10 Worst Episodes of Love/Hate

Modern-day underworld characters Nidge and John Boy wrestle for control of Dublin's illicit drug trade in this forceful crime drama.

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Love/Hate - S1E2

#1 - Episode 2 (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Darren is tracking Jimmy Byrne, the chief suspect in the gangland killing. But in the meantime he needs to work and he soon finds himself slipping back into working for gangland boss John Boy Power. In a world of paranoia and betrayal will Darren be able to keep his wits about him, kill Jimmy Byrne and find love again with Rosie?

The episode was rated 7.48 from 116 votes.

Love/Hate - S1E1

#2 - Episode 1 (Season 1 - Episode 1)


Darren Tracey skipped Dublin when a gun was found in his house and he’s been living the past year in Spain, but he decides to risk it and come back to Dublin. He’s homesick and a party for his brother’s release from prison is the perfect excuse. It’s only for the weekend but sometimes life is full of surprises - especially if you and your friends are in gangland.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 158 votes.

Love/Hate - S2E3

#3 - Episode 3 (Season 2 - Episode 3)

When a container of drugs is busted at the docks, John Boy decides to double cross Fran on their deal. Fran retaliates against John Boy. John Boy is furious and orders Nidge to pipe bomb Fran's house leaving Fran determined that the escalating gang war will not end until he has revenge.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 89 votes.

Love/Hate - S2E2

#4 - Episode 2 (Season 2 - Episode 2)


Disaster strikes the gang as a drug mixing factory is busted by the gardai. John Boy blames Stumpy who he believes sold them out. Darren, desperate to get out of the game, robs an ATM machine and makes a downpayment to John Boy against the debt he owes. John Boy, however, wants Stumpy taken care of and he wants Darren to be the one to deal with it.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 104 votes.

Love/Hate - S2E4

#5 - Episode 4 (Season 2 - Episode 4)

The crew are in festive spirits as Trish has the baby on Christmas Eve, while Rosie has come back to Dublin and Darren falls in love with her all over again. However the gang war is still raging, and John Boy orders Tommy - already caught between his friendship with Debbie and his worries about Siobhan's money runs - to kill Fran. The hit goes wrong, and someone else becomes fatally caught up in the aftermath.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 83 votes.

Love/Hate - S2E6

#6 - Episode 6 (Season 2 - Episode 6)


Nidge swiftly fills the power vacuum and gets the gang back to business as usual. Rosie has realised what her lover has become, and Darren is devastated when she breaks up with him. Meanwhile Mary finally realises the extent of Luke's psychosis as she finds him lurking in her bedroom at night.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 88 votes.

Love/Hate - S2E5

#7 - Episode 5 (Season 2 - Episode 5)

As tensions come to a head the gang threatens to implode: Luke's obsession with Mary is becoming more dangerous, while Siobhan's panic attack at the airport could get Tommy killed. Paranoid John Boy finally tips over the edge of sanity when he finds Debbie taking heroin.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 87 votes.

Love/Hate - S4E1

#8 - Episode 1 (Season 4 - Episode 1)


Dublin gang boss Nidge (Tom Vaughan Lawlor) has been blooded and has proved his mettle. He has killed friend and foe to become King. But the throne is a dark and lonely place.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 97 votes.

Love/Hate - S4E5

#9 - Episode 5 (Season 4 - Episode 5)

Nidge's preparations for the import operation are disturbed by an unwelcome encounter with a ghost from his past, and Nidge will do anything to prevent a terrible truth getting out. Isolated and increasingly paranoid, Nidge finds solace in his relationship with Janet and fails to notice that Moynihan and his undercover team are closing in on one of the conspirators...

The episode was rated 7.81 from 80 votes.

Love/Hate - S3E1

#10 - Episode 1 (Season 3 - Episode 1)


When one of his gang is mistakenly shot by a rival organisation, Nidge plays the diplomat... but a mad drunken Paddy's night slides out of control towards disaster.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 85 votes.

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