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This is Suzie, I copy!

–Suzie, "The Battle of Starcourt"

Suzie Bingham, portrayed by Gabriella Pizzolo, is a minor character in the third season and a recurring character in the fourth season of Stranger Things. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, she became the girlfriend of Dustin Henderson in 1985.

History

Suzie was born to her unnamed parents in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was raised in a strict Mormon household, which led her to develop more nerdy interests, such as science, technology, and reading fantasy novels.

1985

In May of 1985, Suzie attended Camp Know Where, a sleepaway camp for children interested in technology. She met Dustin Henderson at the camp. Throughout the month, the two became infatuated with one another, eventually becoming a couple. The two shared a love for both the main song from The NeverEnding Story, and mathematical equations. By June, as their time at Camp Know Where drew to a close, Dustin gave Suzie his signature cap to remember him. As a way to keep in communication, Dustin built Cerebro, a ham radio that can communicate across long distances.

June 29

Upon Dustin's return to Hawkins, he showed Cerebro to his friends and explained its purpose: contacting Suzie. Dustin's friends helped Dustin put Cerebro together at the highest point in Hawkins. However, Dustin's attempt to contact Suzie was unsuccessful. This caused his friends to conclude that Suzie did not exist.

July 4

Dustin contacted Suzie in Utah to get Planck's Constant. She was surprised to hear from him. She asked "Dusty-Bun" where he has been, and Dustin explained that he had been busy saving the world from Russians and monsters. She giggled and said of course he was. Erica whispered for Dustin to get the number, causing Suzie to ask who else was there. Dustin nervously lied and said it was simply interference and they should change frequency. Suzie complied. He asked her if she knew Planck's Constant, which she did. When Dustin asked what it was, Suzie questioned his lack of contact with her for the week only to ask for a mathematical equation that he should know in order to save the world. Dustin promised that he would make it up to her as soon as possible, but Suzie said he could make it up to her now. Confused, Dustin asked what she was talking about. Suzie simply said that she "wanted to hear it." Dustin, embarrassed, said not now, but Suzie demanded him to do it or she would sign off. Reluctantly, Dustin began singing alongside Suzie a duet to the theme song for The NeverEnding Story, much to the confusion and annoyance of the group, who were listening by radio. After finishing, she provided Planck's Constant, which Jim and Joyce used to unlocked the safe holding the keys. Dustin said that she just saved the world, and Suzie said that she missed him "multiplied by all the stars in the galaxy," and as the two proclaimed their love for one another, Erica turned off the radio, leaving Suzie confused.

1986

March

On March 21, Suzie was contacted by Dustin to help him change his grades as he had gotten a D- in Latin. After hacking into Hawkins High School computer program, Suzie reluctantly changed her boyfriend's grade and made a promise to her statue of Jesus that she would repent of her sin.

Later, a guilty Suzie confessed to her father that she had changed Dustin's grades. This caused her father to take her computer away as punishment. Her father now uses the computer for his work, and keeps it in his study at home. The study is kept locked.

Sometime later, Suzie is visited by Dustin's two best friends, Mike Wheeler and Will Byers, and their acquaintances, Jonathan Byers and Argyle. They requested her help in contacting a certain computer's phone number and tracing the computer's location. They told Suzie that locating this computer was part of a promotion for a new gaming console, and that the winners would receive a free copy of the new gaming console. Suzie was also told that the new gaming console would be a birthday present for Dustin. With the help of her younger siblings, Suzie was able to get into her father's office and obtain the coordinates for this computer, which were in Nevada.

Personality

Like Dustin, Suzie is interested in science and comics. Due to her religious family and appearance, it's likely Suzie is sheltered and quiet, which leads to her nerdy nature. When Dustin calls Suzie asking if she knows the Planck constant, she jokingly remarks, "Do you know the Earth orbits the sun?", reciting the complicated number by heart, showing her to be an intelligent and studious girl. It is shown that she can operate a ham radio, as that is her main mode of communication with Dustin. She is also quite sentimental and romantic, being particularly joyous to hear from Dustin and seems to particularly enjoy singing with him. There's also some hints of jealousy to Suzie, as when she hears Erica murmur to Dustin to get the number already, Suzie suspiciously asks who that was, but Dustin lies by saying it was someone overlapping the frequency.

Relationships

Suzie is Dustin Henderson's first girlfriend, having met at Camp Know Where during June of 1985. They share a love of comics and science. Unlike other girls Dustin has interacted with, Suzie does not care about Dustin's cleidocranial dysplasia, saying that "kissing is better without teeth". Dustin's view of Suzie is slightly warped (but in a good way), viewing her as "hotter than Phoebe Cates" and describing her as the perfect woman. When the two departed once camp was over, Dustin bestowed her his old hat, which she kept by her bedside table. After returning to Hawkins, Dustin attempts to reconnect with her through his radio and introduce her to his skeptical friends, but she does not respond. After Dustin contacts her in need of Planck's Constant, Suzie is proved to exist and is extremely enamored with him. The two refer to each other by pet names ("Suzie Poo" and "Dusty Bun") and they perform the theme song to The Neverending Story. She is mentioned by Dustin three months later that his rendition of The Neverending Story is for Suzie's ears only, showing they still talk to each other.

The Party

Although the group of friends has yet to meet Suzie physically, she is mentioned frequently by Dustin throughout the third season. Mike, Will, El, Max, and Lucas were shocked and skeptical of her existence and perfect nature. After Dustin fails to get in contact with her, the group concludes she is probably fabricated. The next day, he tells Steve, who believes the same thing. Dustin then compares his and Suzie's relationship with Steve's romantic feelings for Robin, much to his annoyance. On the night of July 4, while Robin, Steve, Dustin, and Erica ride towards Cerebro, Robin says to Dustin that Suzie must be worth lugging the radio out in the middle of nowhere just to speak to her, but Erica and Steve remain skeptical of her existence. It is not until Dustin and Suzie sing their song that the group is convinced of her existence (but are confused by their duet). Three months later, Max and Lucas tease Dustin of his duet by singing it while they help the Byers move, much to Dustin's anger. Between July and October of 1985, it's currently unknown whether they have been introduced to her by Dustin, but it can be assumed he most likely did not due to their knowledge of their duet.

Appearances

Season Three appearances
Suzie, Do You Copy? The Mall Rats The Case of the Missing Lifeguard The Sauna Test
The Flayed E Pluribus Unum The Bite The Battle of Starcourt
Season Four appearances
The Hellfire Club Vecna's Curse The Monster and the Superhero
Dear Billy The Nina Project The Dive
The Massacre at Hawkins Lab Papa The Piggyback
Video Game Appearances
Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales

Memorable quotes

"Okay, let me just be clear on this. I haven't heard from you in a week, and now you want a mathematical equation that you should know so you can... save the world?"
Suzie to Dustin, "The Battle of Starcourt"
"Planck's constant is 6.62607004."
"The Battle of Starcourt"


Trivia

  • Suzie and Dustin have a favorite song that they usually sing together: "The NeverEnding Story". Released in 1984, it is the title song from the English version of the German 1984 film The NeverEnding Story.
  • Judging from certain objects in her room, Suzie appears to like certain movies and fandoms that are considered for younger children, owning a The Wizard of Oz poster, a The Muppet Movie poster, and a Strawberry Shortcake mug.
  • She and her family are Mormon.
  • She plays the clarinet, similar to Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • When Dustin mentions that he couldn't contact her due to being busy saving the world from Russians and monsters, Suzie, giggling, says, "Of course you have!" It's possible Dustin told Suzie about the events in Hawkins (likely to impress her), but it's unknown both how much she knows and how much she believes.
  • Dustin's old hat that he wore in the previous seasons can be seen on her bedside table.
  • For a promotion for the third season, Suzie was a spokesperson in a vintage commercial for Camp Know Where, sponsored by Microsoft.

References


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