The morning after Francis is locked on the roof, Woody, the franchise owner, goes up to the roof to check out the commotion and lets Francis down. The day goes by pretty uneventfully with no especially new business, but the GB do end up hitting another false alarm and collecting an on site inspection fee.
While out conducting their false alarm inspection they receive a set of two strange messages on their answering machine. The first seems like a straightforward request to come down and assist with a spook at a coffee shop. Strange only because the second message was from the same coffee shop thanking the Ghostbusters for their excellent and prompt service.
Woody decides to investigate this matter and calls the coffee shop under the guise of doing a survey about the service they received. After some confusion between the employee who answered the phone and shop manager Steve Dotkey regarding the nature of the call, and why they’d be calling if they’d already been paid, Woody finds out that this mysterious Ghostbuster pulled up in an unmarked van and did the job quickly and efficiently with a minimum of property damage. A fact that apparently surprised Dotkey as he had recently been hearing that the local GBI had been reckless in their first few jobs. Woody gets a name of this faux Ghostbuster or at least part of it. Roman Ban, or Bane, or Bans, or Banes, or something. For the moment, Woody decides to consider this person to not be a significant threat but does try to find them in the phone book and ends up with about 40 names to sort through. The Cowboy of Wall Street puts these names aside to investigate later.
Over the course of the next week several things occur.
A posse of bikers shows up at Spokane GBI HQ requiring services, and due to some trust issues won’t tell the GB any information about it until they drive about an hour into the boonies to find a shoddily constructed biker bar in the middle of nowhere. The group of bikers is very persuasive about making the GB attend. The inform the crew of some issues they’ve been having doing business, being extremely tight lipped about it, and stating they’d like to have some paranormal experts on hand just in case an ectoplasmic entity shows up. They give a date, and a place to be for about a week in the future.
Francis receives a call on his cell and informs the team that he has some personal matters to attend to before leaving town.
“Master Mover” simply doesn’t show up for work. He leaves no notice whatsoever.
Marty manages to find a few cars to tow, but is only contacted by one car owner. After negotiating the cost of getting the car back and Marty swindling the guy into thinking that the tow man wasn’t allowed to give it back until he made repairs to make it street worthy and had to charge for repairs and storage time, the man leaves, only mildly upset about this. There’s something off about him.
Trina Sylvester is invited to a conference on psychology and human sexuality.
Corporate, upon being informed by Woody of the loss in staff decides to send a company inventory guy named Brian Finklestein to help fill out the ranks and to make sure no more equipment goes missing and mandates then even with Brian involved, they’ll still need to put one more GB on the payroll before they can continue to do field work. Woody puts up a help wanted sign.
Some homeless people cause a ruckus (and get the cops called on them) and leave a mess at the bus stop in front of the Spokane GBI HQ. The city vows to send a team to clean the business up the next day. Marty decides they can throw some stuff away for free with no-one being the wiser. Woody reluctantly agrees as it saves money. The put a couple couches and a lot of beer bottles down at the curb to accompany the grungy sleeping bags and filthy clothes.
Brian Finklestein (or “Fink” as his name tag states for space reasons) arrives before the cleanup crew. Marty and Woody are both present when he arrives. Marty tries to hide his beer too little too late for it not to be noticed and makes a terrible first impression on Brian while giving him the tour. He callously slaps equipment, and refers to everything as whatsits and gizmos. Brian holds his tongue for the moment while he prepares a lecture about the equipment, labeling all of it with post it notes.
Meanwhile the cleanup team arrives outside. All of them are temp workers and one of them is Michael “Guy” Packett of the formerly successful Packett Dry Cleaning and Maids. After inheriting the business from his parents, Michael made some poor decisions which drove the business into the ground and himself out of regular work. Michael and the rest of the crew start cleaning and Marty and Woody come out to see them work.
Marty, while holding a beer of the same brand as all the beer bottles he previously added to the junk pile greets Michael, and Woody spends a moment surprised, recognizing the boy as he had investments in the dry cleaning company before the ownership changed. Michael states that he is the clean-up crew, which sends one of his co-workers into a kanipshin fit about the semantics of Michael only being part of the crew, and not the whole crew. Michael asks him to help him load up a couch into their truck, and he goes ape on it for a few minutes. While this is happening Woody asks if Michael is indeed Michael Packett of Packett Dry Cleaning and Maids. Michael denies this vehemently, but when removing his hand from his pocket to wipe the sweat off his brow he accidentally whips his ID card into the air and into Woody’s hand and simultaneously whips one of his old business cards onto a small trash pile in front of them. Woody, seeing the boy as poison from a stock trader’s perspective is wary of him but Michael does what he does best and not only convinces Woody that it’s all good, but manages to get Woody to offer him a job as a Ghostbuster out of pity. Woody and Marty head back inside while Michael unintentionally agitates his previously agitated co-worker who is resting on a now more thoroughly beaten couch by telling him it’s good he got the anger out of his system. This very nearly leads to trouble, but Michael calms him down and they finish their business before Michael tells them to go to the dump without him and heads inside as well.
During the dealings with the clean up crew, Brian, in addition to setting up his lecture, replaced the lock on the equipment room’s door with a more secure lock sent with him by corporate. Once the door is locked, a key is required to open it from either side (2 copies of the key are later given to Woody who hides one in a panel in the back of their freezer, while Brian has his own key).
At this point, after thoroughly labeling all the equipment, Brian yells up for Marty to come down into the equipment room. Marty doesn’t come down, so Brian walks upstairs and takes the matter to Woody, and explains his feelings on Marty’s lack of qualifications. Woody explains that what Marty lacks in knowledge, he makes up for in field experience. The tow truck driver takes a break from his beer and after Brian insists that Marty be re-trained as the corporate videos have, not surprisingly, not been very effective.
GM Note: The corporate videos feature introductions from Ray Stantz, and then poorly edited cuts to someone nobody can identify who explains things while obviously reading from cue cards not placed anywhere near the camera within a poorly edited and minimally informative monstrosity of a training film.
At this point Marty decides that sure, he’ll go and listen to this brainiac’s lecture, and Woody suggests that Brian also train the new guy, to which Brian responds by addressing Michael with a jaunty “Who the hell are you?”. After proper introductions are made Brian has a frustrating time explaining the equipment and how it works to the two employees but does manage it after some time, despite a mishap where Marty thought he could improve the containment grid and Brian had to immediately jump in and fix the problem before a containment breach could happen, though Marty for some reason comes away thinking the the ecto goggles are basically indestructible.
Woody closes the door to his office and kicks back with a copy of the Wall Street Journal, content to not have to deal with his employees for a bit.
Then just to top off a fairly busy day there’s a loud beeping outside and the Spokane GBI Crew head back outside to find a large delivery truck pulling up. They open the door to the street just before the delivery man has a chance to knock. The delivery guy wants them to sign for it, but Woody wants to know what it is, so the guy opens the truck to show them all the boxes of merchandise they’ve received along with a letter from corporate for Woody stating that as a reward for coming up with GBI insurance and gift cards (which have now been approved) that if they can sell the goods in this shipment they get a significant profit cut and a three thousand dollar bonus if they sell it all within three months. There is also an inventory slip for Brian stating the suggested prices and noting that if they get rid of it in a way other than selling it that they have to pay the item costs themselves, and that if they ever run out of anything, let corporate know. There’s a brief attempt to try and get the delivery guy to lose the shipment, but it doesn’t fly, and the group discusses how to move the two types of mugs, the balloons, the figures, the toy ectomobiles, and the powder blue t-shirts (which, upon inspection, Marty throws down in disgust). They load the stuff into the HQ and it subsequently ends up forming privacy walls in the bunk rooms, and taking up lots of space everywhere except the ground floor. Woody later buys a display case and shirt rack for the reception area.
End Session 4