Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including child abuse and sexual abuse that some readers may find upsetting.
Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Brody Hudson and Ollie Morgan have had a chilling prison reunion with abuser Buster Smith in Hollyoaks.
In recent weeks, Brody (Adam Woodward) has been struggling with unresolved trauma over the abuse he suffered at the hands of football coach Buster (Nathan Sussex).
While Buster was jailed for abusing Ollie (Aedan Duckworth) in 2019, he escaped justice for what he did to Brody years earlier.
In Monday's first-look episode on E4, Damon Kinsella (Jacob Roberts) supported best friend Brody by accompanying him to the prison where Buster is serving his sentence.
Brody went into this face-to-face confrontation with his abuser intent on demanding an apology, as told through painful flashbacks to his partner Sienna (Anna Passey).
"I want to hear you say sorry for the things you did to me," Brody demanded. "You can try to belittle me all you want, but you are so inadequate."
Buster first insisted that it was Brody who owed him an apology "for all the lies", taunting him about whether he was still in Brody's head.
He then demanded Brody tell him why he "kept coming back" — and then, and only then, would he apologise. Brody took tremendous courage in explaining how Buster manipulated him into believing he needed to sustain the abuse to become a football star.
"That's why I kept coming back for more. Not because I wanted to. I hated you," he insisted.
It was ultimately Damon's intervention that convinced Buster to apologise, when he offered to visit his father regularly.
"I just want you to know I'll regret everything I did until the day I die... because none of what happened was your fault," Buster finally told him.
However, when Brody returned to the prison with Ollie to get apology for the lad, the abuser revealed he'd only apologised to get his son to visit him.
"You can say anything you want to us, but it doesn't change the fact that we're 1,000 times the man you are," Ollie insisted.
Though Ollie stood up for himself in the moment, Cindy and Luke later discovered a note in which Ollie confessed that he wasn't coping — making it appear that he'd run away.
Adam Woodward has confirmed that there will be further repercussions when Ollie and Brody reconcile being manipulated by their abuser again.
"At first, Brody thinks he's got what he wants, but Ollie finds out about it and questions Buster's intentions," Woodward has said. "So when Brody goes back to the prison to meet Buster with Ollie, he quickly realises that the only reason Buster gave him an apology was so that he could manipulate the situation in his favour.
"And then everything comes crumbling down around Brody once again."
Hollyoaks airs first-look episodes Mondays through Thursdays on E4, with repeat screenings at 6.30pm on Channel 4 the following evening.
The NSPCC (www.nspcc.org.uk) has opened a free helpline, supported by the Football Association. Anyone sexually abused in football as a child is encouraged to call 0800 023 2642 for support.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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