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Hopper manages to evade the lab's security and discovers a portal in the basement of the lab. But soon has he found, before the lab's guards catches him and knock him out. He wakes at home and discovers a hidden microphone. His deputies pay him a visit to inform him that Barb's car was found, but Hopper finds the state's involvement suspicious.

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Hopper manages to evade the lab's security and discovers a portal in the basement of the lab. But soon no sooner has he found, found it, before the lab's guards catches him and knock him out. He wakes at home and discovers a hidden microphone. His deputies pay him a visit to inform him that Barb's car was found, but Hopper finds the state's involvement suspicious.


Will's father Lonnie assures Joyce her experiences are hallucinations. Hopper discovers a portal in the basement of the lab but is knocked out by the lab's guards. He wakes at home and discovers a hidden microphone. His deputies pay him a visit to inform him that Barb's car was found, but Hopper finds the state's involvement suspicious.

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Will's father Lonnie assures Joyce her experiences are hallucinations. Hopper manages to evade the lab's security and discovers a portal in the basement of the lab but is knocked out by lab. But soon has he found, before the lab's guards.guards catches him and knock him out. He wakes at home and discovers a hidden microphone. His deputies pay him a visit to inform him that Barb's car was found, but Hopper finds the state's involvement suspicious.


Will's father Lonnie assures Joyce her experiences are hallucinations. Hopper discovers a portal in the basement of the lab but is knocked out by the lab's guards. He wakes at home and discovers a hidden microphone. Sheriff's deputies inform Hopper that Barb's car was found, but Hopper finds the state's involvement suspicious.

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Will's father Lonnie assures Joyce her experiences are hallucinations. Hopper discovers a portal in the basement of the lab but is knocked out by the lab's guards. He wakes at home and discovers a hidden microphone. Sheriff's His deputies pay him a visit to inform Hopper him that Barb's car was found, but Hopper finds the state's involvement suspicious.

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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Hop storms into Joyce's house with a sign warning her to keep quiet, it might be bugged. He starts scoping how he'll start his search. . . and sees all the strands of Christmas lights. His expression is 100% this trope (lights being excellent places to hide bugs, easy access to electricity for them). When we catch back up to them, Hopper is sitting with an exhausted posture and expression that says "Yeah, that ''really did'' suck."


** A not-entirely-deliberate example, since Lonnie doesn't actually know about the genuine paranormal events occurring within the house and genuinely does think Joyce is simply having a breakdown out of stress and grief. However, he's barely been back a day before managing to almost convince Joyce that she actually is losing her mind and just imagining seeing Will again, and he brings up the idea of suing the quarry company in a rather insidious fashion that smacks of this kind of manipulation. She quickly snaps out of it upon discovering the compensation forms he's planning to use to try and cash in on Will's death, however, and it's implied that this isn't the first time Joyce has had to deal with Lonnie playing these kind of mind games with her.

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** A not-entirely-deliberate example, example (or, at least, one that touches on EntertaininglyWrong), since Lonnie doesn't actually know about the genuine paranormal events occurring within the house and genuinely does think Joyce is simply having a breakdown out of stress and grief. However, he's barely been back a day before managing to almost convince Joyce that she actually is losing her mind and just imagining seeing Will again, and he brings up the idea of suing the quarry company in a rather insidious fashion that smacks of this kind of manipulation. She quickly snaps out of it upon discovering the compensation forms he's planning to use to try and cash in on Will's death, however, and it's implied that this isn't the first time Joyce has had to deal with Lonnie playing these kind of mind games with her.


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* MeaningfulFuneral: Granted, it might be a bit more meaningful if we didn't strongly suspect at this point that Will wasn't actually dead, but nevertheless the funeral for an apparently deceased eleven-year-old is treated with all the solemnity such a situation would require. As is underlined by the choice of music, New Order's "Elegia".


* AwfulWeddedLife: Jonathan and Nancy discuss their parents' marriages [[https://youtu.be/OIQHJGAHmiI as this]],

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* AwfulWeddedLife: Jonathan and Nancy discuss their parents' marriages [[https://youtu.be/OIQHJGAHmiI be/OIQHJGAHmiI?t=52 as this]],

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* AwfulWeddedLife: Jonathan and Nancy discuss their parents' marriages [[https://youtu.be/OIQHJGAHmiI as this]],


* PerspectiveReversal: Up to this episode, Jonathan has been convinced that his brother's disappearance has been under natural circumstances and that he's now dead, while Joyce has insisted that something unusual is happening and that he is still alive. In this episode, thanks to discoveries made in the previous one Jonathan has now come to believe that his mother is right, while Joyce (thanks to Lonnie's manipulations) begins to doubt herself and believe she's going insane. Ultimately subverted, however, since Joyce wises up to what Lonnie is doing and realises that she isn't going crazy after all.

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* PerspectiveReversal: Up to this episode, Jonathan has been convinced that his brother's disappearance has been under natural circumstances and that he's now dead, while Joyce has insisted that something unusual is happening and that he is still alive. In this episode, thanks to discoveries made in the previous one Jonathan has now come to believe that his mother is right, while Joyce (thanks in part to Lonnie's manipulations) begins to doubt herself and believe she's going insane. Ultimately subverted, however, since Joyce wises up to what Lonnie is doing and realises that she isn't going crazy after all.

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* {{Gaslighting}}:
** A not-entirely-deliberate example, since Lonnie doesn't actually know about the genuine paranormal events occurring within the house and genuinely does think Joyce is simply having a breakdown out of stress and grief. However, he's barely been back a day before managing to almost convince Joyce that she actually is losing her mind and just imagining seeing Will again, and he brings up the idea of suing the quarry company in a rather insidious fashion that smacks of this kind of manipulation. She quickly snaps out of it upon discovering the compensation forms he's planning to use to try and cash in on Will's death, however, and it's implied that this isn't the first time Joyce has had to deal with Lonnie playing these kind of mind games with her.
** The Hawkins Lab people also try this on Hopper to make him believe that his investigation of the lab and discovery of the portal to the Upside Down was simply the result of an hallucination during a drug bender. He doesn't buy it, however, and instead tears his place apart until he discovers the bug they've planted to monitor him.


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* PerspectiveReversal: Up to this episode, Jonathan has been convinced that his brother's disappearance has been under natural circumstances and that he's now dead, while Joyce has insisted that something unusual is happening and that he is still alive. In this episode, thanks to discoveries made in the previous one Jonathan has now come to believe that his mother is right, while Joyce (thanks to Lonnie's manipulations) begins to doubt herself and believe she's going insane. Ultimately subverted, however, since Joyce wises up to what Lonnie is doing and realises that she isn't going crazy after all.


* JerkassHasAPoint: Sure, Lonnie is a deadbeat dad trying to cash in on his son's apparent death, but he is right: that gorge is ridiculously unsafe. It's just a sheer dead drop over the side into the water around a hundred feet down. Later, we see Mike nearly fall in, too. Even if Will really wasn't killed there, someone likely would be.

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Sure, Lonnie is a deadbeat dad trying to cash in on his son's apparent death, but he is right: that gorge is ridiculously unsafe. It's just a sheer dead drop over the side into the water around a hundred feet down. Later, we see Mike nearly fall in, too. Even if Will really wasn't killed there, someone likely would be.be.
** The boys are hurt, betrayed and angry when it's revealed that Eleven has been manipulating their compasses to direct them away from the source of the disruption. Of course, they don't know but the audience ''does'' both what kind of horrors Eleven has experienced there and the dangers currently occuring at that particular location, making Eleven's actions entirely understandable (if not exactly admirable).

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Lonnie comes back to town ostensibly to console Joyce about Will's disappearance. The two make peace with each other, until Joyce discovers that Lonnie still doesn't actually care about his sons, [[OnlyInItForTheMoney but is really just trying to cash in on Will's death with a wrongful death lawsuit]]. Angry, she demands that he leaves again.


The boys determine Will is trapped in an alternate dimension Eleven calls the "Upside Down," and he is being pursued by a monster similar to a Demogorgon. After Will's funeral, the boys ask their science teacher Mr. Clarke about alternative dimensions. He explains that a high-energy spacetime tear could theoretically create a passage between dimensions, and that such a phenomenon would create a disruption in the Earth's electromagnetic field. Using their compasses, the party heads into the woods to search for such a a disruption. Eleven remembers encountering the creature during a lab experiment, and afraid, she redirects the compasses. Lucas notices and confronts her. Mike defends her, he and Lucas fight, and Eleven telekinetically flings Lucas off Mike. While Dustin and Mike tend to the unconscious Lucas, Eleven disappears.

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The boys determine Will is trapped in an alternate dimension Eleven calls the "Upside Down," and he is being pursued by a monster similar to a Demogorgon. After Will's funeral, the boys ask their science teacher Mr. Clarke about alternative dimensions. He explains that a high-energy spacetime tear could theoretically create a passage between dimensions, and that such a phenomenon would create a disruption in the Earth's electromagnetic field. Using their compasses, the party heads into the woods to search for such a a disruption. Eleven remembers encountering the creature during a lab experiment, and afraid, she redirects the compasses. Lucas notices and confronts her. Mike defends her, he and Lucas fight, and Eleven telekinetically flings Lucas off Mike. While Dustin and Mike tend to the unconscious Lucas, Eleven disappears.


The boys determine Will is trapped in an alternate dimension Eleven calls the "Upside Down," and he is being pursued by a monster similar to a Demogorgon. After Will's funeral, the boys ask their science teacher Mr. Clarke about alternative dimensions; he explains that a high-energy spacetime tear could theoretically create a passage between dimensions, and that such a phenomenon would create a disruption in the Earth's electromagnetic field. Using their compasses, the party heads into the woods to search for such a a disruption. Eleven remembers encountering the creature during a lab experiment, and afraid, she redirects the compasses. Lucas notices and confronts her. Mike defends her, he and Lucas fight, and Eleven telekinetically flings Lucas off Mike. While Dustin and Mike tend to the unconscious Lucas, Eleven disappears.

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The boys determine Will is trapped in an alternate dimension Eleven calls the "Upside Down," and he is being pursued by a monster similar to a Demogorgon. After Will's funeral, the boys ask their science teacher Mr. Clarke about alternative dimensions; he dimensions. He explains that a high-energy spacetime tear could theoretically create a passage between dimensions, and that such a phenomenon would create a disruption in the Earth's electromagnetic field. Using their compasses, the party heads into the woods to search for such a a disruption. Eleven remembers encountering the creature during a lab experiment, and afraid, she redirects the compasses. Lucas notices and confronts her. Mike defends her, he and Lucas fight, and Eleven telekinetically flings Lucas off Mike. While Dustin and Mike tend to the unconscious Lucas, Eleven disappears.


The boys determine Will is trapped in an alternate dimension Eleven calls the "Upside Down," and he is being pursued by a monster similar to a Demogorgon. After Will's funeral, science teacher Mr. Clarke tells the boys that a high-energy spacetime tear could create a passage between dimensions. Using their compasses, they search for a disruption in the Earth's electromagnetic field. Eleven remembers encountering the creature during a lab experiment, and afraid, she redirects the compasses. Lucas notices and confronts her. Mike defends her, he and Lucas fight, and Eleven telekinetically flings Lucas off Mike. While Dustin and Mike tend to the unconscious Lucas, Eleven disappears.

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The boys determine Will is trapped in an alternate dimension Eleven calls the "Upside Down," and he is being pursued by a monster similar to a Demogorgon. After Will's funeral, the boys ask their science teacher Mr. Clarke tells the boys about alternative dimensions; he explains that a high-energy spacetime tear could theoretically create a passage between dimensions. Using their compasses, they search for dimensions, and that such a phenomenon would create a disruption in the Earth's electromagnetic field.field. Using their compasses, the party heads into the woods to search for such a a disruption. Eleven remembers encountering the creature during a lab experiment, and afraid, she redirects the compasses. Lucas notices and confronts her. Mike defends her, he and Lucas fight, and Eleven telekinetically flings Lucas off Mike. While Dustin and Mike tend to the unconscious Lucas, Eleven disappears.


* OneOfUs: In-universe example: the boys' chemistry teacher, who is an RPG geek like they are.

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