The main trio is back — this time, though, Will (Noah Schnapp) is along for the ride, and they're all a little less chipper. Roman (Linnea Berthelsen) uses an Eleven-ish ability to stop the police cars chasing her crew. The show establishes pretty quickly where and when we are: It's Halloween, and the year is 1984.
Reagan is running for president, as a campaign poster tells us at the beginning.
Eleven, we learn, escaped the Upside Down only to find that she wasn't wanted in Hawkins.
Being in love with a Netflix show is (I imagine) like having a lover near your summer home in Europe.For your brief period of vacation, the love is intense. Will's being haunted by the Upside Down, and the Upside Down hasn't necessarily taken its leave of Hawkins.For starters, Will is having "episodes." The new Hawkins laboratory doctor (played by Paul Reiser) thinks it's just PTSD, which, to be fair, Will definitely has. Twice in this episode he returns to the Upside Down.The second time, he witnesses a giant spider monster lurking over Hawkins.He's spewing theories about "that Russian girl" to Hopper (a bearded, grumbly, grouchy, manly, perfect David Harbour).
He's also wrangled his way into getting hired by Barb's parents.
She's gruff, but her brother Billy (Dacre Montgomery) is gruff-er.
Fresh from the coast of California, they like fast cars and skateboards, and Billy wears really tight pants.
It's been 352 days since Eleven chased the demogorgon away from Hawkins, and things haven't gotten any less strange.
This episode does a lot of heavy lifting in terms of what happened in those 352 days.
They are convinced she's still alive, and we learn through this dinner that Nancy is not allowed to tell Barb's parents what In other, cozier news, Joyce (Winona Ryder) has a new beau.