Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Mandy Richardson and Darren Osborne's wedding has ended in shocking scenes in Hollyoaks, as Ella Richardson was arrested.
The nuptials were interrupted last week when Darren (Ashley Taylor Dawson) discovered a letter from Ella (Erin Palmer) to Charlie (Charlie Behan) confessing her guilt over Jordan Price's death.
In Monday's (March 15) first-look episode, Darren, Nancy (Jessica Fox) and Jack (Jimmy McKenna) were demanding answers from Mandy when Ella turned up.
"Tell them. I can't stand it anymore," Ella said.
Nancy could barely hold back her fury when, after some prodding from Ella, Mandy admitted that she'd been letting Charlie take the rap for Jordan's death.
"You absolute bitch," Nancy seethed.
Darren insisted that, in his mind, the wedding had never happened. He then threatened to call the police, but Nancy had another idea.
"Mum to mum, let's have it out once and for all," she demanded.
With Darren and Jack going back to check on Ella, Mandy insinuated to Nancy that "everything" she wanted for Ella's future is what she'd wanted for her late daughter Grace.
"Are you using Grace's death to manipulate me?" Nancy asked. "Because I know about loss. My heart is scarred by loss. I am so weighed down by grief that it is a struggle to get out of bed in the morning.
"But I do it. And I would never use my own personal heartache as an excuse to dump an innocent child in prison!"
As Mandy tried to explain that "DJ has his problems too", Nancy insisted that Mandy had "hit the basement" in terms of how low she'd go in order to manipulate.
"You're not a failure. You've never been a failure," Mandy tried to tell her. "You've always been the better person."
Though it looked like the two were bonding momentarily, Nancy realised Mandy was again trying to manipulate her when she explained that Nancy's "strength" made it easier to handle Charlie in prison.
"You nearly had me there," Nancy quipped. "It's really so you can get what you want, which is one kid sent down for a murder he didn't commit and emotionally traumatised with having to keep up with the lie.
"That is two children, Mandy, that you have manipulated to sickening lengths! Do you know what you are? You are an abhorrent, hateful excuse for a mother and it's time you face up to it."
Back at the house, Jack interceded on Mandy's behalf by explaining that he could understand why she'd tried to protect Ella… and maybe Darren should too!
Darren went to The Hutch, where Nancy sarcastically said she'd had a "heart-to-heart" with Mandy while leaving. Mandy then appealed to Darren, saying that they didn't want two kids serving time, since Charlie could go down for lying to the police too.
"Ella wouldn't last a day inside. It would destroy her," Mandy claimed.
Darren seemed to be coming around to the idea that seeing two of their kids serving time in prison wasn't the answer – but then Nancy turned up and slapped Mandy for intimidating Charlie on their recent video call.
"I'm so sorry Ella, but I have to do this," Nancy explained.
A police detective then arrived to arrest Ella on suspicion of murdering Jordan Price. As Mandy broke down, Darren helplessly admitted there was nothing he could do now.
"Oh, Ella, no," Mandy cried out in the episode's final scene.
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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