Esther (Jazmine Franks) is already far from popular after weeks of humiliation at college, and things don't get any easier for her when art teacher Jen Gilmore (Amy Downham) instructs the students to create a memorial canvass for the mini-bus crash victims.
Viewers will see Esther struggle with the task as she is confronted with her own hatred of the late Maddie Morrison, who was responsible for alienating her in the first place.
When the completed memorial is later slashed, Esther is the prime suspect and faces yet another backlash from her peers.
As well as being subjected to cruel messages online, Esther has a bottle of urine thrown at her in the corridor at college.
A tormented Esther also opens her locker to find a picture of Maddie, Jono and Neil with the words "it should have been you" written underneath.
In the end, Esther makes a drastic decision over what she needs to do about her horrendous situation - but what?
Meanwhile, Jen's project also has consequences for her ex-girlfriend Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon) as it leads to the pair reconnecting.
As Tilly opens up to Jen about her grief after the crash, they end up sharing a passionate kiss. Their secret romance seems to be back on, but for how long?
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad