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Ghost Hunters

Season 2 Episode 5

Theater/Firehouse Haunting

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 24, 2005 on Syfy
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Theater/Firehouse Haunting

TAPS investigates claims of spirits in the Bradley Playouse in Connecticut. Next they check out tales of a haunted firehouse in Rhode Island.

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  • I really enjoy this show!!! I like the refreshing way TAPS approaches each and every encounter... not trying to spook the viewer, but rather striving to debunk the claims. (This makes each supernatural encounter they run into all the more riveting, whenmoreless

    I enjoy most of the T.A.P.S. crew... Jason and Grant are very likable ghosthunters and their friendship is the cement that holds the show together. Brian and Andy bring a delightful balance and humor to each encounter. It is what makes the show fun. Donna brings a sense of pacticallity to the T.A.P.S. family. Even the new members make the show interesting.

    What I don't get is why Steve (the T.A.P.S. golden boy) is always running Brian down behind his back. I have watched episode after episode and it seems that Steve almost always has a sarcastic comment regarding Brian, and then takes his gripes to Grant, Jason or just about anyone else who will listen. All the while Brian seems oblivious. (I catch myself almost yelling at the TV hoping Brian will hear, "Steve is not your fiend!")

    I know...I know... The cell phone calls were a bit over the top! But it occurs to me that this isn't the first time there was a relationship problem on Ghost Hunters. I remember when two of the T.A.P.S. team members were getting a little freindly and it was posing problems within the group. As I recall, Brian really tried to help his "friend" not make a mistake and get dismissed. Unfortunately for Brian, his "friend" would not be so kind.

    Steve is fair however, he complains about some of the other T.A.P.S. members as well.

    In this episode Steve not only acts as though Brian cannot do anything right, he also comments about how the girls really aren't very helpful. (It makes me wonder if anyone at T.A.P.S. ever wathes their own show and see the way Steve acts and the things he says about them when they aren't around).

    Overall, I really enjoy the show, and Steve isn't all bad. (He can't help it if noone can measure up to him).moreless
  • Good episode..a little laughs..couple new places..Steve in drag and Brian taking his leave for awhile.

    This is a fine example of why you SHOULD have your cell off during work, Brian has had trouble for some time but i think he crosses his wires on his work ethics. If your new found girlfriend believes you will cheat will on a case..?????

    Like what..\"hey baby we been having trouble this past week so while we was at the Emily Boarding House i picked up this nice chick from the 1800s..shes dead and doesnt say much but there is promise there\"

    I mean come on,unless he GAVE her reason to think he is cheating its too early in the relationship to be all paranoid.And he should have told her this is a job and im required to do my part..ill call when i get off or when i get a break.

    Other then that..i don\'t expect to see something every episode,spirits dont appear cause you want them to appear.But if they find nothing then that just means if things get out of hand later they can always come back.moreless
  • Debunking, debunking, and precious little evidence in the process...

    I’m now operating on the belief that the season is building towards something big, because otherwise, this has been a rather disappointing season thus far. There’s way too much emphasis on Brian and the “drama” behind the scenes (a rather common complaint, it seems), and the cases aren’t producing nearly as much intriguing evidence as in the first season (which was shorter).

    The focus this time seemed to be on a case where Brian’s personal issues annoyed the entire team and cast a negative energy over everything they did, and a second case where his absence allowed Steve and Dustin to step up and do things right. OK, I understand that reasoning, but it didn’t have to be the dominant “story”.

    On the other hand, this is part of the give-and-take of such a series. TAPS has a fairly substantial caseload, but SFC only gets to film a certain percentage of cases. If I understand the situation correctly, the cases that make it on “Ghost Hunters” are either cases lined up by SFC or cases where the proper clearances were given by the owners/civilians on site. It’s incredibly hit or miss, and of the many locations where SFC does film, the cases that actually make it to the series are probably chosen after the fact.

    This gets back to what I was saying before. There’s very little indication of when the cases were actually filmed, though a general timeline is evident. Even so, I can easily imagine a situation where the cases are shuffled to allow the scientific debunking to be established firmly in the audience’s mind, before something truly unusual occurs. It may just be wishful thinking, but that’s all I’ve got.

    So, onto the first case:

    Ho, hum…EMF, vague feelings, whatever. Though I have to say, I’m getting tired of hearing the entire team butcher the actual meaning of EMF. Perhaps Paula can educate them a little on the topic, since she’s clearly the smartest person on the team when it comes to the science. And not only is she scientifically oriented, but she’s so very hot. When a woman looks that good in both normal and night vision…well, it’s rare!

    And the second case:

    A little more here, but not much. It was mostly all about the lack of Brian-ness and…more EMF readings. The bit with the surround sound system was interesting, but mostly as a technical exercise. This case really demonstrated the fine line between deeming a situation “paranormal” and going to great lengths to find “real world” explanations. Science points to the frequency issue, which is indeed true. Outside sources can send the right signal to activate remote devices.

    However, it doesn’t take much to recognize that millions of people live in cities and manage to use remote devices utilizing radio and IR frequencies all the time without interfering with one another. Certainly I have a lot of electronics in my house, and I live in a very busy area (and a block away from a police station). How likely is it that the frequency explanation explains this? (And for that matter, an IR thermometer would not work to switch on a stereo like that. Some claim that it would, in their zeal to criticize TAPS.)

    But here’s the thing. Jason and Grant clearly don’t believe that the place is haunted. But they also know that the firefighters want to believe it. Are they going to come right out and say it’s not haunted, or are they going to try to manage the situation and leave the clients happy? It’s not brain science to recognize that they would say what they need to say to smooth things over.

  • Thank God Brian Won't be On any More Cases.

    Personally I enjoyed this episode for one Simple Reason. They Finally got Rid of Brian. I Love this show so much but I always disliked Brian. Besides the problems he caused with his work ethic. I believe he made things up to look good on TV and make an Investigation Have something happen. I could never fully believe anything that happened on any of the cases Brian worked on. I truly feel this is a great thing not having him on anymore cases because I believe that from now on I will be less skeptical with their findings since Brian is gone.moreless
  • One of the more boring episodes I have seen.

    Nothing really happened in this episode. Nothing happened at the playhouse was recorded except for numerous dust particles. As for the firehouse nothing really happened there either except the sound system turning on a couple times which could be explained away as a stray frequency turning it on. Really the best story here was about Brian. He seems to get call after call from his girlfriend while on an investigation and he admits the reason is because his girlfriend is afraid that he will cheat on her?! I know he is a "big time" tv personality now but come on! I'm glad he it taking time away from TAPS and I hope that Steve permanently is the Tech Manager from now on.moreless
Andy Andrews (II)

Andy Andrews (II)


Brian Harnois

Brian Harnois

Tech Manager

Donna LaCroix

Donna LaCroix

Case Manager

Grant Wilson (II)

Grant Wilson (II)

Co-Founder of TAPS and Lead Investigator

Jason Hawes

Jason Hawes

Founder of TAPS and Lead Investigator

Paula Donovan

Paula Donovan

Research & Development

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation 1: Bradley Playhouse - Putnam, Connecticut
      Pat Green - Manager, Bradley Playhouse

      Investigation 2: Harris Fire Station - Coventry, Rhode Island
      William Fontaine - Fire Chief
      Ted Dion - Fire Fighter

    • The investigation of the theater occurred on February 12-13, 2005. The investigation of the Harris Firehouse was on March 25, 2005 through to early morning of March 26, 2005.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Grant: These groups, they go out and tell people what they want to hear, and they collect money for it. I mean, honestly, if you step back and look at it, how can you take that and expect them to be credible?
      Jason: They're nothing but but a glorified paranormal group with a 1-900 number.

    • Donna: Are you on the phone again?!
      Brian: Is that a problem?
      Donna: We're on an investigation- you're always on the phone!
      Brian: Is that a problem?

    • Jason: (to Steve who is wearing a long blonde wig) You make a ugly girl.
      Steve: What are you talking about? Give me some make up, I'm good..
      Grant: So can we call you Steph now?.
      Jason: What about the five o'clock shadow?
      Steve: I'm Portuguese man, Portuguese women have five o'clock shadows!

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode is listed under the title "The Playhouse And The Firehouse" at the official Ghost Hunters website.

    • During this episode Jason and Grant have a sit down with Brian Harnois and his troubles while on investigations. Brian decides to take some time away from TAPS to deal with personal issues. In his absence Steve Gonsalves takes over as Tech Manager.

    • No paranormal phenomena is recorded at the Bradley Playhouse. As for the Firehouse, Grant and Jason notice a surround sound system turn on twice with no explanation why. Later they find out the remote control has not been working for a couple years.