Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Seven: The Bathtub 

The government comes searching for Eleven. Eleven looks for Will in the Upside Down.


Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)


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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 Chrest ... Ted Wheeler
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
John Reynolds ... Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)
Noah Schnapp ... Will Byers


Lucas warns his friends that the bad men from the Hawkins Laboratory are coming and they must flee. They are pursued by Brenner and his agents and El uses her power to flip a van and stop the others. They hide in a junkyard and meet Lucas. At the police station, Jonathan is released by Hopper and Joyce and he and Nancy tells about the monster. Troy arrives at the station with his mother and tells about El's abilities. Hopper, Joyce, Nancy and Jonathan seek out Mike, Dustin and Lucas and they use Will's walkie-talkie to contact them. They meet the boys and El at the junkyard and head to Nancy's house, where Dustin calls Mr. Clarke to learn how to make the deprivation tank. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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?


The scene that sees Hopper (David Harbour) burst into the bus to rescue the kids, was purposefully shot to resemble Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). See more »


While the group is attempting to create a sensory-deprivation chamber, they dissolved 1500 pounds of salt into a pool of the time period. To test the specific gravity of the salted water, they see how well an egg floats. During the first test, the egg sinks. The second test, the egg floats with a large portion sitting above the water line. Were this a real egg, it would be impossible to float an egg that high on top of the water. But as the egg turns on the water, the hole the crew used to remove the insides of the egg can be seen.

Additionally, the pool holds roughly 100 gallons, or 800 pounds, of water (if the pool is 8 feet in diameter and the water is 2 feet deep). Even under boiling conditions, it would be impossible to dissolve much more than about 320 pounds of salt. See more »


Mr. Clarke: Hello?
Dustin Henderson: Mr Clarke, it's Dustin.
Mr. Clarke: Dustin? Is everything okay?
Dustin Henderson: Ye-yeah, I just, I, I have a... science question.
Mr. Clarke: It's ten o'clock on Saturday. Why don't we pick this up on...
Dustin Henderson: Do you know anything about sensory deprivation tanks? Specifically how to build one?
Mr. Clarke: Sensory deprivation...? Wh-what is this for?
Dustin Henderson: Fun.
Mr. Clarke: Okay. Well. Why don't we talk about it Monday, after school. Okay?...
Dustin Henderson: You always say we should never stop being curious, to always open any curiosity door we find.
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References Under the Skin (2013) See more »


Stranger Things
(Title sequence & end credits theme)
Written & performed by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
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Everything Is in Place
1 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode has everything. The two forces at work are facing off. All significant parties are now in play. The boys are fugitives, but fugitives, not from the government or law enforcement, but people who are posing as such. They have one intent; they want to kill the boys and take back Eleven. The Chief is fully involved and has some ideas, but most of what is going to happen will probably depend on Nancy and Jonathan. Steve has had an epiphany and made a turn in his life. The Tub is the means to get Will back, using a sensory deprivation tank. People are now heading toward the center and Episode Eight should answer things. I hope this is the case because I see that a second season is in the works. Please don't cheat us. By the way, I see this episode is rated a nine or higher. Could someone else beside the people who are writing talk about something other than how slow this is. It's the typical commentary with anything that requires a little patience.

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