Stranger Things

American science fiction horror Netflix series
(Redirected from Stranger Things (TV series))

Stranger Things is an American TV series created by the Duffer brothers for Netflix. It revolves the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy by his friends, older brother and traumatized mother and the local police chief, amid supernatural events occurring around the town, including the appearance of a psychokinetic girl who helps the missing boy's friends in their own search.

Season 1


Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers [1.01]

Mike: Something's coming. Something hungry for blood. A shadow grows on the wall behind you, swallowing you in darkness. It is almost here.
Will: It was a seven. The roll, it was a seven. The demogorgon - it got me. See you tomorrow

Hopper: Flo, Flo, we've discussed this, mornings are for coffee and contemplation.

Hopper: Joyce, this is Hawkins, okay? You wanna know the worst thing that's ever happened here in the four years I've been working here? Do you wanna know the worst thing? It was when an owl attacked Eleanor Gillespie's head because it thought that her hair was a nest.

Dustin: Guys, I really think we should turn back.
Lucas: Seriously Dustin? You want to ur mum be a baby, then go home already!
Dustin: I'm just being realistic, Lucas!
Lucas: No you're being a big sissy!
Dustin: Did you ever think maybe Will went missing because he ran into something bad? And we're going to the exact same spot where he was last seen? And we have no weapons or anything?
Mike: Dustin shut up…
Dustin: I'm just saying: does that seem smart to you?
Mike: Shut up, shut up... did you guys hear that?
Hopper: Okay, okay, okay, one at a time, all right?

Troy: Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. Step right up and get your tickets for the freak show.
Troy: Who do you think would make more money in a freak show? Midnight, Frogface, or Toothless?
James: [mimicking Dustin] I'd go with Toothless.
Dustin: I told you a million times my teeth are coming in. It's called cleidocranial dysplasia.
James: [mimicking Dustin] I told you a million times.
Troy: [chuckles] Do the arm thing.
James: Do it, freak.
[Dustin cracking and flexing his bone]
Troy: God, it gets me every time.
Lucas: Assholes.
Mike: I think it's cool. It's like you have superpowers or something. Like Mr. Fantastic.
Dustin: Yeah, except I can't fight evil with it.

Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street [1.02]

Dustin: [to Eleven] We never would've upset you if we knew you had superpowers.

Chapter Three: Holly Jolly [1.03]

Dustin: Why do we need weapons? We have her.
Lucas: She shut ONE door!!!
Dustin: With her mind!

Chapter Four: The Body [1.04]

Jonathan: People don't say what they're really thinking.

Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat [1.05]

Jonathan: Don’t take it so personally, okay? I don’t like most people. He’s in the vast majority.

Scott Clarke: Science is neat, but I’m afraid it’s not very forgiving.

Chapter Six: The Monster [1.06]

Troy : [Holding Dustin at knife point] Jump. Or Toothless here gets an early trip to the dentist!
Dustin: No! N- [he stops talking as Troy holds the blade near his eyes]
Troy: I'll cut him, right now!
Mike: Alright, just hold on! Hold on!
Dustin: Mike, don't do it! I don't need my baby teeth- Mike! Mike, seriously, don't!
[Mike walks to the edge of the cliff and looks down at the water]
Dustin: Mike, don't do it! Don't do it, Mike!
James: Troy, I don't think this is a good idea, man.
Dustin: Mike, don't!
Troy: Dentist's office opens in Five! Four! Three! Two!
Dustin: MIKE!
Troy: One!
[Mike steps off the cliff and falls. The three boys race to the edge and look over]
Troy: Holy shit.
[Mike is suspended in mid-air, halfway down. As they watch, he suddenly begins rising back up]
Mike: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
[He floats over their heads and lands safely on the ground nearby. They hear footsteps and turn to see Eleven walking towards them with a stern look on her face. As Dustin and Mike grin, Troy brandishes his knife at her; Eleven twitches her neck, and James is thrown to the ground. A sickening crack comes from Troy's arm, causing him to scream and drop the knife.]
Troy: AAAAH! She broke my arm! My arm!!!
Eleven: [coldly] Go.
Troy: Let's get outta here! Let's go!
[He and James run away and trip as they leave]

Mike: El?
Eleven: [crying] Mike... I'm sorry.
Mike: Sorry? What are you sorry for?
Eleven: The Gate... I opened it. I'm the monster.
Mike: [smiles] No El, you're not the monster. You saved me, do you understand? You saved me.
[He pulls her up into a hug, and Dustin puts his arms around them]

[Nancy storms up to Steve, a hurt and furious expression on her face]
Carol: [mockingly] Aww, hey there, princess!
Tommy: Uh oh, she looks upset.
[Nancy slaps Steve]
Tommy and Carol: Ohhhh!
Nancy: What is wrong with you?!
Steve: What's wrong with me? What's wrong with you? I was worried about you. Can you believe I was actually worried about you?[scoffs]
Nancy: What are you talking about?
Carol: I wouldn't lie, if I were you. You don't want to be known as the "lying slut," now, do you?
[Jonathan walks up[
Tommy: [notices Jonathan and smiles] Speak of the devil. Hi.
Nancy: [realizing what happened] You came by last night.
Carol: [mockingly] Ding ding ding. Does she get a prize?
Nancy: Look, I don't know what you think you saw, but it wasn't like that.
Steve: What you just let him into your room to [pointedly] study?
Tommy: Or for another pervy photo session.
Nancy: We were just-
Steve: You were just what? Finish that sentence. [menacingly] Finish the sentence. [Nancy doesn't respond] Go to hell Nancy.

Chapter Seven: The Bathtub [1.07]

Steve: [Enraged] Carol, for once in your life, shut your damn mouth!
Carol: What?
Tommy: Hey, what's your problem, man?
Steve: You're both assholes, that's my problem! [gets up and shoves Tommy]
Tommy: Are you serious right now, man?
Steve: Yeah, I'm serious! You shouldn't have done that!
Tommy: Done what?
Steve: You know what!
Tommy: You mean call her out for what she really is? Oh, that's funny, cause I don't remember you asking me to stop
Steve: I should have put that spray paint right down your throat.
Carol: What the hell, Steve?
Steve: You know, neither of you ever cared about her. You never even liked her. Because she's not miserable like you two! She actually cares about other people.
Carol: [mockingly] The slut with a heart of gold!
Steve: I TOLD you to watch your mouth!
Tommy: HEY! [shoves Steve into the car behind him] I don't know what's gotten into you man, but you don't talk to her that way!
Steve: [shoves him back] Get out of my face!
Tommy: [aggressively grabs Steve by the collar and shoves him backwards again] Or what? Or what? You gonna fight me now too? Huh? You gonna fight me now too? Because you couldn't take Jonathan Byers [whispering threateningly] so I wouldn't recommend that.

Chapter Eight: The Upside Down [1.08]

Martin Brenner: Six.
Joyce: What?
Martin Brenner: Six. Six people have been taken this week. This thing that took your son... We don't really understand it. But it's behavior is predictable. Like all animals, it eats. It will take more sons. More daughters. I want to save them. I want to save your son. But I can't do that. Not without your help.
Joyce: Stop. I know who you are. I know what you've done. You took my boy away from me! You left him in that place to die! You faked his death! We had a funeral. We buried him. And now you're asking for my help? Go to hell.

Mike: Just hold on a little longer, okay? He's gone, the Bad Man's gone. We'll be home soon, and my mom? She'll get you your own bed, and you can eat as many Eggos as you want. And... we can go to the Snow Ball.
Eleven: [weakened] Promise?
Mike: Promise.
[There is a loud shriek as the gunfire outside dies down]
Dustin: Is it... is it dead?
[the door crashes down and the Demogorgon enters the classroom, the lights flickering]
Mike: Go, go go go go!!
Dustin: Get the wrist rocket, get the wrist rocket, now!!
Mike: Gogogogogo! Get the rocks, get the rocks, get the rocks!
Dustin: Getting the rocks!
Lucas: Gimme one!
Dustin: Come on! Fire!
Mike: Kill it, kill it!
[Lucas shoots a rock at the Demogorgon and hits it's head, but it only roars with rage]
Lucas: Another one!
Dustin: Kill the bastard! Kill it now!
Mike: Kill it! Gogogogogo!
[Lucas fires again, to no effect; the Demogorgon advances on them as Dustin passes Lucas more ammunition]
Dustin: Get, get, get- come on, kill it, bastard!
Lucas: It's not working!
Mike: Hit him again! Keep going, keep going!
Dustin: Kill him! Get, get, get... come on, go, go, go!
[Lucas hits the Demogorgon again, to no effect. As he fires a fourth rock, the Demogorgon is suddenly flung across the room by El's powers, slamming against the blackboard. El stands and walks past the shocked boys, her expression fierce]
Mike: Eleven, stop!
[El uses her powers to push Mike back; she approaches the struggling Demogorgon. As she reaches it, she glances back at Lucas, Dustin and Mike]
Eleven: [sadly] Goodbye, Mike. [she turns to the Demogorgon] No more.
[Both the Demogorgon and El scream as she uses her powers to rip it apart; Lucas, Dustin and Mike cover their ears. When the lights return, El and the Demogorgon have vanished]
Mike: El?! El?! El!
Lucas: Eleven!
Dustin: Eleven!
Mike: [tearful] El! El, where are you?! Eleven? El?

Season 2


Chapter One: MADMAX [2.01]

Lucas: You're just not nimble enough, but you'll get there someday. But until then... [chuckles] Princess Daphne is still mine!
Dustin: You know, whatever. I'm still tops on "Centipede" and "Dig Dug".
Keith: You sure about that?
Dustin: Sure about what? You're kidding me, nonononono. Move, move! [he checks the top scores on "Centipede" and "Dig Dug"] Aw, nonononono- NO! No! Nooo!
Will: Seven hundred and fifty-one thousand, three hundred points?!
Mike: That's impossible!
Dustin: Who- who's "MADMAX?"
Keith: Better than you.
[Dustin gives him the finger]
Will: Is it you?
Keith: [scoffs] You know I despise "Dig Dug".
Lucas: Then who is it?
Dustin: Yeah, spill it, Keith.
Keith: You want information? Then I need something in return. [grins at Mike]
Mike: No. No, no, no, no way! You're not getting a date with her!
Lucas: Mike, come on, just get him the date.
Mike: I'm not prostituting my sister!
Lucas: But it's for a good cause!
Dustin: No, no, don't get him the date. You know what? He's gonna spread his nasty-ass rash to your whole family!
Keith: Acne isn't a rash, and it isn't contagious, you prepubescent wastoid!

Dustin: Still no sign?
Lucas: Jack shit.
Dustin: (looks at his watch) Aw man, my Mom's gonna murder me!
Lucas: So go home, I'll radio when she comes.
Dustin: Oh yeah, nice try. You just want me out of here so you can make your move.
Lucas: Oh cause you're such a threat.
Dustin: That's right! She will not be able to resist these pearls. Grrrrrrr! [spotting something] Ten O'Clock!
Lucas: What?
Dustin: Ten O'Clock.
[Max comes out arguing with her brother]
Lucas: They're arguing! They're arguing!
Dustin: I I I see that! [about binoculars] I don't even know why you need those. God, you're so stupid.
[Car leaves and Max gives a middle finger at her brother. Dustin and Lucas follow her inside the arcade]
Lucas: She's incredible.
Dustin: She's...

[Hopper arrives at a cabin deep in the woods. He steps over a tripwire as he approaches the door and knocks six times. Several bolts unlatch and the door opens. He walks in, notices the TV is on, and turns it off]
Hopper: [noticing a half-eaten Eggo waffle on the table] Hey, what'd we talk about?
Eleven: [from the next room] No signal.
Hopper: [as he sits down] What?
Eleven: No signal. It's eight-one-five. You're late.
Hopper: Yeah, I lost track of time. I'll signal next time, all right? [El enters the room and sits across from him] And, uh, it's eight-fifteen, it's not eight-one-five.
Eleven: Eight...fifteen.
Hopper: Now, what'd we talk about? Dinner first, then dessert. Always. That's a rule, yeah?
Eleven: Yes.

Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak [2.02]

[Hopper is cooking breakfast. He turns around and is startled by El wearing a bedsheet over her head.]
Hopper: Oh! Jesus.
Eleven: Ghost.
Hopper: Yeah, I see that.
Eleven: Halloween.
Hopper: Sure is. But right now, it's breakfast, okay? [he puts the food on the table] Come on, let's eat.
Eleven: They wouldn't see me.
Hopper: Who wouldn't see you? [sits down]
Eleven: The Bad Men.
Hopper: What are you talking about?
Eleven: Trick or Treat.
Hopper: You want to go trick-or-treating? [El nods; after a pause Hopper shakes his head and stands up] You know the rules.
Eleven: Yes, I...
Hopper: Yeah, so you know the answer.
Eleven: No, but they wouldn't see me.
Hopper: Hey, I don't care.
Eleven: But, they...
Hopper: [puts his hands on her shoulders] I don't care, alright? You go out there, ghost or not, it's a risk. We don't take risks, alright? They're stupid. And?
Eleven: [angrily] We're not stupid.
Hopper: Exactly. Now you take that off and sit down and eat. [sits down] Your food's getting cold.
[El does so, looking irritated]
Hopper: Alright, look: how 'bout... I get off early tonight, I buy us a bunch of candy, we sit around and get fat, and we watch a scary movie together. How's that for compromise?
Eleven: "Co-compromise?"
Hopper: C-O-M-promise. Compromise? How 'bout that's your word for the day, yeah? It's something that's kinda in-between, something like... half-way happy.
Eleven: By... five-one-five?
Hopper: [nods] Five-fifteen, yeah. Sure.
Eleven: Promise?
Hopper: Yes. I promise.
Eleven: [shrugs, nods] Half-way happy.

[Max and Billy are driving]
Billy: God, this place is such a shithole.
Max: It's not that bad.
Billy: No? [buzzes down the window and holds his nose] Mmm, you smell that, Max? That's actually shit. Cow shit!
Max: I don't see any cows. [buzzes the window up again]
Billy: Clearly, you haven't met the high school girls. So what, you like it here now?
Max: No!
Billy: Then why are you defending it?
Max: I'm not.
Billy: Sure sounds like it.
Max: It's just, we're stuck here, so...
Billy: Mm, you're right. We're stuck here. [glares at her] And whose fault is that?
Max: [under her breath] Yours.
Billy: What'd you say?
Max: Nothing.
Billy: Did you say it's my fault?
Max: No!
Billy: You know whose fault it is. Say it. [pause] Maaax... say it. SAY IT!!!
[He floors the gas pedal; Max looks up and is shocked to see Mike, Lucas and Dustin riding directly ahead of Billy's car]
Dustin: Really, everyone dressed up last year.
Max: Billy, slow down.
Billy: Oh, these your new ape-friends?
Max: No! No, I don't know them.
Billy: Oh, then I guess you won't care if I hit 'em then, huh? I get bonus points, I get 'em all in one go!
Max: No, Billy, stop, it's not funny.
[Dustin notices Billy closing in on them]
Dustin: Uh, guys...!
[They all try desperately to outrun Billy]
Max: Billy, come on, stop! This isn't funny! Stop!
Mike: Go, go, go, go!
Dustin: Oh, shitshitshitshitshit!
[Max yanks the steering wheel; at the last minute, Billy's car swerves into the other lane, barely missing the boys]
Billy: [laughs maniacally] WHOOO! That was a close one, huh?!
Dustin: Was that...
Lucas: Madmax!

[Bob dances with Joyce on Halloween]
Bob: You playing Frankenstein to my Dracula? You're stiff as a board; relax.
Joyce: I'm sorry. It's just...
Bob: He's fine, ok? Jonathan's with him.
Joyce: I know. It's just... every time he's away from me, it's like I- I can't function. I- it sounds silly, I know.
Bob: No, it's not silly. It's not silly. [pause] What if we were to move out of Hawkins? Together?
Joyce: What?
Bob: [grins] Yeah, Whoa Nellie, right? No, I just- I- I been thinking about what you said. I mean, how you've got all these memories here, and you wish you had enough money to move. My parents are selling their house in Maine. There's a RadioShack nearby; I'm sure they'd take me on. We could just... [he sees the worried look on Joyce's face and glances away] My turn to be silly, now.
Joyce: Bob...
Bob: No, it's fine; wine makes me crazy.
Joyce: It's just so hard to explain, it's just- this- this is not a normal family.
Bob: Well, it could be. [looks at her encouragingly] Could be.
[Joyce hugs him; the doorbell sounds]
Bob: Finally. [puts in his Dracula fangs and heads for the door] Victims!

Nancy: [drunk] You wanted- you wanted this.
Steve: No I didn't want this, I told you to stop drinking-
Nancy: Bullshit!
Steve: No, it's not bullshit, okay?
Nancy: Bullshit!
Steve: No, it's not bullshit, Nancy.
Nancy: No YOU. You're... bullshit.
Steve: [hurt] What?
Nancy: You're- you're pretending like- like everything's okay. Y'know like- like we didn't- like we didn't kill Barb! Like-like it's great. Like we're in love and we're partying. Yeah let's party. Let's party, we're partying. It's bullshit.
Steve: 'Like' we're in love?
Nancy: It's bullshit.
Steve: [heartbroken] You don't love me?
Nancy: It's bullshit.

Will: [discussing his visions] It's like... like, I'm stuck.
Mike: Stuck in the Upside Down?
Will: Well, you know how in a ViewMaster, when it gets, like...
Mike: Caught between two slides?
Will: Yeah, yeah, like that. Like, like one slide's our world, and... and the other... the other slide is the Upside Down. And... and there was this noise. Coming from everywhere. And... I saw something.
Mike: The Demogorgon?
Will: [shakes his head] No. It was like... this huge shadow, in the sky. Only... it was alive... and it was coming for me.
Mike: Is this all real? Or is it like the doctors say, all in your head?
Will: I don't know. Just... just please don't tell the others, okay? They won't understand.
Mike: Eleven would.
Will: She would?
Mike: [smiles] Yeah. She always did. Sometimes, I feel like... I still see her. Like she's still around... but she never is. I don't know. Sometimes I feel like I'm going crazy.
Will: Me, too.
Mike: Hey, if we're both going crazy, we'll go crazy together, right?
Will: [smiles] Yeah. Crazy together.

[El uses a blindfold and the TV static to enter the mental dimension of the Upside Down and listen to Mike as he tries to contact her on the two-way radio]
Mike: It's Day 353. I had a bad day today. I dunno, I... guess I wish you were here. I mean, we all do. If you're out there, just... please, gimme a sign.
[El crouches in front of him in the Upside Down. For a moment, Mike appears to meet her eyes.]
Eleven: Mike?
Mike: Eleven?
[El reaches out to try to touch his face, but after a moment Mike irritably shuts off the radio and walks away. In the real world, El pulls off the blindfold and cries silently]

Chapter Three: The Pollywog [2.03]

[In a flashback, as Hopper and El set up the defenses around the cabin]
Hopper: Okay. This is called a tripwire. It's like an alarm. You, uh, set it up like this... and then, anybody gets close, it's gonna make a loud noise like, uh, gunfire. Bang. [pause] Those bad men aren't gonna find you, alright? Not way the hell out here. But we'll take some precautions. There's gonna be a couple ground rules. Rule number one: always keep the curtains drawn.
[In the present, El opens the curtains]
Hopper: Rule number two: only open the door, if you hear my secret knock. [demonstrates]
[In the present, El unbolts the door with her powers]
Hopper: And rule number three: Don't ever go out alone... especially not in the daylight.
[in the present, El steps out onto the sunlit porch]
Hopper: That's it. Three rules. I call 'em the, uh... "Don't be stupid" rules. 'Cause we're not stupid, alright?
[In the present, El walks away from the cabin]
Eleven: [as she steps over the tripwire] Not stupid.

Steve: What are you doing here?
Nancy: What do you think? Where were you this morning?! I missed first period!
Steve: I figured Jonathan would take you.
Nancy: What are you talking about?
Steve: Jesus, you really can't handle your alcohol. Uh... you remember going to Tina's party last night, right?
Nancy: Yes.
Steve: Okay, and then what?
Nancy: I... remember dancing, and... spilling some punch, you got mad at me because I was drunk and then you took me home.
Steve: No. Yeah, see, that's where your mind gets a little fuzzy. That was your other boyfriend, that was-- that was Jonathan.
Nancy: I don't understand.
Steve: It's pretty simple, Nancy; you were just telling it like it is.
Nancy: What?
Steve: Um... apparently, uh, we killed Barb, and, uh, I don't care, 'cause I'm "bullshit" and, and our whole relationship is "bullshit". And, uh, pretty much everything's just bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. Oh, yeah, also... you don't love me.
Nancy: I was drunk, Steve! I don't remember any of that!
Steve: So that makes everything you said just what, just bullshit too?!
Nancy: Yes!
Steve: Well then tell me!
Nancy: Tell you what?!
Steve: You love me!
Nancy: Really?
Classmate: Harrington! Dude, we need you, man; that douchebag's killing us! Let's go!
Steve: All right!
Classmate: Come on!
[Steve stares at Nancy; when she doesn't answer, he walks away]
Steve: I think that you're bullshit.

[Dustin shows Mike, Will, Lucas and Max the "pollywog" he found]
Dustin: His name is D'Artagnan. [picks it up] Cute, right?
Mike: "D'Artagnan?"
Dustin: Dart, for short.
Max: And he was in your trash?
Dustin: Foraging for food. You wanna hold him?
Max: No, no.
Dustin: He doesn't bite.
Max: I don't want to. [Dustin drops Dart into her hands] Oh, God, he's slimy!
[She passes Dart to Lucas]
Lucas: Ugh, he's like a living booger! [passes Dart to Will]
Will: Oh, God, ugh! [passes Dart to Mike, who stares at it]
Mike: What is he?
Dustin: [grins] My question exactly. At first, I thought it was some type of pollywog.
Max: "Pollywog?"
Dustin: It's another word for tadpole. Tadpole is the larval stage of a toad.
Max: I-I know what a tadpole is.
Dustin: Alright, then you know that most tadpoles are aquatic, right? Well, Dart, he isn't, he doesn't need water.
Lucas: Yeah, but aren't there non-aquatic pollywogs?
Dustin: Terrestrial pollywogs? Yep, two to be exact. Indirana Semiplamata and the Adenomera Andreae. One's from India, one's from South America. So how did one end up in my trash?
Max: Maybe some scientists brought it here, and it escaped?
Mike: Did you guys see that? It looks like something is... moving inside it.
[He shines a lamp directly on Dart, who flinches and shrieks, startling them]
Dustin: Whoa. [he grabs Dart as it tries to escape] It's okay, it's okay, I got you, little guy. I know you don't like that, it's okay. [looks up] And there's another thing. Reptiles, they're cold-blooded. Ectothermic, right? They love heat, the sun. Dart hates it, it hurts him.
Lucas: So, if he's not a pollywog, or a reptile...
Dustin: Then I've discovered a new species.
[As he strokes Dart, Will has flashbacks of the larvae he coughed up last year, as well as the noises from his visions of the Upside Down, which sound just like Dart]

Bob: I'm- I'm sorry if I overstepped anything.
Joyce: No! No, you didn't.
Bob: Okay. I mean, I... I like you so much. Not just you, everything that comes with you. Your family, your boys. And, I hope it's not wishful thinking, but... I kinda feel like I'm breaking through with them. I mean, not so much Jonathan, he's a tough cookie to crack, but...
Joyce: Yeah.
Bob: With Will, like... I dunno, I feel like we're... connecting.
Joyce: [smiles] He likes you, too.
Bob: [grins] Yeah?
Joyce: Mm-Hmm. I can tell.
Bob: Good. Oh, there was... something else I was gonna mention. It's not a big deal at all, but... I just noticed this morning that my JVC was a little dinged up.
Joyce: Your- your what?
Bob: The video camera.
Joyce: Oh!
Bob: Yeah. It still works fine and everything, I just... I went back and watched the tape, and... there were some older kids picking on Will.
Joyce: What?
Bob: [nods] They scared him.
Joyce: [angrily] Who were they? Were they the Zimmerman brothers again?
Bob: Um, I don't know. They were wearing masks or sorta makeup, and... maybe. They were the right age.
Joyce : I'll kill them. I swear to God, I will... I will kill them.
Bob: [smiles] That's what I love about you: you punch back. I was never really one to put up a fight. I struggled a lot, like Will, when I was a kid. With bullies. [sighs] It's the ones like us, that don't punch back, that people really take advantage of, you know? They rub your nose it it just a little bit more. I don't know why they do that. Maybe it makes 'em feel... powerful. I don't know. But, hey! Look at me now: I get to date Joyce Byers. Ha! [Joyce laughs] Are you kidding me? I get to date... see, it all works out in the end, doesn't it?
Joyce: Yes, it does.

Hopper: Grass, crops, trees. Everything in this area is either dead or dying, and that's a radius of over three miles. And it all leads back to here. [taps a map showing Hawkins Lab]
Dr. Sam Owens: See, these patterns here are really pretty. I like the design; it's almost psychedelic.
Hopper: This is a joke to you, huh?
Sam Owens: No, it's not a joke. I just, I don't understand what this has to do with me, Chief Hopper.
Hopper: Whatever is happening, is spreading from this place, from this lab.
Sam Owens: That's impossible. It's... the last burn, it was two days ago. It's contained.
Hopper: What if there's a leak?
Sam Owens: A leak? A leak? [chuckles, shakes his head] No, no, it...
Hopper: I don't know, man, you're the scientist!
Sam Owens: Exactly. And I'm tellin' ya, there's nothing to worry about.
Hopper: Convince me.
Sam Owens: Convince you?
Hopper: [stands up angrily] Yeah. You and your egghead friends go out to every area on this map, and you run your tests, or whatever the hell it is you do, and you see if anything comes up.
Sam Owens: [smirks] All right, so... so you're giving me orders, now? No.
Hopper: I keep things nice and quiet for you.
Sam Owens: Mm-hmm-
Hopper: And you keep your shit outta my town. That is the deal. I have done my part, now you do yours. Convince me.

Max: Why do you hate me so much?
Mike: I don't hate you. How could I hate you, I don't even know you.
Max: Yeah but you don't want me in your party!
Mike: Correct!
Max: Why not?
Mike: [turns to her] Because you're annoying! Also we don't need another party member. I'm our paladin, Will's our cleric, Dustin is our bard, Lucas is our ranger, and El's our mage!
Max: El? Who's El?
Mike: Someone... no-one.
Max: Someone or no-one?
Mike: She was in our party a long time ago. She moved away, okay? [starts walking away]
Max: She was a mage? [skateboards over to him] So what could she do, like magic tricks or something? Well, I could be your zoomer.
Mike: That's not even a real thing!
Max: It could be. [skates around him in a circle] See? Zoomer.
Mike: [deadpan] Mind blowing.
Max: Oh come on, you know you're impressed.
[Eleven walks down a hallway as they continue talking. She stops and peeks into the room. She smiles upon seeing Mike, but frowns when she sees Max, feeling jealous. She tilts her head, using her powers to knock Max off her skateboard.]
Mike: [to Max] Jesus! Are you alright?
Max: Yeah, I think so. [Mike helps her up, and Eleven's lip trembles]
Mike: What happened?
Max: I don't know, it was just like a magnet or something pulling on my board. I know that sounds crazy.
[Mike thinks for a minute, and then turns in the direction of the door, but Eleven is already gone]

Chapter Four: Will the Wise [2.04]

Will: I can't remember.
Joyce: I need you to try.
Will: I- I was on the field. And... it all just went blank. And then... you were there.
Joyce: [shakes her head] Will... I need you to tell me the truth.
Will: I am!
[Joyce brings over a piece of paper with a rough outline of the "Shadow Monster"]
Joyce: This shape. I saw it on the videotape of Halloween Night. It's the same shape as your drawing. These episodes that you're having, I think Doctor Owens is wrong, I think they're real. But- but I can't help you if I don't know what's going on. So, you have to talk to me! Please. No more secrets, okay? [Will nods] Okay. Did you see this thing again, on the field?
[Will has flashbacks of his encounter with the Shadow Monster]
Will: [nods] Yes.
Joyce: What... what is it?
Will: [tearfully] I don't... know. It's almost... more like a feeling.
Joyce: Like the one you had that night at the arcade?
Will: Yes.
Joyce: Wh-what does it want?
Will: [crying] I don't... know. It came for me, and...and I tried. I tried to make it go away. But it got me, Mom!
Joyce: Well, what does that mean?
Will: I felt it... everywhere. Everywhere. I- I still feel it! I just want this to be over!
Joyce: [hugs him] It's okay, it's okay, hey. Listen, look, look at me. I will never, ever let anything bad happen to you ever again. Whatever's going on in you, we're gonna fix it. I will fix it. I promise. I'm here.

Hopper: "Friends don't lie". Isn't that your little bullshit saying? Hey, hey, hey! Don't walk away from ME! Where'd you go on your little field trip, huh? Where? You go see Mike?
Eleven: [sadly] He didn't see me.
Hopper: Yeah, well that mother and her daughter did, and they called the cops. Now, did anyone else see you? Anyone, at all? Come on, I need you to think!
Eleven: Nobody saw me!
Hopper: You put us in danger. You realize that, right?
Eleven: [angrily] You promised... I'd go! And I never leave! Nothing ever happens!
Hopper: Yeah, nothing happens and you stay SAFE! [furiously bangs his right hand on the dressers]
Eleven: [furiously] You LIE!
Hopper: I don't lie, I protect! And I feed, and I teach! And all I ask of you, is that you follow three simple rules! Three rules! And you know what? [pauses temporarily before screaming furiously] You CAN'T EVEN DO THAT!! [El then bangs her hands on the dresser] [pause] You're grounded! You know what that means? It means no Eggos... [he angrily throws a pack of Eggos waffles out of the freezer] ...and no TV for a week!
[Hopper tries to move the TV, but El angrily holds it in place with her powers]
Hopper: Alright, knock it off, let go. [El shakes her head, and he tries to move it again] Okay, two weeks. [he tries again] Let go! [El angrily shakes her head] A month!
Eleven: No!
Hopper: [sarcastically] Well, congratulations. You just graduated from no TV for a month, to no TV at all!
[He angrily rips the power cord in two]
Eleven: [horrified and furious] NO! No, no... no! [she tries to fix it to no avail]
Hopper: You have got to understand that there are consequences to your actions.
Eleven: [furious] YOU are like Papa!
Hopper: [hurt and furious] Really? I'm like that psychotic son of a bitch? Well, all right. You wanna go back in the lab? One phone call, I can make that happen.
Eleven: I hate you!
Hopper: Yeah, well I'm not so crazy about you, either. You know why? 'Cause you're a brat. You know what that word means? How 'bout that be your word for the day, huh? Brat, why don't we look it up? B-R-A-T. Brat.
[He tosses the dictionary to her, but she angrily slams it into him with her powers in retaliation for the insults and threats]
Hopper: Hey! What the hell is wrong with you? [El uses her powers to ram the couch into his leg] Ahhh! Hey, HEY!
[El uses her powers to knock over a bookcase, then storms into her room and slams the door shut]
Hopper: Hey! Hey! [furiously bangs on the door] Open this door! Open this damn door!
[Inside, a terrified El sits against the wall, crying]
Hopper:[furiously bangs on the door again] You wanna go out in the world?! You better grow up! GROW THE HELL UP!
[El screams, and her powers shatter all the windows, startling Hopper, and she starts sobbing]

Scott Clarke: All living things, from complex mammals to single-celled organisms, instinctively respond to danger. Expose a bacterium to a toxic chemical and it will flee, or deploy some other defense mechanism. We're very much the same. When we encounter danger, our hearts start pounding. Our palms start to sweat. These are the signs of the physical and emotional state we call... "fear."

Sam Owens: "Men of science have made abundant mistakes of every kind." George Sarton said that. You guys know who George Sarton is? Doesn't really matter. The point is, mistakes have been made, yes.
Nancy: "Mistakes?!"
Sam Owens: Yes.
Nancy: You killed Barbara!
Sam Owens: "Abundant mistakes". But, the men involved in those mistakes, the ones responsible for what happened to your brother and... Ms. Holland's death, they're gone. They're gone, and for better or for worse, I'm the schmuck they brought in to make things better. But I can't make things better without your help.
Nancy: You mean, without us shutting up?
Sam Owens: [to Jonathan, indicating Nancy] She's tough, this one. You guys been together long?
Jonathan: We're not together.
Sam Owens: Wanna see what really killed your friend?
[They enter the chamber holding the portal to the Upside Down]
Sam Owens: Teddy, I brought you an audience today. Hope you don't mind.
Teddy: The more the merrier, sir.
Sam Owens: [gestures at the tendrils coming out of the portal] I call it, "One Hell of a Mistake." Wouldn't you? See, the thing is, we can't seem to... erase our mistake. But we can stop it from spreading. It's like pulling weeds. But, imagine for a moment, if a foreign state, let's say, the Soviets, if they heard about our mistake. Do you think they would even consider that a mistake? What if they tried to replicate that?
[A man with a protective suit and a flamethrower approaches the portal]
Sam Owens: The more attention we draw to ourselves, the more... the more people like the Hollands know the truth, the more likely that scenario becomes. You see why I have to stop the truth from spreading, too... same as those weeds, there. By whatever means necessary.
[The man begins incinerating the tendrils]
Sam Owens: So... we understand each other now. Don't we?

Chapter Five: Dig Dug [2.05]

Mrs. Sinclair: [noticing Erica is using too much syrup] That's enough, Erica.
Erica Sinclair: Uh-uh!
Lucas Sinclair: Dad?
Mr. Sinclair: [reading his paper] Mm-hm?
Lucas Sinclair: When Mom's mad at you, how do you make her not mad?
Mrs. Sinclair: [sits down at the table] Hmm, that's a great question. How do you, hon?
Mr. Sinclair: [not looking up from his paper] First, I apologize. Then, I get your mother whatever she wants.
Lucas: Even when she's wrong?
Mr. Sinclair: [folds his paper down and looks at Lucas] ...She's never wrong, Son.

[Bob sees the pictures Will, Mike and Joyce have been laying around the house, depicting Will's visions from the Shadow Monster.]
Bob: [startled] ...Huh. Hmm. [to Will] You drew all these, yourself? [Will and Joyce both nod]... Why, exactly?
Joyce: I, I told you the rules. No questions, okay? [Bob nods] We, we just... need you to help us figure out what- Bob? Bob! Over here! [Bob, Will and Mike follow her to a drawing showing an intersection, which she draws an X on] Where... where this is.
Mike: That's the objective. Find the X.
Bob: Yeah? What's at the X? Pirate treasure? [chuckles]
Joyce: [gives him a look] Bob? No questions.
Bob: Okay. [pause] Lemme talk to you for just a second. Hang on, guys. [he takes her aside] Joyce, you can talk to me. You know that, right?
Joyce: ...Yeah. What's the problem, exactly?
Bob: What's the problem? Joyce... Will doesn't look well. You don't look well. What's going on?
Joyce: Nothing! Nothing-
Bob: Is this an episode? Is this one of Will's episodes?
Joyce: No! [scoffs] No, no...
Bob: I'm sorry. I just, I don't... see how any of this is good for Will, or for you. And even if I wanted to play along, I mean, how could I figure anything out if I don't understand the context of the game? Or... [he notices some of the pictures]
Joyce: What? What is it?
Bob: I know that shape. It's Lover's Lake. it's Lover's Lake! I get it. [turns to another set of pictures] Okay, I get it! That's Lake Jordan. [moves through the house, Joyce follows as Will and Mike watch] And, if that's Lake Jordan, then you can probably find...[snaps his fingers] Yeah! That's, uh Sattler's Quarry, and then, if you just follow it moves to... the Eno River. And there it is! That's the Eno, do you see it? [Joyce frowns] Okay, so the lines aren't roads. But they act like roads. And they act like roads 'cause when you follow 'em, you'll see... they don't go over water. And that's the giveaway. That's the giveaway! [claps his hands] Ha! Don't you get it? It's not a puzzle. It's a map. It's a map of Hawkins!

[Becky takes Eleven upstairs and shows her the nursery Terry made for her originally; Eleven picks up a teddy bear from the crib]
Jane Ives/Eleven: [whispers] Pretty.
Becky Ives: I can get you a real bed and you can stay here with me, if you want. How's that sound? [Eleven nods] I want to help you, but to do that, I need you to talk to me, okay? Doesn't have to be now, doesn't have to be today. But when you're ready. Okay?
Jane Ives/Eleven: [turns around]... Okay.
[One of the hall lights starts to flicker, catching Eleven's attention]
Becky Ives: [noticing] Oh, yeah, that. That happens sometimes. [they come into the hall] Old house, bad wiring. [Another light flickers] Or if you ask my crazy Aunt Shirley, it's... [she notices Eleven following the lights] haunted.
[A series of lights flicker as Eleven comes down the stairs, followed by Becky. Eleven looks around the kitchen until she sees a lamp flickering]
Becky Ives: Sweetie, really, it's just the wiring.
Jane Ives/Eleven]: No. [she turns and heads into the living room, where a lamp is flickering right next to Terry] It's Mama. [she kneels next to her and wipes blood from Terry's nose]
Terry Ives: Sunflower. Rainbow. Three to the right. Four to the left.
Becky Ives: [following Eleven] I... I don't understand.
Terry Ives: Four-fifty.
Jane Ives/Eleven: She knows I'm here.
[The TV channel suddenly begins changing rapidly until there is nothing but static]
Jane Ives/Eleven: She wants to talk.

Lucas: [telling Max about their adventure with Eleven] And that was the last we ever saw of her. After that, she was just, gone. I can't believe it's been that long. Feels like yesterday.
Max: [sarcastically] Yeah, I mean, I bet. Wow.
Lucas: It's crazy, I know.
Max: It's crazy, but... I really liked it.
Lucas: Liked it?
Max: Yeah. Well, I, I had a few issues.
Lucas: [confused] "Issues?"
Max: I just felt it was a little derivative, in parts, but-
Lucas: What are you talking about?
Max: [sneers] I just wish it had a little more originality, that's all.
Lucas: You don't believe me.
Max: Lucas, come on. Seriously? How gullible do you think I am?
Lucas: Why would I make this up?
Max: I don't know. To impress me, or something? Or, you're just, like... insane.
Lucas: [angrily] I tell you all of this! I mean, top-secret stuff! Risking my life! And this is how you react?
Max: [scoffs] "Risking your life?"
Lucas: Oh, so this is funny to you?
Max: Yeah. I mean... kind of funny. [Lucas glares at her, she gets up] Stupid... but funny.
Lucas: Where are you going?
Max: Story time's over, isn't it? [she walks back into the Arcade, Lucas follows her]
Lucas: What's wrong with you? I gave you what you wanted.
Max: I wanted to be a part of the group, not a part of some joke.
Lucas: It's not a joke.
Max: You did a good job, okay? You can go tell the others that I believed your lies, if it gets you "experience points" or whatever. :[she tries to walk away, but Lucas grabs her arm]
Lucas: We have a lot of rules in our party, but the most important is, "Friends don't lie." Never ever, no matter what.
Max: [sarcastically] Is that right? [pulls the "Out of Order" sign off the Dig Dug console and slaps it on his chest] Then how do you explain this?
Lucas: [sighs] I had to do that. To protect you-
Max: [angrily] To protect me from who, exactly?! The big, bad government baddies from Hawkins Lab?!
Lucas: [glancing around nervously] Lower your voice-
Max: Or, maybe it was to protect me from the "Demagorgon" from another dimension!
Lucas: Max, I'm serious, shut up!
Max: Oh, no, no, no! You know what it was? It was Eleven, the girl-
Lucas: [clamps his hand over her mouth, leans forward and locks eyes with her] Stop talking. You're going to get us killed. Do you understand?
Max: [pulls his hand down and stares at him] ... You're serious?
Lucas: I really wish I wasn't.
Max: ...Prove it.
Lucas: I can't.
Max: So, what? I'm just supposed to trust you?
Lucas: Yes.

[Jonathan and Nancy are playing their recording of their conversation with Dr. Owens for Murray Bauman, having told him what happened last year.]
Nancy: So, is it... enough? [Murray looks up at her] The tape recording, is it enough? Is it incriminating?
[Murray gets up and wanders back into his kitchen; he starts pouring a glass of Russian vodka]
Nancy: What are you doing?!
Murray Bauman: Thinking.
Nancy: With vodka?
Murray Bauman: It's a central nervous system depressant. So yes, with vodka. [shakes it, then goes back to the living room and pulls out a record]
Nancy: Music? Really?
Murray Bauman: Yes. It helps me... [sets the record in the phonograph]
Jonathan: What, think?
[Murray nods, turns on the phonograph; jazz begins playing as he walks around the room.]
Nancy: [skeptically] How long is this gonna take?
Murray Bauman: Longer, if you keep talking.
Nancy: Is the tape incriminating or not?! It's a simple question.
Murray Bauman: Oh-ho-ho-ho-ho! [turns around] There's nothing simple about it, nothing simple about anything you've told me!
Jonathan: You don't believe us, do you?
Murray Bauman: I believe you, but that's not the problem. You don't need me to believe you, you need them to believe you.
Jonathan: "Them?"
Murray Bauman: "Them." With a capitol T. [waves at his various TV sets] Your priest, your postman, your teacher, the world at large. [scoffs] They won't believe any of this.
Nancy: That's why we made the tape!
Murray Bauman: Oh, that's easy to bury. Easy!
Nancy: He admits it! You heard it, he admits culpability!
Murray Bauman: You're being naive, Nancy! Those people... they're not wired like me and you, okay? They don't spend their lives trying to get a look at what's behind the curtain. [chuckles] They like the curtain. It provides them stability, comfort, definition. This... this would open the curtain, and open the curtain behind that curtain, okay? So the minute someone with an ounce of authority calls "bullshit", everyone will nod their heads and say, "See? Ha! I knew it! It was bullshit!" That is, if you even get their attention at all!
Nancy: So you're saying we did all this for nothing?
Murray Bauman: I'm saying, I'm thinking! [takes a gulp of vodka, grimaces] Oof!
[he goes back to the kitchen, starts opening a bottle of club soda, then pauses; Jonathan turns to Nancy]
Jonathan: This is ridiculous.
Murray Bauman:... That's it. That's it!
Nancy: What's it?
Murray Bauman: It's just too strong. Too strong! [adds soda to his vodka, takes a sip and nods] Better.
[He adds more soda, takes another drink. He nods, then looks up at Nancy.]
Murray Bauman: ...Perfect. [grins]
Nancy: [suddenly smiles] We water it down!
Murray Bauman: [points at her] Precisely!
Jonathan: Wait, what?
Murray Bauman: Your story. We moderate it. Just like this drink here. We make it more tolerable. [starts pouring more vodka sodas] Perhaps Barbara was exposed to some... dangerous toxins.
Nancy: A leak from the lab! Like, Three Mile Island, or something.
Murray Bauman: Something scary, but familiar! [passes her and Jonathan drinks] Close enough, that it hits the man right where it hurts.
Nancy: And those assholes that killed Barb...
Murray Bauman: They'll go down. [lifts his glass in a toast, Jonathan and Nancy follow suit]

Chapter Six: The Spy [2.06]

Steve: Alright, so let me get this straight: you kept something that you knew was probably dangerous in order impress a girl? Who, you you just met?
Dustin: Alright, that's grossly oversimplifying things
Steve: I mean, why would a girl like some nasty slug, anyway?
Dustin: An inter-dimensional slug?! Because it's awesome.
Steve: Well, even if she thought it was cool, which she didn't, I- I just... I don't know, I just feel like you're trying way too hard, man.
Dustin: Well, not everyone can have your perfect hair, alright?!
Steve: It's not about the hair, man. The key with girls is just... acting like you don't care.
Dustin: Even if you do?
Steve: Yeah, exactly. Drives 'em nuts.
Dustin: Then what?
Steve: You just wait, until uh... until you feel it. [elbows him]
Dustin: Feel what?
Steve: It's like before it's gonna storm, you know? You can't see it, but you can feel it, this, uh... electricity, you know?
Dustin: Oh, like in the electromagnetic field, with the clouds in the atmosphere-
Steve: No, no, no, no, no. Like a, like a sexual electricity.
Dustin: Oh.
Steve: You feel that, and then you make your move.
Dustin: So that's when you kiss her?
Steve: No, whoa, whoa! Slow down, Romeo.
Dustin: Sorry.
Steve: Sure, okay, some girls... yeah, they want you to be aggressive, you know? Strong, hot and heavy, like a... I don't know, like a lion. But others, you gotta be slow, you gotta be stealthy. Like a... like a ninja.
Dustin: What type is Nancy?
Steve: [shortly] Nancy's different. She's different than the other girls.
Dustin: Yeah, she seems pretty special, I guess.
Steve: Yeah. Yeah, she is.
Dustin: But... this girl's special too, you know? It's just, like... something about her.
Steve: Whoa whoa whoa, hey. You're not falling in love with this girl, are you?
Dustin: No, no.
Steve: Okay, good. Don't.
Dustin: I won't.
Steve: She's only gonna break your heart, and you're way too young for that shit.

Hopper: Hey, it's, uh It's me. I know that I've been gone too long, and, uh... It's- I just, I want you to know that it's not about you and it's not about our fight. Okay? Something came up, and I will... I will explain it all when I see you. I just I want you to know that I'm not mad. I'm just sorry. About everything. I... I don't want you to get hurt at all. And I don't wanna lose you. Just make sure you heat up some real food. Not just Eggos. And I want you to eat all the peas, even if they're mushy and gross. And I will be home soon.

Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister [2.07]

Jane Ives/Eleven: I'm looking for my sister.
Axel: Aww, Shirley Temple lost her sister; so sad.
Jane Ives/Eleven: I saw her. Here. [reaches into her bag]
Funshine: Uh-uh! Hand outta pocket. Slow.
[El holds out the photo]
Axel: Gimme that shit.
[He grabs it, then stares at El in shock]
Mick: Is that Kali?
Jane Ives/Eleven: "Kali?"
Axel: How'd you find us? Who else knows you're here?
Jane Ives/Eleven: No one.
Axel: So what, then? Poof? You just show up like magic, with that picture?
Mick: Stay calm, she's just a kid.
Axel: A kid who could get us all killed! [draws a switchblade] If I have to ask again, Shirley, you're gonna start losing things, startin' with those pretty little locks of yours, yeah?
Mick: Come on, Axe, put down the knife!
Axel: How did you find us?!
Jane Ives/Eleven: I saw her.
Mick: Axe!
Axel: [grabs El's arm and raises the knife] That's not an answer!
[He sees dozens of spiders crawling up his arm, though no one else can]
Axel: Jesus, Jesus Christ! Get off! Shit, Shit!
[he drops the knife and swats at himself, as El and the others stare at him]
Kali Prasad/Eight: You're a terrible dancer, Axel.
[She walks down the stairs and approaches them]
Axel: I told you, stay outta my head!
Kali Prasad/Eight: So we're threatening little girls now, are we?
Axel: She knows about you!
Dottie: She had this.
[She hands the picture to Kali]
Kali Prasad/Eight: Where did you get this?
Jane Ives/Eleven: [takes it back] Mama.
Kali Prasad/Eight: Your mother gave this to you?
Jane Ives/Eleven: In her... dream circle.
Axel: [scoffs] "Dream circle". I think she's a schizo or something.
Mick: Says she's looking for her sister.
Axel: Yeah, like I said, schizo.
[He tries to pick up his knife, but El summons it with her powers]
Mick: Jesus!
Jane Ives/Eleven: [handing Kali the knife] I saw you. In the rainbow room.
Kali Prasad/Eight: What is your name?
Jane Ives/Eleven: Jane.
[Kali rolls up El's sleeve, revealing her tattoo reading 011. El rolls up Kali's sleeve, revealing a tattoo reading 008.]
Jane Ives/Eleven: Sister.
Kali Prasad/Eight: Sister.
[They embrace]

Kali Prasad/Eight: And this... memory your mother shared, that is your only memory of me?
Jane Ives/Eleven: Yes.
Kali Prasad/Eleven: And how long have you been with this... Policeman?
Jane Ives/Eleven: Three hundred and twenty-seven days.
Kali Prasad/Eight: And this policeman, he thinks he can work out some sort of deal with these men to set you free?
Jane Ives/Eleven: Yes. He says soon.
Kali Prasad/Eight: He's naive, then. We will always be monsters to them, do you understand? [El nods sadly] Now let me guess: your policeman, he also stops you from using your gifts? [El nods] What you can do... is incredible. It makes you very special, Jane.
Jane Ives/Eleven: Wait. Do you have a gift?
Kali Prasad/Eight: Different. I can make people see, or not see, whatever I choose.
Jane Ives/Eleven: Is that why you made the man with the crazy hair dance?
Kali Prasad/Eight: [laughs] Axel is not so fond of spiders, so...
Jane Ives/Eleven: You made him see spiders?
Kali Prasad/Eight: [nods] But it doesn't have to be scary.
[She opens her hand and conjures an illusion of a butterfly that changes colors]
Kali Prasad/Eight: This butterfly, it isn't real. I've just convinced your mind it is. Think of it as a kind of... magic.
[She closes her hand around the butterfly, then opens her fingers to show it has vanished]
Jane Ives/Eleven: Are you real?
Kali Prasad/Eight: [smiles] Yes, I'm real.

Kali Prasad/Eight: Everyone you see here was in some way responsible for what happened to us.
Jane Ives/Eleven:... You hurt the Bad Men?
Dottie: (sarcastically) No, we just... give 'em a pat on the back.
[Montage of Kali's gang killing a former member of Hawkins Labs]
Jane Ives: You... kill them?
Kali Prasad/Eight: They're criminals. We simply make them pay for their crimes.
Axel: Damn, Shirley, what's the matter? You look like you've seen a ghost.
Dottie: We can't all be fighters, I guess.
Jane Ives/Eleven: I'm a fighter. I've killed.
[Flashback of El killing the federal agents who tried to capture her]
Kali Prasad/Eight: And these men you killed, did they... deserve it?
Jane Ives/Eleven: They hurt me.
Kali Prasad/Eight: And they still want to hurt you. To hurt us. We're just making the first move. Come.

Kali Prasad/Eight: I was once just like you, you know that? But that's why I'm hard on you, because I see in you my past mistakes.
Jane Ives/Eleven: [sharply] They were kids.
Kali Prasad/Eight: Does that excuse that man's sins? Were we not also children? (El looks away) I remember the day I came to the rainbow room, and you were... gone. So, when my gifts were strong enough, I used them to escape, and I ran. I ran away as far as I could. And it was there, far away, that I... I found a place to hide. A family. A home. Just like you and your policeman. But... they couldn't help me. So, eventually, I lost them, too. So, I decided to play the part; to stop hiding. To use my gifts against those who hurt us. You're now faced with the same choice, Jane: go back into hiding and hope they don't find you, or fight, and face them again.
Jane Ives/Eleven: Face who?
Kali Prasad/Eight: The man who calls himself our father.
Jane Ives/Eleven: [shakes her head] Papa is... dead.
Dr. Martin Brenner: That man tonight disagreed.
[El spins around and sees an illusion of Brenner that Kali is projecting into her mind]
Jane Ives/Eleven: [stands up] You're not real.
Martin Brenner (illusion): All this time, and you haven't looked for me? Why? Because you thought I was dead? Or because you were afraid of what you might find?
Jane Ives/Eleven: [in tears] Go away.
Martin Brenner (illusion): You have to confront your pain. You have a wound, Eleven, a terrible wound. And it's festering. Do you remember what that means? Festering? It means... a rot. And it will grow. Spread.
Jane Ives/Eleven: Get out of my head.
Martin Brenner (illusion): And eventually, it will kill you.
Jane Ives/Eleven: GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!
[The illusion vanishes, Kali kneels in front of a sobbing El]
Kali Prasad/Eight: This isn't a prison, Jane. You're always free to return to your policeman. Or stay, and avenge your mother. Let us heal our wounds. Together.

[Kali's gang are about to flee after the cops raid their hideout]
Kali Prasad/Eight: Jane, get in.
[El recalls her visions of Mike and Hopper in trouble]
Jane Ives/Eleven: I'm sorry. I'm sorry, but I have to go back. My friends... my friends are in danger.
Axel: This isn't time for a talk! We gotta go right now!
Kali Prasad/Eight: Your mother sent you here for a reason, remember? We belong together. There's nothing for you back there; they cannot save you, Jane!
Jane Ives/Eleven: No...But I can save them.

Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer [2.08]

Sam Owens: [indicating a map] This is us, and this is the nearest exit. But even if we somehow make it there, there's no way out.
Hopper: What do you mean?
Sam Owens: The locks are fail secure.
Joyce: "Fail secure?"
Sam Owens: If there's a power outage, the building goes on full lockdown.
Bob: Can it be unlocked remotely?
Sam Owens: With a computer, sure, but somebody's gotta re-set the breakers.
Hopper: Where are the breakers?
Sam Owens: Breakers are in the basement, three floors down.
[Hopper heads for the door]
Bob: Hey, where are you going?
Hopper: To reset the breakers.
Bob: Okay, then what?
Hopper: Then we get the Hell out of here.
Bob: No, then the power comes back on. If you wanna unlock the doors, you have to completely reboot the computer system, and then override the security codes with a manual input.
Hopper: Fine, how do I do that?
Bob: You can't! Not unless you know BASIC.
Hopper: I don't know what that means.
Mike: It's a computer-program language.
Hopper: Alright, teach it to me.
Bob: [sarcastically] Shall I teach you French while I'm at it, Jim? How 'bout a little German? How 'bout you, Doc? You speak BASIC?
Sam Owens: No.
Bob: Okay... I got this. I got this.
Joyce: No, Bob.
Bob: It's okay. [hugs her] It's gonna be okay. Remember: Bob Newby, superhero.

Mike: Did you guys know that Bob was the original founder of Hawkins AV Club?
Lucas: Really?
Mike: He petitioned the school to start it, and everything. And then he had a fund-raiser for equipment. Mr. Clarke learned everything from him. Pretty awesome, right?
Dustin: Yeah.
Mike: We can't let him die in vain.
Dustin: Well, what do you wanna do, Mike? Alright, the Chief's right on this; we can't stop those Demo-dogs on our own.
Max: "Demo-dogs?"
Dustin: Demogorgon, dogs. Demo-dogs. It's like a compound, it's like a play on words-
Max: Okay.
Dustin: I mean, when it was just Dart, maybe.
Lucas: But there's an army now.
Dustin: Precisely.
Mike: His army.
Steve: What do you mean?
Mike: [holding up the drawing of the Shadow Monster] His army! Maybe if we stop him, we can stop his army too.

Joyce: [to a possessed Will] Do you know what March 22nd is? It's your birthday. Your birthday. When you turned eight, I gave you that huge box of crayons, do you remember that? It was 120 colors. And all your friends, they got you Star Wars toys, but all you wanted to do was... draw with all your new colors. And you drew this big spaceship, but it wasn't from a movie, it-it was your spaceship. A "rainbow ship" is what you called it. And you, you must have used every color in the box. I... I took that with me to Melvald's, and I put it up, and I told everyone who came in, "My son drew this." And you were so embarrassed. [chuckles tearfully] But I was so proud. I was so, so proud.
Jonathan: [going to sit opposite him] Do you remember the day Dad left? We stayed up all night, building Castle Byers, just the way you drew it. And it took so long, because you were so bad at hammering. You'd miss the nail every time. And then it started raining, but we stayed out there anyway. We were both sick for like a week, after that. But we just had to finish it, didn't we? We just had to.
[Will's fingers begin tapping on the chair]
Mike: Do you remember the first day we met? It was... it was the first day of kindergarten. I knew nobody. I had no friends, and...I just felt so alone, and so scared, but... I saw you on the swings, and you were alone, too. You were just swinging by yourself. And I just walked up to you, and...I asked. I asked if you wanted to be my friend. And you said yes. You said yes. It was the best thing I've ever done.
Joyce: Will, baby... if you're in there, just please... please talk to us. Please, honey, please, can you do that for me? Please. I love you so much.
Will: [as the Shadow Monster] Let me go.
[Hopper notices that Will's finger-tapping is Morse Code]

Chapter Nine: The Gate [2.09]

Mike: Eleven?
Jane Ives/Eleven: Mike?
[They embrace tearfully]
Max: Is that...?
[Lucas and Dustin nod, both staring at Eleven]
Mike: I never gave up on you. I called you every night. Every night, for...
Jane Ives/Eleven: Three hundred and fifty-three days. [Mike looks shocked] I heard.
Mike: Why didn't you tell me you were there? That you were okay?
Hopper: Because I wouldn't let her. [to Eleven] The hell is this? Where you been?
Jane Ives/Eleven: Where've you been?
[Eleven and Hopper embrace]
Mike: [Realizes, angrily] You've been hiding her. You've been hiding her this whole time! [Angrily shoves Hopper behind his back]
Hopper: [Angrily grabs Mike] Hey!!

Hopper: So what, we're just not gonna talk about it, huh?
Jane Ives/Eleven: About what?
Hopper: Oh, I don't know. I'm just curious why, all of a sudden, you look like some kinda MTV punk? [pause] I'm not mad, kid. I just wanna know where you've been. That's all.
Jane Ives/Eleven: To see Mama.
Hopper: Okay. How'd you get there?
Jane Ives/Eleven: A truck.
Hopper: "A truck?"
Jane Ives/Eleven: A big truck.
Hopper: "A big truck?" Whose truck was it?
Jane Ives/Eleven: A man's.
Hopper: A man's?
Jane Ives/Eleven: A nice man.
Hopper: Okay. So, let me just get this straight in my head: so, a nice man in a big truck, he drove you to your mama's? And then what, your- your aunt Becky gave you those clothes and that makeup?!
Jane Ives/Eleven: I... I shouldn't have left.
Hopper: Hmm-mm, No. No, this isn't on you, kid. I should've been there. I should never have lied to you about your mom... or about when you could leave. A lot of things I shouldn't have done. Sometimes, I feel like I'm... like I'm just some kinda black hole or something.
Jane Ives/Eleven: "Black hole?"
Hopper: Yeah, it's a... y'know, it's this thing in outer space. It's like... it sucks everything towards it and destroys it. Sarah had a picture book about outer space, she loved it.
Jane Ives/Eleven: Who's Sarah?
Hopper: Sarah? Sarah's my girl. [looks at her] She's my little girl.
Jane Ives/Eleven: Where is she?
Hopper: Well, that's kinda the thing, kid. She, uh... well, she left us.
Jane Ives/Eleven: Gone.
Hopper: Yeah. The black hole. It got her. And, somehow... I've just been scared, you know. I've just been scared that it would take you, too. I guess that's why I get... so mad. [shakes his head] I'm so sorry. For everything. I can be so... so...
Jane Ives/Eleven: Stupid.
Hopper: [chuckles] Yeah... stupid. Just really stupid.
[Eleven squeezes his hand]
Jane Ives/Eleven: I've been stupid, too.
Hopper: I guess we broke our rule. [Eleven smiles tearfully] I don't hate it, by the way. This whole... look. Kinda cool.
Jane Ives/Eleven: [smirks] Bitchin'.
Hopper: Okay, sure. [smiles] "Bitchin'".

Sam Owens: Chief-o!
Hopper: How's the leg?
Sam Owens: Better! Though I'm pretty sure my football career is over. [offers half his sandwich] Hey, you want some of this? There's no way I'm gonna finish it.
Hopper: No. I'm, uh, I'm on a diet.
Sam Owens: Well, you're a better man than me. Hey, I got a little something for you.
[He hands him an envelope; Hopper opens it to find an altered birth certificate for Eleven, naming her as Jane "Hopper"]
Sam Owens: Congratulations, Pops.
Hopper: I thought...
Sam Owens: Sometimes, I impress even myself. Still, I'd let things cool off for a while, if I were you.
Hopper: How long's a while?
Sam Owens: You wanna be safe, I'd give it a year.
Hopper: A year? [he takes the sandwich and bites into it] What about one night out?
Sam Owens: One night?
Hopper: Yeah. How risky would that be?
Sam Owens: What's so important about one night?

[Nancy notices Dustin crying after being rudely rejected by two girls at the Snow Ball]
Nancy: Hey.
Dustin: Hey.
Nancy: [offers her hand] Wanna dance?
Dustin: What?
Nancy: Come on, let's go. Here. [she puts his hands on her waist] Mm-hm. Closer.
[Dustin hesitantly moves closer]
Nancy: [smiles] A little closer. Okay. Now, feel the music, the rhythm. Start to move to it... Yeah, there.
Dustin: Good?
Nancy: That's good, yeah. You know, out of all my brother's friends... you're my favorite. You've always been my favorite.
Dustin: [grins] Really?
Nancy: Yeah.
[They glance at the girls who rejected Dustin, who are staring at them]
Nancy: Girls this age are... dumb. But, you give 'em a few years... and they'll wise up. You're gonna drive 'em nuts.
Dustin: You think so?
Nancy: Oh, I know so.

[Mike meets Eleven at the Snow Ball]
Mike: Do you want to dance?
Jane Ives/Eleven: I... don't know how.
Mike: I don't either. Do you want to figure it out?
[Eleven nods]

Season 3


Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy? [3.01]

Lucas: [about Eleven and Mike] They do this every time!
Max: It's romantic!
Will: It's gross!
Dustin: It's bullshit!

Billy: [to Karen Wheeler] You know, I could uh, teach you if like. I know all the styles. Freestyle... butterfly... breast stroke.

Hopper: Maybe I should just kill Mike. I'm the chief of police, I could cover it up.

Robin: And another one bites the dust. You are 0 for 6 Popeye.
Steve: (annoyed) Yeah, yeah I can count.
Robin: You know that means you suck.
Steve: Yep, I can read too.
Robin: Since when?
Steve: It's this stupid hat, I'm telling you. It's totally blowing my best feature.
Robin: Yeah, company policy is a real drag. You know, its a crazy idea, but have you considered... telling the truth?
Steve: Oh, you mean that I couldn't even get into tech and my douchebag dad is trying to teach me a lesson? I make three bucks an hour and I have no future, that truth?
Robin: (pointing at customers walking over) Hey, twelve-o'clock.
Steve: Oh shit, oh shit, okay... I'm going in. Oh, and you know what? (takes off hat) Screw company policy.
Robin: (sarcastic) Oh my god, you're a whole new man.
Steve: Right? (turns towards the customers, who yelp in surprise) Ahoy ladies! Didn't see you there. Would you guys like to set sail on this ocean of flavor with me, I'll be your captain... I'm Steve Harrington.

Chapter Two: The Mall Rats [3.02]

Max: [walking up to the boys] Well isn't this a nice surprise.
Mike: [sees Eleven and drops his bike] WHAT are you doing here?
Eleven: [deadpan] Shopping.
Max: This is her new style. What do you think?
Mike: What's wrong with you? You know she's not allowed to be here!
Max: What is she, your little pet?
Eleven: Yeah, am I your pet?
Mike: What? No!
Eleven: Then why do you treat me like garbage?
Mike: What?
Eleven: You said Nana was sick.
Mike: She is! [looks to Lucas for support] She is! She is sick!
Lucas: Yeah she's sick, she's really sick! That's why, we're here actually.
Mike: Yeah yeah, we're shopping! Not for us, but for her, for Nana!
Lucas: For Nana! [Max stares at him, suspicious]
Mike: Also we're here to get a gift for you. (Eleven glares at him) We just, we couldn't find anything that suited you, and I only have like, three dollars and fifty cents so it's hard.
Lucas: Super hard! It's.. it's expensive.
Eleven: You lie. [Mike just looks at her] Why do you lie? [Mike doesn't respond. Eleven looks at the bus arriving, and, determined, walks up to Mike with a fierce expression] I dump your ass! [Mike looks shocked, while Max looks both shocked and impressed. Eleven turns and walks away to the bus, Max following. They giggle and hi-five]

Lucas: [to Mike] I'm not gonna lie, it's gonna be bad. But you can fix this. It's just one little mistake. I've made hundreds, thousands. Max has dumped me five times. But what have I done? Huh? Have I despaired? No. I've marched back into battle, and I've won her back every single freaking time.

[Hopper, having been stood up by Joyce, moves to leave the restaurant with a bottle of wine]
Waiter: Sir, I'm afraid no alcohol is allowed off the premises.
Hopper: [blows raspberry] I can do anything I want. I'm the chief of police.

Steve: I gotta keep in shape for the ladies.
Robin: Yeah, and how's that working out for you?
Steve: Ignore her.
Dustin: She seems cool.
Steve: She's not.

Robin: So I guess that confirms your suspicion.
Dustin: Evil Russians.
Robin: I can't believe I'm about to agree with this strange child, but, yeah, totally evil Russians.

Chapter Three: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard [3.03]

Mike: (following Will) Will, come on! You can't leave, it's raining! Listen, I said I was sorry, alright? It's a cool campaign, it's really cool! We're just, not in the mood right now.
Will: (turns to him angrily) Yeah, Mike! That's the problem, you guys are never in the mood anymore! You're ruining our party!
Mike: That's not true!
Will: Really? Where's Dustin right now? (Mike doesn't respond) See? You don't know, and you don't even care, and obviously he doesn't either and I don't blame him! You're destroying everything, and for what? So you can swap spit with some stupid girl!
Mike: (defensive) El's not stupid! It's not my fault you don't like girls! (Will stares at him, at a loss for words) I'm not trying to be a jerk, okay? But we're not kids anymore. I mean, what did you think, really? That we were never gonna get girlfriends? That we were just going to sit in my basement all day and play games for the rest of our lives?
Will: (on the verge of tears) Yeah, I guess I did. I really did. (he gets on his bike and pedals away through the rain)

Max: But here's the thing. When Billy is alone with a girl they make like really crazy noises.
Eleven: They scream?
Max: Yeah, but like, happy screams.
Eleven: Happy screams what is happy screams?
Max: It's like... I'm just gonna lend you my mom's Cosmo.

Chapter Four: The Sauna Test [3.04]

Dustin: [about a ventilation shaft] I'll fit. Trust me. No collar bones, remember?
Robin: Uh, excuse me?
Steve: Oh, he's, uh Yeah, he's got some disease. Chry, uh, It's chrydo, um... something. Yeah, I dunno. He's missing bones and stuff. He can bend like Gumbo.
Robin: You mean Gumby.
Steve: I'm pretty sure it's Gumbo.

Dustin: Don't you love your country?
Erica: You can't spell "America" without "Erica".

Erica: Commence Operation Child Endangerment.
Robin: Can we maybe not call it that?

Chapter Five: The Flayed [3.05]

Joyce: What is your problem?!
Murray: Please stop talking!
Joyce: No! We have had a very long day. We've been shot at, nearly blown up, walked god knows how many miles in 100 degree heat, stole a car, all while being chased by this gigantic psychopath, all so we could bring HIM to YOU because somehow you're the closest person who speaks Russian, which I can't believe but that doesn't matter because unfortunately we're here. So if you don't mind put that thing away, stop behaving like a jackass, and ask him what he's doing that’s making my magnets fall off my damn fridge! Please!

Mike: What are they still doing in there?
Lucas: I don't know. Girls just like hanging out in bathrooms.
Mike: Why?
Lucas: I mean, I don't know.

Hopper: Joyce! Drive!
Joyce: I'M TRYING!!

Dr. Alexei: [in Russian] Get that out of my face, you bald American pig.
Murray: [in Russian] I may be bald, but you're the one in handcuffs, Soviet scum.

Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum [3.06]

Murray: I don't understand what he's saying.
Joyce: I thought you were fluent.
Murray: Oh, I'm sorry. Are my free translation services not good enough for you? Because you can just go ahead and file your complaint right up my ass!

Murray: [translating for Alexei, speaking to Hopper] He says he likes your courage. You remind him of a fat Rambo.

Dustin: Holy shit - you're a nerd!
Erica: Come again?
Dustin: You... are... a... nerd!
Erica: Okay, you better take that back, nerd!
Dustin: Can't put the truth back in the box.
Erica: But it's not the truth.
Dustin: Let's examine the facts, shall we? Fact one: you're a math whiz, apparently...
Erica: That was a pretty straightforward equation.
Dustin: Fact two: you're a political junkie...
Erica: Just because I don't agree with communism as an ideology...
Dustin: [holding up her backpack] Fact number three: you LOVE 'My Little Pony.'
Erica: And what does 'My Little Pony' have to do with this?
Dustin: Let's recall the ponies' latest adventure, shall we? The evil centaur demon Tirek turns Applejack into a dragon at Midnight Castle, and then Megan and the other ponies have to use Moochik's magic to defeat his rainbow of darkness, saving them from a lifetime of enslavement. All the pink in the world can't disguise the irrefutable fact that centaurs and castles and dragons and magic are all standard nerd tropes. Ergo, 'My Little Pony' is nerdy, ergo, you, Erica, are a nerd.
Erica: And how do YOU know so much about 'My Little Pony?'
Dustin: Because I'm... a nerd. [finishes shutting off the fan] Let's go... Nerd.

Billy: [Mindflayer speaking through Billy] You shouldn't have looked for me. Because now I see you. Now we can all see you. You let us in. And now, you are going to have to let us stay. Don't you see? All this time, we've been building it. We've been building it, for you. All that work. All that pain. All of it... for you. And now it's time. Time to end it. And we're going to end you and when you are gone we are going to end your friends.
Eleven: [screams] No!
Billy: And then we are going to end... everyone.
[Billy sheds tear]
Eleven: [screams] Get away!

Chapter Seven: The Bite [3.07]

Dustin: Are you gonna die on us?
Robin: We all die, my strange little child friend. It's just a matter of how and when.

Steve: So what do you think?
Robin: About?
Steve: This girl.
Robin: She sounds awesome.
Steve: She is awesome. And what about the guy?
Robin: I think he's on drugs, and he's not thinking straight.
Steve: Really? Cause I think he's thinking a lot more clearly than usual.
Robin: He's not. Look, he doesn't even know this girl. And if he did know her, like, really know her, I don't think he'd even wanna be her friend.
Steve: Robin, that's not true, no way is that true.
Robin: Listen to me, Steve. It shocked me to my core, but I like you. I really like you. But I am not like your other friends, and I am NOT like Nancy Wheeler.
Steve: Robin, that's exactly what I like about you.
Robin: Do you remember what I said about Click's class? About me being jealous and, like, obsessed?
Steve: Yeah.
Robin: It isn't because I had a crush on you. It's because she wouldn't stop staring at you.
Steve: Mrs. Click?
[Robin laughs to herself]
Robin: Tammy Thompson. I wanted her to look at me. But she couldn't pull her eyes away from you and your stupid hair. And I didn't understand, because you would get bagel crumbs all over the floor. And you asked dumb questions. And you were a douchebag. And-and you didn't even like her and I would go home and just scream into my pillow.
Steve: But Tammy Thompson's a girl.
Robin: [softly] Steve.
Steve: Yeah? [He sees Robin's expression] Oh. Oh. Holy shit.
Robin: Yeah. Holy shit. [she looks down nervously as Steve processes the information] Steve, you OD over there?
Steve: Nah I'm just, I'm just thinking.
Robin: [quietly] Okay.
Steve: I mean, yeah. Tammy Thompson, y'know, she's cute and all but, I mean... she's a total dud.
Robin: She is not.
Steve: Yes she is. She wants to be like a singer, she wants to move to like, Nashville and shit.
Robin: She has dreams.
Steve: She can't even hold a tune. I mean, she's practically tone deaf, have you heard her. [Robin rolls her eyes, amused] All the time, you see me now tonight, you see me-
Robin: She does not sound like that.
Steve: She sounds exactly like that. That's a great impersonation of her.
Robin: No, she does not sound like that. You sound like a Muppet.
Steve: SHE sounds like a Muppet! She sounds like a Muppet giving birth! [Robin bursts out laughing] [singing like Kermit] And if you can hold me tight,
Robin: [joining in] You'll be holding on, forever!
Steve: Exactly!
Robin: I know! [they both continue laughing uncontrollably]
[Dustin and Erica burst into the room]
Dustin: Okay, what the hell? [Steve and Robin look at each other and start laughing again]

Max: [to Nancy, who is bandaging El's wound] Whoah, hey, what are you doing?
Nancy: Cleaning the wound?
Max: No, first we need to stop the bleeding, then clean, then disinfect, then bandage.
[everyone stares at her]
Max: I skateboard, trust me.

Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt [3.08]

Hopper: [to Mike and Eleven] There's something I've been wanting to talk to you both about - and I know this is a difficult conversation. But I care about you both very much. And I know you care about each other very much and that's why it's important that we set these boundaries moving forward so we can build an environment, where we ALL feel comfortable, trusted and open to sharing our feelings. Feelings. Jesus. The truth is, for so long, I'd forgotten what those even were. I've been stuck in one place - in a cave, you might say. A deep dark cave. And then, I left some Eggos out in the woods and you came into my life and... for the first time in a long time, I started to feel things again. I started to feel happy. But lately, I guess I've been feeling... distant from you. Like you're pulling away from me or something. I miss playing board games every night, making triple-decker Eggo extravaganzas at sunrise, watching westerns together before we doze off. But I know you're getting older, growing, changing. And I guess... if i'm being really honest, that's what scares me. I don't want things to change. So I think maybe that's why I came here, to try to maybe... stop that change. To turn back the clock. To make things go back to how they were. But I know that's naive. It's just... not how life works. It's moving. Always moving whether you like it or not. And yeah, sometimes it's painful. Sometimes it's sad and sometimes it's surprising. Happy. So you know what? Keep on growing up, kid. Don't let me stop you. Make mistakes, learn from 'em, and when life hurts you - because it will - remember the hurt. The hurt is good. It means you're out of that cave. But, please, if you don't mind, for the sake of your poor old dad, keep the door open three inches.

Suzie: Dusty-bun?
Erica: "Dusty-bun"?
Suzie: Where have you been?
Dustin: I'm so, so sorry. I--I've been really busy uh, trying to save the world from Russians and monsters.
Suzie: Of course you have.

Suzie: I haven't heard from you in a week, and now you want a mathematical equation that you should know so you can save the world?
Dustin: Suzie-poo, I promise, I will make it up to you as soon as possible.
Suzie: You can make it up to me now.
Dustin: What?
Suzie: I want to hear it.
Dustin: Not right now.
Suzie: Yes, now, Dusty-bun.
Dustin: Suzie-poo, this is urgent.
Suzie: Yes, yes, you're saving the world, I heard you the first time, but Ged is also saving Earthsea and he's about to confront the shadow, so this is Suzie, signing off.
Dustin: Wait, wait, wait! Okay. Okay. Shit. [He starts nervously singing The Neverending Story by Limahl] Turn around Look at what you see...

[Will puts his "Dungeons & Dragons" rulebooks in a box]
Mike: Whoa, dude. That's the donation box.
Will: I know. I'll just use yours when I come back. I mean, if we still want to play.
Mike: Yeah but what if you want to join another party?
Will: Not possible.
[a touched Mike grins. Will returns the smile]

Eleven: Did you talk to your mom? About Thanksgiving?
Mike: Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I got the okay. I'll be there. And then I was thinking maybe you could come up here for Christmas. And Will too. You can come here before or after Christmas or whatever Mrs. Byers wants but I was thinking Christmas Day could be super fun because we'd all have cool new presents to play with and, uh... [chuckles] Sorry, that made me sound like a seven-year-old.
Eleven: I like presents too.
Mike: Yeah, cool. Yeah. I like... I like presents too.
Eleven: Mike?
Mike: Yeah?
Eleven: Remember that day… at the cabin, you were talking to Max?
Mike: Um … I don't think I follow.
Eleven: You talked about your-- your feelings, your heart.
Mike: Oh. Oh, yeah, that. Man, that was so long ago. Um … That was really heat of the moment stuff, and we were arguing and… I don't really remember… What did I say, exactly?
Eleven: Mike… I love you too.
[Eleven moves closer and kisses Mike]

Season 4


Chapter One: The Hellfire Club [4.01]


Note: This episode is 1 hour and 18 minutes in length.

Lucas: If I get in good with these guys, I'll be in the popular crowd, and then you guys will be too.
Mike: Has it ever occurred to you that we don't want to be popular?
Lucas: So you wanna be stuck with the nerds and freaks for three more years?
Dustin: We ARE nerds and freaks!

Steve: And then there's Heidi tomorrow night, but the problem with Heidi is that she's going out of state for college. So it's like, do I really want to start another relationship that has no point other than sex? I mean, I just- I don't know, does that make sense to you? (turns to Robin who's putting on mascara in the seat next to him) Robin! Are you listening to me?
Robin: Um yes, I'm- I'm listening-
Steve: What did I just say? What did I just say to you?
Robin: You said something about sex with-with Linda.
Steve: NO! I'm talking about Heidi!
Robin: Cut me some slack, please! (Steve sighs) Your love life is one of labyrinthian complexity, and it is seven in the morning and we have to go to this stupid pep rally, and I woke up looking like a total corpse!
Steve: Oh, you're worried about a basketball pep rally, you expect me to believe that?
Robin: Yeah, so?
Steve: SO we both know what this is about, okay? I'm not buying that bullshit, this is about Vickie.
Robin: Absolutely not.
Steve: Yes it is! And you know what else I think?
Robin: Uh, I really don't care what you think-
Steve: I think you gotta stop pretending to be someone else when you're around her, okay? You just gotta be yourself.
Robin: You're literally quoting me to me, you do realize that?
Steve: Well, maybe you need to listen to yourself, you ever think about that, smarty-pants? I listened to you and now look at me. Boom, back in business.
Robin: It's not the same thing.
Steve: Well-
Robin: You ask out a girl and she says no; big deal, nothing happens. Maybe your ego's a little bruised, but I ask out the wrong girl, and bam, I'm a town pariah.
Steve: Yeah I'd buy that, except Vickie is definitely not the wrong girl.
Robin: We just don't know that, do we?
Steve: She returned "Fast Times" paused at fifty-three minutes, five seconds. Do you know who pauses "Fast Times" at fifty-three minutes, five seconds? People who like boobies, Robin! Boobies!
Robin: Ew, gross! Don't say "boobies!"
Steve: It's not a big deal, okay? I like boobies, you like boobies! Vickie likes boobies, definitely! (Robin shakes her head) It's boobies! (shrugs. Robin rolls her eyes)

Eleven: Hi. (her classmates look bored) For my hero I... I chose my dad. (Angela and her friends make a face) And for my visual aid, I made a diraoma of our cabin.
Jake: More like diarrhea. (everyone laughs)
Mrs. Gracie: Quiet, everyone. Let's be respectful. (the classroom quiets down)
Eleven: (picks up a figure from her diorama) This is my dad. His name is Hopper. He made the best eggos, and we liked to watch Miami Vice on Fridays. (meanwhile, as Will watches the presentation, the girl next to them touches his foot with her own, looking at him flirtatiously. He moves his foot away)
Eleven: (holds up another figure) This is Mr. Fibley. He is a squirrel. (her classmates laugh again. Will nods at her encouragingly) And this is the alarm that my dad made. (Angela raises her hand) Uh I was never scared because... beca-because (looks at her teacher)
Mrs. Gracie: Uh, Angela, let's save questions until the end of Jane's presentation.
Angela: Yeah, sorry, I'm just like, confused. I thought this was a presentation about a historical hero.
Eleven: My dad was in the newspaper.
Angela: Your local paper? (laughs mockingly, the other classmates doing the same) I just don't think that's what Mrs. Gracie meant by historical. This is supposed to be about famous people.
Eleven: My dad is famous. He saved lots of lives, in a mall fire. He was a hero for people. And he was my hero too! (her classmates give each other looks)
Angela: That's not what I'm saying at all. But, it's okay. (sarcastically) I am so sorry, Mrs. Gracie. I didn't mean to interrupt. I just wanted clarity on the rules of the assignment.
Mrs. Gracie: Well, technically, you are correct. (Angela smirks, and Eleven begins to tear up, lip trembling) But Jane has decided to do her father. So, please, continue with your presentation, Jane. (A tear falls down Eleven's cheek, and she takes a few deep breaths)

Chrissy: You know, you're not what I thought you'd be like.
Eddie: Mean and scary?
Chrissy: Yeah.
Eddie: Well, I actually kinda thought you'd be kind of mean and scary too.
Chrissy: Me?
Eddie: Terrifying.

Chapter Two: Vecna's Curse [4.02]


Note: This episode is 1 hour and 17 minutes in length.

[a frightened Eddie pins Steve to the wall with a broken bottle to his throat]
Dustin: Eddie! Eddie! It's me. It's Dustin. This is Steve. He's not gonna hurt you, right, Steve?
Steve: Right. Yeah.
Dustin: Steve, why don't you drop the oar?
[Steve does so, but Eddie holds the broken bottle closer to Steve's throat]
Dustin: He's cool. He's cool.
Steve: [choked] I'm cool, man. I'm cool.
Eddie: What are you doing here?
Dustin: We're looking for you.
Robin: We're here to help.
Dustin: Eddie, these are my friends. You know Robin, from band.
[She imitates playing the trumpet]
Dustin: This is my friend Max. The one who never wants to play D&D.
[Max gives Eddie a half-hearted wave]
Dustin: Eddie, we're on your side. I swear on my mother. Right, guys?
Max: Yes. Yes, we swear.
Robin: On Dustin's mother.
Steve: Yeah, Dustin's... Dustin's mother.
[after a tense pause, Eddie finally releases Steve]

Mike: You should have told me she was having trouble!
Will: Well I didn't know they were gonna be here, Mike.
Mike: Yeah, but you knew she was having trouble for like, a year, and you didn't tell me.
Will: I- I didn't know she was lying to you.
Mike: Which is why you decided to be a douche to her all day?
Will: I wasn't being a douche!
Mike: You were! You were! You were rolling your eyes, you were- you were moping! You were barely talking, you basically sabotaged the whole day!
Will: Well she was lying to you, Mike! Straight to your face ever since you got here! And- and I've been a total third wheel all day,it's been miserable. So sorry if I wasn't- wasn't smiling.
Mike: Yeah, whatever, man. (begins walking away)
Will: Well what about us?
Mike: (turns back around to face him) What?
Will: Well you're mad that I didn't talk to you? Seems like you made it super clear that you're not interested in anything I have to say.
Mike: That's just not true.
Will: You called maybe a couple times. It's been a year, Mike. Meanwhile, El has like, a book of letters from you.
Mike: That's because she's my girlfriend, Will!
Will: And us?
Mike: We're friends! We're friends.
Will: Well we used to be best friends!
Mike: (sighs) Well then, maybe you should have reached out more, I don't know. Why is this on me? Why am I the bad guy? (Will doesn't respond)

Eleven: Angela!
Angela: Uh oh. Look who it is.
Jake: She looks upset.
Eleven: You ruined my day!
Angela: Oh no. Did we embarrass you in front of your boyfriend? [Chuckles]
Eleven: I want you to say sorry to me. And I want you to tell my boyfriend that it was just a joke. And that we are really friends.
Angela: Or what? [Mockingly holds out her hand] You're gonna hurt us with your mean stare again? [Laughs mockingly] Sorry you can't cry to teacher today. You'll just have to cry to your daddy instead. Oh, wait. Can't do that either.
[Angela and her friends walk away laughing. Enraged, Eleven grabs a roller skate from a nearby customer]
Customer: Hey!
[Eleven approaches Angela and her friends who are still laughing]
Eleven: ANGELA!
[Angela spins around only to get struck in the face by Eleven's roller skate, causing her to fall onto her back]
Angela: [Screams in pain]
Jake: [Shocked] Oh shit! Angela, you OK? Angela! You OK?
[Angela's friends help her up, only to find a large gash between her eyes]
Jake: [Horrified] Oh my god!
Stacy: Oh my god, what do we do?
[Angela moves her hand to touch her forehead]
Jake: No, no, no, don't!
Angela: [Yelps in horror]
Jake: You're okay! You're okay!
[Angela begins to cry in pain and distress as Eleven sees the crowd staring at her. Will and Mike rush to the scene]
Will: Ohh... Oh my god.
Mike: Holy shit, El! What did you do? What did you do!?
[Eleven has a flashback of Martin Brenner]
Brenner: What have you done? What have you done!?

Chapter Three: The Monster and the Superhero [4.03]

Steve: Always the babysitter. Always the goddamn babysitter!

Chapter Four: Dear Billy [4.04]


Note: This episode is 1 hour and 18 minutes in length.

Max: Dear Billy, I don't know if you can even hear this. Two years ago, I would have said, "That's ridiculous, impossible." But that was before I found out about alternate dimensions and monsters, so... I'm just going to stop assuming that I know anything. So much has happened since you left. Your dad was a total mess. He and my mom started getting into fights. Bad fights. I don't think he could stand being here without you. So he left. And he didn't leave Mom much. She's taken an extra job, and we moved to that lovely trailer park off Kerley. Basically, ever since you left, everything's been... a total disaster. And the worst part is, I can't tell anyone why you're gone. I can't tell them that you saved El's life. That you saved my life. I play that moment back in my head all the time. And sometimes I imagine myself running to you, pulling you away. I imagine that if I had, that you would still be here. And everything would be... everything would be right again. I imagine that we... that we could've become friends. Good friends, like... like a real brother and sister. And I know that's stupid. You hated me. I hated you. But I thought that maybe... maybe we could try again. But that's not what happened. I just... I stood there and I watched. For a while, I tried to be happy. Normal. But I... I think that maybe a part of me died that day too. And I haven't told anyone this. I... I just can't. But I had to tell you. Before it's too late. If you can even hear this. I really hope that you can. I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry, Billy. Love, your shitty little sister, Max.

Victor Creel: This demon, it was taunting me. And I was sure it would take me, just as he'd taken my Virginia. But then... I heard... another voice. At first I believed it was an angel. And I... I followed her, only to find myself... in a nightmare far worse.

Mike: Thanks, by the way.
Will: For what?
Mike: For knocking some sense into me. I mean, I was being a total self-pitying idiot.
Will: I didn't say it.
Mike: You didn't have to. [chuckles] Hey, also about the last few days...
Will: You don't have to say anything. I... I was being a total jerk to El. I deserved it.
Mike: No. No, no, no. You didn't deserve anything. Listen, the truth is the last year has been weird, you know? And I mean, you know, Max and Lucas and Dustin, they're... they're great. They're great. It's just... It's Hawkins. It's not the same without you. And I feel like maybe I was worrying too much about El, and I don't know, maybe I feel like I lost you or something. Does that make sense?
[Will nods]
Mike: I have no idea what's gonna happen next. But, whatever it is, I... I think we should work together. I think it'll be easier if we're... we're a team. Friends. Best friends.
Will: [touched; close to tears] Cool.
Mike: [smiles] Cool.

Robin: Hatch said that music can reach parts of the brain that words can't. So maybe that's the key, a lifeline. A lifeline back to reality. It's worth a shot.

Lucas: I thought we lost you.
Max: I'm still... I'm still here. I'm still here.

Chapter Five: The Nina Project [4.05]

Mike: I should have explained myself. Cause maybe Eleven would have taken me with her and things would have been different then. But I didn't know what to say.
Will: Sometimes, I think it's just scary to open up like that. To say how you really feel. Especially to the people you care about the most. Because what if... what if they don't like the truth?

Hopper: I used to think I was cursed. Ever since I was 18. Got some letter of induction in the mail. Uncle Sam wants me to go fight some war in the jungle. Charlie's moving south like a plague 'cause of commie bastards like you, and... you know, I'm happy enough to go. Prove to my old man I'm not the piece of shit he thinks I am. I get over there, I must test well, and they put me in the Chemical Corps. There I am. I'm just... a kid, you know. I'm 18 years old, 8,000 miles away, and I'm mixing up these... 55-gallon drums of Agent Orange. With just these kitchen gloves, you know? We used to clean out these buffalo turbines after a run and just be inhaling the stuff. No masks, nothing. "It's not chemical warfare. It's just herbicide to kill plants. Harmless." That's what they told us. And then I got back to real life, and these guys I worked with, the ones that made it back, they started trying to get back to normal, you know? Having families. And then things started going wrong. Kids born stillborn. Dead in the womb. Crooked spines, eyes popped out. The horror... followed us, clung to us. My wife Diane, she wanted a baby. I did too. We had a baby, and she was, um... She was born healthy. She was perfect, you know. Sara. And then she died. It wasn't an easy death. She... suffered. I knew the risks, but I, um... I hid them. And then Diane left me. She didn't blame me. Not with words. After that, I was just... I just hid myself in drugs and alcohol. And then people started coming into my life. This girl El, and Joyce just happened, and I told myself they needed me. But that wasn't true. That's a lie. They didn't need me. I needed them. I needed them. You were right, what you said last night. I knew the risks, breaking out of here, but I did it anyway. The minute I sent for Joyce, the minute I sent for her, I sentenced her to death. Just like I did with Sara. Everyone I love, I hurt. See, I was wrong this whole time. I wasn't cursed. I am the curse.

Robin: I mean, it's just a clock. Right? Like a normal old clock.
Steve: Why is this wizard obsessed with clocks? Maybe he's, like, a clockmaker or something?
Dustin: [sarcastic] I think you cracked the case, Steve.

Chapter Six: The Dive [4.06]


Note: This episode is 1 hour and 15 minutes in length.

Jason Carver: How do you expect to stop the devil if you don't believe he's real?

Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab [4.07]


Note: This episode is 1 hour and 38 minutes in length.

One: Like you, I didn't fit in with the other children. Something was wrong with me. All the teachers and the doctors said I was... "Broken," they said. My parents thought a change of scenery, a fresh start in Hawkins, might just cure me. It was absurd. As if the world would be any different here. But then... to my surprise, our new home provided a discovery. And a new found sense of purpose. I found a nest of black widows living inside a vent. Most people fear spiders. They detest them. And yet, I found them endlessly fascinating. More than that, I found a great comfort in them. A kinship. Like me, they are solitary creatures. And deeply misunderstood. They are gods of our world. The most important of all predators. They immobilize and feed on the weak, bringing balance and order to an unstable ecosystem. But the human world was disrupting this harmony. You see, humans are a unique type of pest, multiplying and poisoning our world, all while enforcing a structure of their own. A deeply unnatural structure. Where others saw order, I saw a straitjacket. A cruel, oppressive world dictated by made-up rules. Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades. Each life a faded, lesser copy of the one before. Wake up, eat, work, sleep, reproduce, and die! Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for it all to be over. All while performing in a silly, terrible play, day after day. I could not do that. I could not close off my mind and join in the madness. I could not pretend. And I realized I didn't have to. I could make my own rules. I could restore balance to a broken world. A predator... but for good.

Hopper: The last time I was with El, she wanted just about nothing to do with me. I was just in her way, really. I think back to the way I was with my dad at that age. I was the same way. The exact same way. I think it must be hardwired into us to reject our fathers. So we can grow and move on. Become something of our own. I hope that's what she's doing. Coming into her own.

Dustin: Bada-bada-boom!

Chapter Eight: Papa [4.08]


Note: This episode is 1 hour and 20 minutes in length.

[Owens is handcuffed and eye to eye with Jack Sullivan, who's preparing to order a sharpshooter to take out Eleven.]
Owens: Jack, don't do this. I'm begging you.
[Jack doesn't say anything for a few seconds, as if considering...then...]
Sullivan: [over the radio] Take it.

Lucas: So I've been thinking... two of the three of Vecna's victims were seeing Ms Kelly, right?
Max: Yeah.
Lucas: Okay, so I figured there's a good chance Vecna cursed another one of her students. We go back to her office, we read all of her files, we look for mentions of headaches, nosebleeds, nightmares-
Max: Lucas-
Lucas: We identify who's most likely his next victim-
Max: Lucas-
Lucas: We stake out his house-
Max: Lucas, stop! We don't have time for any of that, okay? And even if we did, even if your plan did work, we'd be putting a total stranger at risk. A stranger who has no idea what they're up against. I do. He uses my memories against me. But... only my darkest memories. Same with Chrissy and Fred, right?
Lucas: Right.
Max: It's like he only sees the darkness in us. So... I'll just run in the opposite direction. Run to the light. And... maybe he won't be able to find me there.
Lucas: Now how exactly do you plan on doing this?
Max: I'm not sure. But it's my mind, not his, right? So I should be able to control where I am, I just need to... push him away, find a happy memory and hide there. Hide in the light.
Lucas: You got a memory in mind?
Max: (nods and smiles a little) Yeah. It was a time when I was... happiest.
Lucas: Was... I there?
Max: That's presumptuous of you. (they both laugh a little) But, yeah. Yeah, you might have been there. (they smile at each other)
Lucas: Okay, but the second you start to lift, I'm calling in Kate Bush, alright?
Max: Okay, deal.
Lucas: Deal. (they shake hands)

Will: Can I show you something?
(Mike nods, so Will reaches down and pulls out his rolled-up painting. He hands it to Mike and watches anxiously as Mike unrolls it. Its a a painting of their DND characters, battling a three-headed dragon)
Mike: (smiles) This is amazing. Did you paint this?
Will: Yeah- yeah, I mean- I mean- I mean El... asked me to, she commissioned it basically, I mean she told me what to draw. Anyway, my point is, see how you're leading us here? You're guiding the whole party, inspiring us. T-that's what you do. And see your coat of arms here? It's a heart. And I know it's sort of on the nose b-but that's what holds this whole party together, heart. Because, I mean, without heart, we'd all fall apart. Even El. Especially, El. These past few months she's been so... lost without you. It's just- she's so different from other people. And when you're... when you're different, sometimes.... you feel like a mistake. But you make her feel like she's not a mistake at all, like she's better for being different. And that gives her the courage to fight on. If she was ever mean to you, or if it seemed like she was pushing you away, it's probably just because she's scared of losing you, just like you're scared of losing her. And-and if she was going to lose you, I-I think she'd rather get it over with quick, like ripping off a band-aid. So yeah, El needs you, Mike. And she always will.
Mike: (smiles) Yeah?
Will: (emotional) Yeah. (he turns away and begins silently sobbing, a hand over his mouth)

Chapter Nine: The Piggyback [4.09]


Note: This episode is 2 hours and 19 minutes in length.

Eleven: Max, are you okay?
Max: Huh?
Eleven: Are you okay?
Max: Yeah. Are you... Are you real? Di... Did I make you?
Eleven: I'm real.
Max: How?
Eleven: I piggybacked from a pizza dough freezer.
Max: What?

Eddie: I didn't run away this time, right?
Dustin: No. No, no, no, no. You didn't run.
Eddie: You're gonna have to look after those little sheep for me, okay?
Dustin: No, you're gonna do that yourself!
Eddie: Nah, man. Say, "I'm gonna look after them." Say it.
Dustin: I'm... I'm gonna look after...
Eddie: Good. 'Cause I'm actually gonna graduate. I think it's my year, Henderson. I think it's finally my year. I love you, man.
Dustin: I love you too.

Dustin: [to Eddie's uncle] I wish everyone had gotten to know him. Really know him. Because they would've loved him, Mr. Munson. They would've loved him. Even in the end... he never stopped being Eddie. Despite everything. I never even saw him get mad. He could've run. He could've saved himself. But he fought. He fought and died to protect this town. This town that... hated him. He isn't just innocent... Mr. Munson, he's... he's a hero.

Lucas: [to Jason] I thought I wanted to be like you. Popular. Normal. But it turns out, normal's just a raging psychopath.

Mike: El? I don't know if you can hear this, but... but if you can, I want you to know I'm here, okay? I'm right here. And... I love you. El, do you hear me? I love you. I'm sorry I don't say it more. I... It's not because I'm scared of you. I'm not. I've never felt that way. Never. But I am scared that one day you'll realize you don't need me anymore. And I thought if I said how I felt, it would somehow make that day hurt more. But the truth is, El, I don't know how to live without you. I feel like my life started that day we found you in the woods. You were wearing that yellow Benny's Burgers T-shirt. And it was so big, it almost swallowed you whole. And I knew right then and there, in that moment, that I loved you. And I've loved you every day since. I love you on your good days. I love you on your bad days. I love you with your powers, I love you without your powers. I love you for exactly who you are. You're my superhero. And... I can't lose you. Okay? Do you hear me? I can't lose you. You can do anything. You can fly. You can move mountains. I believe that. I really do. But right now, you just have to fight. Okay? El. Do you hear me? You need to fight! You have to fight. Fight! FIGHT!

Eleven: [to Vecna, about Max] If you touch her again, I will kill you again.

Vecna: All I needed was someone to open the door. And you did that for me. Without even realizing it. Didn't you? And when you did realize, you chose to resist. So I sought a means to open my own doors. I sought... your power. So, don't you see? Once again, you have freed me.
Eleven: No. You don't have to do this. You can still stop this.
Vecna: It is over, Eleven. Your friends have lost. There is nothing... nothing you can do to stop this now. Hawkins will burn and fall. And the rest of this senseless, broken world. And I will be there. I will be there to pick up the pieces when it does. And remake it into something... beautiful. There was a time when I had hoped to have you by my side. But now I just want you to watch.

Max: Lucas...
Lucas: Yes, yes I'm here. I'm here.
Max: I... I can't feel or... see anything.
Lucas: I know. I know. It's okay. We're gonna get you help, okay? Just... Just hold on.
Max: Lucas, I'm scared. I'm so scared. I'm so scared.
Lucas: I know. I know. I know.
Max: I don't wanna die. I'm not ready.
Lucas: You're not gonna die. Hang on.
Max: I don't wanna go! I'm not ready.
Lucas: You're not gonna die! Just hang on! Max. Max! Max! No, no, no, Max. Stay with me. Stay with me! Don't go, Max! Max stay with me. Just look at me, Max. Max, look. No. Stay with me, Max. Hang on. Just hang on. Erica, help! Max? Max? Max? Max? Max, stay with me. Max, stay with me. No! No! Max! Max! Please, stay with me! No! Max! Max!

Eleven: I kept it open. I kept the door open three inches.
Hopper: I know.
Eleven: I never stopped believing.
Hopper: Oh, I know. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay. I'm here. I'm here.

Mike: Let's hope One is dead and rotting.
Will: He's not. Now that I'm here, in Hawkins, I can feel him. And he's hurt. He's hurting. But he's still alive. It's strange, knowing now who it was this whole time, but... I can still remember what he thinks, and how he thinks. And he's not going to stop. Ever. Not until he's taken everything. And everyone. We have to kill him.
Mike: And we will. We will.



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