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?


When Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) is watching Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and she crushes the can with her mind in the examination room, her nose bleeds. Brenner leans in after her nose bleeds and smiles. He could be smiling because of the crushed can, but note that his character in the film Vision Quest (1985) used to get a bloody nose when he would work very hard as a wrestler. Eleven worked very hard with her mind powers to crush the can, which made her nose bleed. 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 »


Dustin Henderson: So do you think Eleven was born with her superpowers like the X-Men or do you think she acquired them like Green Lantern?
Lucas Sinclair: She's not a superhero; she's a weirdo.
Mike Wheeler: What does that matter? The X-Men were weirdos.
Lucas Sinclair: Well if you love her so much, why don't you marry her?
Mike Wheeler: What are you taking about?
Lucas Sinclair: Seriously, Mike?
Mike Wheeler: What?
Lucas Sinclair: You look at her all like "Hi El. El. El, El, El! I love you so much! Would you marry me?"
Mike Wheeler: Shut up, Lucas!
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
Performed by Peter Gabriel
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So far, the Best Episode
30 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly" is so far the best episode of "Stranger Things". Barb is hunted down by a monster and Nancy seeks her out later. Joyce is obsessed believing that Will wants to contact her. However, Winona Ryder has another terrible performance acting like a lunatic. Further, she is fleeing from the monster and when she sees her son in a car, she waits for him and they hug each other. Certainly this is not the best way to escape from a monster. Sheriff Jim Hopper is the best character of this series and makes discoveries about Dr, Martin Brenner and the staff from the laboratory in the best segent of this episode. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly"

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