The Real Ghostbusters episode 19 review

The Real Ghostbusters

Episode 019

Production number 76006 – 1986-Syndicated

“Cry Uncle”

Written by Bruce Reid Schaefer

Plot Synopsis:

Egon’s uncle Cyrus doesn’t believe in ghosts and comes to take Egon away to work in his laboratory. It’s up to the guys to prove to uncle Cyrus that Egon is doing important scientific work and that ghosts exist, but not all goes to plan.


The Review:

Another episode from Bruce Reid Schaefer who wrote the episode “Troll Bridge” and another home run. Schaefer continues to display a real handle on all of the characters coupled with an ability to write compelling and fun stories for the Ghostbusters. When I see Schaefer’s name at the beginning of an episode I know I’m in for a good one.

The plot of this episode is fairly simple: Egon’s uncle thinks he should be doing “real” science instead of wasting his time playing ghostbuster. He comes to take Egon away with him and the guys have to convince him that ghosts are real. That’s it. And it’s perfect, it doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that. The interpersonal relationships of the characters are on full display here. The viewer gets a real sense of exactly how the team fits together and how important these guys are to each other.

There are some moments of frustration of course. Proving to uncle Cyrus that ghosts exist should be no harder than showing him Slimer, but instead the guys take him on a bust where his glasses get broken and so he conveniently doesn’t see the spooks. This is a minor point though, the story is handled so well you forgive it this conceit and uncle Cyrus comes to believe in a much more satisfying and dramatic way.

The climax of the episode brings back none other than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man himself and boy does he look great! It’s very cool to see the big guy tromping through the city once more. Alas, in later episodes Stay Puft will be back as a “friendly” character in an effort to pander to children, but here he’s as he should be: large, dangerous and speaking in monstrous shrieks. I can think of no better way to turn Egon’s uncle Cyrus into a believer.

Great gags, Great character moments, great ghosts, great busting, this episode has it all!

Best line of the episode:

Ray – “Has he gotten bigger since the last time?”

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 on the PKE meter


~ by Pagz on December 2, 2010.

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