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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 ... Dr. 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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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?


Early on in the episode, there is a picture of Tom Cruise on the wall in Nancy's (Natalia Dyer) room. Later on the mood music playing is very similar to that from Risky Business (1983), starring Tom Cruise. See more »


When Nancy is leaving Steve's room to go home, it is light outside through the window, but when she exits the house and eventually gets home, it is dark out. See more »


Joyce Byers: No... I... we're having electrical problems.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Arranged by Joe Lervold
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet
Courtesy of Firstcom/MasterSource
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I Am So Hooked!
30 December 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode contains so much. It begins with the death of Nancy's friend, Barb, by some kind of slimy monster. In Episode 2 we knew something happened to her. Back in school, Nancy and her boyfriend (bullying jerk and friends) sees her. She is beginning to feel guilt after sleeping with him and now her friend doesn't show up for class. It is totally out of her character. We cut it the three boys and Eleven. She claims to know where Will is with her limited speech. They must go to school and so she is left to her own designs until 3:15. The boys have collected some weaponry and are going to continue to search for Will. After school, the boys are bullied by some of their wonderful peers. Mike is thrown to the ground, flat on his face. The big kids leave. Back at school, Will's brother is developing photos of the party, but one of the girls sees what he is doing. In the parking lot, the bullies accost him, tear up his pictures, and smash his camera. At Will's house, Joyce is stringing up Christmas lights with an amazing result. Nancy finally realizes that something has happened to Barb, finds her car, and realizes this is really serious. The conclusion can't help but make us want more.

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