This stranger things season 1 episode was named The Weirdo On Maple Street. This activates a flashback sequence where we see ‘Eleven’ getting dragged and secured into a tiny enclosed space. She’s crying for her “Papa” to assist her. “Papa” is shown to be Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine), the man we keep seeing being secretive and suspicious. My theory is that she did something wrong or something that “Papa” did not approve of and, because of this, has been secured into the room as a punishment. Later on, when Lucas and Dustin come to see Mike and freak out when ‘Eleven’ is still there, ‘Eleven’ compels the door closed with her mind and shows her skills to the boys. She tries to explain to them how she admits Will by using Dungeons & Dragons figures. They ask who he’s hiding from and she pulls out the Demogorgon to signify the monster that has taken him.
Speaking of Dr. Brenner in watch stranger things season 1, we see he’s been a sneaky little devil. Researchers from the government lab have seemingly tapped the phone lines in this tiny Indiana town to have any advice they could when something wiggy goes down. They overhear the conversation out of a freaked out Joyce with the police dispatcher regarding her lost son. Later, Dr. Brenner and a few other people in hazmat suits directly from Spielberg’s E.T. invade Joyce’s property to get any indications of creature activity. Dr. Brenner visits the drop where Will went lost and finds a fascinating slice of goop that must have been left behind by the monster.
This leads us to find out a little bit of advice concerning the creature. Mike’s sister Nancy is invited to a pool party by her crush Steven, who’s undoubtedly the most annoying guy. Her unfortunate friend Barb joins her and is disapproving of the whole situation, believing that Nancy is selling herself out for a cute guy. Barb finally gets peer pressured into drinking that leads to her failing and slicing her finger open. While she moves into the house to attempt and care for the bleeding, all of the drunk teenagers opt to go swim at the pool. Jonathan is dependent upon the backyard of Steven’s home and begins to shoot pictures of the shenanigans for any reason that’s not revealed.
Finally, the teens all go inside. Barb tries to get Nancy to leave until she does something she will regret, but Nancy refuses. Barb ends up sitting out on the diving board, cradling her finger when a drop of blood makes it to the water. The monster is there and supplies us with a scary Alien minute before both Barb and the monster vanish. Naturally, this is handily when Jonathan’s camera decides to act up.
We’re then brought back to the Byers’ house with Joyce sleeping next to the telephone, waiting for everyone to call her with information on her son. The telephone rings and, after some muffled breathing, we get confirmation that’s really attempting to reach his mother. Before they could get further in the conversation, the telephone experiences another surge and shorts outside. Unexpectedly, music starts blaring on the opposite side of the home. The lights begin to flicker to the tune of “If I Stay Or Should I Go” and Joyce gets distracted by a gradually brightening light before among the bedroom walls begins to warp. It resembles a figure, maybe the monster is trying to push its way through to reach Joyce. She, like any sane person would hopefully do, freaks out and runs out the house and jumps in her car. But she gathers her courage up and goes back into the house where the lights are still flickering.