"Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street" is the second chapter of Stranger Things and the second episode of the first season. It was written and directed by the Duffer Brothers and premiered on Netflix on July 15, 2016 along with the rest of the season.
After finding Eleven in the woods, the boys bring her back to Mike's house for the night. Lucas thinks this is a terrible idea and demands they tell Mike's mom right away, but Mike points out that would just get them all grounded, since they weren't supposed to be out looking for Will. Mike gives her clean clothes and builds her a pillow fort to sleep in.
The next day, Mike tries to get Eleven to sneak out of the house and to the front door to make it look like she stumbled upon the house, and that way his mom can help. Eleven rejects his idea, telling Mike that "bad people" are looking for her, and that telling someone about her whereabouts will only make things worse.
Meanwhile, Joyce talks about Chief Hopper about the creepy, static phone call she received. Hopper is reluctant to believe her story, but admits the charring on the phone from the surge of electricity is weird. Later on, Joyce heads to her workplace to buy a new phone and demand two weeks pay in advance from her boss. He shows some sympathy for Joyce after he realizes her kid is missing, and gives in.
Back at Mike's house, Eleven notices a picture of the four boys and points at Will. She knows him, but just before Mike can ask more questions, his mom comes home (Mike was supposed to be at school). Mike rushes Eleven to hide in his bedroom closet, which freaks her out. A flashback is shown where Eleven is being dragged to a dark cell in the Hawkins Laboratory. Mike comforts her, and Eleven trusts him enough to close the door. Lucas begins to trust her too, as Eleven uses her telekinetic abilities to close Mike's bedroom door while Dustin and Lucas look on in astonishment.
The cops find a drainpipe in the woods which leads to the Hawkins Laboratory, and they believe Will might have crawled through it. This is possible, as Eleven uses the boys' Dungeons and Dragons set to show them Will is hiding from a monster.
Joyce receives another creepy, static call which surges with electricity and burns her again. The lights in her house begin to turn on one by one, leading to Will's bedroom. Suddenly, one wall begins to move and take on some weird shapes. Joyce quickly runs out of the house and into her car, but later turns and goes back into the house.
This all happens while Barb, Nancy's friend, feels left out as the third wheel at Steve's party. Barb sits near the pool by herself, with Jonathan taking her picture before leaving. Jonathan fails to notice the mysterious monster as it abducts Barb.
During filming of this episode, Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) showed up to set covered head to toe in glitter, halting production for 30 minutes.
- "Go Nowhere" by Reagan Youth - Jonathan listens to music while starting his drive to Lonnie's place.
- "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash - Jonathan hears this song as he drives, remembering when he and Will listened to the song together. The song later plays on the stereo in Will's room.
- "Deck The Halls" by Chicks With Hits - Joyce drives into town to buy a new telephone.
- "Jingle Bells" by The Canterbury Choir - Joyce asks her boss, Donald, for an advance on her paycheck.
- "Dark Stars" by Mark Glass - Jonathan parks outside Lonnie's place.
- "I'm Taking Off (Shield Your Eyes)" by Space Knife - Jonathan shoves past Cynthia and searches through Lonnie's house.
- "Body Language" by Alexander Baker & Clair Mario - Nancy and Barb talk over phone.
- "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" by Brotherhood of Man - Nancy has Barb pulling her car over.
- "Raise A Little Hell" by Trooper - Steve opens the front door, letting the girls in.
- "I Melt With You" by Modern English - Music playing at Steve's pool party.
- "Hazy Shade Of Winter" by The Bangles - Nancy makes out with Steve while Barbara is taken by the Monster. Plays into end credits.
- "Cops are Good at Finding"
- "Hazmat Suits"
- "No Autopsy"
- "In Pursuit"
- "The Upside Down"
- "Photos in the Woods"
- "Something in the Wall"
- "This Isn't You"
Influences and allusions
This chapter contains many nods to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, with the Duffer Brothers saying: “Just as E.T. is about the connection between E.T. and Elliot, this chapter is about the connection between Eleven and Mike.”
Just like Elliot pretended to be sick so he could stay home from school with E.T., Mike did the same to stay home with Eleven. At home, Elliot showed E.T. his toys, including figures from Star Wars, like Mike showed Eleven his toys, including Yoda from Star Wars. When Eleven is alone at the Wheeler house, she explores the house in a similar fashion to E.T. Both characters were mesmerized by the TV.
The shooting style, music and cutting pattern of the scene when Eleven sees the picture of Will is closely modeled after a scene from Peter Weir’s 1985 film Witness, when Samuel Lapp (Lukas Haas) points out the evil Lt. James McFee (Danny Glover) to Det. Capt. John Book (Harrison Ford).
Pennhurst State School and Hospital: Lucas says Eleven might be an escapee from Pennhurst – “the nuthouse in Kerley County,” referencing the real-life psychiatric hospital which closed in 1987.
Halloween: When Lucas says Eleven is probably an escapee and a psycho, Dustin says “like Michael Myers,” referencing the killer in John Carpenter’s iconic 1978 horror film.
Alcatraz: When Mike points out that they can’t tell their parents about Eleven because they weren’t supposed to be out tonight, Lucas says their houses would become Alcatraz, referencing the maximum high-security federal prison on Alcatraz Island which operated from 1934 to 1963.
The Empire Strikes Back: Mike shows Eleven his figure of Yoda from Star Wars and recites a quote from the second film in the original trilogy: “Ready are you? What knows you of ready?” He tells her Yoda can use the force to move things with his mind.
Godzilla: Mike shows Eleven a dinosaur toy he calls Rory. Its roar is similar to the the dinosaur from the film.
- Joyce Byers - Winona Ryder
- Jim Hopper - David Harbour
- Mike Wheeler - Finn Wolfhard
- Eleven - Millie Bobby Brown
- Dustin Henderson - Gaten Matarazzo
- Lucas Sinclair - Caleb McLaughlin
- Nancy Wheeler - Natalia Dyer
- Jonathan Byers - Charlie Heaton
- Karen Wheeler - Cara Buono
- Dr. Martin Brenner - Matthew Modine
- Ted Wheeler - Joe Chrest
- Steve Harrington - Joe Keery
- Officer Powell - Rob Morgan
- Lonnie Byers - Ross Partridge
- Barbara Holland - Shannon Purser
- Officer Callahan - John Reynolds
- Will Byers - Noah Schnapp
- The Monster - Mark Steger
- Benny Hammond - Chris Sullivan
- Earl - David Dwyer
- Agent Connie Frazier - Catherine Dyer
- Scott Clarke - Randy Havens
- Lead Agent - Tobias Jelinek
- Mr. Melvald - Charles Lawlor
- Sandra - Bethany Anne Lind
- Holly Wheeler - Anniston and Tinsley Price
- Tommy H. - Chester Rushing
- Florence - Susan Shalhoub Larkin
- Carol - Chelsea Talmadge
- Agent Repairman - Robert Walker Branchaud
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Stranger Things episode 2: The Duffer Brothers on finding their Eleven" Entertainment Weekly. July 16, 2016.
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