Stranger Things (2016– )
11 user 42 critic

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.


Shawn Levy


Matt Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 4 more credits »




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


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-14 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Dustin names his creature d'Artagnan, after his Three Musketeers candy bar. This means he must be familiar with either the novel or one of its numerous film adaptations as well. D'Artagnan is not actually one of the title characters, as he does not become a Musketeer until late in the novel. The Musketeers in the title are Athos, Porthos and Aramis. See more »


At 44:32 Joyce Byers' 1976 Ford Pinto is shown with the license plate, 3Xa71D5 prominent. The fictional "Hawkins" is in the fictional "Roane" county. While the Hoosier State license plate is period correct for 1983 issue, Indiana used, at the time, a number format, that used, as the first one or two digits the county number in alphabetical order. The fictional Roane county would be between Ripley (69) and Rush (70). Assuming Roane would supplant Rush and become county 70, the correct format for a Indiana license plate at the time would be 70A1234 (County number, followed by "A", followed by four digits until all possible four digits were consumed then the "A" would be replaced by "B"). See more »


References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »


How I Feel About You
Performed by Jumpstreet
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

We Get More Connections
30 October 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

These are nicely crafted episodes. We get to see the evolution of El and how she is trying to have her own voice. It's hopeful that very soon she will connect with the boys. The scientists from that facility are becoming more and more dangerous. Enter the little reptile (or whatever, Dart) and we have a common cause for the guys. The chief continues to investigate but he has about had it. He should have realized along the way that El was not going to continue to stay put. She feels that she is being lied to and won't follow the rules anymore. Reality versus fiction continues to haunt Will. I hope that some of the other reviewers soon begin to deal with the specifics of these episodes instead of simply putting the same thing down with no thought. I guess it's to not watch anything but to be in the face of those who find this show quite a bit of fun.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed