The Straits: episode guide
Harry announces his unexpected succession plan. Supported by his mother, Noel expands the family's operations, without his father's knowledge, by setting up a methamphetamine lab in PNG. This leads to conflict with the DC outlaw motorcycle gang and the family's lives are threatened.
The Trouble With Raskols
When a PNG raskol dies after Noel's meth lab explodes, the dead raskol's brother goes to the family's home on Zey Island intent on revenge. Gary flees to Cairns prompting Harry, Marou and Noel to go to PNG to square things with the raskols and the expat Chinese trader, Quay Lin.
Meanwhile, Sissi starts work with the family's accountant Paddy and discovers that Paddy has been embezzling money from the family for years. And Marou's wife Lola puts in place a plan to blackmail Gary into supporting Marou as future head of the family business.
Yawor My Lovely
A hired killer, Vlad, sets out for Cairns with a high-powered rifle. Harry is his target, but who has hired Vlad?
As Harry prepares for his and Kitty's wedding anniversary, Kitty takes Gary back to the islands to persuade the Zey Islanders they need to protect Gary better.
Meanwhile, wrestling with her discovery of Paddy's embezzlement, Sissi finally tells Harry what she has learned. Harry is deeply upset by the news. He takes Paddy on their weekly fishing expedition and confronts him over the money he's skimmed. When Sissi learns what Harry has done, she is shocked and wracked with guilt. She has an almighty fight with her father and runs.
Gary, who has been bitten by a snake on Zey and believes he's going to die, tells Harry that he slept with his brother's wife Lola. Harry, who has never liked Lola much, confronts her and tells her she is out of the family, however, before he has time to tell the others what has happened, Vlad has Harry in his sights.
The Hunt For Vlad
With Harry lying comatose in hospital after being shot, his sons, led by Noel, are determined to find his attacker. Calling on the assistance of the Islander network in Cairns, the brothers hunt down Vlad. Noel in particular is determined to exact revenge on what he believes is biker payback.
Meanwhile, Sissi, still traumatised by Harry's killing of Paddy, can't bring herself to be part of the family's bedside vigil for her father. When Sissi finds a large sum of money hidden inside Paddy's house she sets about leaving Cairns but is prevented from doing so by Sutherland, a corrupt cop on the Montebello's payroll.
When Noel, Marou and Gary track down Vlad they feed him to the crocodiles at the family's wildlife farm but not before Noel finds a bikie tattoo on Vlad's chest. Noel then takes it upon himself to retaliate by blowing up the gang's clubhouse, killing the bikie's president in the process.
Police attention follows the blowing up of the clubhouse and Noel's siblings are angry with him. For the first time Marou believes he would make the better leader. Lola is thrilled but also nervous that Harry will remember Gary's confession when he recovers and then banish her from the family.
Noel decides to import some sex workers, even though Harry has said no to this trade in the past. Noel bullies Sissi into releasing the funds and orders Gary to do the pickup in the islands. When Gary sees the women are underage, he refuses. Noel is outraged but has a personal moral epiphany and secretly organises for the girls to be picked up by the federal police.
Meanwhile Marou, trying to find an alternative approach to Noel's 'crash or crash through' style, organises to meet secretly with the DC bikies who promptly kidnap him. In hospital, Harry opens his eyes.
The family desperately try to free Marou who is being tortured by the DC bikies. The DCs — dealing only with Sissi — tell the Montebellos they must decide what price to put on Marou's life and then the DCs will decide if it's a fair deal.
Meanwhile Sissi is alarmed to encounter Paddy's nephew, the backpacking Thomson, who has come looking for his disappeared relative.
Lola plays the dutiful daughter-in-law to the recovering Harry, who appears not to remember anything about her blackmail of Gary.
When Sissi delivers all the family's available cash and drugs to the DCs, they tell her that they want more — they want Noel to pay for what he did. So, Kitty persuades Noel to turn himself in to the police for the bombing of the clubhouse and the murder of the DC's president.
Marou is released but when the deal is explained to Harry, he speaks for the first time since his shooting. He says the price they paid for Marou's release was too high. Marou is devastated.
Fresh out of hospital, Harry reasserts his authority and creates a plan to get Noel out of prison. Meanwhile, in an effort to earn their father's respect, Marou and Gary score a stash of drugs from a ship.
The Big Mistake
Kitty arrives on Zey Island to find that Gary has become involved with Bridget, a sixteen-year old local girl. Gary tells his mother that Bridget is a source of information — which ultimately leads to the overthrow of a competing drug importation racket.
Back in Cairns, Harry ends his relationship with Natasha and she leaves town. There's a price for attempting to win Kitty back — the plan to get Noel out of prison is now scuttled with Natasha's departure.
Lola realises that Harry remembers everything and comes to beg his forgiveness. When he won't give it, Lola pushes him down the stairs and tries to smother him, not realising that her actions are being captured by one of Sissi's secret cameras.
Noel is on the run — from both the police and the DCs. He makes a clandestine visit to his estranged wife, Antoinette, telling her he's going to South America. To Noel's delight, Antoinette lets him know that she wants to join him there, with the kids. Noel then heads north to the islands, planning to raise enough money to be able to live overseas with his family.
Kitty takes Bridget out to a remote island to dig up a stash of drugs with which she plans to bankroll Noel. But when those drugs (and their boat) are stolen, Kitty and Bridget are left stranded.
Harry is desperately worried about both Noel and Marou, who hasn't been seen since he disappeared with Lola.
Marou arrives on Zey Island and accuses Gary of creating the circumstances that led to Lola's death. Meanwhile, Sissi has discovered that Thomson is planning to leave town, but will she leave with him?
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