Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Four: The Body 

Refusing to believe Will is dead, Joyce tries to connect with her son. The boys give Eleven a makeover. Jonathan and Nancy form an unlikely alliance.


Shawn Levy


Matt Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 1 more credit »




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
John Reynolds ... Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)


Joyce is not swayed by the discovery of Will's body. Nancy and Jonathan begin to work together. The boys take El to school. Can she speak to Will? Hopper continues to uncover strange answers, and the facility sends someone into the anomaly. Written by Marc Crowther

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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?


When the sheriff goes to the morgue to view Will's (Noah Schnapp) supposed body, he talks to the officer reading "Cujo", later made into the film Cujo (1983), and says he spoke with O'Bannon. O'Bannon is likely a reference to Dan O'Bannon, screenwriter of Alien (1979) and director of The Return of the Living Dead (1985). See more »


When the boys are riding the bikes through town, there is a shot facing the three of them and there is a current day vehicle parked in the background. See more »


Mike Wheeler: [trying to get to the Heathkit] It's locked.
Lucas Sinclair: What?
Dustin Henderson: [to El] Hey do you think you can open it? With your powers?
Mr. Clarke: Boys?
[they freeze]
Mr. Clarke: Assembly's about to start.
Mike Wheeler: We know. We're just... you know...
Lucas Sinclair: Upset.
Dustin Henderson: Ye-yeah, definitely upset.
Mike Wheeler: And we need some alone time.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


Color Dreams
Performed by The Deep
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It's Time to Believe
30 December 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

What are those guys at the plant up to? They send some poor guy in a radiation suit into a mass of rubbery plantlike stuff where he is sucked into something beyond. He is tethered to a very strong cable. He screams, disappears, and the cable is returned with only a chunk of him attached. Just previously, the body of Will has been brought in by a mass of police cars. At least we think it is Will. Joyce refuses to believe it is him. When she goes to identify the body, she is convinced that this "thing" is not him. Meanwhile, the kids dress Eleven up in more conventional girl clothes with a blond wig. They are able to hear Will's voice on a walkie talkie. Nancy goes to the party house and sees a faceless creature. Joyce had previously been chased by a faceless creature from inside her bedroom wall. Jim Hopper continues to investigate why there was so much attention paid to Will's body, and he gets information from the man who discovered the body. He now knows that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Joyce has another incident, Things come to quite a head as this ends. Great storytelling. Better than most television.

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