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Stranger Things 3 - Episode 5: The Flayed


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The Scoops Troop continues to fall, panicking all the while until they come to a sudden stop. There's a latch on the ceiling and the gang climbs out, only to find they're way too far underground to climb out.

Joyce and Hopper arrive at one of the properties, and we see a Lynx truck parked outside, the same company Robin got the delivery from. The inside of the house is almost empty, but they can hear a noise coming from the basement. As they head down, Russian Terminator arrives on his bike. Joyce and Hopper find a couple of men speaking in Russian, one is the scientist from the first episode. Hopper gets into a fight with Russian Terminator. This is the first time we hear him speak, and he actually sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Joyce and Hopper barely escape with the scientist (Alexei) in tow. I don't know if the reference is intentional, but during the fight Hopper hits Russian Terminator in the knee with a wrench. While chasing after them, Russian Terminator limps in a similar manner to Max Rockastansky after his injury at the end of Mad Max. Cue credits.

Jonathan receives a phone call at 5:48 AM. Its Nancy, investigating the Driscol case. Jonathan isn't going along with it until Nancy asks if Will is safe, at which point Jonathan becomes worried.

In the woods, the car has broken down, Hopper tries unsuccessfully to fix it. Instead it blows up, which Alexei, to his credit, does try to warn them about. Hopper decides to take Alexei to Murray Bauman, since he's the only one Hopper knows who speaks Russian. The world around Hopper becomes dark, Eleven is looking for him and learns they're going to Illinois, making the kids realize they're all alone. Luckily for them, Nancy and Jonathan arrive, having also realized something bad is going on.

Dustin tries to contact someone on the outside using the walkie talkie, he is unsuccessful. Dustin tries to convince Steve to hook up with Robin. Erica, like an idiot, starts trying to BREAK OPEN THE CANISTER OF GOD KNOWS WHAT because she wants to drink it. This is one of the single dumbest things anyone does this season. Robin hears noise, and the Scoops Troop hide on top of the elevator. A pair of agents arrive to take a couple of boxes somewhere. When they're gone the kids use the canister to bar the door long enough to get out. Just as Steve gets through it breaks and the green liquid starts to melt the floor. Behind them, they see a hall that continues forever.

Back at the Wheelers, everyone exchanges information. They figure out that Mrs. Driscol freaked out during the same time as the Sauna test on Billy. As they discuss what happened, it turns out Jonathan and Nancy know Heather and immediately make the connection to her father Tom, their jackass former boss. The gang piles into the station wagon (an iconic American car that's not around anymore) and heads out.

In the woods, Russian Terminator finds the car and Hopper's footprints. Joyce and Hopper argue as they walk through the woods, Hopper continues to act like a jerk. When Hopper is distracted, Alexei makes a break for it, but it turns out he's not running away. They're right by a 7/11. The gang picks up some snacks and a six pack of New Coke while Alexei tries out the Slurpee machine. Hopper commandeers a vehicle from a douchebag named Todd. It has to be seen to be believed. We know he's a douchebag because his license plate says "Toddfather."

Underneath the mall, the Scoops Troop continue down the long hall, trying to figure out why the Russians are here. When Robin starts wondering "why Hawkins," Dustin and Steve both realize it might be connected to the Upside Down and Eleven. Suddenly the walkies pick up another Russian broadcast. They realize wherever the transmission is coming from, it can reach the surface.

The party arrives at the Holland house, only to find it cold and empty. Chemicals are lying about on the counter. Jonathan and Nancy realize they must be eating/drinking it, which allows Mike to figure out that the Mind Flayer is building something, because when you mix chemicals you create a new substance. Entering the dining room, they find that everything is still set out from the night Max and Eleven briefly visited. Using all the clues, the gang figures out that Tom and his wife were attacked, tied and taken somewhere. Remembering that Mrs. Driscol kept saying "I have to go back," they decide to head to the hospital, hoping Mrs. Driscol will lead them to the source.

Russian Terminator enters the 7/11 and interrogates the employee.

Hopper and Joyce arrive at Murray's compound. We go through the same song and dance Nancy and Jonathan had last season. Murray may be paranoid, but he's also correct. Murray opens the door and immediately holds a shotgun to Alexei's face. Alexei answers in Russian, which Murray understands. He allows them in but is less than amused that Hopper has brought a Soviet Agent to his home.

At the mall, the Scoops Troop finds an entire facility full of Russian guards and scientists. Red Dawn indeed. They sneak into the comms room, where they come face to face with a Russian agent. Steve knocks him out and Dustin is super proud that Steve finally won a fight. They steal his electric card, but then find