Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street 

Mike hides the mysterious girl in his house. Joyce gets a strange phone call.


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 ... Martin Brenner
Joe Chrest ... Ted Wheeler
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
Ross Partridge ... Lonnie Byers
Shannon Purser ... Barbara Holland


Mike hides the mysterious girl in his house. Joyce gets a strange phone call.

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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?


When Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) gets zapped on the phone while trying to communicate with her son, Will (Noah Schnapp), this is reminiscent of (and might be a homage to) the classic scene in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) when Banzai (Peter Weller) has the same experience while speaking with the Red Lectroid leader in the phone booth at the convention center. In both cases, the character is trying to figure out who is on the phone when the electrical zap occurs. See more »


The men from the research facility are wearing their biohazard suits incorrectly. They have their sleeves tucked inside their gloves and their pant legs tucked down inside their boots, but wearing them this way would not seal the suit and make it airtight. The proper way is to pull the sleeves over the top of the gloves and then put several layers of tape over the end of the sleeve in order to form an air-tight seal. Same goes for the pant legs, they need to be pulled over the tops of the boots and sealed closed with tape. See more »


Dustin Henderson: [Watching Mike give El a sleeping bag] You really think she's psycho?
Lucas Sinclair: Wouldn't want her in my house.
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References The Dark Crystal (1982) See more »


Deck The Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Performed by Chicks With Hits
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Is a monster due on Maple Street?
3 August 2016 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

The Duffer Brothers' homage to '80s sci-fi/fantasy continues with teenage geek Mike (Finn Wolfhard) sneaking runaway mystery girl Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) into his home, where he tries to work out who she is, and what her connection is to missing school friend Will. Meanwhile, Mike's older sister Nancy (Natalia Dyer) is out partying with boyfriend Steve (which will undoubtedly put her in some kind of mortal danger for the next episode), Will's mother Joyce tries to make contact with her son via the telephone, and the 'bad people', led by Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine) continue their hunt for Eleven.

Although the story isn't progressed all that much in this second episode, the likable characters ensure that the time passes quickly, with all involved putting in sterling performances. The references to Spielberg movies continue, with nods to ET (sinister scientists, Eleven hiding in a closet) and a Jaws poster adorning a bedroom wall, while fantasy fans might make a connection with the title of this episode and a classic tale from Season One of The Twilight Zone.

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