Stranger Things: 13 scenes that pulled on our heartstrings

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 29: (L-R) Actors Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp and Winona Ryder attend The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_018 (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for TNT)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 29: (L-R) Actors Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp and Winona Ryder attend The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_018 (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for TNT) /

13. “He’s a sensitive kid.”

Episode: 1

If you knew your kid was missing, you’d expect people to actually believe you, right?

Unfortunately for Joyce Byers, Hopper isn’t really listening when she first confronts him about Will’s disappearance. To all of her points, he seems to have a retaliation which she must then rebut.

He first tries, “Look, boy his age, he’s probably just playing hooky, okay?” She’s quick to shut him down. “Not my Will. He’s not like that.” She tries to explain that Will isn’t like either she or Hopper. “He’s not like…most.”

In Hopper’s office, where she is just trying to find her kid, she actually has to waste time explaining his behavior, defending it. When she tries to describe how the kids at school bully him, she says that “they laugh at him, his clothes.” Hopper’s response? “What’s wrong with his clothes?”

Look, I love Hopper. He really grows throughout the series and he definitely starts taking Joyce more seriously not too long after this scene. That being said, he certainly should have shown her more respect.

You can really feel how frazzled and scared Joyce is here. She just wants to find her son. She’s at her wits’ end. In her own words, “He’s a sensitive kid” and she deserved more in trying to find a simply sweet little boy.

Here, she hasn’t yet broken down into the totally distraught, frenzied Joyce of later episodes. She is simply panicked, and it’s sad to watch her without almost any support.