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Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly 

An increasingly concerned Nancy looks for Barb and finds out what Jonathan's been up to. Joyce is convinced Will is trying to talk to her.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Wheeler
Jonathan Byers
Steve Harrington
Officer Powell
Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)
The Monster


An increasingly concerned Nancy looks for Barb and finds out what Jonathan's been up to. Joyce is convinced Will is trying to talk to her.

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Dr. Brenner is watching Eleven and she crushes the can with her mind in the examination room, her nose bleeds. Brenner leans in after her nose bleeds and smiles. He could be smiling because of the crushed can, but note that his character in the 1985 film Vision Quest used to get a bloody nose when he would work very hard as a wrestler. Eleven worked very hard with her mind powers to crush the can which made her nose bleed. See more »


The show is supposed to take place in November 1983, but a sign at the school (seen when Nancy is on the phone trying to reach Barb) mentions "Battle of the Bands on Friday November 28". In 1983, Nov 28 was on a Monday. The closest year it was on a Friday would be 1980 or 1986. See more »


Mike Wheeler: [watching Will's body pulled from the water] It's not Will. It can't be.
Lucas Sinclair: It's Will. It's really Will.
Eleven: [Placing her hand on Mike's shoulder] Mike...
Mike Wheeler: [slapping El's hand away] Mike? Mike what? You were supposed to help us find him alive. You said he was alive. Why did you lie to us? What's wrong with you? What is *wrong* with you?
Eleven: [whispering] Mike...
Mike Wheeler: What?
Lucas Sinclair: Mike come on don't do this, man. Mike!
Dustin Henderson: Mike where are you going? Mike? Mike!
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Waiting for a Girl like You
Written by Lou Gramm and Mick Jones
Performed by Foreigner
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One of the strongest episodes of 2016
21 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Damnnn! And I said the previous cliffhanger was good!

Without doubt, "Holly, Jolly" is one of the most impactful episodes of this year. The range of emotions you feel from beginning to end leave you exhausted yet yearning to learn more about this small town fable.

As this is a spoiler free review, I'll leave the details for you to experience firsthand, and will focus on the individual elements that help make this such an addictive and rock solid episode.

Basically, it's down to the two females: Winona Ryder (Joyce) and Millie Brown (Eleven) (though Cara Buono gets a special mention for that motherly scene with Natalia Dyer). There's this ancient Urdu proverb that says that even mothers who go mad and fail to recognize no one, recognize their sons. Winona Ryder, in this episode, is the personification of this proverb. Keep a tissue box next to you, people. You'll be needing one.

Mille Brown on the other hand... Oh mann!! She says with no words what many notable actors fail to say with the help of dialogues. Near the end, the interaction between her and Finn Wolfhard (Mike) seems so authentic and real, it hurts.

I say, leave whatever you are doing and go watch this episode. Verdict: 10/10

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