The Young Offenders
23:45 - 00:15
Billy Murphy discovers that a former cellmate of his has just been released from prison - and it's not good news. Billy had been friendly with Dinny Molloy in prison, but some misunderstandings and some clowning around from Billy in jail means that Dinny has it in for him - and plans to kill him on release. Billy enlists the help of Conor and Jock to help him fake his own death, as Dinny, despite his comical nickname, is genuinely terrifying. But Conor is reluctant, since when are they friends of Billy's? Jock persuades him and they film a video of Billy accidentally falling to his death - to initially disbelieving reactions. A more complicated idea for the video sees most in the community believing that Billy is in fact now dead, with word to this effect getting back to Dinny as he leaves jail. Dinny has some local kids show him the video of Billy's death, to his total disbelief. Billy needs a place to hide to be sure that he's safe, so ends up convincing the lads to let him stay at their house, with Mairéad reluctantly agreeing when she hears the story. Healy is been told by Mairéad to keep away from the house, so he sends a note to Conor and Jock instructing them to visit the police station to give a witness statement about Billy's death. Mairéad goes with the lads, and Healy isn't buying it for a second, warning Mairéad to steer clear of Billy. On leaving the police station, Conor and Jock find themselves being followed by none other than Dinny Molloy, who chases them into a local diner and kindly offers to buy them milkshakes, leading to the lads making a clumsy escape attempt. Dinny is devasated at news of Billy's death and reminisces about pranks from over the years that Billy has pulled on him. He lets the boys go and on their return home they explain to Billy how upset Dinny was in the diner when talking about him. Billy however has copped that he only let them go so he could follow them home and he asks why they've allowed this to happen - aren't they all friends? A knock on the door announces the arrival of Dinny to the house, with Billy, Mairéad, Conor and Jock all in a panic. Dinny makes his way into the house, trying to track down Billy with a frantic house search while Billy is hiding in plain sight. After some time Dinny is eventually persuaded that Billy is really dead, as the lads and Mairéad remember their favourite things about Billy. This brings Dinny to the conclusion that maybe he really should have forgiven Billy. Dinny decides to leave but not before Conor makes a slip up that sends Dinny into a rage. Enter Billy, who takes Dinny down, committed to ensuring the safety of his friend Conor. Dinny is taken back to prison and Conor, Jock, Mairéad and Billy understand that sometimes friends are chosen in mysterious ways.
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