Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) has been staying in Clare's (Gemma Bissix) hotel as part of a money-making scheme the pair have cooked up together, All About Soap reports.
However, Mercedes starts to regret her actions when she finds her mobile phone in Clare's bag with a worried message from Dr Browning (Joe Thompson) and is overcome with guilt.
Mercedes attempts to call the deal off, but Clare is having none of it and knocks Mercedes unconscious. However, Clare gets a shock when an angry Browning arrives in her hotel room, demanding to know where Mercedes is.
Convinced that Clare is lying to him, Browning starts to strangle her but he is interrupted by Jim McGinn.
Escaping the violent clutches of Dr Browning, Clare sends a video message of a bruised and battered Mercedes, causing the McQueens to go into melt-down.
Realising her sister is in serious danger, Jacqui (Claire Cooper) then resorts to desperate measures to raise the £200k ransom, and goes back to work for Trudy.
Hollyoaks airs these scenes on Wednesday, April 10 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.
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