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The Lucky Compass is the second episode of the first season of Outer Banks. It is the second episode of the series overall.


Convinced that the clue found onboard the boat connects to his missing father, John B leads his friends on an increasingly frantic search for answers.


Determined to find out what happened to his father, John B takes back the scuba gear he poached last episode to the Camerons' boat but is confronted by Sarah, who flirts with him a little before telling him to leave. Only, her younger sister, Wheezie, happens to be listening, which she subsequently reveals to Topper later in the episode.

John B finds Lana sobbing and her house trashed after being interrogated by the two men last episode who were looking for the compass. She’s beside herself though when he reveals it to her, pleading with him not to tell anyone he has it.

John B heads into his father’s office with the gang and they look at the history of the compass, which has been passed down through different people. It turns out the compass has a hidden word inscribed inside, one that reads “Redfield”. Believing it may be an anagram or a clue, they try to crack the code but are rudely interrupted by the two armed aforementioned shadowy men arriving, demanding to know where John B is.

While the kids hide in the chicken coup, the two men break into the office and find blueprints to The Royal Merchant, which they take along with a couple of boxes of evidence.

After a close call, Kiara and John B visit the Redfield lighthouse together and speak to the man in charge about the Royal Merchant and its history. He believes the ship was on the North end of a previous storm and out at sea, 10 miles in that particular direction.

Believing he can trust him, John B shows him the compass and questions the keeper about what it means. Only, it clearly spooks him, and his demeanor changes immediately. John B pleads with him for help but instead, he calls the police. The duo race off together and manage to get away from the police. but as they do, John B takes the chance to kiss Kie but she reminds him there’s no Pogue-on-Pogue macking

Things go from bad to worse for our protagonist, as he’s fired from his job by Ward Cameron for stealing oxygen from the scuba gear and is subsequently and chased by the two shadowy men soon after. Before they can hurt him however, the Sheriff tracks him down and tells John B to hand over the compass before anyone gets hurt.

Reluctantly, John B hands the compass over but being unable to let go of the past, he collects the group up and heads back on the road, determined to prove that his Dad is trying to tell him something. After John B takes a final look at the Routledge family tree before burning it, Redfield, as it turns out, isn’t a place. It’s a person. They get to the graveyard and find the Redfield mausoleum. Kie manages to squeeze in the narrow gap and looks in shock at what she finds.






Look I know I was wrong about the lighthouse, and pretty much wrong about everything else, but I was right about one thing- my dad is trying to tell me something.
John B




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