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Chapter Seven: The Bathtub 

The government comes searching for Eleven. Eleven looks for Will in the Upside Down.

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Jim Hopper
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Dr. Martin Brenner
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Steve Harrington
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The government comes searching for Eleven. Eleven looks for Will in the Upside Down.

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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Trivia

When Mike answers the walkie-talkie to Hopper, Hans Holzer's book Great American Ghost Stories can be seen on the shelf (although it wasn't actually published until 1990). See more »

Goofs

The movie that the science teacher is watching at home with his girlfriend (The Thing-1982 version), was not released on video tape until 1992. See more »

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Mike Wheeler: [Washing dirt off El's face] That's better.
[El looks at herself in the mirror. She touches her head where her wig used to be]
Mike Wheeler: [Reassuring] You don't need it.
Eleven: Still pretty?
Mike Wheeler: Yeah! Pretty. Really pretty... El?
Eleven: Yes?
Mike Wheeler: Um, I'm happy you're home.
Eleven: Me too.
[They move closer as Dustin bursts in]
Dustin Henderson: Guys! It's Lucas! I think he's in trouble.
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References All the Right Moves (1983) See more »

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Should I Stay or Should I Go
Written by Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Joe Strummer
Performed by Noah Schnapp
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Water, lots of water
14 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

The seventh episode says it all in the title: "The Bathtub" revolves around a bathtub. Again, it does for forty minutes of fun, but not very deep or original.

The story becomes reduced to two story-lines: Dr. Brenner trying to catch Eleven and Eleven and the rest trying to find Will and Barb, wherever they are. The atmosphere keeps 'cheaply' replicating the 80s shows and movies. It makes for some fun moments, because we have gotten so used to characters using their smartphones at the first problem they have (and the silly no coverage trick) that we are confronted with 'old style' problem resolution.

However, the story is plain and too simple. It just keeps the nostalgia card at hand constantly, which makes for not very engaging storytelling. On top of that, even if the acting is good, the direction is not so much, quite simple and uninvolving.

To summarize, "The Bathtub" is a clear example of the series strengths and weaknesses. Lack of rhythm and originality, against good acting and acceptable atmosphere.


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