Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Mercedes McQueen has confessed the truth about sleeping with Romeo in Hollyoaks.
The last few weeks have seen Donna-Marie blackmailing Mercedes for cash with a recording of her discussing her fling with Romeo.
In Tuesday's first-look episode (August 24), Donna-Marie had even more ammo when she overheard Sylver boasting about the £10,000 he'd got from Fergus from their secret business deal.
"The price has just gone up. I'm having all that cash," Donna-Marie demanded.
Mercedes had to pilfer the cash Cher had contributed to the family to pay off Donna-Marie, but her one condition was for Donna-Marie to use the money to start a new life for her family away from Hollyoaks.
"Be the mum you've always dreamt of being, and leave me and my family to live our life in peace," Mercy insisted.
Donna-Marie went back on her word almost immediately by announcing she'd be using the cash to splash out on a holiday for Romeo and Juliet.
Whispering to Donna-Marie, Mercedes insisted: "You will not get the better of me."
"I already have," Donna-Marie sneered.
Mercedes later planned to spike her drink to nick back the cash, but started to have second thoughts when Donna-Marie explained how she'd been a foster teen who'd had to take up sex work to survive.
Donna-Marie realised what Mercedes was up to when the drink was knocked from her hand, with Mercy admitting she wanted to make it look like she'd relapsed and stolen Cher's money.
"You know, we're not so different, you and me. I've been so ashamed of myself. I've done horrendous things," Mercy confessed. "I've been so coked off my head, I put other people's lives at risk.
"I've cheated on Sylver, he's forgiven me once. He would never, ever forgive me again."
The two finally managed to find common ground, with Donna-Marie promising to return the money and encouraging Mercedes to tell Sylver the truth.
Mercedes then alarmed Cher and Sylver by admitting she'd done something "nearly unforgivable" by trying to pay off Donna-Marie.
"I love you Sylver, and this is the last time I'm ever going to ask for your forgiveness," she told her husband. "I slept with Romeo."
How will Sylver and Cher react?
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.
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