|This article is about the episode. For the entity, see The Mind Flayer.|
The Demodogs invade Hawkins National Laboratory and begin killing everyone inside. Realising they are homing in on Will, Joyce sedates him. The building's system crashes, locking Will, Joyce, Mike, Hopper, Bob, and Dr. Owens in a security office. Bob volunteers to get the power and systems back on line.
Bob successfully restores all the systems, allowing everyone to escape. Dr. Owens remains behind to guide them all out, but Bob is caught by one of the Demodogs and is killed. The escapees regroup with everyone at the gate and they head off to the Byers' household.
Realising that the shadow creature is controlling Will and the Demodogs, the group reasons that they can interrogate it. Tying Will up in his tool shed and trying to disguise it so that Will has no idea where he is, they question him. They soon realize that Will is using morse code to tap out a message – "CLOSE GATE." When the house phone rings, Will and the creature realize where they are. Despite being sedated again, the Demodogs head for the house.
- Joyce Byers - Winona Ryder
- Jim Hopper - David Harbour
- Mike Wheeler - Finn Wolfhard
- Eleven - Millie Bobby Brown
- Dustin Henderson - Gaten Matarazzo
- Lucas Sinclair - Caleb McLaughlin
- Will Byers - Noah Schnapp
- Max Mayfield - Sadie Sink
- Nancy Wheeler - Natalia Dyer
- Jonathan Byers - Charlie Heaton
- Steve Harrington - Joe Keery
- Billy Hargrove - Dacre Montgomery
- Bob Newby - Sean Astin
- Dr. Sam Owens - Paul Reiser
- Neil Mayfield - Will Chase
- Radar Tech - Helen Abell
- M.P. Guard #1 - Brian Brightman
- M.P. Guard #2 - Kris Charles
- Nerdy Tech - Joe Davison
- Susan Hargrove - Jennifer Marshall
- "The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)" by Jack Cook - Max's mom and step-father arrive home and find Max's room empty with the window open.
- "The Four Horseman" by Metallica - Billy listens to some music while smoking and getting ready for his date. His father and step-mum enter his room concerned for Max's whereabouts.
- "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash - Jonathan plays a song that he and Will first listened to together: They then distract him while Chief Hopper figures out the Morse Code with Dustin, Lucas and Max.
- "Looking for a Way Out"
- "The Return"
- Main cast member Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler) does not appear in this episode.
- On August 31, 2016, the second season was announced through a trailer published across social media, listing the titles of the nine episodes. The trailer shows that the eighth episode was originally titled "The Brain". The new title of the episode was revealed on October 27.
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