Outer Banks season 2, episode 5 recap – what happened in “The Darkest Hour”?

July 30, 2021
Jordan Lyon 0
Netflix, TV Recaps


Even though the lack of logic remains strong in Outer Banks, it’s entertaining, and episode 5 is one of the most exciting yet.

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Even though the lack of logic remains strong in Outer Banks, it’s entertaining, and episode 5 is one of the most exciting yet.

This recap of Netflix’s Outer Banks season 2, episode 5 “The Darkest Hour,” contains significant spoilers.

John B is in Jail

Having finally received a punch that he deserved way back in season 1, a beaten up and orange-suited John B gets placed into a cell. It’s not long before he is charged with murder in the first degree, with a maximum sentence of the death penalty. Outside, Kie screams to Ward that he is a murderer before she gets held back (I wonder how many more times Kie will scream that in Season 2).

Still not settled with John B imprisoned, Rose and Ward worry that Sarah’s testimony against them will cause them to lose everything. Ward reassures her that he has one person he can rely on for help. Later that night, he pays off Terry (Plumb) and acts as though he is trying to ensure justice for Sheriff Peterkin. Falling for his lies, Plumb agrees to help Ward. Later on, she makes a deal with an unseen inmate in exchange for evidence getting “lost.”


After being reprimanded by his father over recent events, Pope shows his father a picture of the Denmark Key. It turns out that it resembles a necklace that his Grandmother used to wear around her neck. This, of course, puts Pope on a mission. Even though her relationship with her parents is more than strained, Kie asks her Mum for money to help John B. As expected, it develops into an argument when Kie says to her Mum, “It’s not all about you.” Clearly having enough of Kie and her behavior, her Mum chucks Kie’s clothes on the lawn and tells Kie to go live like a Pogue. #P4L

JJ visits John B in prison. Declaring “Operation Liberation,” JJ tells John B to act as though his appendix will burst so that he will be taken to hospital and JJ can help him escape. (It’s going to be interesting as to whether this little scheme can actually be pulled off by the pair). Escorted out by Plumb, JJ is purposely led in a direction that forces him to see his imprisoned father, yet be unable to speak to him. Very cruel, Plumb, very cruel.

Family Troubles

At the family home, Rafe is unable to stop himself from asking Ward who he would choose between him and Sarah. It soon turns violent between the pair, with Ward firmly reminding Rafe that he was the one who ruined the family. Stealing his younger sister’s phone, Rafe pretends to be Wheezie as he tricks Sarah into meeting him.

Searching for information related to the Denmark Key, Pope just so happens to fall at the right place at the right time; as he breaks a section of the ceiling, which directs him to the Denmark Key. How very lucky! Showing his finding to Kie, they inspect the secret message in the key; “Path to the tomb begins in the island room.”

Exciting Ending

Sarah goes to meet who she believes will be her younger sister Wheezie. Of course, it’s Rafe, and after a heated discussion, he tries to drown Sarah to death. Topper comes to the rescue and warns Rafe from ever harming Sarah again. JJ’s plan to help John B escape goes to ruin and faces possible arrest; until Kie and Pope park in front of the ambulance. Allowing JJ to jump out and run away.

After Plumb hands the inmate a key, John B begins his plan of faking a burst appendix. But before he can, he’s attacked by the inmate, who attempts to strangle him to death. Able to overpower the inmate, John B tells Sheriff Shoupe that someone tried to kill him. All in all, the Pogues are once again very lucky and come away mostly unscathed.

Closing Moments

The closing moments of episode 5 show that Sheriff Shoupe believes the Pogues story. He has had the gun checked over and found Rafe’s fingerprints all over the shells. As morning breaks, Ward wakes to armed officers running towards his house.

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