|Skeletons in the Closet|
|Episode Number Air Dated||003|
|Date First Aired||September 23, 1989|
|Season Aired||Season 1|
Skeletons in the Closet is the 3rd episode of season 1.
On a stormy day near the Deetzes' house, a baby skunk, chased by stray dogs, rushes to the Deetzes' house. Meanwhile, Beetlejuice and Lydia are dancing in her room. As BJ opens the window, the baby skunk jumps onto him. BJ likes the smell of the skunk but Lydia doesn't; however, BJ reminds Lydia about what Delia said: "Don't bring worms or wild animals in the house." Speaking of Delia, she and Charles knocks on the door, so BJ hides in the closet while Lydia puts the skunk, whom she calls Stinky, in there with him. As Charles and Delia open the door, they smell something awful. Lydia lies to them, saying that she's trying out some cologne she bought for her father. As her parents go back to their own bedroom, Lydia opens the closet. BJ likes the way she lied, but she can't keep secrets any longer, so they take Stinky to the Neitherworld.
Once in the Neitherworld, they encounter a new problem. When Neitherworld denizens tell lies, they get skeletons in their closets... and BJ's closet is almost overflowing. When he tells one fib too many, the closet bursts, releasing all the skeletons. They immediately run around telling the truth about his lies, with his neighbors growing angry - except for Jacques, who is delighted to learn that BJ actually likes him. Meanwhile, another skeleton flees to the real world to reveal Lydia's lie to her parents.
The only way to defeat the skeletons is to tell the truth about something. Lydia quickly works out an easy truth for BJ to tell, and asks him who his best friend is. He declares that it's Lydia, and immediately, the skeletons disappear. She, meanwhile, promises to tell her parents the truth about the skunk, and the episode ends with Lydia and a violin-playing BJ releasing little Stinky back into the wild.
- The episode that has skeletons is based on the skeleton of Mirabeau coming out of a hidden closet of king Louis XVI of France in 1792.
- See all image pictures in this episode.
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