Will is rushed to the infirmary in Hawkins National Laboratory, burning from the inside. Dustin and Steve head to the cellar to find Dart, only to find that he has grown again and managed to tunnel out of the cellar. At Hawkins Lab, Joyce is angry that the doctors have no idea what is wrong with Will.
Nancy, Jonathan, and Murray Bauman make multiple copies of the tape revealing Hawkins Lab's culpability in Barb's death and prepare to mail them out to national newspapers. As it is late, Murray offers to let the kids stay in his guest room. The growing romantic tension between Nancy and Jonathan builds as they kiss and spend the night together.
Joyce fills Bob in on everything that happened. He takes it well despite thinking that this kind of thing only happens in science fiction. Will wakes up and doctors are called, but Joyce and Mike are surprised to see that Will has no memory of who Bob is.
In the morning, Murray makes Nancy and Jonathan breakfast then sends them on their way with a bottle of vodka and a warning to never contact him again.
Lucas finds out that Dustin has been trying to contact him from his sister, Erica. Dustin urges him to meet with him and Steve at the old junkyard to prepare against Dart, who has grown into a small Demogorgon. Lucas sneaks Max out of her house past her stepbrother offering proof that his story about Will is true.
Dr. Owens tests Will's memories and finds that he only recognizes Joyce and Mike, but not him, Bob, or Hopper or the fact that he helped to find Hopper's location. However, Will remembers the soldiers hurting "him", referring to the shadow monster, which prompts Owens to test a theory. He burns a tentacle and Will responds in pain. Owens concludes that there is a hive mind virus connecting all the hosts, including Will.
Steve and Dustin bond while setting a trap for Dart, passing into the area of corruption caused by the underground tunnels. Hopper uses the radio to apologize to Eleven, acknowledging that he doesn't want her to get hurt at all and promises that he will return home, though unaware that she has left the cabin.
Dr. Owens and the doctors discuss how Will's brain is being altered by the shadow monster. The doctors all share the opinion that they must start burning again to control the spread even if it kills Will, but Owens refuses. While Joyce is worried about what is going on, Will tells Mike that he thinks he knows how to stop the monster.
Steve and Dustin lay a trail of meat chunks for Dart in the abandoned junk yard, and are joined by Lucas and Max. Jonathan and Nancy find the Byers' house deserted and realize that someone else has been there apart from them.
Will uses photos taken by the scientists of his map to locate a place that the shadow creature is trying to hide from him. To investigate the place, the scientists send soldiers into the tunnels while Hopper and Dr. Owens watch from the control room.In the junkyard, the four kids wait for Dart. At night, Max shares a moment with Lucas. However, Dart arrives and the kids wait for it to take the bait. But Dart does not take the bait causing Steve to go out to confront him. But when Steve approaches Dart, Lucas warns him and they are surprised to see that Dart is not alone – there are more adolescent Demodogs. As Steve was almost overwhelmed by the Demogorgon dogs, Dustin compels Steve to abort and Steve along with the four of them take shelter in the bus. Dustin tries to call Mike, Will, Hopper and the others but fails. However, when the Demoodogs trap them in the bus and close in, they are suddenly called away.
At the Lab, Will tearfully informs Mike and Joyce that the shadow monster coerced him to send the soldiers into the tunnels. As Mike tries to warn them of the trap, it is too late. In the Upside Down-infected tunnels, the soldiers are terrifyingly massacred by the Demodogs. Will implores Joyce to go away. In the control room, Hopper and Dr. Owens witness the Demodogs uniting and start heading to the lab. However, before they could do anything, Hopper is shocked to watch the Demodogs leaving the tunnel and heading up to them and begin entering the lab.
- Joyce Byers - Winona Ryder
- Jim Hopper - David Harbour
- Mike Wheeler - Finn Wolfhard
- Eleven - Millie Bobby Brown (credit only)
- 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
- Murray Bauman - Brett Gelman
- Radar Tech - Helen Abell
- MP Guard #1 - Brian Brightman
- MP Guard #2 - Kris Charles
- Nerdy Tech - Joe Davison
- Erica Sinclair - Priah Ferguson
- Exam Room Nurse - Sheena Kharazmi
- E.R. Doctor - Mary Kraft
- Doctor #2 - Brian Lafontaine
- Lead Rift Soldier - Wendell A. Matthews
- Neurologist - Brandon O'Dell
- Doctor #1 - Vince Pisani
- Rift Soldier #2 - Michael Shenefelt
- Flame Thrower - James Michael Smith
- "Hammer to Fall" by Queen - Steve questions Dustin about Dart as he drives him home, then takes out his nail-bat.
- "Where Django's At" by Cameron Brooks - Jonathan, Nancy and Murray create an assembly line to copy her recording and send it to various media outlets.
- "There Is Frost On the Moon" by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra - Murray, Nancy and Jonathan have a drink to celebrate finishing their mailing campaign, then Murray questions Nancy and Jonathan's claim that they are not a couple.
- "You Better Go Now" by Billie Holiday - Nancy and Jonathan contemplate Murray's words then end up meeting in the living room to express their how they don't believe what Murray said.
- "Blue Bayou" by Roy Orbinson - Murray cooks breakfast for Nancy and Jonathan, then asks an awkward question on how Jonathan slept.
- "Round and Round" by Ratt - As Billy pumps iron, he orders Max to answer the door; Max lies to Billy about who was at the door.
- "The First Lie"
- "They Hurt Me"
- "Walkin in Hawkins"
- "On the Bus"
- "Sick of Cow"
- "It's a Trap"
- "Descent into Rift"
- This is the only episode of the series in which Eleven does not make an appearance.
- On August 31, 2016, the second season was announced through a trailer published across social media, listing the initial titles of the nine episodes. However, because the titles were not in order, it is difficult to determine which one belonged to this episode.
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