Stranger Things: Season 3, Episode 5 “Chapter Five: The Flayed” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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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 Date 7/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
Grigori Andrey Ivchenko
Alexei Alec Utgoff

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A Wild Goose Chase To A Crazy Goose: Grigori, Murray, Joyce, Alexei, Hopper

Thanks to the information they got from Larry, Joyce and Hopper find a house which has two Russian engineers. Problem is, neither speak English, and then Grigori shows up and does his impression of the Terminator. Leading to Hopper and Joyce kidnapping one engineer, Alexei, and bringing him to Murray since no one else speaks Russian in the area. As that happens, Grigori is on their trail, ready for another round.

Grigori (Andrey Ivchenko) hunting Hopper and Joyce.
Grigori (Andrey Ivchenko)

Below The Starcourt: Robin, Steve, Dustin, Erica

Due to sheer luck, not only do Steve, Robin, Dustin, and Erica get out of the elevator, but they trek ridiculously long hallways without being seen. Also, they make it into a communications room without being found, despite passing a Dr. Evil styled set on the way, and Steve even knocks out a soldier. But rather than make a quick exit, Robin gets curious and finds out the Russians are opening a gate to the upside-down. Basically repeating the same stupidity the Americans did a season before.

The Contingency Plan: Tom, El, Mike, Lucas, Max, Jonathan, Nancy, Will

With what she discovers, Nancy makes sure to gather Jonathan, Will, and his friends to talk about what they’ve known and seen, and prepare their next move. Which, originally, was to go see Mrs. Driscoll. However, all they find, Jonathan and Nancy, is Tom and his associate who either try to kill them or knock them out to add to the Mind Flayer’s army. But, as luck would have it, hit one person it damages the other, so their combined forces allow them to defeat Tom and his friend.

Though that doesn’t mean they are safe. With killing (?) Tom and his peer means the Mind Flayer’s goop liquefies the body and seeks to reconfigure. Leading to a monster bigger than any Demogorgon we’ve ever seen.

One of the Mind Flayer's monsters.

As for what the kids were doing during all this? Well, Will was being a fifth wheel, as Lucas and Max made up, as well as Mike and El. But as the lights flicker, he reminds everyone that they didn’t come to the hospital to hang out and steal snacks from a vending machine.