Spoilers for Hollyoaks follow.
Hollyoaks is ramping up its misogyny storyline as Maxine is currently recovering from an attack after a night while Mitzee was spiked. In this episode, Verity confronts Maxine about her plan to lure drink spikers to Grace’s barbut Maxine defends herself.
“What am I supposed to do, Verity? Just stay inside forever? I can’t do anything. My sister was spiked, I was attacked. It’s not safe for you, for me, for any of us,” Maxine says.
Verity warns her she’ll try to stop her, but Maxine says there is nothing she can do — her mind clearly made up. Meanwhile, Spiker Eric receives a text from Men First asking if he got into the party at the club later that night. He overhears Grace worrying about the lack of staff she has on shift that night, while she also mentions CCTV footage.
Eric, fearing the CCTV footage could incriminate him, asks her to give him a trial shift: “If that spiker’s still out there, you’re going to need all the eyes you can get.” Grace reluctantly agrees. Later, Eric works the shift and eyes the CCTV cameras in the club.
He texts the Men First group: “Slagxine has no idea what’s in store for her. I’m in the perfect position, no camera blunders, and no mistakes tonight.”
Maxine pretends to be drunk in the club and asks Beau to buy her a round of drinks, which he does. Off-screen, it’s implied that Eric spiked one of the drinks. Maxine then tests the drink with a drug detection strip and it comes out positive. She accuses Beau of being the spiker while Eric smirks on.
“My drink has just tested positive for drugs. The drink that you gave me right after I saw you put something in your pocket,” Maxine says.
Beau denies everything and reveals it was his bank card he put in his pocket. Maxine demands to see the club CCTV that instant and Eric says he’ll “line up the footage” for her right that second. The footage is inconclusive, however, and Zoe says there is no proof Beau spiked anyone. Eric pretends to be innocent.
“Maxine, I know this must be devastating. But the person who spiked you clearly knew what he was doing,” Eric says before Zoe notices Eric has a tattoo, which he hides. Later, Eric boasts online about spiking the drink.
But Maxine contemplates the night at home and looks over the wanted poster, which features a blurred image of an arm with a tattoo on it. Eric promises to make Maxine’s life “a living hell”, but Maxine finds an image of Eric with the tattoo on his arm. She finally works out that Eric is the spiker and the revelatory episode ends.
Hollyoaks streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4.
Selected omnibus episodes are available via Prime Video.