Eric, who was partying at The Loft along with all of his sister Verity Hutchinson’s (Eva O’Hara) friends, was left simmering when he spotted a very spicy text message on Cleo McQueen’s (Nadine Mulkerrin) phone.
The message was from Joel Dexter (Rory Douglas-Speed), Cleo’s ex lover and former fiancée.
Newcomer Eric has developed strong feelings for Cleo and thought a possible romance could have been in the offing, so he was gutted to see the flirty message.
It’s the morning after the night before and all the friends are nursing terrible hangovers.
However Cleo is also wondering what on earth has happened to Joel.
He seems to have gone completely AWOL.
Meanwhile, Eric is desperately trying to hide his involvement in Joel’s absence by implying he saw him leave with another woman. Sly!
How long will Eric be able to keep up the facade and bury the truth about what’s REALLY happened to Joel?
Elsewhere, memories of the night before are rushing back to DCI Zoe Anderson (Garcia Brown).
Zoe got sloshed during all the partying at The Loft and left a drunken voicemail for her colleague Sam Chen-Williams (Matthew McGivern).
Tonight, as the memories come flooding back, she hurries to delete the embarrassing voicemail from Sam’s phone.
Will she get to it in time?
Later on Zoe and Sam decide to make a change to their relationship!
Plus, Serena Chen-Williams (Emma Lau) reaches out to her athletics buddy, Clara.
Serena wants to make sure she can prove she’s still at an Olympic level for athletics.
However, there’s shock in store when Serena’s father, Dave Chen-Williams (Dominic Power) makes a VERY worrying discover in Serena’s bag.
What exactly has he found?
Meanwhile, Grace Black (Tamara Wall) is starting to get seriously rattled by all the attention that her boyfriend, Saul Reeves (Chris Charles) is getting when out and about in his police uniform.
Will Grace put a lid on her feelings and will pride stop her from saying anything?
Or will she open up to Saul and tell him how she’s feeling?
Hollyoaks airs Monday- Friday on C4 at 6.30pm with the next episode following on E4 at 7pm
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Tess is a senior writer for What’s On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite and WhattoWatch.com She's been writing about TV for over 25 years and worked on some of the UK’s biggest and best-selling publications including the Daily Mirror where she was assistant editor on the weekend TV magazine, The Look, and Closer magazine where she was TV editor. She has freelanced for a whole range of websites and publications including We Love TV, The Sun’s TV Mag, Woman, Woman’s Own, Fabulous, Good Living, Prima and Woman and Home.