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The Gold is the first episode of the second season of Outer Banks. It is the eleventh episode of the series overall.


John B tries to evade capture as he zeroes in on the gold, but a promise to Sarah could derail his plans. Back home, his friends face life without him.


The Pogues are grieving, under the impression that John B and girlfriend Sarah died at sea while trying to escape during the storm.

The town gathers for Sheriff Peterkin’s funeral. Ward is there, though the sheriff’s department is suspicious of his involvement in the shooting, and he’s lawyered up in the meantime. The Pogues are handling their grief in different ways: Kiara spray-paints “MURDERERS” on the Camerons’ wall and then smokes a lot of weed and asks Pope if he wants to hook up.

Pope knows that she’s in no state to give actual consent. He says, “I went off the rails. I lost my scholarship, and my best friend is dead. Getting high and overcompensating isn’t going to help,” he tells her, waving off the joint she offers. “It helps me,” she says. Meanwhile, JJ gets so angry at a kook in the middle of one of his shifts at the club that he announces that Rafe killed Peterkin, gets into a fight with one of Tapper’s friends and then gets fired.

Somewhere in The Atlantic, Sarah and John B wake up on a ship. The boat they were on is toast, but they’ve been taken in by a crew headed to the Bahamas. As they cuddle in the early morning, John B asks Sarah if she wants to get married, and she smiles and says no.

The crew has gotten wind of the $50,000 reward for finding John B. The captain announces to his team that they’ll turn him in once they arrive in Nassau and split the money. And they become aware of this plan after the crew locks them in the bridge just as port officials board the ship. The teens bust a window, escape and run, eventually eluding the cops and hiding out at a fancy hotel in Nassau.

John B. swipes a housekeeper’s phone and texts his friends a photo of him and Sarah. Back in North Carolina, the Pogues all receive the text while they’re at school; they slip out of class, text the number to verify that it’s him, then cry happy tears as they celebrate his resurrection. John B says he and Sarah are “laying super low” in the Bahamas, and he asks them to clear his name in the Peterkin killing so he can come home.

Kiara, Pope and JJ go about getting proof that Rafe — and not John B — killed the sheriff. They plant a phone in the car belonging to Ward’s pilot, who saw everything and knows the truth. Kiara calls the man, whose name is Gavin, and freaks him out by saying she knows Rafe was the real killer. As the kids hope, Gavin then calls Ward and says he wants to renegotiate their deal. Turns out, he kept the gun that Ward told him to get rid of, and now he wants triple the cash he was promised, plus Ward’s plane. As a hidden Pope eavesdrops, Ward tells Gavin to bring the gun to a meet-up, and he’ll bring the money.

For a short time, life as hotel stowaways is idyllic. Sarah and John B sneak food off room service trays, sleep on pool loungers dragged to a hidden section of the roof and slow-dance in front of the altar as the hotel staff sets up for a wedding. One night, John B has a nightmare that Wade is choking him and screaming that he can’t take his gold. While Sarah snoozes on the lounge chair next to him, John B runs over to the Cameron estate, swings himself over the gate and breaks into the house where he finds the safe full of gold, but can’t open it.

Sarah wakes up, notices John B is nowhere to be found and leaves the hotel, looking for him. But after a hotel staffer makes a call, the captain of the ship that brought her to the Bahamas catches up to her, and one of his crew grabs her from behind. And when John B returns to the hotel the next morning, one of the crew members, Cleo, informs him that his girlfriend is gone.

Cleo brings John B to where the captain is holding Sarah hostage. They offer him the gold from their backpack — “143,000 reasons to let us go,” Sarah says — and he takes it… but then informs that that that is his rescue fee, and he wants the bounty for turning them in to the police. So John B blurts out that there’s more gold at Ward’s island home, and Sarah can lead them to it.

While John B, Sarah and the crew are in the vacation home, Ward gets an alert on his phone from his front-door security system. Just as the rental cops are arriving to check things out, Sarah enters her birthday into the safe and it opens, full of all of the Royal Merchant gold.

When the captain realizes that they’re about to get caught, he locks John B and Sarah in the house and he and his crew get away. Eventually, John B is crawling over the roof and Sarah is sneaking around to a small cove at the back of the property. But then the captain and his men take the boat she was planning to use as a getaway vehicle, and John B gets captured and beat by the security guards.

The guards FaceTime Ward, who demands to see the face of the person who broke into his home.





  • Marland Burke as Mike Carrera
  • Deion Smith as Kelce
  • Lilah Pate as Peeler
  • Annabella Didion as Peyton
  • Daniel Evelyn as Ritz Concierge
  • Chris Gerard as Mr. Sunn
  • Adam Vernier as Gavin
  • Leonard R. Butler as Funeral Minister
  • Ed Wagenseller as Ward's Lawyer
  • Levi King as Customs Agent
  • Madison Moss as Gavin's Girlfriend
  • Jessi Goei as Chicken Fight Girl
  • Marcus Myers as Gate Security Guard
  • Justin King as Local Bajan
  • Ibrahim Layne as High School Student #1
  • Hunter Bishop as High School Student #3





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