Stranger Things: 13 scenes that pulled on our heartstrings

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7. Destroying the bed

Episode: 6

As things get heated between Lucas and Mike, Eleven starts freaking out. She screams as they throw punches, and eventually, her angst translates into a telepathic wave of power. Eleven mentally throws Lucas off of Mike, which sends him crashing into some abandoned metal.

Although her intention seems to be only to stop the fight, she ends up making things worse for herself. Mike freaks out, yelling at her, “Why would you do that? What’s wrong with you?” Predictably, Eleven gets overwhelmed and runs away.

Although Lucas walks away from the incident still mad, Mike doesn’t seem to be quite as angry with him. When Mike gets home, he sulks in his basement, before destroying Eleven’s makeshift bed. It’s clear that he has a lot of confusing frustrations, and (temporarily) sees her as partly to blame for his problems.

It’s kind of hard to watch this scene. Mike has traditionally been Eleven’s biggest advocate and even has a crush on her; the switch in attitude here makes his desperation and frustration clearly apparent. He just kicks and kicks and kicks at her fort, each blow seeming to release some anxiety over Eleven, Will, Lucas, everything.

It’s a kind of childlike anger none of us ever outgrow. Sometimes you’re so frustrated, you simply feel at a loss as to what to do. You just need to destroy something, you need to get out those pent-up feelings.

In the case of Mike and the bed, I think of a quote from Forrest Gump: “Sometimes, I guess there just aren’t enough rocks.”