Three words you’re happy to hear on a Friday: Stendan, Broxy, Britzeee. This whole period was Hollyoaks gold as far as I’m concerned. Brendan and Mitzeee reveal to the world that they’re now a couple, much to Ste and Cheryl’s horror. Brilliance ensues. Add in Brendan terrorising hapless Lee Hunter and you’ve got a true classic Brendan episode. Contains a tash joke, one about murder and one about ‘positions’. What more could you want?
A great episode from 2010 that I’d completely forgotten about! Brendan faces a feisty Jacqui as she looks out for Carmel and on meeting Amy for the first time thinks she might be the perfect drug mule. And just for good measure he charms and flirts with her, just to aggravate Ste.
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.
Three years ago bonfire night ended disastrously with Amy laid up in hospital. But who else happened to be in the same hospital? Macca, Brendan’s ex! This week Flashback Friday gives us one of my favourite Bramy moments, with him terrorising her in the hospital bed (“I should have brought you flowers”). Macca also gives Brendan a bizarre/desperate ultimatum - dump Ste or he’ll go to the police! Classic 2010 Brendan.
Brendan and Cheryl attend family counselling (Brendan would rather go to the pub). Cheryl leads the talking whilst Brendan takes the piss, until the traumatic topic of their father rears its head. Their experiences of childhood couldn’t be more different. It’s a gut wrenching and disturbing insight into the effect Seamus has had on Brendan. Brilliant performances.
Emmett Scanlan short clip | Crime and Thriller Awards 2013
(thanks to dodi sonata for this!)
Broxy team up to talk skincare routines and unnerve Dodger, thinking he has their money. Brendan knows a lot about pulmonary arteries and moisturiser and treats us to a verse of the Bones song. A fun slice of Broxy history.
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…
Some really old school Brendan from his first month in Hollyoaks. Brendan’s associate Veronica tries to blackmail him by staging a rescue of Cheryl. It’s full of classic Brendan brooding and his secrets under threat as well as some pretty dodgy tie-dye…!
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.
With Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren) taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, this week’s Flashback Friday had to be Brendan teaching Darren how to dance. Sort of silly but fun. So if Ashley’s good on Saturday we’ll know why ;)
It’s been a whole year since the incredible series of Hollyoaks Later aired in 2012. It was a week that changed everything and if you haven’t done so already, it’s worth watching the whole week again (click here for the playlist). Today’s #BBFlashbackFriday showcases, in my opinion, some of Emmett’s greatest work in the scenes with Nana Flo. Brendan sunk to the darkest depths in this week but it was the scenes with Nana when the horrific truth of his childhood became known, which made the series, I thought.
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.
A heavy-going emotional episode this week: the aftermath of Lynsey’s death. The episode before ended with Brendan coming home to find Lynsey murdered on the sofa. The shock death easily made this one of the best episodes of summer 2012. Brendan and Cheryl’s grief was incredibly powerful and we saw Brendan in a vulnerable state unlike ever before, kickstarting Ste and Brendan’s connection with a comforting hug.
The controversial episode that’s made countless headlines this week (ridiculous!), five months after it aired, sees Brendan and Walker’s final showdown. A fantastically tense and worthy conclusion to Walker and Brendan’s life-changing feud. Walker’s death is one to be remembered and I love the car chase before it as well as opening sequence which sees Brendan stand out on the flat balcony contemplatively in the wake of Walker’s hostage situation.