Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Misbah Maalik has finally come clean about her big secret in tonight's Hollyoaks after Shaq and Sami continued to find themselves at odds.
Soap fans will know that until recently, Shaq Qureshi (Omar Malik) believed that he and Sami Maalik (Rishi Nair) shared the same dad, making them brothers instead of cousins. Last week, however, Sami dropped a bombshell on Shaq and admitted that he'd lied about the DNA test and that Kashif was not Shaq's dad after all.
Of course, what Sami and Shaq don't know is that they are brothers, as Misbah (Harvey Virdi) is keeping the secret that she's Shaq's biological mother and not his aunt, as he'd always believed.
Despite Sami and Shaq later patching things up after their initial fallout, their relationship was strained further after Shaq shared a kiss with Sami's girlfriend Verity (Eva O'Hara) at the end of Friday night's episode, and it didn't take long for the truth to come out in Monday's (September 6) first-look episode on E4 either.
After Sami confronted Shaq over his feelings for Verity, the Maaliks were later rocked by Shaq's admission that they'd only slept together once.
"I was upset about the DNA results and Verity was just being nice," Shaq insisted, before a devastated Sami ordered Shaq to stay away from him as he left the house.
As Sami later called things off with Verity, Shaq was left facing the fallout at the Maalik household and apologised for disappointing Misbah, before Misbah went out in search of Sami too.
When Misbah found Sami, he shared that he and Verity had broken up and bitterly stated that "you can't trust anyone".
"It's not just him though," he added when Misbah tried to defend Shaq. "You've been keeping your fair share of secrets."
Still, Misbah urged Sami not to turn his back on Shaq, adding: "Whatever that DNA test said, he's your brother and he's dealing with a lot. I'm not saying you can't be angry, just don't turn your back on him."
Whatever goodwill Misbah stirred in Sami was quickly shattered, however, when Sami walked past Shaq and Verity sharing a goodbye hug and quickly deleted the message he'd been about to send saying he'd be willing to talk to him.
With misunderstandings, secrets and betrayals around every corner and Sami pushing Shaq to move out of the Maalik house, Misbah ultimately decided that it was time to get everything out in the open.
Faced with Shaq moving out of the family home for good, Misbah called for him to wait and prepared to admit her big secret.
"I can't lose you again. All the lies, it's enough," Misbah told Shaq. "Kashif wasn't your father. But I am your mother."
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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