If you spent the long holiday weekend enjoying Stranger Things 3 and now wish there were more Upside Down adventures to take in right about now, we've got a tiny bit of good news. Remember in Episode 6, when Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce (Winona Ryder) took their Russian hostage-slash-asset to the house of the not-so-crazy conspiracy theorist Murray Bauman (Brett Gelman)? Well, when they dialed up the "Philadelphia Public Library" answering service and gave Bauman's number to the guy — much to Bauman's chagrin, of course — the show ditched the long-held Hollywood tradition of using the fictitious 555 area code and offered up a real Indiana-based number instead. And guess what? You can totally dial it up right now!
The number 618-625-8313 will currently lead callers to Murray Bauman's own voicemail — er, in '80s vernacular, answering machine — wherein he delivers the following message with a very in-character passive aggressiveness:
Hi. You have reached the residence of Murray Bauman. Mom, if this is you, please hang up and call me between the hours of five and six p.m. as previously discussed. Okay? And if this is Joyce, Joyce, thank you for calling. I've been trying to reach you. I have an update. It's about — well, it's probably best if we speak in person, it's not good or bad but it's something. And if this is anyone but my mother or Joyce, well, you think you're real clever getting my number don't you? Well, here's some breaking news for you. You're not clever. You're not special. You are simply one of the many, many nimwits to call here, and the closest you'll ever get to me is this pre-recorded message. So, at the beep, do me a favor. Hang up and never call here again. You are a parasite. Thank you, and good day.
Fans on social media discovered the Easter egg shortly after the new season hit Netflix and shared the results of their dial-in online.
Murray Bauman is probably pretty miffed that his digits have made it into the digital sphere like this, but he'll have to take that up with Hopper... which might be pretty hard right now.
Stranger Things 3 is currently streaming on Netflix.