Airdate: August 31, 2005
I've said it before: half the fun of watching Ghosthunters is watching the interactions of the TAPS investigators amongst themselves. In this episode, that is all the fun, as the two cases - a lighthouse in Connecticut and a museum in New York City - offer very little in the way of thrills and chills.
The lighthouse, we discover early, is the pet project of Andy, one of the debunkers. He runs the idea past Jason and Grant. With their seal of approval, he contacts the owners of the lighthouse and sets up the appointment.
What ensues is another case of a dog's bark being much worse than its bite. The lighthouse looks creepy enough, built around the turn of the last century on a small rocky outcropping in the middle of the water. The caretaker tells a couple of close encounter scares, but the scariest occurrence that TAPS could find is the dodginess of the power. Luckily, the crew brought along a battery backup.
In the end, Jason is angry at Andy for what Jason perceives as a lack of research into the worthiness of the lighthouse as a study subject. Both Jason and Grant had heard that the lighthouse was considered very haunted and gave the mission the go-ahead. I'm not certain why Jason changed his mind. It's not as though other cases have ever come up empty. Heck, it's not even the only time in this episode that a case comes up empty.
The second case is inside a 150 year old brownstone, located in the heart of New York City, that has been preserved and transformed into the Merchant's House Museum. The house is a challenge because, as the museum curator is fond of pointing out, the ghosthunters mustn't touch anything.
In a typical NYC moment, as the crew waits outside the museum with the equipment, a man tries to nonchalantly make off with one of the cases. After giving chase, the crew regains the equipment, but do not apprehend the would-be thief. That was the show’s most exciting moment in weeks.