Cold Open: Reunited and it feels so good….Reunited… Yep, El is back in the arms of Mike whom she’ll rip in half when she catches him cheating with some rando floozy in college. But for now, Reunited and it feels so good….. Mike is all pissed at Hop and they end up hugging. Awwww. El meets Max and doesn’t shake her hand. Max is in a tough spot: on the one hand she has a psycho Carrie-esque whack job who wants to explode her and the other is a terrible trash household. Poor Max. They believe El can close the gate, but there are 100s of Demagorgans in their way.
Cara Buono is taking a bubble bath and Ted is asleep downstairs. Ted, you are sad…sad man. Then, Mullet-Guy arrives and flirts with Cara Buono and I just had flashbacks to my High School years. They weren’t all bad.
They are planning on taking El to close the gate. They take E-Will to the cabin to burn the evil out of E-Will. Later, Steve easily breaks up with Nancy. Pretty Awesome!
Hop and El do some catching up and Hop explains that he feels like some kind of a black hole, sucking up everything and destroying it – I can relate. They head into the distance to the Castle…. I mean government facility. There’s a brief moment where Dustin gets Steve to put the Demagorgan into the fridge because I suppose they want to make stock later…. Pro Tip: Low and Slow with lots of sage!
Steve and the gang decide to head into the caves to enter the lab …. Well, about Team Steve….. Mullet-Guy arrives and decides to beat up Lucas. Then, he beats up Steve….A LOT, until Max puts a dart in his neck and Steve remains knocked out on the floor. Poor Steve.
Joyce, Creeper, and Nancy arrive at the cabin and try to cook the monster out of E-Will. He gets some black veins and tries to strangle his mom to stop the purification.
The Lab: El and Hop arrive to do battle. They find Reiser and he’s dying. They go down further and arrive at the opening. Hop goes in and shoots a bunch of Demagorgons.
Meanwhile: Steve leads the way down the caves. There’s a bit of comic relief and they find the center of the caves and drench it in gasoline and torch it.
It’s all very smash cut!!!
The shadow leaves E-will and goes into the sky.
El and Hop go down into the bowels of the gate and face off against the Shadow Monster.
Dustin meets up with Dart again….Reunited and it feels so good….
El tries again to shut down the shadow monster’s gate, channeling her anger. El digs deep and focuses her rage. I would just think of the Seahawks v Patriots….Just give the ball to Marshawn for Pete’s SAKE!!!!! El wins! We Win! The gate is closed and the shadow monster is dead. Woohoo!
The Lab is all locked up, shut down, and the government got embarrassed by the Bearded Creeper in the Bathrobe…yep that one.
Reiser got Hop a birth certificate for El. The show ends with a prom of sorts and Creeper is videotaping. I really hope no one looks on the other tapes. YIPE!
The prom is hopping. Man, they must have quite the budget! Time After Time plays and Lucas and Max dance. Dustin gets shot down….A LOT! It’s alright, Dustin. Nancy dances with him. Hey Dustin, she has pretty low standards lately; you might have a shot.
The parents: Hop and Joyce hug quietly outside reminiscing and grieving the ones they lost.
El and Mike dance to The Police’s stalker song- I’ll be watching you. Everyone gets kissed, except for Dustin. The school spins upside down with the Shadow Monster looking down. Maybe, it’s the Shadow Monster’s turn to be Nancy’s Boyfriend.
So, Gentle Readers….Thus concludes another Stranger Things season. I’ll keep writing more in 2018 and not just in the fall. This has been a lot of fun and very cathartic for me. Cheers and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! HAPPY HANUKKAH! And, I’ll even give a good year….this time.