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A 100% True Ghost Story is the sixth episode of the seventh season of The Goldbergs, and the one hundred forty-sixth episode overall. It aired on October 30, 2019.

Summary

Beverly scores a bargain on four paintings. Once they make it home, she and Adam determine something supernatural is causing them to be destroyed. Much to Murray's dismay, they call a psychic for help. Meanwhile, Barry decides to throw a huge "Rocky Horror Picture Show"-themed party against Erica's wishes. Their confrontation leads to a visit to the dean's office.

Full Recap

After Barry and Geoff go to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time, Barry decides to throw a "Big Tasty Rocky Halloween Party" on campus at the library.

Meanwhile, Murray is angry about Adam's disturbing Halloween costume. Beverly comes home with four old, classical nude paintings, excited that she got a bargain on them. Unfortunately, her excitement soon turns to panic when the paintings will not stop falling off the wall.

Erica and Geoff stroll around the campus, where they notice several "Big Tasty's Big Rocky Halloween Party" fliers. Erica becomes angry at Barry because she needs to study for her midterms and is determined to focus more on academics during her second attempt at college, and an "epic Halloween party" seems like a less than ideal setting for such. Also, Barry accidentally manages to staple a flier to Geoff's stomach, which causes a fight between Erica and Barry in the quad, and they end up in trouble with the dean. Barry explains to the dean that he just wanted to blow off some steam with the party. He seems to understand and allows Barry to have his party, and Erica complains that she flunked out the last time because she screwed around too much and now she feels like she's being punished for taking school too seriously. She tells the dean that "this is garbage" and storms out of his office.

Back at the Goldberg house, Beverly and Adam are convinced there is a ghost in the house and are going room to room searching for the spirit. Murray, being himself, thinks they are morons for believing in ghosts and gets annoyed with the whole situation, and decides to invite a science teacher from William Penn, Dr. Katman, to come over and give legitimate reasons for the paintings falling off the wall, proving there is no ghost in the house.

Dr. Katman tries to convince the family that there isn't a ghost in the house, but Beverly has countered by bringing in Karen English, a psychic and "paranormal expert" who is on the radio and happens to be a friend of Beverly's. Karen informs the family that there is a spirit belonging to a young Victorian girl in the house, and when Karen and Dr. Katman begin to flirt with each other, a glass vase suddenly breaks, so Beverly, Adam, Karen and Dr. Katman try to crack the case.

Meanwhile, Barry gets an 'F' on his test, automatically cancelling his Halloween party. Erica gets an 'A', which annoys Barry. Erica tries to cheer him up, but Barry tells her that most people who fail out of college at least get to have fun doing it, but he hasn't even had that.

Back at home, the team of ghost hunters have formed a circle and are trying to talk to the spirit, only to be interrupted by Murray. Beverly tells him that she doesn't care that he doesn't believe in ghosts, but it really hurts that he's not on her team and that he should believe in her, and that she will always back him up and wishes he would do the same for her.

Later, Murray invites Beverly into the living room. He calls out to the spirit, and tells her that he's sorry for thinking she's baloney, but that he's even more sorry that he didn't acknowledge his wife's feelings, and he loves how passionate she is about the things she believes in, and from now on he is going to be on her team, because they make a great one. Beverly thanks him, and he asks if she'd be willing to talk to the spirit and get it to leave (by doing "what she does best: tear that ghost a new one!"). Beverly turns around, shouts curse words and threatens that she is going to sell the house to fat, obese nudists if the spirit won't leave.

Meanwhile, with Geoff's help, Erica has managed to create Barry's dream Halloween party because she felt bad and didn't want him to miss it. Barry asks why she would do this for him after what happened between them, and she tells him that she knows how hard college is, and that she struggled a lot last year but she came out the other side, and he will, too. She says that they both need some balance and maybe they can help each other find it, and they hug and make up. Erica calls the JTP, who show up and hand Barry his costume. The party turns out amazing.

Beverly throws the paintings away, ending the Goldbergs' ghost story. The narrator says that they never found out what exactly caused the paintings to fall, but sometimes it's the unexplainable that makes life exciting. Lucky barks at the paintings and the garbage can rattles. An interview with Jeff Garlin and the real Beverly Goldberg follows.

In the final scene, Adam is Trick-or-Treating and unknowingly visits the home of Dr. Katman, who answers the door in a bath robe. He apologizes and says he wasn't expecting anyone, and Adam counters with the fact that it's 8:00 on Halloween night. Dr. Katman says that he lost track of time and Karen English appears and asks why she's sensing negative energy in their evening, and Adam realizes they are sleeping together. Karen asks him why he's here and he tells her that it's Halloween and asks why she can't sense that. Then, taken aback, he asks why they're wearing matching robes. Dr. Katman tells him that there are some things science can't explain, and Adam says that this is the scariest thing he's ever seen and the episode ends.

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Guest Stars

Trivia

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Episode Stills

Behind the Scenes

Continuity

References

Episodes
The Goldbergs (season 1)
Episode 1
"The Circle Of Driving"
Episode 2
"Daddy Daughter Day"
Episode 3
"Mini Murray"
Episode 4
"Why're You Hitting Yourself?"
Episode 5
"The Ring"
Episode 6
"Who Are You Going to Telephone?"
Episode 7
"Call Me When You Get There"
Episode 8
"The Kremps"
Episode 9
"Stop Arguing and Start Thanking"
Episode 10
"Shopping"
Episode 11
"Kara-Te"
Episode 12
"You're Under Foot"
Episode 13
"The Other Smother"
Episode 14
"You Opened the Door"
Episode 15
"Muscles Mirsky"
Episode 16
"Goldbergs Never Say Die!"
Episode 17
"Lame Gretzky"
Episode 18
"For Your Own Good"
Episode 19
"The President's Fitness Test"
Episode 20
"You're Not Invited"
Episode 21
"The Age of Darkness"
Episode 22
"A Wrestler Named Goldberg"
Episode 23
"Livin' on a Prayer"
The Goldbergs (season 2)
Episode 1
"Love Is a Mixtape"
Episode 2
"Mama Drama"
Episode 3
"The Facts of Bleeping Life"
Episode 4
"Shall We Play a Game?"
Episode 5
"Family Takes Care of Beverly"
Episode 6
"Big Baby Ball"
Episode 7
"A Goldberg Thanksgiving"
Episode 8
"I Rode a Hoverboard"
Episode 9
"The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet"
Episode 10
"DannyDonnieJoeyJonJordan"
Episode 11
"The Darryl Dawkins Dance"
Episode 12
"Cowboy Country"
Episode 13
"Van People"
Episode 14
"Barry Goldberg's Day Off"
Episode 15
"Happy Mom, Happy Life"
Episode 16
"The Lost Boy"
Episode 17
"The Adam Bomb"
Episode 18
"I Drank the Mold!"
Episode 19
"La Biblioteca Es Libros"
Episode 20
"Just Say No"
Episode 21
"As You Wish"
Episode 22
"Dance Party USA"
Episode 23
"Bill/Murray"
Episode 24
"Goldbergs Feel Hard"
The Goldbergs (season 3)
Episode 1
"A Kick-Ass Risky Business Party"
Episode 2
"A Chorus Lie"
Episode 3
"Jimmy 5 is Alive"
Episode 4
"I Caddyshacked the Pool"
Episode 5
"Boy Barry"
Episode 6
"Couples Costume"
Episode 7
"Lucky"
Episode 8
"In Conclusion, Thanksgiving"
Episode 9
"Wingmom"
Episode 10
"A Christmas Story"
Episode 11
"The Tasty Boys"
Episode 12
"Baio and Switch"
Episode 13
"Double Dare"
Episode 14
"Lainey Loves Lionel"
Episode 15
"Weird Al"
Episode 16
"Edward 'Eddie the Eagle' Edwards"
Episode 17
"The Dirty Dancing Dance"
Episode 18
"12 Tapes for a Penny"
Episode 19
"Magic is Real"
Episode 20
"Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?"
Episode 21
"Rush"
Episode 22
"Smother's Day"
Episode 23
"Big Orange"
Episode 24
"Have a Summer"
The Goldbergs (season 4)
Episode 1
"Breakfast Club"
Episode 2
"I Heart Video Dating"
Episode 3
"George! George Glass!"
Episode 4
"Crazy Calls"
Episode 5
"Stevie King"
Episode 6
"Recipe for Death II: Kiss the Cook"
Episode 7
"Ho-ly K.I.T.T."
Episode 8
"The Greatest Musical Ever Written"
Episode 9
"Globetrotters"
Episode 10
"Han Ukkah Solo"
Episode 11
"O Captain! My Captain!"
Episode 12
"Snow Day"
Episode 13
"Agassi"
Episode 14
"The Spencer's Gift"
Episode 15
"So Swayze It's Crazy"
Episode 16
"The Kara-te Kid"
Episode 17
"Deadheads"
Episode 18
"Baré"
Episode 19
"A Night to Remember"
Episode 20
"The Dynamic Duo"
Episode 21
"Fonzie Scheme"
Episode 22
"The Day After the Day After"
Episode 23
"Jedi Master Adam Skywalker"
Episode 24
"Graduation Day"
The Goldbergs (season 5)
Episode 1
"Weird Science"
Episode 2
"Hogan Is My Grandfather"
Episode 3
"Goldberg on the Goldbergs"
Episode 4
"Revenge O' the Nerds"
Episode 5
"Jackie Likes Star Trek"
Episode 6
"Girl Talk"
Episode 7
"A Wall Street Thanksgiving"
Episode 8
"The Circle of Driving Again"
Episode 9
"Parents Just Don't Understand"
Episode 10
"We Didn't Start the Fire"
Episode 11
"The Goldberg Girls"
Episode 12
"Dinner with the Goldbergs"
Episode 13
"The Hooters"
Episode 14
"Hail Barry"
Episode 15
"Adam Spielberg"
Episode 16
"The Scrunchie Rule"
Episode 17
"Colors"
Episode 18
"MTV Spring Break"
Episode 19
"Flashy Little Flashdancer"
Episode 20
"The Opportunity of a Lifetime"
Episode 21
"Spaceballs"
Episode 22
"Let's Val Kilmer This Car"
The Goldbergs (season 6)
Episode 1
"Sixteen Candles"
Episode 2
"You Got Zuko'd"
Episode 3
"RAD!"
Episode 4
"Hersheypark"
Episode 5
"Mister Knifey-Hands"
Episode 6
"Fiddler"
Episode 7
"Bohemian Rap City"
Episode 8
"The Living Room: A 100% True Story"
Episode 9
"Bachelor Party"
Episode 10
"Yippee Ki Yay Melon Farmer"
Episode 11
"The Wedding Singer"
Episode 12
"The Pina Colada Episode"
Episode 13
"I Coulda Been a Lawyer"
Episode 14
"Major League'd"
Episode 15
"My Valentine Boy"
Episode 16
"There Can Be Only One Highlander Club"
Episode 17
"Our Perfect Strangers"
Episode 18
"The Beverly Goldberg Cookbook"
Episode 19
"Eight-bit Goldbergs"
Episode 20
"This is This is Spinal Tap"
Episode 21
"I Lost on Jeopardy"
Episode 22
"Mom Trumps Willow"
Episode 23
"Breakin'"
The Goldbergs (season 7)
Episode 1
"Vacation"
Episode 2
"Dana's Back"
Episode 3
"Food in a Geoffy"
Episode 4
"Animal House"
Episode 5
"Parents Thursday"
Episode 6
"A 100% True Ghost Story"
Episode 7
"WrestleMania"
Episode 8
"Angst-Giving"
Episode 9
"The Beverly Goldberg Cookbook: Part 2"
Episode 10
"It's a Wonderful Life"
Episode 11
"Pickleball"
Episode 12
"Game Night"
Episode 13
"Geoff the Pleaser"
Episode 14
"Preventa Mode"
Episode 15
"Dave Kim's Party"
Episode 16
"Body Swap"
Episode 17
"A Fish Story"
Episode 18
"Schmoopie's Big Adventure"
Episode 19
"Island Time"
Episode 20
"The Return of the Formica King"
Episode 21
"Oates & Oates"
Episode 22
"The Fake-Up"
Episode 23
"Pretty in Pink"
The Goldbergs (season 8)
Episode 1
"Airplane!"
Episode 2
"The Prettiest Boy in School"
Episode 3
"It's All About Comptrol"
Episode 4
"Bill's Wedding"
Episode 5
"Dee-Vorced"
Episode 6
"Eracism"
Episode 7
"Hanukkah On The Seas"
Episode 8
"Bevy's Big Murder Mystery Party"
Episode 9
"Cocoon"
Episode 10
"Geoff's New Hat"
Episode 11
"Quaker Warden"
Episode 12
"The Lasagna You Deserve"
Episode 13
"Mr. Ships Ahoy"
Episode 14
"Love Triangle"
Episode 15
"Bever-lé"
Episode 16
"Couple Off"
Episode 17
"Who's Afraid of Brea Bee?"
Episode 18
"The Dating Game"
Episode 19
"Daddy Daughter Day 2"
Episode 20
"Poker Night"
Episode 21
"Alligator Schwartz"
Episode 22
"The Proposal"
The Goldbergs (season 9)
Episode 1
"The Goldbergs' Excellent Adventure"
Episode 2
"Horse Play"
Episode 3
"Riptide Waters"
Episode 4
"The William Penn Years"
Episode 5
"An Itch Like No Other"
Episode 6
"The Hunt for the Great Albino Pumpkin"
Episode 7
"The Rose-Kissy Thing"
Episode 8
"A Light Thanksgiving Nosh"
Episode 9
"Tennis People"
Episode 10
"You Only Die Once, Or Twice, But Never Three Times"
Episode 11
"Hip-Shaking and Booty-Quaking"
Episode 12
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