Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
James Nightingale has continued to self-destruct over his gambling addiction in Hollyoaks.
Wednesday's (May 4) first-look episode on E4 continued the attorney's downward spiral as Maxine Minniver discovered James had been meddling with customer billing to fund his gambling.
Once Romeo and Verity were informed about James stealing from the firm, Verity was left with little choice but to offer James an ultimatum to get his life back on track or face the consequences of what he'd done.
During an emergency meeting with Verity, James was told that she'd explain the over-charging to clients as a clerical error so long as he took "an emergency leave of absence" effective immediately to deal with his gambling problem.
Verity warned that if James didn't take her lifeline to immediately enter rehab, she'd have no chance to report him and have him struck off "for life".
James remained defiant, revealing to Verity, Maxine and Romeo he wouldn't be bending to their ultimatum – instead he signed a letter of resignation to quit the firm entirely!
"My life is my life, and if the last few months have taught me anything, it is far too short to spend it in a rancid office," he insisted.
James announced he was free to take his own clients with him to his own new firm, where he could "invest" in whatever crypto schemes he wanted.
"From now on, I do what I want and no-one can stop me," James vowed.
In the final moments of the episode, Romeo worried that he'd just lost his father "for good" while Verity scrambled to figure out how to handle this disaster.
Hollyoaks now 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 Amazon Prime Video.
The National Gambling Treatment Service offers free, confidential help for anyone who is worried about their gambling, or someone else's gambling. Call the 24-hour freephone National Gambling Helpline on 0808 802 0133, or visit begambleaware.org. Further information and resources can be found on the Gambling Commission's website.
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