How far is he willing to go to win Cleo?
A night out with Verity and her friends stirs some feelings in Eric as he struggles to find his place in the village.
And hopes for Eric and Cleo are shattered when he sees a spicy text from Joel on Cleo’s phone.
Later, at The Loft, Eric makes a desperate attempt to come out on top and resorts to extreme measures to wipe out the competition. But will he get caught?
As Zoe celebrates her birthday at The Loft, even whilst surrounded by all her friends, her mind wanders to Sam and she makes a drunken phone call.
The next day, the group of friends’ wild night out catches up with them in the form of hangovers and in Cleo’s case, a missing boyfriend.
Trying to hide his involvement in Joel’s absence, Eric implies that he saw him leave with another woman. How long will the truth stay hidden?
As memories of the night before rush back to Zoe, she hurries to delete her embarrassing voicemail from Sam’s phone. Later, she and Sam make a change to their relationship.
Thursday's episode opens with a voiceover from Eric questioning what the world is really like underneath the surface and by the end, he makes a solemn conclusion. And a harsh warning from Joel to stay away from Cleo triggers him to start making amends.
Worried about Eric’s recent behaviour, Verity decides to rent the McQueen's caravan on Eric’s behalf so he can have his own space, and Joel’s guilt forces him to act impulsively again as he makes a shocking decision about rekindling his relationship with Cleo.
Settling into his new home, Eric locks himself in and vents his frustrations in writing, but when Verity invites him for a drink with her and Cleo, he's forced to the Dog. Trying to get out of it, Eric invites Joel to The Dog at the same time. What does he have up his sleeve?
Later, a concerned Verity puts her foot in it even as she suggests he might turn out like their dad. As a result, Eric secretly vows to wash his hands of him.
Hollyoaks continues Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4 with first look episodes available weekday mornings on All4 and weekday evenings at 7pm on E4