BOUNTY HUNTERS S2
Bounty Hunters 2 picks up immediately where season one left off. Barnaby (Jack Whitehall) and Nina (Rosie Perez) are stranded in the Mexican desert with $2 million-worth of cocaine and the kidnapped head of a cartel in their boot. Leah (Charity Wakefield), meanwhile, is locked up in a Mexican prison.
With the cartel hot on their heels, and desperate to get out of Mexico, they realise the only way to travel is on Barnaby’s temporary passport, with Nina as his wife. Cue awkward marriage with kidnapped Angel (Christian Ochoa) as their witness. The happy marriage is short-lived when they are robbed of all their remaining cocaine at gunpoint. Angel escapes and Barnaby gets shot in the leg.
With Angel and his cartel now pointing the guns, Barnaby and Nina are certain their luck has run out, only to be surprised when someone takes out the whole cartel and tries to take Barnaby hostage. Fortunately the sniper is driven in to and knocked out by Nina just in the nick of time. The sniper turns out to be an Investigator (Sheila Atim) hired by the creepy Sherman twins (Bradley James) to bring back Barnaby so he can help them locate Hitler’s only nude painting, die Braunen Jung Frauen, that was in Nigel Walker’s possession.
Nina realises she could make some money out of the Shermans if she brings Barnaby to them herself so drugs him and leaves the Investigator for dead in the desert. Back in England, Barnaby is shocked Nina would sell him out but, when the Shermans refuse to hand over any money until the painting is found, Barnaby realises he has to work with Nina if he is ever going to be free of her.
With the help of Leah they meet with one of Nigel’s key Nazi memorabilia buyers, an Eton school teacher called McQueen (Steve Pemberton). When Barnaby goes missing during their meeting, Nina and Leah decide to stick to the plan and go with McQueen to get a photo of this elusive Hitler painting and look for Barnaby later. Little do they know Barnaby is being held hostage by McQueen and his men who later inform Nina and Leah they have 24 hours to find the painting or Barnaby dies.
Nina and Leah are now in a race against time as they realise the nostalgic father/son holiday Barnaby took with his father, Nigel (Robert Lindsay), 16 years ago to Bruges was actually a trip to steal die Braunen Jung Frauen. They also have to deal with the Home Office investigating Barnaby and Nina’s wedding and attend Nigel’s funeral. Nina is horrified when she spots the Investigator at the back of the chapel and knows that she and Leah have to make a run for it, but not before the Investigator puts a tracker on their car.
During a raid of Nigel’s boat house (which turns out to be shag pad) Nina and Leah get embroiled in a fight to the death with the Investigator who ends up being injected with her own lethal drugs. Back at home, Leah realises Nigel’s last letter telling her to “look to the family” is the clue they need as she discovers the family portrait is covering the painting. Relieved to have found the Hitler, and on the home straight to saving Barnaby, Leah proposes a double-cross that proves too tantalising to turn down. Leah will paint a fake of the Hitler which they will pass off as the real deal to McQueen so they can get Barnaby back but then they will have the real painting to give to the Shermans for the cash. What could possibly go wrong? Sure Leah didn’t go to art school, but then neither did Hitler.
With the Home Office getting heavy with their illegal marriage investigation, Fiona (Sophie Thompson) proposes a proper wedding and Nina jumps on the idea – the perfect place to hand McQueen the fake. But, when McQueen turns up with an authenticator who declares the painting a fake, Barnaby and Nina are really screwed. Nina tries to take McQueen out with a champagne cork and the whole wedding reception erupts in gunfire. Barnaby gets shot and while he and Nina seek refuge with the cops closing in. Barnaby, realises what he needs to do and sacrifices himself to get Nina off. It has now dawned on him what true friendship is.
Leah and Nina can’t resist one last double-cross: so, upon delivering the real Hitler to the Shermans, they call McQueen and let him know where his beloved Hitler painting is.
Cut to 6 months later and Nina visits Barnaby in jail (which is going surprisingly well) to ask him for one last favour … a divorce.