The Real Ghostbusters episode 12 review

The Real Ghostbusters

Episode 012

Production number 75005 – 1986 ABC Season 1

“Janine’s Genie”

Written by Len Janson and Chuck Menville

Plot Synopsis:

Janine comes along on her first bust and gets an old lamp in payment. The guys make fun, but things aren’t as innocent as they seem. It turns out the lamp is a gateway to the spirit world and a clever ghoul tricks Janine into believing he’s a genie. Using his powers, the ghost grants a few of wishes for Janine to distract her and the Ghostbusters while his companions escape from their dimension and run amuck in the funnest city in the world, New York!

The Review:

This marks the second character piece episode, this time focusing on Janine. It’s one of the real strengths of the series that it makes a real effort to develop its full cast of characters. Unfortunately this will eventually end in disaster when Slimer is developed to the point where he takes over the entire series.

There’s a lot of fun gags in this episode and I’m always happy to see more of Janine. Janine is, after all, my animated crush. There are some particularly great moments of role reversal in this episode where Janine has to deal with a love struck Egon.

Lots of fun ghost designs are on display in this episode, including a few I believe are from the original concept art created for the series. I have a set of cards from the Real Ghostbusters board game that made use of this amazing concept art which I’ll scan sometime in the future and include here. It’s always fun spotting these designs when they make it into the show.

There was a moment of unintentional awkwardness in this episode however. There is a scene where the Ghostbusters fly a jumbo jet through downtown New York and eventually loop around the twin towers. Of course this was 15 years before the attacks on 9/11 but it’s still kind of surreal to watch today.

I would consider this to be a perfectly solid “filler” episode. It’s got good laughs, good designs, an amusing story and good pacing. Nothing about this episode truly stands out and calls attention to itself though.

Best line of the episode:

Winston (to Janine) – “No one becomes a Ghostbuster overnight.” Particularly funny seeing as Winston was hired on the spot.

Rating: 3 out of 5 on the PKE meter

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~ by Pagz on November 23, 2010.

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