Strangers Episode Guide
125 - Fright Night
First Air Date: October 25, 1991
Filming Date: August 30, 1991
Nielsen Rating: 12.5 HH
Description: When a ghostly apparition materializes upstairs at Larry and
Jennifer's house, it's up to the cousins to play ghostbusters to drive out the
Produced by: Alan Plotkin
Created by: Dale McRaven
Written by: Barry OíBrien & Cheryl
Directed by: Judy Pioli
Bronson Pinchot: Balki Bartokomous
Mark Linn-Baker: Larry Appleton
Rebeca Arthur: Mary Anne Spencer
Melanie Wilson: Jennifer Appleton
Peter Jason: The Ghost (Chester
Dimitri Appearances: Dimitri can be seen
lying on his own little bed in Balkiís bedroom!
"I didnít even know they had
"Cousin, this book is written by a
college professor, Michael Williams Fudd."
"Thatís where youíre wrong, Mr.
Donít be ridiculous: Said once in this
Other catchphrases used in this episode:
"Oh my Lord!"
Other running jokes used in this episode:
Balki jumps over the couch to sit on it
Mary Anne says something really
intelligent then explains it in a weird way
Balki hugs someone to greet them
Larry and Balki argue over each other
Larry and Balki throttle each other
- This was the second episode the series
which was basically a Halloween episode, since it aired during the last week of
October in 1991, although in the previous episode, season fourís Aliens,
actually referred to Halloween while this episode does not.
- This is the first time the new
neighbors, The Finleys, are mentioned. The Finleys, though never seen, would come up again in
- When Balki tells Mary Anne not to yell,
"Who you gonna call?" when meeting the ghost, he is of course
referring to the theme song from the hit film Ghostbusters and its sequel
Ghostbusters II, as well as the very popular animated series.
- Balkiís way of saying, "Weíre heeeere!" was a reference to the popular line spoken by child actress
Heather OíRourke in the 1982 movie Poltergeist, although in that film
she said, "Theyíre heeeere!" when referring to the ghost
infiltrating the familyís home.
- Once again Wayne Newton is mentioned
when Balki has a poster of the Las Vegas singing legend in his bedroom.
- When Larry says, "Do do that voodoo
that you do so well," itís a nod to the line from the song You Do
Something to Me by the great Cole Porter.
- Itís in this episode that we learn
Balkiís room is the one with the turret above it. This would be the only time
we would see Balkiís bedroom in the new house, however.
- Peter Jason, who appears in this episode
as Chester the Ghost, has an incredibly impressive resume of acting credits to
his name. Along his many, many, many credits are appearances on the series Here
Come the Brides, Land of the Giants, Hawaii Five-0, Gunsmoke, One Day at a Time,
The Incredible Hulk, Hart to Hart, Silver Spoons, Cagney & Lacey, Riptide,
Remington Steele, The Golden Girls, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Webster, Knotís
Landing, Quantum Leap, A Different World, Roseanne, Married with Children,
Murder, She Wrote, JAG, Desperate Housewives and Mad Men, as well as
recurring roles in the series Mike Hammer, Private Eye, Nash Bridges and Deadwood.
He also appeared in the films Mommie Dearest, Some Kind of Hero, The Karate
Kid, Dreamscape, Brewsterís Millions, Arachnophobia, Mortal Kombat, The
Glimmer Man, Danteís Peak, Adaptation and Seabiscuit. You can visit
his official website by clicking here!
Bloopers and Inconsistencies:
- When everyone is upstairs in Balkiís
bedroom waiting for Chester, Larry comments that Chester Bainbridge was just
some guy who was dumb enough to hide from the mob in his own room. Larry wasnít
in the kitchen when Balki told Jennifer and Mary Anne the story about Chester.
So how did Larry know how and where Chester had died?
The episode begins one evening at the
house. Larry and Jennifer are sitting on the couch in the living room together.
Jennifer is reading a magazine and Larry is doing the crossword puzzle in the
newspaper. "Well, according to this article the first year of marriage is
the toughest," Jennifer explains, "and the key to survival is keeping
the lines of communication open. We communicate, donít we, Larry?"
continues to write and doesnít respond. After a moment, Jennifer asks,
"Larry?" Larry looks up from his work and asks, "Iím sorry . .
. did you say something?" "Larry!" Jennifer cries. "Kidding!
Kidding! Just kidding!" Larry assures her and they kiss playfully.
suddenly runs in the front door all excited. "Everyone! Big news!"
Balki exclaims as he jumps over and onto the couch, "Listen, I was just
over at the Finleyís looking at the city that Mr. Finley made out of popsicle
sticks . . . itís Pittsburgh! Even though my first guess was St. Louis but
then I saw that it didnít have a big arch. Where was I? Oh yeah!
told me the most amazing news!"
Balki jumps over the couch, still
rambling, "Weíve all got to go over there . . . youíve got to come and
see this!" as he runs up the stairs and calls, "Mary Anne!"
disappears at the top of the stairs for a moment and then we hear Mary Anne let
out a scream. "Oh, put on some clothes and come on over to the Finleyís,"
Balki says as he runs back down the stairs and runs out the front door,
motioning for everyone to follow him, "Come on! Well, come on . . . "
After Balki runs out the door, Larry and Jennifer continue to read their
magazine and do the crossword puzzle quietly. Mary Anne runs down the stairs
wearing a robe and asks, "Whatís going on?" "Uh, something
about the Finleyís popsicle stick city," Larry explains. "Oh, Iíve
seen it. Itís Pittsburgh," Mary Anne says, and she comes around to sit on
the couch, picking up a magazine to read. Balki walks back into the house and
stands in front of them with his arms out. "Am I speaking a foreign
language?" he asks.
"Balki, we are not going to the
Finleyís," Larry explains, "If we go to the Finleyís heíll talk
about fishing and sheíll show us the sweater she knitted for her dog."
Balki kneels down next to the couch and explains, "Cousin, Mr. Finley told
me the most amazing thing. Weíre not the only ones living in this house!
have a ghost!" Balki gasps excitedly and waits for a similar reaction from
the others, which doesnít come. "Hereís the topper!" Balki
continues, "They tell me that the ghost living in the room at the top of
the stairs. You know whoís room that is? Thatís my room!"
gasps excitedly again. "A ghost!" Mary Anne exclaims, "That would
explain so many things! Like why the garage door opens and closes by
itself!" "Mary Anne, we have a remote control," Jennifer points
out. "So whatís your point?" Mary Anne asks. "Iím telling
you, do you realize how lucky we are?" Balki asks as he runs behind the
couch and jumps over the back to sit down, "I mean, on Mypos itís a huge
honor to live in a haunted hut. I mean, it . . . it . . . it brings good luck to
the occupants and it wards off evil and then of course thereís someone to pick
up the mail when youíre on vacation."
"Balki, there is no ghost,"
Larry states, "The Finleyís sold you a bunch of hog-wash." "I
didnít even know they had hogs," Balki replies. "I mean there are no
such things as ghosts," Larry explains. Balki snickers, "There . . .
there are no such things as ghosts? What do they teach you people in
school?" "Balki, the whole idea of a ghost is a little silly,"
Jennifer agrees with Larry. "No, no, it is not silly," Balki insists,
"It is an honor! You know, ghosts are very particular about who they move
in with. We should be grateful that Chester decided to live with us."
"Who is Chester?" Larry asks. "Chester Bainbridge?" Balki
replies, "Heís our ghost! Havenít you been listening?"
Jennifer gets up from the couch and head upstairs. "You know, Iím gonna
call Mama and . . . and share my good news with her," Balki tells Mary
Anne, "Sheís gonna be so jealous. Sheís been on a ghost waiting list
for over five years."
The next evening, Mary Anne and Jennifer
are in the kitchen setting the table for dinner. "All right, Jennifer, if
there is no ghost how do you explain the sound of water running in the middle of
the night?" Mary Anne asks. "Easy," Jennifer answers, "Larry
gets thirsty right after we . . . . believe me, itís not a ghost." Balki
and Larry enter through the outside kitchen door. Balki is holding a book up in
front of Larryís face and urging, "Cousin, just take look at the book.
Take a look at any part of the book." "Balki, please, Balki,"
Larry moans. "Just a sentence . . . just one sentence . . . just look at
one word!" Larry pushes the book away and urges, "Get the book out of
my face." Larry walks to Jennifer to give her a kiss, but Balki holds the
book between their faces, continuing, "Say, Cousin, if I could just direct
your attention to this one little page." Larry takes the book and
complains, "Balki, for the last time, I donít care what the book says.
do not have a ghost!" "Oh, and I suppose the oven just cleans
itself!" Mary Anne counters.
Balki walks to Mary Anne and says,
"Mary Anne, itís nice to know thereís one person who . . . who believes
what Iím talking about." "Oh Balki, I always believe what youíre
talking about, even when I have no idea what youíre talking about!" Mary
Anne smiles. "All right, how about a movie after dinner?" Larry asks
Jennifer. "Sounds good," Jennifer smiles and she and Larry move closer
to kiss. But Balki again forces the book between their faces and insists,
"Cousin, Cousin, Cousin, if . . . if you just . . . if you just take a look
. . . take a look right there. Cousin, this book is written by a college
professor, Michael Williams Fudd." "Michael Williams Fudd?" Larry
asks. "Michael Williams Fudd," Balki nods. Larry looks at the book and
corrects, "Michael Williams, PhD." Larry hands the book back to Balki
and says, "And I still say thereís no ghost and Iím gonna go get the
movie section." Larry quickly turns and kisses Jennifer before Balki can
block him again, then turns back to Balki and laughs, then kisses Jennifer again
before he goes to the living room.
"But . . . but thereís . . . thereís
a whole chapter on . . . on Chester Bainbridge," Balki tells the girls as
he holds the book open, "Thereís even a picture of my room. Look. You see
that fuzzy spot? Thatís Chester. Michael Williams photographed Chester
himself." "Michael Williams . . . I saw him on ĎNightline,í"
Jennifer remembers, "What does he say about Chester?" "He said
that Chester was a really devoted Chicago Cubs fan and a . . . a compulsive
gambler," Balki explains, "And he bet a fortune that the Chicago Cubs
would win the 1929 World Series." "The Ď29 Series," Mary Anne
interjects, "The Cubs lost in five games to Philadelphia. Jimmie Foxx hit
.350 during that series." Jennifer and Balki stare at Mary Anne in shock.
"Some things just stick in my head for no reason," Mary Anne explains,
"Other things go right through it." "Anyway, uh . . . um, Chester
couldnít pay off his bet and so they found him stuffed into a trunk in the
closet in my room," Balki finishes. "Balki, show me the . . . the
picture of Chester in this book," Jennifer asks. Balki shows the girls the
book and points out, "Now look . . . see? Right there. Thatís him."
Jennifer and Mary Anne look at the picture for a moment then look at Balki,
shaking their heads because they donít see it.
"You . . . you . . . you . . . if you
squint . . . just right . . . it looks like heís got a Chicago Cubs hat,"
Balki directs. Jennifer and Mary Anne squint and look at the picture but they
still canít see it. "You got to . . . youíve got to tilt your head to .
. . to the left," Balki explains, and they keep their eyes squinted and
tilt their heads to the left and look again. "Oh yeah," Jennifer says.
"Yeah, right in there, huh?" Balki nods as Mary Anne also says,
"Yeah." Larry returns from the living room. "Oh!
Larry . . .
Larry, thereís an actual photograph of our ghost in Balkiís room,"
Jennifer informs him. "I left the room for two minutes, suddenly youíre
seeing ghosts?" Larry asks. "Well, Larry, Michael Williams is a
leading parapsychologist," Jennifer says, "If he says Chester is
upstairs . . . maybe he is." "Cousin, look at the picture," Balki
urges. "Squint," Jennifer adds, as she squints. "Tilt your head
to the left and close one eye," Mary Anne adds, and she, Jennifer and Balki
all do this as Larry looks at them in disbelief. "All right, all right,
there will be no more talk of ghosts in this house," Larry orders, "Is
that clear? All right, there is no ghost and there is no way you can prove there
"Thatís where youíre wrong, Mr.
Pouting Thomas," Balki contradicts, "According to Professor Williams,
Chester Bainbridge appears at sundown every year on the anniversary of his
death, which happens to be tonight. So if you would be so kind as to come up to
my room, Iíll be happy to introduce you." "Well, I tell you what weíre
gonna do," Larry offers, "Itís almost sundown now. Weíre all gonna
go up to Balkiís room and wait for the ghost. When he doesnít appear, youíll
see I was right and then Jennifer and I are going to the movies. Okay?"
"Cousin, that sounds like a great idea," Balki agrees. Larry turns to
leave but Balki stops him, saying, "Now before we go up there, weíve got
to go over some ghost etiquette." Larry sighs and he and Jennifer start to
leave with Mary Anne behind them. "Cousin, n . . . " Balki then talks
to Mary Anne, who is the only one whoíll listen. "Listen, when the ghost
appears, whatever you do donít say, ĎWho you gonna call?í They really hate
that!" Balki and Mary Anne exit the kitchen as well.
Upstairs, we see Balkiís room, which is
lavishly decorated with Myposian artifacts and decorations. The door slowly
cracks open and Balki pokes his head inside, calling tentatively, "Chester?
Hello? Weíre heeere!" When nothing happens Balki sighs, "Well, I
guess we are a little early. Come on in. Come on." Everyone walks into
Balkiís bedroom and looks around. "Balki, when did you find time to do
all this decorating?" Larry asks. "What decorating?" Balki asks,
"I just unpacked. I wish I had done more now that I know Iím not in here
alone." "Youíre not?" Mary Anne turns on him angrily,
"Well, just whoís in here with you, Mister?" "Chester the
ghost," Balki answers. "Oh, right!" Mary Anne remembers.
suddenly lets out a scream. "W . . . w . . . what is it, Jen?" Larry
asks. "Itís Wayne Newton!" Jennifer cries as she looks at a poster
of the singer on the other side of the room, "His eyes are following
me!" Larry and Jennifer move forward together as they look at the poster.
"Oh my Lord!" Larry exclaims, as they move back and forth, "W . .
. well, youíre right. They . . . they do seem to be moving."
"Well, of course they are! Donít be
ridiculous!" Balki scoffs as he steps next to the Myposian-framed poster,
"I paid extra for the poster with the movable eyes and the scratch ní
sniff cologne. Itís Wayneís own fragrance. Itís called
decided yet where to put the poster. Now hereís my dilemma." Balki picks
up the poster and carries it to the other side of the room. "I would love
it to be the first thing you see when you walk into the room." Balki sets
the poster down then returns to the other side of the room as he continues,
"But on the other hand, Wayne looks his best over here in the morning sun.
What to do . . . what to do . . . " Larry walks over to Balki and says,
"There is nothing to be afraid of. There is no ghost. Chester Bainbridge
was just some guy who was dumb enough to hide from the mob in his own
room." Larry suddenly goes flying into the wall, slamming into it with his
face and falling to the floor in a heap. Larry quickly gets up and looks at
Balki with an accusing glare.
"What did you do that for?"
Larry asks. "Do what?" Balki asks. "You shoved me," Larry
says. "No, I didnít shove you," Balki insists. "Well,
shoved me!" Larry insists. Balki gasps excitedly and grabs Larryís
shoulders, exclaiming, "Itís Chester! Hey, Chester! Chester, hi!
you?" "Balki, you are talking to the air," Larry says, "Now
. . . now . . . now there is no ghost! But . . . just . . . take that."
Larry pushes at the air in return for being shoved. Balki motions for Larry to
stop, warning him, "Cousin, donít ever be rude to a ghost. You see, theyíre
a lot like alligators. Theyíre fun to have around the house just as long as
theyíre in a good mood." "Okay, okay . . . all right," Larry
sighs, stepping forward with the others also stepping forward, "Chester, if
youíre here . . . show me! Come on! Do do that voodoo that you do so
well." After a moment nothing has happened. "There you see?
Nothing!" Larry states, "I was right. There is no ghost. Now come on,
Jennifer. Letís go to the movies." Suddenly all four of them rise up into
the air and hover above the ground. "Oh my Lord!" Larry gasps, and the
scene fades to black.
Act two picks up exactly where act one
left off, with Jennifer, Mary Anne, Balki and Larry still hovering in mid-air.
"Larry, you wanted proof of a ghost," Jennifer says nervously, "I
think we have it." "All right, come on now," Larry says,
"Letís . . . letís not jump to conclusions. There . . . thereís gotta
be a . . . a logical explanation for this." "Cousin, give it up.
in mid-air," Balki points out. "Okay . . . okay, how Ďbout
this?" Larry tries, "The furnace malfunctioned creating a backdraft w
. . . which came up through the vents which created a . . . a thermal vacuum
causing things to rise. Kind of like what keeps airplanes up." "Really?" Mary Anne asks, "Well, what keeps interest rates
up?" Jennifer, Mary Anne and Balki are all gently lowered back to the
floor. Larry is still left suspended. "Thanks for the ride, Chester,"
Balki smiles, "What about Cousin Larry?" Larry is suddenly lowered,
but not as gently. He lands hard on the floor but is able to remain standing.
"Okay, weíre all safely back on the ground," Larry states, "No
harm done. I admit . . . something strange just happened. I have no idea what
but it has nothing to do with a ghost."
"Larry, I donít know what kind of
sign youíre looking for but this house is obviously haunted," Jennifer
counters, "Iím going to a hotel. Are you coming?" "No!"
Larry insists, "No, I refuse to be driven from my home by something that
doesnít exist." "Well, if you want to stay here, fine,"
Jennifer says, "but Iíll be at the Kingsley Court. Come on, Mary
Anne." "You know, having a ghost would explain why every time we open
the refrigerator the light goes on!" Mary Anne deduces, then she heads for
the door with Jennifer following her. "No, Mary Anne," Jennifer says,
"The light goes on because . . . " Mary Anne stops before opening the
door and looks back at Jennifer. Jennifer finally sighs in defeat and says,
"Yes, having a ghost would explain it." The girls exit the room and
leave the door open behind them. "Nice work, Balki," Larry sighs,
"Iím sleeping alone tonight thanks to you and your idiot ghost."
"Cousin!" Balki cries, placing a hand over Larryís mouth,
"Cousin! Cousin, donít call Chester an idiot. Ghosts resent having their
intelligence belittled. They think because theyíve seen the whole universe
they know everything."
"Okay, heís not an idiot,"
Larry offers, "Heís a jerk!" "Cousin!" Balki urges,
covering Larryís mouth again. Larry pushes Balkiís hand away and heads for
the door, saying, "Now, do you think Chester would be upset if I went down
to the basement and checked the furnace?" The door to Balkiís room
suddenly slams shut right in front of Larry. "He might be," Balki
surmises. "Just a breeze," a startled Larry rationalizes. The window
suddenly slams down closed. "The foundationís settling," Larry
explains. Suddenly one of Balkiís Moogli carvings rises into the air and
hovers in front of Larry. "Okay, this is a little bit harder," Larry
admits. The animal hovers for a while and then returns to the place where it was
sitting. There then arises a bone-chilling, other-worldly scream which leaves
Larry and Balki with their mouths hanging open. "What the hell was
that?" Larry asks. "That was my terrifying ghost moan imitation,"
a male voice explains from nowhere, "Iíve been working on it. How do you
like it?" "Like it?" Balki asks, "We love it! Can you do
Elvis?" "Do him?" the voice asks, "I played cards with Elvis
last night." "So he is dead," Balki sighs sadly.
All at once Chester materializes next to
Balki and Larry. He is translucent and gray, wearing an old-fashioned suit and
tie. "What is it with you people and Elvis?" Chester asks.
"Cousin . . . Cousin, look. Itís . . . itís Chester!" Balki gasps,
then he moves forward to hug the ghost, smiling, "Hi, Chester!" But
before Balki can close his arms around him, Chester dissipates into light and
flies around Balkiís head before vanishing. "Balki . . . we have a
ghost!" Larry realizes. "No!" Balki says sarcastically.
materializes on the other side of them and comments, "The little guy
catches on quick." "Chester, I . . . I didnít mean to call you an
idiot . . . or . . . or a jerk," Larry laughs nervously, then asks,
"Are we square? Uh . . . uh, shake?" Larry steps forward to shake
hands but Chester again disappears then pops up behind Balki. "Ah, youíre
too late," Chester says, "You blew it! You think youíre so smart
just because youíre alive. Well, I can fix that. No more Mr. Nice Ghost!"
Chester dissipates again, breaking into a lot of pieces of light and flying
around Larry and Balki before disappearing. "Nice going, Cousin,"
Balki sighs, "Now we have an angry ghost on our hands. Weíre going to
have to figure out a way to get rid of him."
"Itís okay," Larry assures
Balki in an unsure voice, "Everything will be fine. Iíll . . . Iíll
just apologize." "No, no, Cousin, itís too late for that,"
Balki says, "Apologizing wonít work." "Sure itíll work,"
Larry argues, "It always works. I do something to you, you get mad, I
apologize, you forgive me. Same thing happens with Jennifer. Itís a beautiful
system." "Cousin, I donít think that . . . " Balki argues.
"Donít think," Larry counters, "Donít think. Just donít
think." "Cousin, just let me finish . . . did you grow up in a
hut?" "Let me do this," Larry insists. They continue to argue,
talking over one another. "I did . . . just listen to me . . . no, no, no .
. . I know about . . . " " . . . is it so hard for you to just let me
do this? . . . let me try it . . . " "All right, fine . . .
fine," Balki finally gives in. "Thank you," Larry nods.
"Have it your way," Balki sighs, and he takes a step away from Larry
and crosses his arms. "Chester, I am really, really sorry," Larry
offers, "I . . . you know, I . . . I donít know what came over me. Just,
you know, sometimes I . . . I get in these moods. Ah, well . . . you know, Iíve
been going through a lot of changes lately. Uh, new wife . . . new home . . .
and, uh, a lot of things . . . "
The unearthly moan starts again and a
wooden candlestick flies across the room and barely misses Larry, slamming into
the door. Larry grabs Balki and cries, "Did ya see that? If that had hit me
it would have killed me! Now he is trying to hurt me! Just, just please . . . do
something." Larry hides somewhat behind Balki. "Cousin, you canít
just make a ghost go away," Balki explains, "You have to drive him
away." "All right, drive him away!" Larry urges, "Drive him
away! Go ahead! How do we do that?" "Well, the only way to drive a
ghost away is youíve got to . . . to make him angry," Balki explains,
"And then . . . and then if you make him angry enough heíll use up all
his energy by having a ghostly tantrum and . . . you know, Cousin, why donít
you try it? Youíre good at making people angry." Larry looks at Balki
with a hurt expression, then gives it a try. "Chester, when you died . . .
you were so ugly they buried you face down." They wait but nothing happens.
"Didnít work," Larry sighs, "Nothingís happening."
right arm suddenly starts moving in a bizarre, spastic fashion. "Cousin,
you know, I . . . I . . . I think that something . . . something is . . . kind
of happening." "Whatís going on there?" Larry asks.
"Iím . . . Iím not quite
sure," Balki admits as his right arm goes straight up in the air and then
starts spinning in a windmill fashion, "I think something big is happening
and I have a feeling that Chester has control of my hand." Balki suddenly
swings his arm back and Larry gasps, "Ooh!" as he realizes it is
swinging back right at him. Balkiís arm hits Larry full force, knocking Larry
back across the bed. Larry bounces back up as Balkiís arm jerks up and down
again. "What did you do that for?" Larry asks. "I donít know,
Cousin!" Balki cries, unable to control his arm as it winds up again,
"I canít control it!" "What? What?" Larry cries.
still think Chester has control of my hand!" Balki cries as his arm knocks
Larry back across the bed again. Larry jumps back up and yells, "Stop
it!" "Oh, Cousin!" Balki cries as his left hand is taken over and
grabs Larry by the hair and starts jerking his head around. "Iím sorry!
sorry! Iím sorry!" Balki keep apologizing. Balkiís right arm suddenly
shoots out straight as Balki cries, "Ooh!" His right arm grabs Larryís
neck and starts throttling him. Larry finally manages to grab Balkiís arms and
with Balkiís help they are able to throw Balkiís hands off his neck.
"Okay, okay, I think weíve got him
on the run because . . . because he let go of me," Balki pants for breath,
"Maybe . . . maybe I should have a go at it." "All right, go for
it! Go for it!" Larry encourages, "Get him! Get him!"
"Okay," Balki begins, "Okay, um . . . uh, Chester . . . you have
the spleen of a cowardly goat!" Balki and Larry cringe, but nothing
happens. "Oh, youíre getting him!" Larry smiles, "Youíre
getting him! Go! Go! Go! Go! Finish him off!
Finish him off!" "Okay,
okay," Balki continues, "Uh . . . uh, may . . . may you fall on your
face with your hands in your pockets." Balki laughs. Still nothing happens.
"Balki?" Larry says. "Yeah?" Balki replies. "I think
you did it," Larry smiles. "I do, too!" Balki smiles nervously.
As Larry speaks, we can see his right hand coming up slowly and menacingly over
Balkiís shoulder. "I think heís gone! I think you drove that ghost from
this house!" Larryís hand taps Balkiís shoulder. "So do I,"
Balki agrees, turning to see Larryís hand, "I think heís . . . "
Larryís hand grabs Balki by the neck and starts throttling him without Larry
noticing. "I think heís gone from the premises," Larry smiles,
oblivious to the fact his hand is choking Balki.
"Yes . . . I donít hear him,"
Larry continues as Balki continues to be throttled, "I donít hear him
anywhere. Amazing! We did it! We did it! We drove the ghost from the
house!" Larry looks down and finally sees what his hand is doing and lets
out a scream. Larryís left hand shoots straight out as Larry cries, "Oh
no!" His left hand also grabs Balki by the throat. "Oh no!
Balki! Balki!" Larry cries as Balki gets to his feet. Together they manage to
throw off Larryís hands. Theyíve barely caught their breath when Balkiís
right hand shoots out again. Balki screams and Larry cries, "Oh no!"
They grab Balkiís hand to keep it under control. Suddenly Larryís left arm
is pulled behind his back. Then Balkiís left arm is pulled behind his back as
well. Balkiís right arm is pulled behind his back, leaving Larryís right arm
flailing in front of them. "Just . . . just hang on, Cousin," Balki
urges, "I think . . . I think Chester is on the run." Larryís
flailing hand slaps Balkiís face. "I think heís . . . I think heís .
. . heís slowing down," Balki observes. Larryís hand slaps his own face
as Larry cries, "No!"
"Heís . . . heís slowing down,
Cousin," Balki says as Larryís hand slaps his face again. Larryís right
hand is pulled behind his back. Suddenly, both their right arms come in front
and pose menacingly, then the two fingers extend and Balki and Larryís hands
poke them in the eyes, a la the Three Stooges. "Ow!" they cry.
hands then grab them by the noses and pull them forward so they are bending
over, then grab the hair on the top of their heads and pull them up straight
again. The hands then reach down, then push Balki and Larry back across the bed
by their faces. Balki and Larry jump back up and look around, gasping for
breath. "All right, all right, Balki!" Larry says, "I think Iíve
reassessed my previous stand. Chester, you can have the house. Just please . . .
please donít kill us. Please donít kill us. We were . . . we were just
joking!" "I hate jokes!" Chester barks. "He hates
jokes," Balki sighs to Larry as they exchange a resigned look of fear.
Suddenly both of them are pulled back and then thrown forward so that they both
slam into the wall, falling unconscious on the floor.
We see an establishing shot of the house
in daylight and a caption reads "The Next Morning." Jennifer and Mary
Anne enter Balkiís bedroom to find Balki and Larry still out cold on the
floor. "Larry, Balki, are you all right?" Jennifer asks. The guys stir
and Larry says, "Oh, Jennifer! Jennifer, youíre back! Sweetheart!
Oh! Oh! Oh, I missed you!" Larry kisses her. "Oh
Balki, Iím so glad youíre
safe," Mary Anne sighs. "Larry, what happened?" Jennifer asks,
"Did you get rid of Chester?" "Did we get rid of Chester?"
Larry scoffs, "Did we get rid of Chester?" Larry looks to Balki and
asks, "Balki, did we get rid of Chester?" "Yes, Cousin, we
did," Balki nods. "Yeah, we got rid of Chester," Larry confirms
with false bravado, "Oh yeah, he was no match for the two of us. Oh, he
tried his wily ghost tricks but nothing I couldnít handle."
"Chester bounced us off the walls
like two rag dolls until he got bored and then he left," Balki explains.
"Larry, it was very brave of you to stay here," Jennifer notes. "Well, itís a manís job to protect his home," Larry smiles.
"Besides, Chester locked the door," Balki adds. Larry gives Balki a
look, then says to Jennifer, "Come on. Letís get some breakfast."
Jennifer suddenly screams and cries, "The ghost is here! I feel something
cold and clammy on my back!" "Thatís my hand," Larry points
out, placing his hand on her back so she can feel it. "Oh," Jennifer
sighs. "That ghost is gone for good," Larry insists, and he and
Jennifer leave the room and close the door behind them. Balki holds Mary Anne
and says seriously, "Mary Anne . . . bad news. Elvis is dead."
Anne looks shocked and the episode ends.
on to the next episode . . .