This 'SNL' Sketch Tackles One of the Biggest Mysteries from 'Stranger Things'

If you spent an entire weekend geeking out over Stranger Things this summer, then chances are you have plenty of unanswered questions about the show's many lingering mysteries. And while you likely won't find out about the origins of the Upside Down, for example, until season two drops next year, a new Saturday Night Live parody sketch pokes some rather pointed fun at one of your biggest questions: what the hell happened to Lucas Sinclair's family?

The sketch begins with Stranger Things creators, the Duffer Brothers, admitting to the "little oversight" of omitting the character's family -- well, besides that super brief appearance during a funeral scene. But it turns out Lucas' parents (played by Leslie Jones and Kenan Thomspson) have actually been trying to find him for days and they are not happy about it. Although Lucas (Sasheer Zamata), Dustin (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and Mike (Kyle Mooney) attempt to explain the danger they all face from the Upside Down and the Demogorgon, the adults only become increasingly suspicious. 

"It's like the normal world, but scarier and there's danger at every turn," Lucas says of the dark other world, to which his mom pointedly responds, "Baby, people who look like us already live in the Upside Down."

Eleven (Kate McKinnon) only makes things worse by using her powers to freeze Mr. Sinclair in place, but it's the sudden appearance of Police Chief Hopper that truly startles them, which basically caps off the sketch's humorous commentary on systemic racism. But the sketch is better watched than explained, so check it out in the clip shown above. Oh, and don't miss Eleven's reaction to a box of Eggo waffles. It's just great. 

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and is so freaking excited for Season 2 next year. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.