|"The Luck Of The Irish"
Aired: Monday November 3, 1997
Writer: Brooks Wachtel
Director: Frank Squillace
A Leprechaun, who is released during the renovation of an Irish society house, uses a Shillelagh to suck his victims into his "pot of gold." Garrett's simultaneous string of bad luck jeopardizes the Extreme Ghostbusters ability to catch the Leprechaun. But after he secretly kisses the Blarney Stone, Garrett successfully leads the Extreme Ghostbusters to rescue Mayor McShane at the height of the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
- Victor Brandt [?]
- Mary Jo Catlett [Mr. O'Toole's maid]
- Sherman Howard [?]
- Martin Jarvis [?]
- The script for this episode can be found on the Extreme Ghostbusters Scripts page.
- Title Reference: The phrase "luck of the Irish" is commonly thought to mean "extreme good fortune". However, according to Edward T. O'Donnell, author of "1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History", the term has not an Irish origin but "a happier, if not altogether positive" American one: "During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. ... Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression 'luck of the Irish'. Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed." (source)