Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
James Nightingale has stopped the McQueen family from helping Sally St Claire escaping prison in Hollyoaks.
The shocking twist came about after Sally announced she planned to bust out of the hospital, rather than return to prison with the tormentors who'd unleashed a transphobic attack on her.
In Wednesday's (July 7) first-look episode, John Paul was wrestling with whether to help Sally escape from the hospital.
While Nana and Goldie were up for helping with the escape plan, John Paul admitted he couldn't stand the thought of never seeing Sally again.
"It won't just be goodbye Hollyoaks," he explained. "If she runs, it's goodbye to all of us. Forever."
John Paul went to James for advice on what to do, with the lawyer suggesting a jury would see Sally as guilty if she tried to escape and was somehow caught.
"At her age, she'd been in prison for the rest of her life," James admitted.
However, John Paul changed his mind after overhearing PC Smith threatening Sally that her tormentors in the prison would finish her off "quick" once she was transferred back.
The plan ultimately fell apart when James heard the McQueens plotting Sally's escape and ultimately tipped off police, as a means to stop John Paul from getting involved.
With James physically standing in the way of John Paul driving the getaway car, Sally escaped from her hospital room to find PC Smith and DS Cohen waiting for her outside.
"We had a tip off you might try this," PC Smith revealed. "Now you're never getting out."
Sally cried in horror over her fate as the episode came to an end.
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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