‘Outer Banks’ Season 2, Episode 1 Recap: ‘The Gold’

Outer Banks Season 2 is finally here! If you’re like us, you’ve already blown through episode 1, “The Gold.”

In the first episode of season 2, John B. (Chase Stokes) and Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline) find themselves in the Bahamas with a bounty on their heads. Meanwhile, back in “The Cut,” the Pogues discover evidence that might clear John B’s name. 

[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead for Outer Banks Season 2.]

JONATHAN DAVISS as POPE, MADISON BAILEY as KIARA and RUDY PANKOW as JJ in 'Outer Banks' Season 2, Episode 1 'The Gold'
Jonathan Daviss, Madison Bailey, and Rudy Pankow | JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX © 2021

‘Outer Banks’ Season 1 recap 

In the first season of the Netflix series, we meet a group of Pogues from “The Cut,” or the lower-income side of the island. John B. is on the hunt for his father, Big John Rutledge (Charles Halford), who has been missing for months. 

With the help of his fellow Pogues J.J. (Rudy Pankow), Kiara (Madison Bailey), and Pope (Jonathan Daviss), John B. discovers his father was in search of $400 million in gold that sunk with the Royal Merchant ship. As the Pogues search for the sunken treasure, a wealthy Kook from Figure Eight — Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline) — gets involved. Along the way, she and John B. fall for each other.

Eventually, John B. learns Sarah’s dad, Ward (Charles Esten) is responsible for the disappearance of Big John. Ward tries to eliminate John B. and fly the gold off to the Bahamas to protect his name and dig himself out of a financial hole. But Ward’s plan goes sideways when his son Rafe (Drew Starkey) shoots and kills Sheriff Peterkin (Adina Porter). 

In the season finale, John B. and Sarah sail off into a tropical storm in pursuit of the gold. What the Pogues don’t know is they’re rescued by a cargo ship somewhere at sea.  

“All I gotta say about season 2 is…strap in,” Stokes tweeted when the trailer dropped. “Thank u guys for all the love on the teaser. July 30th, time 2 party.”

‘Outer Banks’ Netflix Season 2 opens with a somber tribute to John B. 

Believing John B. to be dead, the Pogues mourn the loss of their friend. Meanwhile, the townspeople of the Outer Banks think John B. is responsible for the death of Sheriff Peterkin. Deputy Victor Shoupe (Cullen Moss) is working the case, but unsure about John B.’s involvement in his colleague’s assassination. 

John B. proposes to Sarah Cameron in season 2 episode ‘The Gold’ 

Unbeknownst to the residents of the Outer Banks, John B. and Sarah Cameron make it to the Bahamas thanks to Captain Terrance (Terence Rosemore) and his crew. While on the ship, John B. and Sarah share a sweet moment.

“Do you wanna get married?” he asks her. “Do you want to be a Pogue for life?”

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“If I say ‘Yes,’ you’re not allowed to die,” Sarah replies. This aside from Sarah quickly becomes the over-arching theme for season 2, a la The Notebook‘s “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.”

Wanted fugitives, John B. and Sarah are forced to run when the boat docks in the Bahamas. They hide out on a hotel roof somewhere in town, but not before John B. swipes a hotel worker’s cell phone.

‘Outer Banks’ characters plan to clear John B.’s name in ‘The Gold’ 

Using the “borrowed” cell phone, John B. reaches out to the Pogues to tell them he and Sarah are alive. Once J.J. confirms it’s really John B. and not a trap, the Pogues focus on clearing John B.’s name. 

Pope, Kiara, and J.J. make a plan to obtain what seems to be the only evidence that can prove John B.’s innocence. When Ward had the gold flown off of the Outer Banks that fateful day, he wasn’t on the plane. The Pogues track down the pilot — a witness to Peterkin’s death — and inquire about what he saw that day. 

Back in the Bahamas, John B. is making his own efforts to clear his name. Believing the gold is stashed away at the Cameron’s vacation home, he breaks into the property to find a locked safe. Unable to break the code, John B. walks back to the hotel to find Sarah missing at the hands of their cargo ship crew.

‘The Gold’ features Pogue-on-Pogue macking between Pope and Kiara 

As promised, season 2 of Outer Banks features even more Pogue-on-Pogue macking. At the end of season 1, Kiara and Pope kiss. Initially, they both chalk it up to the pressure they were under to help John B. But now, their feelings for each other seem to be growing.