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Chapter Three: The Pollywog 

Dustin adopts a strange new pet, and Eleven grows increasingly impatient. A well-meaning Bob urges Will to stand up to his fears.



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Karen Wheeler
Dr. Sam Owens


Dustin finds a slug in his garbage and believes it is a pollywog. He calls the creature Dart and becomes obsessed with it. Bob tells Will that he had nightmares in the past and only resolved his fears the day he faced his fear and asked to go away. When Will sees Dustin's creature, he recalls the slug he had spat out in the bathroom. Nancy convinces Jonathan to tell the truth about Barb's fate to her parents. Will has another episode and decides to face the shadow monster in the Upside Down. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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27 October 2017 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


During the scene when the kids have the pollywog in the a.v. room and it gets out of the trap and escapes, you can hear the score from the movie Gremlins (1984). See more »


The water tower near the school has cell phone antennas, which were not in common usage until the late 1990s. See more »


References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


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Don't adopt strange little creatures: haven't they seen Gremlins?
28 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

In The Pollywog, we get to see what it was that Dustin found lurking in the trashcan at the end of Episode 2: a large tadpole-like creature, clearly a refugee from the upside-down, that Dustin subsequently adopts and names Dartagnan. What Dartagnan will eventually grow to become is anyone's guess (a big frog?), but the chances are that it won't be nice (a big, man-eating frog?).

We also learn how Eleven came to be under the protection of Jim Hopper, living in his grandfather's woodland cabin for the past year, away from prying eyes. Eventually, however, prolonged solitary confinement proves too much for the girl and she breaks Jim's rules by going in search of Mike (Finn Wolfhard).

A great third episode boosted by some nifty CGI creature effects and ending on a marvellous cliffhanger, The Pollywog sees the second season finally getting into its stride. The characters are all present and correct, the plot thickens, and the pace quickens. I can't wait to see how all of this pulls together (next episode in 5 seconds, 4, 3, 2, 1….).

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