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 ==
=== Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers [1.01] ===
Mike: Something's coming. Something hungry for blood. A shadow grows on the wall behind you, swallowing you in darkness. It is almost here.
Will: It was a seven. The roll, it was a seven. The demogorgon - it got me. See you tomorrowHopper: Flo, Flo, we've discussed this, mornings are for coffee and contemplation.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: Guys, I really think we should turn back.
Lucas: Seriously Dustin? You want to be a baby, then go home already!
Dustin: I'm just being realistic, Lucas!
Lucas: No you're being a big sissy!
Dustin: 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: Dustin shut up…
Dustin: I'm just saying: does that seem smart to you?
Mike: Shut up, shut up... did you guys hear that?
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.
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] ===
Dustin: [to Eleven] We never would've upset you if we knew you had superpowers.
=== Chapter Three: Holly Jolly [1.03] ===
Dustin: Why do we need weapons? We have her.Lucas : She shut ONE door!!!
Dustin: With her mind!
=== Chapter Four: The Body [1.04] ===
Jonathan: People don't say what they're really thinking.
=== Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat [1.05] ===
Jonathan: 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] ===
Troy : [Holding Dustin at knife point] Jump. Or Toothless here gets an early trip to the dentist!
Dustin: No! N- [he stops talking as Troy holds the blade near his eyes]
Troy: I'll cut him, right now!
Mike: Alright, just hold on! Hold on!
Dustin: 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: Mike, don't do it! Don't do it, Mike!
James: Troy, I don't think this is a good idea, man.
Dustin: Mike, don't!
Troy: Dentist's office opens in five! Four! Three! Two!
[Mike steps off the cliff and falls. The three boys race to the edge and look over]
Dustin: Holy shit.
[Mike is suspended in mid-air, halfway down. As they watch, he suddenly begins rising back up]
Mike: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
[He floats over their heads and lands safely on the ground nearby. They hear footsteps and turn to see Eleven walking towards them with a stern look on her face. As Dustin and Mike grin, Troy brandishes his knife at her; Eleven 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!
Eleven: [coldly] Go.
Troy: Let's get outta here! Let's go!
[He and James run away and trip as they leave]
Dustin: [gleefully] YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT! YOU BETTER RUN! SHE'S OUR FRIEND AND SHE'S CRAZY! YOU COME BACK HERE, AND SHE'LL KILL YOU!Mike: El?
Eleven: [crying] Mike... I'm sorry.
Mike: Sorry? What are you sorry for?
Eleven: The Gate... I opened it. I'm the monster.
Mike: [smiles] 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] ===
=== Chapter Eight: The Upside Down [1.08] ===
Martin Brenner: Six.
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: 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: 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?
[There is a loud shriek as the gunfire outside dies down]
Dustin: Is it... is it dead?
[the door crashes down and the Demogorgon enters the classroom, the lights flickering]
Mike: Go, go go go go!!
Dustin: Get the wrist rocket, get the wrist rocket, now!!
Mike: Gogogogogo! Get the rocks, get the rocks, get the rocks!
Dustin: Getting the rocks!
Lucas: Gimme one!
Dustin: Come on! Fire!
Mike: Kill it, kill it!
[Lucas shoots a rock at the Demogorgon and hits it's head, but it only roars with rage]
Lucas: Another one!
Dustin: Kill the bastard! Kill it now!
Mike: Kill it! Gogogogogo!
[Lucas fires again, to no effect; the Demogorgon advances on them as Dustin passes Lucas more ammunition]
Dustin: Get, get, get- come on, kill it, bastard!
Lucas: It's not working!
Mike: Hit him again! Keep going, keep going!
Dustin: 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: 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: El?! El?! El!
Mike: [tearful] El! El, where are you?! Eleven? El?
== Season Two ==
=== Chapter One: MADMAX [2.01] ===
Lucas: You're just not nimble enough, but you'll get there someday. But until then... [chuckles] Princess Daphne is still mine!
Dustin: You know, whatever. I'm still tops on "Centipede" and "Dig Dug".
Keith: You sure about that?
Dustin: 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: Seven hundred and fifty-one thousand, three hundred points?!
Mike: That's impossible!
Dustin: Who- who's "MADMAX?"
Keith: Better than you.
[Dustin gives him the finger]
Will: Is it you?
Keith: [scoffs] You know I despise "Dig Dug".
Lucas: Then who is it?
Dustin: Yeah, spill it, Keith.
Keith: You want information? Then I need something in return. [grins at Mike]
Mike: No. No, no, no, no way! You're not getting a date with her!
Lucas: Mike, come on, just get him the date.
Mike: I'm not prostituting my sister!
Lucas: But it's for a good cause!
Dustin: 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!
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.
Both: MADMAX![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]
Hopper: [noticing a half-eaten Eggo waffle on the table] Hey, what'd we talk about?
Eleven: [from the next room] No signal.
Hopper: [as he sits down] What?
Eleven: No signal. It's eight-one-five. You're late.
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.
Hopper: Now, what'd we talk about? Dinner first, then dessert. Always. That's a rule, yeah?
=== Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak [2.02] ===
[Hopper is cooking breakfast. He turns around and is startled by El wearing a bedsheet over her head.]
Hopper: Ahhhh! Jesus.
Hopper: Yeah, I see that.
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.
Hopper: Who wouldn't see you? [sits down]
Eleven: The Bad Men.
Hopper: What are you talking about?
Eleven: Trick or Treat.
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...
Hopper: Yeah, so you know the answer.
Eleven: No, but they wouldn't see me.
Hopper: Hey, I don't care.
Eleven: But, they...
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.
Hopper: Exactly. Now you take that off and sit down and eat. [sits down] Your food's getting cold.
[El does so, looking irritated]
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?
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?
Hopper: [nods] Five-fifteen, yeah. Sure.
Hopper: Yes. I promise.
Eleven: [shrugs, nods] Half-way happy.Billy: God, this place is such a shithole.
Max: It's not that bad.
Billy: No? [buzzes down the window and holds his nose] Mmm, you smell that, Max? That's actually shit. Cow shit!
Max: I don't see any cows. [buzzes the window up again]
Billy: Clearly, you haven't met the high school girls. So what, you like it here now?
Billy: Then why are you defending it?
Max: I'm not.
Billy: Sure sounds like it.
Max: It's just, we're stuck here, so...
Billy: Mm, you're right. We're stuck here. [glares at her] And whose fault is that?
Max: [under her breath] Yours.
Billy: What'd you say?
Billy: Did you say it's my fault?
Billy: 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: Really, everyone dressed up last year.
Max: Billy, slow down.
Billy: Oh, these your new ape-friends?
Max: No! No, I don't know them.
Billy: 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: No, Billy, stop, it's not funny.
[Dustin notices Billy closing in on them]
Dustin: Uh, guys...!
[They all try desperately to outrun Billy]
Max: Billy, come on, stop! This isn't funny! Stop!
Mike: Go, go, go, go!
Max: BILLY, STOP IT!
Dustin: Oh, shitshitshitshitshit!
[Max yanks the steering wheel; at the last minute, Billy's car swerves into the other lane, barely missing the boys]
Billy: [laughs maniacally] WHOOO! That was a close one, huh?!
Dustin: Was that...
Lucas: Madmax![Bob dances with Joyce on Halloween]
Bob: You playing Frankenstein to my Dracula? You're stiff as a board; relax.
Joyce: I'm sorry. It's just...
Bob: He's fine, ok? Jonathan's with him.
Joyce: 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: No, it's not silly. It's not silly. [pause] What if we were to move out of Hawkins? Together?
Bob: [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.
Bob: No, it's fine; wine makes me crazy.
Joyce: It's just so hard to explain, it's just- this- this is not a normal family.
Bob: Well, it could be. [looks at her encouragingly] Could be.
[Joyce hugs him; the doorbell sounds]
Bob: Finally. [puts in his Dracula fangs and heads for the door] Victims!Will: [discussing his visions] It's like... like, I'm stuck.
Mike: Stuck in the Upside Down?
Will: Well, you know how in a ViewMaster, when it gets, like...
Mike: Caught between two slides?
Will: 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: The Demogorgon?
Will: [shakes his head] No. It was like... this huge shadow, in the sky. Only... it was alive... and it was coming for me.
Mike: Is this all real? Or is it like the doctors say, all in your head?
Will: I don't know. Just... just please don't tell the others, okay? They won't understand.
Mike: Eleven would.
Will: She would?
Mike: [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: Me, too.
Mike: Hey, if we're both going crazy, we'll go crazy together, right?
Will: [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: 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.]
[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] ===
[In a flashback, as Hopper and El set up the defenses around the cabin]
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]
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]
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]
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: What are you doing here?
Nancy: What do you think? Where were you this morning?! I missed first period!
Steve: I figured Jonathan would take you.
Nancy: What are you talking about?
Steve: Jesus, you really can't handle your alcohol. Uh... you remember going to Tina's party last night, right?
Steve: Okay, and then what?
Nancy: I... remember dancing, and... spilling some punch, you got mad at me because I was drunk and then you took me home.
Steve: No. Yeah, see, that's where your mind gets a little fuzzy. That was your other boyfriend, that was-- that was Jonathan.
Nancy: I don't understand.
Steve: It's pretty simple, Nancy; you were just telling it like it is.
Steve: 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: I was drunk, Steve! I don't remember any of that!
Steve: So that makes everything you said just what, just bullshit too?!
Steve: Well then tell me!
Nancy: Tell you what?!
Steve: You love me!
Classmate: Harrington! Dude, we need you, man; that douchebag's killing us! Let's go!
Steve: All right!
Classmate: Come on!
[Steve stares at Nancy; when she doesn't answer, he walks away]
Steve: I think that you're bullshit.[Dustin shows Mike, Will, Lucas and Max the "pollywog" he found]
Dustin: His name is D'Artagnan. [picks it up] Cute, right?
Dustin: Dart, for short.
Max: And he was in your trash?
Dustin: Foraging for food. You wanna hold him?
Max: No, no.
Dustin: He doesn't bite.
Max: I don't want to. [Dustin drops Dart into her hands] Oh, God, he's slimy!
[She passes Dart to Lucas]
Lucas: Ugh, he's like a living booger! [passes Dart to Will]
Will: Oh, God, ugh! [passes Dart to Mike, who stares at it]
Mike: What is he?
Dustin: [grins] My question exactly. At first, I thought it was some type of pollywog.
Dustin: It's another word for tadpole. Tadpole is the larval stage of a toad.
Max: I-I know what a tadpole is.
Dustin: Alright, then you know that most tadpoles are aquatic, right? Well, Dart, he isn't, he doesn't need water.
Lucas: Yeah, but aren't there non-aquatic pollywogs?
Dustin: 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: Maybe some scientists brought it here, and it escaped?
Mike: 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: 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: So, if he's not a polywog, or a reptile...
Dustin: 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: I'm- I'm sorry if I overstepped anything.
Joyce: No! No, you didn't.
Bob: 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...
Bob: With Will, like... I dunno, I feel like we're... connecting.
Joyce: [smiles] He likes you, too.
Bob: [grins] Yeah?
Joyce: Mm-Hmm. I can tell.
Bob: 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: Your- your what?
Bob: The video camera.
Bob: 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.
Bob: [nods] They scared him.
Joyce: [angrily] Who were they? Were they the Zimmerman brothers again?
Bob: Um, I don't know. They were wearing masks or sorta makeup, and... maybe. They were the right age.
Joyce : I'll kill them. I swear to God, I will... I will kill them.
Bob: [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: Yes, it does.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.
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.
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.
Hopper: What if there's a leak?
Sam Owens: A leak? A leak? [chuckles, shakes his head] No, no, it...
Hopper: I don't know, man, you're the scientist!
Sam Owens: Exactly. And I'm tellin' ya, there's nothing to worry about.
Hopper: Convince me.
Sam Owens: Convince you?
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.
Hopper: I keep things nice and quiet for you.
Sam Owens: Mm-hmm-
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] ===
Will: I can't remember.
Joyce: I need you to try.
Will: I- I was on the field. And... it all just went blank. And then... you were there.
Joyce: [shakes her head] Will... I need you to tell me the truth.
Will: I am!
[Joyce brings over a piece of paper with a rough outline of the "Shadow Monster"]
Joyce: 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: [nods]... Yes.
Joyce: What... what is it?
Will: [tearfully] I don't... know. It's almost... more like a feeling.
Joyce: Like the one you had that night at the arcade?
Joyce: Wh-what does it want?
Will: [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: Well, what does that mean?
'Will: I felt it... everywhere. Everywhere. I- I still feel it! I just want this to be over!
Joyce: [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.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.
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!
Hopper: You put us in danger. You realize that, right?
Eleven: You promised... I'd go! And I never leave! Nothing ever happens!
Hopper: Yeah, nothing happens and you stay SAFE!
Eleven: You LIE!
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]
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!
Hopper: Well, congratulations. You just graduated from no TV for a month, to no TV at all!
[He rips the power cord in two]
Eleven: NO! No, no... no! [she tries to fix it]
Hopper: You have got to understand that there are consequences to your actions-
Eleven: YOU are like Papa!
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!
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 to her, but she slams it into him with her powers]
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]
Hopper: Hey! Hey! Open this door! Open this damn door!
[Inside, El sits against the wall, sobbing]
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.
Sam Owens: Yes.
Nancy: 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: You mean, without us shutting up?
Sam Owens: [to Jonathan, indicating Nancy] She's tough, this one. You guys been together long?
Jonathan: 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] ===
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: [startled] ...Huh. Hmm. [to Will] You drew all these, yourself? [Will and Joyce both nod]... Why, exactly?
Joyce: 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: That's the objective. Find the X.
Bob: Yeah? What's at the X? Pirate treasure? [chuckles]
Joyce: [gives him a look] Bob? No questions.
Bob: 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: What's the problem? Joyce... Will doesn't look well. You don't look well. What's going on?
Joyce: Nothing! Nothing-
Bob: Is this an episode? Is this one of Will's episodes?
Joyce: No! [scoffs] No, no...
Bob: 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: What? What is it?
Bob: 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 naturally...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: [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.
Max: [sarcastically] Yeah, I mean, I bet. Wow.
Lucas: It's crazy, I know.
Max: It's crazy, but... I really liked it.
Lucas: Liked it?
Max: Yeah. Well, I, I had a few issues.
Lucas: [confused] "Issues?"
Max: I just felt it was a little derivative, in parts, but-
Lucas: What are you talking about?
Max: [sneers] I just wish it had a little more originality, that's all.
Lucas: You don't believe me.
Max: Lucas, come on. Seriously? How gullible do you think I am?
Lucas: Why would I make this up?
Max: I don't know. To impress me, or something? Or, you're just, like... insane.
Lucas: [angrily] I tell you all of this! I mean, top-secret stuff! Risking my life! And this is how you react?
Max: [scoffs] "Risking your life?"
Lucas: Oh, so this is funny to you?
Max: Yeah. I mean... kind of funny. [Lucas glares at her, she gets up] Stupid... but funny.
Lucas: Where are you going?
Max: Story time's over, isn't it? [she walks back into the Arcade, Lucas follows her]
Lucas: What's wrong with you? I gave you what you wanted.
Max: I wanted to be a part of the group, not a part of some joke.
Lucas: It's not a joke.
Max: 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: We have a lot of rules in our party, but the most important is, "Friends don't lie." Never ever, no matter what.
Max: [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: [sighs] I had to do that. To protect you-
Max: [angrily] To protect me from who, exactly?! The big, bad government baddies from Hawkins Lab?!
Lucas: [glancing around nervously] Lower your voice-
Max: Or, maybe it was to protect me from the "Demagorgon" from another dimension!
Lucas: Max, I'm serious, shut up!
Max: Oh, no, no, no! You know what it was? It was Eleven, the girl-
Lucas: [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?
Max: [pulls his hand down and stares at him] ... You're serious?
Lucas: I really wish I wasn't.
Max: ...Prove it.
Lucas: I can't.
Max: So, what? I'm just supposed to trust you?
Lucas: 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: 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: What are you doing?!
Murray Bauman: Thinking.
Nancy: 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: Music? Really?
Murray Bauman: Yes. It helps me... [sets the record in the phonograph]
Jonathan: What, think?
[Murray nods, turns on the phonograph; jazz begins playing as he walks around the room.]
Nancy: [skeptically] How long is this gonna take?
Murray Bauman: Longer, if you keep talking.
Nancy: 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: 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.
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: That's why we made the tape!
Murray Bauman: Oh, that's easy to bury. Easy!
Nancy: 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: 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: This is ridiculous.
Murray Bauman:... That's it. That's it!
Nancy: 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: 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: 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: 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] ===
Steve: 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: Alright, that's grossly oversimplifying things
Steve: I mean, why would a girl like some nasty slug, anyway?
Dustin: An inter-dimensional slug?! Because it's awesome.
Steve: 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: Well, not everyone can have your perfect hair, alright?!
Steve: It's not about the hair, man. The key with girls is just... acting like you don't care.
Dustin: Even if you do?
Steve: Yeah, exactly. Drives 'em nuts.
Dustin: Then what?
Steve: You just wait, until uh... until you feel it. [elbows him]
Dustin: Feel what?
Steve: 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: Oh, like in the electromagnetic field, with the clouds in the atmosphere-
Steve: No, no, no, no, no. Like a, like a sexual electricity.
Steve: You feel that, and then you make your move.
Dustin: So that's when you kiss her?
Steve: No, whoa, whoa! Slow down, Romeo.
Steve: 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: What type is Nancy?
Steve: [shortly] Nancy's different. She's different than the other girls.
Dustin: Yeah, she seems pretty special, I guess.
Steve: Yeah. Yeah, she is.
Dustin: But... this girl's special too, you know? It's just, like... something about her.
Steve: Whoa whoa whoa, hey. You're not falling in love with this girl, are you?
Dustin: No, no.
Steve: Okay, good. Don't.
Dustin: I won't.
Steve: She's only gonna break your heart, and you're way too young for that shit.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] ===
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.
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]
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] ===
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.
Hopper: What do you mean?
Sam Owens: The locks are fail secure.
Joyce: "Fail secure?"
Sam Owens: If there's a power outage, the building goes on full lockdown.
Bob: Can it be unlocked remotely?
Sam Owens: With a computer, sure, but somebody's gotta re-set the breakers.
Hopper: Where are the breakers?
Sam Owens: Breakers are in the basement, three floors down.
[Hopper heads for the door]
Bob: Hey, where are you going?
Hopper: To reset the breakers.
Bob: Okay, then what?
Hopper: Then we get the Hell out of here.
Bob: 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.
Hopper: Fine, how do I do that?
Bob: You can't! Not unless you know BASIC.
Hopper: I don't know what that means.
Mike: It's a computer-program language.
Hopper: Alright, teach it to me.
Bob: [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: Okay... I got this. I got this.
Joyce: No, Bob.
Bob: It's okay. [hugs her] It's gonna be okay. Remember: Bob Newby, superhero.Mike: Did you guys know that Bob was the original founder of Hawkins AV Club?
Mike: 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?
Mike: We can't let him die in vain.
Dustin: Well, what do you wanna do, Mike? Alright, the Chief's right on this; we can't stop those Demo-dogs on our own.
Dustin: Demogorgon, dogs. Demo-dogs. It's like a compound, it's like a play on words-
Dustin: I mean, when it was just Dart, maybe.
Lucas: But there's an army now.
Mike: His army.
Steve: What do you mean?
Mike: [holding up the drawing of the Shadow Monster] His army! Maybe if we stop him, we can stop his army too.Joyce: [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: [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: 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: 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: [as the Shadow Monster] Let me go.
[Hopper notices that Will's finger-tapping is Morse Code]
=== Chapter Nine: The Gate [2.09] ===
Jane Ives/Eleven: Mike?!
[They embrace tearfully]
Max: Is that...
[Lucas and Dustin nod, both staring at Eleven]
Mike: 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: Why didn't you tell me you were there? That you were okay?
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: You've been hiding her. You've been hiding her this whole time!Hopper: So what, we're just not gonna talk about it, huh?
Jane Ives/Eleven: About what?
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.
Hopper: Okay. How'd you get there?
Jane Ives/Eleven: A truck.
Hopper: "A truck?"
Jane Ives/Eleven: A big truck.
Hopper: "A big truck?" Whose truck was it?
Jane Ives/Eleven: A man's.
Hopper: A man's?
Jane Ives/Eleven: A nice man.
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.
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?"
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?
Hopper: Sarah? Sarah's my girl. [looks at her] She's my little girl.
Jane Ives/Eleven: Where is she?
Hopper: Well, that's kinda the thing, kid. She, uh... well, she left us.
Jane Ives/Eleven: Gone.
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.
Hopper: [chuckles] Yeah... stupid. Just really stupid.
[Eleven squeezes his hand]
Jane Ives/Eleven: I've been stupid, too.
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'.
Hopper: Okay, sure. [smiles] "Bitchin'".Sam Owens: Chief-o!
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.
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.
Hopper: I thought...
Sam Owens: Sometimes, I impress even myself. Still, I'd let things cool off for a while, if I were you.
Hopper: How long's a while?
Sam Owens: You wanna be safe, I'd give it a year.
Hopper: A year? [he takes the sandwich and bites into it] What about one night out?
Sam Owens: One night?
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: [offers her hand] Wanna dance?
Nancy: Come on, let's go. Here. [she puts his hands on her waist] Mm-hm. Closer.
[Dustin hesitantly moves closer]
Nancy: [smiles] A little closer. Okay. Now, feel the music, the rhythm. Start to move to it... Yeah, there.
Nancy: That's good, yeah. You know, out of all my brother's friends... you're my favorite. You've always been my favorite.
Dustin: [grins] Really?
[They glance at the girls who rejected Dustin, who are staring at them]
Nancy: Girls this age are... dumb. But, you give 'em a few years... and they'll wise up. You're gonna drive 'em nuts.
Dustin: You think so?
Nancy: Oh, I know so.[Mike meets Eleven at the Snow Ball]
Mike: Do you want to dance?
Jane Ives/Eleven: I... don't know how.
Mike: I don't either. Do you want to figure it out?
== Season 3 ==
=== Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy? [3.01] ===
Lucas: [about Eleven and Mike] They do this every time!
Max: It's romantic!
Will: It's gross!
Dustin: It's bullshit!Billy: [to Karen Wheeler] You know, I could uh, teach you if like. I know all the styles. Freestyle... butterfly... breast stroke.Hopper: I need to kill Mike. I'm chief of police, I could cover it up.
=== Chapter Two: The Mall Rats [3.02] ===
Eleven: [breaking up with Mike] I dump your ass.Lucas: [to Mike] I'm not gonna lie, it's gonna be bad. But you can fix this. It's just one little mistake. I've made hundreds, thousands. Max has dumped me five times. But what have I done? Huh? Have I despaired? No. I've marched back into battle, and I've won her back every single freaking time.'[Hopper, having been stood up by Joyce, moves to leave the restaurant with a bottle of wine]
Waiter: Sir, I'm afraid no alcohol is allowed off the premises.
Hopper: [blows raspberry] I can do anything I want. I'm the chief of police.Steve: I gotta keep in shape for the ladies.
Robin: Yeah, and how's that working out for you?
Steve: Ignore her.
Dustin: She seems cool.
Steve: She's not.Robin: So I guess that confirms your suspicion.
Dustin: Evil Russians.
Robin: I can't believe I'm about to agree with this strange child, but, yeah, totally evil Russians.
=== Episode Three: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard [3.03] ===
Mike: [to Will] El is not stupid! It's not my fault you don't like girls! [pause] Look, I wasn't trying to be a jerk. It's just that we're not kids anymore.Max: But here's the thing. When Billy is alone with a girl they make like really crazy noises.
Eleven: They scream?
Max: Yeah, but like, happy screams.
Eleven: Happy screams what is happy screams?
Max: It's like... I'm just gonna lend you my mom's Cosmo.
=== Episode Four: The Sauna Test [3.04] ===
Dustin: [about a ventilation shaft] I'll fit. Trust me. No collar bones, remember?
Robin: Uh, excuse me?
Steve: Oh, he's, uh Yeah, he's got some disease. Chry, uh, It's chrydo, um... something. Yeah, I dunno. He's missing bones and stuff. He can bend like Gumbo.
Robin: You mean Gumby.
Steve: I'm pretty sure it's Gumbo.Dustin: Don't you love your country?
Erica: You can't spell "America" without "Erica".Erica: Commence Operation Child Endangerment.
Robin: Can we maybe not call it that?
=== Episode Five: The Flayed [3.05] ===
Joyce: What is your problem? We have had a very long day. We've been shot at, nearly blown up, walked god knows how many miles in 100 degree heat, stole a car, all while being chased by this gigantic psychopath, all so we could bring HIM to YOU because somehow you're the closest person who speaks Russian, which I can't believe but that doesn't matter because unfortunately we're here, so if you don't mind put that thing away, stop behaving like a jackass, and ask him what he's doing that is making my magnets fall off my damn fridge! Please!Mike: What are they still doing in there?
Lucas: I don't know. Girls just like hanging out in bathrooms.
Lucas: I mean, I don't know.
=== Episode Six: E Pluribus Unum [3.06] ===
Murray Bauman: I don't understand what he's saying.
Joyce: I thought you were fluent.
Murray Bauman: Oh, I'm sorry. Are my free translation services not good enough for you? Because you can just go ahead and file your complaint right up my ass!Murray Bauman: [translating for Alexei, speaking to Hopper] He says he likes your courage you remind him of a fat Rambo.Dustin: Holy shit - you're a nerd!
Erica: Come again?
Dustin: You... are... a... nerd!
Erica: Okay, you better take that back, nerd!
Dustin: Can't put the truth back in the box.
Erica: But it's not the truth.
Dustin: Let's examine the facts, shall we? Fact one: you're a math whiz, apparently...
Erica: That was a pretty straightforward equation.
Dustin: Fact two: you're a political junkie...
Erica: Just because I don't agree with communism as an ideology...
Dustin: [holding up her backpack] Fact number three: you LOVE 'My Little Pony.'
Erica: And what does 'My Little Pony' have to do with this?
Dustin: Let's recall the ponies' latest adventure, shall we? The evil centaur team and Tyrek turns Applejack into a dragon at Midnight Castle, and Megan and the other ponies have to use Moochik's magic to defeat his rainbow of darkness, saving them from a lifetime of enslavement. All the pink in the world can't disguise the irrefutable fact that centaurs and castles and dragons and magic are all standard nerd tropes. Ergo, 'My Little Pony' is nerdy, ergo, you, Erica, are a nerd.
Erica: And how do YOU know so much about 'My Little Pony?'
Dustin: Because, I'm a nerd. [finishes shutting off the fan] Let's go... Nerd.Billy: [Mindflayer speaking through Billy] You shouldn't have looked for me. Because now I see you. Now we can all see you. You let us in. And now, you are going to have to let us stay. Don't you see? All this time, we've been building it. We've been building it for you. All that work. All that pain. All of it... for you. And now it's time. Time to end it. And we're going to end you and when you are gone we are going to end your friends.
Eleven: [screams] No!
Billy: And then we are going to end... everyone.
[Billy sheds tear]
Eleven: [screams] Get away!
=== Episode Seven: The Bite [3.07] ===
Dustin: Are you gonna die on us?
Robin: We all die, my strange little child friend. It's just a matter of how and when.Robin: Do you remember what I said about Click's class? About me being jealous and, like, obsessed? Yeah.
Robin: It isn't because I had a crush on you. It's because she wouldn't stop staring at you.
Steve: Mrs. Click?
[Robin laughs to herself]
Robin: Tammy Thompson. I wanted her to look at me. But she couldn't pull her eyes away from you and your stupid hair. And I didn't understand, because you would get bagel crumbs all over the floor. And you asked dumb questions. And you were a douchebag. And-and you didn't even like her and I would go home and just scream into my pillow.
Steve: But Tammy Thompson's a girl.
Robin: [softly] Steve.
Steve: Yeah? [He sees Robin's expression] Oh. Oh. Holy shit.
Robin: Yeah. Holy shit.Max: [to Nancy, who is bandaging El's wound] Whoah, hey, what are you doing?
Nancy: Cleaning the wound?
Max: No, first we need to stop the bleeding, then clean, then disinfect, then bandage.
[everyone stares at her]
Max: I skateboard, trust me.
=== Episode Eight: The Battle of Starcourt [3.08] ===
Hopper: [to Mike and Eleven] There's something I've been wanting to talk to you both about - and I know this is a difficult conversation. But I care about you both very much. And I know you care about each other very much and that's why it's important that we set these boundaries moving forward so we can build an environment, where we ALL feel comfortable, trusted and open to sharing our feelings. Feelings. Jesus. The truth is, for so long, I'd forgotten what those even were. I've been stuck in one place - in a cave, you might say. A deep dark cave. And then, I left some Eggos out in the woods and you came into my life and... for the first time in a long time, I started to feel things again. I started to feel happy. But lately, I guess I've been feeling... distant from you. Like you're pulling away from me or something. I miss playing board games every night, making triple-decker Eggo extravaganzas at sunrise, watching westerns together before we doze off. But I know you're getting older, growing, changing. And I guess... if i'm being really honest, that's what scares me. I don't want things to change. So I think maybe that's why I came here, to try to maybe... stop that change. To turn back the clock. To make things go back to how they were. But I know that's naive. It's just... not how life works. It's moving. Always moving whether you like it or not. And yeah, sometimes it's painful. Sometimes it's sad and sometimes it's surprising. Happy. So you know what? Keep on growing up, kid. Don't let me stop you. Make mistakes, learn from 'em, and when life hurts you - because it will - remember the hurt. The hurt is good. It means you're out of that cave. But, please, if you don't mind, for the sake of your poor old dad, keep the door open three inches.Suzie: Dusty-bun?
Suzie: Where have you been?
Dustin: I'm so, so sorry. I--I've been really busy uh, trying to save the world from Russians and monsters.
Suzie: Of course you have.Suzie: I haven't heard from you in a week, and now you want a mathematical equation that you should know so you can save the world?
Dustin: Suzie-poo, I promise, I will make it up to you as soon as possible.
Suzie: You can make it up to me now.
Suzie: I want to hear it.
Dustin: Not right now.
Suzie: Yes, now, Dusty-bun.
Dustin: Suzie-poo, this is urgent.
Suzie: Yes, yes, you're saving the world, I heard you the first time, but Ged is also saving Earthsea and he's about to confront the shadow, so this is Suzie, signing off.
Dustin: Wait, wait, wait! Okay. Okay. Shit. [He starts nervously singing The Neverending Story by Limahl] Turn around Look at what you see...[Will puts his "Dungeons & Dragons" rulebooks in a box]
Mike: Whoa, dude. That's the donation box.
Will: I know. I'll just use yours when I come back. I mean, if we still want to play.
Mike: Yeah but what if you want to join another party?
Will: Not possible.
[a touched Mike grins. Will returns the smile]Eleven: Did you talk to your mom? About Thanksgiving?
Mike: Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I got the okay. I'll be there. And then I was thinking maybe you could come up here for Christmas. And Will too. You can come here before or after Christmas or whatever Mrs. Byers wants but I was thinking Christmas Day could be super fun because we'd all have cool new presents to play with and, uh... [chuckles] Sorry, that made me sound like a seven-year-old.
Eleven: I like presents too.
Mike: Yeah, cool. Yeah. I like... I like presents too.
== Cast ==
Winona Ryder - Joyce Byers
David Harbour - Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard - Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown - Eleven "El"
Gaten Matarazzo - Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin - Lucas Sinclair
Natalia Dyer - Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton - Jonathan Byers
Cara Buono - Karen Wheeler
Matthew Modine - Martin Brenner
Noah Schnapp - Will Byers
Joe Keery - Steve Harrington
Sadie Sink - Maxine "Max" Mayfield
Dacre Montgomery - Billy Hargrove
Paul Reiser - Sam Owens
Sean Astin - Bob Newby
Maya Hawke - Robin Buckley
Priah Ferguson - Erica Sinclair
== External links ==
Stranger Things quotes at the Internet Movie Database
Stranger Things quotes at the MagicalQuote