Cold Open: Dustin brings the Wee Kaiju into his home. Really?! Really?! If you think it crosses anyone’s mind that the Wee Kaiju came from the Upside Down, you’d be wrong. Even though it looks like a Wee Kaiju, Dustin battled the Upside Down, it’s scared of light, and …. I give up.
Hop spends a lot of the episode trying to make amends with El with waffles. We learn that her captivity has been going on for almost a year and SHE IS BORED. There are a series of flashbacks of Hop finding her, taking her into his Uncle’s abandoned cabin, and an amazingly sad house cleaning montage. I love a good montage, but this one made my heart hurt a little. Hop establishes three rules all that involve El being under house arrest. So, she breaks out and goes forth into the village below.
Bob tries to coach Will on facing his fears, which would be good, but here in Monsterville, Indiana – it’s very very bad advice. Then, he goes to school. That’s it.
Mr. Clarke is trying to teach and Dustin busts in bothering everyone and Mr. Clarke tries to roll with it. Of course, he and Cara Buono are marginalized this season and it is awful. Dustin shows all the boys and the Red Haired Girl the Wee Kaiju and no one connects it to the Upside Down for like a while. The Wee Kaiju escapes, they play the gremlins song, and it’s almost watchable. Will doesn’t want the Red Haired Girl to help and she totally crushes on him. El watches on and goes all psycho ex-girlfriend and makes her fall off her skateboard.
Will, you should really consider moving far far away and try not to date another Secular Carrie.
Dustin finds the Wee Kaiju and hides it to keep it safe from the villagers. Dustin — SHAME!!!!
Hop has a mini-quest and tells Paul Reiser that the rot is emanating from the lab and I guess they should check on it.
Nancy spends a lot of the episode talking about herself. Then, she decides to spill the beans to Barb’s parents on an unsecured line. This would be fine except for this: her mom who was all up in her business last season wasn’t even phased that she took Creeper up into her bedroom, with electronic equipment, and during school hours.
Winona also starts to believe Will is seeing a monster.
Will goes into the Upside Down, faces the shadow monster, and gets possessed “Supernatural” style.
All in all this season is like a chewed-on jigsaw puzzle- contrived connections and a gushy mess.