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Spy Games is the fourth episode of the first season of Outer Banks. It is the fourth episode of the series overall.


When John B's supervision-free home life catches up to him, he receives a well-timed assist — and some spiffing up — from the last person he expects.


Although they find the wreckage, John B and the others realize the treasure is not there. Back home, John B’s home life catches up to him as Deputy Thomas and Cheryl both show up to take him away. He races off but in doing so, dives headfirst into the path of Sarah, who agrees to help patch him up.

She takes him back to her house and mentions a familiar name, Denmark Tanny. This man happened to have been on the Royal Merchant all those years ago. Sensing he may be on to a clue, he presses Sarah on giving up the details and going to the archives. However, there’s a catch – she insists on going with him.

Begrudgingly he agrees and they sneak on-board a ship to get to Chapel Hill, where the archives are. After playing a game of Truth to pass the time, we learn more about John B and Sarah as they start to grow closer together.

They clean up and buy new clothes at a high-end clothing store and assume secret identities. They head to the archives together, where John B admits the truth to her that he’s on a treasure hunt. Denmark originally bought slaves to free them but was subsequently hanged afterwards. Among the papers, they also find the names of his sons and a picture of the British Gold on-board the Merchant. On the day Denmark died, he wrote a letter to his son in code. Before they leave, John B snaps a photo of the letter in a bid to try and decipher it.

After their adventure, Sarah and John B ride back to Outer Banks and finally say their goodbyes which ends with a forbidden kiss in the rain and plenty of drama to come between them going forward.

Sheriff Peterkin starts to dig a little deeper into the deaths of the two men, realizing that someone may have killed them before they hit the water. Even more alarming, the piercings on their shoulder may have been caused by a gaff hook.

While Pope gets jittery over the boat situation with Topper, things are made worse when Kie finds herself caught in the center of this bubbling conflict. Unfortunately things do kick off and the four boys fight at the open-air cinema that night until Kie arrives to stop them by starting a fire.

Back home, Topper speaks to his Mother and police about the boat and they manage to find a nearby camera feed that shows the boat – which traces it back to Pope. While Topper is reluctant, his mother demands they press charges and see him get criminal charges for property damage. As the police arrive, Pope is taken away and arrested. Before they bundle him in the car however, JJ takes the blame and is arrested instead.





  • Deion Smith as Kelce
  • Jason Saucier as Guffy
  • Candi Brooks as DCS Cheryl
  • Logan Siu as Jorge
  • Rob Mars as Deputy Thomas
  • Pat Gallagher as Clerk
  • Lawrence Sykkmon as Worker
  • Brad Burroughs as Marina Rat
  • Ashritha Kancharla as Librarian



  • The kiss between John B and Sarah Cameron wasn't initially supposed to happen in the rain. The crew and cast saw that the rain was coming in and thought they were going to have to call the scene off for the day, however, Madelyn Cline (Sarah), Chase Stokes (John B) and Jonas Pate (show creator), agreed that they should just go for it as it seemed kismet.[1]



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