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"Chapter Three: The Pollywog" is the eleventh episode of Stranger Things and the third episode of the second season. It premiered on October 27, 2017.

Synopsis

Dustin adopts a strange new pet, and Eleven grows increasingly impatient. A well-meaning Bob urges Will to stand up to his fears.

Plot

Dustin finds an unusual creature in his garbage and decides to look after it after sneaking it into the house in his homemade Ghostbusters trap. He names the creature "D'Artagnan" or "Dart".

Eleven is angry with Hopper for continuing to promise that she could leave the cabin "soon", even though she has been stuck there for 326 days.

In flashbacks, Eleven finds out that Hopper has been leaving food for her, and reveals her presence to him. He takes her to his grandfather's old cabin to live in secret.

Bob drives Will to school, advising him to face up to his fears. He recounts how he managed to beat a series of reoccurring nightmares by facing the frightening aspect of his dream and telling it to go away.

Nancy and Jonathan resolve to tell Barb's parents the truth about her disappearance.

Dustin tries to discover what kind of creature he has found, and takes Dart to school to show the other kids. Will remembers his experiences and concludes that Dart is from the Upside Down. He tells this to the other kids, and the start arguing. Dart escapes into the school, and the boys and Max go looking for it.

Defying Hopper's "Don't Be Stupid" rules, Eleven leaves the cabin to look for Mike. She ends up at the school, sees Mike and Max together, and becomes jealous.

Joyce watches a tape from Halloween night when Will had an episode about the Upside Down. She traces the image and compares it to a drawing of a creature from Will's vision.

While searching for Dart, Will finds the creature in one of the school bathrooms. He has another episode where he is in the Upside Down facing the shadow creature. Taking Bob's advice to stand up to his fears, Will confronts the shadow monster, but it uses one of its appendages to surround and possess him.

Cast

Uncredited

Music

Soundtrack

  • "Whistle On the River" by The Mercy Brothers - Dustin grab his pile of library books and makes a run for it; as Bob drives Will to school, he tells him about a nightmare he had as a kid.
  • "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" by Jim Croce - Flashback to Hopper playing a record for Eleven; montage of Eleven and Hopper cleaning up the cabin and him teaching to use the radio for Morse code messages.
  • "Go!" by Tones On Tail - Eleven leaves the cabin; Steve and Billy wrestle on the basketball court; Nancy shows up at the court to confront Steve.
  • "The Ghost in You" by The Psychedelic Furs - Jonathan tells Nancy how he ended up taking her home from the party, then they talk about how things have changed since Will disappeared.
  • "Clean Cut American Kid" by III Repute - While Nancy and Jonathan talk, a classmate starts listening to music on his walkman.
  • "Cookin'" by Al Casey Combo - Joyce phones Bob at Radioshack for help with playing his video camera.
  • "How I Feel About You" by Jumpstreet - As Nancy and Jonathan head to her room, Karen Wheeler stops them to say hi.

Original Score

  • "She Wants Me to Find Her"
  • "Home"
  • "In the Woods"
  • "Dispatch"

Gallery

[Coming 2017]

Notes

  • 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 third episode was originally titled "The Pumpkin Patch", while the sixth episode was titled "The Pollywog". 
  • In an interview, Gaten Matarazzo revealed that Dustin will bond with a polliwog-like creature that's "not from this planet or this dimension."[1] It is a high possibility that this creature is the "pollywog" the episode's title is referencing.

References

  1. "Stranger Things season 2: Who's in danger? Who's new? The plot revealed!" Entertainment Weekly. February 9, 2017.

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