10 Things in Ghostbusters That Make No Sense

Updated on April 5, 2018

The Ghostbusters first exploded onto the scene back in 1984, saving the world from a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow man. After that, they fought a bunch of cartoon specters in The Real Ghostbusters, blew up an ancient Carpathian deity in Ghostbusters II, fought some serious hellspawn in Extreme Ghostbusters, and then got a whole new cast of faces in Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. While the series has a whole bunch of awesome ideas and ghostly fights, there are a whole lot of things that need to be answered for, and who better to call?

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Now to be clear, these are opinions, and posted in no particular order.

1. Where Does Janine Stand?

Let's take a look at how varying the Ghostbusters treat Janine Melnitz, the dorky receptionist.

In the first movie, Peter treats the woman like crap, telling her she has bug-eyes and that she wouldn't be able to get a job better than her over-working, under-paying desk job with the Ghostbusters. Egon is completely oblivious to her (often overtly) sexual advances on him, despite a sequence where he crawls out from under her desk. Ray and Winston don't have too much interaction with Janine, but of the group, I feel that she'd get the kinder words from them.

In Ghostbusters II, she has moved on from Egon, and become more interested in the geeky accountant/lawyer Louis Tully. In this film, Peter treats her a bit better, giving her an opportunity to babysit Dana's baby. While she does appear in an onscreen commercial as well, her screen time in Ghostbusters II is relatively small.

However, once we look into The Real Ghostbusters tv series, it would appear that all four of the titular Ghostbusters are in fact infatuated with this more sexy version of their receptionist.

Later on, in the IDW comics, she actually goes full badass, leading her own team of Ghostbusters to save the original group. So...where exactly does Janine stand with the Ghostbusters?

2. Slimer

Alright, I get that Slimer is supposed to be the mascot ghost of the franchise, having appeared in pretty much ever iteration of it, but what the hell is he!? If the ghosts in the series are supposed to be deceased humans, why does Slimer look like a cross between a beach ball and one of those jars of Flarp?

Design flaws aside, he is one of the most iconic ghosts in the Ghostbusters mythos, so why do they keep changing the way that he looks? Between all three of the movies, Extreme Ghostbusters and The Real Ghostbusters, he has had way too many changes in his character design. And that's not even considering the whole She-Slimer from Answer the Call.

3. Everyone Forgot...Twice!

Okay, how the hell does an entire city forget about events that happened less than five years prior? Sure there was a lot of damage caused by their final fight against Gozer the Gozerian, but if they hadn't done what they did, there would have been an entire city, if not the entire world, destroyed by this demi-God. So, why does everyone treat these guys like they're frauds and a joke? They get pushed to doing kid's birthday parties for crying out loud!

And then, after defeating Vigo in the second movie, once again, the Ghostbusters are just...forgotten about. Literally. When we watch Answer the Call, there is absolutely no reference to the Ghostbusters having existed AT ALL! When the new group of Ghostbusters come along in NYC, there are Easter Eggs galore, but they never actually acknowlege there being a previous team.

I get that New Yorkers are hard asses, but come on!

4. Washington Square Ghost

As previously mentioned, I'm pretty sure that most of the ghosts in the Ghostbusters franchise are supposed to be dead people, right? Then why is it that almost none of them look like humans? There are a select few, the Scoleri Brothers, the Librarian, etc, but there are so many more that just look like monsters. The Real Ghostbusters tv series is guilty of making the vast majority of their characters monsters instead of legitimate ghosts.

The one that really pushes me over the edge though is during Ghostbusters II, when the slime starts creating ghosts everywhere. There is one MASSIVE ghost that looks more like a rancor than a human. He is so large he takes up the entirety of Washington Square.

5. "The Titanic Just Arrived"

During the previously mentioned sequence in Ghostbusters II, the one where the slime starts bringing a bunch of ghosts to life, a dock supervisor (played by Cheech Marin) calls in to the police office. The officer who takes the call, begrudgingly passes the word to his chief that the Titanic had just arrived.

Okay, so here's the thing about that... Even if the slime that originated from the Manhattan Museum of Art had made its way out to sea, the odds of it making all the way to where the Titanic rested at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 1300 miles off the coast) are slim to none. And if that were the case that it made it that far out, chances are that there would be a large amount of the slime that would have remained behind after the climax battle against Vigo. Which means that there was a chance that Vigo could have returned. Which would have caused more problems for our heroes. So...yeah. Calling bulls**t on that.

6. Judge Stephen "The Hammer" Wexler

Wow. This guy is just.... Wow. I have never seen a judge this...passionate about what he does. Not only is he totally unjust in his sentencing towards the Ghostbusters, but he is so damn angry while passing his sentencing that it feels more like a personal attack on them than a passing of judgment.

I'm sure that he is...probably... not a bad judge normally, but as the scene progresses, he gets more and more manic with his verdict. He doesn't allow Egon, Ray and Peter to defend themselves in any way, constantly shouting for them to shut up, and the whole scene culminates with his telling them that he would love to be able to burn them at the stake. Geez, judge, just...take it down a notch, huh?

Oh, and his rage ends up waking up the first two ghosts we see in Ghostbusters II, so I guess that's not so bad.

7. Everybody Hates Ray

So, Ray is obviously a smart guy. A bit childish and naïve, but overall a smart fella. So, why does it seem that he always gets the short end of every stick? When the group decides they need a place to set up shop, they have Ray do a TRIPLE mortgage on his house (and if you've played Monopoly, you know that's a bad idea), going so far as to not even try to bargain for a lower interest rate. Egon even points out that his interest rate alone will be $95,000. During the climax of Ghostbusters, Ray reveals that he and the other Ghostbusters are not in fact gods, as Gozer assumes, and receives an earful from the other Ghostbusters. When he accidentally telepathically tells Gozer to turn into the Stay Puft Marshmallow man, he receives a similar earful.

In Ghostbusters II, after the team is disbanded, Egon and Peter seem to be doing relatively well for themselves, being a successful scientist and tv host, respectively, but Ray (who must be severely in debt, from the triple mortgage mentioned above) is running a book store. Then, when Peter catches wind that Egon and Ray are working with a secret client, Peter pulls on his ears until it is revealed who the client is.

8. Egon's Parents Didn't Believe in Toys?

In one of the most throwaway lines from Ghostbusters II, Egon mentions that he never had any toys since his parents didn't believe in them. Okay, what?! Mr. and Mrs. Spengler, it's not like it's a religion. You can't just not believe in a material thing like that. Toys are a thing, mom and dad! Come on!

How did Egon grow up to be as...normal as he is with parents like this? That's the real mystery behind the Ghostbusters. Not all that science bullsh*t, that all makes sense to me. I want to know more about the lack of toys in Dr. Spengler's childhood. Also, who the heck straightens out a slinky? How does that even work?

9. Egon's Hair

On the topic of the oddity that is Egon, let's touch base about Egon's hair. It has been inconsistent in almost every series. At some point, between Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, during the run of The Real Ghostbusters, Egon found to the time to grow out a ponytail and dye his hair blonde, and then chop it off again before Ghostbusters II, only to go back to the blonde ponytail to finish the run of The Real Ghostbusters. This look remains for Extreme Ghostbusters, but then goes back to a more traditional look during the IDW comics.

Why so many different looks to this iconic character?

10. The Slime

So, where exactly does the slime come from? Like, Vigo literally has rivers of slime flowing under the streets of New York City. He obviously had it when he was in Carpathia, it shows up in the painting's like...spirit thing...I'm not exactly sure how it works, but yeah, spirit picture type thing.

Regardless, this pink, psychomagnotheric slime seems to follow Vigo around like a dog follows his master. But where exactly does it come from? Did he find some magical formula to create a small batch of the crud before allowing it to simmer and grow under his kingdom during his nearly 100 year reign.

Given he was a master sorcerer, I suppose it wouldn't be too hard for him to create something like this. Or maybe it was aliens.

Yeah, probably aliens.

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      Laura Smith 6 weeks ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      More plot holes than a slice of swiss cheese but still probably the best comedy of all time in my book. Great nitpickiness. ha ha

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