Cold Open: The Evil Vines cover up the entrance Hop dug and he is trapped. He leaves a trail of cigarette butts for himself or someone. Then, the evil caves puff out some knock gas and Hop is on his back.
Nancy and Creeper get a room together and it’s more boring than awkward.
Hop wakes up and makes a quasi-gas mask and goes spelunking- Bad Idea #1.
There’s a subplot where Louis gets advice from his dad about girls and he tries to explain to Max last years events. It’s kinda boring. For the completists, Louis contrives a meeting with Max to explain all last year’s jazz.
There is a moment where Mullet Guy kinda comes on to Steve in the shower (At least, that’s how it came across to me). Who knows, maybe Steve and Mullet guy will find love? Honestly, it would be the first unpredictable twist of the season. I hope those crazy guys make it work! Steve, I get that you’re really into Nancy, but she’s in a motel room with Creeper. You could do worse than Mullet Guy. He works out and is a work in progress with great hair!
Dylan lures the teenage Demimoorgorgan into the storm cellar with baloney and it’s actually kinda scary.
Nancy and Creeper arrive at The Crank’s home. There are cameras outside and he opens the door in a t-shirt, robe, and I’m certain dirty underwear. They go into his lair to talk- Bad Idea #2. They enter for some reason and he even has a steel door creeper room. REALLY?! REALLY?! They play the tape Nancy made of Reiser totally incriminating the lab and they come up with a mediocre plan to discredit the lab and create a scandal not mentioning the monsters. That should work.
Bob stops by Joyce’s home and she creates excuses to keep him from coming in, but decides – Why not let him see my crazy house? He’s gonna find out we’re all nuts anyway and he’s into puzzles. He takes a couple of minutes to absorb in all the crazy- You did these drawings? Why…. exactly? BEST LINES OF THE SERIES!!!!
Bob realizes: 1) the vines are a map of the town. 2) the vines are hydrophobic. E-Will trips out and sees Hop is in trouble. Yep, Hop is enveloped by the vines and it appears to be the end of our intrepid Sheriff.
El gets to her Aunt, meets her catatonic mom, and realizes just how much her mom has gone crazy. There is no there there, or so it seems. Her mom indicates that she is ready to communicate with some flickering lights. El goes into the imbetween and her mother show’s El: her birth, her abduction, another psychic playmate, a botched rescue, her mother’s ECT treatment by Evil Modine, and tonight’s winning lotto numbers- guess the fake!!!!
Bob creates a map to scale to find Hop with coordinates divined from E-Will’s drawings. Pretty cool, Hop was last season’s breakout- this year is All About Bob!!!
Evil Reiser learns that the Hawkins soil is ALIVE!!!!!! That’s pretty much it for him this episode.
Bob figures out Hop’s rough location and is amazed they bring him along to help. Awwwww. E-Will, Mike, Joyce, and Bob are looking for Hop and E-Will goes into his head and says to make a right. Joyce and Bob arrive at the cave entrance for Hop and Bob doesn’t seem phased that he’s going into another dimension. Good for you, Bob! Thanks for taking this in stride. They rescue Hop. The vines are about to overtake our trio, but the government arrives with flamethrowers and start burning the vines, sending E-Will into a painful seizure.
Steve and Dylan are paired up to deal with the teenage Demimoorgorgan, but it’s escaped!!!! WHA?!!! It has broken out into the evil caves and is now loose in our world. Dylan, this is 100% your fault! You are the biggest bad idea of them all! – Bad Idea #3.
This episode wasn’t too bad. People acted kinda stupidly as is usual this season, but at least Bob acted as a counter-weight to all the dumbassery. Cheers!!!