The following article contains discussion of sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting.
Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Imran Maalik has taken shock action against Ali Shahzad in new Hollyoaks scenes.
Thursday's first-look episode (December 16) intercut between scenes of Theresa continuing her plot to trick Ali with Misbah warning Imran just how dangerous Ali is.
Verity interrupted Theresa planning to make mojitos for Ali, though Theresa was able to discretely ask her friend to keep track of her on her locator app.
The Maaliks were horrified when Shaq explained to them that Theresa was determined to fool Ali into making a confession.
"We need to find her before it's too late," Misbah insisted.
Over at The Dog, Ali snatched Theresa's phone once he figured out she'd set it up to record their conversation. When he turned threatening, Misbah and Verity interrupted just before he could hurt Theresa.
"Get out of here," Misbah demanded. "I'm watching your every move. You won't be hurting anyone while I'm around."
Misbah returned home to explain to her family that she'd "faced a demon" in confronting Ali, but she didn't notice that a furious Imran angrily stormed off.
Imran was in tears at the top of the stairs, as Misbah told her loved ones: "If [Ali] admitted he wronged me, I might be able to find a way to find some closure."
With his mum's words swirling in his mind, a teary-eyed Imran confronted Ali in the village later — armed with a knife to make a demand.
"My mum needs to know that you're sorry, that what you did was wrong," Imran demanded. "Admit it, you raped my mum. Admit it, or I'll kill you."
Future spoilers have confirmed these scenes will lead to an explosive series of events as Imran essentially holds Ali hostage with his weapon.
Hollyoaks airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look screenings at 7pm on E4. Selected omnibus episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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