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Recap / The Real Ghostbuster S 4 E 2 Poultrygeist
On a farm at night, some chickens run in fear from a giant, chicken-like monster. The farmer hears their noises and tells his wife Maude that something is "stirring up the chickens", so she goes out to investigate. She is ambushed by the chicken monster and when she comes back, her eyes are red and she is speaking in clucks. She then shapeshifts into another chicken monster and eats all her husband's popcorn.
At the firehouse, Peter and Ray are taking out the trash and complaining, because it was meant to be Egon's night to take out the trash (and do the dishes, which Winston is doing instead) but he's busy working on something. The phone rings and it's the farmer, claiming a giant chicken ate his wife, so everyone except Egon drives to the farm.
There, Maude, still in chicken form, lays an egg and flies off, while her husband tells the Ghostbusters about what happened. Winston and Peter think that the farmer is hallucinating, but Ray thinks that "were-chickens" are real. They spot giant chicken footprints and follow them to the large egg, which Peter and Slimer decide to take home for analysis. Peter hands it to Egon, while Winston and Ray search around. They find the were-chicken that bit Maude and zap it, causing it to turn into a green creature, which they then trap.
Egon and Slimer go to bed, but the latter wakes up hungry after dreaming about food and tries to bake the were-chicken egg. The egg hatches and Slimer flies away into the bathroom, where Egon is showering. He tells him there's a monster in the kitchen, so Egon gets dressed and goes to check it out, but the baby were-chicken bites him and he turns into a were-chicken.
Slimer tells Peter about the monster and he tries to zap the transformed Egon, only for Ray (who has now arrived home, along with Winston) to stop him. Winston, Peter, Ray, and Slimer hide in the closet, where Ray explains that Egon turned into a were-chicken, but that he will change back when the moon isn't up. Sure enough, he turns back when the moon goes behind a cloud, and the others explain the situation to him. Ray looks were-chickens up in a book and finds that there's an antidote, which the non-Egon Ghostbusters and Slimer whip up (while Egon becomes sweaty and unwell). He starts to change form, but luckily, Winston brings the antidote up and has him drink it.
Unfortunately, it only partially works (with Ray explaining that it's due to the missing "chicken-bane") resulting in Egon having his own head but a chicken's body, but he's confident that there'll be a logical solution. The rest of the Ghostbusters chase the were-chicken that bit Egon down into an area just outside a supermarket, where they found that it's grown to be thirty feet tall.
Back at the firehouse, Janine has discovered Egon's condition and asks what happened, but he only responds with, "It's a long story" and has her give him his coat so he can go to a meeting.
The giant were-chicken stomps around NYC and the non-Egon Ghostbusters zap it, which turns it to also turn into a green creature. They try to trap it, but the trap explodes because it hadn't been emptied, then the were-chicken turns back into itself. It starts climbing up a skyscraper, and when Peter makes a joke about "putting it on ice", Winston and Ray decide to freeze it using the weather balloon Egon had been experimenting with. While Egon shows off his weather balloon at the meeting, Slimer alerts him, and Peter and Egon use the weather balloon to make it snow on the were-chicken, freezing it.
Then, Maude makes "chicken-bane soup" to cure herself and Egon of their chicken lycanthropy. A howling noise is heard in the lab, but it turns out to be Slimer listening to a song.
This episode provides examples of
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal : Egon still wears his glasses even as a were-chicken.
- Anthropomorphic Food : Slimer dreams about dancing food and drink.
- Arbitrary Skepticism : Despite ghosts and demons being demonstrably real, Peter and Winston initially don't believe in were-chickens.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever : The second werechicken ended up growing to the size of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
- Be Careful What You Wish For : After Slimer is scared off by whatever's behind him, Peter really hopes it's just Egon. He turns around and sees he's face-to-face with Egon as a were-chicken.
- Cassandra Truth : When the farmer claims there was a giant chicken, Winston and Peter didn't believe him, but it was true.
- Chekhov's Gag : Egon's been so busy with his weather balloon that the others have to cover for his chores, much to their chagrin. They only go to investigate Zeke's claim of a giant chicken just to get out of this extra workload. Worse, it was Egon's job to empty the traps, meaning they later can't deal with the giant were-chicken the usual way.
- Chekhov's Gun : The weather balloon that Egon was experimenting with ends up being used to help freeze the were-chicken.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure : When Egon turns back from being a were-chicken, he's in his underwear. Egon : "Ray, what is going on? And why am I nearly naked?"
- Covered in Gunge : Slimer accidentally gets gunk on Peter.
- Dramatic Irony : The Ghostbusters initially aren't sure if the were-chicken is real, but we the viewers have already seen that it is.
- Ray comes up with the idea of freezing the giant were-chicken after Peter makes a joke about "put[ting] this big bird on ice".
- After busting the initial were-chicken, Ray says all that's left is finding the one that got Maude. Winston realizes that one probably is Maude.
- The Food Poisoning Incident : Discussed when Peter jokingly asks if the farmer is seeing things because he ate "too much greasy popcorn".
- Good News, Bad News : Ray and Winston give Egon good news and bad news— the bad news is that he turned into a were-chicken, but the good news is that there's an antidote.
- Hope Spot : The guys blast the giant were-chicken and are about to finish the job, only to find the trap is still full. It overloads, allowing the were-chicken to continue unabated.
- Imagine Spotting : Slimer eats his own thought bubble when he dreams of food.
- Imperfect Ritual : The antidote to cure Egon required chicken bane as the last ingredient. Unfortunately, with none on hand before Egon changed, he was forced to take the potion as it was. The good news is that his head and mind stayed normal. Unfortunately, the rest of his still became a chicken.
- Instantly Proven Wrong : In Ecto-2, Peter admits he was wrong to be skeptical of were-chickens, but he scoffs at the claims of a giant one. After looking over his shoulder, he almost flies right into the beast's mouth.
- Lightmare Fuel : Characters get turned into horrific, feral monsters... that resemble chickens.
- When Maude turns into a were-chicken, her husband believes it ate her.
- When Peter first sees Egon in were-chicken form, he believes it ate him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero : The were-chicken egg hatches because Slimer took it out of the fridge and tried to cook himself an omelette.
- Noodle Incident : Apparently, the were-chicken egg is only the second largest egg Egon has ever seen, even though it's about the size of Slimer.
- Not So Stoic : Despite usually being The Stoic , Egon sings in the shower. He also trembles and exclaims in pain when turning into a were-chicken.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different : Only in Ghostbusters could there exist were-chickens.
- Painful Transformation : Implied. When Egon transforms into a were-chicken, he groans and cringes.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning : The evil were-chickens have red eyes.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons : Winston and Peter think that the farmer is hallucinating due to "watching too many horror movies". Actually, the farmer does watch horror movies, but the were-chicken was real.
- Shock-and-Switch Ending : The episode ends with Maude and Egon cured of their were-chicken transformations, but then howling is heard coming from the lab... but that turns out to only be part of a song Slimer is listening to.
- Singing in the Shower : Egon sings to himself while taking a shower.
- When Peter asks whose job emptying the trap was, Winston and Ray say, "Egon" in unison.
- When Peter asks how you freeze a 60-foot chicken, Winston and Ray reply, "Egon's weather balloon!" at once.
- Spooky Animal Sounds : Subverted. The beginning scene takes place at night and an eerie wolf's howl can be heard, but it turns out to be in a movie the farmer is watching.
- Squick : In-Universe , Winston is not happy with the idea of the were-chicken laying an egg.
- Toothy Bird : The were-chickens have teeth.
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In this blog I will be reviewing the Ghostbusters franchise. This will include both of the classic movies and the Real Ghostbusters cartoon series of the late 80s early 90s. I also plan to review the new movie when it comes out this summer. I might review other parts of the franchise as well. This blog does and will contain SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS, and SPOILERS. So if you don't want something spoiled for you don't read about it.
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A Werechicken strikes an unsuspecting farmhouse, leaving a trail of mayhem and one very large egg. After a hungry Slimer tries to cook the egg and unintentionally hatches it, the newborn Werechicken bites Egon, turning him into a half-man, half-chicken creature!
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- The title of this episode is a parody of the 1982 movie, Poltergeist.
- Slimer listens to soul music.
- Series regular Kath Soucie(Janine), provides the voice of Maude.
- In a coloring error toward the end of the episode, Peter's jumpsuit is colored like Ray's.
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It’s Saturday, which means the official Ghostbusters YouTube channel just uploaded another classic episode of The Real Ghostbusters !
In this week’s episode, a man driven mad by the constant smell of chicken in his life from a nearby restaurant makes a deal with a demon to rid the world of all the chickens.
Do you suffer from Alektorophobia? Hopefully The Real Ghostbusters don’t as the fate of the world’s chickens are in their hands in this episode!
The 18th episode of the second season “Chicken, He Clucked” first aired October 19th, 1987. A man with a fear of chickens has a breakdown and uses some magic books from the New York Public library to summon up a demon named Morgannan in a bid to rid the world of all its chickens.
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Before "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" brought the paranormal exterminators and the descendants of one Egon Spengler to the big screen, we were introduced to one of the new ghosts on the scene. His name was Muncher , and the bulbous blue blob felt like the successor to Slimer, the perpetually hungry green ghost of the "Ghostbusters" franchise.
In the 2021 movie, Muncher was the first specter that Phoebe, Podcast, and Trevor busted and trapped, but not before facing his munching wrath, which also including shooting shards of metal out of his mouth when cornered. Since the paranormal threats circling Summerville, Oklahoma were handily dealt with by both the young and old generations of Ghostbusters, we're not likely to see Muncher again. But it would appear he has a peculiar little heir taking his place.
"Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" hits theaters in April, and the movie merchandise tied to the film's release is starting to be revealed. It should come as no surprise that the sequel's first wave of Funko POPs have provided our first glimpse at a new ghost coming to the big screen: a gnarly little potato called Pukey , and it's already our new best friend.
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As of now, there's no telling how big Pukey is related to humans, because plenty of creatures from film and television have been given the Funko POP treatment that aren't on scale with their human Funko POP counterparts. So Pukey could be the size of a chicken nugget or a potato, which is really what he looks like, or he could be more along the size of Slimer or Muncher. One thing's for sure, that sharp-toothed mouth is rather concerning, and I'm betting once he opens that sucker, you'll be looking into a hellish hole. And considering the name, it's likely that when that mouth opens, he'll be spewing ectoplasm all over the place.
And yet, all we can think of is snuggling this silly little spook, no matter how much he upchucks everywhere. Just look at those chubby little legs! It's never gonna do anything wrong. We're betting that this is also a ghost with with attitude. It's edgy. It's "in your face." You've heard the expression, "Let's get busy"? Well, this is a ghost who gets "biz-zay!" Consistently and thoroughly. Whenever Pukey's not on screen, all the other characters should be asking "Where's Pukey?"
Oh, and I guess there are some other "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" Funko POPs, too. It looks like at least one of the Mini Pufts survived "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," and he's got his own hamster wheel . Phoebe gets a new Funko POP, fully dressed in a jumpsuit and proton pack . And Paul Rudd's character Mr. Grooberson gets his own Ghostbusters outfit as well.
Dan Aykroyd is back as Ray Stantz , but he's not in Ghostbusters mode. Instead, he's wearing civilian clothes while holding some kind of golden artifact with ancient text on it. And finally, we have a name to go with the haunting tease of the new villain in "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire." The chilling, horned villain is called Garraka , and we're betting he's the source of the death chill that the trailer teased so ominously.
With the release of "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" right around the corner, we're bound to get more details soon, so stay tuned. All the "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" Funko POPs are up for pre-order at Amazon and Funko's Shop , and they'll ship at the end of January.
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Movie and music rantings from someone who should get out more., the real ghostbusters episode 31: chicken, he clucked.
Surely one of the most eccentric episodes of The Real Ghostbusters ever, ‘Chicken, He Clucked’ is also one of the most original, funny and fast-moving. Seriously, these twenty-three minutes just fly by. Writer J. Michael Straczynski, like guest character Cubby, was driven crazy by incessant chicken odours from nearby restaurants when he was younger, but unlike in this episode, he didn’t resort to deals with demons to get rid of the stench. Nevertheless, Columbia Pictures thought he was well and truly insane in the membrane when he pitched this idea to them. Strac’s pain is our pleasure.
Poor, teary-eyed Cubby. He lives right next to four chicken restaurants. One of them even has a huge model of a chicken on the roof. All he can hear is the sound of the different types of chicken being listed off by one of the restaurant owners, all he can smell is the cluckin’ stink of mothercluckin’ chickens. We never find out if he actually likes the taste of chicken, but we do know that he’s losing his mind. Even he knows he’s losing his mind. He tries to shake off this impending madness in the park, but he can’t stop ranting. It doesn’t help that he looks a bit crazy anyway, what with that oddball posture and huge nose of his. He sits next to an old lady minding her own business and he bemoans his current state of affairs. The last straw comes when the lady makes a point of the fact that Cubby smells like… chicken.
Oh, that’s it. THAT IS IT. It’s war. WAR! When Cubby’s done, there won’t be a single chicken left on earth!
Yeah, right mate.
How are you going to pull that one off? He’s CRAZY.
We’re now in a library – is it the same library as the one from the opening sequence of the film? If so, our friendly elderly member of staff is no longer running the main desk. Instead we have a Janine-clone, and like the real thing, she fancies Egon too. She’s far less impressed with Peter, asking him if ‘that’s all’ when he brings a single book to the counter. Peter is flabbergasted, clearly considering a single book loan to be the maximum capacity of his literary capability. Egon brings a wheelbarrow’s worth of tomes to the counter, which Peter tries to pass off as his own choices, but no one’s fooled. Egon enquires about some titles he can’t find on the shelves, and the librarian says that they’re already out on loan. What’s more, she actually tells Egon who has them. I’m not sure about this, especially if that person happens to be still in the branch. It’s not outright data protection leakage (that comes later), but I’d have kept that info to myself.
The mystery borrower turns out to be Cubby, who prefers not to wait to get home and read, instead doing his research right there in the library. Is he human, asks the librarian? Unfortunately yes, Egon laments. He decides to talk to Cubby, and in case we weren’t sure, the librarian comments on Egon’s cuteness to what looks like a random member of the public. Egon feels the need to approach Cubby, and in a not-at-all condescending warning he says ‘from one expert in the paranormal to…whatever’ that meddling with the contents of those books could end in trouble. Cubby agrees, but only trouble for CHICKENS. He wanders off, leaving Egon to conclude that this particular subject definitely evolved from ‘the shallow end of the gene pool’.
Back at HQ, Slimer turns out to have emerged from slightly deeper gene-pool waters than Cubby, being able to work out what looks like an incredibly complicated maths brain teaser on Egon’s blackboard. Has he considered working for Carl Sagan, Egon wonders? Okay, Slimer was down one decimal point from a perfect answer, but this hitherto unheard of genius from the green spud is most unexpected. Totally irrelevant to the episode too, as Slimer is pretty much out of the picture for the rest of this story. Oh well. By the way, Peter’s book turns out to be a pop-up . Isn’t he meant to be a scientist? I know, I know, he never studied. He’s in happy form tonight though – nothing can go wrong on a night like this, right?
Dawn rises, and it’s time to see if the new power works. Just like that, a chimney is made to vanish. Perfect! Now it’s time for the little cluckers. In a flurry of wind and feathers, all the chickens disappear. Even that big model on top of the restaurant. In no time, the Ghostbusters are on the case, and Egon thinks he knows who’s responsible. The librarian who fancies Egon breaks data protection rules in an instant for her love and reveals Cubby’s address, which is totally not on, but we have to move the plot along I suppose. By the way, this librarian wears ‘essence of fungus’ perfume. She then gives Egon her number. Clearly nervous, Egon blurts out if she has chickens. She says, flirtatiously, that she can get some. As Peter says, ‘that’s disgusting’. I can think of no other children’s show that hints at bestial bedroom action, which is another reason why The Real Ghostbusters is the most left-field and wild of all 80’s cartoons.
Before they get to Cubby’s, the guys make a stop at the resturant that’s missing a huge plaster model of a chicken. The owner is not at all happy at this situation. Peter makes a crack about a plaster wolf but is told in no uncertain terms to ‘beat it’. Oh well, time for Cubby. They corner him at his house and demand to know where the chickens are. Cubby says he knows exactly where they are. Would they like to see them? Well yes, Winston says. Oh no, Egon laments. Cue Cubby making the Ghostbusters disappear. Good time for an act break as any, I suppose.
Fade back in and we get an absolute joy of a set-piece. Yes, it’s the freefall sequence where the guys appear in mid-air in another dimension and begin descending at an alarming rate. This is definitely one of the snappiest runs of dialogue in any episode – Egon in particular is marvellously dry. You see, gravity is a problem, and while the chickens are happily if mindlessly floating somewhere above them, the guys continue to fall. Not a problem, they can use their parachutes. Except they don’t have parachutes. I know, Egon says, depressing, isn’t it? Ray screams. My thoughts exactly, Egon says. Seriously, this guy is an absolute legend under pressure. Even his countdown towards ground impact and imminent death is delivered with cool precision. I suppose if there’s nothing you can do, there’s nothing you can do. The others are in a total freefall panic, and indeed, they are all set to die were it not for Morganan making them vanish one second before impact, sending them to that waiting room we saw before. In their confusion they make a right old fuss, which annoys the receptionist to no end. It turns out they’re in ‘the nether regions’, which made me laugh in ‘Knock, Knock’ and makes me laugh here. Morganan wishes to discuss business, and if the guys refuse, they will be sent swiftly back to their ‘one second before impact’ pickle of a situation they just escaped from. Let’s not keep the nice demon waiting, Peter cheerfully suggests.
So it turns out that Morganan’s reputation has been well and truly plucked following his chicken deal – all the other demons, especially one that sounds like Peter, think that he’s proper clucking small fry who can only make pathetic deals regarding poultry. How did everyone find out? Definitely the imp. So Morganan definitely needs to get back in everybody’s cool books, so he agrees to make a deal with the guys – he can reverse the chicken spell but he’ll need their help. Egon has a plan. So it’s back to Earth, back to HQ and the convenient acquisition of enough parts to make a chicken shedload of animatronic cluckers (Ray’s laugh during this bit is quite funny) which would pass off as convincing were it not that the odd one’s head has a tendency to spring off its hinges.
Cut to Cubby, who despite his god-like powers, is still nothing more than that weirdo on the streets to tries to hassle you with rubbish jokes – his attempted gag to one very unimpressed passer-by involves how many chickens does it take to screw in a lightbulb. We never do find out the answer to that one, but Cubby’s call of ‘CHICKEN LOVER!’ to his would-be audience would be the filthiest gag in this episode were it not for that earlier bit with the librarian. Cubby’s fury soon turns to confusion however when the guys returns with all their fake chickens. Cubby doesn’t realise they’re phonies though – I have no idea how the guys got these fakes to actually make clucking sounds, but Cubby’s convinced to order ‘all chickens to go back right where you came from!’ – now his particular wording there turns out to be just the right kind of convenient reverse spell to get everything back to normal, after which Morganan swiftly appears, breaks the contract (a simple ‘1-2-3 gone, no backsies!’ gets the job done here) and heads off back to the Netherregions, but not before making point of saying he’ll be seeing one of the guys again real soon. Peter has a point when he asks why the other three always look at him when creepy stuff like that is said.
An agreeably mean epilogue involves Cubby being institutionalised, with the guys being reassured by a doctor with huge teeth that he’ll be well looked after. Well, yes and no. Turns out Morganan’s blagged a job as an orderly who also has control over the patients dinner rota. Guess what’s on the menu today? Chicken! Cubby wails in anguish, and I guess we’re supposed to laugh at this man’s suffering. I mean, he was a troublemaker, but I do feel a little, teensy bit sorry for the man at this stage. Oh well.
Next time, it’s the end of the world as we know it.
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This was an underrated episode and one of my favorites. It’s a shame it never got a sequel. I hoped to see Cubby return by getting out of that hospital in the 1990s and looking to get revenge, encountering the Extreme Ghostbusters. Hmm…that smells like a good fanfic.
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The Chicken Shack  is a diner that specializes in chicken-based meals.
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In September 1997, a Troll was attracted to the Chicken Shack. It sneaked into the kitchen and stole a daily special. The cook tried to scare it off but only caused it to replicate. The cook accidentally caused a grease fire. One Troll went up the kitchen's ventilation shaft and hid in the attic. The Shack's water sprinkler system doused the fire. The Extreme Ghostbusters were called into investigate. Carl Rivera and several officers came after and did their own investigation.
- The exterior sign reads "Dirk's Chicken" instead of Chicken Shack
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- ↑ Egon Spengler (1997). Extreme Ghostbusters - Rage (1997) (DVD ts. 06:17-06:21). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Egon says: "We just got a call. A disturbance down at the Chicken Shack."
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- A man summons a demon to get some magical help. The man wants to get rid of all chickens. The demon gives him the power to make things disappear. And promptly uses his ability to make all the chickens on Earth to disappear. The ghost busters investigate, and he makes them disappear. The demon is embarrassed by how he's been using the powers he was granted, and gives the ghost busters a chance to set things right. — Jesse Sanchez
- A local citizen is driven mad because he lives in an apartment next to a chicken shop, it turns out this man despises chickens with a passion, thus he becomes so sick of smelling them he summons a demon named Morganon to make every single chicken in existence disappear off the face of the planet. Morganon becomes a laughing stock for having to grant such a ridiculous wish and takes it upon himself to aid the Ghostbusters so that he can revert everything back to normal and try to regain his dignity. — Nick Scheetz
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