Warning: There are major spoilers ahead if you haven’t finished watching Stranger Things season 3.
The list of nail-biting scenes in Stranger Things season three could keep me awake for days: El’s face-to-face encounter with Billy’s memories, Nancy’s escape from the Mind Flayer in the Hawkins hospital, Robin and Steve’s imprisonment in a Russian bunker, and, well, every minute of its wild finale. But of all the big moments in the breakout TV series’ latest season, Twitter can’t stop talking about one divisive moment: Dustin’s radio duet with Suzie, his surprise long-distance girlfriend from Camp Know Where, in the midst of a major crisis.
Let’s rewind: At a pivotal moment in the final episode of the season, Hopper and Joyce attempt to infiltrate a Russian bunker under the Starcourt Mall, where a second gate to the Upside Down has been opened. Murphy, a conspiracy theorist who came along with them, has figured out that a locked gate in the bunker can be opened with Planck’s constant (a measurement used in quantum physics)—but he’s off by a few digits.
Dustin says that his elusive girlfriend Suzie knows the full number. He radioes in to ask for her help, but she’ll only hand it over on one condition. Dustin has to sing “Never Ending Story,” a song written for the 1984 fantasy movie of the same title, to her over the radio. He complies; they belt it out; everyone listening in over the radio is incredibly confused—but then Suzie hands over the number.
The scene has all the trappings of a rom-com karaoke moment, if the stakes were raised from landing a date to saving the human race. One side of Twitter found the moment heart-warming and hilarious. How often does a mysterious girlfriend that a character met at summer camp turn out to be real?! And how often does she sing a fantasy duet over a ham radio with her boyfriend? Not often enough, it seems.
Several users thought the song was catchy and cute.
Not all viewers thought the musical interlude was the mirror of their dreams. Dustin and Suzie’s song cut three minutes off of the time that Hopper and Joyce could spend in the bunker—and, some pointed out, that could have been the difference between Hopper living and dying. In other words: There was a time and a place for Dustin and Suzie’s song, and the eleventh hour of a mission to save the world wasn’t it.
I’ll let you decide how you felt about the scene. And if you want to relive the inopportune magic of it all without rewatching all of Stranger Things 3, Dustin and Suzie’s duet is streaming on Spotify.