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Ghost Hunters

Season 2 Episode 16

Ghostly Child

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 05, 2006 on Syfy
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Ghostly Child

TAPS searches for a spirit who is haunting a mother and her child before moving on to the Palladium Theater, a concert hall with a strange history.

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  • One of those episodes...

    Last week was centered on a single investigation with a lot of unusual circumstances, so it stands to reason (and expectation) that this week would be somewhat less dynamic. Sure enough, that’s what happened. Perhaps once I would have been less than enthusiastic about such episodes, but I find it a lot easier of late to take it in stride.

    In between episodes (and, in fact, during the hiatus), I had a chance to become more informed on what the TAPS team is up against, thanks to filming “Ghost Hunters”. Every episode, including investigation, takes up to a week of time. Considering that 20 or so episodes were filmed in the past year, that’s a huge chunk of time and maybe half the possible investigations that the team can reasonably handle in a year (not counting time off for the day jobs and good behavior). Just going by Jason’s 80% Rule, that means that perhaps 4 episodes out of 20 will actually feature something that can’t be reasonably explained.

    Of course, the question is where that line is drawn. Is he just referring to the investigations where he’s forced to admit a place might be haunted? That would be my interpretation, and as such, neither investigation in this episode meets the criteria. A couple of odd occurrences are well below the line. (Not that Jason claimed that those places were haunted, per se, but you get the picture.)

    So, onto the first case:

    I’ve been in places where you get that same unusual feeling of dizziness or skewed equilibrium, and it is incredibly unsettling. It’s also very interesting that the experience was different for Steve and Brian. That little situation with the board is a little weird, but I’m not convinced that it wasn’t sitting the wrong way and just fell on its own. It’s strange for an EM field to come and go like that, but it’s not impossible. Even with the discovery of the former occupant named Grace, I’m not convinced. There are indications that something could be happening, but certainly not enough to make a concrete claim to a haunting.

    Second case:

    This was another one of those situations where the owners desperately wanted to hear that the place was haunted, so no matter how much evidence was presented to the contrary, it was a losing battle. But it does highlight what I really like about TAPS: they will take the time to find a scientific cause for what appears to be paranormal. (Though I’m somewhat skeptical that Jason would actually mistake that for a real orb!)

    I could bicker about the amount of time spent on Brian and his issues, but I’m a bit more forgiving at this point, because there should be some readjustment problems. Since those kind of personal issues are part of the series, for better or worse, there’s really no point in complaining anymore. Thankfully, there’s more than enough good to go with the annoying!

Brian Harnois

Brian Harnois


Grant Wilson (II)

Grant Wilson (II)

Lead Investigator - Co-Founder of TAPS

Jason Hawes

Jason Hawes

Lead Investigator - Founder of TAPS

Kristyn Gartland

Kristyn Gartland

Field Researcher

Steve Gonsalves

Steve Gonsalves

Tech Manager

Donna LaCroix

Donna LaCroix

Case Manager

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The investigation of the Mades house took place on October 13-14, 2005. The investigation of the Palladium Theater actually happened the day before, on October 12-13, 2005.

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation 1: Mades' House - Holliston, Massachusetts
      Laura Mades - Homeowner

      Investigation 2: The Palladium Theatre - Worcester, Massachusetts
      Tim Koski - Palladium Security

    • Dustin and Donna are listed in the opening credits, but do not appear in this episode.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Brian: I get to hunt with some of the best ghost hunters in the world, you know, Jason, Grant, Steve. And all of a sudden you get this case where all hell's breaking loose and books are moving and chairs are sliding across the floor and you're like 'Yes!', you know. It just keeps going again, it's almost like an addiction, it really is.

    • Grant: (arriving to investigate a theater) How come we're not on the marquee?

    • Brian: Well I know for thing if I was the Tech Manager at this point and the table was missing, all hell would have broke loose. Steve would have threw me into the bus, Jay would have yelled at me and Grant would have consoled me. With Steve being Tech Manager, they're all like 'Oh, it's okay. It's just a table.' Me? God forbid, there would have been World War III, apocalyptic moments for a $20 table.

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