Stranger Things (2016– )
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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Joyce Byers
... Jim Hopper
... Mike Wheeler
... Eleven
... Dustin Henderson
... Lucas Sinclair
... Nancy Wheeler
... Jonathan Byers
... Karen Wheeler
... Dr. Martin Brenner
... Steve Harrington
... Officer Powell
... Barbara Holland
... Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)
... 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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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ronald Reagan's voice can be heard on TV. See more »


When Eleven is looking at the bulletin board of photos from Nacy's childhood, there is a photo taken of a broken concrete sidewalk. This structure was created for the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN. Although the show is set in 1983, the aquarium was not built until 1992. 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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) 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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"Like Reagan's Star Wars"
4 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

The search for Will continues and our three parties get new information.

Joyce finds a way to communicate with Will using lights, Hopper starts getting suspicious about Hawkins Lab and the kids... well, they don't do much on this episode. The real star here is Eleven. We get two amazing flashbacks that enrich her past. You now realize this is where the story lies, within this three story lines.

But there's something else: freaking Nancy. I mean, I got nothing against the character but she and her storyline is consistently the weakest part of this show. It has nothing to do with the rest of the story (the Barb crap is no way to connect stories) and it has the most clichéd moments and characters. I'm getting pretty tired of the bullies and her romance with Steve. Seriously, it adds nothing to the main story.

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