Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks has aired a breakthrough in Imran Maalik's eating disorder storyline in some positive yet upsetting scenes.
Tonight's (November 16) first-look E4 episode opened with Imran coming home after spending the night elsewhere, only to tell Misbah and Juliet Nightingale that he was moving out to stay with a mate — one who wasn't part of their "little stalker messenger group".
Misbah tried to get him to keep to his appointment with Dr Lewis, noting they won't get another one for months, but he wasn't having it.
Juliet managed to appeal to him by agreeing that they have been on his case in the wrong way lately. She said she'd back off if he agrees to go to the appointment and gets a clean bill of health to prove them all wrong, and he agreed.
At the doctors, Imran tried to convince Dr Lewis that his previous diagnosis was a mistake and he'd just pushed himself a bit too hard in training. Dr Lewis seemed ready to sign him off, but asked him to do a weigh-in for the records. Even though he offered the option to do it blind and not see the numbers, Imran panicked and ran out of the hospital.
Misbah arrived and saw Imran arguing with Dr Lewis, accusing everyone of conspiring to lie about the results and "make" him fat.
At home, Imran tried to eat some food but couldn't bring himself to do so and curled up on the floor in tears from his blurry vision.
Later on, Misbah sat down with Imran. He admitted that his behaviour hasn't been normal, and he's scared of himself. "I felt like I was gonna burst, and the last time I did, it hurt people," he said, sharing that exercise was his way of channelling his anger, but he lost control.
"Mum, am I broken?" he asked. Misbah assured him he wasn't, and they hugged.
Is the start of Imran's road to recovery?
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.
Beat (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk) is a charity which raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders, and supports those affected by them. Beat now has a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its phone helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there's also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.
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