Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Things came to a head between Eric Foster and Verity Hutchinson in Wednesday’s (November 23) Hollyoaks as Verity confronted her brother about his recent dangerous behavior.
Eric Foster has been involved in a radical misogyny storyline and has been attempting to radicalise those around him, including Mason Chen-Williams, while also spiking women’s drinks.
Tonight, Verity struggled with what to do about Eric following his ordeal with Maxine Minniver, after she seemed determined to expose him for spiking drinks.
Verity admitted to Tony Hutchinson that she was worried there was “something seriously wrong” with Eric, though he told her to be a little more sympathetic as the “false allegations could tip him over the edge”. He then encouraged Verity to have a chat with her brother about what’s been going on.
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But while Verity thought about what she should do next, Eric found a recording on his laptop that proved she’d been snooping around on his computer and had seen evidence of his recent behavior — including him bragging about her defending him.
Verity then confronted her brother head on, telling him: “I know you’re the spiker. Start talking.”
After accusing Verity of being “no angel” and a hypocrite, Eric broke down in tears after she told him he had women in the village totally terrified. It was then that she asked him if it was her fault he’d turned out that way.
“It’s nothing to do with you or anyone else,” an emotional Eric hit back, stating he’d tell his sister everything about what had been going on.
The two then shared a heart-to-heart where Eric shared that his behavior stemmed from wanting a real friend, a girlfriend and a fulfilling life instead of only interacting with people online. “I can’t have the things that come so easily to other people,” he explained, admitting he thinks people see him as a “disgusting little man” and the odd one out in the family.
He then told her he wanted women to feel “small and humiliated” like he does every day, which is why he’s been targeting them — but Verity wasn’t buying his sob story.
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“Women don’t owe you anything,” she snarled. “And it is not on you to punish them for that,” she continued, stating it was no surprise nobody wanted to date him.
Eric promised he would stop spiking drinks if Verity didn’t tell the police about what he’d done, but she told him it was “too late” and he needed to get help, prompting Eric to ask: “Will you help me?”
He claimed coming clean to Verity had already helped him and he would go to counselling, but Verity said she couldn’t keep his secret.
He reluctantly agreed to hand over his laptop to her so that she could show the police — only to find it had mysteriously gone missing. Who has the laptop now?
Hollyoaks 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 Prime Video.
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