Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Luke Morgan has disappeared in Hollyoaks after a run-in with his attacker Stephen MacGregor.
Earlier this week, Ollie Morgan began secretly communicating with Luke's attacker Stephen by pretending to be his father on social media.
Wednesday's (January 26) first-look episode opened with Ollie still making plans to lure Stephen to the village, though even his girlfriend Becky was now warning him it was a bad idea.
Becky was so worried she went to her arch-nemeses, Cindy and Zara, to help her stop Ollie before this vendetta against Stephen goes too far. They rushed to intercept Ollie, and he explained he'd just wanted to "stick up" for Luke.
"I understand why you're here. I really do. But this isn't the way," Zara assured him.
Unfortunately, Stephen had already found Luke in the village. Luke couldn't remember the role Stephen played in that horrible night with Mark Gibbs.
"The night Mark attacked you, I just thought he was going to knock you about. Not do what he did," Stephen told him. "I don't deserve any sympathy. What Mark did, what we did, was horrific."
Cindy and Ollie rushed onto the scene to warn off Stephen, leading him to make a quick exit. Luke was bewildered about why his family were running off Stephen.
"It's Stephen MacGregor. We used to play football together," is all Luke could remember.
After Cindy left, Ollie was the one to trouble Luke by mentioning everything he'd miss out on because of his dementia. Luke walked away telling Ollie he'd be "around forever".
In the final scenes of the episode, Cindy tried to help Ollie to understand that Luke's nonchalant reaction to seeing Stephen again was because of his dementia.
"I just don't trust this guy. I wish I'd never invited him to the village," Ollie admitted to Cindy and Zara.
Zara then shared the horrifying news that she'd found Luke's coat and his phone — in the same spot where he'd been with Stephen earlier in the day. The episode then flashed to a coffee cup with Luke's name on it blowing in the wind.
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 would like more information or support about Pick's disease/frontotemporal dementia, please click here for guidance from Rare Dementia, or click here to learn more about the Alzheimer's Society.
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