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Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak 

After Will sees something terrible on trick-or-treat night, Mike wonders whether Eleven's still out there. Nancy wrestles with the truth about Barb.

Directors:

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

Writers:

Matt Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

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
Noah Schnapp ... Will Byers
Sadie Sink ... Max Mayfield
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Dacre Montgomery ... Billy Hargrove
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Sean Astin ... Bob Newby
Paul Reiser ... Dr. Sam Owens
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Storyline

Eleven recalls how she escaped from the Upside Down and met Hopper. She asks him if she can dress like a ghost to go trick-or-treating but Hopper tells her that it would be too dangerous. He promises to bring back candy for her and watch a scary movie with Eleven. Hopper heads to investigate the mystery of the rotten pumpkins. Nancy wants to tell to Barb's parents that she is dead, but Steve warns that it would be a problem for her with the government. Dustin and Lucas invite Max to go treat-or-treating with them, Mike and Will who are dressed as the Ghostbusters. Nancy gets drunk at a Halloween party and tells Steve that she does not love him, and Jonathan drives her home. Will has another vision of a monster in the Upside Down. Eleven visits Mike via the Void but fails to contact with him. Dustin finds something strange in his trash bin. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The video camera used by Bob (Sean Astin) and Will (Noah Schnapp) in the episode is the JVC GR-C1, the same model used by Marty in Back to the Future (1985). See more »

Goofs

When Eleven and Jim are having a conversation at the table, one camera angle appears to show Eleven sitting back in her chair while Jim is talking, then suddenly another camera angle shows Eleven leaning with her elbows on the table. This interchanges a few notable times during their conversation. See more »

Quotes

Jim Hopper: Alright, I'm just going to be out here by myself eating all this candy. I'm gonna get fat. It's very unhealthy to leave me out here. I could have a heart attack or something. But... y'know... you do what you want.
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Connections

Features The Terminator (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Girls on Film
Written by Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor, Nick Rhodes
Performed by Duran Duran
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Proton packs on standby…
28 October 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

It's Halloween and the Stranger Things gang—Will, Mike, Lucas and Dustin—go to school dressed as the Ghostbusters; unfortunately, they're the only ones in fancy dress, which makes them the subject of humiliation. Nevertheless, being in costume doesn't stop Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) from asking cool new girl Max (Sadie Sink) to join them trick or treating that evening.

Later that day, as the boys, accompanied by Max, collect tasty treats, Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Steve (Joe Keery) attend a party, but things don't go well for the couple.

Elsewhere in Hawkins, stranger things are afoot: pumpkin crops are suffering from an inexplicable blight, a group of scientists are exploring the upside-down, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is having flashbacks, and there is something strange in the neighbourhood, lurking in Dustin's trashcan to be more precise.

Despite moving at very gradual pace, Stranger Things continues to be thoroughly engrossing viewing, largely thanks to the likable characters, that all pervading '80s vibe (Motley Crüe rules!), and a script that drip feeds just enough information to keep the viewer hooked, pondering exactly what the hell is going on. I can see this is going to be another binge watch…

NB I may be wrong, but I'm going to call it now: I think that Sean Astin's character is up to no good.


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