New Years 1984
"Well, it's New Year's Day," said Dr. Peter Venkman, happily to his fellow Ghostbusting teammates in the kitchen. "Which means we have a clean slate to break new records in Ghostbusters history.
"Well, we got lots to look forward to, Venkman," said Dr. Ray Stantz. "By the way, guess who I met at the restaurant last Friday. Dan Aykroyd!"
"You've met Dan Aykroyd?" reacted Winston Zedmore.
"Yeah," said Ray. "I love that guy. And get this: He wants to do a movie about us!"
"Really!?" said Slimer, the GB's mascot and first ghost they've caught. "A movie about us?!"
"That's awesome! Did you say yes?" asked Venkman.
"On one condition..." said Ray with a smirk. "Only if Dan plays me in the movie. And he said 'Done deal'. So, we're in."
The Ghostbusters and Silmer cheer in excitement.
"Wait," said Dr. Egon Spengler. "If Dan Aykroyd's going to play you, Ray, then who's going to play me?"
"He can't decide between Harold Ramis or Jeff Goldblum," said Ray.
"I... I've no idea what to say because I'm not familiar with those two," said Egon with honesty.
"And what about me?" asked Venkman.
"Chevy Chase, I think," said Ray.
"Well, it'd be an honor to have him play me," said Venkman. "But if Chevy ain't interested, I would go with Bill Murray from Caddyshack."
"Ooh," said Ray. "When I take him to the Fort to meet Lilith, I'll be sure to tell him that."
"You're going to Fort Detmerring again?" asked Venkman. "Wow. You must really love that ghost lady friend of yours."
"Look, I know it's strange to be in love with a ghost girl," said Ray. "But I can't help but love her."
The GBs and Slimer look at Ray in a weirded out way. Ray then sighs sadly.
"Yeah," he said. "I guess you're right. It is a problem."
"Ray, it's alright," said Egon. "As strange as we think it is, we have no problem with you visiting Lilith."
"Just, uh, don't expect having a ghost wedding," said Winston.
"I won't," said Ray. "Well, gotta get going. Dan wants me to meet him at the donut shop for a bit to brainstorm ideas. He already has some for the Gozer thing. Slimer, wanna come with me?"
"Sure, Ray," said Slimer.
"Hey, I wanna come, too," said Venkman. "I wanna meet Jake Blue."
"Alright," said Ray. "You can come, too, Venkman."
Ray, Venkman, and Slimer enter the donut shop to find Dan Aykroyd sitting at a booth with some coffee. Dan looks over to the two GBs and green ghost and waves to them.
"Over here, guys!" said Dan Aykroyd.
The guys and Slimer go sit with Dan.
"Dan, this is my teammate, Dr. Peter Venkman," said Ray.
"Hi, Venky," said Dan, shaking hands with Venkman.
"Venky? Hmm, no one's called me that before. I like it," said Venkman. "Use that nickname in the movie."
"Sure," said Dan. "And you must be Slimer."
"That's me," said Slimer. "How are ya, Dan?"
"Can't complain," said Dan. "You know, I could've sworn you were yellow..."
"Nope, green," said Slimer. "Slime green."
"Weird, I always thought you were yellow. Don't know why. Anyway, ready to brainstorm, guys?"
"Sure," said Ray, taking out a notebook. "By the way, I got a good idea for an ending."
"Already?" asked Venkman.
"Well, it's my ending. I call it the 'Happy Ever After' ending. It's a montage of great things happening to us."
"Okay, let's hear it," said Dan.
"Okay," said Ray. "The ending montage begins with Ghostbusters becoming a multinational corporation. A chrome and glass building would be there, with multiple Ectomobiles coming in and out. And I made Winston the CEO."
"Hey, no fair!" pouted Venkman. "Why can't I be CEO?"
"Well, I just thought Winston would be a good fit," said Ray, nervously. "Anyway, next we see me going to the Fort, now a tourist attraction, visiting Lilith, holding a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine."
Ray sighs heavenly on that idea.
"Typical," said Venkman, rolling his eyes.
"Hmm," said Dan. "A Ghostbuster in love with a lady ghost... I like it."
"Next, we see Egon and Janine, our secretary, getting married in a Vegas chapel, with our future accountant, Louis, throwing the rice at them with glee."
"Why Vegas? Would it be because they don't have enough money?" asked Dan.
"That's one reason. Finally, for Venkman and Dana, they have a dance scene in her apartment, still under repair work. And remember Dana telling us about the eggs frying on her counter? Well, I had this idea: we zoom into an egg carton, and the egg cracks and... out pops a baby chick, looking around his new world. The end!"
"Actually," said Venkman. "That actually sounds awesome, Ray."
"Yeah, that's wonderful," said Dan. "Give me a Xerox copy of that ending, Dr. Ray. I wanna save that."
"Sure, Dan," said Ray. "So, let's start at the beginning. How about we start at the New York Library where the Library Ghost encounter happened."
"What was the Librarian Ghost's name again?" asked Dan.
"Eleanor Twitty," said Ray. "She's still out there, but one day, we'll catch her."
More to come! Dedicated to Dan Aykroyd
and Harold Ramis
the creators of GB.