Will's father Lonnie assures Joyce that her experiences are hallucinations. The boys conclude that Will is trapped in an alternative dimension which El calls the Upside-Down. After Will's funeral, the boys ask Mr. Clarke about dimensions, who he tells them that a spacetime tear could create a passage between dimensions. The deputies inform Hopper that Barb's car was found by the state; Hopper finds the state's involvement suspicious. Positing that an tear in spacetime would disrupt the electromagnetic field, the boys follow their compasses to find the source of the disruption. El remembers being placed in a sensory-deprivation tank to telekinetically intercept information from a Russian spy; while listening to the spy, she came across the creature. Scared of finding the gate, El directs the compasses away from the laboratory. Lucas notices the distortion and confronts her. Mike defends her, and he and Lucas fight. El telekinetically flings Lucas off Mike; Lucas recovers and runs away. In the woods, Nancy and Jonathan find a wounded deer, which the creature drags away. Following the blood trail, Nancy crawls through a passage to the Upside-Down world and discovers the creature feasting upon the deer.

Pop Culture Connections - Outgoing

It refers to these movies...

All the Right Moves

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This Movie is referred to by Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat part of Stranger Things Season 1
Steve asks Nancy to go to the movies with him, telling her that 'All the Right Moves' is still playing at the theater.
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Bambi

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This Movie is referred to by Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat part of Stranger Things Season 1
Jonathan tells Nancy that his father took him hunting for his 10th birthday and made him kill a rabbit. Jonathan says that he cried for a week afterward, adding that he was a fan of "Thumper".
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Risky Business

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This Movie is referred to by Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat part of Stranger Things Season 1
When Steve asks Nancy to go to the movies with him, he tells that 'All the Right Moves' is still playing at the theater. He tries to persuade her to see the movie, telling her that the movie stars the loverboy (Tom Cruise) from 'Risky Business'.
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It plays these songs...

Elegia
performed by New Order

This Song is played in Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat part of Stranger Things Season 1
This song plays in the beginning of the episode as Will's funeral is being held.

Green Desert
performed by Tangerine Dream

This Song is played in Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat part of Stranger Things Season 1
This song plays as Hopper is at home, taking all of the lightbulbs out of his light fixtures.

It refers to these television series...

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

This Television Series is referred to by Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat part of Stranger Things Season 1
After Will's funeral, Lucas, Dustin and Mike ask their science teacher, Mr. Clarke, about Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' in which he talks about other dimensions. They want to know how to find their way into the "upside-down" world.
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