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Chapter Eight: The Upside Down 

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.


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


Hopper and Joyce are interrogated by Dr. Brenner and his agents. Hopper makes a deal with Dr. Brenner in order to go to the Upside Down with Joyce to rescue Will. Meanwhile Jonathan and Nancy set up bear trap at Jonathan's home to kill the monster. Out of the blue, Steve arrives and is forced to fight the monster with Nancy and Jonathan. Brenner and his agents arrive at school to capture El, but she reacts protecting her friends with her powers and the blood attracts the monster. What will happen to them? 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 episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series. See more »


Near the end the boys get into a car and buckle up. Seat belt laws were enacted in 1984. Practically no one buckled up back then until it became law. See more »


Mike Wheeler: Are you feeling any better?
[El shrugs]
Eleven: What's pu-tt-ing?
Mike Wheeler: [chuckling] Pudding. It's this chocolate goo you eat with a spoon. Don't worry: when all this is over you won't have to keep eating junk food and leftovers like a dog anymore. My Mom, she's a pretty awesome cook. She can make you whatever you like.
Eleven: Eggos?
Mike Wheeler: Well, yeah Eggos but real food too. See, I was thinking that once all this is over and Will's back and you're not a secret anymore, my parents can get you an actual bed for the basement. ...
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References The Thing (1982) See more »


When It's Cold I'd Like to Die
Written by Moby and Mimi Goese
Performed by Moby featuring Mimi Goese
Courtesy of Elektra/Mute
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"Goodbye Mike!" (dialog)
20 January 2018 | by imranfarid-83811See all my reviews

Eleven! El! El! Eleven! El, where are you? El! El!.......

And the tears that fell from Mike. Oh, what a emotional, heartbreaking & splendid conclusion to the first season it has been. Such sacrifice made by Eleven to protect his friends and especially Mike from the Demogorgon, just minutes after Mike confessed his love to Eleven and kissed her and watching Brenner, his papa meeting a tragic end, just rips the audience heart and shreds the joy of life into pieces. The cast has done an enchanting work to bring the set-pieces much more sentimental but real at the same time. The twists and turns the episode has brought is a true masterpiece. David Harbour has also acted particularly well as Hopper bringing his character to life. The Duffer Brothers have really packed some shocking 50 minutes of horrifying masterwork. And hopefully, Eleven is not vanished forever as we did get to see Hopper placing Eggos in a box, somewhere in a forest. Obviously, waiting for the series to continue on...

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