Cold Open: Mike cleans off El’s face. She touches her head where the wig once was; the wig that made her a little normal and not a lab rat. “Still pretty?” She asks. Mike, “Really pretty.” They are about to kiss when Dustin interrupts. At least it wasn’t because he found a unopened box of Twinkies. They hear shouting on the walkie talkie. It’s Lucas. Lucas has decided F-This. How did I end up in this situation?! And, how come we never see my or Dustin’s parents? Did the monster eat them? Lucas is peddling as fast as he can … If he’s smart, to Iowa and away from this horrible situation. Lucas continues to shout into the walkie and finally warns his friends. The boys see the Hawkins vans outside of Mike’s house and decide to flee.
El sees her “Papa” Evil Modine approach Mike’s home. They bike in a hurry to escape and immediately run into Lucas. They are together and cornered- vans in front, vans behind them. Pro tip: Nobody puts El in a corner because she will f#cking kill you. El’s response to being cornered is launching the Hawkings van into the air and hurling it toward the pursuers behind her. They escape to the junkyard and everyone makes up.
Hop and Joyce arrive at the station. Joyce is hysterical. The deputies tell Hop that they need to show him something. They show Hop Creeper’s trunk. It is filled with monster hunting stuff. Hop confronts Creeper and Creeper tries to give Hop some lip. Really, Creeper?! Really?! Chief Hopper makes Jason Bourne look like Rick Moranis.
Mike’s House: Karen is looking for Mike and finds what looks like a kid’s nest. Then, she finds a tuft of long blonde hair, which must cause her to wonder- Are all of my kids having sex in my house?! Doorbell rings. It’s Modine, Evil Modine! He proceeds to home invade Karen’s home without a warrant. Henchlady tries to question Karen and fails. Nebish Dad uses this time to call his son a wuss. Evil Modine uses his eeeeeeevil powers of persuasion to get Karen cooperate. When he says, “Will you trust me?” I got the heebie jeebies. Shudders.
At the station, Hop learns from Nancy and Creeper that the creature is drawn by blood. The World Smallest Bully’s mom demands an apology. Hop learns that El is with the boys and is all kinds of superpowered.
Convenience Store: Steve loses his shitty friends and we learn it was his awful guy friend who did the spray painting.
Nancy and Hop are overlooking her home. She wants to confront Evil Modine. Hop shows Nancy that the government hasn’t found the boys yet because helicopters are still circling. Creeper tells them that he might be able to communicate with the boys. They go to Joyce’s house and Nancy is the first to look at the lights and say- WHOA! Yep, we’re in Crazytown, Indiana. Hop gets the boys to give up their location.
The Vandalized Movie Theater: Steve’s heart grows three sizes that day and he tries to make amends by cleaning off the marquee his friend defaced.
Junkyard: Modine’s goons approach the bus that is hiding the boys and El. Hop quickly dispatches them.
Joyce’s house: The Boys, El, Hop, Joyce, and Creeper are all together discussing their next move as one tribe. El tries and fails to use her mojo to find Will. They decide to make a bathtub deprivation tank.
Mr. Clark’s house: He is watching a cinematic masterpiece, The Thing, with a waaaay Hot Asian Lady. Mr. Clark, I tip my hat to you Sir. You be you. Dustin calls Mr. Clark- the most patient man alive- pumps him for DIY sensory deprivation tank information and then hangs up. Dustin, you’re being a dick.
They get the bath ready and El goes into the black world of the Inbetween. She finds a rotting Barb with monster slugs leaving her. Dear Everyone in the World, stop asking about Barb. She’s a rotting incubator for Vampire Monsters. That is all. El finds Castle Byers in the upside down. She comforts Will.
Hop and Joyce go off to Evil Modine’s Government Facility and are rapidly captured.
The Upside Down: The Monster destroys Castle Byers and takes Will to turn him into an incubator for monsters.
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