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Mercedes finally prepares to let go of Riley, but when she realises just how much this will cost her, she's not sure whether she can bring herself to go through with it.
The students are in high spirits, intending to enjoy their impressive surroundings, but an unexpected arrival threatens to spoil the party. Meanwhile, Jacqui tells Mercedes to move on and put the past behind her, leading her to do something drastic. The ongoing love-games between Jodie, Doug and Dodger continues. And the Daytona Lights set upon catching their big break when a record label label exec comes to see them perform at the SU Bar but not all goes quite to plan.moreless
The students prepare to travel to Barney's, but Theresa and Will feel further apart than ever. Meanwhile, Mercedes is gutted when Riley snubs her, but he soon regrets it when she stops him from seeing his son.
Texas and Jodie deal with the fallout from the previous day's events. As Joel is left wondering if he has any place in Hollyoaks. And, Mercedes questions whether she can bring up Bobby on her own.
In a special It's A Wonderful Life homage episode, as Doug finds himself on a bridge at his lowest, and after jumping into the river he gets a visit from the much loved and missed Stephanie Del A Dean who shows him what life in the village would've been like had Doug never been there. He's then left with a choice to either join his girlfriend Bec's in heaven or to return to his life.moreless
A spot of soul-searching prompts Carmel to finally gives in to her desires, and Cindy pledges a large sum to Father Francis's cause, but Tony grows suspicious of the priest's intentions. Meanwhile, Gilly finds a new home with Cheryl, and Jacqui is devastated when Rhys tells her he needs some space.moreless
The new HCC students bond and get to know each other over driks. As Jacqui's relationship with Rhys reaches crisis point over Gilly, and she moves back in with the McQueens. Meanwhile the Osbornes face trouble when Tom is bullied at school for his association with a supposed rapist. And Carmel wonders whether she will be able to resist Father Francis on the trip to Africa.moreless
Myra and the McQueens confront Gilly following his return to the village, much to Jacqui's horror meanwhile, Francis is stunned when Carmel reveals she wants to accompany him to Africa. Elsewhere, hung-over newcomer Ash faces the consequences of her wild actions the previous night, but finds a friend in the form of Will.moreless
A nervous Will prepares for student life as Freshers' Week arrives in Hollyoaks, and newcomer Ash grabs attention with a cheeky stunt at the SU Bar. Meanwhile, Rhys resigns when Cheryl gives Gilly a job at Chez Chez. And Carmel considers taking drastic action as Francis gets ready to move to Africa.moreless
Jacqui seems to be taking news of Gilly's return well, until an outburst during a counselling session reveals the extent of her anxiety. Meanwhile, Bart ruins his chances with Sinead when she discovers he was the reason she got arrested. Dodger gets a job as the manager of the SU Bar, and Carmel causes 'Father' Francis to suffer a crisis of conscience.moreless
Rhys and Jacqui's relationship appears to be going from strength to strength, but the return of a familiar face places their happiness in jeopardy. Elsewhere, Darren is thrilled when he realises Nancy is proud of him while, a hung-over Tony finds out he quit his job. And Bart discovers his plan to frame Gaz has worked, but is shocked to hear Sinead was arrested too.moreless
Bart plants stolen goods in Gaz's car in a desperate bid to make sure Sinead understands her new boyfriend has a dark side. Meanwhile, a cheerful Jacqui spends the day preparing a romantic meal for Rhys, as Darren worries he cannot match Nancy's career success. And Tony struggles at work as he tries to get in touch with Mandy.moreless
Maddie encourages Sinead to take her relationship with Gaz to the next level, and makes sure Bart knows just how well the pair are getting along. Meanwhile, Jacqui's efforts to help a despairing Lynsey make Rhys proud, and Tony is devastated when Mandy decides to leave him.
Rae closest friends and members of the village gather in the park to say their goodbyes as, Lynsey confesses to Ethan that she hit Silas. However later Ethan hears from Silas who says she's made the whole thing up and, Lynsey finds an unexpected ally in Jacqui. Elsewhere Nancy's efforts to mend her relationship with Darren only end up pushing him further away. Meanwhile, a frustrated Bart watches as Maddie continues to encourage Gaz and Sinead's blossoming romance. And Tony is decides that being unemployed isn't the best thing and decides to interview for the chef position at The Dog.moreless
Jack becomes concerned about the state of Darren's relationship with Nancy not to mention his obvious depression. Meanwhile, Liberty and Dodger try to advise Will on his unhappy love life. And at the end of her tether Cheryl throws Lynsey our of the flat which, leads to a violent run in with Silas.moreless
Esther helps Darren plan a romantic gesture to secure Nancy's attention, but he is devastated when his efforts fail to hit the mark. Meanwhile, Rhys and Jacqui decide to give their relationship a boost by spending time together away from the village.
The village hears of Brendan's arrest and everyone starts to wonder how they could be living with a killer and not even know about it. Meanwhile, Ste starts to feel guilty about not reporting Brendan's abuse to the police. And, Nancy's blossoming career leaves her with little time to spend with Darren, who begins to feel overlooked.moreless
When Brendan can't locate Lynsey he gets worried and after finding an ominous note on his car he frantically heads out to the woods to find her. However, he soon gets a shock when he finds Rae's body in the boot of his car with the police in tow to arrest him. Meanwhile, Jacqui struggles to make Rhys's birthday an occasion to remember as, Texas and Doug wonder if they'll ever be able to move on from their loss. Also, Darren tries to strike up a new career, and Jason finds a friend in Tilly.moreless
Texas receives messages from a user in the chat-room India visited, Lynsey is convinced the mystery girl is actually Silas in disguise, and arranges a risky meeting in the woods. Meanwhile, Darren takes his mind off his situation in life by comforting a heartbroken Esther after she is snubbed by Tilly.moreless
A jealous Bart struggles with the knowledge that Gaz and Sinead are an item as Rae provokes Brendan into losing his temper after she pushes him too far.Meanwhile, Lee and Amy disagree over their respective plans for the perfect wedding day. And Jamil tries to patch things up with his friends following his outburst - making a big decision about his future in the process.moreless
Sinead and Bart are drawn to each other despite their explosive argument the previous day however, Maddie decides to make the matter a little more complicated for the warring couple. Meanwhile Brendan warns Silas to leave Lynsey alone, and Jamil finally snaps and gives Texas, Lee and Leanne a piece of his mind.moreless
Bart blames Sinead when his complicated past with Jason becomes the latest gossip on campus. However, his angry tirade only succeeds in prompting her to flirt with Gaz, as Jamil ruins Texas's chances with Dodger.Meanwhile, Lynsey suspects Silas is plotting his next murderous move and Brendan tries to give Declan fatherly advice.moreless
Sinead's first day at college proves difficult following her antics at the party, but she manages to secure newcomer Maddie's interest by spilling the beans on Bart and Jason's complicated past. Meanwhile, Brendan works to repair Cheryl and Lynsey's friendship, and Texas uses a love-struck Jamil to make Dodger jealous.
Bart throws an end-of-summer party ahead of the new term at sixth-form, but things turn sour when another couple are caught up in his continuing tiff with Sinead. Meanwhile, a newly returned Lynsey is encouraged when Brendan reveals he also has misgivings about Silas.
Cindy urges Carmel to follow her heart and confess her feelings to Father Francis before he leaves. Meanwhile, Sinead dreads the prospect of seeing Bart and Jason at sixth-form college. And as preparations are made for Riley and Mercedes' respective pre-wedding parties, Seth struggles with his knowledge of the bride-to-be's affair with Carl.moreless
Father Francis announces he is going back to Uganda, prompting Carmel to consider finally confessing her feelings. Meanwhile, as Cindy makes a decision about her so-called friends, Mandy worries she might be sent to prison. Elsewhere, Pete informs Frankie that he can no longer tutor Ruby and assigns her to someone else. And Jason is annoyed when he learns that Bart plans on making a grand romantic gesture to win back Sinead on Jonno's advice.moreless
Cindy is furious when she finally finds out about Texas and Mandy's con, and in a vulnerable moment, she turns to Father Francis for support. Meanwhile, Ruby is devastated when Pete makes it clear he only sees her as a pupil.
Carmel is stunned when Father Francis reveals he is falling in love with her, and is forced to ignore her feelings to prevent him giving in to temptation. Meanwhile, Tom demonstrates his skill as a matchmaker for Mandy and Tony, Lee frustrates Amy by going on a lads' night out with Darren and Jamil. And Pete is unnerved by Ruby's amorous advances.moreless
Carmel is embarrassed when Father Francis is forced to model on the day of the charity calendar shoot, but he takes advantage of the situation. Meanwhile, Tony helps calm Tom's nerves about beginning secondary school. As, Ste feels unwanted when Lee moves in with him and Amy. And Texas and Mandy enlist the help of Dodger to keep their Cindy scam on track.moreless
Lee once more tries to win back Amy's affections with a romantic gesture during his fire-walking event. Meanwhile, Dodger is indebted to Cindy when she inadvertently comes to the rescue for Liberty's 18th birthday as, Jacqui discovers Carmel has a crush on Father Francis. And Mandy gives Tony an ultimatum regarding his New-Age attitude.moreless
An awkward reunion is in store for Bart, Sinead and Jason as they head out to collect their GCSE results. Meanwhile, Ruby and Esther throw a party, Lee ruins his chances of fixing things with Amy ahead of his eagerly awaited fire-walking stunt. And Carmel enlists Darren's aid for her charity calendar.moreless
Lee discovers the truth about Amy's night of passion with Dodger, while Mandy and Texas suffer a close call as they continue helping themselves to Cindy's fortune. Elsewhere, Lynsey decides to leave the village after her attempts to lure Silas into a trap cause Brendan to worry about her state of mind. And Carmel comes up with a provocative way to raise money for Father Francis.moreless
Lynsey works to repair her friendship with Brendan after the events of the previous night, but Silas's meddling ensures she becomes even more isolated. Meanwhile, Carmel tries to cheer up Bart as, Mandy grows concerned about Tony's new outlook on life. And a guilt-ridden Amy struggles to keep her night of passion with Dodger a secret from Lee.moreless
Cindy is shocked when Tony returns from his travels with a new laid-back attitude while, Brendan puts more effort into his plan to make Lynsey a surrogate mother for Declan. Elsewhere, Bart declares his love for Sinead, but she reacts badly when he insists Jason is still important to him, and Amy struggles to shake her guilt over sleeping with Dodger.moreless
Sinead becomes Bart and Jason's only hope of escaping the farmhouse cellar while, Carmel helps Theresa prepare for her date with Will.And Ste cannot believe his eyes when Brendan denies his sexuality and turns his attention to Lynsey.
Jason confesses his true feelings to Bart after a failed attempt to escape the farmhouse cellar places their lives in danger. Meanwhile, Liberty and Theresa summon the courage to open their exam results and are surprised by what they find.
The runaway trio stumble across a seemingly empty farmhouse, but mounting tensions prompt Sinead to depart, leaving Bart and Jason at the mercy of the property's owner, who is wielding a gun. Meanwhile, Theresa and Liberty receive their exam results, Rhys and Jacqui's pub quiz racket is exposed and Ste gives Brendan an ultimatum.moreless
Bart becomes angry with Sinead when he discovers she has been trying to get rid of Jason, but his feelings change after she is injured while fleeing from the police. A frustrated Cheryl tries to distract Lynsey from her fixation with Silas, and Brendan is forced to answer uncomfortable questions when Declan discovers Ste is gay.moreless