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Stranger Things: Season 3, Episode 1 “Chapter 1: Suzie, Do You Copy?” [Season Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari
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It’s the summer of love, and for those without someone warm to spend the cold nights with, desperation is sinking in. Also, the rats are starting to explode.

Community Rating: 100% (2)


Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Air Date7/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
RobinMaya Hawke

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It’s A Lonely Life: Steve, Robin, Hopper, Joyce

With Steve not heading to college, he is stuck in Hawkins, working at the mall, getting rejected left and right. All of which is entertaining for his co-worker Robin, who is even keeping a scoreboard. But Steve isn’t the only one lonely in the summer of 85’. Hopper, still longing for Joyce, has to deal with his daughter getting more affection than him, and he is a bit jealous. But, loneliness turns to envy quick as Joyce rejects him. For while she is lonely too, she doesn’t just want anyone. Who she wants is Bob.

To Be Young & In Love: El, Mike, Hopper, Lucas, Max, Dustin

But while there are many lonely people, there are also quite a few in love. El and Mike, for example? Well, they are making out so much that it leaves them breathing heavy like they just had a workout. Which is why Hopper, being the hater he is, also El’s father, would love for them to break up. However, seeing that isn’t likely to happen, instead, he has a heart to heart with Mike. Something to instill some fear into him.

Mike and El pretending they weren't just making out.

As that happens, Dustin is trying to convince everyone he has a girlfriend, though it is questionable if “Suzie” exists or not. Especially since there is this Mormon excuse as to why they can’t talk on the phone and instead need to speak by radio. Which everyone humors but Lucas is one of the first to poke a hole in this possible lie. In fact, he and Max, who may or may not be a thing, are the first to give up on Dustin’s quest to prove he has a girlfriend when really, he just accidentally has a connection to the Russians.

Something Is Going On: Nancy, Billy, Will

Russians who are trying to reopen the gate the Americans have closed. But, unlike the chaos which erupted before, it seems the Russians are mostly doing well. In fact, it seems they decided to use that gate to travel back to Hawkins and stir things up. Thus leading to Will getting goosebumps, Nancy learning about a rat issue, and Billy being dragged in to see it first hand.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Who goes swimming, in a chlorine-filled pool, with makeup on?

Collected Quote(s) or .Gifs

El waiting Hopper to make a point.


El Having A Normal Life, Overprotective Dad Included

While Hopper’s reaction is arguably rooted in jealousy/envy, you got to admire him being a protective dad and worried about his supernatural daughter. For while it has gone unsaid, can you imagine how El would react if Mike broke her heart? Especially since all they want to do is be normal, make out, giggle, and hold hands. You know, the cute stuff.

Which we all know won’t last, because this is El we’re talking about, but what’s a hero without something to lose?

Joyce and Hopper’s Loneliness

Hopper and Joyce talking.

Apart from Joyce’s loneliness keeping memories of Bob alive, it is also nice for her storyline not to be freaking out over Will for once. That and we get to see her and Hopper have some scenes together – even if he misreads things and keeps pushing for them to be more than friends. Which, in a way, you kind of want for Hopper, since he and Joyce have history and he has no life, but it can’t always be what seems destined. Sometimes, we just don’t get fan service.

Main Street Has Been Dying For A Long Time, Huh?

It’s interesting to see and hear the idea of malls killing main street, especially in a period where Walmart and Amazon are the latest threats to small businesses. Making this episode feel like a reminder that downtown areas have long been considered under attack yet somehow survived. Even in small towns.

On The Fence

The Russians

Human villains on Stranger Things have always been a bit meh. Billy was a bully, but also there was this push for him to be misunderstood. I’d submit he was even geared to be your YA novel kind of bad boy. As for the rest? Dr. Brenner was underwhelming and season 2 didn’t really have a human villain. So one can only hope if the Russians are made to be enemies, not just idiots messing with things they shouldn’t, they come with something notable for their season arc.

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Season 3, Episode 8 "Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt" [Season Finale]While the finale sets up a season 4, it makes clear that things won’t be the same. Either because of what happens during the fight with the Mind Flayer or the decisions made after.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Air Date7/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
SuzieGabriella Pizzolo
  • A Battle To End All Battles: Murray, Dustin, Lucas, Will, Jonathan, Nancy, Mike, Max, Billy, El, Hopper, Joyce, Robin, Steve
  • This Is The End: Billy, Hopper, Max, Joyce, Suzie, Murray, Dustin, Mike, El, Grigori
  • 3 Months Later: Hopper, El, Mike, Joyce, Max
Season 3, Episode 4 “Chapter Four: The Sauna Test”We’re halfway through the season and are treated to El’s first fight with the Mind Flayer. Which happens to coincide with a new development when it comes to the Russians.
Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)Kate Trefry
Air Date7/4/2019
Noted This Episode
Mayor Larry KlineCary Elwes
Mrs. DriscollPeggy Miley
Karen WheelerCara Buono
  • A Woman Ahead Of Her Time: Tom, Jonathan, Mrs. Wheeler, Nancy, Mrs. Driscoll
  • Starcourt Mall Controversy: Larry, Joyce, Hopper, Robin, Dustin, Steve, Erica
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Season 3, Episode 3 “Chapter 3: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard”The Russians land in Hawkins, and alongside them, the Mind Flayer’s plans begin to come to fruition.
Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)William Bridges
Air Date7/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
TomMichael Park
HeatherFrancesca Reale
  • The Way Things Used To Be: Will, Lucas, Mike, Hopper, Joyce
  • The Investigation Continues: Robin, Steve, Dustin, Nancy, Jonathan
  • There Is Something Strange About Your Brother: El, Max, Billy, Tom, Heather
Season 3, Episode 5 “Chapter Five: The Flayed”As the Mind Flayer shows both a weakness and strength, Hopper meets up with an old friend and Steve’s crew make a grand discovery
Director(s)Uta Briesewitz
Writer(s)Paul Dichter
Air Date7/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
GrigoriAndrey Ivchenko
AlexeiAlec Utgoff
  • A Wild Goose Chase To A Crazy Goose: Grigori, Murray, Joyce, Alexei, Hopper
  • Below The Starcourt: Robin, Steve, Dustin, Erica
  • The Contingency Plan: Tom, El, Mike, Lucas, Max, Jonathan, Nancy, Will
Season 3, Episode 6 “Chapter Six: E. Pluribus Unum”On top of learning why the Russians are in Hawkins, El ventures into Billy’s past and discovers why he is the way he is – in more ways than one.
Director(s)Uta Briesewitz
Writer(s)Curtis Gwinn
Air Date7/4/2019
  • Paging Dr. Owens: Alexei, Murray, Joyce, Hopper
  • Catching Up On Old Times: Erica, Dustin, Robin, Steve
  • A Mind Is A Terrible Place To Visit: El, Billy, Mike, Max, Nancy
Season 3, Episode 7 “Chapter Seven: The Bite”Two secrets are revealed, we experience the first notable death of the season, and the gang begins to converge as the Mind Flayer makes its first major move.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Air Date7/4/2019
  • Goodbye Comrade: Alexei, Murray, Larry, Joyce, Hopper, Grigori
  • A Major Blow To El: El, Mike, Max, Lucas, Nancy
  • The Gang Is, Mostly, All Here: El, Erica, Steve, Robin, Dustin
Season 3, Episode 2 “Chapter 2: The Mall Rats”As Billy becomes a pawn to the Mind Flayer, Dustin helps integrate Robin into the crew. Also, El comes to Max about boy problems.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Air Date7/4/2019
  • Raving Rabid Rats: Nancy, Jonathan
  • Stupid Boys: Robin, Dustin, Steve, Max, El, Mike, Lucas
  • It’s Something I Needed To Do: Joyce, Hopper, Billy, Mr. Clark
Season 3, Episode 1 “Chapter 1: Suzie, Do You Copy?” [Season Premiere]It’s the summer of love, and for those without someone warm to spend the cold nights with, desperation is sinking in. Also, the rats are starting to explode.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Air Date7/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
RobinMaya Hawke
  • It’s A Lonely Life: Steve, Robin, Hopper, Joyce
  • To Be Young & In Love: El, Mike, Hopper, Lucas, Max, Dustin
  • Something Is Going On: Nancy, Billy, Will
Season 1/ Episode 2 “Chapter 2: The Weirdo on Maple Street”As Eleven begins to freak-out Lucas and Dustin, the search for Will leads to weird situations. All the while, Nancy might lose more than her virginity.
Director(s)Matt and Ross Duffer
Writer(s)Matt and Ross Duffer
Notable Guest Stars
LonnieRoss Partridge
  • A Family In Tatters: Joyce, Jonathan
  • So, My Parents Won’t Be Home: Steve, Nancy, Barbara, Jonathan
  • The Search Continues: Lucas, Dustin, Mike, Eleven, Sheriff Hopper
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly”The truth about Eleven lurks about as something is contacting Joyce through lights.
Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)Matt and Ross Duffer

Notable Guest Stars

NicoleGlennellen Anderson
Terry IvesAimee Mullins
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  • What Happens In Hawkins, Stays In Hawkins: Dr. Benner, Eleven, Hopper
  • The Body In The Water: Joyce, Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Hopper
Season 1/ Episode 4 “Chapter Four: The Body”While one missing person we are given some hope for, it doesn’t look good for the other one at all.
Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)Justin Doble
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  • Looking for Barbara: Steve, Nancy, Jonathan
  • And The Lie Detector Test Determined, That Is A Lie: Joyce, Hopper, Will, Eleven, Mike
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Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)Alison Tatlock
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  • The Upside Down: Eleven, Nancy, Jonathan, Mike, Lucas, Dustin
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Chapter 6: The Monster”As Hopper and Joyce meet Terry Ives, Dustin and Mike go on a search for Eleven. Also, Jonathan and Nancy grow closer.
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Writer(s)Jessie Nickson-Lopez
Newly Introduced Characters
Becky IvesAmy Seimetz
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  • Jane: Hopper, Joyce, Terry, Becky
  • The Search for Eleven: Lucas, Mike, Dustin, Eleven
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Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)Justin Doble
  • The Bad Men Are Coming: Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Karen, Dr. Benner
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Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)(Teleplay) The Duffer Brothers | (Story) Paul Duchter
Characters Introduced
SarahElle Graham
  • Sarah & Will: Hopper, Joyce, Dr. Benner
  • The Hunt For The Demogorgon & Eleven: Jonathan, Nancy, Steve, Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Dr. Benner
  • One Month Later: Will, Hopper, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Joyce, Jonathan, Steve
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Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Characters Introduced
MurrayBrett Gelman
MaxSadie Sink
BobSean Astin
Dr. OwensPaul Reiser
KaliLinnea Berthelsen
MerrilFenton Lawless
  • Less Than Eleven: Kali
  • What Is Normal?: Dustin, Max, Lucas, Mike, Will, Jonathan, Nancy, Dustin, Joyce
  • Gone But Not Forgotten: Hopper, Joyce, Dr. Owens, Murray, Mike
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Characters Introduced
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Mrs. SinclairKaren Ceesay
BillyDacre Montgomery
SamanthaShea Jones
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  • It’s Like Everyone Forgotten: Nancy, Steve, Jonathan
  • Welcome To The Party: Max, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Mike, Billy
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Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)Justin Doble
  • I Thought We Had a Deal?: Dr. Owens, Hopper
  • The Truth Has To Be Told: Steve, Nancy, Jonathan
  • You Don’t Even Know What You Did: Will, Dustin, Eleven, Max, Mike
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Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)Paul Dichter
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  • We’re Going To Burn That Place Down: Nancy, Jonathan, Dr. Owens
  • Telling Your Secrets Don’t Always Lead To Answers: Max, Dustin, Mike, Lucas, Joyce, Will, Hopper
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Director(s)Andrew Stanton
Writer(s)Jessie Nickson-Lopez
Characters Introduced
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  • The Return of Murray: Nancy, Jonathan, Murray
  • What Happened to Momma?: Becky, Terry, Eleven
  • Gain One, Lose One: Hopper, Joyce, Bob, Will, Mike
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Writer(s)Kate Trefry
  • Let’s State The Obvious Here: Murray, Nancy, Jonathan
  • You Got A Friend In Me: Max, Lucas, Dustin, Steve
  • Face-Off: Will, Max, Lucas, Dustin, Steve, Mike, Dr. Owens
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Writer(s)Justin Doble
Characters Introduced
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DottieAnna Jacoby-Heron
RayPruitt Taylor Vince
MickGabrielle Maiden
FunshineKai L. Greene
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Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Characters Introduced
SusanJennifer Marshall
NeilWill Chase
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  • Why Can’t Joyce Have Nice Things?: Bob, Dr. Owens, Joyce, Hopper
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Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
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Joyce and Hopper’s Loneliness - 84%
El Having A Normal Life, Overprotective Dad Included - 85%


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