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Stranger Things (2016–) is an American TV show, airing on Netflix, about 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[edit]

Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers [1.01][edit]

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

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

Jim 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 Henderson: Guys, I really think we should turn back.
Lucas Sinclair: Seriously Dustin? You want to be a baby, then go home already!
Dustin Henderson: I'm just being realistic, Lucas!
Lucas Sinclair: No you're being a big sissy!
Dustin Henderson: 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 Wheeler: Dustin shut up…
Dustin Henderson: I'm just saying: does that seem smart to you?
Mike Wheeler: Shut up, shut up... did you guys hear that?
Jim 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][edit]

Chapter Three: Holly Jolly [1.03][edit]

Chapter Four: The Body [1.04][edit]

Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat [1.05][edit]

Jonathan Byers: 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][edit]

Troy : [Holding Dustin at knifepoint] Jump. Or Toothless here gets an early trip to the dentist!
Dustin Henderson: No! N- [he stops talking as Troy holds the blade near his eyes]
Troy: I'll cut him, right now!
Mike Wheeler: Alright, just hold on! Hold on!
Dustin Henderson: 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 Henderson: Mike, don't do it! Seriously, don't do it, man! Seriously, don't.
James: Troy, I don't think this is a good idea, man.
Dustin Henderson: Mike, don't!
Troy: Dentist's office opens in five! Four! Three! Two!
Dustin Henderson: MIKE!
Troy: One!
[Mike steps off the cliff and falls. The three boys race to the edge and look over]
Dustin Henderson: Holy shit.
[Mike is suspended in mid-air, halfway down. As they watch, he suddenly begins rising back up]
Mike Wheeler: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
[He floats over their heads and lands safely on the ground nearby. They hear footsteps and turn to see El walking towards them with a stern look on her face. As Dustin and Mike grin, Troy brandishes his knife at her; El 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, go!
[He and James flee]

Mike Wheeler: El?
Eleven: [crying] Mike... I'm sorry.
Mike Wheeler: Sorry? What are you sorry for?
Eleven: The Gate... I opened it. I'm the Monster.
Mike: [smiles] No. 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]

Chapter Seven: The Bathtub [1.07][edit]

Chapter Eight: The Upside Down [1.08][edit]

Martin Brenner: Six.
Joyce Byers: 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 Byers: 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 Wheeler: 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 Wheeler: Promise.
[There is a loud shriek as the gunfire outside dies down]
Dustin Henderson: Is it... is it dead?
[the door crashes down and the Demogorgon enters the classroom, the lights flickering]
Mike Wheeler: Go, go go go go!!
Dustin Henderson: Get the wrist rocket, get the wrist rocket, now!!
Mike Wheeler: Gogogogogo! Get the rocks, get the rocks, get the rocks!
Dustin Henderson: Getting the rocks!
Lucas Sinclair: Gimme one!
Dustin Henderson: Come on! Fire!
Mike Wheeler: Kill it, kill it!
[Lucas shoots a rock at the Demogorgon and hits it's head, but it only roars with rage]
Lucas Sinclair: Another one!
Dustin Henderson: Kill the bastard! Kill it now!
Mike Wheeler: Kill it! Gogogogogo!
[Lucas fires again, to no effect; the Demogorgon advances on them as Dustin passes Lucas more ammunition]
Dustin Henderson: Get, get, get- come on, kill it, bastard!
Lucas Sinclair: It's not working!
Mike Wheeler: Hit him again! Keep going, keep going!
Dustin Henderson: 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 Wheeler: 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 Wheeler: El?! El?! El!
Lucas Sinclair: Eleven!
Dustin Henderson: Eleven!
Mike Wheeler: [tearful] El! El, where are you?! Eleven? El?

Season Two[edit]

Chapter One: MADMAX [2.01][edit]

Lucas Sinclair: You're just not nimble enough, but you'll get there someday. But until then... [chuckles] Princess Daphne is still mine!
Dustin Henderson: You know, whatever. I'm still tops on "Centipede" and "Dig Dug".
Keith: You sure about that?
Dustin Henderson: 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 Byers: Seven hundred and fifty-one thousand, three hundred points?!
Mike Wheeler: That's impossible!
Dustin Henderson: Who- who's "MADMAX?"
Keith: Better than you.
[Dustin gives him the finger]
Will Byers: Is it you?
Keith: [scoffs] You know I despise "Dig Dug".
Lucas Sinclair: Then who is it?
Dustin Henderson: Yeah, spill it, Keith.
Keith: You want information? Then I need something in return. [grins at Mike]
Mike Wheeler: No. No, no, no, no way! You're not getting a date with her!
Lucas Sinclair: Mike, come on, just get him the date.
Mike Wheeler: I'm not prostituting my sister!
Lucas Sinclair: But it's for a good cause!
Dustin Henderson: 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]
Jim Hopper: [noticing a half-eaten Eggo waffle on the table] Hey, what'd we talk about?
Eleven: [from the next room] No signal.
Jim Hopper: [as he sits down] What?
Eleven: No signal. It's eight-one-five. You're late.
Jim 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.
Jim 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][edit]

[Hopper is cooking breakfast. He turns around and is startled by El wearing a bedsheet over her head.]
Jim Hopper: Oh! Jesus.
Eleven: Ghost.
Jim Hopper: Yeah, I see that.
Eleven: Halloween.
Jim 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.
Jim Hopper: Who wouldn't see you? [sits down]
Eleven: The Bad Men.
Jim Hopper: What are you talking about?
Eleven: Trick or Treat.
Jim 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...
Jim Hopper: Yeah, so you know the answer.
Eleven: No, but they wouldn't see me.
Jim Hopper: Hey, I don't care.
Eleven: But, they...
Jim 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.
Jim Hopper: Exactly. Now you take that off and sit down and eat. [sits down] Your food's getting cold.
[El does so, looking irritated]
Jim 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?"
Jim 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?
Jim Hopper: [nods] Five-fifteen, yeah. Sure.
Eleven: Promise?
Jim Hopper: Yes. I promise.
Eleven: [shrugs, nods] Half-way happy.

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

[Bob dances with Joyce on Halloween]
Bob Newby: You playing Frankenstein to my Dracula? You're stiff as a board; relax.
Joyce Byers: I'm sorry. It's just...
Bob Newby: He's fine, ok? Jonathan's with him.
Joyce Byers: 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 Newby: No, it's not silly. It's not silly. [pause] What if we were to move out of Hawkins? Together?
Joyce Byers: What?
Bob Newby: [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 Byers: Bob...
Bob Newby: No, it's fine; wine makes me crazy.
Joyce Byers: It's just so hard to explain, it's just- this- this is not a normal family.
Bob Newby: Well, it could be. [looks at her encouragingly] Could be.
[Joyce hugs him; the doorbell sounds]
Bob Newby: Finally. [puts in his Dracula fangs and heads for the door] Victims!

Will Byers: [discussing his visions] It's like... like, I'm stuck.
Mike Wheeler: Stuck in the Upside Down?
Will Byers: Well, you know how in a ViewMaster, when it gets, like...
Mike Wheeler: Caught between two slides?
Will Byers: 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 Wheeler: The Demogorgon?
Will Byers: [shakes his head] No. It was like... this huge shadow, in the sky. Only... it was alive... and it was coming for me.
Mike Wheeler: Is this all real? Or is it like the doctors say, all in your head?
Will Byers: I don't know. Just... just please don't tell the others, okay? They won't understand.
Mike Wheeler: Eleven would.
Will Byers: She would?
Mike Wheeler: [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 Byers: Me, too.
Mike Wheeler: Hey, if we're both going crazy, we'll go crazy together, right?
Will Byers: [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 Wheeler: 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 Wheeler: 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][edit]

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

[Dustin shows Mike, Will, Lucas and Max the "pollywog" he found]
Dustin Henderson: His name is D'Artagnan. [picks it up] Cute, right?
Mike Wheeler: "D'Artagnan?"
Dustin Henderson: Dart, for short.
Max Mayfield: And he was in your trash?
Dustin Henderson: Foraging for food. You wanna hold him?
Max Mayfield: No, no.
Dustin Henderson: He doesn't bite.
Max Mayfield: I don't want to. [Dustin drops Dart into her hands] Oh, God, he's slimy!
[She passes Dart to Lucas]
Lucas Sinclair: Ugh, he's like a living booger! [passes Dart to Will]
Will Byers: Oh, God, ugh! [passes Dart to Mike, who stares at it]
Mike Wheeler: What is he?
Dustin Henderson: [grins] My question exactly. At first, I thought it was some type of pollywog.
Max Mayfield: "Pollywog?"
Dustin Henderson: It's another word for tadpole. Tadpole is the larval stage of a toad.
Max Mayfield: I-I know what a tadpole is.
Dustin Henderson: Alright, then you know that most tadpoles are aquatic, right? Well, Dart, he isn't, he doesn't need water.
Lucas Sinclair: Yeah, but aren't there non-aquatic pollywogs?
Dustin Henderson: 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 Mayfield: Maybe some scientists brought it here, and it escaped?
Mike Wheeler: 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 Henderson: 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 Sinclair: So, if he's not a polywog, or a reptile...
Dustin Henderson: 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 Newby: I'm- I'm sorry if I overstepped anything.
Joyce Byers: No! No, you didn't.
Bob Newby: 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 Byers: Yeah.
Bob Newby: With Will, like... I dunno, I feel like we're... connecting.
Joyce Byers: [smiles] He likes you, too.
Bob Newby: [grins] Yeah?
Joyce Byers: Mm-Hmm. I can tell.
Bob Newby: 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 Byers: Your- your what?
Bob Newby: The video camera.
Joyce Byers: Oh!
Bob Newby: 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 Byers: What?
Bob Newby: [nods] They scared him.
Joyce Byers: [angrily] Who were they? Were they the Zimmerman brothers again?
Bob Newby: Um, I don't know. They were wearing masks or sorta makeup, and... maybe. They were the right age.
Joyce Byers: I'll kill them. I swear to God, I will... I will kill them.
Bob Newby: [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 Byers: Yes, it does.

Jim 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.
Jim 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.
Jim 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.
Jim Hopper: What if there's a leak?
Sam Owens: A leak? A leak? [chuckles, shakes his head] No, no, it...
Jim Hopper: I don't know, man, you're the scientist!
Sam Owens: Exactly. And I'm tellin' ya, there's nothing to worry about.
Jim Hopper: Convince me.
Sam Owens: Convince you?
Jim 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.
Jim Hopper: I keep things nice and quiet for you.
Sam Owens: Mm-hmm-
Jim Hopper: And you keep your shit outta my town. That is the deal. I have done my part, now you do yours. Convince me.

Chapter Four: Will the Wise [2.04][edit]

Will Byers: I can't remember.
Joyce Byers: I need you to try.
Will Byers: I- I was on the field. And... it all just went blank. And then... you were there.
Joyce Byers: [shakes her head] Will... I need you to tell me the truth.
Will Byers: I am!
[Joyce brings over a piece of paper with a rough outline of the "Shadow Monster"]
Joyce Byers: 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 Byers: [nods]... Yes.
Joyce Byers: What... what is it?
Will Byers: [tearfully] I don't... know. It's almost... more like a feeling.
Joyce Byers: Like the one you had that night at the arcade?
Will Byers: Yes.
Joyce Byers: Wh-what does it want?
Will Byers: [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 Byers: Well, what does that mean?
Will Byers: I felt it... everywhere. Everywhere. I- I still feel it! I just want this to be over!
Joyce Byers: [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.

Jim Hopper: "Friends don't lie". Isn't that your little bullshit saying? 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.
Jim 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!
Jim Hopper: You put us in danger. You realize that, right?
Eleven: You promised... I'd go! And I never leave! Nothing ever happens!
Jim Hopper: Yeah, nothing happens and you stay SAFE!
Eleven: You LIE!
Jim 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? 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 throws a pack of Eggos waffles out of the freezer] ...and no TV for a week!
[Hopper tries to move the TV, but El holds it in place with her powers]
Jim 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 shakes her head] A month!
Eleven: No!
Jim Hopper: Well, congratulations. You just graduated from no TV for a month, to no TV at all!
[He rips out the power cord]
Eleven: NO! No, no... no! [she tries to fix it]
Jim Hopper: You have got to understand that there are consequences to your actions-
Eleven: YOU are like Papa!
Jim 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!
Jim Hopper: Yeah, well I'm not so crazy about you, either. 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 at her, but she hurls it back with her powers]
Jim 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]
Jim Hopper: Hey! Hey! Open this door! Open this damn door!
[Inside, El sits against the wall, sobbing]
Jim Hopper: 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 crying]

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 Wheeler: "Mistakes?!"
Sam Owens: Yes.
Nancy Wheeler: 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 Wheeler: You mean, without us shutting up?
Sam Owens: [to Jonathan, indicating Nancy] She's tough, this one. You guys been together long?
Jonathan Byers: 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][edit]

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 Newby: [startled] ...Huh. Hmm. [to Will] You drew all these, yourself? [Will and Joyce both nod]... Why, exactly?
Joyce Byers: 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 Wheeler: That's the objective. Find the X.
Bob Newby: Yeah? What's at the X? Pirate treasure? [chuckles]
Joyce Byers: [gives him a look] Bob? No questions.
Bob Newby: 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 Newby: What's the problem? Joyce... Will doesn't look well. You don't look well. What's going on?
Joyce Byers: Nothing! Nothing-
Bob Newby: Is this an episode? Is this one of Will's episodes?
Joyce Byers: No! [scoffs] No, no...
Bob Newby: 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 Byers: What? What is it?
Bob Newby: 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 Sinclair: [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.
Maxine "Max" Mayfield: [sarcastically] Yeah, I mean, I bet. Wow.
Lucas Sinclair: It's crazy, I know.
Maxine Mayfield: It's crazy, but... I really liked it.
Lucas Sinclair: Liked it?
Maxine Mayfield: Yeah. Well, I, I had a few issues.
Lucas Sinclair: [confused] "Issues?"
Maxine Mayfield: I just felt it was a little derivative, in parts, but-
Lucas Sinclair: What are you talking about?
Maxine Mayfield: [sneers] I just wish it had a little more originality, that's all.
Lucas Sinclair: You don't believe me.
Maxine Mayfield: Lucas, come on. Seriously? How gullible do you think I am?
Lucas Sinclair: Why would I make this up?
Maxine Mayfield: I don't know. To impress me, or something? Or, you're just, like... insane.
Lucas Sinclair: [angrily] I tell you all of this! I mean, top-secret stuff! Risking my life! And this is how you react?
Maxine Mayfield: [scoffs] "Risking your life?"
Lucas Sinclair: Oh, so this is funny to you?
Maxine Mayfield: Yeah. I mean... kind of funny. [Lucas glares at her, she gets up] Stupid... but funny.
Lucas Sinclair: Where are you going?
Maxine Mayfield: Story time's over, isn't it? [she walks back into the Arcade, Lucas follows her]
Lucas Sinclair: What's wrong with you? I gave you what you wanted.
Maxine Mayfield: I wanted to be a part of the group, not a part of some joke.
Lucas Sinclair: It's not a joke.
Maxine Mayfield: 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 Sinclair: We have a lot of rules in our party, but the most important is, "Friends don't lie." Never ever, no matter what.
Maxine Mayfield: [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 Sinclair: [sighs] I had to do that. To protect you-
Maxine Mayfield: [angrily] To protect me from who, exactly?! The big, bad government baddies from Hawkins Lab?!
Lucas Sinclair: [glancing around nervously] Lower your voice-
Maxine Mayfield: Or, maybe it was to protect me from the "Demagorgon" from another dimension!
Lucas Sinclair: Max, I'm serious, shut up!
Maxine Mayfield: Oh, no, no, no! You know what it was? It was Eleven, the girl-
Lucas Sinclair: [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?
Maxine Mayfield: [pulls his hand down and stares at him] ... You're serious?
Lucas Sinclair: I really wish I wasn't.
Maxine Mayfield: ...Prove it.
Lucas Sinclair: I can't.
Maxine Mayfield: So, what? I'm just supposed to trust you?
Lucas Sinclair: 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 Wheeler: 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 Wheeler: What are you doing?!
Murray Bauman: Thinking.
Nancy Wheeler: 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 Wheeler: Music? Really?
Murray Bauman: Yes. It helps me... [sets the record in the phonograph]
Jonathan Byers: What, think?

[Murray nods, turns on the phonograph; jazz begins playing as he walks around the room.]

Nancy Wheeler: [skeptically] How long is this gonna take?
Murray Bauman: Longer, if you keep talking.
Nancy Wheeler: 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 Byers: 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 Byers: "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 Wheeler: That's why we made the tape!
Murray Bauman: Oh, that's easy to bury. Easy!
Nancy Wheeler: 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 Wheeler: 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 Byers: This is ridiculous.
Murray Bauman:... That's it. That's it!
Nancy Wheeler: 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 Byers: 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 Wheeler: 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 Wheeler: 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][edit]

Steve Harrington: 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 Henderson: Alright, that's grossly oversimplifying things
Steve Harrington: I mean, why would a girl like some nasty slug, anyway?
Dustin Henderson: An inter-dimensional slug?! Because it's awesome.
Steve Harrington: 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 Henderson: Well, not everyone can have your perfect hair, alright?!
Steve Harrington: It's not about the hair, man. The key with girls is just... acting like you don't care.
Dustin Henderson: Even if you do?
Steve Harrington: Yeah, exactly. Drives 'em nuts.
Dustin Henderson: Then what?
Steve Harrington: You just wait, until uh... until you feel it. [elbows him]
Dustin Henderson: Feel what?
Steve Harrington: 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 Henderson: Oh, like in the electromagnetic field, with the clouds in the atmosphere-
Steve Harrington: No, no, no, no, no. Like a, like a sexual electricity.
Dustin Henderson: Oh.
Steve Harrington: You feel that, and then you make your move.
Dustin Henderson: So that's when you kiss her?
Steve Harrington: No, whoa, whoa! Slow down, Romeo.
Dustin Henderson: Sorry.
Steve Harrington: 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 Henderson: What type is Nancy?
Steve Harrington: [shortly] Nancy's different. She's different than the other girls.
Dustin Henderson: Yeah, she seems pretty special, I guess.
Steve Harrington: Yeah. Yeah, she is.
Dustin Henderson: But... this girl's special too, you know? It's just, like... something about her.
Steve Harrington: Whoa whoa whoa, hey. You're not falling in love with this girl, are you?
Dustin Henderson: No, no.
Steve Harrington: Okay, good. Don't.
Dustin Henderson: I won't.
Steve Harrington: She's only gonna break your heart, and you're way too young for that shit.

Chief 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][edit]

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][edit]

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.
Jim Hopper: What do you mean?
Sam Owens: The locks are fail secure.
Joyce Byers: "Fail secure?"
Sam Owens: If there's a power outage, the building goes on full lockdown.
Bob Newby: Can it be unlocked remotely?
Sam Owens: With a computer, sure, but somebody's gotta re-set the breakers.
Jim Hopper: Where are the breakers?
Sam Owens: Breakers are in the basement, three floors down.
[Hopper heads for the door]
Bob Newby: Hey, where are you going?
Jim Hopper: To reset the breakers.
Bob Newby: Okay, then what?
Jim Hopper: Then we get the Hell out of here.
Bob Newby: 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.
Jim Hopper: Fine, how do I do that?
Bob Newby: You can't! Not unless you know BASIC.
Jim Hopper: I don't know what that means.
Mike Wheeler: It's a computer-program language.
Jim Hopper: Alright, teach it to me.
Bob Newby: [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 Newby: Okay... I got this. I got this.
Joyce Byers: No, Bob.
Bob Newby: It's okay. [hugs her] It's gonna be okay. Remember: Bob Newby, superhero.

Mike Wheeler: Did you guys know that Bob was the original founder of Hawkins AV Club?
Lucas Sinclair: Really?
Mike Wheeler: 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 Henderson: Yeah.
Mike Wheeler: We can't let him die in vain.
Dustin Henderson: 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 Mayfield: "Demo-dogs?"
Dustin Henderson: Demogorgon, dogs. Demo-dogs. It's like a compound, it's like a play on words-
Max Mayfield: Okay.
Dustin Henderson: I mean, when it was just Dart, maybe.
Lucas Sinclair: But there's an army now.
Dustin Henderson: Precisely.
Mike Wheeler: His army.
Steve Harrington: What do you mean?
Mike Wheeler: [holding up the drawing of the Shadow Monster] His army! Maybe if we stop him, we can stop his army too.

Joyce Byers: [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 Byers: [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 Wheeler: 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 Byers: 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 Byers: [as the Shadow Monster] Let me go.
[Hopper notices that Will's finger-tapping is Morse Code]

Chapter Nine: The Gate [2.09][edit]

Mike Wheeler: Eleven?
Jane Ives/Eleven: Mike?!
[They embrace tearfully]
Max Mayfield: Is that...
[Lucas and Dustin nod, both staring at Eleven]
Mike Wheeler: 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 Wheeler: Why didn't you tell me you were there? That you were okay?
Jim Hopper: Because I wouldn't let her. [to Eleven] The Hell is this? Where you been?
Jane Ives/Eleven: Where've you been?!
[She and Hopper embrace]
Mike Wheeler: You've been hiding her. You've been hiding her this whole time!

Jim Hopper: So what, we're just not gonna talk about it, huh?
Jane Ives/Eleven: About what?
Jim 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.
Jim Hopper: Okay. How'd you get there?
Jane Ives/Eleven: A truck.
Jim Hopper: "A truck?"
Jane Ives/Eleven: A big truck.
Jim Hopper: "A big truck?" Whose truck was it?
Jane Ives/Eleven: A man's.
Jim Hopper: A man's?
Jane Ives/Eleven: A nice man.
Jim 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.
Jim 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?"
Jim 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?
Jim Hopper: Sarah? Sarah's my girl. [looks at her] She's my little girl.
Jane Ives/Eleven: Where is she?
Jim Hopper: Well, that's kinda the thing, kid. She, uh... well, she left us.
Jane Ives/Eleven: Gone.
Jim 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.
Jim Hopper: [chuckles] Yeah... stupid. Just really stupid.
[Eleven squeezes his hand]
Jane Ives/Eleven: I've been stupid, too.
Jim 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'.
Jim Hopper: Okay, sure. [smiles] "Bitchin'".

Sam Owens: Chief-o!
Jim 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.
Jim 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.
Jim Hopper: I thought...
Sam Owens: Sometimes, I impress even myself. Still, I'd let things cool off for a while, if I were you.
Jim Hopper: How long's a while?
Sam Owens: You wanna be safe, I'd give it a year.
Jim Hopper: A year? [he takes the sandwich and bites into it] What about one night out?
Sam Owens: One night?
Jim 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 Wheeler: Hey.
Dustin Henderson: Hey.
Nancy Wheeler: [offers her hand] Wanna dance?
Dustin Henderson: What?
Nancy Wheeler: Come on, let's go. Here. [she puts his hands on her waist] Mm-hm. Closer.
[Dustin hesitantly moves closer]
Nancy Wheeler: [smiles] A little closer. Okay. Now, feel the music, the rhythm. Start to move to it... Yeah, there.
Dustin Henderson: Good?
Nancy Wheeler: That's good, yeah. You know, out of all my brother's friends... you're my favorite. You've always been my favorite.
Dustin Henderson: [grins] Really?
Nancy Wheeler: Yeah.
[They glance at the girls who rejected Dustin, who are staring at them]
Nancy Wheeler: Girls this age are... dumb. But, you give 'em a few years... and they'll wise up. You're gonna drive 'em nuts.
Dustin Henderson: You think so?
Nancy Wheeler: Oh, I know so.

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


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