'Outer Banks' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: 'Prayers'

Brace yourselves, Outer Banks fans. As Chase Stokes told Netflix Life, season 2 is “more nuanced” with a “heightened” story. That’s certainly the case in “Prayers” — one of the most intense episodes in the Netflix series. 

[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead for Outer Banks Season 2, Episode 3, “Prayers.”]

John B. needs ‘Prayers’ to save Sarah Cameron’s life 

After realizing she’s been shot by her brother, Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline) and John B. (Chase Stokes) go into panic mode. Captain Terrance (Terence Rosemore) sends them to a friend, Doc Marsh (Marshall Bell). Two fugitives can’t just walk into a hospital, after all. 

Desperate, John B. pays the back-alley doctor with the melted mound of gold he’s held onto all this time. The surgery goes well, but Sarah experiences complications when she wakes up. Ultimately, her heart stops and John B. has no choice but to give her CPR. For a solid two and a half minutes, Sarah Cameron is gone. 

Just as John B. gives up, the faintest heartbeat is heard on the monitor. Desperate to make it back to Terrance’s boat in time for their escape, Sarah wakes up and agrees to move, despite being numbed by anesthesia. But when they arrive, the gold is in the hands of the authorities. 

Later, Ward convinces the Bahamian authorities John B. is responsible for brainwashing and kidnapping his daughter. He is once again in possession of the Royal Merchant gold. 

Pope and the Pogues encounter Denmark Tanney’s wheat symbol in ‘Outer Banks’ Season 2

Back in the Outer Banks, Pope (Jonathan Daviss) receives interesting information from the scholarship foundation he walked out on in season 1. 

“Dear Mr. Hayward, I am reaching out because I have material evidence that can exonerate John B. Rutledge,” the letter reads. It’s signed C. Limbrey (Elizabeth Mitchell), who Pope assumes is a relative of the captain of the Royal Merchant. 

Willing to do anything to prove John B.’s innocence, the Pogues head to Charleston in Pope’s dad’s truck, but not without delay. On the road, they face car trouble and have to stop at a repair shop. Kiara (Madison Bailey), whose parents informed her about their plans for her to attend boarding school, doesn’t mind the delay. 

Cleo proves she’s one of the good ones in ‘Prayers’

One of the first times we see Cleo (Carlacia Grant) is when she threatens John B. with a knife. “Sarah’s not in there,” she warns him in episode 1, “The Gold.” 

But the more we see from Cleo, the more we learn she’s not as shifty as she seems. Orphaned from a young age, Captain Terrance took Cleo under his wing. She did what she had to do to survive. 

But in “Prayers,” Cleo is the one urging Terrance to wait for John B. and Sarah. And ultimately, Cleo is the reason John B. and Sarah are able to leave the Bahamas. 

John B. and Sarah tie the knot semi-officially

After running through the list of diamond cuts she likes, John B. presents Sarah with a “sweaty” piece of his father’s bandana. “Princess cut!” she exclaims. He ties the bandana shred around her neck. 

“By the power vested in me — by the stars, the sky, and the sea, I now pronounce us husband and wife,” Sarah declares as they sail the Gulf Stream. 

“Through sickness and health, for richer or poorer, till death do us part,” John B. adds. The two seal the deal with a kiss. Hours later, they land in Charleston, not knowing the Pogues are there, too. 

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