The Outlaws is a crime thriller comedy Tv series created by Stephen Merchant and Elgin James and directed by Merchant and John Butler. It airs on BBC One in the UK and AmazonPrime Video in some international territories. Filming for Season 1 was halted in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In January 2021, it was confirmed that a second series had been ordered, with production on series 1 resuming in February 2021. It was later confirmed that the two series were filmed back to back.
The story follows seven strangers from different walks of life who are forced together to complete a “Community Payback” sentence set in Bristol. However, their luck changes – not necessarily for the better – when they discover a bag full of money, unbeknownst to them, its true owners are very dangerous.
The Outlaws Season 2: Synopsis
The members of the group continue to live with their monsters – Lady Gabby’s addiction to alcohol and drugs has worsened. As a result of her poor lifestyle and anger management issues, she is losing support and her income is bleak. Myrna lives with the ghost of her past; she often imagines the policeman who died because of the fire she started sitting in her living room. Frank is unable to retrieve the money that his grandson Tom has been hiding.
He decides to follow him to his school and finds the money in his school locker. Every day, Frank takes a few wads of money, bets them in the casino, and comes home with blank checks. Instead of spending money on his frivolous lifestyle, he decided to pay off the mortgage on Margaret’s house. John is kicked out of his company by his father. He believed that John was the reason for the company’s failure and wanted to put an end to him.
After being involved with the company for nineteen years, John found himself in a difficult situation. The rejection affected his mental and physical well-being. He often had panic attacks and began to feel helpless and rejected. Spencer now knew Greg’s secret; therefore, he used them to blackmail Greg into doing daily chores for him in the office.
After receiving threats from The Dean, Ben, Rani, and Christian planned to inform federal agents about the drug lord, but the moment they tried to contact them, their phones buzzed with a live broadcast of their loved ones. They realized that dealing with the dean was not so easy. They had to come up with a better plan.
Rani suggested they start selling drugs by running the Brookhill Crew while Christian was away doing his time in prison. Christian was hesitant to pass on his line to Rani and Ben, knowing how little they knew about the business. But he had no choice; his crew was falling apart and he needed someone to take over while he was gone. He explained the business to the couple.
Meanwhile, Frank worked to get Greg on board with their plan. He impersonated an FBI agent in front of Spencer and convinced him that Greg was an informant for the feds. Spencer handed Greg’s files to Frank, believing every word the man said, even if it didn’t make sense to him. Now that Greg had his files, he didn’t owe Spencer anything, but he owed the group that made it possible for him.
The group asked him to help them launder the money they would make from selling drugs. Although Greg wanted to stay away from illegal activities, after learning of the danger Ben and Rani were in, he relented. While they had drugs and a lawyer, they needed a large number of clients to sell them quickly. They wanted to send messages to BJC members, even though Myrna was not comfortable with it. They also planned to take the numbers from pub manager Ben’s computer and add them to the customer list.
Rani was asked to infiltrate the mass of the college and obtain their names and numbers. The plan was successful and they sent a coded message to their long list of contacts and within seconds their cell phones were buzzing with customer requests. While their drug business took off on the right note, whether or not they would be able to successfully return the money to the dean remained in question.
The Outlaws Season 2: Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End of The Season?
After the money was transferred to The Dean, he reunited with Rani and Ben. He was amazed at how quickly they could sell the drugs and wanted them to work for him. Although they refused, he threatened them with the lives of their loved ones and asked them to sell 10 kg of uncut cocaine. While they wanted to stay away from drugs and guns, they were forced to sell cocaine.
They realized that getting rid of the dean would not be easy. He will always control their lives and they will be forced to work for him. While killing him seemed satisfying, they had to come up with another way to limit him. Meanwhile, Sergeant Haines asked Christian Taylor to release information about Dean. Christian didn’t believe in pulling out, but at the same time, the offer was tempting.
Taylor contacted the dean to inquire about the American who was now part of their business. The Dean didn’t know any Americans, but Ben and Rani did. They were informed that they had been introduced to the American by their lawyer. The man was an old man from New York who brought uncut coke into the country. Ben and Rani offered their services after learning he was looking for distributors but did so without informing the dean. He asked Ben and Rani to arrange a meeting with the American.
The American in question was none other than the conman of the Frank group. Going by the name Ralf Rostelli, he managed to convince the dean that he was indeed an important drug lord in America. He explained how he worked with another businessman, John Halloran, who needed quick cash. Therefore, he was open to using his import-export services for brake pads to smuggle drugs.
Rostelli was thus bringing drugs into the country and offered Dean to sell ten kilos of his cocaine for £400,000. The cocaine offered by Frank was the same that the Dean asked Rani and Ben to sell. The dean had two conditions: he wanted to meet Halloran and he wanted to test the product. Rostelli refused to come to London again and asked the Dean to come to Bristol instead. Although the dean was hesitant at first, he eventually agreed.
In Bristol, it was the day of the inauguration of a community center which was handed over to the BJC. The police ordered Diane to take care of the group members as the police doubted their involvement. Meanwhile, Christian Taylor negotiated an early release with the police, informing them that Dean would be carrying ten kilos of uncut cocaine. At the community center, Frank pretended to be sick and was taken inside to rest. He ran off to make an appointment with the dean.
He informed the dean that Halloran wanted to hold the meeting where there were more people, so Frank took him to another location. The new location was the community center. Lady Gabby had Diane locked in the portable toilet while the group carried out the plan. While John was supposed to play the lead role, he couldn’t control his nerves. It was Myrna who, with her brutal words, made him realize how essential his role was and how by running away from her he endangered the whole group.
John met with the dean and offered imported cocaine. The dean was impressed with the quality and paid for it. When John was about to hand him the drug, he refused to take it with him and asked him to deliver it to him. Out of nowhere, Ben and Rani entered the scene, guns in hand. They asked for a suitcase of money and left with it. The dean refused to pay again and still wanted to deliver the drug. As it is later revealed, Ben and Rani actually stole a bag of cocaine, which they transferred to Myrna and Gabby in order to proceed with the next step.
As the Dean was leaving in his car, Lady Gabby and Myrna stopped him and offered to wash the car for charity. During this time, Myrna stuffed the back of his car with cocaine while Lady Gabby kept his attention. The police knew the car the dean was traveling in and surrounded him, demanding he shows the trunk of his car. As it turned out, he had drugs on him, the police immediately handcuffed him. Meanwhile, at the community center, Myrna resigned from the Bristol Justice Collective and asked Claire to take the lead, knowing she was worthy of the responsibility and also realizing how she had failed to live up to her beliefs.
That night, when Myrna returned home, she did not see the policeman again. Only after she resigned from her position could she live with her conscience. Christian Taylor was out of prison. Rani shared his wound with him and he decided to start his life anew by giving up his lineage. Margaret asked Frank to leave the house knowing he was still involved in wrongdoing that could affect her family.
Although Frank wanted to stay, he decided to follow what his daughter wanted. John admitted to his wife that he was not well. With the support of his wife, he sued his father for wrongful dismissal, workplace harassment, and breach of contract. Diane graduated as a police officer with community service and Sergeant Haines was in the audience cheering her on. Greg asked his boss to make him his partner or he would quit his job.
He had to leave work but managed to ask a colleague out on a date. Lady Gabby joined a support group for her addiction at a community center. Ben and Rani were ready to open the food truck. Rani’s parents even loaned them money to fulfill their dream, but somehow Rani couldn’t do it. Like her parents, Ben wanted a secure future, but she wasn’t ready to live a secure life. She wanted the thrill she got from running afoul of the law and letting Ben live his life without any goal or plan.