Darren Osborne (Ashley Taylor Dawson) will prepare to make the ultimate commitment to fiancée Nancy Hayton (Jessica Fox) in the New Year when he starts planning their wedding in secret.
The businessman decides that a surprise Valentine's Day ceremony would be the perfect romantic gesture for Nancy - but when he's tempted back to gambling, could he lose more than just his wedding fund?
Just when it seems like the drama for Mercedes could be over, a charming doctor arrives on the scene and shows her the benefits of 'selling her services'. Could it be that Mercedes hasn't learned her lesson at all, and will she be heading down a dark path?
Elsewhere in the village, it soon becomes apparent that sixth former George (Steven Roberts) is hiding a huge secret - but how long will he be able to keep it from his friends?
Also, as Brendan's son Declan (Jay Duffy) makes his return trip to the village, are Cheryl (Bronagh Waugh) and Lynsey right to be worried?
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4.
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