A cart of wine is taken from the sheriff’s men by Robin Hood and Little John. The wine is normally a big take but learning of a visit by Prince John becomes an even more important take. With the region of Nottingham suffering, Robin Hood helps Sir Richard of the Lea with supplies for the incoming prince’s entourage. A scheming runaway soldier finds out the secrets of Sir Richard and Marian’s connections. He blackmails Sir Richard with evidence of his friendship with Robin Hood and threatens to sell this information to the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin has a trick up his sleeve for the blackmailer which will turn the tables on his game.
A tale of blackmail, a crime of opportunity and a witty outlaw. The rouge Lukas stumbles upon a great opportunity as Sir Richard and Robin Hood are seen together. He attempts to blackmail Sir Richard and finds himself in a trick play by Robin Hood. This will caste suspicion on the Sheriff’s devotion to Prince John.
Robin is a part of the Outlaws now and joins in on the highway robberies they do in Sherwood Forest. Though he disagrees with how the stolen goods gets used he is an active part of the mugging. A moneylender is robbed by Robin and a fellow outlaw, the stolen goods were then given back to some of the villagers who were taken advantage of. The Outlaws plan on stealing a wine shipment being sent to the Sheriff of Nottingham but Robin suspects that something is not right. The trustworthiness of the Outlaws will be tested when they are unknowingly sent into a trap.
The Moneylender starts the episodic style of this series but there are continuities that give the viewer a perception of time lapsing in the entire series’s story. This episode shows the reasons for conviction that Robin Hood has when he gives back to those whom are hurt by the Sheriff and his men. It also offers a young and inexperienced Leo McKern a fun role as the Moneylender. An easy fun episode that sets the moral ground for which Robin will continue to help Nottingham and its people.