Funny: The Real Ghostbusters
For an action cartoon, The Real Ghostbusters
is relatively low-key and doesn't have as many Awesome Moments
as its competitors (although there are a few
). Now Funny Moments
, on the other hand, tend to be numerous on the ground, especially in the first season. Just as a short list...
- Most of "Ain't NASA-sarily So", highlights being how Egon reminds the Star Fleet Expies of an old science officer and Peter's 100% truthful quips about government contracts.
- The exorcist getting his comeuppance in "The Spirit of Aunt Lois"
- Also from "The Spirit of Aunt Lois", the boys need to hold a sťance so the spirits will stop bothering Ray's Aunt Lois. They don't know how, and figure they simply need to chant something for it to work:
Egon: "The square root of the hypotenuse is equal to the length of the two opposite sides, a-mmm..."
Winston: "Hey, hey, ghosts, get out the way-ah!"
Peter and Ray: [both look at each other and start singing] "99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer..."
- Peter: At any rate, I need a nap. Wake me about Six.(walks upstairs.) SLIIIIIIIIIIIIMEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRR! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY BED?!
- Then there's the scene in "Citizen Ghost" where Egon & Peter were checking on the rebuilt containment unit. Of course the latter is slacking off, but Egon catches on.
Egon: AH-HA! Caught you! We don't have a transwarp drive.
) I'm not going to talk to you again for at least a week. It's not good for me.
Peter: Hey, don't make fun. This is how I got through college.
Ray: Just to annoy Peter, what's say we call you "Slimer"?
- After Ray arrives to help out in "Mrs. Roger's Neighborhood":
The prime motivator is a demon named Watt. Ray: Named what? Egon:
I asked you first! Peter:
No, Watt is its name. Ray:
Don't ask me. Ask Egon. Egon:
This'll show you Watt. Ray:
Nevermind. Let's just track it down.
- In "When Halloween Was Forever," Egon is separated from the others in order to implement a plan involving hooking his proton pack up to five spotlights in order to weaken Samhain enough for him to be trapped.
Egon: There. It should all be... (he pushes the power button on the pack, causing the spotlights to flicker for a second before the pack falters and stops from starting up properly) Sometimes I think the universe just waits for me to get cocky. (frantically rewires the pack)
- This exchange between Slimer and the pilot in the episode "Take Two" when the pilot is annoyed by Slimer's flying:
Pilot: I've flown for 20 years. How long have you been flying?
(Slimer mumbles and holds up three fingers, possibly for three years.)
Pilot: Then why don't you GET BACK IN YOUR SEAT AND FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT!
- The funniest thing being that the pilot didn't seem to be bothered that Slimer was a ghost and got him to sit still just by yelling at him!
- Peter's walking-dead Morning Routine in "Mr. Sandman, Dream Me A Dream":
Winston: What'd he say?
Egon: Sounded like "coffee", possibly "cookie".
Ray: Translation, Egon?
Egon: Sounded like "get out of my face or eat flaming terror".
- The sarcastic Peter and stoic Egon have one of those great comedic rapports, always using just the right inflection to make you laugh at any exchange of theirs, such as in "Look Homeward, Ray," when Egon drags Peter away by the wrist while the latter and Winston were trying to talk Ray, currently suffering from a Heroic BSOD, out of quitting:
Egon: We're wasting time — let's go.
Peter: Don't let your emotions overwhelm ya', Egon...
Winston: Yeah, you didn't even try to talk Ray out of it!
Peter: No electric shock, Egon.
Egon: (looks disappointed for a second) I've got another plan...
- And in "The Boogieman Cometh":
Peter: You want to tell us why you're so hot to take this case?
Peter: Thanks, Egon, that explains a lot.
- And speaking of that episode, the guys set a trap for the Boogieman by renting an apartment and furnishing one room to look like a kid's bedroom. They just need one more thing to make it complete...
Egon: We need someone to sleep in this room tonight — someone's whose thoughts, actions, and general state of mind are identical to, say, a six-year-old...
beat as three of them look at...
- Multiple moments in "Knock Knock"
- The climax of "No One Comes to Lupusville" for sheer wonderful absurdity
- Pretty much the entire last third of "The Hole in the Wall Gang" (and with that one, what do you expect from David Gerrold, the writer who invented the Tribble for Star Trek: The Original Series?)note
- In "The Devil to Pay", Winston unwittingly signs a contract with a Louis Cypher character:
Ray: Actually, Winston, Dib is a minor demon, not the devil per se.
Winston: Thank you, Ray. I have sold my soul to a minor demon. I have sold my soul to a minor demon...
- The final contest in Dib's gameshow sees the Ghostbusters tied to a giant roulette wheel. The ball will crush one of them unless a specific Ghostbuster confesses a secret he didn't want the others to know.
- Peter's Bait and Switch is also hilarious:
Peter: Okay, okay, you got me! Last week, Janine was upstairs taking a shower, and I... well...
Egon: You peeked?!
Peter: No! No, I didn't... but I did send Slimer up the water pipe and told him she had a donut in her shower cap.
- Egon's sheer irritation at being in the cartoon world in "Who're You Calling Two-Dimensional?"
Dopey Dog: We have only one chance. We have to pick up and move this lake, or else your friends will die.
Egon: You cannot move a lake. It's physically impossible.
Dopey Dog: We don't have time to argue about this. Your friends need us.
(they pick up and move the lake, and Ray, Winston, and Peter land in it)
Winston: Quick thinking guys, but now we're soaked.
Dopey Dog: That's simple. Walk out of frame.
(they walk out of frame)
Dopey Dog: Now walk back into frame.
(the guys walk back into frame, completely bone dry)
Egon: That's it. I'm leaving.
- In "Ghost Busted," after a long lull of business, the Firehouse finally gets a call.
What? What was it? Janine:
Somebody wanting to sell us swampland in Florida. (everyone sighs) Peter:
It was probably my dad
- The montage of the guys and Janine try to get mundane jobs - Peter causes an explosion at a chemical lab; Egon tries showing off a used car, only to accidentally rip off its shoddy door; Janine gets overworked at an office; Ray finds the zoo too much for him; and some angry truckers flip over Winston's cab caused he honked his horn at them in a traffic jam.
- In "Chicken, He Clucked," Cubbie (the creepy guy that really hates chickens) is spotted by Egon at the library with a book about the supernatural.
Librarian: Is he human?
Egon: Unfortunately, yes.
- After initiating an Enemy Mine situation, Morganon explains his deal with Cubbie that wound up banishing chickens to the spirit world. As Morganon rants about his sheer embarrassment over this whole thing, Ray pantomimes to Winston that he's crazy.
Morganon: I need you, but don't push it!
- After the deal is broken:
Morganon: Thanks, fellas. You may be a pain in the neck to my kind most of the time, but for now, I owe you one. See you around - well, uh, one of you anyway.
Peter: How come you guys always look at me when somebody says stuff like that?
Egon, Ray and Winston: No comment.
- Egon is working on a complicated equation in the lab.
: I'll solve this equation if it's the last thing I do. (Slimer comes into the lab to say hello, and slimes up the blackboard, ruining Egon's equation. He promptly panics, and thinking quickly, writes out a formula. Just in time, as Egon wanders back into view.) Slimer:
*gasp* Egon! Egon:
Actually, that about solves it. Except you misplaced a decimal point. Slimer: (hastily adds a decimal point) Egon:
Not bad. Have you ever considered working for Carl Sagan
- "Drool, the Dog-Faced Goblin" has a meta-funny moment. The GBs have set themselves up in a boarding-house out in the Poconos. We see the outside of the building (at night), with a close-up on one window. There are strange gurgling and growling noises coming from within. We expect to see a horde of beasts terrorizing everyone within...but it's just Ray, playing with his dolls and impersonating Frank Welker-voiced monsters.
- The very first bit of dialogue is absolutely hilarious.
Winston: So, why are we here?
Peter: That was a mistake...
Egon: Well, we're here because billions of years ago there was a cataclysmic explosion which...
Winston: (*blows whistle*) Whoa, whoa, time out! I meant, what are we doing way out here in the Poconos?
Egon: Oh. We're here because of (indicates poster of Drool, the Dog-Faced Goblin) that.
- In "Cry Uncle," Janine warns Egon's uncle not to touch the Containment Unit, but, not believing in ghosts, he has no qualms about randomly pushing buttons on it, trying to figure out what this device really does... and, of course, ends up opening it. The hilarious part is the flat, deadpan, thoroughly bored tone in which Janine then says, "I really wish you hadn't done that, Dr. Spengler."
- In "The Collect Call of Cathulhu," after you-know-who is summoned and the Ghostbusters find their proton beams useless against him.
Winston: Sometimes I really regret answering that ad you guys ran.
Peter: Egon, what do you got?
Egon: His power is completely off the scale. None of our equipment can even begin to stop him. We don't have a prayer.
Peter: You're such a pollyanna, Egon!
- In "The Scaring of the Green," the guys get arrested after a job, thanks to a unwarranted proton blast.
Peter: How was I supposed to know it was the mayor's wife? All I saw was a quivering green blob.
Frump: I'll tell her you said that.
Peter: She was pale like a ghost.
Egon: Especially after you fired.
Ray: Good shot, though.
- Winston says what I'm sure a lot of fans of this cartoon felt at one point or another in "The Haunting of Heck House."
Winston: And we agreed to come here without our proton packs?
Peter: That's right.
Winston: Sometimes I think between the four of us we don't have the brains God gave a doorknob.
- There's also the scene when Egon takes refuge in the library.
Egon: Feels safe somehow.
Yeah, you're probably okay, unless it heard about our first case. You know, the one in the New York Public Library? Where books started flying out of the bookcases — hundreds and hundreds of little guided missiles? Well, we'll just hope they never saw the movie made about all that.
(A book begins to slide out of the bookcase behind Egon all by itself)
(The book zips back into place)
- The framing device for the episode is that Peter Venkman is telling a story to a visiting class. The students' teacher warns them not to break anything...or let anything out.
- From "Janine, You've Changed," after Slimer returns from spying on Janine:
Egon: I take it you've all read Slimer's report.
Peter: Yeah, and the copy machine's never gonna be the same again. Yuck!
- During a ride in Ecto-1:
Peter: Say, Egon. Y'know, I just had a thought.
Egon: You had a thought?
Egon: Have a cookie.
Egon: It's how they train seals, Peter. Unfortunately, I'm out of fish.
- The Mexican dub of "The Hole in the Wall Gang" features a Sneaky reference to those other Ghostbusters. A couple calls the Ghostbusters to their house and leave them there. When they come back, the Ghostbusters not only have destroyed their house, but tell them they will send the bill soon and leave. The couple then argues:
- The end credits show the Ghostbusters on parade with Slimer trying to join in, but Peter keeps trying to push him out of the way. At the end, Slimer gets stuck on Peter's leg and he tries to shake him out, causing him and the others to slip on the slime. Slimer flies away with the Ghostbusters chasing after him.