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                           THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS
                               "Masquerade"

                                    by
                       Craig Miller and Mark Nelson

                               July 14, 1986
                                Final Draft
                        transcribed by Paul Rudoff


FADE IN:

EXT PARK -- DAY

A large neighborhood park is filled with perhaps two dozen kids of all
ages, shrieking, playing, having fun.  The ones we're concerned with, a
group of seven or eight, are around 12 years old.  Most of these kids are
male, although there are a two or three girls.  They come in the usual
assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors, with one, WILLIE, an oversized
bully who is the self-proclaimed leader of the group; and one of the
girls, CINDY, who is especially cute.

				WILLIE
		C'mon.  Schools out for the weekend.  Let's
		do something!  Baseball, the beach ...

CLOSE ON CINDY

				CINDY (pointing)
		Look what's coming!  It's Fenderman.

ANGLE ON KENNY

KENNY FENDERMAN walks up.  He's about 12, but a bit smaller than most of
the other kids.  He's wearing a home-made Ghostbuster outfit.  It's pretty
good, too.  The suit's just right, with the proton pack made out of
cardboard egg cartons and aluminum foil. A garden hose connects it with a
foil-wrapped flashlight to form an ion rifle.

				KENNY
		Hi guys!  Hi Cindy!

ANGLE ON OTHERS

Cindy is a little embarrassed that he's singled her out.  The others are
trying to hide their amusement.  Except for Willie, who's openly laughing.

				WILLIE
		What're you 'sposed to be, Fenderman?
		A Martian janitor?

He's upset and annoyed.  He wanted to impress his friends.

				KENNY
		Shows what you guys know!  I'm a
		Ghostbuster!

He strikes a "Ghostbuster" pose, his 'weapon' at the ready.

REVERSE ANGLE ON GROUP

Willie stands at the forefront, his hands on his hips.

				WILLIE
		Sure, Fenderman!  And I'm a Smurf!

He strikes a "Ghostbuster" pose, his 'weapon' at the ready.

REVERSE ANGLE ON GROUP

Willie stands at the forefront, his hands on his hips.

				WILLIE
		Sure, Fenderman!  And I'm a Smurf!

The rest of the kids break up at this.  They LAUGH loudly.

TWO-SHOT -- WILLIE AND CINDY

Willie starts to move toward Kenny but Cindy pulls on his shirt.  She
thinks Kenny's a clown, but she doesn't like roughhousing.

				CINDY
		Come on, Willie, let him alone.  It's only
		Kenny!  Besides, it's a pretty neat costume.

ON KENNY

He grips his 'ion rifle' tightly, facing Willie down.

				KENNY
		It's not a costume!  It's a uniform!
		All official Ghostbusters wear it!

ON MARK

				MARK
		Yeah?  And what makes you official?

ON KENNY

A bit shaken at the question, Kenny feels backed into a corner.

				KENNY
		I'm a full-fledged Ghostbuster.
		I enlisted!

ANGLE ON THE OTHERS

They all laugh.

ON KENNY

				KENNY
		I'll show ya!  I'll prove it!  I will!

With that, he runs off, out of the park.  The other kids continue to laugh
as we

								CUT TO:

EXT GHOSTBUSTERS HQ -- DAY

PUSH IN on the firehall under:

				VENKMAN (VO)
		So what's this supposed to be?

						DISSOLVE THROUGH TO:

INT. GHOSTBUSTERS HQ -- LAB -- FAVORING DOOR

Egon is bending over the cluttered workbench.  Gadgets and gizmos of
various sizes and shapes are strewn around in half-finished states.  Egon
is holding what appears to be an ultra modern soldering device in his
hand.  He is working on a large sliver box. FLASHES OF BLUE LIGHT come
from the soldering device.  Ray taps Egon on the shoulder, as he picks up
a small box, about the size of a VCR remote control, with several buttons
and small knobs on it.

				STANTZ
		Is this what you wanted to show Peter?

				SPENGLER
		Yes.  If he ever gets here.

ON EGON

He is slightly irritated.

				SPENGLER
		It's an Ecto-Aroma Eliminator.  You know
		that awful residue odor that's left behind
		by manifestations Class 3 and up?

ON STANTZ

				STANTZ
		The stink?  Yeah.  So?

ON EGON

He points to the box Ray is holding.

				SPENGLER
		Well, this gets rid of those odors.

ON STANTZ

				STANTZ
			(nods sagely)
		Oh, sort of a ghost room deodorizer.

Ray starts to fiddle with the knobs on the EAE when Egon reaches across
and takes the device away from him.

ON EGON

				SPENGLER
		It'll be awhile before this prototype is
		ready, Peter.  It's still experimental.
		It could be dangerous.

				VENKMAN (OS)
		Okay, okay -- here I am.

They turn and look to

ANGLE - PETER - DOORWAY

Peter slouches into the room.

				VENKMAN
		I hope this is important.

ANOTHER ANGLE -- INCLUDE ALL THREE

				EGON
		Staff meetings always are.  Now, as I was
		telling Ray --

Egon's speech is interrupted yet again, this time by Janine's voice on the
PA system.

				JANINE (o.s.)
		Dr. Venkman!  Dr. Venkman!  You have a
		visitor in the lobby!

Peter claps them on the shoulders.

				VENKMAN
		Sorry, guys.  A paying customer. Been nice
		seeing you.  We should do this more often.

Peter scurries up the stairs as Ray and Egon exchange a hopeless glance.

INT GHOSTBUSTERS HQ -- RECEPTION AREA

Janine is sitting behind her desk, smirking, when Peter arrives.  Standing
by her desk is Winston, deep in conversation with Kenny, still dressed in
his home-made Ghostbusters outfit.

				JANINE
		Dr. Venkman, this is Mr. Fenderman.  He's
		here to see you.

ON KENNY

who snaps to attention and salutes.

				KENNY
			(shaking his head)
		Ghostbuster Fenderman reporting for
		duty, Sir!  Anything you want done?

WIDEN TO INCLUDE PETER AND WINSTON

They exchange glances.

				ZEDDMORE
		He's serious, Peter.  He wants to apply
		for a job.

ON PETER

				VENKMAN
		I see.  Step into my office, Mr. Fenderman.

Peter ushers Kenny into his office.

INT GHOSTBUSTERS HQ -- PETER'S OFFICE -- ON PETER AND KENNY

Shoving a stack of empty pizza boxes off of a chair, Peter indicates that
Kenny should take a seat while he settles in behind his desk.  Kenny is
obviously in hog heaven.

				VENKMAN
		What makes you want to be a Ghostbuster?
		Besides the wealth, the fame, and the
		chance to hobnob with the upper crust on
		several different dimensional planes.

The boy's face is aglow with hero-worship.

				KENNY
		Because you guys are the best!  All the
		other kids think so.  Heck, everybody in
		the whole city thinks so!

ON KENNY

He leans forward, imploringly.

				KENNY
		Look, Dr. Venkman.  I sorta told my friends
		I already was a Ghostbuster.  They just
		made fun of me.  Can't you give me some
		kind of assignment?  Anything!  Just give
		me a chance. Please!

0N PETER

Who hides a smile behind his hand.  Kenny is impressing him, reminding him
of himself when he was that age.  Finally he reaches a decision.

				VENKMAN
		I'll do better than that.

TWO-SHOT -- PETER AND KENNY

Peter scrounges around his desk, shoving around papers and scraps of food.
Finally he stops and holds up what looks like a small bronze pin.  It is
actually an old tie-tack.

Peter walks around the desk and pins the tie-tack on the front of Kenny's
uniform.

				VENKMAN
		There you go, kid.  This badge makes you
		an official member of the Ghostbusters
		Auxiliary!

CLOSE ON KENNY

He looks down at the bronze pin.  LIGHT GLEAMS off the surface.  Kenny
looks up with a broad grin.

				KENNY
		Wow!

WIDEN TO INCLUDE PETER

Who is also beaming, as he escorts Kenny out of his office.

				VENKMAN
		And, now, the first benefit you receive
		as a member of the Ghostbusters Auxiliary
		is a free guided tour of our Headquarters.

								WIPE TO:

INT GHOSTBUSTERS HQ -- WORKSHOP

Peter and Kenny walk into the Workshop.

				VENKMAN
		And this is where Dr. Stantz and
		Dr. Spengler put together most of our
		special equipment.  Some of it even makes
		a rough kind of sense.

CLOSE ON KENNY

Who's experiencing sensory overload.  The whole thing has him floating ten
feet off the floor.

				KENNY
		Do you think I could have an actual piece
		of ghostbusting equipment?  Since I am an
		Official Auxiliary Member and everything.

ON PETER

A bit wary.

				VENKMAN
			(reluctant)
		Weeellll, I guess so.

WIDEN TO INCLUDE PETER

Looking around the Workshop.  He reaches over and picks up the Ecto-Aroma
Eliminator, turning to face the boy.

				VENKMAN
		This should be okay.

ON KENNY

He turns the EAE over in his hands, eyes aglow.

				KENNY
		Gee, thanks!

								CUT TO:

INT GHOSTBUSTERS HQ -- RECEPTION/GARAGE AREA

Peter and Kenny approach the slightly dented lines of the Ecto-l.

				VENKMAN
		And this is how we get around, kid.
		The Ecto-l.

				KENNY
			(impressed)
		It's great!  Can I sit in it?

				JANINE (VO)
		Up and at 'em!

ON VENKMAN

Who considers Kenny's request for a moment.  Suddenly, the Ghostbusters
KLAXON BLARES!  Peter is startled.

WIDE ANGLE -- RECEPTION/GARAGE

We see Winston, Ray, and Egon slide down the firepole in the background.
Janine is leaning on the alarm button on her desk.

LIGHTS FLASH.  SIRENS BLARE.

TWO-SHOT -- KENNY AND PETER

Peter puts a hand on Kenny's shoulder.

				VENKMAN
		Okay, kid!  Want to come watch us bust
		a few ghosts?

ON KENNY

He can't believe his good fortune.  This'll show Willie and the others!

				KENNY
		Whadda we waitin' for?  Let's go!

ON RAY

as he and the others pile into Ecto l.

				STANTZ
		Peter!  Are you sure this is a good idea?

ANGLE ON PETER

				VENKMAN
		Hey, it's okay.  Kenny's an official member
		of the Ghostbusters Auxiliary.

EXT. GARAGE

Doors closed as we hear:

				EGON/WINSTON/RAY
		The What?!

WHAM -- The doors are bashed open from within and

ON ECTO-1

heads out of Ghostbusters HQ, sirens blaring.  As they make the turn out
of the garage, we hear:

				KENNY
		Wheeeee!

								CUT TO:

EXT GALLERY -- DAY

The Ecto-1 screeches to a halt outside a posh 5th Avenue gallery.  There's
a big crowd outside, and people running out the doors, followed by thrown
vases, bottles, etcetera.  A snooty-looking bald man dressed in a black
suit, VINCENT VAN SWELL, runs up to the Ecto-l.

ANOTHER ANGLE

Peter, wearing his proton pack and with his ion rifle at the ready, pops
out of the Ecto-l as Van Swell reaches the car.

				VENKMAN
		Afternoon, pal.  Can you show us to the
		owner of this dime store?

A vase SHATTERS at Venkman's feet.

				VENKMAN
		Say, we have one at home.  Looks just
		like that.

ON VAN SWELL

His face is purple.

				VAN SWELL
		I'm the owner of this gallery!  Vincent
		Van Swell!

ON PETER

				VENKMAN
			(semi-apologetic)
		Of course you are.  And a beautiful place
		it is, too.

Peter DUCKS as another priceless vase HURTLES PAST.

ON VAN SWELL

				VAN SWELL
		Those ghosts are ruining my opening!
		A priceless display of imported crystal!

ANOTHER ANGLE -- PETER, RAY, WINSTON, EGON, KENNY

They are all in Ghostbusting regalia, although Kenny is still in his
home-made outfit.

				SPENGLER
		No problem, sir!
			(to others)
		Power up, men!

ON VAN SWELL

				VAN SWELL
		Just be careful!  Anything you break comes
		off of your bill!!

ON PETER

				VENKMAN
		Aim high, fellas!

ON ECTO-1

The four-and-a-half Ghostbusters start to move toward the gallery.

				VENKMAN
		You wait here.  Protect the car.

				KENNY
		Aw, gee.

Kenny glumly stays by the Ecto-1 as Peter moves out of frame.

INT GALLERY -- DAY

Our four heroes rush into the gallery.  Three ghostly shapes are swooping
and charging about, playing catch with valuable and fragile objects d'art.

				ZEDDMORE
		Don't startle 'em.

WIDE ON ALL GHOSTBUSTERS

				VENKMAN
		Now!!!

Our heroes open fire.

ON GHOSTS

Ion streams flash up and across, stampeding the three ghosts into a
corner.

ON RAY

He heaves three traps toward the translucent shapes.

				STANTZ
		Move 'em in.

ON THREE GHOSTS

Who are being herded into the traps.

				STANTZ (o.s.)
		Slow.  Slow.  Careful.

ON SPENGLER

He stomps on the foot release of the traps.

ON THE GHOSTS

Caught in the GLOW from the traps, the shapes are sucked in with a SCREAM!

				SPENGLER (o.s.)
		Got them!

ON WINSTON

				ZEDDMORE
		Look out!

ON GHOST

A previously unseen ghostly shape is diving and swooping, buzzing our
heroes.  It CACKLES a high-pitched laugh, and swoops past a display of
crystal vases, knocking one vase off a high stand.

ON WINSTON

Thinking fast, Winston grabs a pillow from an empty display near him and
tosses it forward.

				ZEDDMORE
		I've got it!

CLOSE SHOT ON VASE

As it just misses the thick pillow and shatters on the floor with a CRASH.

				ZEDDMORE (OS)
		Okay ... so nobody's perfect.

ANOTHER ANGLE

Ray and Egon stalk the final poltergeist.  As they pass behind various
crystal displays, their faces distort weirdly.

REVERSE ANGLE

The remaining ghost looks equally bizarre to Ray and Egon through the
layers of expensive crystal.

TWO-SHOT -- RAY AND EGON

				SPENGLER
		We'll never get a clear shot this way.

				STANTZ
		You're right.  We'll have to surround it.
		READY, AIM ...

REVERSE ANGLE

Just as Venkman is about to give the final command, Kenny bursts through
the doors under the spectre, aiming his flashlight/ion rifle at the
giggling ghost.  He's right in their line of fire.

				KENNY
		FIRE!

ON THE GHOSTBUSTERS

				VENKMAN
		LOOK OUT!

Peter leaps at Winston, knocking him into Egon, who bumps into Ray.  Their
ion streams go wild.  The shop is FILLED WITH LIGHT.

ON KENNY

He hits the deck.

ON THE CRYSTAL DISPLAY

As wild ion streams pass through it, SHATTERING the display into a
thousand shards.

ON PETER

Getting control, firing at the spirit.

WIDEN TO INCLUDE EGON AND WINSTON

Who are also firing.

REVERSE ANGLE

The giggling ghost is caught in the crossfire, flying in circles.

ON WINSTON

				ZEDDMORE
		We got 'em.  Ray, get out a trap.

ON STANTZ

Who tosses another trap.

WIDE ON GHOST

The trap lands under him and the three beams push him into the open,
glowing trap.

								CUT TO:

EXT ECTO-1 -- DAY

Winston, Ray, and Egon load the four steaming traps and the rest of the
equipment into the Ecto-l.

				STANTZ
		He's a nice kid, but Peter should never
		have brought him along.  This is too
		dangerous.

ON ZEDDMORE

				ZEDDMORE
		Look, don't knock it when Peter starts
		acting human.

ON SPENGLER

				SPENGLER
		Yes, the lad did seem to bring out a new
		side of Peter.  And he really did want to
		help.

ON STANTZ

				STANTZ
		I suppose.

EXT GALLERY -- DAY

Peter, in a foul mood, is talking to Kenny.

				VENKMAN
		I told you to stay with the car.  You could
		have been killed.  Why didn't you do what
		you were told?

ON KENNY

				KENNY
		I ... I'm sorry.  I guess I got too excited.
		I didn't mean to do anything wrong.

WIDEN TO INCLUDE PETER

				VENKMAN
			(angry)
		Well, sorry isn't good enough.  Why don't
		you take your flashlight and get lost?

With that, Peter stomps out of frame, leaving a shocked and dejected Kenny
standing there, staring.  From the best day of his life to the worst in
just a few minutes.

								CUT TO:

INT ECTO-1 -- DAY

The other three Ghostbusters are already inside.  Peter climbs into the
backseat, slamming the door.

ON WINSTON

Looking over his shoulder at Peter from the front seat.

				WINSTON
		Aren't you being a little tough on the kid,
		Peter?  After all, you did invite him along.

ON RAY

				STANTZ
		Yeah.  It's not as if we haven't ever done
		any damage before.

WIDEN TO INCLUDE PETER

Who's fuming.

				VENKMAN
		Ray?

				STANTZ
		Yes?

				VENKMAN
		You're not helping.

ON ECTO-1

The engine of the Ecto-1 roars to life, and slowly the massive car moves
toward Ghostbuster HQ.  We move with it a short distance until we reach
Kenny.  We stop as the car moves into the distance.  We move in on Kenny,
standing alone, tears in his eyes.

				END ACT ONE
				-----------

ACT TWO
-------
EXT STREET -- DAY

A dejected Kenny is walking slowly down a neighborhood street.  He's
heading home, a study in sorrow.  He SNIFFS once or twice, head down,
kicks a pebble or two off the sidewalk and into the street.  His 'ion
rifle' bounces against his leg as he walks.

EXT PARK -- DAY

Kenny turns into the park, taking a shortcut home.  He wanders down the
park path.

CLOSE ON KENNY

As a shadow falls across his face.

REVERSE ANGLE -- KENNY'S POV

Willie, the bully, is standing in Kenny's way.  He is flanked by Cindy and
Jim.  Cindy looks a little concerned, Willie and Jim are smirking.

ANOTHER ANGLE

Kenny tries to move past, but Willie plants himself directly in front of
the boy.

				WILLIE
			(mocking tone)
		Look, it's a Ghostbuster!  Help me!
		Save me, Mr. Ghostbuster!

Willie reaches out and shoves Kenny.  Hard.

ON KENNY

He hits the ground.  Willie and Jim's LAUGHTER rings in his ears.  He
looks up, his face reddening.

				KENNY
		Go ahead and laugh, big mouth.  But I am
		a Ghostbuster.  I am!

TWO-SHOT -- CINDY AND JIM

Jim is helpless with LAUGHTER.  Cindy is GIGGLING a little but is troubled
by the turn of events.

ON KENNY

He wheels to face his tormentors.

				KENNY
		Look at this, wise guys!

He indicates the pin Peter gave him.

				KENNY
		It's my Ghostbusters Auxiliary Pin;
		It's official!

WIDEN TO INCLUDE ALL

The other kids, suddenly impressed, lean in to examine the bronze pin.
Jim reads the inscription aloud.

				JIM
		"New York World's Fair, 1964."

Now all three, including Cindy, laugh uproariously.

CLOSE ON KENNY

He blushes, trying to read the pin upside down.  In all the excitement of
meeting the Ghostbusters, he'd never really looked at it.

ON WILLIE

				WILLIE
		Official, huh?  An official dope!  Whadda
		ya fight ghosts with?  This flashlight?

ON KENNY

He's burning with embarrassment.  Suddenly his expression lightens.

				KENNY
		Oh, yeah?  Well get a load of this!

He whips out the Ecto-Aroma Eliminator that Venkman gave him as a
souvenir.

REVERSE ANGLE

Cindy, Willie and Jim stop laughing as they study the strange piece of
equipment Kenny thrusts forward.

Cindy's eyes widen.  This is obviously not a home made toy.  She begins to
take Kenny seriously.

				CINDY
		What is it, Kenny?  What does it do?

ON KENNY

He's pleased with Cindy's reaction.

				KENNY
		It's top secret.  I can't tell you anything
		about it except it'll really put away
		ghosts!

ANOTHER ANGLE -- INCLUDE ALL

Willie is doing a slow burn.  He hates not being the center of attention,
and, even more, he hates Cindy warming to Kenny.  He takes a step towards
Kenny, pointing his finger.

				WILLIE
		I don't believe you.  If you're really a
		Ghostbuster, why don't you prove it?  Let's
		see you spend the night in the old Halliwell
		place!

Willie gestures to the end of the park.

WIDE ANGLE -- HALLIWELL MANSION

A dark, brooding, dilapidated Victorian ruin sites on a knoll at the end
of the park.  The place could be the ultimate haunted house.  It looms
ominously against the darkening sky.

ON KENNY

He reacts nervously, looking at the house.

TWO-SHOT -- JIM AND WILLIE

Jim grabs Willie by the arm.

				JIM
			(nervously)
		You're not serious, Willie.  That place
		is haunted!  Old man Halliwell's ghost is
		in there!

Willie shakes Jim off.

CLOSE ON WILLIE

He stares down Kenny.

				WILLIE
		G'wan!  He's an official Ghostbusters.
		You're not scared, are you, Fenderman?

CLOSE ON KENNY

He obviously is, but won't show it.  Not too much.

				KENNY
		N-no.  'Course not.

								WIPE TO:

EXT HALLIWELL MANSION -- DUSK

Kenny, Willie, Jim, and Cindy arrive in front of the Halliwell mansion.

				WILLIE
		All right, Fenderman.  In ya go.

ON KENNY

				KENNY
		Okay, Okay.  You don't have to push.

He turns and moves nervously up the rickety steps to the front door.

								CUT TO:

INT GHOSTBUSTERS HQ -- WORKSHOP

Egon is on his hands and knees, crawling under the workbench, trying to
find something.  He reaches up to:

CLOSE ON WORKBENCH

His hand flops to a spot that is noticeably empty.

WIDE ON EGON

Who sits up, sees the empty spot, and rushes down the stairs

				EGON
		Uh, oh.

INT GHOSTBUSTERS HQ -- PETER'S OFFICE

Egon races in, awakening Peter from a nap.

ON EGON

				SPENGLER
		Do you know where the Ecto-Aroma Eliminator
		is?  I can't find it.

ON PETER

				VENKMAN
			(shrugs)
		I gave it to Kenny.  As a souvenir.

WIDEN TO INCLUDE ECON

				SPENGLER
		I'm sorry to hear that, Peter.  It means
		the boy is in serious danger.

Peter looks confused.

				VENKMAN
		But it was just a little box, what's the
		harm?

				STANTZ
		Big booms can come in small packages, Peter.

ON EGON

				SPENGLER
		If that boy pushes the wrong button, it
		could destroy an entire city block.

								CUT TO:

INT GHOSTBUSTERS HQ RECEPTION AREA

The Ghostbusters are gathered around Janine's reception desk.  Ray and
Egon look worried.  Winston is pacing back and forth.  Peter is sitting at
Janine's desk, wearing a look of grave concern.

				VENKMAN
		So let me get this straight -- The isotope
		in the -- whatever it is -- is unstable.

				EGON
		Ecto-Aroma Eliminator.  EAE.

				VENKMAN
		Don't quibble, Egon.  You're the one about
		to give a whole new meaning to the word
		Boom Box.

ANGLE ON RAY

				STANTZ
		The EKE starts out fine, but as ectoplasmic
		material is absorbed and the internal
		reaction builds, it could overload and
		explode.

WIDEN TO INCLUDE EGON

				SPENGLER
		And once it's turned on, it can't be
		stopped.

ON WINSTON

He pauses in his pacing.

				ZEDDMORE
		Could we track it with a geiger counter?

ON EGON

				SPENGLER
		It's possible.  But the odds of finding it
		in a city this size before it blows--

ON PETER

As he leads them off to Ecto-1.

				VENKMAN
		It doesn't matter.  We've gotta try and
		find that kid!  If anything happens to
		him ...

								CUT TO:

EXT GHOSTBUSTERS HQ -- NIGHT

The garage door opens and the Ecto-l screams out into the street, tires
squealing!

EXT. STREET -- NIGHT

The Ecto-1 careens through the streets, its lights flashing.

INT ECTO-1

Winston is at the wheel, Egon, to his side, stares intently at the geiger
counter in his lap.  Ray and Peter are in the backseat.

				SPENGLER
			(shaking his head)
		This machine isn't sensitive enough.

ON PETER

				VENKMAN
		You mean you can't locate him?

ON EGON

				SPENGLER
		Oh, we'll be able to find him certainly.
		As soon as the device explodes, we'll have
		no difficulty tracing the readings.

WIDEN TO INCLUDE WINSTON

				ZEDDMORE
		Egon, sometime soon, you and I must have a
		chat about your sense of priorities.

								CUT TO:

INT HALLIWELL MANSION FRONT ROOM - NIGHT

Kenny is still wandering through the lower level of the mansion.  He
starts and turns at every sound.  After a few seconds, he reaches the
dilapidated staircase.

ANGLE UP STAIRS

				KENNY
		Hmmmmm.

ANGLE ON KENNY

He thrusts the EAE out in front of him.

				KENNY
		Okay, take that!

Nothing happens.  He sits on the stairs and shines his 'ion rifle' at the
EAE.

CLOSE ON EAE

It has three buttons, two small knobs, and a small readout screen.
There's some illegible small print near each of the knobs and buttons.

ANGLE ON KENNY

He's staring at the EAE.

				KENNY
		Maybe it would help if I turned it on.

He pushes the button and a LOW HUM can be heard coming from the EAE.

CLOSE ON EAE

A little display screen glows brightly.

ON KENNY

His face lights up.  He starts to point the EAE around the house. Nothing
happens.  Shifting around, Kenny points the device up the stairs.

CLOSE ON EAE

The display screen starts to flash the number 4 on and off rapidly.

ON KENNY

He studies the face of the EAE intently.

				KENNY
			(to himself)
		Class four.  Must mean there's a Class Four
		ghost here.
			(beat)
		So that means I set the 'Class' knob on 4!

He twists the knob.  The LOW HUM TAKE ON A HIGHER PITCH.

				KENNY
		Then when I spot the ghosts, I hit the
		'intake' button and it sucks 'em in.

ANOTHER ANGLE

Kenny, filled with renewed confidence, stands and starts to climb the
stairs to the upper reaches of the Halliwell house.

				KENNY
		I'll show 'em.  I'll show that Willie
		Bradford!  I'll bust me a whole bunch of
		ghosts.  Then even Dr. Venkman will like
		me again!

UPSHOT -- KENNY ON STAIRS

As Kenny makes his way up to the top of the dilapidated stairway, we see
an EERIE, RED GLOW start to form at the second floor landing.  Kenny,
intent on the humming EAE, doesn't notice.

CLOSE ON EAE

The lethal piece of equipment flashes ominously in Kenny's hand.

								CUT TO:

INT HALLIWELL MANSION UPPER HALLWAY -- NIGHT

Kenny is moving down the second floor hallway.  The red glow is quite
distinct at the end of the hall.  The classic sounds of moaning, haunting
spirits surround the boy.  His 'ion rifle' is dangling unnoticed at his
side, the EKE gripped tightly in both hands in front of him.

				KENNY
		All right, you ghosts!  Come on out!  I'm
		a Ghostbuster and I've got you cornered!

ANOTHER ANGLE

The walls of the upper hallway vibrate with otherworldly energy.

ON RED GLOW

				RED GLOW
			(a deep, rumbling voice)
		GHOSTBUSTER!

ON KENNY

A supernatural wind of incredible force flows from the red glow and knocks
Kenny off his feet.  It blows him back toward the top of the stairs.

ANOTHER ANGLE

We wind continues to howl.  Kenny is blown back into the rickety
bannister.  It is the only thing saving him from the long drop to the
first floor.

ANOTHER ANGLE

				KENNY
		Oh, yeah!  Well take this!

He pushes the 'intake' button on the EAE, but nothing happens.

ON RED GLOW

				RED GLOW
		GHOSTBUSTER!  GHOSTBUSTER!!

ON KENNY

Pushing the button frantically.

ON RED GLOW

The wind continues to howl and the light becomes intense.

								CUT TO:

INT ECTO-1 -- NIGHT

Egon notices a sudden change in the reading.

				SPENGLER
		Winston!  Quick!  Turn around.

ANGLE TO INCLUDE WINSTON

Egon holds up the geiger counter.

				SPENGLER
		Kenny must have turned on the EAE.  I'm
		picking up a radiation increase.

Winston YANKS the steering wheel.

EXT -- STREET -- NIGHT

The Ecto-1 nearly leaps off the pavement as Ray swings it into an
impossibly tight U-turn and races off in the opposite direction.

								CUT TO:

INT -- HALLIWELL MANSION UPPER HALLWAY -- NIGHT

Kenny is bent almost backwards over the bannister railing, fighting
against the ROARING supernatural wind.  He almost loses his grip on the
EAE, but brings it around to point it at the red glow once again.

ANOTHER ANGLE

The red glow is creeping up the walls of the hallway towards Kenny.
MULTI-COLORED LIGHTNING FLASHES punctuate the glow.  The ROAR of the wind
is deafening.

ANGLE ON STAIRWAY

A sharp-clawed, glowing, green hand grips the banister railing.

WIDEN ON GHOST

The hand belongs to a hideous, grinning, ghoulish ghost, slowly creeping
up the stairs towards Kenny.

HIGH ANGLE -- KENNY AND GHOSTS

Struggling to keep his balance, Kenny can't see the dozen sharp-clawed
phantoms creeping up the stairway behind him.

								CUT TO:

INT -- ECTO-1 -- NIGHT

Winston guides the Ecto-1 through the streets.  The car ROCKS from side to
side.  Egon studies his geiger counter.

				SPENGLER
		I'm getting very high readings.

				ZEDDMORE
		This must be the place!

EXT HALLIWELL MANSION -- NIGHT

The Ecto-1 SCREECHES to a halt in front of the old house four Ghostbusters
pile out in full busting regalia.  Peter looks up at the mansion.

UPSHOT -- HALLIWELL MANSION -- PETER'S POV

The old ruin looms ominously overhead.  Through the windows can be seen
multi-colored flashing light.

INT HALLIWELL MANSION UPPER HALLWAY -- NIGHT

Kenny is tiring fast.  The HOWLING WIND buffets him.  The grinning ghouls
have just about reached the top of the staircase.  The Red Glow now
saturates the entire upper hallway.  An EVIL CHORTLE fills the house.

				RED GLOW
		GHOSTBUSTER!!!

ANOTHER ANGLE

The supernatural wind blows fiercely as green talons reach for Kenny.

CLOSE ON RAILING

The old, wooden banister railing behind Kenny bends, CRACKS, and finally
FALLS AWAY under the pressure of the wind.

ANOTHER ANGLE

The force of the wind flings Kenny off the upper landing and into space,
out of the grasping clutches of the grinning green ghosts.

ON KENNY

Who flies across the room and catches hold of the ornate crystal
chandelier over the entryway.  It sways back and forth ominously.

ANOTHER ANGLE -- FRONT DOOR

The Ghostbusters burst through the doorway into the front room.  Peter
takes a few steps forward.

				VENKMAN
			(calling)
		Kenny!  You in here?

				KENNY (o.s.)
		Dr. Venkman!  Here I am!  Up here!

Peter looks up.

UPSHOT -- GHOSTBUSTERS AND KENNY

Kenny sways on the chandelier above the Ghostbusters.  The red glow can be
seen, angry and FLASHING, behind Kenny.

				VENKMAN
		Good!  Stay there and be our lookout!

WIDEN TO INCLUDE RAY, WINSTON, AND EGON

				VENKMAN
		Okay, men!  Let's do some damage!

Peter and Egon go one way while Ray and Winston go the other.  All have
their ion rifles at the ready.

INT LIVING ROOM -- RAY AND WINSTON

Who have chased four ghosts into the living room.

				ZEDDMORE
		Where are they?

				STANTZ
		We followed them in.  They must be here.

The Ghosts zip past them from behind, racing OS.

INT UPPER HALLWAY -- PETER AND EGON

They run up the stairs after three of the green ghosts.

				VENKMAN
		There they are!  Get 'em!

ON GHOSTS

Who stand against the wall as two ion streams zip toward them.  Just as
the beams are about to cage them in, the ghosts fly up and pass through
the wall in unison.  The beams hit the wall causing plaster and wood
splinters to fly.  The disembodied voice of the red glow LAUGHS WICKEDLY;

TWO-SHOT -- PETER AND EGON

They react to the LAUGHTER.

				RED GLOW (o.s.)
		GHOSTBUSTERS!  GHOSTBUSTERS!

				EGON
		I don't like the sound of this.

Venkman nods agreement.

				VENKMAN
		As welcomes go, I've heard better.  Warmer.
		More human ...

INT LIVING ROOM -- RAY AND WINSTON

Who are slowly sneaking up behind a lone ghost.

				RAY
			(whispering)
		One ... two ... three ... fire!

ON GHOST

Without turning, the ghost zips through the wall just as the two ion
streams reach the spot where he used to be.  Plaster and wood splinters
fill the air.  The Red Glow's LAUGHTER ECHOES through the room.

ON WINSTON

				ZEDDMORE
		How ... how ... how'd he know we were here?

ON SPENGLER

				SPENGLER
		Something's funny.  I better check this out
		in Tobin's Spirit Guide.

ANOTHER ANGLE

Spengler pulls out his computer interface to Tobin's Spirit Guide and
punches in data.

				SPENGLER
		Uh, oh.  This doesn't look good.
			(yelling)
		CONFERENCE!!!

ANGLE ON STAIRCASE

Peter and Egon race down the stairs.

INT FRONT ROOM -- THE GHOSTBUSTERS AND KENNY

The four Ghostbusters meet under Kenny's chandelier.  The Red Glow's
LAUGHTER seems to surround them.

ON SPENGLER

Who is holding his hand computer.

				SPENGLER
		There's a single intelligence directing the
		spirit activity in this house.

ON KENNY

Still hanging onto the chandelier.

				KENNY
		You mean like a ghost general?

ON PETER

				VENKMAN
		So it's simple.  Zap the commander and the
		rest of the army's easy.

				SPENGLER (o.s.)
		I'm afraid that's too dangerous, Peter.

ON RAY

				STANTZ
		With that much psychokinetic energy at its
		command, we could be in serious trouble.
		It might be able to blow up the contaiment
		unit.

WIDEN TO INCLUDE RAY, EGON, AND WINSTON

				SPENGLER
		But if a powerful enough kinetic force
		could blow it apart upon being trapped, the
		conditions in the containment unit would
		prevent it from reforming.

ON WINSTON

				ZEDDMORE
		How powerful a force would it take to
		splatter this thing?

ON RAY

				STANTZ
		Near atomic levels.

ON PETER

				VENKMAN
		I have an idea.  Kenny!  Do you still have
		that souvenir I gave you?

ON KENNY

				KENNY
		Yeah.  I've got it right here.

ON PETER

				VENKMAN
		Well, hang onto it.  We're going to need
		it.

ON RAY

				STANTZ
		What do you have in mind?

ON PETER

		Don't ask.  You'll only worry.  C'mon!

ANOTHER ANGLE

Shoulder to shoulder, the Ghostbusters make their way up the stairs, ion
rifles held in front of them.

INT UPPER HALLWAY -- GHOSTBUSTERS

They arrive at the upper story and start slowly down the hallway.

				VENKMAN
		Okay, boys.  Careful now.

ANOTHER ANGLE

From behind the Ghostbusters as they move forward.  The red glow becomes
deeper, more menacing; the LIGHTNING FLASHES angrier and more frequent.
The evil laughter has changed to a low pitched, ominous and continuous
GROWL.

TWO-SHOT -- PETER AND RAY

He calls back over his shoulder.

				VENKMAN
		Stand by, Kenny!  Hang in there!

ON KENNY

He clutches tightly to the chandelier, the EAE in one hand.

CLOSE ON EAE

Its display window flickers rapidly.

ANOTHER ANGLE -- UPPER HALLWAY

The Red Glow seems to coagulate at the far end of the hallway as the
Majian gathers itself for an unleashing of supernatural power.  Suddenly,
like an ectoplasmic tidal wave, it gushes forward with a TERRIBLE ROAR!

REVERSE ANGLE -- THE GHOSTBUSTERS

Peter shouts an order.

				VENKMAN
		Ray!  Winston!  Egon!  FIRE!

The Ghostbusters FIRE THEIR ION RIFLES.  The ION STREAMS FILL THE FRAME.

ON THE MAJIAN

Caught in the ion crossbeams, the Majian writhes and flashes.

				MAJIAN
		Aaaarrrrgggghhhhhhh;!!!!

ON PETER

He tosses a trap down the hallway.

				VENKMAN
		Kenny!  Throw that gadget at the light!

ON KENNY

He throws the EAE down the hallway from the chandelier.

ON THE GHOSTBUSTERS

				VENKMAN
		Duck!

The Ghostbuster duck as the EAE sails overhead.

CLOSE ON PETER

As he falls on the trap release.

ANOTHER ANGLE -- THE MAJIAN

The EAE sails into the center of the swirling red glow .. a perfect
strike!  The trap doors spring open and the supernatural beast is sucked
into the trap, carrying the EAE with it.

CLOSE ON TRAP

As the ectoplasmic horror is drawn in.  The trap doors SNAP SHUT.  At the
same instant, there is a muffled POOMP! and the trap jumps about six
inches in the air, then falls back again.

ANOTHER ANGLE -- THE GHOSTBUSTERS

They slowly get to their feet.  The red glow is completely gone.  The
hallway is clear.  Ray claps Peter on the back.

				STANTZ
		A brilliant plan, Peter!  The blast totally
		discorporated the thing.  I didn't know you
		had it in you!

				VENKMAN
		Hey, but I have to admit I couldn't have
		done it without Kenny.

WIDEN TO INCLUDE ALL

The Ghostbusters all look smilingly at Kenny, still hanging bravely from
the chandelier.

								CUT TO:

EXT HALLIWELL MANSION -- DAWN

The neighborhood kids are arriving to see if Kenny's managed to make it
through the night.  As they gather, Kenny steps out the front door. His
appearance meets with a mix of surprise and admiration.

				WILLIE
		So, Fenderman, you're still here.

ON KENNY

				KENNY
		Sure.  In fact, we're just wrapping up.
		Me and the guys just finished trapping a
		bunch of ghosts.

ON WILLIE

				WILLIE
		Oh, yeah.  Sure.

WIDE ANGLE

Just then, the Ghostbusters come out the door.

				STANTZ
		Thanks for all the help, Kenny.

				SPENGLER
		Yes.  It was a good night's work.

ON KENNY AND WILLIE

Willie is dumbfounded.  Kenny is really enjoying this.

				KENNY
		No problem, guys.  Glad to help.

ON THE OTHER KIDS

Who are impressed as hell.  Cindy is charmed.  Her eyes are wide with
interest and admiration.

				VARIOUS
			(ad lib)
		Wow.  Gosh.  Gee.  Etcetera.

ON KENNY AND PETER

They shake hands.

				VENKMAN
		Why don't you come by sometime next week,
		Kenny?  We'll have some fun.

				KENNY
		You bet.

ANOTHER ANGLE -- WIDE

With that, Peter walks down the stairs.  He pauses as he reaches Cindy.

ON PETER AND CINDY

				VENKMAN
		Great kid, that Kenny, huh?

				CINDY
		Mmm-hmmm.

ON PETER AND KENNY

Peter winks at Kenny, who smiles back.  Peter than walks out of frame.

ANOTHER ANGLE

The kids run up the steps and congratulate Kenny as the Ecto-1 starts to
move.

				WILLIE
		Do you think you could introduce me to
		them?

				KENNY
		We'll see.

Kenny smiles and waves at the Ecto-1 as it speeds away.

				THE END


         script copyright © 1986 Columbia Pictures Television
                          All rights reserved.