Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat 

Hopper breaks into the lab to find the truth about Will's death. The boys try to locate the "gate" that will take them to Will.


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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
... Ted Wheeler
... Steve Harrington
... Officer Powell
... Lonnie Byers
... Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)


Hopper breaks into the lab to find the truth about Will's death. The boys try to locate the "gate" that will take them to Will.

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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The acrobat can move forward and backward along the rope. But the flea can move forward and backward as well as side to side. If the flea keeps walking to one side, it goes around the rope and winds up where it started. So the acrobat has one dimension, and the flea has two dimensions, but one of these dimensions is a small closed loop. So the acrobat cannot detect any more than the one dimension of the rope, just as we can only see the world in three dimensions, even though it might well have many more. This is impossible to visualize, precisely because we can only visualize things in three dimensions. See more »


Steve asks Nancy if she wants to go out and see the movie "All the right moves" which came out in 1983, earlier in the school there is a sign about a battle of the bands to take place on Friday November 28th. November 28th falls on a Monday in 1983. See more »


Joyce Byers: Maybe I am a mess. Maybe I'm crazy. Maybe I'm out of my mind! But, God help me, I will keep these lights up until the day I die if I think there's a chance that Will's still out there!
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References Bambi (1942) See more »


Written by Peter Hook, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris, and Bernard Sumner
Performed by New Order
Courtesy of Factory Records / Warner Bros.
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The Vale of Shadows
11 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

'The Flea and the Acrobat' continues the "holy crap" series of suspense endings, but it wasn't my favorite aspect. As good as this is, there's no topping that cold open. Hopper charging into the lab and ending up going full-on paranoid ... I don't want to spoil much here, but Joyce finally finds out about Will's fake body - after having just buried it - and I really hope he doesn't actually turn up dead at the end of the season; this woman's been through enough.

The search for Will continues (as intensely as always) but I found myself more interested in Hopper and Joyce. Didn't expect that.


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