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In the movie, Beetlejuice talks about getting the Maitland's business, yet we never hear what he wanted from them

What did he expect for compensation?

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    They never strike a deal, so we don't learn what he wanted from them. – Tim Mar 5 '18 at 2:34
  • @Tim He does strike a deal with Lydia. Perhaps he wanted to make the Maitlands beholden to him to later leverage that. – Todd Wilcox Mar 7 '18 at 0:42
  • @ToddWilcox The question is explicitly about the Maitlands. They never strike a deal with Betelgeuse. His deal with Lydia is separate. – Tim Mar 7 '18 at 0:51
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We don't know.

While the Maitlands do wall upon Betelgeuse, they never reach an agreement.

Beetle Juice looks offended.

                            BETELGEUSE
              Me, scary?  You be the judge.


    ANGLE

    He swirls his face and shoulders into a horrifying
    image.  Pleased, he laughs at himself.

                            BARBARA
                     (decisively)
              Honey.  Let's go.

                            ADAM
              Go?  What d'ya mean?  We need
              help.

                            BARBARA
              No, we don't.  We can work
              something out ourselves.  We just
              have to try harder.

                            BETELGEUSE
              Hold on.  Let's not be squeamish,
              missy.  You rang my bell, you
              gotta lick the pump.  I'm rolling!


    BARBARA

    grabs Adam.  Betelgeuse is getting mad.  Not pretty.

                            BETELGEUSE
              Folks, be reasonable here.  I'm at
              your service.  You be the judge.
              I'm a harmless guy.  Try me.

                            BARBARA
              Home.  Home.  Home!


    ZAP

    They are gone.  Betelgeuse is furious.

                            BETELGEUSE
              You fresh corpse creeps!  Who do
              you think you are?... Walking
              away from a professional?

(Source.)

Essentially, the Maitlands are put off by Betelgeuse's manners and approach, hes self-advertising, and decide not to use his services.

Because of this, no contract is made, no agreement reached. We never learn what he would have requested in payment.

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    Note the dialog in the finished film for this scene is different. – Todd Wilcox Mar 6 '18 at 8:42
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    @ToddWilcox But not so different that it changes the outcome. – Tim Mar 6 '18 at 18:50
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Later on in the movie we learn that if he gets married, he will no longer be stuck in either afterlife or the kind of limbo or purgatory they are in (it’s not clear). See this clip:

This is why he tries to marry Lydia. So it’s possible that his “business” as a “bio-exorcist” is part of his machinations to give him enough power in the real world to get married. It almost works.

  • Do you have anything concrete, or is this pure speculation? – Gnemlock Mar 7 '18 at 0:15
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    @Gnemlock Do you mean the part about him needing to get married? It’s in the movie. The “it’s possible” part is supposition based on the events of the movie. He cajoles the Maitlands into summoning him. Then when they get in trouble he leverages their situation into extorting Lydia for her agreement to marry him. So maybe that was his plan all along. – Todd Wilcox Mar 7 '18 at 0:36

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