The Gentlemen recap guide: All 8 episodes explained in detail

Breaking down and explaining all eight episodes of Netflix series The Gentlemen.

Theo James as Eddie Horniman in The Gentlemen
Theo James as Eddie Horniman in The Gentlemen /
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The Gentlemen is Netflix's excellent and darkly hilarious new gangster thriller series from Guy Ritchie, based on his 2019 film of the same name. The series is a spinoff and introduces us to a new story and characters, so don't anticipate many connections to the film. That said, the series is just as good, maybe even better.

If you'd like to jump ahead to a specific episode, feel free to use the table of contents below.

Keep reading to see all of our episodic recaps for the series by episode, so bookmark and follow along!

The Gentlemen episode 1 recap: Refined Aggression

The Gentlemen begins with the death of the 12th Duke of Halstead, thus bringing together his immediate family members to divvy up his will. Those family members include his eldest son, Freddy (Daniel Ings) and his wife Tamsin (Chanel Cresswell); the Duke's youngest son, former British Army captain Eddie (Theo James), their sister Charlotte (Jasmine Blackborow), or Charly/Chuckles, as they nickname her; their mother/the duke's wife, Lady Sabrina (Joely Richardson); the gamekeeper Geoff Seacombe (Vinnie Jones); and the butler, Ahmed (Ranjit Krishnamma).

Everyone anticipates the estate, which has been in the Halstead family for over 600 years and includes multiple other properties including a home in the South of France and a nearby dairy farm, will be passed onto the eldest son Freddy, since that's typically how these things go.

But they're all shocked when Ahmed reads the Duke's will and reveals his choice to leave his estate to Eddie. It quickly becomes apparent why the Duke might have made that business decision despite the lineage dictating otherwise.

Freddy is a known cocaine addict who likely would have spent the entire estate on blow. Further proven by the fact he's £8 million in debt to a notorious Scouse cocaine dealer named Tommy Dixon (Peter Serafinowicz) and his brother, John "The Gospel" Dixon (Pearce Quigley) after getting involved with several bad investments with a shady guy the Halsteads refer to as "Sticky Pete."

We're privy to a frightening flashback showing Tommy and The Gospel locking Freddy in a freezer and warning him his interest will go up 25% for every week he doesn't hand over the initial £4 million. Since then, he's accrued an additional £4 million in debt and now that debt is going to become Eddie's first official problem as the new Duke.

His father didn't leave behind enough cash assets to make the debt go away, so Eddie looks into selling off the estate to Stanley Johnston, an interested buyer who might be willing to pay far above asking price. Before he can meet with Stanley, Eddie crosses paths with Susie Glass (Kaya Scodelario), daughter of the renowned Bobby Glass. Through Susie, Eddie learns that the Halstead-owned dairy farm is a cover for a massive underground marijuana grow house.

Each month, the Halsteads receive a significant, multi-million pound cut of the profits, signifying the magnitude of the operation, with dozens of these grow houses across the country. Given that it's lucrative for both parties, Susie would prefer Eddie not sell the estate and thus takes it upon herself to assist with eliminating Freddy's debt. On respect for the Glass family name, Tommy agrees to meet with Susie one-on-one and they agree to terms.

They're willing to cut down the debt from £8 million to £4 million and some of the Glass family product, in addition to one other little caveat. Tommy wants Freddy to perform an embarrassing and apology that he intends to film for posterity. Still, cutting the debt in half is significant, so Susie agrees to it. Between her and Eddie, they can easily come up with the £4 million, in cash. Meanwhile, Eddie visits with Stanley Johnston (Giancarlo Esposito) to inform him that the estate is no longer for sale.

Discovering Stanley is quite the wine connoisseur, Eddie sells him several cases of extremely rare vintages from the estate to make a quick few million pounds to pair with the remaining cash his father kept on hand. Everything appears to be going according to plan until Eddie learns that his idiot brother has taken their father's cash out of the safe and used it to make a bet on an underground boxing fight with... Sticky Pete (Joshua McGuire). You can imagine Eddie's fury at this.

With some assistance from one of Susie's acquaintances, she and Eddie infiltrate the secret fighting ring and learn that Pete is pulling a scam. He never placed the bet and instead pocketed the money. Eddie confronts Pete, demanding he give them the money back. It doesn't go well, so Susie offers to step in and have a chat with Pete. That "chat" involved beating Pete to a bloody pulp. Eddie is rattled by the sight of Pete and clearly starting to wonder about the family he's now in bed with.

Having gotten his money back, Eddie and Susie plan to make the deal with Tommy, who arrives alongside his assistant Jethro (Josh Finan), who is responsible for counting the money to verify that all £4 million is there, and a chicken suit in tow to ensure his video of Freddy apologizing will be as humiliating as possible. Freddy is reluctant to do the whole (literal) song-and-dance apology, especially with it being on film, but Tommy refuses to back down.

After snorting a few lines of cocaine, Freddy prepares to do what Tommy asks, but Tommy doesn't make it easy. He humiliates, degrades, and berates Freddy to "become a chicken," demanding he peck the ground and "fly off the couch." To the point Eddie steps in and Tommy barks at him to back off. It all comes to a devastating climax when Freddy returns from the bathroom with a gun and blows Tommy's head off, much to the shock of everyone in the room.