In Transcendental Tourists, Peter, Winston, and Slimer head for Mount Rushmore on a much-anticipated vacation. However, a ghost family on their centennial holiday want the place all to themselves!
A family of ghosts arrived in South Dakota on their centennial vacation. The father ghost took a photograph of his two children. However, the festivities came to a stop when they noticed the presence of humans. The son suggested the go somewhere else but the father declared all they had to do was scare them away. Elsewhere, Peter, Winston and Slimer were driving along in Ecto-1. They took a week long vacation to Riverota, South Dakota. They passed by a fleet of vehicles leaving the town in a hurry. Soon enough, they pulled up to the No Tell Motel and found the manager leaving. Winston pointed out they were the ones who paid in advance. The manager recalled and tossed them the key to room #7.
Peter, Winston, and Slimer went fishing in a river. The fish started jumping out at them. They guys were engulfed in a huge wave of water created by the Spectral Family. The girl ghost, Scabitha, was interested in Slimer. Winston pointed out ghosts were the root of the issue at hand. Peter said they came to get away from work and he wanted to stop thinking about ghosts. Soon enough, the guys went horseback riding. However, the horses bucked and threw the guys off. It was revealed that the Spectrals changed into horses. The ghosts morphed into scarier forms and chased them away.
Peter refused to leave and declared war. Scabitha and Clot flew back to the castle and warned their parents. The father wasn't pleased at all. Peter decides to be at the ready and brought two Proton Packs into the room prior to bedtime. Slimer asked for a drink of milk, and Peter groggily threw him a quarter, telling him there was a vending machine in the motel parking lot. After the vending machine ate his quarter, Slimer flew in and got his drink. Slimer encountered Scabitha and the two played hide and seek. Slimer hid in an ice chest but froze. They soon parted ways to return to their family. A rumbling woke everyone up. The ghosts possessed Mount Rushmore. The guys drove to the monument and aimed low to dust them out. Winston threw out traps but Slimer and Scabitha voiced their concern and flew off to play. A truce was called at last. At the end of the week, the two parties said their goodbyes and set off for home. Even Mount Rushmore got a word in. Peter, Winston, and Slimer quickly got back into Ecto and left.
- This episode was only 15 minutes long.
- Egon, Ray, and Janine do not appear in this episode. They are not even mentioned.
- The Spectral Family is puzzled by the existence of Mount Rushmore. Since they last vacationed there in about 1890, this is true. The monument wasn't completed until the 1930s.
- On the way, Peter, Winston, and Slimer sing the "Itsy Bitsy Spider"
- Peter mentions he went to South Dakota every summer as a child.
- Winston compares the mass exodus from Riverota to rats bailing from the Titanic.
- After the fishing incident, Peter imitates actor John Wayne.
- While on horseback, Peter, Winston, and Slimer sing "Home on the Range"
- While drinking his milk, Slimer hums the Ghostbusters theme song.
- At the end of the episode, Slimer gives Scabitha a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man doll.
- The ghost family as Mount Rushmore sing a song to the tune of Hit the Road Jack in an attempt to get the Ghostbusters to leave.
- She doesn't reprise Janine for the episode, but instead provides two incidental voices according to the Episode Call Sheet and SAG Reports sheets.
- Marsha Goodman (1989). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Transcendental Tourists" (1989).
- Eatock, James & Mangels, Andy (2008). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection booklet, p. 34. CPT Holdings, Inc.
- Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Transcendental Tourists" (1989) (DVD ts. 15:00-15:02). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "We used to come here every summer when I was a kid."
- Winston Zeddemore (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Transcendental Tourists" (1989) (DVD ts. 15:52-15:54). Time Life Entertainment. Winston says: "Peter, people are bailing outta here like the rats from the Titanic."
- Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Transcendental Tourists" (1989) (DVD ts. 17:43-17:45). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "We're gonna hit the trails, boys."
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