Three Christmases ago, before smashing Danny Houston to death with a hammer, Brendan took a very surprising trip - somewhere at the time we never expected him to venture - a date in a gay bar! Of course, it went about as smoothly as a stubbly kiss but he tried to make the effort to satisfy Ste’s desire to be a ‘proper couple’. A bit of hand holding and sight of a snogging couple had him running back to Ireland, but a B+ for effort? I love this episode. It’s tense and awkward and you can feel Brendan’s discomfort.
A firm favourite for many fans, this episode sees Brendan try and keep his two lives separate. Having just committed to Ste with those three little words, he comes face to face with his ex-wife Eileen and guess what? She’s bringing his son to stay. Brendan’s torn in two by his secrets making desperate promises to keep Ste, but faced with the threat of losing his family. Brendan’s anguish and torment is always a joy to watch; Emmett Scanlan rips your heart in two by the end.
Emmett talks in length about his roles in In The Flesh, The Fall and life post-Hollyoaks
Brendan and Ste are, as always, crazy for each other in this joy of an episode. With Seamus seemingly out the way, Brendan indulges in his hunger. Who can resist an episode of flirty Brendan? It’s just a little unfortunate his plans to kill off his dad didn’t go quite to plan…
One of the best Brendan/Stendan episodes of all time. I’d even go as far to say one of the best Hollyoaks episodes of all time. Gritty, heart-wrenching, emotive, powerful. Brendan is thrown back into the pain of his childhood, hours after achieving complete happiness. The Seamus scenes are sickening, heart-in-mouth captivating. The snatches of love and hope in the Ste and Brendan scenes, followed by the outstanding moment in the kitchen can only be described as epic. Scenes like that prove the Onscreen Partnership award’s worth. Unforgettable.
The beginning of the end for Brendan. This episode saw him try and get Cheryl and Ste to safety in the knowledge that Walker was back and out for him. The heartbreaking standout scene between Brendan and Ste through the deli door is one of the many reasons why Emmett and Kieron so deserve their best partnership award - incredibly emotional and difficult scene beautifully portrayed. Not for the faint hearted.
I’m picking this episode purely for selfish reasons because it’s one of my absolute favourites. The whole Danny murder reveal week was excellent: dark and twisted. Beautifully directed too. This episode was the first time Brendan gave any real indication of how he felt about Ste to his face, although it couldn’t have come at a worse time. And then just at the end Brendan goes to pay Foxy a visit for revenge…
To celebrate 3 years since Brendan’s arrival in Hollyoaks, this video has a clip from every single Brendan episode from the start. The first two parts are made from my old Brendannivery videos 1 and 2. 340 episodes of Hollyoaks and 6 spin off episodes (King of Hearts/Hollyoaks Later) making a massive 346 episodes in total.