The Real Ghostbusters: Season 1, Episode 27: Doctor, Doctor
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  • Seeing their suits suddenly acquire sentience is creepy, but I think the real kicker is when you see something start to move underneath Egon's skin after they think that they've gotten rid of the stuff


    • by David Finniss

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      A ghost chase leads the team to a chemical plant. While they do capture the spirit, it results in the destruction of the lab and the four covered in a mysterious substance that they can’t identify. They are eventually able to wash it off, but the substance regrows, forcing the group to go to a hospital for treatment for whatever their condition is.

      The episode breaks the formula in a lot of ways as the group has to sit by while the doctors try to screw up the courage to run tests on them. It’s never a good sign when the hospital staff is doing


      things like hiding behind a giant shield or just running away when you enter the room, though it is pretty funny to see.

      I’m kind of surprised that Egon didn’t want to perform the tests himself, and at one point, he even laments that he doesn’t have access to his equipment. Despite this setback, they do manage to figure out enough of what’s going on to win the day.

      The jokes here worked pretty well, and while the episode wasn’t dark, there were some creepy moments. Seeing their “suits” suddenly acquire sentience is creepy, but I think the real kicker is when you see something ...


      • start to move underneath Egon’s skin after they think that they’ve gotten rid of the stuff.

        The joke about Peter not paying the insurance was funny, although after the big government contract from a couple of episodes ago, and the steady work they seem to get, one has to wonder why he didn’t pay it. In any event, his strategy to “skip out” on the bill was pretty clever and the doctor’s expression upon seeing it was priceless.

        Considering how annoying Slimer is, I don’t get why Straczynski tries to work him into the plot as frequently as he does. I have a feeling that

        we were supposed to be in suspense when the monster was chasing the spud, but I was rooting for him to get caught. If nothing else, Peter’s sudden change in attitude from “we need to save the patients” to “it can wait” after hearing about the potential danger to Slimer was pretty funny.

        The episode was amusing and enjoyable. It differed from the norm, but still gave you the stuff you would come to expect from this show. All in all, it was a solid plot and while it wasn’t mind blowing, it did a pretty good job at what it set out to do.




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