Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street

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"Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street"
Stranger Things episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 2
Directed byThe Duffer Brothers
Written byThe Duffer Brothers
Featured musicKyle Dixon
Michael Stein
Cinematography byTim Ives
Editing byKevin D. Ross
Original release dateJuly 15, 2016 (2016-07-15)
Running time55 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
  • Joe Chrest as Ted Wheeler
  • Anniston and Tinsley Price as Holly Wheeler
  • Joe Keery as Steve Harrington
  • Rob Morgan as Deputy Powell
  • John Paul Reynolds as Officer Callahan
  • Shannon Purser as Barbara Holland
  • Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
  • Catherine Dyer as Connie Frazier
  • Ross Partridge as Lonnie Byer
  • Chester Rushing as Tommy
  • Chelsea Talmadge as Carol
Episode chronology
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"Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers"
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"Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly"
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"Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street" is the second episode of the first season of the American science fiction horror web television series Stranger Things. It was written and directed by the series creators The Duffer Brothers,[1][2] and it was released on Netflix July 15, 2016, along with the rest of the first season episodes. In the episode Mike tries to communicate with Eleven, and Joyce attempts to communicate with Will via phone. The episode was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.


After finding Eleven in the woods Mike, Dustin and Lucas, bring her to Mike's home. The three attempt to talk to her without, but without success. Lucas and Dustin suspect of her but Mike apparently bonds with her, and nicknames her "El".

The following day Mike plans to sneak Eleven out of the house, to make her pretend to be a runaway and she can get the help from his mother Karen. However she refuses revealing that the "bad men" are after her, and things will get worse. This causes Mike to stay at home with Eleven, instead of going to school.

Meanwhile, Joyce Byers tells Hooper about the phone call she received yesterday, but he is reluctant to believe her story. Joyce goes to her workplace to buy a new phone, and manages to convince her boss to give her two weeks pay in advance.

Eleven recognize Will from a photo of the four boys in Mike's room. Before Mike can make more questions, her mother’s Karen arrives forcing him to hide Eleven in a closet much to hear fear, revealing that she is claustrophobic, due to being trapped in a dark cell when she was living in lab. Mike confronts her mother, however she seems to understand his situation about Will's disappearance and showing sympathy.

Meanwhile Jonathan leaves Hawkins and goes to Indianapolis, and visit his estranged father searching for him. However he doesn’t find him there, and the two have an argument about all the damage he made and Joyce. Eventually Lonnie rebuffs him, and Jonathan leaves.

Mike tries to convince Dustin and Lucas about her situation, but Lucas unconvinced attempts to tell the truth to Mike's mother. But before he can do so, Eleven closes the door abruptly with her mind, revealing that she have telekinesis, convincing Dustin and Lucas to trust her. Eleven tells to the boys that Will is on the "Upside Down" hiding from "The Demogorgon" (the creature) using their Dungeons and Dragons board. Joyce receives the strange call again, unfortunately the phone short circuits. Then the light begin to blink and begins to hear the music from Will's stereo. She sees the creature coming through the wall freaking her out. She attempts to leave but later returns to her house.

Meanwhile, Nancy and Barb go to a party with Steve Harrington, Nancy's boyfriend. Jonathan, who is near Steve's house begins to photograph secretly the party, searching for Will. Eventually Nancy gets drunk and have sex with Steve, much to Barb dismay. Barb sits alone in the pool, however after accidentally cutting herself with Steve's knife, her hand begins to bleed which attract the creature attention. She is attacked and vanishes.


The episode was directed and written by the series creators, The Duffer Brothers.[3][4]


Critical reception[edit]

Emily L. Stephens from the A.V. Club gave a positive review praising the performances of the kids.[5] Greg Wheeler praised the writing and the development of the main characters.[6] Kody from Geek Outpost praised Brown's performance and her character's dark past.[7] Patrick J. Mullen rated the episode 7/10.[8]


The episode received two nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Sarah Hindsgaul and Evelyn Roach received a nomination for the Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series and Nora Felder received a nomination for the Outstanding Music Supervision.[9][10]


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  6. Wheeler, Greg (2017-08-13). "Stranger Things Season 1 Review". The Review Geek. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
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  8. Mullen, Patrick J. (2019-11-27). "Stranger Things episode review — 1.2 — Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street". Medium. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  9. "Outstanding Drama Series Nominees / Winners 2017". Television Academy. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
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