Hopper and Joyce Almost Go on a Date
Season three wasn’t all about monsters, however, as Hopper (David Harbour) realizes the hardship of parenting a teenage Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), who is fully dating Mike (Finn Wolfhard). Not knowing how to handle this situation, Hopper turns to Joyce (Winona Ryder) for advice, which brings them closer together.
Unfortunately, we never see the pair go on a date at Enzo’s, because Joyce gets too distracted by her magnets losing their connectivity. Worried that this situation is caused by the Hawkins Lab, which is supposed to be closed for good, Joyce and Hopper return to the abandoned government facility.
Though Hawkins Lab still remains shuttered, the duo is confronted by a violent Russian agent, leading them to realize all is not right in Hawkins. After capturing Russian scientist Alexei (Alec Utgoff), who is in Hawkins to work on opening the gate to the Upside Down, Joyce and Hopper enlist former investigative journalist Murray Bauman (Brett Gelman) for help.
Together, they learn the extent of Russia’s presence in Hawkins.
Robin Comes Out to Steve
Here’s where some of the storylines overlap. As Joyce, Hopper and Murray are learning the truth, Steve, Robin, Dustin and Lucas’ little sister Erica (Priah Ferguson) infiltrate the mall-based lab. Things don’t go according to plan, which results in Steve and Robin getting captured.
The Scoops Ahoy duo is rescued by Dustin and Erica, but not before being tortured and injected with a truth serum. Because of this, Robin confides in Steve that she never had a crush on him in high school, as she is gay.