A wager between Friar Tuck and Robin Hood seeks to prove who can make the most money for the hideouts treasury. The Friar will utilise his position in the church and Robin will play a beggars role. Along the way, Robins cover is blown and must escape the grasp of the sheriffs men. The wager is settled but only with the help of some divine intervention.
A thin storyline that never captured my attention, The Wager, shows a playful side to the Outlaws and Friar Tucks life in Sherwood Forest. A wager is made to find out once and for all who can make more money a beggar or a friar. The adventures that transpire get Robin Hood in trouble, and Friar Tuck showing that the more passive approach could reap the same or even more rewards in the end.
A Challenge has been made by the Sheriff and Sir Richard of the Lea, one that doesn’t challenge the two parties but does rile up formidable archers to defend their masters. The Sheriffs intentions are not just for his love of wagering but also to prove that his bowmen are better than the outlaws. Robin and the Outlaws are skeptical about coming out of the forest to compete for Sir Richard of the Lea, but Sir Richard assures Robin that he would receive immunity for the duration of the contest. Robin and Little John take on a pair of the Sheriff’s mercenaries to a battle of the bow. The Sheriff thought his plan would give him the wager and the Outlaw he so desperately seeks. His plans are foiled but so are Robins. Robin and Little John are under siege but can live in the luxury of the castle while the Sheriff is outside. If only Sir Richard wouldn’t mind.
Sir Richard of the Lea is a noble Lord but poor and unwise with his money. His wager against the Sheriff’s shows the innate response to a challenge of skills. This episode show the story of Robin’s interaction with the Sheriff and Sir Richard, both being people he would come in contact with a number of times. The trick the Sheriff setups for Robin Hood and Little John is a likely one but the outcome was one that no one could have perceived. Robin gets to be with Maid Marian, eat and be merry while Sir Richard and the Sheriff settled their differences. It’s good to be the outlaw.
A thief is captured for stealing bread but appeals to Lancelot to consider his plight especially with the mark of a thief on his forehead. Sir Lancelot considers the thief’s words and speaks to the court about easing off the thieves. King Arthur and Sir Lancelot wager that they either could not live the life of a thief. As thieves, King Arthur and Sir Lancelot finally find out what it feels like to be a thief in Camelot.
This episode is a touching story of trying to make the elites realise the life of a beggar and thief. Sometimes in life the rich need to actually see what it is like to be on the other side. This is a well drawn out story and is in the list of good episodes in this series.