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Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street 

Mike hides the mysterious girl in his house. Joyce gets a strange phone call.

Directors:

Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)

Writers:

Matt Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Joyce Byers
David Harbour ... Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard ... Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown ... Eleven
Gaten Matarazzo ... Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin ... Lucas Sinclair
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Matthew Modine ... Dr. Martin Brenner
Joe Chrest ... Ted Wheeler
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
Ross Partridge ... Lonnie Byers
Shannon Purser ... Barbara Holland
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Mike hides the mysterious girl in his house. Joyce gets a strange phone call.

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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The clothes that Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) borrows from Mike (Finn Wolfhard) are the same ones that Mike was wearing during the Dungeons and Dragons game in the previous episode, Stranger Things: Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers (2016) See more »

Goofs

The Bangles' "Hazy Shade of Winter" appears in an episode set in 1983. The song was not released until 1987. See more »

Quotes

Mike Wheeler: You don't want it closed?
Eleven: No.
Mike Wheeler: Oh, So you can speak... Okay, well... Umm... How about we just keep the door... Just like this. Is that better?
Eleven: Yes.
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Connections

References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

I Melt with You
Written by Robbie Grey (uncredited), Gary McDowell (uncredited), Richard Brown (uncredited), Mick Conroy (uncredited) and Stephen Walker (uncredited)
Performed by Modern English
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Episode 102: The Weirdo on Maple Street
13 September 2016 | by raven8000-794-597613See all my reviews

Toned down slightly from the opener but never short of surprises. The biggest comes right at the end following a pool party. I wasn't bothered about the character involved, having made little impression so far but the moment is still a shocking end to the show. The scene of the show for me however is down to Joyce who receives another phone call, this one with more of a reason to get hysterical which she does fantastically. Her character is blossoming now and she just makes all the crazy stuff going on feel real. After the phone call some lights flicker and the boom box turns itself on in the bedroom. This leads to a shocking discovery sending her fleeing her home. This segment was done brilliantly and the tension was unbearable. This should have closed the episode since it happened to a dominant character rather than a secondary one.

Outside of these events the kids set about keeping Elle a secret from their parents with her and Mike sharing some nice scenes together in an otherwise darker episode. Lucas freaks out later on and is ready to give her up but is stopped in his tracks with another show of what Elle can do. She later goes on to reveal she knows where Will is. But what she reveals actually seems quite terrifying. For all their good intentions I don't think the boys have a clue what they are heading in to. The dynamic between all 4 is great and the reactions from the boys especially during an "undressing" spot is hilarious.

Elsewhere Hopper continues his investigation, finding his fallen friend in the diner and learning of the girl who was there. He later finds a strip of her gown and the scary as hell place she came from. If the forest wasn't spooky enough, this place will get you going.

Jonathan also goes on a little side journey of his own to find Will when he comes face to face with easily my least favourite character thus far. He really is in a world of his own and I don't expect any cooperation as the series continues.

A fun light episode that turned very dark, it's left me wanting more but I do hope there are some light hearted scenes thrown in along the way. Strong follow up to the opener and this world is now really coming alive.


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