Hollyoaks has been revisiting some of its finest ever hours as part of new series [email protected], and the fourth week — which showcases one particular storyline covering 2011-2015 — will centre on Silas vs Lynsey.
The Channel 4 soap was forced to halt production down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and episodes which were filmed prior to lockdown were subsequently rationed out in an effort to keep the soap on air.
With only two outings airing a week, the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday slots on E4 were occupied with older episodes in a series entitled Hollyoaks Favourites.
Iconic instalments such as Mercedes’ wedding to Doctor Browning, and the train and bus crashes — as well as entire weeks devoted to icons such as Clare Devine, Cindy Cunningham, Brendan Brady, Tony Hutchinson and McDean — were aired.
However, with new episodes having run out altogether, Hollyoaks devised a new series entitled [email protected] to ensure that fans not only get their Chester fix, but that they also get to celebrate some of the soap’s finest hours ahead of its 25 anniversary later this year.
The fourth week — which covers the years of 2011-2015 — will focus Silas vs Lynsey.
Monday August 17
It’s 2011 on [email protected] and Lynsey has been trying to convince everyone that Silas (Jeff Rawle) is a killer. Silas has set up a hidden camera in Brendan (Emmett J Scanlan), Lynsey and Cheryl’s flat.
He watches from his phone as Brendan and Cheryl wonder where Lynsey is. Brendan is worried when he gets a call that she didn’t turn up for work. After speaking to Texas, Brendan thinks that Lynsey could be in danger after she went to meet someone she was speaking to online.
Silas hides in the village and watches as Brendan finds a note from ‘Lynsey’ on his windscreen leading him to find her in the woods. But when he gets there, Brendan discovers Rae’s dead body in the boot of his car – just as the police arrive…
Darren is annoyed that Nancy is spending more time working than with him.
It’s Rhys’ birthday and he wants some alone time with Jacqui, but she has to work. There’s crossed wires when she buys him a joke present.
Tuesday August 18
Brendan is being interrogated by the police, while Lynsey returns home unaware of what her absence has caused. Silas enjoys watching as everyone finds out that Brendan is apparently the murderer they’ve all been looking for.
Elsewhere, Amy tries to reassure Ste that Brendan wouldn’t have done this, but he knows too much about Brendan to believe her. Nancy and Lynsey are waiting at the station for Cheryl, and she agrees to give her side of the story to journalist, Nancy. Meanwhile, Brendan continues to plead his innocence.
Silas’ name keeps coming up, but as far as the police are concerned, he’s not a suspect. Brendan is like a caged animal when he’s charged with Rae’s murder.
Elsewhere, Doug blames Ethan for not keeping Brendan in custody previously.
Wednesday August 19
Silas feels triumphant as he reads the front page news. It’s Brendan’s bail hearing but he’s remanded in custody. Cheryl decides to confront Nancy after the article she wrote made her brother look guilty, while Lynsey returns to the police station and asks them to look at some messages on her laptop, which she believes were sent by Silas under an alias.
Elsewhere, Cheryl and Warren visit Brendan in prison and he backs up Lynsey’s claims that Silas framed him. However, the police catch up with Lynsey at The Dog and reveal to everyone that they checked her laptop, and she’s been sending messages to herself…
Nancy is still focused on her work, while Darren feels ignored. He decides to spoil Nancy with a special home-cooked meal. However, she’s too busy writing her next article and stands him up.
Jacqui and Rhys are getting on well after his birthday and she treats him to a takeaway lunch, ending in a food fight. Rhys is delighted when Jacqui agrees to go camping with him.
Thursday August 20
Cheryl is at the end of her tether with Lynsey, and blames her for Brendan being in prison. She tells Lynsey that she never wants to see her again and chucks her out. Meanwhile, Silas plans to go back to France that afternoon.
Lynsey is waiting at the bus stop with her bags packed and gets fired from her job. At her lowest ebb, she spots Silas leaving the village and follows him to the woods. She decides to record a confession from him but he finds her and grabs her phone. Silas taunts Lynsey and the red mist descends – she runs at him while his back’s turned and knocks him unconscious.
Theresa (Jorgie Porter) gives Will the cold shoulder after Rae’s death, but Dodger (Danny Mac) gives his brother some words of advice; Will and Theresa apologise to each other.
Nancy is awol again, leaving Darren to look after Charlie. Concerned Jack offers to take Darren for a drink later.
Friday August 20
Frightened Lynsey checks Silas’ pulse and runs away. She finds Ethan at Rae’s memorial and tells him that she’s killed Silas. However, when she takes Ethan to the spot where she left him, Silas is missing. Jacqui finds Lynsey crying in the village and takes her under her wing. Ethan tells Jacqui and Rhys that he’s spoken to Silas, who is in France and has no recollection of a confrontation with Lynsey in the woods.
It’s the day of Rae’s memorial and Doug throws Ethan out of the flat, still blaming him for not charging Brendan sooner. Emotional Ste speaks about his memories of Rae.
Gaz is trying to impress Sinead. He taunts Bart about having dinner at the O’Connor’s but it seems that he’s more interested in Diane than Sinead.
Nancy promises to help Darren with a review article about MOBS, but once again she’s too busy.
Tony gets a job as the chef at The Dog.
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