Stranger Things (2016– )
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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.


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


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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


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

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Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The quarry scene in this episode is the same location used in The Walking Dead (2010) Season 1, most notably episode 4, The Walking Dead: Vatos (2010). The quarry also appears in the Netflix movie The Fundamentals of Caring (2016). See more »


The regular police officers are using period-correct walkie talkie radios, however the Chief's radio is a modern Motorola digital radio that was first marketed in the mid-late 2000s. This is most obvious at the quarry scene when he answers the dispatcher. See more »


Dustin Henderson: [Watching Mike give El a sleeping bag] You really think she's psycho?
Lucas Sinclair: Wouldn't want her in my house.
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References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »


Body Language
Performed by Alexander Baker & Clair Mario
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3 September 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

A bit of a downfall from the excellent pilot, you can see that this is an 'matching plots' episode. There's less substance but it's enjoyable nevertheless.

Although it's a lesser episode than the previous one, it does have better individual scenes. We get too ridiculously tender scenes: one with Mike and El on the sofa and another with Jonathan and Will listening to The Clash. And then we get a tremendously powerful scene about an El's flashback from the lab. Millie Bobbie Brown gives a mouthdropping performance on this episode, as well as Winona Ryder which shines in a scene involving Will trying to communicate with her. That being said, she's still being a little to over the top.

Moving on to the negatives, this episode is filled with clichéd moments. The ones you saw on the pilot get worse here. We get some cheesy lines ("this isn't you"), more stereotypical characters (shitty father), but the worst thing about the episode is that it propels very little the plot. I still don't think that Nancy's story line has anything to do with the rest of the show. I mean, in the end they made the monster take Barb, but that's no way to connect the stories. And also the tone is kind of all over the place. On the pilot we got a fun tone with a darker one underneath but here it's not fun or dark. I mean, when the monster appears on the Byers' house it does ring weird. It wasn't set up or even hinted in the whole episode.

Overall, an enjoyable filler but an inferior to the pilot.

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