"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 arguably the leader of the Ghostbusters.
- 1 Personality
- 2 History
- 3 Secondary Canon History
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Quotes
- 6 Appearances
- 7 References
- 8 Gallery
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 and Ilyssa Selwyn. 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.
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.
Work at the University
While he was employed by the University, Dr. Venkman was not very interested in the paranormal research with which Dr. Spengler and Dr. Stantz were concerned. He was a scientist by trade, but didn't seem to identify himself as a scientist (unless he was trying to impress someone). His experimental methodology was highly criticized by Dean Yager, who told him in no uncertain terms that he was a "poor scientist." He admitted in the novelization of Ghostbusters II that even his high school grad class voted him "Most Likely to Become A Game Show Host". While at the university, Ray and Pete often shared the same bottle of apricot brandy in private and usually borrowed each other's videocassettes when documenting their findings for research.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Peter still maintains the smooth-talking slacker identity from the previous two movies, willing to jump at any chance to get out of doing work or going into a dangerous situation. He offers to take Marine Ecto-8 to avoid going onto Shandor Island. These attempts are transparent at best, prompting the other Ghostbusters to roll their eyes or glare at him.
Peter is still primarily motivated in his own best interests. He can be goaded into expending effort if an attractive female or a lucrative payoff is involved. But in the end he will still come around to doing the right thing when it's really important.
Peter Venkman was a professor working with Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz at Columbia University. The trio researched the supernatural but, unlike his partners, Peter wasn't really enthusiastic about the topic. Despite having a passing interest in ESP, he didn't believe in ghosts until witnessing one personally. The team of three discovered the Library ghost, but were unable to catch and show her off to the public. Subsequently, their funding was cut and they were fired from their university positions, though Peter seemed happy to look for new opportunities. After being fired, the three of them decided to build some advanced paranormal equipment and go into a career of freelance ghost catching.
Peter encouraged and prodded Ray to mortgage his house in order to find the capital needed to purchase the Firehouse. Whether motivated by the prospect of becoming rich or just the fact that he no longer had to work under the thumb of the board of regents, Dr. Venkman was very motivated to begin a new career. Peter soon became the first to meet the company's first client, Dana Barrett and formed a romantic interest.
Dana had claimed that there were monsters in her fridge even though Peter could not find any such thing. After that incident, Peter, Egon, and Ray ate Chinese takeout for dinner at the Firehouse when their secretary Janine got a call. 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. Peter and his team went to the Sedgewick Hotel, where Peter came face to face with the ghost that would one day become known as Slimer. Peter was slimed during his first encounter with the ghost, which Ray greatly praised as "actual physical contact." Peter and his team eventually captured the ghost, which soon made them popular and busy around town with other ghosts.
Peter had stopped by at one of Dana's orchestra rehearsals. He happened upon her talking to a colleague who played in the orchestra with her and was interested in her as well. He asked her, "Who's the stiff?" She answered "The stiff happens to be one of the finest musicians in the world." Peter found some answers for Dana, but said they could find out more on another night. Peter continued to compliment and flirt confidently and, trying to keep down commotion, Dana reluctantly said, "I'll see you Thursday." He said, "We'll eat and read." As she walked away with her male colleague, he addressed her somewhat jealously, "So, who the hell is that?!" and Dana replied, "A friend. An old friend." She smiled because of Peter's constant compliments on her appearance which he was now making in front of her male colleague.
Not too long afterwards, Janine was overrun with calls and stressed out. 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. He sarcastically praised her experiences in order to let her know that the door was open to discover more opportunities if she was unsatisfied working for him. As the phone rang once more, Peter replied to her, "Are you going to answer that?" Peter soon met an EPA representative named Walter Peck, who got angry that he refused to show him the storage facility.
As Peter was on his way to see Dana and take her out on a date, he noticed that she had undergone a radical change and was now acting very strangely. She barred entrance to her apartment, asking him if he was "The Keymaster". After getting the door slammed in his face, he tricked her in order to gain entry. Once inside Dana referred to herself as Zuul, "The Gatekeeper" and told Peter she was awaiting the coming of Gozer, "The Destructor". Peter replied, "Oh..." and noticed slime seeping through the kitchen door and furniture. 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 ignored her and Dana slammed him onto her bed, pouncing on him and pinning him to the bed with supernatural might. She passionately kissed him and 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 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, sedated her and called Egon to explain what was going on. He soon learned from Egon that her building was renovated by an evil architect named Ivo Shandor and she was being possessed by Zuul, the Gatekeeper of Gozer. After Peck returned and shut down the Containment Unit, the ghosts all escaped and Peter and the other Ghostbusters were imprisoned for EPA violations. Peter convinced Mayor Lenny that an apocalypse of "Biblical proportions," was coming to destroy the city.
The Ghostbusters were released and drove to Dana's building, escorted there by a police and army motorcade as a dark cloud started to cover the entire city. After an earthquake struck, nearly trapping them in rubble, the Ghostbusters made it to the top of the building. However they were too late to stop Dana and Louis Tully from releasing Gozer and transforming into their possessors' Terror Dog forms. The Ghostbusters confronted Gozer, who electrocuted them before being zapped by the their Proton Packs, vanishing and returning in the form of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (which Ray had been thinking of). Peter and his team then crossed their streams and forced the door to Gozer's dimension to close, destroying the Marshmallow Man in a blaze of flames and saving the city. Peter rescued Dana, no longer possessed, from the rubble of Zuul's charred body, finally winning her affections for saving her.
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. She left for her male colleague in the orchestra, married him and had a child. He unexpectedly "ditched" her for an opportunity leaving her and his son behind.
In the years since, Egon described Peter (even to Dana) as being borderline(manic) until he eventually, "crossed the border." Peter became the host of a psychic reality talk show, The World of the Psychic, in the years after the Gozer battle. He and his teammates went to Dana's aid after she claimed her baby stroller rolled away from her by itself, and pinpointed there was "something brewing under the street," of First Avenue. Egon, Peter, and Ray start to dig under the surface of the road where Ray is lowered down into the hole where he discovers a River of Slime. The three Ghostbusters were summoned to court, where they stand trial on the grounds of violating a restraining order and destroying a section of First Avenue. They got back into business after the slime sample in the courtroom absorbed the judge's negative energy while shouting and exploded out two ghosts named the Scoleri Brothers. After the judge rescinded the order and dismissed the case(while under duress from the ghosts), the Ghostbusters were allowed to put on their equipment and bust the ghosts, declaring to the public afterwards that they were open for business once again. While his teammates investigate the river of slime underneath the city, Peter renewed his relationship with Dana, whose baby Oscar was being targeted by the ghost of Vigo the Carpathian. Even when paralyzed, Peter's tongue was still as sharp as ever and he still managed to provoke Vigo's ire with a variety of pointed insults, including referring to him as a "dumb blonde". Peter and his team in the end defeated Vigo and saved the city once again.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
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.
Secondary Canon History
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. 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. 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. During graduate school, Egon witnessed Peter being punched out by a Norwegian flight attendant. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. It also didn't help that the coffee on set tasted like hot garbage.
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. He was not amused when his comrades suggested he take his date Julie to Gray's. 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.
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.
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.
After the fall of Gozer, Peter and the other Ghostbusters fixed up the Firehouse after it was severely damaged by the escaping ghosts. Upon the completion of the Firehouse, the Ghostbusters adopted the green ghost who had slimed Peter (now known as Slimer) as a pet mascot. 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.
The following is part of the animated canon universe for this character:
- NOW Comics "The Real Ghostbusters"
- NOW Comics "The Real Ghostbusters starring in Ghostbusters II"
- NOW Comics "Slimer! and Marvel Comics Ltd Reissues
- Marvel Comics Ltd "The Real Ghostbusters"
- The Real Ghostbusters Magazine series
- IDW Comics "Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters" one-off
- IDW Comics "The Real Ghostbusters" back up story (four part series)
- Data East's "The Real Ghostbusters" video game
To read more about the Animated counterpart character, please check out "Peter Venkman "Animated".
- Peter Venkman was originally intended to be played by Dan Aykroyd's friend, 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.
- Bill Murray is rumored to have ad-libbed his dialog heavily but they were mostly scripted.
- Peter's lecherous behavior was dialed back after Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver's on-set dynamics were observed.
- This is also one of the films often cited as Murray's best comedic performance.
- For a long time, Murray refused to perform in any trilogies of any film
- Bill Murray played Peter Venkman in the live Ghostbusters films while Lorenzo Music played Peter Venkman in the animated series. Music also played Garfield in the Garfield animated series, while Murray played Garfield in the 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).
- Peter was a carnival barker during his summers away from college.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the 8/5/1983 script, on page 5, Ray is described as Peter's oldest friend.
- In the 8/5/1983 script, Peter claims 'everyone' hated his grandfather.
- In the 10/7/1983 script, it was noted Peter was an associate professor.
- In the 10/7/1983 script, Peter played Dana's cello like a stand-up bass. 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.
- In the Ghostbusters II August 5, 1988 draft, Peter was the first ex-Ghostbuster to be sought out whereas in the actual movie it was Egon.
- In the Ghostbusters II August 5, 1988 draft, Peter goes out on the window ledge and grabs the baby.
- 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.
- Peter Griffin, television patriarch to the animated series "Family Guy" wears Venkman's uniform with "Peter" on the name tag. He gag references Dana Barrett/Zuul in the cut away scene to 2007's "Road to Rupert."
- His character model in the Ghostbusters: Video Game struts when walking while the other Ghostbusters including the Rookie simply walk.
- Peter has been slimed by Slimer two times. In the first Ghostbusters movie and in The Video Game.
- In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions), Peter has four messages total for him on the Firehouse's answering machine, at the start of Welcome to the Hotel Sedgewick, after Panic in Times Square, after Checking Out the Library and Lost Island Rising.
- 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 his Ghostbusters: The Board Game character card, Peter's employee ID # is listed as 111 77 0321.
- 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.
- 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:
- In panel 4, Michelangelo and Peter drop in from the rabbit hole in Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" (1951).
- In panel 6, Peter and Michelangelo are in the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 CGI animated series.
- 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.
- On page 8 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #79, "Invasion of the Triceratons" Part Four, Michelangelo convinces a Foot Clan Chunin named Jennika to help them escape Foot headquarters so they can intercede in a confrontation between Splinter and the 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.
- 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 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 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.
- Peter is mentioned in Walter Pecks' bio on the 35th Crossing Over Virtual Trading Card, posted on June 19, 2018.
- Peter was mentioned in the 101 Cadets' bio in the 38th Crossing Over Virtual Trading Card, released on June 28, 2018.
- Peter was mentioned in the Hungry Manitou's bio in the 46th Crossing Over Virtual Trading Card, released on July 26, 2018.
- 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 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 ads, "The Insult that Made a Man out of Mac."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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 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 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.
- "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?"
Secondary Canon Appearances
- Ghost Busted (manga)
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- IDW Comics
- "The Other Side 1"
- "The Other Side 2"
- "The Other Side 3"
- "The Other Side 4"
- "Displaced Aggression 1"
- "Displaced Aggression 2"
- "Displaced Aggression 3"
- "Displaced Aggression 4"
- "Past, Present, and Future"
- "Tainted Love"
- "What in Samhain Just Happened?!"
- "Guess What's Coming to Dinner?"
- "Ghostbusters: Infestation 1"
- "Ghostbusters: Infestation 2"
- Volume One
- Volume Two
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters
- Ghostbusters Get Real
- Ghostbusters Annual 2015
- "Daydreams and Nightmares!"
- "Bait Date"
- "Hot Foot"
- "World of the Psychic"
- Volume 3
- Ghostbusters International #1
- Ready to Believe Everyone
- Haunted America Case File
- Ghostbusters International #2
- Ghostbusters International #3
- Ghostbusters International #4
- Ghostbusters International #5
- Ghostbusters International #6
- Ghostbusters International #7
- Ghostbusters International #8
- Part 8
- Haunted America Case File
- Ghostbusters International #9
- Part 9
- Haunted America Case File
- Ghostbusters International #10
- Ghostbusters International #11
- Ghostbusters International #1
- Ghostbusters Annual 2017
- Where Winston Was
- Mentioned by Erik on page 8
- Mentioned by Winston on page 13
- Haunted America: A Prairie Hell Companion
- Ghostbusters 101 Prelude
- The Origins of Slimer
- Answering The Call
- Where Winston Was
- Ghostbusters 101
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2
- Ghostbusters Annual 2018
- Ghostbusters Crossing Over
- Ghostbusters IDW 20/20
- IDW 20/20 (Dimension 50-S version only)
- 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters
- Transformers/Ghostbusters: Ghosts of Cybertron
- Ghostbusters Year One
- Insight Editions
- IDW Comics
- Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
- Cryptozoic Entertainment
- Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Take Two" (1986).
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 9. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Harold Ramis says: "In essence, that translated into one character being hipper and more verbal than the others -- more of a huckster, the salesman of the team -- someone who is weak on the technical side and probably didn't do all that well in school, but is smart enough to have hooked up with guys more intelligent than he is. That, of course, was Bill's character."
- 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?"
- TomWaltz Tweet 5/17/18
- 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."
- 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."
- 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--"
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- Peter Venkman (2015). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Annual 2015" (2015) (Comic p.42). Peter Venkman says: "With a three-stain clause, Tommy Boy."
- 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."
- 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?"
- Peter Venkman (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #1" (2016) (Comic p.5). Peter says: "I'm not taking Julie out for a hot dog."
- Shortlist 30 Facts
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- Mueller, Richard (August 1985). Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, p. 78. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984.
- Mueller, Richard (August 1985). Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, p. 153. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984.
- Mueller, Richard (August 1985). Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, pp. 155-156. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984.
- 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.""
- 10/7/1983 Script, p.14 via Spook Central
- 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!"
- 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."
- 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.""
- Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 49). Peter says: "Everybody hated my grandfather.""
- 10/7/1983 Script, p.3 via Spook Central
- 10/7/1983 Script, p.33 via Spook Central
- Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Take Two" (1986).
- 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?"
- 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."
- 2/27/89 Script, Page 110 via Spook Central
- 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."
- 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?"
- 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."
- 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."
- 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?"
- 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."
- 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--"
- 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."
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- 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."
- 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."
- 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?"
- 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."
- 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"."
- 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."
- 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)."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."