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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.


Shawn Levy


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




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 ... Martin Brenner
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
Shannon Purser ... Barbara Holland
John Reynolds ... Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)
Mark Steger ... 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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The only title of the first season to not start with the word "The". See more »


The police chief is seen wearing a modern day rubber band loom bracelet. See more »


Eleven: Why did they hurt you?
Mike Wheeler: What?
[El points to a scrape on Mike's chin]
Mike Wheeler: Oh, that... uh... I just fell at recess.
Eleven: Mike...
Mike Wheeler: Yeah?
Eleven: Friends tell the truth.
Mike Wheeler: I was tripped by this mouth-breather, Troy, okay?
Eleven: Mouth-breather?
Mike Wheeler: Yeah, you know... a dumb person. A knucklehead.
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Features He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) See more »


Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
Performed by Peter Gabriel
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Holly, Jolly indeed.
4 July 2018 | by SendiTolverSee all my reviews

When the first two chapters were quite slow (still tense and interesting) the the third one really kicked the things going. The roller coaster ride of emotions. Episode kicks of with intense scene where we see what happened to the Barb, then the quick fall back into peaceful small town atmosphere, that even elevates the shock level of the opening scene (can't get over that opening). The tension starts to rise when Eleven decides to help the boys to look for Will, chief Hopper starts to take his act together and finally begins proper investigation. Glimpses into the past of Eleven, final shocking reveals, and then that tearful ending.

It was kind of episode that it is hard to expect anything better from now on, but I guarantee - the ride is getting bumpier.

Millie Bobby Brown again shines as almost speechless Eleven (genuine acting genius), and Winona Ryder keeps her powerhouse on.

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15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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