Ghost Command
Father Knows Beast
Episode Number Dvd 60
Production Number 68060
Directed By Bill Nunes
Written By Earl Kress
Date First Aired 11/28/1986
Animation Company Filmation

Father Knows Beast

Ghostbusters Involved

Jake Kong Jr.

Eddie Spenser Jr.

Tracy the Gorilla

Ghost Buggy

Jake Kong Sr.

Eddie Spenser Sr.

Old Ghost Buggy

Ghosts Busted


Prime Evil (mentioned only)


Uncle Dougall



Belfry (moral only)

Ghost Command Items



Skelevision (moral only)

Equipment Used

Ghost Dematerializer


Ghost Grenade

Two Way Communicator

Ghost Post

Spellbreaker Mirror

Ghost Pack



Ghost Command


Scottish Castle


The Ghostbusters get a call from young Willy in Scotland asking for help against Slort, King of the Trolls. Confusingly, Willy claimed that the Ghostbusters had busted Slort before but Jake and Eddie can't remember. Eventually they find out that it was their fathers who busted Slort, 40 years earlier.


Skelevision: "Willy was wrong when he went into the part of the castle he wasn't supposed to be in. But he was right to go to his uncle when he had a problem."
Belfry: "But his uncle couldn't help him."
Skelevision: "Then he did the next best thing: he told another adult. That's what you should do when you can't talk to your parents. Talk to a teacher, a priest, or a policeman. Don't go batty, like Belfry. Huh Huh Huh."


  • Slort was busted by the Ghostbusters 40 years ago, meaning that Jake Kong Sr. and Eddie Spenser Sr. have been busting ghosts since 1946. It also implies that Tracy the Gorilla had not joined the team yet at that point as Slort and Tracy have no recollection of each other.
  • In the original shooting script (presented as a PDF on the second boxed set), after the transformation sequence, the Ghostbusters were supposed to drop into the wrong seats in Ghost Buggy, then bounce back up and land in their proper places. This is why Ghost Buggy says "What do I look like, a trampoline?" However, in the finished episode the usual stock animation is used and the trampoline line makes little sense.
  • In the shooting script, Slort uses the following magical chant to summon up the storm winds, which was cut from the finished episode:

"Winds that howl and storms that crash, all that's evil, now report! This castle you will hereby smash, and deliver the revenge of Slort!"

  • Slort uses the expression "Who in the Prime Evil world are you?"


  • Scottish castles do not have alligators or crocodiles swimming in their moats because the climate is much too cold.


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