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Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly 

An increasingly concerned Nancy looks for Barb and finds out what Jonathan's been up to. Joyce is convinced Will is trying to talk to her.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Wheeler
Jonathan Byers
Steve Harrington
Officer Powell
Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)
The Monster


An increasingly concerned Nancy looks for Barb and finds out what Jonathan's been up to. Joyce is convinced Will is trying to talk to her.

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early on in the episode, there is a picture of Tom Cruise on the wall in Nancy's room. Later on the mood music playing is very similar to that from Risky Business (1983), starring Tom Cruise. See more »


The police chief is seen wearing a modern day rubber band loom bracelet. See more »


Dustin Henderson: So do you think Eleven was born with her superpowers like the X-Men or do you think she acquired them like Green Lantern?
Lucas Sinclair: She's not a superhero; she's a weirdo.
Mike Wheeler: What does that matter? The X-Men were weirdos.
Lucas Sinclair: Well if you love her so much, why don't you marry her?
Mike Wheeler: What are you taking about?
Lucas Sinclair: Seriously, Mike?
Mike Wheeler: What?
Lucas Sinclair: You look at her all like "Hi El. El. El, El, El! I love you so much! Would you marry me?"
Mike Wheeler: Shut up, Lucas!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Waiting for a Girl like You
Written by Lou Gramm and Mick Jones
Performed by Foreigner
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One of the strongest episodes of 2016
21 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Damnnn! And I said the previous cliffhanger was good!

Without doubt, "Holly, Jolly" is one of the most impactful episodes of this year. The range of emotions you feel from beginning to end leave you exhausted yet yearning to learn more about this small town fable.

As this is a spoiler free review, I'll leave the details for you to experience firsthand, and will focus on the individual elements that help make this such an addictive and rock solid episode.

Basically, it's down to the two females: Winona Ryder (Joyce) and Millie Brown (Eleven) (though Cara Buono gets a special mention for that motherly scene with Natalia Dyer). There's this ancient Urdu proverb that says that even mothers who go mad and fail to recognize no one, recognize their sons. Winona Ryder, in this episode, is the personification of this proverb. Keep a tissue box next to you, people. You'll be needing one.

Mille Brown on the other hand... Oh mann!! She says with no words what many notable actors fail to say with the help of dialogues. Near the end, the interaction between her and Finn Wolfhard (Mike) seems so authentic and real, it hurts.

I say, leave whatever you are doing and go watch this episode. Verdict: 10/10

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