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Dead Calm is the seventh episode of the first season of Outer Banks. It is the seventh episode of the series overall.


JJ's reckless behavior ramps up when the friends try to score some quick cash. Meanwhile, John B grows closer to Sarah — and makes her dad suspicious.


The episode begins with John B and Sarah discussing the gold bars and the 400 million in cash, which Ward happens to be listening to from the kitchen. It’s revealed that he has a gaff hook.

JJ and the others sell their first piece of gold for 70,000. However, the pawnbroker doesn’t have that sort of cash and directs them to Resurrection Drive where there happens to be warehouse holding their money.

Only, Barry happens to be in a car with blue lights en-route and he pulls them over at the side of the road and holds a shotgun up at their face. JJ however, manages to corner him and knock him to the ground, taking his ID and figuring out where he lives.

JJ heads to Barry’s house and steals all his cash. John B warns him that this road leads down a dark path but JJ doesn’t listen, refusing to give the cash back. This causes repercussions for Sarah as Barry heads off to find Rafe and confronts him over the stolen money.

JJ hands over the 25k to his Father and begs him not to gamble it all away. He doesn’t listen though and it causes JJ to beat him down to the ground; a retaliation after being beaten himself. He tells his father that he’s not scared anymore and hurries away with the cash.

Meanwhile, John B takes Sarah to a local abandoned church that John B and his father used to visit all the time. They have a wonderful time and John B kisses Sarah. Sarah quickly pulls away and reveals her sensitive side, explaining how she "bails" when she gets intimate with someone. They are very understanding with each other and share some touching memories, which eventually leads to more kissing, and finally, (implied and revealed later) sex.

JJ goes completely off the rails and splashes the full 25k on indulgences to hide his pain. Kie and Pope find him and confront their friend over his reckless move and just what he’s doing. As JJ stands up and confronts them, he shows off numerous bruises and cuts on his body at the hands of his Father, prompting Kie and Pope to hug him tightly in a really emotional moment.

The next day John B and Ward head out onto the open sea to go fishing. Drinking together, John B is on edge and keeps his guard up around his legal guardian. Ward eventually mentions the gold the kids found and they tell him it’s amazing he found it after all these years.

As he keeps talking, Ward mentions Redfield which John B immediately clings to and questions him over. He asks just how Ward knows about this and asks about his Father’s disappearance. Deciding he’ll go to the sheriff instead, John B turns the ship around intending to head back, as Ward grabs the hook and plots his next move, sneaking up on John B and preparing to strike which is where the episode ends.







  • Some lines in the speech that JJ gives during the infamous emotional hot tub scene was improvised by Rudy Pankow, the actor who portrays JJ.[1]



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