Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks has revealed more of Eric Foster's dark side.
Earlier this week, Eric's dark side resurfaced as he locked Joel in a cellar at The Loft so he could get closer to Cleo, but he later turned on Cleo too when his so-called prank was exposed.
It was also revealed that Eric has a history of using similar tactics, as his sister Verity remembered that he'd once locked her into a coal cellar when she'd received a gift from their parents instead of him.
In Wednesday's (May 11) first-look episode, the view shifted into a skewed visual style whenever Eric was speaking with anyone else, showing that he was blocking out their faces.
Eric essentially baited Joel into doubted his relationship with Cleo by convincing the former priest that he isn't the "good person" he believes himself to be.
Verity later tried getting to the bottom of what's going on with Eric, telling him he can't keep behaving in this way because it could put other people in danger. As Eric went to get a takeaway, Verity noticed he'd stolen Cleo's hospital ID badge.
After running into Cleo into the village, Eric broke down as he admitted what he'd done but promised he was "trying to do better" for Verity.
It turns out that Verity was listening to their chat, and as soon as Cleo went off, she confronted Eric with the ID badge he'd stolen. Verity thought it was just that Eric "had a crush" so she promised to set him up with someone else.
Joel later revisited Cleo to admit that Eric had been right about him keeping secrets, then broke up with her because she deserved someone that made her "completely happy".
"I did something really bad and I cannot stop thinking about it," Joel admitted, in reference to running down his dad. "The longer that you and I are together, you're going to feel it and it's going to hurt you."
In the village, Tony and Diane were off to celebrate Verity renting the caravan for Eric. As he moved his belongings into his new home, an angry Joel arrived to shove Eric against the caravan.
"I'm sorry for you," Joel told Eric as he grabbed him. "Are you so sad and lonely that when you saw two happy people, the only thing you could think to do was hurt them?"
Eric retreated into the caravan with his laptop, where he ranted on a secret blog about how someone like him "could never have sex, never have a relationship".
"Sometimes, I wish I could force them to understand," Eric concluded his incel-like rant.
What is he up to?
Hollyoaks now streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4.
Selected omnibus episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.
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