

Peter pushed the door open. Dana turned the light on. Everything was still there from when Dana left. Peter tossed the paper bag aside. Peter saw the eggs on the counter and asked her if those were the ones. She confirmed and recounted where she was standing when they just jumped right out of their shells and started to cook on the counter. Peter agreed that was weird. Dana continued and told him that was when she heard that awful noise coming from the refrigerator. Peter lifted up the lettuce and the cooked eggs. Dana asked him if he wanted to check the refrigerator. Peter thought that was a good call. She sighed. Peter slowly opened the refrigerator a crack and remarked, "Oh, my God." Dana became worried. Peter opened it wider and addressed all the junk food. Dana got frustrated. Peter took out an Oscar Mayer pack and asked her if she actually ate it. Dana took it away and exclaimed she saw a big space. Peter lifted the lid off a ceramic dish, it didn't smell good to him. She pointed out there was a building or something with flames coming out of it, there were creatures writhing around growling and snarling, and she heard a voice say "Zuul." Peter apologized and told her he was not getting any reading. Dana questioned if he was using the Sniffer correctly. Peter thought he was and confirmed there were no animals in there. Dana resigned herself to the face there was a monster in her kitchen or she was completely crazy. Peter told her he did not think she was crazy. Dana sarcastically replied she felt so much better. She walked away.

Peter followed her back into the living room and told her he came home from work to his place, and all he had was his work. He sat down. Before Dana could speak, Peter continued and claimed she had the same problem he had. She curtly identified that problem as him. Peter went for broke and admitted he was madly in love with her. She scoffed and looked away from him then asked him to leave. Peter self-narrated about being thrown out of her life, guessed she thought he was a creep and a geek, and she probably was not the first. Dana remarked he was so odd. Peter stopped at the front door and turned to her. She said, "No." Peter declared he got it. She repeated, "No" many times. Peter stated he would prove himself to her. She countered that was not necessary. She started to guide him to the door. Peter believed solving her problem would get her thinking about what made him tick and she was going to be thinking about him after he left. Dana smiled and bet she would. Before she could completely close the door, Peter stuck his face back in and asked for a kiss. She pushed his face out the door and slammed it shut. Louis Tully came out of his apartment, thinking it was Dana, and tried to go in but he was locked out. He stood with his back to his door. Peter went down the hall lost in thought.

After that incident, Peter, Egon, and Ray ate Chinese takeout for dinner at the Firehouse. Peter raised his Budweiser and made a toast to their first customer. Ray raised his Budweiser and glumly toasted to their first and only customer. Egon stopped working on a particle thrower and raised his TaB. They drank. Peter wanted to use petty cash to take Dana on a date under the pretense of making overtures to keep her as a client. Ray informed him their dinner was the last of the petty cash. Peter was silent then told him to chew slower. Downstairs, Janine got a call and hit the alarm. They suited up and went to the Sedgewick Hotel. Peter asked out loud if anybody saw a ghost. A beautiful woman passed by them. They all stared and smiled. The Hotel manager walked up from behind them and thanked them for coming so quickly. Peter yelped in surprise. They walked together down the main hall. The hotel manager explained the guests were starting to ask questions and he was running out of excuses. Ray asked him if it happened before. The manager replied most of the original staff knew about the twelfth floor then clarified he meant "the disturbances." 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 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. Egon, Peter, and Ray headed to the elevators. A man already waiting looked at them and asked what they were supposed to be. He ventured a guess they were some kind of a cosmonaut. Peter chuckled and explained they were exterminators who got brought in because somebody saw a cockroach up on the twelfth floor. The man remarked that had to be some cockroach. Peter warned him it could bite his head off. As the elevator went up, Ray sighed and realized they really haven't had a completely successful test of their equipment. Egon blamed himself. Peter echoed him. Ray remarked there was no sense worrying about it now. Peter dryly joked they were each wearing an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back. Ray, not realizing he was sarcastic, asked anyone to switch him on. Egon turned on a switch behind Ray. As it activated, Egon backed up, making Peter move aside from his spot.

On the 12th floor, Ray and Egon were startled by a Chambermaid and blasted her cart with the proton streams. Peter yelled at them to hold their fire. She peered out from behind the cart and asked them what the hell they were you doing? Egon, Peter, then Ray all apologized to her as she gathered up her supplies off the floor. Peter turned around to them and remarked that was a successful test. Ray agreed and suggested they split up. Egon concurred. Peter also agreed and mused they could do more damage that way. They separated and headed down different corridors. Peter came face to face with Slimer as it hovered on the other side of the hall. He grabbed his Radio off his belt without taking his eyes of Slimer and hailed Ray. Ray repeatedly exclaimed he saw it. Peter told Ray it was in his hall and it was looking at him. Ray remarked he was an ugly little spud. Peter warned Ray it could could hear him. Ray instructed Peter not to move and it won't hurt him. Slimer took off from his side of the hall and roared. Peter screamed and shielded his face. Ray ran to Peter and yelled to him. By the time Ray arrived, Slimer was long gone. Peter was lying on the floor drenched in Ectoplasm. Ray asked Peter what happened and if he was you okay. Peter spat out some Ectoplasm and stated it slimed him. Ray was amazed they made "actual physical contact." He asked Peter if he could you move. Egon came over the radio band and hailed Ray. Peter remarked he felt so funky. Ray replied to Egon he was with Peter who got slimed. Egon asked Ray to save some for him then told them to get down stairs right away. He revealed Slimer just went into a ballroom.

Ray sighted Slimer flying around a chandelier. TPeter 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. 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!"

Ray wanted some room to put the Trap down. He asked Peter and Egon to give him some room. Peter and Egon threw a table aside then another. Ray emphasized they had to have 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 a table. All the dishes and utensils were upended. But... the flowers were still standing. Ray guided Egon to fire a confinement stream then gave Peter the go. Peter fired and wrangled Slimer, too. 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 announced he was opening the trap now and reminded them not to look directly into the Trap. Slimer was successfully trapped. Peter peeked around with one eye open. 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.

Just as Mr. Smith was about the open the door, the Ghostbusters came out. Peter declared, "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!" The manager asked them if they saw it and what it was. 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. 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. Peter ripped an invoice out, thanked the manager, handed him the bill, patted his arm, and walked down the hall with Ray close behind. Peter held an impromptu press conference outside the Sedgewick Hotel. Reporters jotted down as Peter spoke. Peter pitched the Ghostbusters worked twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, no job was too big, and no fee was too big.

The Ghostbusters became popular and got busy around town with catching other ghosts. Peter and Ray headed to Ecto-1 outside the Tai Hong Lau Restaurant at 70 Mott Street. A man ran after them and handed out two roast duck. Ray and Peter turned around and Ray bowed in thanks then Peter as they accepted the ducks. Peter, Ray, and Egon jogged out of Rockefeller Center. Peter had on Ecto Goggles and was holding a smoking Trap. The Ghostbusters, with their particle throwers drawn, jogged down Mott Street in Chinatown, going from 56 to 64 Mott Street. The Ghostbusters were called to the fashionable dance club, The Rose, where they slugged it out with a "pretty pesky poltergeist," then stayed on to dance the night away with some of the lovely ladies who witnessed the disturbance. One day when Ecto-1 pulled up to the Firehouse, two fans asked a ragged looking Peter for his autograph as he got out. A man in a brown coat was on the left side snapping Polaroid photographs. All the articles about the Ghostbusters were affixed to the back wall of Peter's office.

A weary Peter and Ray returned from a case in Brooklyn and both were smoking. Their flightsuits had some ectoplasmic residue splattered about. Ray stated he needed some sleep badly. Peter agreed he didn't look good. Ray was surprised by Peter's observation. Peter thought he looked better and didn't used to look like this. Peter tossed an invoice on Janine's desk. She scoffed at the smoke from the Traps. Peter told her that was the paper on the Brooklyn job and the female client paid with Visa. Janine handed out a piece of paper and told them that was the evening worksheet then brought Winston Zeddemore to their attention. Ray stopped and turned around. Ray took one look at him and hired him for the open position. He introduced himself and Peter. Peter congratulated Winston and shook his hand. She told Peter there was a man waiting in his office from the EPA and she had been working two weeks without a break and that he promised he would hire more help. Peter remarked someone with her qualifications would have no trouble finding a topflight job in either the food service or housekeeping industries. As the phone rang once more, Peter replied to her, "Are you going to answer that?"

Peter soon met the representative, Walter Peck in his office. Peter entered and asked how he could help him. Peck introduced himself then stood. He continued that he represented the Environmental Protection Agency, the third district. Peter shook his hand and asked how it was going down there. Peck looked at the ectoplasmic residue on his hand and got out his handkerchief. Peter patted his shoulder and left more ectoplasm. Peck noticed it. Peck asked him if he was Peter Venkman. Peter sat at his desk and clarified he was "Dr. Venkman." Peck asked exactly what kind of doctor he was. Peter stated he had Ph.D.'s in parapsychology and psychology. He slightly gestured to his framed degrees on the wall. Peck noted he now caught ghosts. Peter found that an acceptable summary. Peck asked how many ghosts had been caught. Peter replied he was not at liberty to say. Peck asked where the ghosts went after they were captured. Peter told him they went into a storage facility. Janine peeked at them. Peck asked if the storage facility was located on the premises. Peter confirmed that. Peck asked to see it. Peter said no. Peck asked why not and turned to Peter. Peter revealed he had not used the magic word. Peck pulled up one of the chairs and sat. He asked what was the magic word. Peter was shocked and answered, "Please." Peck sneered and asked if he could please see the storage facility. Peter asked why he wanted to see the storage facility Peck's demeanor changed. Peck admitted he was curious and wanted to know more about the Ghostbusters' operations in order assess for any possible environmental impact like the presence of noxious, possibly hazardous waste chemicals in their basement. Peck demanded to see the storage facility or he would come back with a court order. Peter told him to go get a court order. He stood and told Peck he would sue him for wrongful prosecution. Peck stood up and was face-to-face with Peter. Peck warned Peter he could have it his way and left. Peter went to the basement and walked over to the Containment Unit. He told Egon, Ray, and Winston they had a visit from the Environmental Protection Agency then asked how the was grid holding up. Ray remarked not good. Winston implored Egon to tell him about "the The Twinkie Twinkie." Peter turned to them and was concerned. He inquired what about it.

Peter had stopped by at one of Dana's orchestra rehearsals at Lincoln Center. After the rehearsal, she noticed Peter near the fountain hopping in a line on one leg. She walked over to him. Peter told her she was the best one in her row. She thanked him and noted most people could not hear her with the whole orchestra playing. Peter retorted he did not have to take that abuse from her because he had hundreds of people dying to abuse him. The Violinist circled them and sat down at the fountain. Dana noted he was a celebrity then asked about her case. Peter noticed the Violinist. The Violinist inserted some nasal spray in each nostril. He asked her, "Who's the stiff?" She answered "The stiff happens to be one of the finest musicians in the world." She pressed him for information on her case. Peter confirmed he did but wanted to tell her in private. She suggested telling her now. Peter complied and revealed they found the name Zuul. It was a demigod worshiped around 6000 B.C. but Peter paused and asked how to say a word. Dana leaned in and looked at his paper. She pronounced Hittites for him. He continued and said Zuul was worshiped by the Hittites, the Mesopotamians and the Sumerians. Dana took the paper and read the notes. She read out loud that Zuul was the minion of Gozer. She asked what Gozer was. Peter hinted Gozer was very big in Sumeria. She wanted to know what Gozer was doing in her refrigerator. Peter assured her they were working on it and suggested getting together Thursday night, around nine-ish, to exchange information. Dana smiled and told him she was busy. Peter observed she seemed to think there was something wrong up with her thinking he enjoyed taking his evenings off and spending it with his clients. The Violinist clutched his case. Peter claimed he was making a special exception in your case because he respected her as an artist and as a dresser. He admired the "magnificent coordination" she was wearing. Trying to keep down commotion, Dana reluctantly said, "I'll see you Thursday." He promised to bring The Roylance Guide to Secret Societies and Sects and they would eat and read. She tried to leave with the Violinist. The Violinist looked at Peter. Peter acknowledged him. The Violinist asked who the hell Peter was. Dana replied he was just a friend. The Violinist wasn't buying it. Dana clarified he was an old friend. Peter shouted he would see her Thursday and apologized to the Violinist about not getting to meet him. Peter added he was glad the Violinist was feeling much better but thought he still looked very pale and suggested a little sun. The Violinist asked what Peter did. Dana told him Peter was a scientist. Peter copied a roller skater and spun around.

On Thursday night, Peter bought flowers and took a cab to 550 Central Park West. As Peter went on his way to see Dana and take her out on a date, he noticed a commotion at the entrance to the building and at the apartment of Dana's neighbor Louis. Peter asked a police officer what happened. A police officer stopped taking statements from the Doorman and a neighbor and remarked some moron brought a cougar to a party, and it went berserk. Peter knocked on Dana's door. Dana answered but she was possessed by Zuul. He noticed that that she had undergone a radical change and was now acting very strangely. She had wild hair and wore a bright red dress. He commented that was a different look for her. She asked Peter if he was the Keymaster. Peter replied he was not, not that he knew of. She slammed the door in his face. He tried to look through peephole then he knocked again. She opened the door again and asked if he was the Keymaster. Peter lied he was and made his way inside Dana's apartment. He lied he was a friend of his and he told him to meet him at her apartment. He inquired about her name. She stated she was Zuul, the Gatekeeper, and they must prepare for the coming of Gozer, "The Destructor". Peter replied, "Oh..." and noticed slime seeping through the kitchen door and furniture. He asked if they were still going out. He suggested she pick up the place if she was expecting someone. The possessed Dana quickly led Peter to the bedroom where she tried to seduce him asking him "Do you want this body?" which he rebuked asking if it was a trick question. The possessed Dana was unrelenting in her seduction, telling Peter "Take me now subcreature." Peter quipped they never talked anymore. Dana grabbed him and pulled him down on the bed. He told her to take it easy and he made it a rule never to get involved with possessed people. She passionately kissed him. Peter clarified it was more of a guideline than a rule. She rolled him over on top of her telling him "I want you inside me". Peter told her she already had two people inside her already. Peter broke off and went off the bed. She sat up. He urged her to just quit trying to upset and disturb him and to relax. He fixed her skirt and covered her legs then pushed her back down on her back and instructed her to put her hands on her chest. He asked to talk to Dana. She stated there was no Dana, only Zuul. Peter refused to believe that and kept asking for Dana. Peter proceeded to try to talk to the real Dana Barrett, ignoring her seductive advances in the process. While asking for Dana, an inhuman growling voice replied that "There is no Dana, only Zuul". Peter gave Zuul to the count of three to leave Dana's body to which she responded by turning her eyes white, thrashing her head back and forth on her bed then growling furiously like a beast at him and levitating above her bed. Peter, realizing the seriousness of Dana's condition, pleaded with her to come down. Zuul suddenly roared. He recoiled. He sedated her and called Egon to explain what was going on.

Peter announced he had some news from the world of Gozer. Dana was asleep on her bed but panting hard. Egon asked Peter what it was. Peter informed Egon he was with Dana and Gozer made some moves on his would-be girlfriend. Egon asked how she was doing. Peter quipped he thought they could get her a guest shot on Wild Kingdom then revealed he just whacked her up with about 300 cc's of Thorazine. Peter was sitting on the floor of Dana's bedroom. His coat jacket was off and his sleeves were rolled up to his elbows. Peter noted she was saying she was the Gatekeeper and asked Egon if that made any sense to him. Egon revealed he just met the Keymaster. Peter thought that was wonderful and they should get them together. Egon thought that would be extraordinarily dangerous. Peter relented and advised Egon to hold onto the Keymaster and he would head back to the Firehouse. Egon liked the idea and hung up. Peter held Dana's left wrist and checked her pulse. Peter spoke to Dana like she was listening and declared he had to go to work. He asked her to stay in bed until he came back then kissed her left shoulder.

On Friday morning, Peter returned to the Firehouse in a cab. Peter noticed various official vehicles parked by the entrance. Peter went to the basement. He softly patted the Police Captain on the back, introduced himself and tried to defuse the situation by stressing it was a slight misunderstanding and he would cooperate in any way that he could. Walter Peck was not buying it and pointed out he had his chance to cooperate but chose to have fun and be insulting. Peck declared it was his turn. Egon informed Peter that Peck wanted to shut down the protection grid. Peter quickly stated they were not going to be held responsible. Peter and Peck began talking at the same time. Peck told him they were going to be held responsible. Peter disagreed. Peck ordered the Con Edison Man to shut it off. Peck walked to the Con Edison man. Peter told him not to and warned him. The Con Edison worker pointed out he never saw anything like the Containment Unit before and he was unsure. Peck was not interested in his opinion and told him to just shut it off. With unease on his face, he turned to walk to the control panels. Peter got in the Con Edison Man's face and told him not to be a jerk. The police captain leaned in and made space between the two. The captain ordered Peter to step aside. Peck told the captain if he did that again, he could shoot him. The captain took offense to being told how to do his job. Peter thanked the captain. Peck yelled at the Con Edison worker to shut the grid off. Peter looked over to Egon. Egon stepped away and mimed an explosion with his fingers and mouthed "Boom." Peter, Egon, and Janine made their way to the stairs. The Con Edison Man pulled a gray lever down. The lights dimmed and several alarms went off. The red light above the Containment Unit flashed. The walls of the basement rumbled. Peck backed away. Steam erupted from between the bricks. Everyone ran outside. The roof exploded and a pink beam of psychokinetic energy streamed out of the hole in the Firehouse's roof. Peter shielded his face and exclaimed.

Ray and Winston arrived and were given the short version of what happened. Peter asked where the Keymaster went. Egon swore and could not believe they lost him. The Ghostbusters were about to take off in search of Louis but Peck, the Police Captain and some police officers barred their way. Peck wanted the Ghostbusters arrested. He told the captain they were in criminal violation of the Environmental Protection Act, and the explosion was a direct result of it. Egon exclaimed, "Your mother!" in response then lunged forward and grabbed Peck's collar. Peter chimed in and asked if the police heard what Peck called him. The Ghostbusters were arrested and put in the NYPD Lock-Up. Ray and Egon looked over their research about 550 Central Park West. Peter surprised the other inmates curious about Ray and Egon's conversation. Peter asked if everybody was getting it so far but he had no clue what the big deal was. He surmised they just did not make them like they used to. Ray slapped the side of Peter's head and exclaimed nobody ever made buildings like it. He assumed the architect was either a certified genius or an authentic wacko, then shook his head. Peter implored Ray to pretend for a moment that he knew nothing about metallurgy, engineering or physics and to just tell him what the hell was going on. Peter looked Ray right in the eyes. Ray teased he never studied. Peter grinned. Ray explained the whole building was a huge super conductive antenna that was designed and built expressly for the purpose of pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence. Ray lifted his blueprints off the table and pointed at the one under. Peter was kneeling down looking at them. Ray told him "his girlfriend" lived in the corner penthouse of "Spook Central." Peter stood back up. Peter stated she was not his girlfriend and claimed to find her interesting because she was a client and because she slept above her covers. He clarified four feet above her covers and she barked, drooled, and clawed. The inmates exchanged looks.

Egon predicted something terrible was about the enter their world and the Shandor Building was obviously the door. Egon revealed the architect's name was Ivo Shandor. He found the name in Tobin's Spirit Guide. Shandor was also a doctor who performed a lot of unnecessary surgery and then in 1920, he founded a secret society. Peter guessed they were Gozer worshipers. Egon confirmed. Peter teased Ray with "No studying." Ray made a face. Egon continued and revealed after the First World War, Shandor decided that society was too sick to survive the cult conducted rituals up on the roof intended to bring about the end of the world. Egon concluded the end of the world may actually happen. Peter suddenly broke out into song, "So be good, for goodness sake! Whoa! Somebody's coming!" Ray stated the obvious, they had to get out of jail and find a judge or something. Winston stepped and told them to hold it. He wanted to clarify their plan was to go before a federal judge and say that some moldy Babylonian god was going to drop in on Central Park West and start tearing up the city. Egon corrected him about Gozer: it was a Sumerian god, not Babylonian. Peter joked that was a big difference. Winston told them no offense, but he was going get his own lawyer. A Jail Guard called the Ghostbusters and revealed Mayor Lenny wanted to see them because the city was going crazy. Peter told the inmates he had to split because the Mayor wanted to rap with him about some things.

Walter Peck forcibly walked between Peter and Ray to the Mayor and introduced himself then 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 called them, who conveniently showed 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, and instead insulted Peck that he had no dick. Peck lunged at Peter. The police officers and the others stepped in and quickly held Peck back to kept them apart until they told everyone to break it up. Peck relented. Peter retorted that was what he heard. 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. 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 back go to jail peacefully and quietly and they would enjoy it. Peter started his pitch and 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 at his advice. The Archbishop also smiled and nodded in approval as well. Peck expressed his concern over seriously considering listening to them. The Mayor thought. Peter smiled smugly and signaled with his eyes. The Mayor finally pointed at Peck and ordered him out of the office. Peter waved goodbye to Peck. A humiliated Peck childishly swore revenge at Peter and the Ghostbusters for his dismissal. The Mayor's aide and an officer walked Peck to the door as Peter quipped he was going to get Peck a nice fruit basket and joked that he was going to miss him. Peck relented and left. The Mayor turned around from the map and looked at the Ghostbusters. He asked them what they needed from him.

The Ghostbusters were released and escorted to Dana's building by a police and army motorcade as a dark cloud started to cover the entire city. Peter addressed the crowd behind the police barricades with a hearty hello. Peter shook some hands, leaned in for kisses, and gave high fives. Peter rose Ray's hand high up and asked everyone to acknowledge him. He called Ray "the heart of the Ghostbusters." Ray waved at the crowd. Peter thanked them and told Ray they loved him. Peter walked down the sidewalk. He shook more hands. He told someone he liked their shirt. A redheaded man cheered them on. Peter told the crowd he had to run and had a date with a ghost. He instructed the others to be professionals whatever happens. An earthquake struck and the street nearly trapping the Ghostbusters in a hole amid rubble. They climbed out relatively unscathed. Peter assured the crowd they were fine and they could handle it. The crowd chanted, "Ghostbusters!" over and over. Peter asked the others if they wanted to play rough. They huddled up, performed a hand-stack, and ran into the Shandor Building. Some time later, they groaned and panted as they climbed the stairs. There were still many more flights to go. Peter asked where they were. Ray estimated they were in the teens somewhere. Peter requested to be told when they got to the twentieth floor so he could throw up. They made it to what was left of Dana's apartment. Ray noticed the new set of stairs and pointed at it. He asked where they went. Peter stated the obvious, they went up. Peter was about to walk through the passage that was concealed by the wall and refrigerator but lightning went off. Peter motioned everyone to go ahead.

The Ghostbusters made it to the top of the building. However, they were too late to stop Dana and Louis from summoning Gozer and transforming into their possessors' Terror Dog forms. Peter remarked, "Okay, so she's a dog." Gozer arrived. Peter remarked whatever it was, it had to get by them. Ray agreed. Peter told Ray to go get her. Ray silently realized he fell for it. Peter gave him a nod. Ray took several steps up then addressed Gozer by name and stated that as a duly designated representative of the city, county and state of New York, he ordered it to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to its place of origin or to the nearest convenient parallel dimension. Peter was satisfied and thanked Ray. Gozer asked Ray if he was a god. Peter nodded "yes" to Ray. Ray replied, "No." Gozer blasted them across the roof. Peter declared this chick was toast. They marched up to the Temple of Gozer side by side. Peter asked them if they got their stick. They took out their particle throwers and yelled, "Holding!" Gozer crouched down and snarled. Peter shouted, "Heat 'em up!" They switched on the throwers then shouted "Smoking!" Peter yelled, "Make 'em hard!" They shouted, "Ready!" Peter declared they were going to show "prehistoric bitch" how they did things downtown. He gave the word. They fired at Gozer. It growled then double flipped across the air. It landed on the altar outside the structure. Peter remarked she was a nimble little minx. Egon suggested they better go full stream. They blasted her again. Gozer simply vanished. Peter quipped that was not so hard. Ray concluded they neutronized it and caused a complete particle reversal. Winston proclaimed, "And we have the tools. We have the talent!" Peter declared it was "Milla time!" An earthquake rocked the temple.

The disembodied voice of Gozer made its presence known and listed its titles then ordered them to choose and perish. The Ghostbusters stood up. Ray asked Gozer to clarify. Gozer explained they had to choose the form of the Destructor. Peter understood and found it cute. He explained to the others whatever they thought of like J. Edgar Hoover, J. Edgar Hoover would appear and destroy them. He told everyone to empty their heads and not think of anything. They had one shot. Gozer declared the choice was made. Peter protested. He asked Egon. Egon thought of nothing. He asked Winston. Winston asserted his mind was totally blank. Peter stated he chose nothing. Peter, Egon, and Winston turned and looked at Ray. Ray took a few steps back. Ray insisted he couldn't help it and it just popped in there. Peter inquired what he thought of. Ray tried to explain himself. Peter pressed him about what he chose. Soon, Gozer's Destructor Form, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, made its presence known. Peter remarked that was not something you see every day. Ray insisted he tried to think of the most harmless thing. He picked something he loved from his childhood, something that could never, ever possibly destroy the world. Peter sarcastically complimented Ray's line of thinking. Ray remembered he used to roast Stay Puft Marshmallows by the fire at Camp Waconda. Peter told Egon that Ray had gone "bye-bye" and asked him what he had left. Egon apologized and admitted he was terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought. Stay Puft approached 550 Central Park West and stepped on the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church next door. Peter exclaimed nobody stepped on a church in his town. Ray hesitantly cued everyone to fire on three. They blasted down at Stay Puft. They only succeeded in lighting him on fire. Stay Puft clung to the side of the Shandor Building and climbed up.

Ray tried to make light of their impending death by a hundred-foot marshmallow man. Peter riffed and pointed out Stay Puft was a sailor in New York, they just had to get him laid and there would not be any trouble. Egon had a radical idea. He noted the door swings both ways and as a result they could reverse the particle flow through the gate. Ray asked how. Egon proposed they cross the streams. Peter recalled Egon's warning about doing that. Peter pointed out they would be in grave danger along with their client, the nice lady who paid them in advance before she became a dog. Egon revealed there was definitely a very slim chance they would survive. They exchanged looks. Peter stared at Egon. Egon raised an eyebrow. Peter gave Ray a friendly slap to the face. Peter declared he loved the plan and was excited to be a part of it. Winston grumbled the job was definitely not worth another eleven-five a year. They ran to the Temple of Gozer.

Peter told Ray he would see him on the other side. Peter opened fire into the Temple of Gozer, past its open doors. Ray told Peter it was nice working with him. Ray fired, too, and they crossed their streams. Egon and Winston joined in and crossed their streams into Peter and Ray's. The plan worked and the particle flow was reversed and forced the door to Gozer's dimension to close but an explosion was triggered. The Ghostbusters ceased fire and ran off screaming. The roof and top floors of the building blew up and destroyed the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Ray, Winston, and Egon came to covered in marshmallow residue. Peter came over to them but had very little marshmallow residue on him. They surveyed the damage and saw a charred Terror Dog husk. Ray blurted out that it smelled like barbecued dog hair. He realized his grievous error and apologized to Peter. Peter was melancholy. He turned and looked at Ray then walked away. Part of the statue's arm chipped off and fingers reached out. The claw fell off. Peter turned around. Dana groaned. Ray got everyone's attention. The Ghostbusters broke open the statue with their hands and Peter lifted Dana out. Louis, with a Terror Dog statue head on his head, walked around helplessly asking if somebody turned out the lights. Peter told the others to check on him. Dana was in a daze and asked where she was. Dana noticed Peter. The crowds cheered for the Ghostbusters. Peter and Dana kissed. Peter mimicked being overwhelmed. Dana shook the hand of a civilian then walked back to Peter amazed. He gestured her to Ecto-1. Peter escorted Dana into the car. A priest blessed Peter. Ray drove Ecto-1 carefully into position then took off. Peter high-fived a few from the front passenger seat.

Between Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II

Despite saving the town from Gozer, the Ghostbusters were put out of business due to being sued for all the damage that was done during the battle. Also, Peter and Dana's relationship faltered due to his fear of commitment and taking her for granted. He started to introduce her to others as the "old ball and chain." However, whenever Dana brought up marriage Peter would pretend to be asleep.[3] She ended the relationship but it wasn't on good terms.[4] Dana got married and had a child. Peter and Dana lost touch.[5] Dana and her husband had some issues and he "ditched" her for an opportunity at an orchestra in London leaving her and his son behind. Dana considered giving Peter a call.[6] In the years since, Egon observed Peter was "borderline" until he eventually, "crossed the border."[7] Peter became the host of a psychic reality talk show, The World of the Psychic, in the years after the Gozer battle.

Ghostbusters II

In later 1989, Peter chatted with his two guests on a darkened TV studio set and claimed a father encouraged his children to wash their hair with something of their own. The theme for The World of the Psychic, "Young Man's Fancy," played. The lights came on and recording started on the episode. Peter introduced himself then his first guest, author, lecturer and psychic Milton Angland. Peter immediately talked about Milton's book "The End of the World" and asked him if he was willing to reveal the ending. Milton obliged him and predicted the world was going to end at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. Peter inquired if he meant in the current year. Milton confirmed. Peter joked that was cutting it a little bit close. He clarified he meant just from a sales point of view and he was not going to see any paperback sales for at least a year and it would be at least another year he got a mini-series or movie-of-the-week deal. Peter played Devil's Advocate and proposed 1992 instead. Milton told him to wait. Peter settled on 1994 as a better choice. Milton exclaimed and stated the book was not a money-making scheme and he had a strong psychic belief that the world would end on New Year's Eve. Milton pressed his finger to his forehead and began to look visibly shaken. He exhaled and adjusted his coat. Peter's jovial tone shifted back to serious and hoped he was right for his own sake but revealed his other guest Elaine had another date in mind.

Elaine stated according to her source, the end of the world would be on February 14, 2016. Peter was bummed that was Valentine's Day. He asked her where she got her date from. Elaine stated she received her information from an alien. She recounted what she told her husband. She had a drink at the bar, alone, in the Paramus Holiday Inn and an alien approached her. The alien started talking to her and bought her a drink. She speculated the alien used some kind of a ray or a mind control device on her then forced her to follow him to his room. Peter stared directly into the camera. Elaine revealed the alien then told her about the end of the world. Peter pursed his lower lip and asked if the alien had a room at the Paramus Holiday Inn. She speculated it could have been a room on the spacecraft made up to look like a room at the Holiday Inn. She was not sure. Peter stood up and walked forward to wrap up the episode. He pointed out the whole problem with aliens was you just could not trust them. He did admit there was occasionally a nice one like Starman and E.T. but usually they turned out to be some kind of big lizard. The World of the Psychic tune started playing. He ended telling viewers that was all the time they had for this week on World of the Psychic then teased next week's episode. He asked for Ira. A crewman handed Peter a bald hairless cat. It meowed. Peter turned his hand around to show the back of the cat, too. He promoted the weird topic of hairless pets. Peter handed the cat back. It meowed. Peter pretended to send a psychic message to the audience then laughed. He turned around and shook Milton's hand.

Peter walked through the backstage offices with his producer Norman. He was not pleased with the two guests and asked what happened to the telekinetic man who bent spoons. Norman informed Peter the telekinetic canceled and they were the best they could do on such short notice. Norman reiterated no respected psychic would come on the show because they thought Peter was a fraud. Peter stated he was a fraud then saw Mayor Lenny, trailed by an entourage. Peter called out to him. Jack Hardemeyer stepped between Peter and the Mayor and gently pushed him away. The Mayor and his entourage continued on. Jack asked how he could help him. Peter replied he could get his hand off him then explained he was an old friend of the mayor's and he wanted to say hello and give him a kiss. Jack introduced himself, revealed his position as the mayor's assistant. He knew who Peter was and joked he did not see any ghosts anywhere. Jack pretended to look around for ghosts. Peter smirked. Peter explained the Ghostbusters performed a "little job" for the city a while back and got stiffed on the bill by some bureaucratic bookworm like him. Jack's demeanor changed to a serious one. A police officer stopped to check them out. Jack warned him to stay away from the mayor. He revealed Mayor Lenny was running for governor next fall and the last thing the team needed was for him to be associated with two-bit frauds and publicity hounds like the former Ghostbusters. Jack walked away and left Peter dumbfounded. He added he was a voter and thought that meant he was supposed to lie to him and kiss his butt.

Peter went to Ray's Occult Books and spoke in an accent, jokingly requesting a love potion aerosol that he could spray on a certain Penthouse pet to obtain her total submission. They both greeted Peter. Peter threw his coat onto an empty book cart. He asked Egon how school was and joked those "science chicks" must really dig that large cranium of his. Egon believed they were more interested in his epididymis. Peter scoffed then paused in thought. He told Ray to close up so he could buy him a calzone. Ray informed him that he was busy working on something but revealed his book order came in, "Magical Paths to Fortune and Power". Peter thanked him. Egon snickered while Peter held his head up high. Egon wished him good luck with that. Peter politely asked Ray to put it on his account. Egon found something else and showed it to Ray. Ray skimmed and agreed. Peter was curious and asked what they were working on. Ray started to answer but from the back of the store, Egon cleared his throat to subtly warn Ray not to blab. Ray told Peter they were checking something out for an old friend. Peter pressed on and asked who the "old friend" was. Ray was saved by the phone and answered. He replied to the caller that the store's closing hours were 7:00 on weekdays and midnight on Saturdays. He thanked the caller, hung up and looked back down at his book. Peter placed his left hand under Ray's chin and made him look into his eyes. Peter again asked who. Ray tried to fib and said it was just someone they knew. Peter pretended to be satisfied then pulled on Ray's ears. Egon turned around and could only stand there as Ray screamed. Peter asked again. Ray repeatedly refused to answer but Peter implored him to. Ray finally caved and revealed the client was Dana. Peter was surprised and released him. Ray massaged his ears. Peter couldn't believe the person was his ex-girlfriend.

The trio headed to Dana's apartment. Egon tried to tell Dana about Peter but Dana pushed the door to close it. Peter slipped in through the door and stopped it. He quipped about giving them one more chance. Ray rubbed his palms. Egon glared at Peter's back. Ray told Dana he tortured him by pulling his ears. Dana greeted Peter. Peter turned to them, modulated his voice to sound deep and sexy. Instead of responding, Dana turned to Egon and asked him what he would like to do first. Egon wanted to start with examining Oscar first. Peter played Dana's cello like a guitar. Egon looked away. Ray also held back. She walked over to him.

Peter inquired what happened to Dana's husband. He claimed he heard he ditched Dana and ran off to Europe. Dana clarified he did not ditch her, they had some problems and he got a very good job offer from an orchestra in London, and he took it. Dana placed her cello back on its stand. Peter held a mini-snow globe upside down. Peter summed that up as being ditched. Peter mused Dana would have been better off marrying him. He held the miniature snow globe upright. Dana recalled he never asked me and whenever she brought it up, he got drowsy and fell asleep. Peter placed the globe back on the shelf and walked away. He declared she never got it. He explained he was a man, he was sensitive, he needed to feel loved and he needed to be desired. Dana placed her left hand on his shoulder. She reminded him she broke up with him when he started introducing her as the old ball and chain. Peter grimaced. Peter admitted he may have a lot of personal problems but he was a total professional when it came to his job. He walked over to Egon and Ray before Dana could get there.

Egon was using a Grafco fetal stethoscope on Oscar as he lay on his back. Ray scanned him with a P.K.E. Meter. Peter got Egon's attention. He looked up at Peter, who spoke up close right into the stethoscope asking what they were doing. He recoiled then told Dana that Oscar seemed to be fine. Dana noted he was very healthy. Peter thought it he looked okay. Dana led Ray to Oscar's bedroom. Egon turned to Peter and handed him a specimen jar and walked away. He asked Peter to acquire a stool specimen. Peter quipped, "Business or personal?"

Peter smiled down at Oscar and asked him if he wanted to play with a big kid. He told him he should have been his father. He clarified he could have been. Oscar held out a hand. Peter shook it and replied he understood. He picked Oscar up and started singing "Dixie." Oscar bit him softly on the nose. Peter playfully shouted for help because he had gone completely berserk. Ray, Egon, and Dana heard Peter. Ray and Egon exchanged concern. Dana left the room. Peter's voice returned to normal once he saw Dana. He claimed Oscar had some sort of a clear liquid coming out of his mouth, too. Dana was amused and asked what he thought. Peter thought he was ugly but not Elephant Man ugly. He asked if his father was ugly. She implored Oscar not to listen. Peter joked he stunk, too, and spoke in a Mexican accent. Oscar giggled. Peter played along and asked him if his father was a smelly. He asked him what his name was. Dana told her it was Oscar. Peter lamented how he was named after a hot dog and sympathized. Dana asked him if he seriously found anything unusual. Peter admitted he did not have a lot of experience with babies. He then told Oscar his mama was going get a stool sample. Dana was confused. They laid Oscar down on the table.

Ray was lying down his back and swept the underside of Oscar's crib with his P.K.E. Meter when Peter entered. Ray announced he got nothing. Peter asked Egon what was next. Egon wanted to perform some gynecological tests on Dana. Peter joked, "Who wouldn't?" Egon proposed they check out the street next. A short time later, Dana showed Peter, Egon, and Ray where the incident happened on First Avenue. She told them how her baby carriage stopped right in the middle of the crosswalk. Peter took charge, dashed into the middle of the street, and started directing traffic. Cars honked at them. Ray tried to tell to stop Peter in vain. Peter told the annoyed motorists they were scientists and to get out of the way. He thanked them. A taxi driver braked and honked. He asked Peter if he was gonna get out of the way. Peter told him to relax and pointed out he was on the meter. Ray and Egon took readings. Ray revealed the P.K.E. Meter got a reading of 1,118. Egon stated he got 2.5 GEVs on the Giga meter. Dana asked them what that meant. Ray and Egon exchanged looks.

Many hours later, now well into the evening, at the same spot on First Avenue, Egon was dressed like a road worker and used a jackhammer. The First Cop asked him why he was cutting. Peter and Ray exited Libby's Coffee Shop and exchanged looks. Egon repeated his question. The officer was waiting for an answer. Egon called out to the "boss" and gestured at them to come over. They walked back over to Egon. Peter spoke in a thick stereotypical accent of a blue collar man. Peter asked Egon who told him to stop cutting. The officer repeated himself again. Peter turned to the First Cop and played along, asking him if he told Egon to stop cutting. The officer confirmed that and repeated himself. Peter stalled with rhetoricals and pointed out they let the police work. Ray emulated Peter's blue collar impression. Ray explained they were working overtime because "some diaper bag downtown" was being a jerk and making them work on a Friday night. Peter agreed. He asked Egon. Egon shouted, "Yo!" They all giggled. The officer capitulated and told them to take it easy. The squad car drove away. Ray asked Egon what he had been doing. Egon was incensed and pointed out that while they were getting coffee for an hour, he dug a big hole in the middle of the street. Ray looked down the hole in amazement and gathered Egon uncovered an old air shaft that went on and on. Egon took readings with the Giga Meter while Ray aimed his flashlight down the hole. Egon remarked it was very intense and suggested they get a deeper reading. Ray agreed. They stood back up. Egon noted someone had to go down there. Ray agreed. Ray looked up and realized Peter and Egon were staring at him.

While Ray went down the hole, the same police squad car from before returned along with another vehicle. A Con Edison Supervisor asked Peter and Egon what was going on. Peter shifted back to his blue collar persona and referred to them as boneheads. He claimed three thousand phones were out on Greenwich Village and he had eight million miles of cable to check. He pretended to be displeased they came to shake his monkey tree again. The Con Ed Supervisor pointed out the fact that the phone lines were across the street. Peter improvised and smacked Egon's hard hat angrily. Peter "blamed" Egon for setting up in the wrong spot despite his reluctance. The First Cop told Peter to stop. He revealed the checked with Con Ed and the phone company, and confirmed they weren't who they claimed to be. He implored Peter to tell him another lie. Without breaking character, Peter claimed there was major gas leak. He pointed to some steam that happened to be nearby and rhetorically asked them where they thought all this was coming from. Ray made things worse and triggered a city-wide blackout while he was being pulled up.

Peter, Egon, and Ray's trial was held at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse. Judge Stephen Wexler issued a warning the law does not recognize the existence of ghosts and he did not believe in them either. Jack looked over to Peter and snickered. He walked over to gloat and listed off the charges: violating a judicial restraining order, willful destruction of public property, fraud, and malicious mischief. He joked he would see Peter in a couple of years, at his first parole hearing. Peter retorted they would never take them alive. Later in the trail, Louis, their lawyer, examined Peter. It was extremely obvious Peter was feeding Louis his lines. Louis repeated that Peter was just trying to help out a friend, who was scared of what was happening to her. He asked Peter to say it again. Louis continued there was no evil intended. Judge Wexler stared at them. Louis continued if you live in a place you love, you do not want anything bad to happen. He called it an isolated incident that would not happen again. The Prosecutor objected over Louis leading the witness. Wexler approved the objection. Wexler asked Louis if he had any questions for the witness that might have some bearing on the case. Louis asked Peter. Peter told him no, and they helped them out enough already. Louis told Wexler he had no more questions.

Louis walked back to his seat but half turned to the Prosecutor and told her Peter was hers. She asked Peter to please tell the court why it is that he and his co-defendants took it upon themselves to dig a very big hole in the middle of First Avenue. Peter dryly joked there were so many holes in First Avenue, they really did not think anyone would have noticed. The gallery laughed. Judge Wexler banged his gavel. He warned Peter he would find him in contempt if he kept it up. The Psychomagnotheric Slime in the beaker bubbled. Peter apologized. The Prosecutor repeated her question and reminded him he was under oath. Peter answered there were some things in this world that go way beyond human understanding, things that cannot be explained, things that most people did not even want to know about. He pointed out that was where the Ghostbusters came in. Ray and Egon nodded in agreement. The Prosecutor interpreted his words as a claim that the world of the supernatural was his exclusive province. She leaned on the stand. Peter placed his hands on top of hers. She pulled away. He referred to her as "Kitten" and clarified that "sometimes, shit happens, someone has to deal with it, and who ya gonna call?" The gallery erupted in cheers and applauded. Egon and Ray turned and looked at the gallery. Judge Wexler banged his gavel and told everyone to shut up.

Judge Wexler ordered Peter, Ray, and Egon to stand. He had to tell Louis to stand, too. They all stood. Wexler found them guilty on all charges and ordered them to pay fines in the amount of $25,000 each. The Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm continued to bubble. Ray finally noticed it and became alarmed. Wexler sentenced them to 18 months in the city correctional facility at Riker's Island. He stated on a more personal note and on the record, he believed there was no place for fakes and charlatans. Egon interrupted him. Wexler told him to shut up and continued tricksters like the Ghostbusters had no place in decent society. Peter stated what they had to say was important. The Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm started bubbling faster. Wexler ignored Peter and accused the Ghostbusters of preying upon the gullibility of innocent people. Ray agreed to get him to stop. Wexler told him to be quiet. Ray tried to tell him but Wexler continued that if his hands were not tied by the unalterable fetters of the law, he would indulge in the tradition of their illustrious forebears. Peter, Ray, and Egon gestured and started to lower themselves to hide under the table. Louis nervously followed suit. The people in the gallery became worried, too. Wexler stated he would reach back, to a purer, sterner justice, and have them burned at the stake. The Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm exploded violently.

The ghosts of the Scoleri Brothers manifested in front of the judge's bench seated atop electric chairs. Wexler hopped out of his seat just in time and scooted over to Peter, Ray, Egon, and Louis under their table. Wexler identified the ghosts and explained he tried them for murder and sentenced them to death by electric chair. The Scoleri Brothers picked up their table and threw it at the judge's bench. Wexler, Peter, Ray, Egon, and Louis ran behind the glass partition to the judge's door but it was locked. Wexler was visibly scared and shouted at him to do something. Louis stepped him and pointed out his clients were still under a judicial restraining order, the "blue thing" he got from The Prosecutor, and if they busted the ghosts, they would be exposing themselves. Peter quipped he did not want them exposing themselves. They peeked around the partition and watched as Nunzio Scoleri carried the Prosecutor by her ankle across the courtroom. Peter told him he was next. Wexler caved. He rescinded the order and dismissed the case.

Ray, Egon, and Peter suited up with the Proton Packs laid out on the exhibit table. Peter stumbled around with his pack on to oversell the weight of it. Peter remembered he always hated that part of the business. Peter noted it had been a couple of years since they last used the equipment. He hoped it still worked. Egon stated the packs should still work since the power cells had a half-life of five thousand years. Peter turned on the switch on his thrower and in reaction to the sound, sang "Do," Ray followed with his thrower, sang "Ri," Egon turned on his, and sang "Egon!" Peter looked at Egon in disbelief. Egon grinned. The chairs in the gallery started to bounce around. Egon, Ray, and Peter stood their ground waiting for the ghosts to reappear. The Scoleri Brothers popped up. The three fired wildly at them and missed. The Scoleri Brothers flew away through the wall behind the judge's bench. Peter yelled. Peter, then Ray, then Egon all laughed. Louis started to calm down but freaked out when the Scoleri Brothers came back. Peter fired at Nunzio in the gallery. He walked past the bar and snagged him. Peter goaded him and declared he was going to take him home to his "private zoo."

Ray soon wrangled Tony Scoleri. Peter backed out of the gallery with Nunzio. Egon instructed Ray to hold Tony and then told Peter to start bringing Nunzio back. Peter continued teasing Nunzio's figure. Egon pushed the Trap across the floor. The Scoleri Brothers were pulled into the Trap. Ray declared, "Two in the box!" Egon followed with, "Ready to go!" Peter started with, "We be fast..." and all three shouted, "...and they be slow!" Louis came over and looked at the Trap in awe. Peter, Egon, and Ray triumphantly strode out of the courtroom. Louis held out the Trap. Reporters swarmed around them. Peter announced they were the best, the beautiful, and the only Ghostbusters. Ray declared they were back. The Ghostbusters business was revived and they became busy with cases again.

Egon, Peter, Ray, and Winston jogged down a street suited up as Ghostbusters again. The Ghostbusters caught a ghost in Record Explosion at 2 Broadway and exited with Santa hats on and were in charcoal jumpsuits. Egon held a smoking Trap. Peter held the Latent Image Sensor. A Jogger Ghost ran the jogger's route around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis Reservoir in the northern part of Central Park. Living joggers screamed in fright and hopped out of its way. Ray, with his Ecto Goggles on, gave Peter the signal. Peter, who sat on a bench reading the newspaper, stomped the pedal. A Trap was buried in the ground just barely visible for it to open. The ghost ran right over it and was trapped. Peter bid the ghost goodbye. Peter and Ray danced in celebration. During another case, Ray drove Ecto-1a way too quickly and erratically heading to Barrow Street. Peter and Egon exchanged worried looks. Peter looked at Ray from the back. The Ghostbusters were called to Orrefors on 58 East 57th Street. Peter looked over at a female employee. Several mounted devices bearing the caution stripe motif were placed around floating fine crystals and activated. The fine crystal coming came crashing to the ground and cases below and shattered.

After case, the Ghostbusters, in their charcoal suits, returned to Ecto-1a at East 57th Street and Park Avenue. Winston and Peter held a Trap each. On another case, the Ghostbusters jogged through traffic at a stand still with their throwers ready. After another, they handed Janine was handed two smoking Traps and left for another call. A new commercial was filmed. Winston mentioned the Ghostbusters' special half-price service plan. Peter's role was to feign surprise at such an offer.

The Ghostbusters gathered around a table on the second floor of the Firehouse. Egon and Ray demonstrated what they discovered about the Psychomagnotheric slime. Peter jokingly asked if he should get spoons. Egon told him not to bother and cued Ray to demonstrate their discovery. They both angrily shouted at the ectoplasm and insulted it. Winston and Peter looked at each other. Winston stopped Ray mid-insult. Egon flashed his hands to stop. Peter asked them if this is what they did with their spare time. Ray pointed out it was an incredible breakthrough, the discovery of a psychoreactive substance. He explained it reacted to human emotional states. Peter nicknamed it "Mood slime." Egon revealed they were running tests to see if they could get an equally strong positive reaction. Peter inquired what kind of tests they performed. Ray carefully replied they sang to it and told it supportive, nurturing things. Peter got to the point and wanted to know they were not sleeping with it. There was an awkward silence and sense of uneasiness from Ray and Egon. Peter and Winston teased them. Winston remarked it was always the quiet ones. Peter called Ray a hound.

Egon suggested a demonstration of the kinetic test. He took a toaster from the kitchen counter and stated it was an ordinary household one. Peter quipped he was taking him for his word on that. Ray placed some of the ectoplasm into the toaster with a spoon. Egon placed the toaster on the billiards table. Ray explained the ectoplasm responded to music so they tried easy listening, middle-of-the-road type stuff like Paul Young and "Dust In The Wind." Peter joked it worked for him. Egon revealed it loved Jackie Wilson. Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" was played. Peter kept joking and asked them if this was what they did at night when he was not around the Firehouse. He joked he thought the toaster sounded exactly like Jackie. Egon told him to just watch. Peter asked if it could do Emmylou Harris. The toaster hopped up. Peter realized it danced, too. The toaster moved around like it was dancing. Peter hugged the toaster and happily declared it was his number one Christmas boutique gift item. Winston was suspicious it would eat someone's hand the minute someone got mad. Peter stated they would put a warning label on it for liability reasons then recoiled in pain. Egon quickly took the toaster away. It was just a prank. Peter gestured like he poked Egon's eyes and relished how easily they fell for it. Ray screamed as they tussled playfully.

Some time later, Peter went to the Manhattan Museum of Art. He stopped at the guard's station in the museum. He greeted Rudy the Museum Guard and stated he was looking for Dana. Rudy told him to go to Room 304, Restoration. Peter thanked him. Rudy realized he was Dr. Venkman from "The World of the Psychic" and Peter perked up. Rudy stood up and shook Peter's hand. He claimed he was a "big, big fan." Peter thanked him for the kind words. Rudy revealed World of the Psychic used to be one of his two favorite shows. Peter was curious what the other one was. Rudy told him it was "Bass Masters" and explained it was a fishing show. Peter noted he knew "Bass Masters" and continued on.

Peter entered the restoration room and found Dana cleaning a painting. He pulled the easel away and took a look. He complimented her work and her eyes. Dana corrected him. She did not paint it, she was just cleaning the Gauguin. Peter pretended he knew the artist. Janosz Poha arrived and asked to be introduced. Dana presented Janosz to Peter and emphasized he was the head of the Restoration department as more of a warning. Instead of shaking Peter's hand, Janosz touched it. Peter looked at Dana and slowly wiped his hand across his sweater. Janosz admitted he saw Peter on TV and enjoyed his exploits. He joked he hoped Peter was not there on business. Peter wiped his hand on his sweater again. Peter quipped his reasons were top-secret. He saw the Vigo painting and went over to it, remarking he had a Gauguin, too.

Janosz informed Peter he was preparing the portrait for the new Romantic exhibition and it was of Prince Vigo, the ruler of Carpathian and Moldavia. Peter imitated Vigo's pose, to Dana's amusement then remarked Vigo was a bit of a sissy. Janosz stated he was a very powerful magician and a genius in many ways. Dana added he was also a lunatic and a genocidal madman. She hated the painting and felt uncomfortable ever since it came up from storage. Peter theorized she was probably feeling what Vigo was: Carpathian kitten loss. He missed his kitten. Dana smiled while Peter grabbed some paint and pretended to add one by the castle. Janosz stood between Peter and Vigo. He was naturally put off by the suggestion of altering valuable artwork and believed it was time for him to go. He declared the joyfulness was over. Dana tried to tell him Peter was just kidding around. Peter noted he was not going to get a green card with that attitude. Peter walked away and turned to Dana. He jested she was sweet on the hunky stud. Dana admitted every now and then, she got the feeling that painting was watching her and even smiling at her. They noticed Janosz talking to Vigo and gesturing to them. They exchanged looks of concern.

In the evening, Peter was stirred out his slumber on the couch in his apartment by frantic pounding on the door and a baby's cries. Dana yelled it was her and pleaded to be let in. Peter wondered what was going on. She continued shouting. Peter opened the door. Dana came in. She was in a coat with Oscar inside. She was frantic and uttered she did not know where else to go then told him the bathtub was trying to eat Oscar. She cuddled Oscar. Peter tried to comfort her and told her she was all right. Dana told Oscar she would not let it get him. Peter assured her she was safe. Dana admitted she was terrified. Peter repeated she was all right now and took his coat off then threw it towards his couch. He told her to sit down and relax while he got them some clothes. Peter went to his phone, dialed, and closed the door. Ray answered. Peter told him Dana came over to his place. There was a pause. He informed Ray her tub tried to eat her.

Ray asked if he was serious then got excited then backpedaled to say what happened was terrible but great for their research. Peter cut him off. Ray promised they would get right on it. Peter briefed Dana on what was going to happen next: Ray and Egon were going to check out her apartment. Peter presented a green sweatshirt. He told Oscar he held onto it for a long time and got it from a girl who got it from Joe Namath. He joked they did want to know how she got it then fashioned it into a diaper. He told Oscar he would appreciate it if he refrained from hosing it down with his own personal rinse. He suggested he start practicing a thing the big guys liked to call "self control". He declared he was going to stay at "Uncle Pete's" until this thing blew over and it was his place now. They went over to Peter's bedroom. He leaped onto the bed and bounced a few more times then posed and welcomed her inside. Dana asked about the sleeping arrangements. Peter proposed the best option for him was he lie on my side and she spoon up beside him with her arm draped over him. He demonstrated. Peter rolled over into position to demonstrate. She sat down. He countered if it was done the opposite way, he would choke on her hair in the night. She proposed he sleep on the sofa while she and Oscar slept on the bed. He was okay with that idea. She was eager to put him down for the night. Peter asked if he could. She obliged him. Peter told Oscar he was short, his belly button stuck out too far and he was a terrible burden on his poor mother. He pointed at Oscar then waved his finger around. Peter looked inside his refrigerator and groaned in disgust at its contents.

The next morning, Peter waited outside the Manhattan Museum of Art. Ray revealed there was only some slime residue around the bathtub then shared the info gathered on Vigo character from Leon Zundinger's "Magicians, Martyrs And Madmen". Egon stated Vigo the Carpathian was born in 1505 and died in 1610. Peter mentally calculated that was 105 years old and remarked he hung in there. Ray listed off all the ways his subjects tried to kill him. Egon clarified he was not exactly a man of the people then listed off his other titles: Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised and Vigo the Unholy. Peter joked another was Vigo the Butch. Ray explained there was a prophecy, just before his head died. Vigo's last words were: "Death is but a door, time is but a window. I'll be back!"

The Ghostbusters stepped into the Restoration room. Peter instructed everyone to suck in the guts. They inhaled. Janosz immediately told them to leave. Ray asked Peter who that was. Peter sicced Ray on him. Ray engaged Janosz politely, introducing himself, complimenting the work space, and stating they were doing a routine spook check. Peter handed Janosz his coat. Janosz informed Peter that Dana was not present. Peter knew that. Janosz asked why he came. Peter told him they got a report there was a major creep in the area, so they checked their list and he was right on the top. He asked Janosz where in the hell he was from anyway. Janosz replied he came from the Upper West Side. Egon informed Peter the whole room was extremely hot. Peter snapped photographs like a fashion photographer. Janosz pleaded with Peter to stop and was ignored. Janosz stood in front of the painting and stated no photographs were allowed but slides were available in the gift shop. Winston took him aside. Janosz shrieked. Peter thanked Winston and continued. He asked Vigo to give him angry like he had a bad day and was cranky. Peter was pleased and became more and more intense. He asked for sexy and mused the girls and the guys liked him. He asked about the animals. Ray stood on the step ladder and took readings. He looked at Vigo's eyes and became transfixed. Peter went overboard and yelled at Vigo to destroy him. Egon interrupted him and wanted to talk. Peter turned to Vigo and told him he worked with better, but not many, and thanked him. Peter took his coat from a distraught Janosz.

Peter returned home to his apartment with a suitcase. He called out to Dana. He was horrified upon realized she cleaned up the apartment. Dana was fresh out of the shower and wrapped in a white towel. They greeted each other. Dana alerted him that Oscar was asleep then asked about her apartment. Peter, with a straight face, told her the guys spent the whole night there, went through all her things and personal stuff, tried on some of her clothes, made some long-distance phone calls, and cleaned out the fridge. Dana cut him off and asked if they found anything. Peter conceded they only found a little bit of the pink slime. Dana asked what she was supposed to do now. Peter told her get dressed and get crazy with him on the streets of Manhattan. Dana was not so sure. Peter assured her it was exactly what she needed and he already had a babysitter. Dana was not so sure about leaving Oscar in a strange place with a strange person. Peter pointed out the babysitter was Janine. Dana inquired if Janine had experience babysitting.

Peter handed her a bouquet of flowers and presented a suitcase. He revealed he brought some things from her apartment, a couple of provocative ensembles. Dana agreed they would go out to get dinner but he was not allowed to use any of those old cheap moves on her. Peter promised he would not, he had all new cheap moves. They entered the bedroom to find Oscar awake. Dana baby talked to him. Peter informed Oscar he was going to have the whole place to himself that night and revealed he had some Laura Antonelli tapes around. He asked Dana if she saw some shirts in the "floor-bed" area. Dana revealed she placed them in the hamper. Peter was surprised he had a hamper. He took some of the clothes out of the hamper and asked her to tell him the next time she was going to do that. Dana pointed out they were dirty. Peter scoffed and stated he had more than two grades of laundry. He claimed there were many subtle levels. He took one shirt and claimed it could be hung outside the window for twenty minutes and it would be perfectly fine. Peter left the bedroom. Dana commented to Oscar he was an interesting role model. She kissed Oscar.

That night, Peter danced in his apartment while he waited for Dana. He tried to hail a taxi cab outside. Ecto-1a pulled up. Ray announced they had incredible news. Peter joked it was all-you-can-eat barbecue rib night at the Sizzler. Egon briefed him on the photograph analysis and the connection to the River of Slime. Ray added they were going underground into the subway and sewer system to see if they could trace the source of the flow. Egon told Peter to change. Dana stepped out and greeted the guys. Peter told her what the guys were going to do and asked if she wanted to blow off dinner and go with them. Dana smiled, walked to the edge of the sidewalk, and called out for a taxi. Peter quipped.

Dana and Peter dined at Armand's Restaurant. Dana proposed a toast to the most charming, kindest, and most unusual man she ever broke up with. They clinked glasses and drank. Peter inquired why she dumped him. She denied it and clarified she was protecting herself because he was not very good for her. She asked him if he knew that. Peter retorted he was not even good for him. Dana told him he was much better than he realized and did not give himself enough credit. He mused he needed to hear that kind of stuff and if he had that kind of support on a 24-hour-day basis, he would have himself whipped into shape by the end of this century. Dana teased he should give her a jingle in the year 2000. Peter countered with giving her a jingle right now. Dana and Peter kissed.

Later that night, Ray, Winston, and Egon entered Armand's Restaurant in their slime soaked long underwear. They spotted Dana and Peter. Ray shouted his name. They shouted and walked over. Peter was in dismay. Ray claimed it was the greatest tangible evidence of psychic energy in years. Peter talked at the top of his voice to get their undivided attention. He pointed out they were scaring the straights and asked if it could wait until tomorrow. Egon stated it could not wait because things were hot and ready to pop. Ray agreed and the slime was all over and under the city. Winston added there were rivers full of it. Egon revealed it was all flowing right to the museum. Dana was concerned they were talking about the Manhattan Museum of Art. Peter confessed he was going to tell her between the dessert and the cheese course. The Maître D' returned to Peter and Dana's table with two police officers. Peter instructed Dana she could never go back to the museum again and she had to find a new job. Peter and Dana got up from their table and followed after them.

The officers drove their police squad car up to the front door of Gracie Mansion. Mayor Lenny was not happy to see the Ghostbusters and declared they had two minutes to talk to him. Peter apologized they always had to meet under these circumstances. Ray informed him a psychomagnotheric slime flow of immense proportions was building up beneath the city. Mayor Lenny had no idea what he said. Egon repeated "psychomagnotheric." Peter quipped it was a big word. Egon explained negative human emotions were materializing in the form of a viscous, psychoreactive plasm with explosive supernormal potential. Mayor asked if anybody spoke English. Winston volunteered and told him all the bad feelings, all the hate, the anger and vibes of the city was turning into the sludge. Winston admitted he did not believe it at first either, but they just went for a swim in it and ended up almost killing each other. Jack found it all preposterous. Peter asked him to stop his lips from flapping for two little minutes then went over and touched Jack's lips. Peter asked Mayor Lenny if he had been out on the street lately because it got weird lately. He estimated there was three million completely miserable assholes living in the tristate area. Jack rolled his eyes. Peter adjusted his claim to three million and one. Jack took offense. Ray emphasized they had to do something fast or the whole place was going to blow like a frog on a hot plate. Lenny stated being miserable and treating other people like dirt was every New Yorker's God-given right. He declared their two minutes were up and bid them good night. Ray promised he was making a big mistake. Peter called it a very newsworthy mistake. He mused the Times was going be interested and the polls were going to go down. Jack became alarmed. Winston pitched the headline, "Mayor Hides Slime." Ray suggested, "Times Square Slime". Egon thought of "Slime Square". Ray liked Slime Square. Jack asked them if they would consider telling some of their people downtown about the slime. They seemed amiable. Peter told it had to be done right away.

The Ghostbusters were committed to Parkview Psychiatric Hospital. They talked to the Psychiatric Doctor and talked in circles. They looked exhausted from trying to explain the situation to the doctor over and over. Peter buried his face in his arms. The doctor was not convinced and asked them if there were any other paintings in the museum with bad spirits in them. Egon insisted he was wasting valuable time because Vigo was drawing strength from a Psychomagnotheric slime flow that had been collecting under the city. The doctor wanted them to tell him about the slime. Winston noted it was very potent stuff and they even made a toaster dance with it. The doctor thought he heard Winston say toaster. Winston also told him a bathtub tried to eat Peter's friend's baby. The doctor turned to Peter. Peter stated he thought Egon, Ray, and Winston were completely nuts.

Some time after New York was swamped in supernatural activity, the Ghostbusters were discharged. Louis briefed them on what happened since they were incarcerated: Janosz took Oscar, put him into a carriage, and levitated away. Peter asked where Dana was. Louis only knew she said she was going to the museum then added there was an eclipse, the whole town went nuts, and everybody went nuts. Ray saw all the connections fit. He concluded Vigo was going to use Oscar as a human host then take over the world. Winston presumed they were the only ones who could do anything about it. The Manhattan Museum of Art was encased in a hard shell of the Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm. Ray likened the shell to a giant Jell-O mold. Winston remarked he hated Jell-O. Peter cited the tagline, "There's always room for Jell-O." They blasted the shell at the full neutronas setting but nothing happened.

Egon stated slime mold was pulsing with evil and it would take a tremendous amount of positive energy to crack that shell. He seriously doubted there was enough goodwill left in New York to do it. Ray planted his face on Ecto-1a's hood in frustration they agreed on using the Statue of Liberty. They headed to Liberty Island and stared at the Statue of Liberty. RPeter mused it kind of makes you wonder. Ray inquired what. Peter clarified it made you wonder if she was naked under that toga. He reminded Ray "she" was French and he knew that.

Peter leaned towards the Slime Blower and pretended to speak to the positively charged Psychomagnotheric Slime inside. He asked Winston if their slime was in a good mood. Winston remarked he hoped so because the Statue of Liberty was a lot bigger than a toaster. Egon cued Peter and handed him a microphone. Peter tested the microphone then asked aloud how many people in the audience was a national monument. He "greeted" the Statue of Liberty. He and Egon went up to the crown while Ray and Winston doused the interior with positively charged Psychomagnotheric Slime.

Some time later, Egon checked his wrist watch and noted it was almost midnight. He cued Peter. Peter pretended to be a radio DJ and affirmed they were going to squeeze some "New Year's juice" from New York with a song off of the request line. Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" was played off a Sony WM-A39 Walkman. All of the Psychomagnotheric Slime reacted and energy surged throughout. It worked and the Statue took off for the mainland. Peter cheered on the Statue to keep kicking and promised they would pop for a weekend in Las Vegas with the Jolly Green Giant if she pulled it off. People stood behind police barricades and cheered. Peter Venkman shouted it was a love fest and sang along with the song. On Fifth Avenue, Egon noted they were running out of time. Winston asked Ray if he could speed up the Statue. Ray conceded the vibrations would shake her to pieces and confessed they should have padded her feet. Egon was confident there was not a pair of Nikes in her size. Peter was not worried and proclaimed she was a harbor chick.

At the museum, the Statue wound up. Peter shouted, "I love it when you roughhouse!" The Statue of Liberty smashed the skylight with its torch. The Ghostbusters rappelled down into the museum. Janosz was still confident in Vigo and ordered them to go away. Peter wished him a Happy New Year. Janosz proclaimed they were like the buzzing of flies to Vigo. He realized Vigo was absent from the painting. He was without words. Peter informed him he backed the wrong horse and cued Ray and Winston. Ray and Winston thoroughly slimed Janosz. He eventually slipped, fell, and passed out. Dana came over to them. She kissed Peter. Peter hugged them then greeted Oscar. Dana asked if Janosz was dead. Ray informed her their slime was positively charged and Janosz was going to wake up feeling like a million bucks. Peter noted Oscar was "a little bit ripe" and joked he thought he had an accident, too.

The Restoration room's atmosphere turned eerie. A fixture suddenly crashed behind Egon and a black hose wrapped around Dana. The Ghostbusters went to her but she yelled to them to get Oscar away. Peter took Oscar behind some boards and placed a blanket on the floor for him to rest on. He told Oscar to stay put and be quiet while he helped his mom. Vigo fully manifested in the room. Ray ordered Vigo to hold it and called him a deadhead. He advised to go ahead and knock up some willing hellhound if he wanted a baby. Otherwise he had three seconds to get back in the painting. Ray started the count with one second. Peter stood up from his position with his Particle Thrower already drawn and counted two seconds. Ray counted three seconds. Peter and Egon fired on Vigo. Vigo winced. Ray was pleased they got him. Vigo snarled, threw out his arms, broke the streams, unleashed a pulse of energy, and the Ghostbusters fell to the ground and were immobilized.

Winston remarked that was really stupid. Egon asked Ray if he could move. Ray confirmed he could not then asked Egon if he could. Egon stated he could not then asked Peter how he was. Peter joked he was fine. Vigo found Oscar. Dana was scared and implored the Ghostbusters to do something. Peter decided to heckle Vigo. He told Vigo not so fast. Vigo gave him a look. Peter confirmed he was talking to him, the bimbo with the baby, then asked him if anyone told him the big shoulder look was out. Peter admitted he had met some dumb blondes in his life, but Vigo took the taco. He stated only a Carpathian would come back to life now and choose New York then called him a bonehead over his 'tasty pick.' Peter declared if he had a brain in that huge melon on top of his neck, he would be living the sweet life out in Southern California's beautiful San Fernando Valley. Vigo fired energy rays from his mouth at the Ghostbusters. They were covered in the rays and convulsed in pain. Peter winced and exclaimed, "Oh darn it. Oh, darn it!"

Vigo proclaimed now they become one. "Auld Lang Syne" could be heard from the opening in the skylight. Winston deduced it was the people gathered outside. Vigo recoiled in pain. Egon observed Vigo was weakening because the positivity of the singing was neutralizing the slime. Ray realized he could move. Peter scooted forward. Vigo was forcibly propelled back into the painting. Peter caught Oscar just in time. Dana was relieved. The Ghostbusters stood up. Egon sighted Vigo in the painting. Peter returned Oscar to Dana and told her to go find a shady spot. Ray was possessed by Vigo. Egon told Ray they would like to shoot Vigo and asked him to move. He got no response. Peter called out to Ray. Nothing. Winston called out. All three yelled at Ray. Ray turned around to reveal he was possessed by Vigo and transmogrified to resemble his true ghost form. Vigo proclaimed he shall rule the earth and told the Ghostbusters to be gone, calling them pitiful half-men. Peter cued Egon and Winston. Peter and Egon fired at the painting. Winston slimed Ray. Ray dropped to the ground as Vigo was ejected out of his body and back into the painting in his giant floating head form. They continued to fire on him. Vigo was drenched in the positively charged psychomagnotheric ectoplasm. Vigo shouted, "No!" He was sent spiraling further into the painting until there was an explosion and a bright white light enveloped the canvas.

Peter asked Dana if she was all right. Dana thanked him. Peter addressed Oscar and told him to spread out. Peter and Dana kissed. Winston took a look at the Vigo painting and called everyone over. Ray was amazed. Egon speculated it was Early Renaissance, Raphael or Piero della Francesca. Peter joked it was one of the Fettucine's. The painting now portrayed Peter, Ray, Winston, and Egon in classic robes standing around a cherub that looked like Oscar. Everyone headed outside to the cheering crowd. The crowd chanted "Ghostbusters" over and over. The Statue of Liberty was returned to Liberty Island. Some time later, ceremony was held on the island in recognition of the Ghostbusters role in saving the world. They accepted a Key to the City from Mayor Lenny. The audience stood, cheered, and applauded them.

Between Ghostbusters II and Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Supernatural activity began to dwindle. Peter thought they did their job too well. Soon, they could barely keep up their mortgage and the final nail was when some actor bought up most of Tribeca, and they lost the Firehouse. At some point after the Ghostbusters disbanded again, Peter became Professor Emeritus of Advertising and Promotion at SUNY Cortland[8] and got married to Dana.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ray, Peter, and Winston suited up and headed to Summerville in June 2021. Peter called Gozer a "flattop." It paused and looked over. They stepped out in their flight suits and had on their Proton Packs. He asked if it missed them. Ray addressed Gozer and stated in the name of the county of Summerville, state of Oklahoma, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, all the members of Ducks Unlimited, and the Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons, he command it under the National Invasive Species Act to depart Earth immediately. Peter made a face. Winston side-eyed Peter. Peter applauded Ray. Winston mused Gozer remembered them. Gozer asked Ray if he was a god. Ray was speechless. Winston and Peter were beside themselves. Ray answered "Yes." Peter declared they were all gods and they were all pretty dang special. Gozer gestured the Terror Dogs to stand down as they snarled. Winston cut to the chase. They got out their throwers. They marveled at the sound of it turning on. Peter instructed them to shoot on the count of three but go on "two." They fired and hit Gozer then crossed their streams. Gozer clutched at the streams. The Ghostbusters knew it was not over. Gozer uncrossed the streams then whipped them. The momentum launched the Ghostbusters into the air. They bounced hard off the side of Ecto-1.

Peter began to stall and talked. He told Gozer it had a lot of nerve, crawling back to him. He believed they could have been the most spectacular power couple: his sense of fun and its personality. Gozer ignored Callie Spengler and Phoebe and walked towards Peter. Peter rambled on about their non-existent break-up because it always had to vanquish and conquer and maim somebody. Winston aimed his thrower. Gozer zapped Winston's hand. Peter complimented Winston on the attempt and stated to Gozer they were finished. Gozer was suddenly shot in the back the head by Phoebe. They fired at each other. Egon's ghost fully manifested and aided Phoebe. Ray, Peter, and Winston blasted Gozer, too. Phoebe and Egon inched their way to the Ghostbusters. They were bewildered at the sight of Egon's ghost. After Gozer, Zuul, Vinz, many ghost wisps, and the Psychokinetic atmospheric disturbance was trapped, Peter and Ray turned to Egon. Peter dryly joked he thought Egon might turn up.

Peter went over to Callie and Phoebe and went down on one knee. He introduced himself and shook Phoebe's hand, thanking her for pitching in. Phoebe replied he was welcome. Peter liked her style and acknowledged Callie. Callie stated she was "Callie Spengler." Peter joked Spengler was a weird name and suggested she make the best of that. He declared they were going to have cocoa inside the house and some of them were having rum with it. They all watched as Egon peacefully dispersed and they all looked up into the sky.

Dana subjected Peter to his old experiment with the Electro-Shock Generator and Zener cards in their home in upstate New York. She held up the three wavy line Zener card and asked him what the card was. Peter closed his eyes and concentrated. He saw two then firmly stated he saw three wavy lines. She revealed the card to him and found it amazing. Peter contended she was amazing with her ability to flood his psychic powers. Dana held up another card then brought up how she could not believe he used to shock his students. Peter admitted he only zapped the guys. Dana switched on the electro-shock machine. Peter was hooked up to it and got zapped. He admitted he now knew it was flawed science. Dana asked him him if he was ready for the next card. Peter guessed a five-pointed star. She placed the card down in amazement and asked how he was doing it. Peter brought up the belief that true love imbues a subject with abilities. She zapped him again and asked him if he marked the cards. He denied it. She repeated the question. He nodded and admitted he did. She zapped him again. He recoiled in pain. Dana tapped the box on both sides and smiled. She declared the machine worked well.

Secondary Canon History

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions)

Peter displayed some initial distrust when Ray and Egon selected the newly hired Rookie, jealous that he got issued new equipment and a 'title'. However, upon Egon and Ray explaining to Peter that the equipment the Rookie is issued was "highly experimental and if not handled properly, could blow the user clear into New Jersey." Peter immediately lost interest in both the Rookie and his gear. Peter eventually warmed up to the Rookie and occasionally praised his developing skills, but his interest was soon lost once they encountered Ilyssa Selwyn who, true to himself, he took an instant liking to. Peter flirted with her, but she wasn't interested. At the end, he won her heart and shared a brief kiss with Ilyssa before she was slimed by Slimer.

IDW Comic Series

In the 1970s, Peter attended Columbia University. Peter met Egon in a Women's Studies course the latter was mistakenly assigned to. Peter convinced him to stick with it to teach him to be more comfortable with people. Peter also met Ray. Peter and Ray took Professor Tonick's Esoteric Literature course in their freshman year. One topic in the course was Atlantis.[9] A few years later, they all heard about Columbia's Parapsychology pilot doctorate program. Peter thought Parapsychology would be an easy second Ph.D to earn and enrolled. One winter day, Ray called out to Peter to tell him about the program. Egon already told him about it but he realized he should introduce the two of them to each other beacuse of their shared interests and thinking a connection would be good.[10] Ray asked Egon how he met Peter and he relayed the story. Peter put his arms around their shoulders and assured them the pilot program was their meal ticket. He believed no one was doing anything with the field and if they got the degrees, they would have the inside track to tenured positions, and no one would care about results as long as they kept the experiments going since there was no precedent. Ray recalled MKUltra and MKOften. Peter reminded him all those files were destroyed. He struck up a conversation with two women while Ray and Egon talked. Ray wanted to know his opinion about something but Peter interrupted and informed them he was going out for pizza with the Women's Fencing team.

During his studies in Parapsychology, Peter wrote a paper on the theory of Werewolf Gladiators of Atlantis.[11] During graduate school, Egon witnessed Peter being punched out by a Norwegian flight attendant.[12] Ray's sister was concerned about her son, who wore his heart on his sleeve and seemed angry all the time, and asked Peter to talk to him. Peter ended up with a black eye.[13] Peter graduated with PhDs in Psychology and Paraspychology. Peter co-authored several papers with Egon and Ray and supposedly published more than one on his own about the "effectiveness of the behavioral vs. humanistic approach when dealing with the average skell in the five boroughs" through the Mason-Wolf Journal of Tentative Psychology.[14][15]

As soon as the Ghostbusters left the Sedgewick, Ray remarked he still couldn't believe everything worked like a dream. Peter invited him to say that last part a little louder because someone might not have heard him. On the way back to headquarters, Peter noticed Egon kept looking at the Trap. Peter hoped he wasn't going to look inside again. Egon stated he was just double checking it. Peter made it a note that in the future, he should do that before they got into the car. Peter gave the invoice to Janine to file. She was shocked by the $5000 bill and asked for a raise. Peter contended it was one gig and they needed to fill the gas tank. He proposed they walk to Canal Street and if the hot dog cart was still open, dinner was on him. She declined and was revolted by the ectoplasmic residue on the bill. Peter offered to include chili.

Some time after Slimer was first captured, the Ghostbusters were hired to catch a ghost at The Rose. Shawn Doning, the doorman, asked them to get rid of the ghost because he wasn't letting anyone leave and that was creating an overcrowding issue. Peter noted the door wasn't budging and cued Egon who shot the door to interrupt the negative spectrum psychokinetic energy sealing it shut. Shawn flinched as the Proton Stream shot past him. Peter tried to assure him it could have been worse because Egon wanted to upgrade to Proton Grenades. As they made their way through the club, Peter heard some music and tried to identify it. Ray stated he only knew the Blues. Egon told them it was Prince then stated he didn't like the P.K.E. readings he was picking up. Peter quipped he never did and advised Egon to start thinking of them as blank checks. Everyone was dancing in mid-air above it. The ghost took notice of Ray's display of knowledge of styles and added him to the dancers by force. Egon suspected he and Peter were practically non-entities to the ghost. Peter took offense to that but spotted the wisp. Egon took aim but Peter stopped him out of concern for the crowd. Egon claimed he could have made the shot. Peter tried to clue him on what the ghost wanted. Egon believed it was to sow chaos and fear. Peter believed he wanted to party and to do that, he needed music. They destroyed the DJ booth but watched as it reassembled itself perfectly and continued playing.

Peter opted for plan B and told Egon to show him his moves. Egon was caught off guard. Peter teased him about his claim to being a dance god. Egon complied and did the Moonwalk. On impulse, the ghost zipped past Egon and fully manifested. Peter helped Egon up. Ray yelled at them to hurry because he was exhausted. Peter teased he looked great up there. Ray wasn't having it. Peter teased he needed the exercise. Egon and Peter wrangled the ghost and trapped him. The ghost did one last move, a nod to Michael Jackson, as he was pulled into the Trap. Everyone fell to the ground. Peter warned they should get ready to leave as fast as they could. To the Ghostbusters' surprise, the people cheered and wanted to keep on dancing. A woman asked them if they wanted to join in. They obliged.

Roger Delacorte went to the Firehouse out of desperation and pleaded his case with Janine. Ray and Peter happened to return from a bust at the Consulate General of Canada of New York. Ray recognized Roger. Roger apologized for the intrusion then informed him the situation with the Library ghost had gotten worse. Peter changed out of his flightsuit and told Roger to make an appointment because preferential treatment was beneath them. Ray scolded him. Peter insisted something had to be. Roger told Ray the ghost was actively harassing the patrons. Peter finally remembered he was from the public library and admitted he would love another crack. He told Ray to make him deal and considered 18 or 20 percent. Roger was crestfallen and admitted their budgetary discretion was limited. Ray recalled he was a big help to them early on in their studies and promised they would finish what they started if he could get them into the library after hours. That night, the four Ghostbusters began in the Reading Room. Peter griped Ray didn't even negotiate with Roger. Ray teased him, alluding to the deal he made with Manhattan City Bank. Egon advised Winston it was usually better not to know what they were quarreling about. He got a reading on the ghost and they headed to the stacks. Winston noted it was a long day and asked if the had a "duck call" or something to bring the ghost to them. Peter teased. Egon was adamant he didn't and never needed such a thing. Ray got an idea. Peter recalled he said that before. Ray explained she was a librarian and didn't like noise so he yelled. They got ready. But nothing happened. Peter called it 0 for 2. Many books levitated around them and attacked. Peter opened fire but Egon warned him to stop because the books were irreplaceable. Peter pointed out the books had a teeth and asked if they should run again. They ran for it. Peter wasn't a fan of the cardio. Ray came up with a new plan and baited her into appearing by threatening to destroy a copy of Ptolomy's Cosmographia. Peter wrangled her and taunted her that trick only worked once. Winston trapped her and the books fell to the ground. Peter held up the Trap and remarked things could have gone differently a few months ago if she had a polite conversation with them. Winston wasn't so sure he needed to taunt it further. Peter claimed it struck fear in them.

After the Gozer incident, Peter and Ray went on the talk show circuit.[16] For her book, Rebecca Morales went to Columbia University and interviewed Jennifer Adams and Bob Douglas in a cafeteria. Jennifer told Rebecca how Peter took a great interest in her and her psychic gifts but she was saddened when he left the University. Bob called the Venkman experiment the worst experience he ever had even though he also pledged at Delta Tau Chi. He called Peter a maniac and claimed the electrocutions he suffered left him having weird dreams like one the previous night about a giant painting trying to kidnap a baby. Rebecca then met with Dean Yeager in the Low Memorial Library. Yeager confirmed he fired Peter, Ray, and Egon and stood by the decision. He believed Peter remained a poor scientist and a poor influence on better men. He admitted Peter proved to be a shrewd promoter and the Ghostbusters' popularity was responsible for a resurgence of interest in science that had, in turn, increased alumni donations to the program. He remarked it was a no-lose situation for the University. During an interview with Rebecca, Ray told her about the day Peter introduced him and Egon to each other.

Peter addressed a crowd at the USS Maine National Monument. He told a man to stay in school. The man stated he was 35 years old and stormed off. Peter quipped he was old enough to know he was right. Rebecca Morales approached and asked if he was Peter. He replied he was sometimes. She introduced herself. Peter remembered she was writing the book about the Ghostbusters. He joked he was happy to talk to her since the check finally cleared. She noted she talked to everyone except him and Egon. Peter teased he was disappointed she didn't save him for last. They walked into Central Park and continued talking. Rebecca asked about Egon. Peter told her he ran on junk food. He remembered his old prank and told her to ask him about HG Huges. Peter was curious what everyone said about him so far. Rebecca remembered it wasn't very nice things and told him she was interested in how he thought of himself or better, how he viewed his role as a Ghostbuster. Peter waved at two women jogging then told Rebecca ghostbusting was just what he did and just a man who saved the world. They sat on a bench. Rebecca remembered Ray told her he also felt a calling. She asked Peter why Parapsychology interested him. Peter replied nothing was ever really wrong and it depended on the state of mind. He focused on the leeway the field allowed for then asked her if she was hungry because he was. He took her to the Tavern on the Green for lunch and continued the interview there. He recalled his accountant walked his dog there once or something. They got a table outside.

Peter made sure the lunch would be paid by Rebecca's publisher. Rebecca tried to ask him about his career at Columbia University and why he never published any papers on his own. Peter claimed he published more than one about the "effectiveness of the behavioral vs. humanistic approach when dealing with the average skell in the five boroughs" through the Mason-Wolf Journal of Tentative Psychology. She asked if he published outside of Parapsychology. Peter reminded her he had more than one degree and added he was in the middle of a "mostly credible" experiment before he parted ways with academia. She noted Dana told her he liked to deflect. Peter was caught off guard and decided he was definitely ordering dessert. Rebecca continued and told him others said the same thing like Peck. Peter was surprised he was still at the Environmental Protection Agency. Rebecca added Peck told her he was combative. She also revealed she read his report about the Containment Unit. Peter stopped her and wondered how thorough she was trying to be. Rebecca stated she was going to be as thorough as she could be since her name was going on the book. She noted Ray and Winston were cooperative. Peter keyed on her saying Ray was cooperative and asked if he talked about The Rose. She asked if he was talking about the night club. A waiter brought them their meals. Peter teased the national press didn't get the juicy details about that bust. He remarked the steak looked perfect and thanked the waiter. Rebecca suspected he brought it up so he wouldn't have to talk about his academic career. Peter told her about what happened at The Rose.

Rebecca was stunned with Peter's idea to have Egon dance. Peter explained that while some ghosts would talk to you like a person, most were straight Id and worked on impulse so if the right thing was dangled in front of them, they couldn't help but manifest. He continued with the story. Rebecca was surprised that was how the bust really went down. Peter quoted Casey Kasem's report about it. Peter admitted he thought it was shame it happened before Winston got hired because he would loved to see his reaction to Egon's Moonwalk. Rebecca suddenly had more questions. Rebecca was handed the bill. Peter bet she did but excused himself for a meeting with his agent about working in television. He asked if she thought the Tonight Show could use a man of his talents. She ran after him outside Tavern and asked him if the story was true or did he just not want to answer any personal questions. Peter answered life could be a real mystery. He thanked her for lunch. The day of Egon's interview, Winston warned her not to ask Egon about HG Huges and revealed he once fell for it and got a two-hour lecture about the theoretical benefits of drilling a hole in your head. Peter arrived later on and asked Rebecca if she mentioned HG Huges yet. She shoved him away and stormed out of the Firehouse. Peter teased Egon they looked like a Times Square theater. Egon informed him she was briefly possessed. Peter asked what the ghost wanted. Egon admitted he did not know but promised to find out.

After the Vigo incident, Peter and Dana were together for a time. But every time the Ghostbusters took down a major threat, the paparazzi would descend on them. Peter knew it wasn't good for Dana or Oscar but tried to do what was best. However, it turned into a thing. Peter and Dana broke up again.[17][18][19] After filming 33 episodes of The World of the Psychic, Peter had enough of nutcases and bodily fluids. The last straw was when Ira urinated on his pants during a commercial break. The three-stain clause in his contract was fulfilled and Peter quit.[20] It also didn't help that the coffee on set tasted like hot garbage.[21]

During a bust of Yakuza Ghosts and American mobster ghosts, Peter's soul was forcibly displaced when Fred possessed his body. Since he was no longer anchored to his body, Peter was shunted off to Purgatory. The other Ghostbusters rushed Peter's body back to the Firehouse. Egon found Peter was still breathing but his RK variances were flatlined due to his soul being missing. Fred took over Peter's body and slept with two prostitutes while Peter, himself, wandered Purgatory. Peter eventually allied himself with J. Edgar Hoover, Elliot Ness, and Jelly Bryce. Since Peter was never actually killed back in the real world, he was not constrained by whatever laws of celestial physics that bound everyone else. This cosmic loophole gave Peter super powers such as flight and incredible strength. Peter ripped two demons apart with his bare hands. Peter managed to take back control of his body but was forced to battle a more powerful demon whom Fred's bosses made a deal with. In exchange for allowing the possessed Peter to enter Purgatory, the demon would have ownership of Peter to torture, dismember, and disembowel for all eternity. However, once the demon learned someone else was in control of Peter's body at the time of the deal, it decided to eat everyone. Peter blasted the demon while Winston trapped it. Without the demon, Peter asphyxiated. The Ghostbusters rushed him back to the real world and thanks to divine intervention from Angels, the Ghostbusters were restored back to normal.

When the Ghostbusters were attacked by Koza'Rai, Peter Venkman found himself a victim of chronological displacement and was now stuck in the Old West era, circa late 19th century. Peter noticed an unusual amount of ghosts and jury rigged a Containment Unit and Traps with what parts were available to him. He was hailed as a hero and his legend spread from town to town; that of his amorous conquests with women and taking on a dozen ghosts with one magic bullet (another says it was his icy stare). In Red River Valley, Peter trapped The Rudely Mallard Gang and bedded Josie Maye Landers. The next morning, he learned an emissary of the Demon Collective announced reinforcements, in the form of 100 demons, were set to arrive at midnight by train from Hell. Peter confronted the emissary at the Grand Palace Hotel & Saloon only to be saved by a stranger named Rachel Unglighter, armed with a modified Proton Pack. Together, they trapped the emissary and dispersed the Black Train.

The duo then set out to find the other Ghostbusters starting with Ray Stantz. Peter overloaded his Proton Pack and feigned loyalty in order to defeat the newly freed Morgan Le Fay during Ray's plan to rescue the kidnapped citizens of Camelot. In 2060, Peter saw through the Great Defender and found Egon. Once back in the present, they set out to stop Koza'Rai from turning Earth into a Netherworld. However, Peter felt betrayed when it was revealed Rachel wasn't a student of Egon's. In a final bid to save the world, Rachel kissed Peter and revealed her true origins. They toppled Stonehenge and caused all demons and ghosts to be pulled into the nether-realm. Rachel was among them. She and Peter said their good-byes.

While on his way to Las Vegas for Christmas, Peter cancelled his trip when he got word the millionaire Woodrow Wainwright Fraser III wanted to hire them. Peter was further intrigued when Fraser offered them a total of $4 million to capture two ghosts. However, greed got the best of Peter when he cut Janine and Winston out of the lucrative deal. Janine was paid time-and-a-half while Winston, not privy of what was going on until later, a $10,000 bonus. Eventually, Peter was all alone and he managed to realize the Ghost of Christmas Present was possessing Fraser the entire time. Upon wrangling him out of Fraser's body, the other two ghosts arrived with the other Ghostbusters. On a Valentine's Day holiday, slow business prompted Peter to help Winston investigate the apartment room of Tiyah Clarke. By sweeping Tiyah off her feet, Peter discovered the ghost's protective nature. After the ghost of Ballard Wright dispersed, Peter took Anitra Day to a little corner bistro to talk about an interview with Psychology Monthly. At an Independence Day Con, Peter and Winston were tasked with distracting D'Orka while Egon tried to get some help. Peter was forced to engage in humiliating negotiations with a group of cosplayers in order to borrow their Ghostbusters costumes.

The manifestation of the ghost of Sam Hain during a Halloween holiday prompted Artie Lester to offer the Ghostbusters $50,000. Peter was more than willing to oblige but Ray and Egon were aware of Lester's cutthroat reputation and refused. Sure enough, Lester attempted to record Janine's attempts to bust Hain and later exploit it for a profit. Luckily, the Ghostbusters were called in and Peter threw the recording into a portal straight to the Nether realms. During a Thanksgiving case, Peter flirted with Stephanie Fairless, daughter of the man who hired them. Peter also managed to coax Mr. Fairless into revealing a clue about the entity they were facing. When New York City was infested with Zombies, Peter and Janine mistakenly came up with a solution with both their Zombie and Poltergeist problem. The Poltergeist would possess the zombie, both would change on a molecular level. The Zombie could be safely dispersed and the Poltergeist could now be stored in the Containment Unit. Upon dispersing Stay Puft again, Peter was pleased with the prospect of doubling their fees from recapturing the Poltergeists and dealing with another uptick in supernatural activity from the reformation of Gozer's essence.

After cancelling an appointment with a woman named Marlene, who could use her mind to do things with a golf ball, Peter went with Winston to investigate an apartment complex on behalf of Alan Crendall. Peter was none too pleased the client was a child but things got worse when Peter discovered the entity at large was Slimer. An hour or two later, Peter got the jump on Slimer and trapped him. While on the job at Fantastic Land, Peter forced Ray to tell him about Egon's latest research endeavor - a method of positively stimulating the cortex of the brain. However, once the Ghostbusters confronted the Hungry Manitou, Peter became a target because his soul exuded greed, desire, and want. The Manitou released its host, Scotty and possessed Peter. Peter's complete lack of fear intrigued the Manitou and he arranged for an audience in Peter's mind, at the center of his being which was a mental construct resembling the Paranormal Studies Laboratory at Weaver Hall. Peter realized the Manitou had ulterior motives, it became addicted to devouring souls of hosts were overcome with fear. Rather than stay and wait for Peter to let his guard down, the Manitou left his body to feed on another but was immediately trapped. However, Peter fell 20 feet onto pavement and cracked four ribs. After being admitted to a hospital, Peter also had to have an emergency appendectomy. Thanks to Egon's request for a full work-up to check for post-possession physiological changes, Peter discovered his health was excellent and faxed the records to Peck, rendering the new physical requirements met. A week later, Janine paid Peter a visit and dropped off a gift from Ray - a doll of Bruce the Fantastic Chimp, mascot of Fantastic Land. Peter was not pleased at all.

Among the four Ghostbusters, Peter was the least interested a cross country trip for out of state jobs. As far as he was concerned they had enough to do in New York and the point of hiring Rookies and franchising was to take care of the rest of states. During the Fort Wayne job, Peter drew the Fort Wayne Army ghosts near Ecto-1a by advertising "Ahgotcha Juice." When the time was right, Peter triggered eight Traps and caught the ghosts. He then cut into Winston's moment with Major-General Anthony Wayne. Ray consoled Winston by reminding him of the time Peter trapped Gandhi right before he could tell Ray the meaning of life. In early July, Peter separated from the others in New Mexico and went to Las Vegas to spend a couple days away from Ray. He got lost somewhere in Oregon and followed directions to take Devil's Bend through to Matheson and back on the Interstate but was unaware Devil's Bend was haunted by a Phantom Truck Driver. On the way, Peter gave a ride to a hitchhiker named Laura Parr. Soon enough, they were attacked by the entity but the Proton Pack had no effect on the truck it drove. Peter switched to a Slime Blower but discovered it was set on Slime Tether. Peter tried to dispense with the tether and ended up causing the demon's truck to flip over. Peter confined the ghost and ordered Laura to activate the Super Slammer Muon Trap. With the ghost trapped, Peter drove Laura to her home in Twin Ridges. After they arrived in Twin Ridges, Laura thanked Peter then vanished. Peter learned from Mrs. Parr that Laura died in an accident nearly 20 years ago.

Peter entered Washington state and briefly spoke to Ray when he reached Yakima. However, he was pulled over by Officer Foley for a speeding violation. Dante Barnes manifested near them. To Peter's surprise, when he shot Barnes, the Proton Streams passed through him. Peter tried to speed along his manifestation and insulted it with singing. Instead of the desired result, Barnes lit Peter on fire. Peter survived with a minor first degree burn and switched to an alternate uniform. After being treated by paramedics, Peter rejoined the other Ghostbusters and they eventually trapped Barnes. After learning from the Mayor of Seattle that the Ghostbusters were being charged for damaged trees, Peter threw his glass at a wall. He advised Egon they would price gouge the Mayor on the next trip and was simply happy to finally return to New York.

Months later, in February, Agent Ortiz came to New York partly to call in the dinner Peter owed her. On his day off, they went to dine at the Ritz Cafe in Central Park but a green demon that oddly looked like Peter manifested. Peter was grabbed and forced into the demon's chest. He yelled out to Ortiz to find Egon and warn him. The demon and Peter vanished. Some time later, Peter awoke on another plane with the other three Ghostbusters. After escaping limbo and dealing with the Collectors, Peter went out on a case to Mamaroneck with Kylie. When Kylie tried to leverage more pay, Peter reminded her he was privy to the fact she hired a functional illiterate to watch over Ray's Occult. Peter was nonchalant about the threat posed by the Phantom Train Conductor and retrieved the Proton Bazooka from Ecto-1a. Upon blowing up the ghost's train construct, Peter and Kylie easily trapped him. Peter considered not telling Egon he was the first to use the bazooka but when Kylie asked for 50% of the cut, Peter concluded Egon could use a little heart break.

Later in the summer, Peter got a call on his cell phone from Walter Peck. After some talking, Peter agreed to take the Marine Ecto-8 and deal with the John Milton. Peter returned to the Firehouse but Egon was too busy analyzing himself. Peter called up Ray to check on the Ecto-8 then went to Ray's Occult to recruit Kylie for the bust. After a few hours, the trio boarded the John Milton despite Peter's misgivings. They were surrounded by the Crew of John Milton. Peter was further incensed when Kylie shot the floor under them and they fell below into an ice cavern. Despite being confronted by a giant ghost, Francis Harding, Peter wrote him off as a typical teenager and proceeded to antagonize him. Incidentally, this led Francis to separate himself from the ship construct and allow the three to shoot him. Peter was alarmed trapping him was still a bad idea but luckily, Francis' connection to the Milton was so strong that even being trapped didn't sever it. While Kylie and Ray figured out a way to exit the cavern, Peter went over Kylie's notes and concluded Francis was merely searching for his father. Peter and Ray then took a flight to Vineyard Haven where Captain Harding's body was interred. Francis was released and upon seeing the grave, became content and peacefully dispersed.

While "discussing" the ongoing issue of Blood Rain with Peck, Peter received a phone call from Dana, who was possessed by Aetil. Peter quickly took the Ecto-5 straight to Dana's apartment but he couldn't gain entry into the building. The others soon caught up to him and they were greeted by a possessed Louis and Dana. Peter proceeded into the building without much of a plan and was flung to the floor after he called down the elevator. He wasn't fazed by the sudden appearance of future versions of himself and the other original Ghostbusters. Annoyed by their cryptic advice for dealing with Tiamat, Peter shoved past them and pressed forward. Upon reaching the roof exit, Peter stopped and gave a pep talk to the others then advised Egon to lay off the Twinkies. Brushing off their mind games with quips, Peter wasn't impressed with the Terror Birds, in possession of Dana and Louis, but was blasted by Dana. After chastising Ron for jinxing the fight, Peter directed everyone to cross the streams on Tiamat.

Back at the Firehouse, after the Hart Island incident, Peter noticed new scorch marks on Vigo's head and promised to paint in a pastel beret. After he headed upstairs, Peter had a moment alone with Dana. He dropped the small talk and chided her for not coming to him for help. On August 29, Peter and Kylie helped Melanie deal with a manifestation of Ghost Alligators at the St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida. A few months later, the Ghostbusters were on the trail of another Class 7. Once they made a new entrance into the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Peter relished the thought of avoiding another lawsuit but was annoyed to see a bunch of "some kinda Kung Fu Martians" along with the potential Class 7, Chi-You. Peter was dismayed with how fast Egon and Ray picked up on Donatello's expertise with technology. In the Chinatown battle, Peter took advantage of Chi-You's focus on Casey Jones and got into position with the Proton Bazooka. Peter blew Chi-You up and gave Raphael the opening he needed to shock Casey and restore him to normal.

Peter helped fend off the Thralls (and dodge another one of Janine's pay raise demands) then wrangled Chi-You with Winston... but they were both wedged in the doorway to the R&D Laboratory. Leonardo came up behind them and secured a Trap. Chi-You had other plans. Peter used a lighter to pierce the dark and it was revealed Chi-You possessed Winston. As Leonardo and Raphael engaged Chi-You, Peter pointed Michelangelo to a Slime Blower kept in the Ecto-1 downstairs. Once the Turtles separated Chi-You from Winston, Peter trapped him. Peter radioed Egon to make sure nothing got blown up in the basement. Once the Turtles, Casey, and April returned home, Peter opened the floor to whoever wanted to deposit Chi-You into the Containment Unit. Winston had other ideas and elected to throw the Trap into the interdimensional portal to the edge of the universe.

The Ghostbusters returned to the Firehouse from a case and discovered parallel versions of themselves let Slimer loose by accident but retrapped him. They talked. Peter recalled prior experience with other dimensions and told them about the time they were kidnapped by the Collectors and when they met the Turtles. He admitted it was the first time they met alternate versions of themselves and joked they should have goatees. Peter and Winston investigated the Bronx Zoo with the alternate Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler. Peter and Ray searched the Heins & LaFarge Zoo Center but Ray was entranced by the Fairy Poltergeist. Peter called the others for help. When the poltergeist revealed its true form, Peter wrangled it but Ray was in danger of walking right into the proton stream. Winston tackled Ray out of the way while Egon trapped the entity. The parallel Egon realized it shared a spectography with the ghosts infesting New York City in his home dimension and theorized there might be a small dimensional nexus in their Containment Unit due to the storage of so much psychokinetic matter in one place. Peter interpreted that was a means to bill the parallel team. The parallel Peter countered they were getting a little variety and guaranteed work. Peter became irritated and wanted to punch out his counterpart. Peter consulted with the Egons first to check if such a thing wouldn't break the universe. Winston held Peter back.

During an investigation in Staten Island, the Ghostbusters encountered the Sandman. He was forced into a dream state. Peter's dream was about the night he spent with the possessed Dana Barrett in her old apartment on Central Park West during the Gozer incident. However, Ray suddenly appeared in Dana's place after Peter hung up the phone. Ray quickly explained what happened to them. Peter asked how to get out of the dream and Ray threw him out the window. They arrived in Winston's dream, about his wedding to Tiyah at the Loeb Boathouse. Winston became irate since the dream was the only place he didn't have to deal with them. The trio went through a door and found Egon in his dream. Once the Sandman revealed himself, the Ghostbusters visualized their equipment and attacked. Peter conjured the Proton Bazooka. Winston, Ray, and Peter were able to break down his barrier and destroyed his hourglass totem before he extracted one of Egon's eyes. Sandman dispersed and the Ghostbusters regained consciousness. Ray did some research and identified the entity as the Sandman.

When the Ghostbusters got a call from the United Nations Building, Peter was angry with having to cancel a reservation at a restaurant he waited a month and a half for.[22] He was not amused when his comrades suggested he take his date Julie to Gray's.[23] He debated the bill with a United Nations representative named Mr. Okonjo. Peter offered an installment plan but Okonjo believed the United Nations was covered by the municipal contract. Winston informed him the contract covered trapping and capture but nothing else unlike opening an account. Okonjo angrily ripped up the invoice. Erland Vinter intervened and paid the $15,000 invoice with a blank check. Vinter revealed he wanted to meet with the Ghostbusters on a new business opportunity and implored them to add the cost of consultation to the invoice. While Winston was suspicious, Peter declared he was still cashing the check. After Winston had someone run a background check on Vinter, nothing criminal came up. Even Peter admitted something weird was going on. A few days later, Vinter revealed he wanted to buy the Ghostbusters.

While Ray and Winston were against selling the company, Peter was more open to hearing the offer amount. However, Peck intervened and brought up the current municipal contract that made New York City to be seen first due to the high volume of ghost activity. Instead, he made a deal to loan the Ghostbuters for up to two weeks in a month. Peter confronted Peck after the meeting and told him they could have handled Vinter. Peck brought up their way of handling things would have no doubt made an enemy of Vinter and he salvaged the situation to benefit PCOC and stick it to the Ghostbusters.

The next week, the Ghostbusters were sent to Italy with Vinter's assistant Kaia May with the intention of clearing out Poveglia. Instead of Lido, they stayed in Venice for a few hours. Peter was eager to see one of the most beautiful cities in the world on someone else's dime. Ray didn't see the logic of it and took readings. Peter realized Ray was in a mood because Jenny Moran didn't come along. Peter left Ray to do some shopping. While he tried on masks, Peter encountered a Venetian Shop Ghost. She told him, "Devi Andare" (or "You must go") then threw him outside into the river. A gondola steersman pulled Peter onto his boat and translated what the ghost said. Back at the hotel, Peter told the others what happened.

Peter didn't warm up to the idea of cutting their stay in Paris short nor being kept in the dark about what Peck's case was about. At first, he thought Peck was the client but it was a family friend named Una O'Neill in County Clare, Ireland. Peter joked about being weirded out Peck had a family who had friends and thought he was hatched. After Una told her story, Peck assigned Kylie and Peter to seek out Aibell and negotiate on her behalf so she could pass on. Kylie located the entrance to Craig Liath and they entered uninvited. Upon hearing Aibell, Peter turned and fired in vain. Aibell revealed herself and admired his boldness. They explained they came to see her so she could lift her claim on Una. Aibell was intrigued then messed with Kylie, deducing they were sent to distract her while their allies tried to save the day. Peter was not impressed with the faux mind reading gimmick and wished someone would use fresh material for once. Aibell was amused and declared she liked Peter then said she could abandon her claim on Una if they promised to do her a favor in the future. Peter quickly agreed to the deal. Aibell teleported them to Una's property then forcibly released her Banshee from a Trap. Peter realized their car was left behind. Aibell bid Peter goodbye and left. Winston realized Peter did something that was going to cause them trouble later on. Kylie confirmed as much.

Out of everyone, Peter was the most nonchalant about Egon's apparent demise. He recalled how they were kidnapped and imprisoned in the Collectors' limbo a few years back. An unexpected voice of reason, Peter suggested they take the scientific approach and explore all the options before they made any conclusions about Egon. He volunteered Melanie and Kylie to search Egon's Apartment and left everyone to find out about the Rauoskinna while he went off to distract Janine by annoying her. They needed an Egon to read Egon's notes so Peter, Winston, and Janine used the teleportation unit to go to the dimension of the Ghostbusters they recently met. Peter hit on the parallel Janine while they waited for the guys to return to their Firehouse. Upon their return to their own dimension, Peter trapped a Granny Gross ghost that used the teleporter to cross over. Kaia issued new demands from Vinter to them, the Rauoskinna for Egon's restoration. Peter took the lead again and assigned Ray, Kylie and parallel Egon to sort out the list of locations of the key and map to the book, Melanie and Winston to work out logistics, Janine to call the Chicago Ghostbusters and request their aid in the search, and Jenny to inform PCOC of their plans. Peter went on the flight to Chiloe Island and ended up getting attacked by an Imbunche. To add insult to injury, the Imbunche fell on top of Peter after it was taken out with the Destabilizer.

The Ghostbusters and Loftur were accidentally teleported to Hell after Jenny read a spell from the Rauoskinna. Peter reveled in the sudden shift in Loftur's tone to desperation. As the Devil extracted Loftur's soul, he decided to let the Ghostbusters leave but refused to instruct them how without a contract. Everyone looked at Peter. Peter asked them to stop. He immediately vetoed Ray's idea to jury-rig a calculated protonic reversal since it would open a direct route from Hell to New York. Instead, they relied on Hell lore and followed the River Styx to its endpoint. They entered an ice cavern. Peter tucked the Rauoskinna in his flightsuit before he started climbing down the giant representation of the Devil. Aibell teleported them to Craig Liath after sensing the book's power. She called in the favor Peter owed her and asked for the book. She restored Egon back to life as a token of good faith. Peter complied and gave her the book, only for Jenny to destroy it. Jenny was vaporized as she threw a tantrum. She grabbed Peter and accused him of cheating her out of her favor. Peter pointed out he handed her the book. Aibell was at a loss for words and threw Peter on the Egons. She angrily sent them back to Central Park. They watched as Jenny manifested as a ghost and reaffirmed her love of Ray. Peter mused Ray had a type after all. The next day, they analyzed Egon and asked him what he remembered. Egon recalled it felt like Heaven to get close to solving the Riemann Hypothesis. Peter reckoned Heaven would be a day without any cases. Janine triggered the alarm and notified them of a case in the Bronx. Peter admitted it was his fault for jinxing it. Janine informed them a Mr. Shevlin reported a toilet ate his dog. Peter was hoping it was a Shih Tzu. Janine didn't indulge him.

Over course of gathering research for his book about the Ghostbusters, Erik spoke with Peter about the Scoleri Brothers case. Peter mentioned Winston was also there. While assessing a case in Iowa, Melanie ran into a hostile entity. She was unable to contract anyone from the Chicago Ghostbusters so she asked for Ray and Kylie. Peter showed up instead of Ray and starting things off with another Music Man reference. He inquired why Melanie didn't get the Chicago branch and where the best steak restaurant was. That night, Peter engaged the Ethan Alder manifestation and asked if it knew a good steak place. He easily wrangled it in a Proton Stream then Kylie and Melanie joined. He asked once more for a steak recommendation. Alder ecto projected on Peter. Unperturbed, Peter trapped him. In the fall, Peter and Ray were alerted by Janine of a theft of some equipment by her niece Cait Banner and her best friend Zoe Zawadzki. They drove to Bay Ridge and busted the girls and their friend Evan Torres after they trapped a female ghost. Zoe was surprised with Ray's offer to teach them how to be Ghostbusters. Peter informed it was still a "maybe" and it depended on how they handled a life-and-death situation -- apologizing to Janine.

Peter decided to play a prank on Egon, Ray, and Kylie at the Firehouse. He hid a walkie talkie behind the research tank. As Peter instructed them, the 101 class inquired about the origin of Slimer. Egon Spengler and Kylie Griffin acknowledged there was a lot of theories. They each talked about their theories then Ray found a passage in the revised Funder's Cults of the Northeast. Peter proceeded with his prank and pretended to be Slimer on the walkie. Slimer claimed he was once a king. Egon, Kylie, and Ray took the bait and scrambled to document what just happened. Peter told the teens they were perfect then thought of something else. Slimer confessed Ray gave him Egon's stash of snack cakes to see if they would digest differently. Egon wasn't happy. Peter was pleased and gave some money to the teens. During one of his exploratory trips to Dimension 35-N, Peter went to watch the undefeated New York Jets. A Class 5 manifested during the game but Peter watched as it was taken down by the Ghostbusters of Dimension 35-N, Household Spirits that took on appearances similar to the Ghostbusters and Slimer.

Peter and Winston confronted the ghost of Jonas Schultz on Coney Island while Egon and Ray investigated the sewers for the true source of the disturbance. Winston easily wrangled Jonas in a stream since it was focused on looking at the construct of Luna Park he manifested. Peter trapped him despite his objection. Egon and Ray discovered a pool of positively charged Psychomagnotheric Slime and tried to neutralize it but it erupted over the neighborhoods. One week later, Peck informed the Ghostbusters that the EPA was hitting them with a fine so large it would put them out of business. Peter chided him for not thinking out of the box and presented his idea for a fantasy camp inspired by Ray teaching Cait, Zoe, and Evan about ghostbusting. He proposed they set up an ionized glass playground and let customers shoot at a weak ghost with throttled equipment then charge a little more for those that showed promise and roll them into a recruiting program aimed at getting back to expansion. Peck was surprisingly intrigued and asked Peter to tell him more.

The idea was named "Ghostbusters 101" and a commercial was quickly filmed. Before it aired, Peter spoke with Dr. Carla Parker over the phone. He promised a potential spot in the 101 "pilot program," his term for Ray's teaching arrangement with Cait, Zoe, and Evan, and told her to stop by the Firehouse in the afternoon. Peter happened to be out on a call when Carla showed up with her son, Garrett Parker. The Ghostbusters returned later on and learned about how their students opened a portal with the teleportation unit and Garrett was almost pulled through. Ray remarked to Peter how he couldn't believe it wasn't secure. In another dimension, Kevin Beckman briefly saw Peter and Ray walking up the stairs of the Firehouse until Abby Yates got his attention. Kevin asked her if they knew anybody named "Venkman". A couple weeks later, twin Statues of Liberty appeared in New York Harbor. Peter, Winston, and Ray investigated and took readings. Peter took point and spoke to a NY1 News reporter in the afternoon. He told an anecdote about informing the Mayor they had nothing to do with the anomaly but were more than happy to get to the bottom of it for a reasonable fee. Peter then addressed the people nearby and asked "Who Ya Gonna Call?" Back at the Firehouse, an alternate team of Ghostbusters had arrived after they saw the news report. The two teams gathered on the second floor. Abby was still bugged by a nagging feeling the others looked familiar. Peter stated they were the world famous Ghostbusters. Abby angrily countered they were the Ghostbusters and were operating for well over year. She stopped to ask Egon what he was doing. Ray explained it was part and parcel of what they did when they encountered those from another dimension. The discussion moved downstairs to the basement. After Jillian Holtzmann then Peter joked at his expense, Ray noted the readings of the Statues of Liberty matched the readings taken when the 101 pilot team used the teleportation unit. It was determined their dimensions were overlapping.

On the ride to Ellis Island, Peter asked if they ever tried Adderall with Jillian Holtzmann. Patty admitted they didn't slow her down a bit. Peter joked that wasn't any kind of concern. Ray remembered going to a dimension where someone who looked like Peter blew up an entire golf course. Peter denied he would ever do that. Erin Gilbert started to panic after it became clear Winston looked like Uncle Bill, Peter looked like Martin Heiss, and Ray looked like the Cabbie. Peter reminded her he was a trained psychologist. Peter gave Patty Tolan one of their Proton Packs and warned her about the recoil. Peter, Winston, Patty, and Holtzmann were left to "restrain" the Megaspook Jr. amalgamation while Erin and Ray ran back to Marine Ecto-8. Erin weakened it with the Proton Bazooka then Ray captured it with the rigged Megatrap then swung it into the dimensional tear above the island. The resulting explosion closed the breach. Peter went along with Winston, Patty, and Holtzmann to a call from the Bronx. He was surprised Holtzmann still had energy after about a dozen busts in two days. He admittedly didn't know too much about the history of Woodlawn Cemetery like Patty or Ray did. The ghost of Herman Melville ran past them with a grave warning. The name sounded familiar to Peter, to Patty's annoyance. The Moby Dick Ghost arrived and slimed them. Patty exclaimed Melville wrote "Moby Dick" but he thought that was John Bonham. Peter, Winston, and Patty were unable to wrangle the ghost but Holtzmann reappeared and lured it into an ambush. She remotely activated several Traps and captured it. Peter got tired of her "old" cracks and noticed some grays in her blonde hair.

After Ray briefed a group of 101 Cadets about sliming Ley Lines near Washington Square Arch, Peter arrived in Ecto-1 to pick him up. Peter announced to the cadets they were offering them a 10% off coupon for their next 101 experience but it was only good through the end of the year and worth double on Thursdays. They took their standby positions on a roof opposite another team. As Ray spoke to them on comms, Peter added to warn them about birds. Winston sighed and confirmed he copied. The ghost was pulled through to their dimension and captured. They crossed the streams to seal it and separate their dimensions. Two weeks later, Peter and Ray visited the other dimension to rebuild their Containment Unit as the latter promised. He shot the breeze with Patty while Ray did the work. Peter admitted he was thinking about handing out teleportation units as they could come in handy. He joked they could have a hell of a bowling league if they could avoid blowing up the universe first. Rebecca Gorin found that extremely unlikely. Peter instantly saw she was Dana Barrett's doppelganger but still couldn't believe it. Holtzmann introduced the two to each other. Peter asked her if she was ever turned into a dog. Gorin replied she never experimented with those sorts of pharmaceuticals. Peter and Gorin joked about the 'other kinds.'

Peter wrangled the H2 Ghost on Lexington Avenue after Ray doused half of it and its intended target, a busineswoman then Winston trapped it. Back at Ecto-1, Winston admitted he was burnt out from the extra workload. Ray agreed and wished for another big adventure like when they were manipulated by Loftur. Peter stated he needed professional help and offered his services with a discount. Ray passed. As they drove to Murray Hill for the next call, Ray reminded them again how uncoupling the two dimensions allowed some ghosts to pop through to their plane and cause a busier than usual period. Peter recalled he told them enough times. Despite Peter's warning, Winston wondered aloud if the insulation between dimensions was Purgatory. Ray got wound up and got excited at the prospect of finding out someday. Winston and Peter were called up for a meeting to figure out the next course of action after Donatello came for help only to be grabbed by the Collectors. Despite the individuals involved, Ray found it practically absurd someone sent the Collectors after the Turtles. Peter blamed it all on Ray for wanting another adventure.

Over the next three weeks, Egon and Ray invented Remote Portal Access Bands and modified two Experimental Mental Communications Devices. Ray, Peter, and Winston suited up and headed through the Interspatial Teleportation Unit's portal to the Collectors' Limbo and reunited with the Turtles. Ray instructed Donatello to put on the second Mental Communications Device then go through the portal where Egon would fill him in then told the others to hold off in following. In order to slow down the Collectors and buy time, each Ghostbuster paired up with a Turtle and went on their on track making random hops to various dimensions. Peter and Michelangelo teamed up. Peter activated his band. They emerged from the portal in a new dimension near a rather foreboding castle.

Peter and Michelangelo crossed over into Zoo Amsterdam. In need of time to send a message to Egon and time to let the Remote Portal Access Band charge, Peter suggested they do some sight seeing. Michelangelo was eager to check out the city but Peter stopped him, having noticed all of the inhabitants were anthropomorphic animals who wore clothes. He lent Michelangelo his flight suit. Michelangelo's exuberance dropped after a chance encounter with a parallel version of his father Splinter. Michelangelo explained what happened and how they had a falling out but he missed his father. He suddenly hugged Peter. Peter relented and implored him to let it all out. They settled on a park bench and Michelangelo quickly explained feudal Japan, the Shredder and the Foot Clan, Splinter's takeover, and the falling out the Turtles had with Splinter. Peter realized Michelangelo had an ideal image of his father in his head and he soon stopped resembling it. Peter put his degree to use and told Michelangelo that parents were people, too, and made mistakes and children reacted badly to it. He didn't promise he would understand or forgive Splinter but eventually he would understand him. Michelangelo was surprised Peter had something helpful to say. Peter explained he had a degree in psychology, but it was mostly to impress women with. Peter recognized the neighborhood and realized they were about a block away from where the Firehouse would be. Suddenly, the Ghostbusturtles arrived and mistook Peter for an extra-normal entity. They decided to shoot first and make the final determination later. Before Peter could fully process what they said, they opened fire on him.

The Ghostbusturtles wrangled Peter in their streams. Bill congratulated everyone for saving the young turtle and asked for someone to restrain Peter for transport. Dan stepped up and wrapped Peter up in Incapacitating Gel. As they carried Peter to the Turtle Van, Harold found him to be heavy and bemoaned that it happened to be the day Ernie called in sick. Michelangelo tried to explain Peter wasn't what they thought but Dan reassured him Peter was some kind of alien hellbeast then explained they were going to consult with City Hall, atomize him, and store him safely. Dan told Michelangelo there was no need to thank them then the Ghostbusturtles departed. Michelangelo mused he could easily take them out and rescue Peter but concluded they were innocent bystanders. He utilized his ninja training and tailed the van to the Ghostbusturtles' Firehouse. Peter was placed on a table in the basement and left alone. As he contemplated what to do next, Peter was startled when Michelangelo revealed himself. Michelangelo couldn't pry out of the gel. Bill and Harold found Michelangelo and opened fire, thinking Peter compromised his mind. Michelangelo easily dodged the streams. Harold was aghast with the lab getting wrecked. Michelangelo had enough. Michelangelo told them he was a trained ninja and could drop them without breaking a sweat then simply dropped his nunchuks to the ground. Bill admitted he wasn't ready for that move. Harold assumed the demon's hold was waning and elected Dan to talk to him. Dan demanded the entity to release its hold on Michelangelo and make itself visible. Listening to Dan, Peter realized he was an analogue of Ray. Michelangelo explained neither of them were ghosts. They were just visitors from another world. Harold advised Dan not to trust them since aliens didn't exist. Michelangelo clarified they were from two different dimensions on the run from something bad. Michelangelo concluded they were good people otherwise they would have taken out Peter from the start. Peter pointed out it was red tape that saved him. Michelangelo noticed none of them had their fingers on their triggers anymore then implored them to look at what was on Peter's back as further proof he was telling the truth. Harold realized it was a Proton Pack. Dan followed his gut and believed Michelangelo. But they ran a series of scans to verify it completely and took samples. As they walked out of the Firehouse, Dan apologized but Michelangelo understood they were doing their job and it was okay to be safe than sorry. Peter disagreed on their definitions of "okay" but complimented Michelangelo on talking them out of trouble rather than using violence. He asked Michelangelo if he ever thought about getting a Psychology degree. Michelangelo didn't see how he could take classes on account of being a mutant. Peter joked he met some of Winston's night school classmates and doubted Michelangelo would stand out. He opened a breach and they left. Bill was relieved they were gone because Peter gave him the creeps.

Michelangelo exited the portal into a Garden Dimension and crashed into Raphael, whose good mood evaporated. He yelled at Michelangelo to get off him. Peter then Leonardo and Winston then Donatello arrived. Peter chided Ray for trying to scan Tang Shen while she and her sons reunited. He was amused when Ray was shut down when Tang Shen gave him a look as he over-explained the function of the Experimental Mental Communications Device. She continued on and later thanked the Ghostbusters for being loyal friends and worthy examples of character to her children when they needed it the most. Peter told her she was welcome and complimented her "whole Mikado thing" but got a look from her, too. After Tang Shen warned them the enemy was closing in then disappeared, Peter opened a breach back to the Firehouse with his access band.

After Egon deduced the odds were in favor that the Collectors would manifest in Central Park, Peter served as the distraction. He noted they looked different, due to their unexpected merging with Darius Dun, and gave them to chance to surrender. Darius was amused and laughed. He revealed he would end the Ghostbusters after Turtles then he would build an eternal criminal empire across the multiverse. Peter found him "full-tilt bugnuts." Leonardo sliced the green Collector in half at the torso with his Proton Swords. They were surprised to feel pain but vowed to destroy them. The Turtles and Darius fought. Peter and Winston later came to the Turtles' aid and opened fire on two of the Collectors. Darius recalled the Collectors could not be contained by the Ghostbusters and underestimated the Trap-Gate. He vowed to escape. Egon pointed out it wasn't like the Traps. All four were drawn through the Trap-Gate's portal into the Containment Unit. As the Turtles prepared to head home to their dimension, Peter gave Michelangelo a copy of "A Beginner's Guide to Psychology". Michelangelo was stoked. Peter told him to pay him back when he figured out how to make a living.

The Ghostbusters were called to investigate City Water Tunnel No. 3. Egon wanted to study the box in the side cavern and where it came from. Peter informed them of an entity hovering above them. Ray tried to communicate but it warned him against giving his name away so freely and vanished. A swarm of Bat Spectral Constructs poured out of the side cavern where the ghost was held. They took the elevator but they got slimed. Later in the day, Winston nor Peter didn't answer a summons so Ron and Kylie went in their place. As a result of being in direct contact with Connla when it was dispersed, a latent mental link was forged. In the few days before Connla's reconstitution, Kylie had a precognitive dream about her and the four original Ghostbusters encountering Connla's Army. Connla declared the veil to the other side would open permanently, more armies would come, and night would last forever. She awoke and went to the Firehouse to share details of the dream with the others. Egon noticed strange readings picked up by the Dream Analyzer Helmet but lied to her they were normal to assuage her fears. Kylie admitted she felt physical sensations during the dream. Egon asserted no matter what, they took dreams seriously. Peter contended he never took his seriously. Janine added they all learned that lesson already. Peter brought up the ghost had an Irish accent and hinted at a connection to Kylie like with Janine and the Draguar. Egon doubted it. Kylie revealed her great-grandfather chose her family's surname when he immigrated to America because it had a good ring to it. She realized something and ran off to double check her theory. Janine yelled out to leave the helmet on the front desk. She signed and reckoned Ray had too much of an influence on her. Peter thought Egon was more to blame. With knowledge of the army coming, Egon went to work preparing for the possibility. He dug out a Remote Portal Access Band from a box. As Kylie trapped Connla, Winston was surprised to see his ghosts try to pull him out. He and Peter threw out their Traps and helped finish capturing Connla. After Egon summoned help from other dimensions to trap all of Connla's army, Patty pointed out the Statue of Liberty got scorched. Peter was sure they could smooth it out.

Peter, Winston, and Kylie responded to a call from Tai Hong Lau Restuarant. They and the owner hid behind some propped up tables while Phyllis Hasskamp threw several cooked ducks their way. She proclaimed "No stars!" repeatedly. Peter opened fire but Hasskamp went through the floor and the proton stream nailed a table. The owner yanked on his arm and asked him to stop damaging his restaurant because they just remodeled but Peter insisted she moved. Winston ushered him away from them. Peter used himself as bait and pretended to love the food. He picked a spring roll off a plate and declared it was good, had subtle smoky flavor, and there was not too much garlic then claimed he would recommend Tai Hong Lau to everyone and they would listen because he was a celebrity. Hasskamp took the bait and reappeared. She countered the food was uninspired, almost inedible, and not even fit for a dog then sent more food in the air with telekinesis. Winston and Kylie captured her. Her last words was a request they just eat somewhere better. Peter spit the food out and admitted Hasskamp was right. When they returned to the Firehouse, Jenny informed them Janine was out taking a meeting. Peter was surprised he didn't know Janine met with people. Winston reminded Peter that she did more than he he ever wanted to know about and didn't know what they would do without her then tricked Peter into going to the basement to deposit the Trap to clear his mind while he went to get lunch. Peter noticed a note left on the interdimensional technology by Ray not to touch because a diagnostic was being run. Peter went to deposit the Trap and it just so happened Ron and Holtzmann tested their Remote Access Teleportation Unit at the same time and triggered the Interspatial Teleportation Unit. Peter went to turn it off but the basement was suddenly enveloped in a white flash.

Peter was taken to a hospital a few blocks away. He was technically in a coma, but doctors believed he would come out of it. While he lay unconscious in his room, Tiamat took advantage of the situation to make easy contact. Peter found himself on the mental plane and realized it was looking like the time he was possessed by the Hungry Manitou. She spoke and wondered if he meant "re-possessed" but Peter replied he didn't swing at softballs. He asked who said that. A familiar looking door manifested. With no other choice, he entered and found himself in a kitchen that resembled Dana Barrett's from 550 Central Park West. Tiamat hid her identity and took on the guise of Dana. Peter admitted it wasn't what he expected but immediately noticed she got one detail wrong: Dana didn't do broccoli. She stated she was just trying put him at ease before the main conversation. Jenny Moran sensed something was engaging Peter. She entered the mental plane and jumped Tiamat. Jenny yelled at Peter to run but Peter pointed out he had nowhere to run to. She tossed Jenny and explained she was just trying to pass along a warning. She added he was in danger and quizzed him on the nature of a spectral entity -- ghosts, gods, demons, creatures that exist only in dreams -- and how they were all the same thing but different. Peter realized it was like Ray's Spirit Guide. She startled Peter by taking on that guide's wardrobe and a gut. She admitted she was sort of like the guide. Peter thought it was getting a little weird even for him. Tiamat pointed out he studied Parapsychology for an easy second Ph.D and wrote a paper on the theory of Werewolf Gladiators in Atlantis. Peter insisted that was all a load of crap.

Tiamat walked to the "refrigerator" and continued. She spoke of individuals that were born and existed as a "mass of psychokinetic energy" and nothing more but weren't gods or monsters with no aim to destroy or haunt. Then she hinted these individuals had their predators. She opened the "refrigerator" door. She warned those predators had a vested interest in keeping the Ghostbusters from becoming a permanent interdimensional presence or they would affect the balance and create chaos. Peter asked her to wait but she pushed him through. Before Jenny left of her own volition, she told Tiamat she found the warning too convenient because it was exactly the kind of thing that the Ghostbusters would believe in: a prophecy, a conspiracy, and a complex situation involving monsters in the dark. She asked why she would give Peter the runaround. Jenny admitted she didn't know but was going to find out. Peter came to, back in his body, surrounded by the other Ghostbusters. He told them about the warning but realized it was real vague and full of a lot of unnecessary details, like a con job. He suggested they limit their studies of the multiverse but Egon briefed him on the issue of missing entities and the Containment Unit being on the brink of structural collapse. During a meeting two days later, time travel was asked about. Ray and Egon denied the teleporation had that component but Janine whistled and yelled at everyone to shut up and start listening. Peter noted they once met their future selves in a stairwell. Janine smacked him. Some time later, Peter signaled the end of the meeting and the start of the retrieval missions with a warning to be careful since they don't know what they're walking into. Unbeknownst to anyone, Tiamat was watching them from her dimension. She laughed and remarked truer words were never spoken.

A field team consisting of Peter Venkman, Special Agent Melanie Ortiz, Bridget Gibbons of Dimension 50-S, Jillian Holtzmann of Dimension 80-C, Roland Jackson of Dimension 68-E, and Egon Spengler of Dimension 68-R arrived. Holtzmann panicked about the teams being shuffled around. She freaked out about absorbing her team like evil twins in the womb. Egon 68-R found that scenario unlikely and pointed out there were no ill effects physically but admitted the shuffle was something to be concerned about. Peter sent a message back to the prime dimension to inform the team there of what happened. Roland picked up a trace of a Class 7 on his P.K.E. Meter. Egon 68-R concurred. Melanie reminded them they weren't after a Class 7 and they didn't have the firepower to fight one. Egon made a note of it to be on the safe side. Holtzmann grabbed Bridget and declared she really came around on the notion of being careful. She was eager to find the missing ghost. Melanie remarked she got stranger. Peter pointed out she built something that almost killed him and it was part of a guilt-based mania. Melanie didn't buy her as the guilty type. Peter stated she wore her heart on her sleeve and those types got around to guilt eventually.

Roland eventually picked up the ghost's signal. Peter feigned relief they wouldn't break into another wrong house. Egon 68-R noted they weren't told what the ghost looked like. Peter retorted he didn't memorize what entity went with what reading like Egon and Ray. Roland registered a spike and ran off with Bridget. Peter was amused with the younger members of the team. Roland stopped outside of a typical looking suburban home. He confirmed a positive match coming from inside the house. Holtzmann wanted to play if safe for once and go in first while the others waited outside just in case the ghost tried to escape. Melanie suggested they all stay together since only Peter had a Remote Portal Access Band to summon a portal home. She kicked the door in after a three count. Peter recognized the interior as the manifestation of Wander Hills Orphanage and realized they were after Ellen Gold, marking his third encounter with her. Bridget thought the name itself was creepy and asked Peter what else he could tell them about it. Peter only remembered he still hated time warp hauntings. The Wander Hills Children briefly appeared during a thunder flash. Peter remembered he hated that part, too. Holtzmann and Egon 68-R keyed in on a palpable sense of dread. Peter told them about how the orphanage burned to the ground with all its residents locked inside. Melanie teased him about not knowing much. Peter teased back he was known to lie. Ellen Gold called him naughty but called out Holtzmann for being the naughtiest among them. Holtzmann was freaked out and blasted at Ellen with Proton Pistols. Ellen dodged and started throwing children around. Two wrapped around Holtzmann and immobilized her but the pistol kept firing wildly. Ellen grabbed Holtzmann and thought about punishing her.

Egon 68-R came up with a strategy. Since Ellen conjured the orphanage, it shared her P.K.E. signature. There was a possibility they could disorient Ellen by blasting the orphanage at the right frequency and proper power setting. The Ghostbusters started shooting. Ellen felt it and fled upstairs with Holtzmann. Peter went after them with his own plan. Egon 68-R and Melanie felt uneasy about that. Peter found them in the kitchen, re-introduced himself, and asked for Holtzmann's release since he was naughtier than her. She covered Holtzmann's mouth then reacted to the orphanage being blasted. Peter recalled the others were still blasting up the house. She vowed she would endure and punish. Peter noted she was more talkative than their last encounter and proposed they talk. Holtzmann mumbled something in protest. He told her to relax because it was in his wheelhouse since Ellen used to see a shrink. She mumbled something again. Peter pointed out it wasn't like he would have to prescribe anything and boasted he exorcised himself before.

Ellen deemed Holtzmann guilty. Peter admitted she felt that way and was about as good as hiding it as a puppy but contended that things happen and punishment wouldn't prevent it. He argued it made the situation worse and taught people to associate pain with guilt then a psychopath gets made. Ellen repeated Holtzmann was chaotic. Peter retorted there were pills for that. The others blasted the house again and Ellen recoiled. They apologized for taking out a whole wall. Peter pointed out forgiveness was an important concept in self-healing. He forgave Holtzmann for hurting him. Ellen stated she had to learn. Peter believed she did already and was very sorry, and even got a whole mess of gray hair over it. Holtzmann mumbled something. Peter repeated he forgave her. Ellen released Holtzmann and threw her at him but Ellen didn't forgive him for hurting her in her house. Peter held up his pedal and trapped Ellen. Wander Hills vanished and the team found themselves on an open lot. Roland asked if that was it. Holtzmann confirmed it was then asked Peter why he didn't do so sooner. Peter asserted it was better to take things slow when dealing with a ghost with a bad attitude. He also told her she was welcome for the save. Melanie broke up the squabble between Bridget and Roland and reminded them they were on the same team. Peter agreed and wanted to get back to what Egon 68-E was so worked up about. He checked his portal band and surmised things were going pretty well overall for the teams. Instead of returning to the prime dimension, the team was redirected by Tiamat to the Collectors' Limbo.

The field teams were whisked away by Tiamat to the Collectors' Limbo. Rather than serve her, they fought back. Kylie signaled Ray to use the Trap Orb. Tiamat was at a loss for words and was caught in the explosion. She demanded how they attained magic. Peter continued with the next "trick" and all 23 Ghostbusters blasted her. She was by no means weakened and sent them flying with a shockwave. Winston came up with an ad hoc plan to utilize the remaining Trap-Gates to strip Tiamat's P.K.E. and send it to random dimensions. Winston socked her with the Proton Glove. Peter remarked it would come in handy in a few neighborhoods he knew of. Melanie told him to be serious. The seven remaining Trap-Gates stripped Tiamat's P.K.E. to random dimensions and reduced her appearance to a skeleton. She angrily leaped at Peter but he managed to wrangle her in his stream only. He invited Winston to end it. She cursed them all as she was pulled in a regular Trap. Peter realized she wasn't going in the Containment Unit. Winston decided to leave the Trap in the limbo dimension.

As the field teams returned to the prime dimension, Peter emerged from the portal first and declared the conquering heroes had returned. He noticed Egon 68-E was wearing their merchandise and hoped he already paid for it. Ray pointed out he probably needed a fresh shirt. Peter insisted he could have one for $24.99. Egon 68-E told him it was about six days since their last communication. Ray was satisfied and declared they pulled off a miracle. Kevin Beckman answered the phone and handed it off to Ray. Despite the ghosts recaptured and the ghosts captured by the fill-in teams, the Containment Unit was still on the verge of total meltdown. Jenny sacrificed herself to stabilize it and went into the unit. Overcome with anger, Ray shot the teleportation unit. Holtzmann objected but Peter asked if she heard what just happened then reckoned Egon could fix it in a couple of hours. Egon claimed less.

On Halloween, Melanie, Peter, and Kylie arrived at the Salem Witch Museum at 6 pm. As they approached the museum, the Witch Museum Ghost manifested again. Peter tried to distract her by talking while Melanie got into position to throw a Trap but she put both of them on trial. Wooden stakes came out of the ground and grabbed them. They kept talking to the ghost while Kylie approached. The ghost got irritated and found them guilty. The stakes lit on fire. Kylie trapped the ghost and shot them down. Peter and Melanie suffered first and minor second degree burns below the knee. On November 13, Peter went to Portland, Maine with Melanie and Ray in response to a mass trance initiated by Saint Pippy.

One morning, Peter and Ray went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and served a court order to a recently hired appraiser named Dr. Abner Polk telling him to grant them custody of a tablet relic from a shipment that arrived from the Mediterranean. Polk didn't understand what was going on nor the terminology in the court order. Ray tried to explain what was going on, they had to make sure there wasn't any god-like being planning on using the tablet to as a gateway to their plane of existence. Peter warned Polk that Ray was only going to talk faster and he didn't need that. Peter assured him they were doing him a favor because the last time there was an artifact like it in a museum, it did not go well for the staff. Two days later, Peter carried more books that just arrived to the R&D room wondering where the interns were. He then tipped Egon's water bottle by mistake. The water oddly flowed in a circle around the tablet. An Atlantean Priest Ghost manifested and possessed Egon. He asked what happened with the cataclysm of Atlas' Land. Peter deferred to Ray. The ghost decided to see for himself and flew through the window into the city. Peter was undaunted. Ray went on his knees and looked a book. Peter thought the more urgent concern was to track the ghost. Ray told him that would be easy and he was processing what the ghost said. He was referring to Atlantis. Winston was surprised Atlantis came up again and informed Peter it was part of one of the interview questions he got when he applied for the job. Peter was amused and declared he was a nuts like them. They tracked Egon and the ghost to Penn Station. Peter told them he convinced the city to give them a bonus if they caused no major property damage. Winston only saw a sea of potential civil suits. Peter mitigated that by pulling a fire alarm and clearing the station of people. Ray couldn't believe him. Peter assumed there would be a fire soon anyway.

Ray led them downstairs to the tracks. The ghost bemoaned how the world was not better since the fall of Atlantis. He noted how men still lived hungry on the streets, the laws were not respected, and even the very air burned in one's chest. He revealed that was exactly why priests begged Ennosigaios for help. Peter was not moved by another "the world is sick" excuse and on his cue, Ray fired his Slime Blower and doused Egon's body with positively charged Psychomagnotheric Slime. The ghost was ejected from Egon. In his native language, he called them fools and declared the "Earth-Shaker" would come again and seal the fate of Manhattan. Egon understood the context of his threat. Peter tried to make himself feel better and asked if Poseidon was real. Ray pointed out Gozer was real. Janine was not pleased Peter pulled a fire alarm and reminded him that was the kind of stuff she had to smooth over with the city. Peter reminded her she took the PCOC liaison job because she wanted the extra responsibility. Janine corrected him and stated she wanted the extra money because she wasn't paid what she was worth. Janine shifted back to the topic and asked if the ghost was a threat because she had PCOC reports to file. Peter told her to tell Peck he knew a place when he could file the reports. Egon interrupted them and explained he and Ray believed the ghost intended to summon a primordial being to both attack and destroy Manhattan.

The Ghostbusters searched the park at dawn. Over comms, Peter inquired why he was so sure the ghost would appear in the park. Egon replied logic and P.K.E. readings both confirmed it as the most likely locations. Peter relented but asked why they had to go out at dawn. Ray cited the literature. Peter pointed out Atlantean theorists agreed with each other almost as much as those "people" on cable news. Winston told Peter to knock it off. Peter retorted they weren't all Marines and some of them didn't know what to do at such an ungodly hour. Before Winston would reply, he sighted the ghost at the eastern side of the waterfront. They trapped the ghost but ended up surrendering the tablet to Poseidon. Peter conceded they may have lost a chance at a bonus but he thought Egon and Ray could make some money from writing a book on Atlantis using pictures of the tablet. Ray admitted everything happened so fast, he forgot to document anything.

The Ghostbusters exited Ecto-1 with their gear and climbed out of the sinkhole just outside Prospect Park. Winston asked if everyone was all right. Peter noted he spilled his coffee and joked they didn't want to know where. Ray sighed at Ecto-1's predicament. Egon wiped his glasses and told Ray it wasn't a loss since they could have it hoisted and make improvements. Peter reminded everyone they had a ghost to blast first. They went into the park in search of it. Winston admitted he was tired and just wanted to go home and catch up on the Dodgers. Peter was taken aback by Winston's loyalties. They eventually captured it. They returned and were perplexed with the presence of two Ecto-1 cars. Ray checked and confirmed it was still in the sinkhole. Starscream manifested by them and only wanted to speak to the "Autobot." They quickly wrangled and trapped him. Peter's mind was already racing with charging extra like hazard pay and an inconvenience bonus for the second ghost. Winston was curious what an Autobot was. Ectronymous Diamatron transformed into his robot form and revealed himself to the Ghostbusters.

Ectronymous introduced himself and stated he meant no harm. He was surprised they weren't intimidated. Peter quipped they got that a lot. Ectronymous admitted he wasn't planning on revealing himself but determined it was the most efficient approach. He explained he came to Earth in search of a signal native to his home planet Cybertron and the Trap was interfering with it so he requested it to be de-powered. They were at an impasse. Ectronymous activated a miniature blaster on his right wrist and shot the Trap. Starscream was released and shot at them in a rage. The Ghostbusters opened fire and wrangled him again. Starscream noticed Ectronymous' Autobot signal, called for a truce, and returned to his blue hue. Peter asked Winston if he believed him. Winston replied he did not. Peter was not convinced either and dangled a new Trap. Starscream apologized and promised he would never knowingly endanger the life of another sentient being. Ectronymous told Ray he heard Starscream can't be trusted as far as he could throw himself. Starscream overheard and called it a filthy lie. Peter cautioned him. Starscream promised he just wanted to talk to Ectronymous. They released Starscream. Ectronymous asked him what he wanted. Starscream pointed out what he thought was obvious, a new body, but admitted he thought it was humiliating to ask the Autobots for help. Ectronymous how it all happened. Peter joked it started with dying. Starscream told them about how Cybertron was destroyed by Gozer.

Starscream admitted to broadcasting the Cybertronian signal and knowing the Autobots couldn't resist investigating. Winston was suspicious of the story's validity and confirmed as much with Peter. Ray wondered if it was their place to interfere. Peter replied not without a paycheck. Lightning struck and a Kremzeek Sprite emerged from the crater. Starscream became irate and told them to kill it immediately. Peter failed to see how a little bean would be a problem. Egon confirmed it had a high-spectrum P.K.E. reading. Winston pointed out it kept saying the name of the entity that enslaved the last of the Decepticons. Peter relented and trapped the sprite. After he picked up the Trap, it blew up and Peter was knocked to the ground. He was more annoyed they lost two in one night because they cost a fortune to replace. Ectronymous helped ground the sprite while the Ghostbusters dispersed it. He tried to report to Optimus Prime but realized his communicator was damaged then agreed to a quid pro quo.

Janine met Ectronymous but refused to call him that over and over. Ectronymous couldn't believe it since it was just eight syllables. Peter bet he didn't know anyone with a full name longer than five. Ectotron was at a loss. Peter suggested a change. Janine agreed with him for once and came up with "Ectotron." Starscream was insulted by Janine's reaction and headed upstairs. Peter elected to keep an eye on him, to Winston's surprise. Peter claimed it was not a habit and he could quit anytime. Starscream tried to destroy Slimer but his attack deflected off the tank's ionized glass. Peter informed him the glass was impervious to ghosts. Starscream swore he wasn't doing anything. Peter asked him what he was really after. Starscream claimed he just wanted a physical body. Peter told him he didn't believe him. Starscream pointed out how unwise it was to confront him alone without any weapons. Peter countered he was just a ghost. Starscream advised him not to taunt. Peter quipped he wasn't and activated the Wall-Trap with a tap. Starscream screamed as it pulled him in. Peter went downstairs and told Winston he put Starscream in a Trap. Winston asked him why he did that. Peter replied he thought he was the first psychologist who could claim to specialize in analyzing alien robot ghosts. Egon stated he was not an alien. Peter thanked him but pointed out Starscream was sneaky and believed putting him in a Trap until Ectotron contacted his ship was for the better. The Ghostbusters got a new case.

Ectotron wondered why they were all staring at him. Peter pointed out he was their ride. Ectotron cited Optimus' impending arrival but Peter promised they would be back in no time. He changed into his Ecto-1 vehicle form and took the Ghostbusters to Brooklyn. Peter told him to hit the siren because they liked it. Ectotron sighed and complied. Once they arrived in Brooklyn, Peter asked Ectotron if it felt weird to have people riding around inside him a minute ago. Ectotron suggested they agree to never speak of it. Peter found that fair and told him to work a Trap. Ectotron was disappointed and admitted he wanted a crack at a Particle Thrower. Ectotron asked Ray and Egon if he could take a look at the Trap they were modifying. Peter asked how he was going to do modifications with such big fingers. Ectotron pointed out that was why tools existed. He suddenly got an idea. Winston volunteered to go into the building with Peter and flush out the ghost in the meantime. Peter wondered what was wrong with waiting until they were done. Winston pointed out they worked faster with a deadline.

Half an hour later, Peter started getting tired of looking around. Winston told him not to start again and insisted the signal was strong. Peter saw the circuit breaker and decided to cut the power to force the ghost to appear. The panel exploded and sent Peter flying. Winston mused he really knew how to push everyone's buttons. Peter admitted it was a talent. The Electric Ghost manifested from the panel. A few minutes later, Peter and Winston retreated outside and informed the others that two Proton Streams weren't enough to hold the ghost. The ghost burst through the roof. Ectotron recalled helping ground the Kremzeek Sprite and stated he wasn't sticking his finger into that. Ray assured him it wouldn't come to that. Peter promised they won't judge him if it came to that. Ectotron knocked down a utility pole it was drawing power from and Ray successfully captured the ghost. Ray was surprised. Egon thought he could see the past. Winston told him that was called hindsight. Peter asked Egon where he left his phone. The Ghostbusters and Ectotron returned to the Firehouse some time later and Optimus made his presence known. Peter noticed the graffiti all over him and mused when in Rome. Ectotron quieted him and reported they had experienced two separate sentient electrical disturbances in addition to Starscream. Optimus wanted to hear all about it but emphasized Starscream first. Peter went upstairs to get him but returned with news that Starscream was gone.

The Ghostbusters took a rest then relocated to the Warehouse and started scanning for Starscream. Peter assured Ectotron and Optimus they would find him but admitted the Warehouse didn't have as much scanning equipment as the Firehouse but believed Janine was uneasy of the prospect of both Ectotron and Optimus trying to fit in the entryway. Optimus joked there was once a Decepticon who shrank into handheld weapon and he stepped on him and set off a thousands year war. Peter fell for it and was amused he did. Optimus speculated disguising himself in the Ghostbusters' colors may have had a small psychological influence. Peter asked how he did that. Optimus replied he used nanochromatic camouflage to cover up the vandalism he suffered while waiting in an alley next to the Firehouse. Peter joked Ray was already dreaming of an Ecto-Semi of his own then asked Winston how things were coming along. Winston wasn't having any of it and continued welding. He suggested things would go faster if Peter pitched in. Peter quipped it wasn't even Tuesday but still couldn't believe Ray thought they would work. Ray startled Peter from behind and claimed they would work. Winston finished and both Ectotron and Optimus had their own Proton Packs. Ray invited them to test them. Ectotron went first and accidentally blew up the Ecto-Gyro. Peter realized Janine was right to worry about him. Ectotron apologized and promised to fix everything he broke. Egon revealed he got a firm fix on Starscream's P.K.E. signature. They departed for the Grosbeak Generating Station.

Peter spent nearly an hour talking the Ghostbusters past Grosbeak's security and it took another hour to get the entire site evacuated. He reminded no less than seven people that the Ghostbusters saved the world multiple times. Starscream called out to Optimus. Peter was all for reunions but got to the point and asked Starscream how he escaped a secured Trap. Starscream was irritated he was interrupted, especially since he had the upper hand. Optimus was surprised Starscream was a ghost after all. Starscream stated more and opened fire on the Ghostbusters for their insolence. Starscream was soon wrangled in three Proton Streams. Optimus was amazed. Peter teased Optimus about humoring them the whole time. Optimus admitted he shouldn't have dismissed their claims considered how long he was alive and what he saw in his travels. Starscream feared being trapped again and called out to his master, Kremzeek, who absorbed him and went on a rant about becoming a god. Peter addressed Kremzeek and told him his name was ridiculous then told the others to power up. Ray continued and told him they didn't care too much for wannabe gods coming to their fair city and throwing their weight around, let alone a Class 5 with delusions of grandeur. Winston pointed out they blew up Gozer all over Central Park West. Egon gave the cue to fire. Kremzeek was wrangled but he managed to break the streams and knocked them off their feet except Optimus. Peter told Egon it was on him for breaking the mystique of them being so awesome they could finish each others' sentences. Ray came up with a plan to disperse Kremzeek with the Electric Ghost and come up with something later to properly trap them. Peter was eager to blow something up but promised to blame Ray if half the city went dark. The plan worked but the dispersal freed the ghosts of Megatron, Shockwave, Soundwave, and Starscream.

Winston was unsure about standing around and thought they should do something to help Optimus fight Megatron. Peter agreed and admitted if he knew two robots would be fighting each other, he would have brought a camera or something. Starscream opened fire on the Ghostbusters and declared he still had unfinished business with Peter. They scattered. Peter teased Winston about keeping quiet. Winston wasn't having any of the blame and reminded Peter that Starscream's quarrel was with him then he wrangled Soundwave. Peter wrangled Starscream and teased him about underestimating them again. Starscream still promised he would taste his wrath. Peter asked if it tasted like orange sherbet, his favorite. Ectotron snagged Shockwave and couldn't believe how well his first battle was going. Shockwave became enraged and fired his free arm at them. Peter hopped away and lost hold of Starscream. Starscream proclaimed he was free to take his revenge but he realized he was at a disadvantage and Kremzeek was no longer around. He decided to retreat and strike at a time of his choosing. He vowed he would be back for Peter and laughed maniacally. Shockwave was also trapped. Peter found two out of three to be not bad.

Winston implored the others to think of a solution after Megatron possessed Ectotron and stated he wasn't blowing anyone up. Egon agreed on account of Ectotron being a living being but admitted the autopsy could be fascinating. Ray reminded Egon he was part of the team and didn't think Egon would try to kill most of them. Peter thanked Ray for the stirring defense then pointed to the canister of Psychomagnotheric Slime. Egon believed they had to disperse it inside Ectotron. Peter voted himself out of trying to find his gas cap. Ray suggested force feeding it. Winston pointed out he was 20 feet tall. Egon noted they had one Trap left and it wasn't enough to force spectral expulsion. Peter elected to use the ectoplasm and yelled at Optimus to try to get Ectotron on his back. Megatron lifted Ectotron's right foot to stomp and stated there was no "try," was only success or failure, and the rest was meaningless struggle. Optimus caught Ectotron's foot and flipped him. Optimus disagreed and believed struggling was how success was learned. Peter was amused pop psychology made it into space. Ray force feed the ectoplasm and Megatron was ejected then trapped.

Peter predicted Optimus wanted to step on the Trap. Optimus admitted it crossed his mind. Peter asked if he wanted them to deposit the traps in their Containment Unit or something else. Optimus decided to take the three Traps with him, get them new bodies, and attempt rehabilitation. Peter was skeptical and promised to Optimus they would work out some kind of lease agreement regarding the Traps. Ectotron believed there were many things to do now that he knew ghosts existed. Peter joked he would get the paperwork started for an intergalactic franchise and only a name tag would fit him. Ectotron got an idea and formed one on his chest then revealed he wanted to explore space and look for more Cybertronian ghosts that could be saved. Ray liked the notion of ghosts in space. Peter and Winston shot down any aspirations since they had enough trouble on Earth to deal with.

Dimension 50-S

The Sanctum of Slime Ghostbusters were gone over a week while they were aiding the Ghostbusters of the prime dimension with recapturing entities that escaped their Containment Unit. Upon returning to their home dimension, they asked for time off. Peter was aghast. Alan explained they just got through chasing ghosts in other dimensions, fighting Tiamat in the Collectors' Limbo, and saving the multiverse. Gabriel felt they deserved a day off. Peter wasn't impressed and reminded them his team also saved the multiverse before. Ray added they did so at least a dozen times. Peter recalled they also got paid for it each time. Janine interceded and announced there was a call about a haunted house that appeared out of nowhere in Bayside, Queens. She revealed there was also video online. Peter assigned the case to the SOS team. Alan insisted they just got back and were exhausted. Peter told him they were young and didn't need sleep. Alan wanted to at least change flight suits for a clean one. Egon was intrigued by the readings coming off the ectoplasmic residue on his. Alan informed him it was from a Moose Ghost that got blown up. Egon wanted to study it before the suit was further contaminated but Peter wasn't having any of it.

Tertiary Canon History

In "The Real Ghostbusters" he and the other Ghostbusters had fixed up the Firehouse after it was severely damaged by the escaping ghosts, thanks to Walter Peck. Upon the completion of the Firehouse, the Ghostbusters adopted the Slimer who had slimed Peter at the hotel. Though Peter at first wouldn't forgive the little ghost for their encounter at the hotel, he soon grew to love him like the rest of the Ghostbusters. He also returned in "Extreme Ghostbusters" as a guest character for the "Back In The Saddle" two parter; the series was a following up the previous series.

  • For more information of the animated version of Peter Venkman go to the animated article.

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime

Due to the supernatural activity caused by the Relic of Nilhe, Peter is smitten with the Ghostbusters' bank account soaring. But the rest of the team is exhausted. At Ray's suggestion, rookies are brought in. Peter is against it, as he notes they smell, eat all the leftovers, and have to be paid. However, the junior team surprises him and solves the latest threat to New York, Dumazu. During the victory celebration, he trades quips with Bridget Gibbons, whom he shares several personality traits with.

Personality

Peter is portrayed as the "lazy" Ghostbuster. He doesn't usually take his work seriously, has a dry sense of humour, and flirts with women, including clients such as Dana Barrett. While Peter is a scientist, he isn't as technically experienced or academically inclined as Egon and Ray, and also tends to be more aggressive when fighting ghosts.[24]

Peter also slacks off on experiments and usually focuses on women or other subjects, as in the first movie he is testing sixth senses and shocks the boy in the experiment for getting the answers wrong (even though he was really getting a majority of them right) and refuses to zap the pretty blonde (even though nearly all her answers were wrong). Peter is also a very outspoken person, as he back-talked to EPA representative Walter Peck and provoked him when the discussion shifted to the storage facility. This encounter led the Containment Unit being shut down and all the ghosts escaping over New York. Peter's fast-talking, however, "bargained" the percentage from the broker they consulted in mortgaging Ray's house (in order to lease the firehouse), as well getting their first payday of $5,000 made busting Slimer. His "gift of gab" also won over the mayor's judgment against Walter Peck.

Quotes

  • "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!"
  • "Suck in the guts, guys, we're the Ghostbusters."
  • "Why do the good ones always play hard to get?"

Trivia

Ghostbusters (1984) Trivia

  • Peter Venkman was originally intended to be played by Dan Aykroyd's friend and associate, John Belushi, with whom Aykroyd worked on The Blues Brothers. However, Belushi died of a drug overdose before the film's pre-production. Slimer was described by Aykroyd as "The Ghost of John Belushi".
  • After Belushi's death and before Bill Murray was attached to the role, Michael Keaton and Chevy Chase were linked to the role of Peter.[25]
  • Bill Murray is rumored to have ad-libbed his dialog heavily but they were mostly scripted.[26]
    • Peter's slip about checking out Dana was ad-libbed by Murray.[27]
    • Peter quickly professing his love for Dana was Murray's idea.[28]
  • Peter's lecherous behavior was dialed back after Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver's on-set dynamics were observed.[29][30]
  • This is also one of the films often cited as Murray's best comedic performance.
  • While Bill Murray played Peter Venkman in the live Ghostbusters films, Lorenzo Music played Peter Venkman in the animated series The Real Ghostbusters. Music also played Garfield in the Garfield animated specials and the Garfield and Friends series, while Murray latter played Garfield in the two live action films.
  • In Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular
    • Peter entered the study of parapsychology because grant money was readily available and the study of ESP was in its infant stage (and thus, results could be made up).[31]
    • Peter was a carnival barker during his summers away from college.[32]
    • Peter was born on the lot of King City Attractions, in a tent, on a field, in Sedalia, Missouri. He went to school in Iowa City but the family circus toured through the Corn Belt states. He wanted to go to college but couldn't state why to his father.[33]
  • Peter has degrees in parapsychology and psychology. Peter makes more use out of his psychology degree as evidenced by the ease with which he can smooth talk people towards his own ends. If Ray is the heart of the Ghostbusters, Peter is the mouth.
  • Peter seems to regard his status as a doctor and scientist primarily as something to flaunt and impress people with. Some are fairly skeptical about it due to his decidedly unprofessional demeanor. Dana in particular said he was more like a game show host than a scientist. Peter himself regards other scientists as usually being pretty stiff.
  • Peter's line, "Back off, man, I'm a scientist," became a popular slogan after the movie was released. Later it was changed (for children's t-shirts and other memorabilia) to, "I'm a (Real) Ghostbuster."
  • In the role-playing game by West End, Peter's motivation is listed as "Fame"
  • In the 8/5/83 draft, 10/7/1983 draft, and Deleted Scene: Nobel Prize Aspirations, Peter revealed he introduced Ray and Egon to each other.[34][35][36]
  • At around the 16:45 mark of the Preview Cut, included first in the 2022 Ghostbusters Ultimate Edition, after Peter tells Ray and Egon they will become rich beyond their wildest dreams, Ray is concerned people will be too afraid to report a ghost. Peter quips no one ever advertised before.
  • In the 7/6/1983 draft, the ending including Peter and Dana hanging out at her apartment as a baby chick hatched out of an egg in the kitchen.[37]
  • In the 8/5/1983 script, on page 5, Ray is described as Peter's oldest friend.[38]
  • In the 8/5/1983 script, Peter claims 'everyone' hated his grandfather.[39]
  • In the 10/7/1983 script, it was noted Peter was an associate professor.[40]
  • In the 10/7/1983 script, Peter played Dana's cello like a stand-up bass.[41] This was later done in Ghostbusters II.
  • At the end of The Real Ghostbusters episode "Take Two", Maurice LaMarche voiced the live action version of Peter when footage of the first movie was briefly shown in the theater.[42]

Ghostbusters II Trivia

  • In the Ghostbusters II August 5, 1988 draft:
    • On page 8, Peter meets with a small group of his eclectic fans: a man holding a large crystal, a man wearing an antenna hat, a woman with a hairless cat, and a mojo-man with his eyes bugging out of his head.
    • On page 10, Peter was the first ex-Ghostbuster to be sought out whereas in the actual movie it was Egon.[43]
    • On page 16, Peter's 'chicks really go for that big cranium' line appears during a scene at the Institute for Advanced Theoretical Research.
    • On page 22, Peter quips 'mine or the baby's?' when Egon tells him to get a stool sample.
    • On page 33, Peter remarks the Judge is a 'pretty open minded guy.'
    • On page 68, Peter goes out on the window ledge and grabs the baby.[44]
  • In the August 5, 1988 and February 27, 1989 versions of the Ghostbusters II script, during the epilogue scene, Peter reveals he's "a little of everything" - some Irish, German, French and Dutch. He adds the women in his family slept around.[45][46]
  • In the Ghostbusters II September 29, 1988 draft:
    • On page 15, Peter looks at the cat and comments he once had a bald collie. Egon and Ray try to recruit his help but Peter refuses citing that they conjured the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and blew three floors off the top of 550 Central Park West.
    • On page 16, Peter reminds them they are on probation and he won't risk ending up in jail again... until he sees Lane Walker, the love interest that stood in for Dana in several drafts.
    • On page 24, only Peter leaves the coffee shop with drinks.
    • On page 25, Peter quickly nominates Ray to go down the hole. Egon seconds it. Peter and Egon both say "aye."
    • On page 35, Peter states they didn't solicit any business or perform services nor did they perpetrate any fraud by dumping slime into the sewers.
    • On page 37, Peter tells Louis his closing was short but sweet.
    • On page 39, the Judge tells them he had the Scoleri Brothers electrocuted at Ossining in 1948. Peter speculates they want to file an appeal.
    • On page 41, Peter asks the Scoleri Brothers to pick on someone their own size.
    • On page 43, Peter, Ray, and Egon go to the old Firehouse, boarded up, still wrecked, and the gaping hole in the roof is still there. Peter concludes they got too big too fast and their liability insurance didn't cover saving the world.
    • On page 44, Peter thinks they should charge more for saving the world.
    • On page 57, when Ray and Egon first share their findings on the slime, Peter ponders the implications and estimates there are at least two million miserable assholes in the five boroughs with bad vibes. This line appears when the Ghostbusters go to Gracie Mansion.
    • On page 59, Rudy lets Peter into the museum early next morning after the bathtub attack to talk to Lane.
    • On page 60, Peter tells Lane she can stay over at his place. Peter maintains things will be strictly professional.
    • On page 61, Peter attempts to cheer Lane up and fools around with her tools. He thinks the Van Meer she is restoring needs more yellow. There is a moment when she grabs his hand.
    • On page 63, Peter remarks Vigo could have smiled for his portrait and suggests he needs a 'Mona Lisa job' but Jason tells him you don't go around altering valuable paintings.
    • On page 67, Peter sees Lane Walker in the shower. She is tastefully blurred through the transparent vinyl curtain. He checks on the sleeping Mikey then bumps into Lane. He proposes they go out on a date.
    • On page 68-70, Peter shaves in the shower while Lane puts on makeup in the bathroom. Lane offers to finish in the bedroom. Peter quips he hopes they both do. She doesn't hear him then flushes a Kleenex, jolting him in the shower. They discuss sleeping arrangements. He notes her hair will be getting in his face all night. She suggests he sleep on the couch.
    • On page 70, Egon, Ray, and Winston arrive outside Peter's front door to invite him to their sewer investigation. Peter guesses an all-you-can-eat barbecue at Sizzler.
    • On page 72, Egon, Ray, and Winston pass by Janine and Louis in the hall. Peter jokes they were helping change a diaper. Janine survey's Peter's apartment and asks him if he really lives there. Peter jokes it's a front and his real apartment is behind one of the walls.
    • On page 73, Peter is okay with Louis joining in babysitting and tells him he doesn't want to come home and find them humping on his couch.
    • On page 75, Peter sings his New Year's resolution not to change. Lane Walker's resolution is to get a Master's degree in Fine Arts, save money to move to the country, and to stop getting involved with men who aren't good for her. Peter asks he should get out of her life in the morning and he isn't good for himself. They are about to kiss but Dana Barrett sees them.
    • On page 77, Dana's date at the restaurant is revealed to be Sting. Peter asks him what he does for work.
    • On page 79, taking note of Lane Walker's reaction Peter takes them aside and tells them he realizes they have no personal lives but he would like to score at least once a year.
    • On page 85, the Mayor mentions the Titanic. Peter quips, "Better late than never." Before they agree to help, Peter points out to the Mayor the last time they helped the city, he stiffed them and brings up "Ancient Sumerians, big lizard dogs, and a hundred-foot marshmallow man." Peter wants them to be paid upfront this time.
    • On page 88, the Ghostbusters and Mayor present a special edition of the World of the Psychic. The Mayor declares a state of emergency. Peter states everyone has to lighten up for a couple of days.
    • On page 92, Slimer hovers outside Peter's apartment, sentimentally googling over Mikey. Peter comes home, sees Slimer, yells at him to get away, Slimer licks his lips, Peter realizes he made mistake, and he is slimed.
    • On page 93, Jason Locke scowls at a young couple asking for directions to Second Avenue. He makes the woman's skirt fly up repeatedly.
    • On page 94, Lane Walker is cooking pasta but Peter is in a rush to get back to the Firehouse. They hug and kiss.
    • On page 95, Peter tells Slimer to beat it. Slimer gestures incoherently. Peter pulls down a window shade. Slimer comes inside and mimes and grunts. Lane starts to get it.
    • On page 96, Slimer gestures a cradling baby. They check and the crib is empty. Slimer beckons them to come outside with him. They discover Mikey is outside on the ledge.
    • On page 97, Peter goes out on the ledge and tells Mikey he has his whole life ahead of him. A nanny ghost materializes and its face looks like Jason's.
    • On page 98, Peter grabs Mikey just in time but the nanny ghost beats Peter with an umbrella then they get into a tug of war over it. Eventually, Peter lets go. The ghost's stretched arms smacks himself. He charged Peter.
    • On page 99, the pram slams into Peter and he drops Mikey who lands in the pram.
    • On page 102, after the Mayor rejects the Statue of Liberty plan, Peter tells the Mayor to take care of it himself. The Mayor relents.
    • On page 103, Ray and Peter hose the interior of the Statue of Liberty.
    • On page 105, aboard the Statue of Liberty, Peter thinks they should take the 72nd straight up to Fifth. Peter brings up he used to drive a cab.
      • In the deleted scene Driving Miss Liberty, Peter voiced his disagreement and shuffled next to Ray. He stated they should go up the FDR to 4-2, slide over and jump up Five. Ray countered they would be going the wrong way on Five. Peter pointed out they were walking a 150 foot tall national monument and needn't worry about a traffic ticket.
    • On page 106, after stepping on a car, Peter says the Statue of Liberty is new in town.
    • On page 111, Peter says his family was little bit of everything due to the Venkman women sleeping around. Lane thought it was a terrible thing to say. Peter quips it's a free country.
  • In the Ghostbusters II November 27, 1988 draft:
    • On page 10, Norman tells Peter the telekinetic guy who bends spoons because Peter is too skeptical. Peter retorts he is a pushover and even thinks professional wrestling is real.
    • On page 12, lastly, Peter quips Hardemeyer is the reason he won't vote for Lenny.
    • On page 19, Ray tells a crank caller he carries books on alchemy, astrology, apparitions, Bundu Magic Men, demon intercession, U.F.O. Abductions, psychic surgery, stigmata, modern miracles, pixie sightings, golden geese, geists, and ghosts. He tells Egon the crank asked for goat hooves.
    • On page 20, Peter intimates he made the crank call then tells Ray to buy him a sub. After Egon's epididymis line, Peter replies he doesn't want to know where that is. Peter takes a beer out of Ray's mini-fridge.
    • On page 22, Peter asks Dana if she's seen his show. She replies she has and that's why she never called.
    • On page 26, Peter gets nostalgic outside Dana's apartment and points out the old cash machine, dry cleaners and video store they used to go to.
    • On page 29, Ray and Peter talk as they leave the coffee shop. They agree they have to keep the investigation low key.
    • On page 30, Egon complains Ray and Peter were suppose to help with the hole. Peter jokes he needed the exercise.
    • On page 39, Peter asks Dana to visit him at Sing Sing if he's granted conjugal rights and compares himself to a cat and El Gato.
    • On page 41, Louis rephrases himself after the Prosecutor's objection. He notes Peter coached a basketball team for underprivileged children. Peter adds they were city champs.
    • On page 43, Peter apologizes about the hole in First Avenue joke and says he couldn't resist the set up. He later notes his fingers were crossed when he was sworn in, then goes into how there are things in the world beyond understanding.
    • On page 48, after Ray traps the ghosts. Peter says, "Occupado."
    • On page 50, Peter asks Louis about the bank loan. Louis reports the bank hung up on him. The other come downstairs in ridiculously overdone and over-decorated with military berets, topping off the whole ensemble. Peter sees their unhappy looks. Peter bluffs they look incredible. Winston thinks they look like the Bronxville High School Marching Band. Peter claims it is all part of a new plan-higher visibility, lower overhead, deeper market penetration, and bigger profits.
    • On page 51 to 52, Peter tells them out his Ghostbusters Gift Boutique idea-tee-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, visors, beach towels, mugs, calendars, stationary, balloons, stickers, Frisbees, paperweights, souvenirs, tote bags, party supplies, motor oil, toys, video games, then thinks of breakfast cereal. He then thinks of getting cheap junk from Taiwan or Korea and slapping the logo on it. Egon interjects that their primary concern should be the continued integrity of the biosphere. Peter claims that's what he said. Ray states they don't have time for it and votes they stick to the old coveralls. Peter relents but asks them to still think about the boutique.
    • On page 59, Ray sits on a bench across from Peter in Central Park. After the trapping, Peter notes the Jogger Ghost ran his last lap in under six minutes. Ray thinks he could have been an Olympic prospect.
    • On page 69, Dana and Peter have a longer talk at his front door after the Slime in Bathtub Attack. Dana then tells him about how she caught Vigo looking at her.
    • On page 70, Peter presents the Joe Namath shirt then Peter calls up the Firehouse and talks on the phone without Ray's lines being revealed.
    • On page 71, Peter goes over and tries to clean up his dirty kitchen, realizes there is no food in the refrigerator, that Dana has to wash dishes if she needs one, and the drawer is full of menus. He shows her the shower is tricky because both knobs are marked "Hot." He notes the sofa is a butt biter.
    • On page 73, Ray notes Vigo is also a bad monkey. In the movie, Peter has the line in the final battle with Vigo.
    • On page 82, Peter sees Dana in the shower. She is tastefully blurred through the transparent vinyl curtain. He checks on the sleeping Oscar then bumps into Dana.
    • On page 83, Peter opens a closet and looks for a good suit.
    • On page 88, Peter bribes the Maître D' for the best table.
    • On page 91, Peter leans in to kiss Dana but she thinks she should call Janine. Peter promises she has a special way with children.
    • On page 94, Peter tells Egon, Ray, and Winston that Armand's is really kind of a coat and tie place.
    • On page 96, the police are hesitant to take them to Gracie Mansion because there is a big official dinner going on. The cop recognizes Peter from The World of the Psychic and tells him it's one of his two favorite shows. He tells him not to tell him the other, a callback to when he met Rudy. He asks the cop to call the Mayor and tell him the city is in danger otherwise they'll be going to the New York Times.
    • On page 97, Peter jokes at the Mayor's party there's tons of bad caviar, Iranian terrorists, one in every five eggs is poisoned one and they know which ones, and they have to get there before the canapes. The cop frowns. Peter tells him to just make the call.
    • On page 107 to 108, Louis tells Peter he had a tough time getting them released. Peter is shocked it was hard convincing them they're not crazy. Louis admits he just convinced them they're not dangerous.
    • On page 109, Peter says he hates Jell-O. The Fire Captain tells the Ghostbusters the Titanic arrived. Peter jokes better late than never.
    • On page 114-115, Peter compares Vigo to Cardinal Richelieu, a 16th-17th century clergyman depicted as a villain in fictional works like "The Three Musketeers," and George Steinbrenner, a former owner and managing partner of the New York Yankees.
    • On page 125, Ray tells him the "Vigi Vigi, you've been a bad monkey." In the movie, Peter has the line.
  • In the Ghostbusters II February 27, 1989 draft:
    • On page 8, Peter compares "The End of the World" to writing about gum disease and asks who would want to read it.
    • On page 81, Peter sarcastically asks Egon to keep the Slimer Blower under 150 pounds.
    • On page 95, a cop ends up arm locking Peter. Peter tells Dana to finish the dessert and it's all paid for.
    • On page 96, Peter looks at the cops' name badges for when the Mayor asks them why they didn't let him know sooner what was happening. The cops relent to tell them to follow them.
    • On page 101 to 104, there is a scene of the Ghostbusters in the Parkview Psychiatric Hospital lounge area and Ray predicts "Shitstorm 2000" is about to begin. Winston wonders if the predictions about the world ending in the 90s was true. A patient in the room tells them his Labrador Retriever told him the world ends in 1997. Peter thinks Labradors are habitual liars.
  • At the end of The World of the Psychic, Peter mentions two movies about extraterrestrials, "Starman" (1984) and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982).
    • Karen Allen, a co-star in "Starman" would go on to co-star with Bill Murray in "Scrooged" which came out in 1988, the year before Ghostbusters II.
  • In the World of the Psychic and WKRR-TV Studio scenes, Peter's wrist watch is a Jacques Edho.[47]
  • After meeting Jack Hardemeyer for the first time, Peter states he is a registered voter.
  • Peter references the Penthouse magazine as he enters Ray's Occult Books.
  • Peter pulled Ray's ears to get him to reveal he and Egon are doing research for Dana at the start of Ghostbusters II. He previously pulled Ray by the ear when they encountered the Library ghost in the first movie.
  • When Peter speaks into Egon's stethoscope, the gag is similar to a gag in the first movie when Peter slammed a book on a table that Egon was examining with his stethoscope in Chapter 03: "Get Her!".
  • Egon telling Peter to get a stool specimen is similar to a gag when he told Peter to get a sample of ectoplasm also in Chapter 3: "Get Her!" in the stacks.
  • Peter sings "Dixie" to Oscar.
  • Peter mentions the Elephant Man, a 19th century sideshow star, when he calls Oscar ugly.
  • Peter alludes to Oscar Mayer when he laments Oscar was named after a hot dog.
  • Peter refers to Egon as Brainiac, a classic Superman villain from DC Comics.
  • During the trial, Peter invokes the Ghostbusters' "Who ya gonna call?" credo.
  • Peter alludes to the Containment Unit when he takes on Nunzio Scoleri, calling it "his private zoo."
  • Peter mentions American singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris during the toaster kinetic test.
  • Peter acquired one of Joe Namath's Jets sweatshirts from a woman who got it from Namath himself.
  • Peter's "Let's suck in the guts" line was something Bill Murray said before filming as production was outfitting him for the scene.[48]
  • In addition to the Brooks Veriwide Camera Peter uses to take photographs of Vigo, he also carries a Polaroid Spectra 2 Camera around his neck.
  • Peter's photography session with Vigo was Bill Murray's riff on famous fashion photographer Richard Avedon.[49]
  • Near the desk in Peter's apartment on the wall are frames with the magazine and newspaper covers from the first film's montage in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard - New York Post, USA Today, and Time.
  • Below the frames is a Yankees pennant and leaned against the wall is a Ouija board
  • On the desk are some Statue of Liberty collectibles such as a lamp based on the hand holding the torch.
  • Near the doorway to Peter's bathroom is the lamp that was on Peter's desk in the Firehouse in the first movie
  • Peter mentions to Oscar he has "some Laura Antonelli tapes if you wanna watch 'em." Antonelli was an Italian actress famous for erotic films in the 1970s.
  • The tie worn by Peter for his dinner date with Dana was kept by Joe Medjuck.[50]
  • When the other Ghostbusters go to Peter's apartment to pick him up to look for the River of Slime, Peter mentions the restaurant chain Sizzler.
  • Peter mentions the New York Times after the Mayor refuses to help them deal with Vigo and the slime.
  • Thom Enriquez storyboarded an early version of the scene when Oscar is kidnapped. It involved Slimer trying to warn Louis that Oscar was on the ledge but he was trying to make out with Janine. Louis looks over her shoulder and sees Slimer making a bunch of gestures. Peter and Dana return home and see the baby was missing. They look out the window and see the baby on the ledge with a monster. Peter goes onto the ledge and grabs the baby. Dana hands him a baseball bat and he swings at the monster.[51]
  • Peter says the Jell-O slogan after Winston remarks he hates the product.
  • In the deleted scene Sizing Up The Museum Situation, Peter refers to Vigo as "Count Dracula's first cousin."
  • Peter alludes to the Statue of Liberty's origins as a gift from the France as a monument to the Americans' independence.
  • Aboard the Statue of Liberty, Peter mentions Las Vegas and the Jolly Green Giant, the mascot for the Green Giant brands of frozen and canned vegetables.
  • When Peter hassles Vigo, he alludes to the broad shoulder look in women's fashion of the 1980s. He mentions San Fernando Valley.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trivia

  • For a long time, Murray refused to perform in any trilogies of any film.
  • Phoebe shines her headlight in Callie's face, similar to when Egon did so to Peter in the first movie when they interviewed Dana Barrett.
  • Phoebe's line stating she figured Grooberson for a football coach is a callback to the first movie, Chapter 10: Checking Out Dana, when Dana told Peter he seemed more like a game show host than scientist.
  • One of the clips in the video Gary Grooberson shows to Phoebe and Podcast is the Ghostbusters arriving at Central Park West and Peter greeting the crowd, from Chapter 25 "Working The Crowd".
  • Gary admits "I always wanted to do this," in reference to using a Ghost Trap. In the first movie, Peter had a similar line when he performed the 'the flowers are still standing' trick in Chapter 13: "Nice Shootin', Tex."
  • The pattern on Phoebe's maroon shirt are all the shapes on the Zener cards, the same used by Peter for his research at the start of the first movie, Chapter 2: Shock the Nerd.
  • Phoebe finds a Crunch bar in chest pocket of a flightsuit. In the first movie, Chapter 4: Terminated, Peter gave a Crunch bar to Egon after their encounter with the Library ghost.
  • Callie's "it's just dinner" is similar to when Dana Barrett downplayed her date with Peter in Ghostbusters II, Chapter 19: Scaring the Straights.
  • Ray mentions Peter became Professor Emeritus of Advertising and Promotion at SUNY Cortland. The university is located in upper state New York near Ithaca and Syracuse.
  • Possessed Callie's line "There is no Mom, only Zuul" is a callback to the first movie, Chapter 19: Peter's Date with Zuul, when she possessed Dana Barrett and told Peter, "There is no Dana, only Zuul."
  • One line Bill Murray improvised was right before the Ghostbusters fire at Gozer and Peter says "Count of three, go on two, one two blast."[52]
  • On the day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson filmed together, the first shot was done in the morning and was the part where Gozer throws them into the side of Ecto-1.[53]
  • Bill Murray added variations on Peter's barrage of insults at Gozer. Only some ended in the theatrical version. Finn Wolfhard suggested Trevor should laugh to annoy Gozer even more but Jason Reitman urged him to keep playing it low-key.[54]
  • Olivia Wilde eventually broke character and laughed at Bill Murray's insults to Gozer.[55]
  • Peter refers to Gozer as "Flattop," a callback to the first movie when Ray says, "Aim for the flattop!"
  • Peter stalls Gozer by rambling on much like with Vigo in Ghostbusters II, Chapter 26: Ghostbusters vs. Vigo.
  • The mid-credits tag between Peter and Dana took half a day to film. There was a script but it was unnecessary. Bill Murray improvised different takes of the scene.[56]
  • Peter admits to only shocking the male volunteers, seen in the first movie.[57]

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Trivia

IDW Comics Trivia

  • In Ghostbusters Issue #6, a flyer outside Ray's Occult Books advertised Peter as a special guest at the 13th International Psychic Fair.
  • On page 18 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, Peter's Doctorate of Psychology is more legible and it is revealed he graduated on June 14, 1980.
  • On the Ghostbusters Annual 2015 regular cover, Peter is wearing the outfit from Ghostbusters II Chapter 2 "World of the Psychic"
    • Peter is doing the telepathic sign off salute he did at the end of the episode.
  • On page 20 of Ghostbusters International #9, Peter's outfit is based on an outfit Bill Murray wore during George Clooney's wedding in 2013.
  • On page 19 of Ghostbusters International #10, Peter's shirt appears to be based on the uniforms worn by the Zissou team in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou staring Bill Murray.
  • In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 17, Peter references The Music Man's "Iowa Stubborn" song by shouting, "Hello, Iowa-y!"
  • On page 13 of Ghostbusters 101 #1, Kylie mentions Peter saw the New York Jets win the Super Bowl twice during use of the Interspatial Teleportation Unit to explore other dimensions.[62]
  • On page 2 of Ghostbusters: Funko Universe, Peter wears his blue sweater from Ghostbusters II.
  • On the Subscription Cover of Ghostbusters 101 #3, Peter is wearing his orange jacket from the first movie when he spoke to Dana outside Lincoln Center.
  • Peter appears on Cover B and C of Ghostbusters 101 #6.
  • On page 18 of Ghostbusters 101 #6:
    • The first image is from the first movie, Chapter 3 "Get Her!", when the Library ghost roars at them. Erin and Patty appear in place of Peter and Egon.
    • The sixth image is from the 2016 movie, Chapter 9, during the Stonebrook Theatre bust when Mayhem is on Patty's shoulders. Peter appears in place of Patty.
    • The eighth image is from Ghostbusters II, Chapter 24 "A Harbor Chick", when the team looks out from the head of the Statue of Liberty. Holtzmann, Patty, and Abby appear in place of Peter, Winston, and Ray.
    • The tenth image is from Ghostbusters II, Chapter 28 "World is Safe Again", of the 'cleaned' Vigo portrait. Erin appears in place of Peter.
  • On the Cover RE Heroes & Fantasies of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, Peter quotes his Fettucini line from the end of Ghostbusters II.
  • In the Dramatis Personae of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, Peter's bio now mentions he reads people well.
  • On page 3 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #2:
  • On page 4 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #3, Peter admits to dating a woman who was addicted to scrap-booking.[63]
  • On page 8 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #79, "Invasion of the Triceratons" Part Four, Michelangelo convinces a Foot Clan chûnin named Jennika to help them escape Foot headquarters so they can intercede in a confrontation between Splinter and the w:c:turtlepedia:Triceratons (IDW)Triceraton command. He alludes to Peter as "a good friend who's a psychiatrist" and cites the advice he gave him while they were in Zoo Amsterdam - Peter told Michelangelo that parents were people, too, and made mistakes.[64]
  • On Cover B of Ghostbusters Annual 2018, Kylie is wearing an orange jacket like Peter's in the first movie.
  • On page 7 of Annual 2018, Peter does his "Dah!" from the first movie.
  • On page 14 of Annual 2018, Ray brings up Peter's tendency to name things and people.
  • On page 32 of Annual 2018, Peter once again yells "Dah!".
  • Peter appears on Cover RI of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #2.
  • On page 6 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #2, Peter refers to Alice, the title character from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
  • On page 6 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #2, the voice's suggestion of "repossession" and Peter's quip about softballs is a nod to the 1990 movie Repossessed, which as a parody of The Exorcist.
  • On page 7 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #2, Peter's outfit is based on the one he wore to his initial investigation in Chapter 10: "Checking Out Dana" of the first movie.
  • On page 17 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #2, Tiamat mentions Peter wrote a paper on the theory of Werewolf Gladiators of Atlantis, a riff on the theory of Atlantis question Janine read in the first movie.
  • On page 19 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #2, Peter quotes Dorothy from the end of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and mentions ex-U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
  • On Cover A of Ghostbusters: Answer The Call Issue #5, Peter's line "Hairless pets. Weird." from the episode of "The World of the Psychic" in Ghostbusters II is quoted. Ira also makes a non-canon cameo.
  • On May 15, 2018, Peter is mentioned in the Crossing Over Virtual Trading Card #25 featuring Janine Melnitz.[65]
  • Peter is mentioned in Walter Pecks' bio on the 35th Crossing Over Virtual Trading Card, posted on June 19, 2018.[66]
  • Peter was mentioned in the 101 Cadets' bio in the 38th Crossing Over Virtual Trading Card, released on June 28, 2018.[67]
  • Peter was mentioned in the Hungry Manitou's bio in the 46th Crossing Over Virtual Trading Card, released on July 26, 2018.[68]
  • Peter appears in his orange jacket on Cover B of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #6
  • On page 8 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #6, Peter and Holtzmann refers to the wikipedia:catch and release:catch and release practice of conservation started in Michigan in 1952.
  • On Cover RI of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #7, Peter is featured.
  • Peter appears on Cover A and B of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #8
  • Peter appears on the front cover of the Ghostbusters Crossing Over TPB.
  • Peter appears on IDW Convention Variant cover of 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters.
  • On page 3 of 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 5 of 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters, in panel 2, the No Bozo sticker from Peter's construction helmet is on the black device right of the slime jar.
  • On page 6 of 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters, in panel 2, Peter refers to Charles Atlas, an Italian American bodybuilder, and one of his most popular ads, "The Insult that Made a Man out of Mac."[69]
  • Peter appears on Cover B, Cover RI-A, Cover RI-C, Fan Expo Dallas Cover, and SDCC Cover of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1.
  • On page 6 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1, Megatron's reaction about someone choosing Gozer's Destructor form mirrors Peter's reaction in the first movie.
  • On page 12 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1, Ray's "we have the technology" and Peter's "Better. Stronger. Faster" quip are both nods to the Six Million Dollar Man series' title sequence.
  • On page 15 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1, Peter alludes to the New York Yankees, New York Mets, and Philadephia Phillies and references "Take Me Out to The Ballgame."
  • Peter appears on Cover RI of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #2.
  • On page 17 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #2, Peter yells "Dah!" like in the first movie.
  • Peter appears on Cover A of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #3.
  • On page 2 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #3, Peter has on his orange jacket from the first movie.
  • On page 5 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #3, Peter mentions:
    • Psycholinguistics is the study of the interrelation between linguistic factors and psychological aspects like syntax, semantics, and phonetics.
    • Emotional Prosody is an individual's tone of voice in speech. Studies show some emotions like fear or anger are portrayed at a higher frequency.
  • On page 6 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #3, Peter refers to Ectotron as E.T. and his famous phrase, "E.T. phone home."
  • Peter appears on Cover B of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #4.
  • On page 3 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #4, Peter alludes to the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and wardrobe from the Smokey and The Bandit movies.
  • Peter appears on Cover B and RI of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #5.
  • On page 6 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #5, Peter mentions his favorite flavor is orange sherbet.[70]
  • On page 18 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #5, Peter is the inspiration for Ectotron's nametag.
  • In the Quickbooks "Happy Business: Ghostbusters Payroll Taxes" online spot, released on December 27, 2019, Peter is listed on Janine's payroll and is paid $1,988.92 by direct deposit. In "Happy Business: Ghostbusters," the deliveryman quotes Peter's "He slimed me" line.
  • Peter appears on Cover RI of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1.
  • Peter's biography in the Dramatis Personae in Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1 mentions how he talked Ray and Egon into forming Ghostbusters.[71]
  • On page 2 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, Officer Carlson remembered Peter sang a Christmas carol or something when he was in jail.
  • On page 11 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, in panel 1, Winston notes Peter reminded him of a carny.[72] In the Supernatural Spectacular novelization, Peter worked summers as a carnival barker.
  • On page 11 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, Winston admits he thinks Ray is like a mix of Peter and Egon with too much enthusiasm for everything weird in the world.[73]
  • On page 11 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, in panel 1, posted on the inside of Peter's locker door is the New York Post "Ghost Cops Bust Chinatown Spook" and USA Today newspaper from Chapter 14.
  • On page 15 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, Peter quotes twice from The Raven. He quotes the chamber door line from near the start and stanza 13-15 of "This I sat engaged and guessing."
  • On page 16 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, Peter alludes to Poe's The Balloon-Hoax which was about a hot air balloon hoax.
  • On page 4 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, Peter's hairstyle is based on Bill Murray's character Tripper in "Meatballs" (1979).
    • Egon mentions he met Peter in a women's studies course he was mistakenly assigned to.
  • On page 5 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2:
    • Peter assures Ray and Egon no one will care about their results. Evidently, the Board of Regents did.
    • Peter mentions MKUltra's documents were all destroyed. CIA director Richard Helms ordered all documents destroyed in 1973.
    • The women Peter leaves with are visually based on the military police from Stripes, Stella and Louise dressed in their civies from the rescue operation later in the movie.
  • On page 7 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, the page recreates scenes from the library investigation in the first movie, Chapter 3, like in panel 3 when the ghost shushes Peter.
  • On page 7 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, Ray mentions Peter harping on the way to the library and interviewing Alice in Chapter 3.
  • On page 11 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, in panel 3, Peter is wearing the v-neck sweater he had in in the first movie, Chapter 11: "We Got One!"
  • On page 11 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, in panel 3, on Peter's locker door are:
    • An article about him titled "Ghostbusters chief tells all" is originally from the July 2, 1984 Daily News interview with Ivan Reitman. A photo of Peter replaces Ivan's.
    • An official 8x10 photograph of Sigourney Weaver in costume as Dana from the first movie.
  • On page 12 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, Ray alludes to Peter not negotiating very well at Manhattan City Bank in the first movie, Chapter 4: "Terminated".
  • On page 13 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, Peter's quip is a nod to Ray's plan to get the Library ghost in the first movie, Chapter 3: "Get Her!"
  • On page 14 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2:
    • Peter's word balloon is erroneously pointed at Egon.
    • Peter screams "Dah!" like in the first movie.
  • On page 15 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, Peter jokes about Jane Fonda's cardio workout video series that started in 1982.
  • Peter appears on Cover A, B, and RI of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3.
  • Cover A of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3 contains two scenes from the first movie:
    • Peter radioing Ray after he sees Slimer for the first time in Chapter 12: "He Slimed Me!"
    • Peter holding up a Zener card in Chapter 2: "Shock The Nerd".
  • On Cover B of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, there is:
    • A photo of Peter dancing with a woman, in reference to the issue's story about the bust at The Rose mentioned by Casey Kasem in Chapter 14: "Welcome Aboard".
    • A post-it note reminder to meet Dana Barrett after practice and bring flowers, a nod to Peter's bouquet in Chapter 19: "Peter's Date with Zuul".
    • There is a flier for a circus, a nod to the family circus Peter was part of in page 155-156 in Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular.
    • A photo of Peter in his blue lab coat from the first commercial in Chapter 7: "Fried Eggs & Zuul".
    • Listed on the employee file:
      • Peter shares a September 21, 1950 birthday with Bill Murray.
      • Peter has been married, divorced/separated, and widowed.
      • "James Venkman" is listed as his emergency contact at 227-6009, Jim Venkman was the name of Peter's father on The Real Ghostbusters.
    • A game token, a nod to Peter's past as a carnival barker on page 153 of the Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular novelization.
  • On Cover RI of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, a nod to the cover of Batman #251, Peter replaces the Joker. Peter's "8'o clock?" quote replaces the "Ha Ha Ha". Peter is in his blue lab coat from the first commercial.
  • On page 2 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, Dana reveals the Thorazine that Peter used was prescribed to her for hiccups.
  • On page 4 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, Rebecca recalls Dana describing Peter as a game show host, then remembers she told him so.
  • On page 5 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, Peter alludes to saving the world at the end of the events of the first movie.
  • On page 6 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, Peter alludes to his experiment in Chapter 2: "Shock the Nerd".
  • On page 6 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, Peter mentions he has both a doctorate in Psychology and Parapsychology. He told Peck that in Chapter 15: "E.P.A."
  • On page 9 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, one of the signs is changed from "Miller Time" to echo Peter's "It's Milla Time" in Chapter 26: "Gozer" after they open fire on Gozer a second time.
  • On page 16 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, Peter refers to Id from Sigmund Freud's structural model of the wikipedia:psyche (psychology)psyche. Id was the primitive and instinctive components of the personality.
  • On page 20 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, Peter mentions he's got a meeting to talk to his agent about TV, a nod to and foreshadowing The World of the Psychic.
  • On page 20 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4, in panel 3, Peter is in his purple sweater from Chapter 7: "Fried Eggs & Zuul" when Ray arrives with the car.
  • Peter appears on the Transformers Generations Ectotron Ecto-1 Cover of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game Trivia

Appearances

Primary Canon Appearances


Expanded Universe

Secondary Canon Appearances


Tertiary Canon Appearances




References

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  2. Hewitt, Chris (2022). Empire Magazine Issue 398 April 2022, p. 57. Bauer Media Group, Harborough, Leicester, United Kingdom. Line reads: "Of the emotional kind perhaps. "The most important one for me, for a long time, was that when Venkman turns on his proton pack, the close-up of the hand is my father's hand," says Reitman. Turns out that Murray had wrapped and gone home. Reitman turned to his dad who, as a result, donned a Ghostbusters flight suit."
  3. Dana Barrett (1999). Ghostbusters II, Chapter 5: Investigating Oscar (1989) (DVD ts. 17:14-17:20). Columbia Pictures. Dana Barrett says: "You never asked me. And whenever I brought it up, you'd get drowsy and fall asleep."
  4. Dana Barrett (1999). Ghostbusters II, Chapter 1: Start (1989) (DVD ts. 06:51-06:58). Columbia Pictures. Dana Barrett says: "Well, we didn't part on good terms. And then we sort of lost track of each other after I got married."
  5. Dana Barrett (1999). Ghostbusters II, Chapter 1: Start (1989) (DVD ts. 06:51-06:58). Columbia Pictures. Dana Barrett says: "Well, we didn't part on good terms. And then we sort of lost track of each other after I got married."
  6. Dana Barrett (1999). Ghostbusters II, Chapter 1: Start (1989) (DVD ts. 07:03-07:06). Columbia Pictures. Dana Barrett says: "I thought of getting in touch with him after my marriage ended, but--"
  7. Egon Spengler (1999). Ghostbusters II, Chapter 1: Start (1989) (DVD ts. 06:39-06:42). Columbia Pictures. Egon Spengler says: "Well, he was borderline for awhile. Then he crossed the border."
  8. Ray Stantz (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 11 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:07:20-01:07:27). Sony Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "Peter went back to academia. He's at SUNY Cortland now. He's a professor emeritus. He teaches advertising and promotion."
  9. Ray Stantz (2019). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters" (2019) (Comic p.6). Ray Stantz says: "Don't you remember Professor Tonick's Esoteric Literature Class Freshman Year?"
  10. TomWaltz Tweet 5/17/18
  11. Peter's Spirit Guide (2018). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #2" (2018) (Comic p.17). Peter's Spirit Guide says: "Hey, you're the one who studied Parapsychology for an easy second Ph.D. You even wrote a paper on the theory of Werewolf Gladiators in Atlantis."
  12. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #5" (2016) (Comic p.4). Egon Spengler says: "At this point of the recording, Venkman will likely make a comment about the book's name or pronunciation, with an outside possibility he's referenced the Norwegian flight attendant who punched him out in grad school."
  13. Ray Stantz (2017). IDW Comics- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1" (2017) (Comic p.9). Ray Stantz says: "You know you remind me a little of my nephew. Heart on his sleeve, but so worried about so much he just sounded angry all the time. My sister asked Peter to talk to him once, as a psychologist. Pete wound up with a black eye and WHOOOAAAH--"
  14. Rebecca Morales (2020). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3" (2020) (Comic p.6). Rebecca Morales says: "From my research, during your time at the University, you co-authored several papers with Drs. Spengler and Stantz, who also published individually – but as far as I could find, you didn't publish any papers on your own."
  15. Peter Venkman (2020). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3" (2020) (Comic p.6). Peter Venkman says: "Sure I have. It was a condition of employment. I published more than one about the effectiveness of the behavioral vs. humanistic approach when dealing with your average skell in the five boroughs. That was in the Mason-Wolf Journal of Tentative Psychology."
  16. Winston Zeddemore (2020). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1" (2020) (Comic p.3). Winston Zeddemore says: "I'm honestly a little surprised there's still any interest in the story after all those talk shows Pete and Ray did, but, hey."
  17. Peter Venkman (2014). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #18" (2014) (Comic p.16). Peter says: "Look, I get it. Last time we were together it wasn't great."
  18. Peter Venkman (2014). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #18" (2014) (Comic p.16). Peter says: "Anytime the guys and I took something big down, the Paparazzi would, like, descend... and that wasn't good for you, and it wasn't good for the kid."
  19. Peter Venkman (2014). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #18" (2014) (Comic p.17). Peter says: "I tried to do what was best. And you know what? It turned into a thing. And I know you hate things. No one likes things."
  20. Peter Venkman (2015). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Annual 2015" (2015) (Comic p.42). Peter Venkman says: "With a three-stain clause, Tommy Boy."
  21. Peter Venkman (2015). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Annual 2015" (2015) (Comic p.42). Peter Venkman says: "Looking back, more than anything, it was that the coffee on set tasted like hot garbage."
  22. Peter Venkman (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #1" (2016) (Comic p.4). Peter says: "You know I've been on the waiting list for like, a month and a half?"
  23. Peter Venkman (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #1" (2016) (Comic p.5). Peter says: "I'm not taking Julie out for a hot dog."
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  26. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 27 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Much of Venkman's dialogue sounds so characteristically 'Bill Murray' that many viewers and film critics simply assumed he had written or ad-libbed his own lines. In actuality, most of them were scripted for him."
  27. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 56 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "On the set, Bill Murray ad-libbed a Freudian slip for his obviously smitten character: "I'll take Miss Barrett back to her apartment and check her out." Rolling his eyes in embarrassment, Venkman corrects himself and -- as Dana rises and turns away -- bangs his fist on his forehead."
  28. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 60 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Harold Ramis says: "While much of the dialogue is different, the mechanics of the scene are the same. The same hooks are there. Usually, you have a relationship that grows through a film and, by the end, the characters say, 'I love you.' But Bill came up with the idea of this guy just blowing it all right up front."
  29. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 55 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Dana's reference to her zodiacal sign, Spengler's matter-of-fact response and Venkman's all-too-obviously motivated interpretation were deleted prior to shooting. In general, Venkman's tendency toward lecherous behavior was toned down from the script as the on-set dynamics between Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver elevated their characters' relationship to a somewhat more refined and caring plane."
  30. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 55 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Joe Medjuck says: "As the film progressed, it began to take on a different tone so that Venkman wouldn't come off as just a womanizer. His motivations in the script are clearly sexual, and we wanted there to be more between Dana and Venkman than that."
  31. Mueller, Richard (August 1985). Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, p. 78. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984.
  32. Mueller, Richard (August 1985). Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, p. 153. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984.
  33. Mueller, Richard (August 1985). Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, pp. 155-156. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984.
  34. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 15). Peter says: "Yeah, but I introduced you guys. You would've never met if not for me. That's got to be worth something.""
  35. 10/7/1983 Script, p.14 via Spook Central
  36. Peter Venkman (1989). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 00:12-00:16). Columbia Pictures. Peter says: "Woah! I introduced you! If it weren't for me you would have never met! And that's gotta be worth something!"
  37. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 203 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Alternate endings in earlier drafts included scenes within the towering glass and chrome headquarters of Ghostbusters International - now a high-rolling multinational corporation "recognized everywhere as the first line of defense against interdimensional trespassers." The July draft even attempted to wrap up the romantic loose ends. Venkman and Dana set up housekeeping, Spengler and Janine are married, and Stantz returns to Fort Detmerring for spiritual renewal."
  38. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 5). Line reads: "RAY STANTZ, Venkman's partner and oldest friend, appears through the glass door and gesticulates wildly.""
  39. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 49). Peter says: "Everybody hated my grandfather.""
  40. 10/7/1983 Script, p.3 via Spook Central
  41. 10/7/1983 Script, p.33 via Spook Central
  42. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Take Two" (1986).
  43. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 10). Lane Walker says: "Anyway, would you possibly consider coming to my house and just looking at my baby and telling me what you think?"
  44. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 68). Paragraph reads: "He makes a quick grab at the baby's outstretched hand and catches it, sweeping the baby into his arms in one swift move."
  45. 2/27/89 Script, Page 110 via Spook Central
  46. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 98). "Peter Venkman says: "A little of everything. Some Irish, some German, some French, Dutch--the women in my family slept around."
  47. Profiles in History: Icons & Legends of Hollywood Auction June 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2018, page 264 Line reads: "1045. Bill Murray "Dr. Peter Venkman" wristwatch from Ghostbusters II. (Columbia, 1989) Vintage original Jacques Edho brand rectangular, gold metal watch with tan leather buckle band. Featuring hour, minute and sweeping second hand. Exhibiting light wear and age. Action untested. In vintage very gootd to fine condition. $1,500-$2,500"
  48. Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip "#722 - "Ghostbusters Day Group Chat Rebroadcast" - June 8, 2021" 53:22-53:36 6/8/2021 Ivan Reitman says: "Bill actually said it on the set as we're preparing his stuff and wearing that stuff--and he would--he wanted to look good. He wanted everyone to look good. He was directing a little bit."
  49. Dan Aykroyd (2019). Ghostbusters II- Commentary (2019) (Blu-ray ts. 52:00-52:05). Sony Home Entertainment. Dan Aykroyd says: "No, that's Billy--That's totally Billy doing his... Richard Avedon."
  50. Joe Medjuck (2019). Ghostbusters II- Commentary (2019) (Blu-ray ts. 58:21-58:25). Sony Home Entertainment. Joe Medjuck says: "See that tie Bill's wearing? I still have that tie. I love that tie."
  51. Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History, p. 141, 144. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108. Thom Enriquez says: "In the version I storyboarded, Slimer was involved a lot more, so I had Slimer warn Louis that the baby was out on the ledge. Louis is trying to make out with Janine and he looks over her shoulder, and you see Slimer using all these gestures. The sequence was longer. When Bill Murray shows up with Dana and they find out the baby is missing, they look out the window and see the baby on the ledge with a monster, and there's a physical struggle. Bill goes out there, Dana hands him a baseball bat, and he's swinging at this creature."
  52. Adam Savage's Tested YouTube "Adam Savage and Jason Reitman Talk Ghostbusters: Afterlife!" 18:08-18:32 11/23/2021 Jason Reitman says: "You know there's a moment where Bill goes, and this is his not mine, he goes "Count of three, go on two, one two blast." And we're all sitting there at monitor and he says that it's not rehearsed. He just says it and everyone on a monitor goes okay that's an iconic line like it's just right there."
  53. Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "The first thing Hudson, Murray, and Aykroyd shoot that morning is getting cast aside. Gozer hurls the Original Ghostbusters (a.k.a. The OGBs, as they were nicknamed on set) back against the steel hull of the Ecto-1. This plot point literally makes the absence of Egon hurt."
  54. Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "After feeling awkward for the first few days, what finally energized Murray was the chance to improvise again while Venkman lay sprawled with his cohorts beside the vehicle. "Bill is keeping her distracted with talking, while you raise the proton gun," Jason Reitman said, showing the fallen Hudson how he wanted him to slyly slip his neutrona blaster into position. In the script, Venkman decides to taunt Gozer by imagining a far more intimate relationship than the two actually had back in the '80s, with Murray adding new flourishes on every take, only some of which ended up in the finished film. "You know, you wasted a lot of time putting on that make up," he yells. "It's not going to work anymore. You've got a lot of nerve trying to crawl back." "The scene I just did now, it was fun," Murray said afterward. "I got to just say what I wanted to say, and it was always that way. The script was just our jumping off point." As Murray added variations to his insult barrage, Wolfhard, whose character is hiding near the collapsed OGBs, asked Jason Reitman: "Can I laugh?" He suggests maybe that will irritate Gozer even more. The director urges him to keep playing the moment low-key."
  55. Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "But Gozer was also cracking up. Olivia Wilde, who sported the extreme pompadour hairstyle and scaly boils and baubles of the monster in Afterlife, sometimes had difficulty keeping a straight face. At one moment during Murray's epic roast of Gozer, Wilde broke and laughed out loud. "You got me on that one," she told him. "Too far. TOO FAR!""
  56. Den of Geek "Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Jason Reitman Finally Addresses the Biggest Spoilers in the Movie" 11/22/2021 Jason Reitman says: "We had a script for that scene. Apparently the script was unnecessary… That took half a day. Bill came into the movie with his own ideas, and they were brilliant. And I had grown up hearing the stories of Bill improvising, watching him do it live on-set. It was a thrill to watch him in real-time deliver dialogue that was far superior to anything I could’ve come up with in the couple of years of writing this movie. His brain crackles in a different way, and his voice is authentically his and has been so since we first met him. So to hear Venkman come to life in his voice again thrilled the crew, thrilled me, thrilled my Dad, and it made me want to get to editing a quickly as possible. A hundred percent. On every line of Bill's, there was an alternate that was just as good."
  57. Peter Venkman (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 16 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:55:05-01:55:07). Sony Pictures. Peter Venkman says: "Between us, I only zapped the guys."
  58. Missy; At start of Welcome to the Hotel Sedgewick, Firehouse 2nd Floor Answering Machine Message 6 of 7 (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) - Firehouse (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Terminal Reality. Missy says: "Peter? Peter, pick up! I know you're there. This is Missy. From the airport last week, and the laundromat, and the roof of the ... Call me back. Peter, are you there?"
  59. Female Caller; After Panic in Times Square, Firehouse 2nd Floor Answering Machine Message 11 of 13 (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) - Firehouse (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Terminal Reality. Female Caller says: "Dr. Venkman, you know who. I think I somehow left a pair of earrings at your place. And my shoes. Maybe my cat. I had a really great time. Call me."
  60. Male Caller; After Checking Out the Library, Firehouse 2nd Floor Answering Machine Message 11 of 13 (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) - Firehouse (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Terminal Reality. Male says: "Yeah, Dr. Venkman, about that "sum" you still owe. It is said when your pony doesn't run... believe me I know. Still unlike the horse in question, you have such a wonderful pair of functioning legs. Walk, walk, walk. Beware if anything sudden or blunt were to happen to them. The clock is ticking, Dr. Venkman. And you ain't exactly incognito these days."
  61. Female Caller; After Lost Island Rising, Firehouse 2nd Floor Answering Machine Message 7 of 8 (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) - Firehouse (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Terminal Reality. Female says: "What's going on, Peter? Whose that girl I saw you with on the news? Little tramp! You told me you don't like brunettes. In face, you told me you actually can't see them. Their eyes don't register on the brunette wavelength spectrum. Is that even possible?"
  62. Kylie Griffin (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 101#1" (2017) (Comic p.13). Kylie Griffin says: "Dr. Venkman's seen the Jets win the Super Bowl twice, now, for instance."
  63. Peter Venkman (2017). IDW Comics- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1" (2017) (Comic p.4). Peter Venkman says: "Reminds me of the time I dated a woman who was addicted to scrap-booking--"
  64. Michelangelo (2018). IDW Comics- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #79" (2018) (Comic p.8). Michelangelo says: "I used to think the same thing. But I've got a good friend who's a psychiatrist, and he told me I was worrying for nothing. He told me Father's just a normal person, like the rest of us, and normal people make mistakes... just like he's doing right now."
  65. TomWaltz Tweet 5/15/18
  66. TomWaltz Tweet 6/19/18
  67. TomWaltz Tweet 6/28/18
  68. TomWaltz Tweet 7/26/18
  69. The Insult that Made a Man Out of Mac
  70. Peter Venkman (2019). IDW Comics- " Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #5" (2019) (Comic p.6). Peter Venkman says: "Does it taste like orange sherbet? That's my favorite."
  71. Dramatis Personae (2020). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1" (2020) (Comic Dramatis Personae page). Biography reads: "Fast to spot every angle, Peter is the one who talked Ray and Egon into forming a private firm."
  72. Winston Zeddemore (2020). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1" (2020) (Comic p.11). Winston Zeddemore says: "He's the kind of guy you'll either like or hate right off. Reminds me a little bit of a carny, you know?"
  73. Winston Zeddemore (2020). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1" (2020) (Comic p.11). Winston Zeddemore says: "He's what you get when you mix Pete and Egon together and add way too much enthusiasm for everything weird in the world."
  74. Callie Spengler (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 12 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:11:57-01:12:12). Sony Pictures. Callie Spengler says: "No. No. I think he was a sad old man who turned his back on his family, his partners. And for what? For a stupid farm in a town nobody cares about. Where, by the way, everybody thought he was nuts. Yeah, great decision, Dad."
  75. Phoebe Spengler (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 13 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:24:01-01:24:02). Sony Pictures. Phoebe Spengler says: "His friends."
  76. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.12). Paragraph reads: "During the encounter, a messy collision with our colleague Dr. Venkman led us to nickname the ghost "Slimer"."
  77. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.23). Paragraph reads: "The ghost's predictable route made it relatively easy to capture; we simply calculated the time of its next manifestation and stationed Dr. Venkman at a park bench near the reservoir with a ghost trap."
  78. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.50). Paragraph reads: "Communicating with the Manitou on a psychic plane, Dr. Venkman put his psychology doctorate to full use and managed to exorcise the Manitou from his own body (a feat Dr. Spengler and I would like to attempt ourselves at some point, should a controlled experiment ever prove possible)."
  79. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.51). Paragraph reads: "Our colleague Winston Zeddemore had set the Manitou's captives free while Dr. Venkman was possessed, leaving the entity with no other victims to possess."
  80. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.56). Paragraph reads: "The Killerwatt entity (as nicknamed by Dr. Venkman) is a highly evolved elemental entity."
  81. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.90). Paragraph reads: "Dr. Venkman recommended we clear our minds and not give an answer, but, as a god, Gozer was able to look into our minds anyway and pull from them the strongest image---in this case, Dr. Stantz's childhood memory of roasting Stay Puft marshmallows at Camp Waconda."

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