Post by smittenkitten on Jul 12, 2021 10:41:49 GMT -5
Revisiting the very first episodes of this series, what was Jake Jr. thinking when he made that bet with Jessica in during that pre-interview?! I'm unsure if it was translated the same way in other languages, but in the english version, Jessica initially doesn't believe in ghosts. While there is one messing with her right behind her while she and Jake are talking about the dematerializer being used for the actual interview, Jake commits to her bet of capturing and busting a ghost on live tv and at that moment, unable to guarantee the end result. Was he even aware of the consequences if he failed? She pointed out the fact he'd have to admit that ghosts don't exist if he lost. That in itself would destroy their fathers' established reputations and ghostbusting business and been they'd be seen as frauds. That would've also thrown away their own futures as ghostbusters. Maybe his 'star struck' reaction to her clouded his thinking? Putting the entire business and all their reputations and jobs in danger over an ego-driven flirtatious bet was a very unwise decision from the soon-to-be new leader of the business and team. Luckily, he has uncanny good luck and it all worked out in the end.
In the last episode of that 5-episode string, they do successfully capture Scared Stiff, but it seemed like only Tracy was remembering to do that since all other ghosts were busted without a thought. Or was there a plan that the team had made off-screen? Also, nobody remembers the live interview at the end either until Jake Jr. checks the time and suddenly remembers it. Considering what was at stake from Jake's pre-interview bet with Jessica, if they had forgotten completely or missed it, it could've had potentially disastrous results.
And it was very likely Jake Jr. saw or was aware of the ghost that was messing with Jessica during that pre-interview since he dematerialized it once she left. Why didn't he point that one out and prove his side right then and there and save all the trouble and risk? I'd consider his inexperience since he was still a fledgling Ghostbuster at that point, but he was already proving many times that he was thinking ahead and about the end results of his ideas and actions throughout those episodes.