How ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Referenced 1 Scene From the 1984 Film, ‘Ghostbusters’

During Netflix’s original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, viewers caught a glimpse of life in New York City. Kimmy Schmidt and her family ate at the Olive Garden in Times Square. She even appeared on the Today Show with the other “Mole Women.”

In one season 1 episode, this character ate at the Ghostbusters restaurant, with the series referencing one iconic scene from the 1984 movie in the process. 

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' episode titled 'Kimmy Goes to a Hotel'
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ episode titled ‘Kimmy Goes to a Hotel’ | Eric Liebowitz/Netflix/Universal Television/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Kimmy Schmidt studied for her GED during the ‘Kimmy is Bad at Math’ episode of season 1

After being kidnapped by an insane preacher, Kimmy Schmidt was ready to take on the world. What better place to start over than New York City? After learning that her GED teacher didn’t care about his students, Kimmy took studying into her own hands. 

She partnered with another student, named Dong, who taught her math while he learned English. Over time, they developed a crush on each other, especially seen during the season 1 episode, “Kimmy is Bad at Math.”

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1 scene from ‘Kimmy is Bad at Math’ copied ‘Ghostbusters’

Kimmy loved visiting iconic New York City landmarks, whether that be in Times Square or Central Park. When she went on a date with her boyfriend, it was only natural that she picked the restaurant featured in the movie, Ghostbusters

During the 1984 film, this was the restaurant that Rick Moranis’ character ran to after being attacked. However, this just happened to be the restaurant that Kimmy’s classmate, Dong, was passing on his bike. He saw Kimmy Schmidt happily on a date.

Dong, dressed in a blue shirt, turtleneck, and tan slacks, turned around and slid down the glass, just like Louis Tully did during Ghostbusters. Music similar to Elmer Bernstein’s Ghostbusters score plays in the background.

There are plenty of other New York-themed references in Netflix’s original series, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

While running around Central Park, Kimmy Schmidt stopped in front of a fountain that she believed was featured in Friends. She later discovered that it wasn’t the actual fountain from the sitcom, but it was still exciting to her.

During a season 2 episode, Titus and Kimmy got in a fight over sharing the apartment space. When Kimmy demanded to use the shower, Titus replied with, “women are funny. Take that, original Ghostbusters,” referencing the remade film.

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After receiving her GED, Kimmy Schmidt attended Colombia University on a full scholarship. Of course, as a self-proclaimed singer and musical theater enthusiast, Titus’ dream was to perform in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway. By the finale of the Netflix original series, he achieves his goal. 

Episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are available on Netflix, as is the interactive special, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend.