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Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat 

Hopper breaks into the lab to find the truth about Will's death. The boys try to locate the "gate" that will take them to Will.


Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Joyce Byers
David Harbour ... Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard ... Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown ... Eleven
Gaten Matarazzo ... Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin ... Lucas Sinclair
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Matthew Modine ... Martin Brenner
Joe Chrest ... Ted Wheeler
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
Ross Partridge ... Lonnie Byers
John Reynolds ... Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)


Hopper breaks into the lab to find the truth about Will's death. The boys try to locate the "gate" that will take them to Will.

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English | Russian

Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


As the boys and El are walking down the railroad tracks, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) is wearing a sweatshirt that says Waupaca, Wis. on it. The main employer in Waupaca, Wis. is an iron foundry that also has a plant in Etowah, TN - another city previously mentioned in the very first episode. See more »


Compasses do not point to "true North" but to "magnetic North," which is variable. True North is not the same as magnetic North. True North is aligned with the axis of the earth's rotation. Magnetic North, which aligns with the earth's magnetic fields, is slightly off. Depending on one's position in latitude and longitude, the degree of difference between the two will vary. See more »


Lucas Sinclair: [while following the compasses along the train tracks] How much further?
Dustin Henderson: I don't know. These only tell direction, not distance. You really need to learn more about compasses!
Lucas Sinclair: I'm just saying: how do we know when we get to the gate?
Dustin Henderson: Uh, I think a portal to another dimension is gonna be pretty obvious!
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References All the Right Moves (1983) See more »


Green Desert
Written by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke
Performed by Tangerine Dream
Courtesy of Jive Records
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The Upside Down
31 December 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Hopper breaks into the Hawkins laboratory and finds the gate; however he is attacked and wakes up home. He searches his home and finds a bug hidden in a light. Jonathan teams up with Nancy to investigate Barb´s disappearance and blows up his photo. They find the monster and decide to search the creature. Lonnie comes to Joyce´s home apparently for Will´s funeral but she finds he wants to sue the quarry to make money and she expels him. Mike, Dustin and Lucas ask Mr. Clake how to cross dimensions and decide to seek out the gate and Will following their compasses. However El interferes with the compasses. When they discover, El flees. Nancy finds a gate and crosses alone.

"Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat" shows three groups investigating the same event: the boys, Hopper and Jonathan and Nancy. Joyce learns that she is not crazy about Will. El is scared with the possibility of returning to the lab. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat"

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