The film opens in a Northern California forest where a group of alien botanists collect flora samples. The U.S. government agents appear as the aliens flee in their spaceship, they accidently leave E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial behind. This time the movie shifts to a suburban California home, where a boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas) plays a servant to his older brother, Michael (Robert Macnaughton), and his friends. As he fetches pizza, Elliott discovers the stranded alien in the forest as he bike rides, who E.T. promptly flees. Despite his family’s disbelief, Elliott leaves Reese’s Pieces candy in the forest to lure it into his bedroom. Before he goes to bed, Elliott notices the alien imitating his movements.