Duke DeMoreville has his eyes on Nottingham and the sheriffs job. His reputation of torture and murdering villagers in his shire has reach the ears of those in Nottingham. Robin Hood and the outlaws see the danger in Duke DeMoreville taking power. The Sheriff and the outlaws uncharacteristically work together to stop the Duke from enacting his deadly authority upon those in Nottingham.
The Black Five is a rare episode when both the sheriff and the outlaws actually need to work together. The risk is just too great for both parties when the Duke comes to town. Robin saves the life of the sheriff, uses pigeons for his clever tricks and ensures himself extra riches that can go to support the villagers of Nottingham.
A merchant from London and his daughter Bess are making their way through Nottingham Forest. Their journey is to bring Sir Harold a dowry for the marriage to Bess. The outlaws miss their chance to steal the dowry but end up with an even greater prize to bargain with.
A tale of love doesn’t often involve a dowry or an outlaw for that matter. This episode includes that and also tells the story of a father whom would offer his daughter to a questionable man with only the intent to become a noble himself. Despite this almost inevitable marriage the outlaws find a way to convince otherwise.
Wat Longfellow is rethinking his love life as the object of his desire, Winifred, who becomes available after the death of her husband. However the challenge is greater than expected, the Bailiff Baldwin also has his eyes on the widow and is using his position of power to take advantage of her and Longfellow. The outlaws join in with Wat as he tries to woo Winifred to marry him. Bailiff Baldwin begins to blackmail Winifred, dangling her farm as bait as he tries to force her to accept his hand in marriage. As the deadline looms, the Outlaws have a scheme to help Wat Longfellow and the Widow Winifred from the treachery of Bailiff Baldwin.
The beginning of the second seasons starts with a love story and a great cast. Donald Pleasence plays the antagonist of the story all too well but who is complaining really. This easy to follow love story plot that will not settle well for most progressively minded egalitarians, has a deeper story to tell of a woman’s abilities being questioned and the men that come to the rescue in one way or another.