One of the Sheriffs men was murdered and a villager, a single father of two is implicated in the crime. As the villager beseeches Robin Hood, his children are swiftly taken to the castle of FitzUrse. The children are not adapting very well to their new life in the castle and are destined to test Sir Walter’s patience. When the children’s well being is threatened, desperate measures are taken.
One of the more family oriented episodes of the series, this story follows the plight of two children whose father has been blamed for a murder and is now on the run. Robin Hood is there to help the fugitive and also keep an eye on his children while they are in the custody of the Lord of the area. The children are clever enough to help themselves as they follow their sense of pride as freemen. A touching story of a family split apart only to be tested and strained under the lawmakers power. Luckily this is a Robin Hood tv show.
On the road through the Sherwood Forest, the Kings commissioner is attacked by fake outlaws. Robin finds a one Sir Gyles as a part of this killing party. Sir Gyles escapes. Maid Marian is taken to task at the Sheriffs residence when both the Kings commissioner and Sir Gyles are in attendance. When the commissioner is found dead all the clues point to Maid Marian’s guilt and she is arrested for murder. To stave off her judgement she claims that her judgement should be from a Trial by Battle and her champion will defend her innocence.
It is a rare episode when Marian is a focal point . Her honor is questioned by the murder charges against her. The antagonist is a powerful knight with a sharp tongue and a hate capable of murder. This story is an example of the old forms of justice that have happened in years before.
An outlaw has left the camp in the Sherwood Forest to visit his family but there are spies everywhere. All while the villagers are beginning to grumble about their conditions scaring the local elites into believing that the villagers will revolt. Just recently, Jack the wagoner was killed, most people believing the Sheriff’s men were responsible for it. The Sheriff sees his chance and charges the captured Outlaw with the murder of Jack thus reducing the attention on the Sheriff’s men. This is wrong and this Outlaw will be defended by Robin Hood and the rest of the Outlaws to save his life. The true killer must be found or the Outlaws honor and a particular Outlaw will lose the ultimate.
The Outlaws are saving their own after the Sheriff charges one of the men with a murder he couldn’t have possibly committed. No, he shouldn’t have gone out to visit his family but he just can’t be killed without a fair trial. The circumstances prove difficult to overcome until Robin comes to the rescue. This story is not a typical blame the innocent episode especially when the real killer is one of the villagers with ties with the Sheriff. The outlaws seek to defend the honour of the Outlaws because the villagers around may not trust them ever again.
A shipment being pick up along side the beach ends in a murder and the Zoo Gang have a large suitcase of cash. This could only end in tears as a counterfeit money gang tighten their grip. Manouche finds a suspicious bill at Judge Gautier’s house but this doesn’t mean the case is getting warm.
The Counterfeit Trap displays more reasons for why acting can change a story. Albeit the storyline is complex and timely develops into a drama filled episode. There are some great moving shots, for instance as Brian Keith is taken down into a boat and the camera sweeps through the hull. I enjoyed this episode for its locations and great story.
Harry has taken a trip and Contessa is housesitting for Harry. This would be fine except for the house being broken into by a crazed man and Contessa being kidnapped. She wakes up bound and gagged in a very strange place. She is held for trial and criminal proceedings are taking place by a crazed man she once gave evidence against. He had just escaped and was seeking to act out his revenge against Contessa but not without a trial by judge and jury. While Contessa endures this trial Harry and Paul will need to stop the charade before something horrible happens to Contessa.
This episode is one of the best in the series. Norman Rodway plays the crazed escaped prisoner with a score to settle. He takes this role to the peak by playing a psychotic killer bent on taking out the Contessa for testifying against him in his trial. This episode is primarily a show for Norman and Nyree.