This episode took the Brendan and Mitzeee friendship to a new place as she ran to him for help confused and distraught about Mercedes. The scene in the car where Brendan hands Mitzeee over to the police instead of helping her run away from her accused crimes is really powerful. This was the beginning of a huge week for Brendan, Lynsey was murdered just days later.
I got asked this week when Declan found out Brendan was gay - this episode right here! This episode starts a whole chain of events related to the evil Silas. Rae accidentally outs Brendan (although really, she should have figured out Declan was about) sending him into a fury and he publicly threatens to kill her. Standard Brendan move normally, however this ends up making Brendan the prime suspect when she’s found murdered. You all know what happened then! But this episode also has a very lovely and understated scene between Brendan and Declan that’s definitely worth rewatching.
"I used to wanna be superman…" begins Brendan’s opening monologue to Hollyoaks Later and with the news this week of Emmett appearing in comic book movie Guardians of the Galaxy I thought it was an appropriate choice. This first episode of Hollyoaks Later kicks off a cinematic looking series where Brendan’s darkness and the root of his trauma is fully revealed. Worth a rewatch alone if only for the brilliant opening sequence (and the black humour of his Stupid Cupid dance).
Emmett Scanlan in Guardians of the Galaxy (@ 1min54)
As it’s Valentine’s Day I thought it was only fair to choose something especially lovely and romantic, so of course it’s the very heart-melting episode where Brendan and Ste bake bread together and Brendan promises him “the future he deserves”. In true Stendan style the blissful happiness is short lived with Walker and Kevin plotting to ruin Brendan (sob) but still, it was perfect while it lasted. Happy Day of Lurrrve!
This is a real classic episode where we first ever heard the term “Britzeee”. Mitzeee gets hassled by a photography (Joey “The Snaps” Benton) leaving Brendan and Warren to sort it in their own special way. Mitzeee’s blackmail doesn’t last long and she sees the similarities between her and Brendan. A new friendship, and probably the closest friend he will ever have, is formed. Great funny moments as well as some great touching scenes.
A very Happy Birthday to the lovely Emmett J Scanlan. Thank you to all the fans worldwide who took part sending thoughtful messages, art, animations, banners and photos!
This is a great episode that I’d almost forgotten about. Brendan’s under pressure with Pete’s arrival, terrified he’s going to spill his secrets. He also has Rae on his back who threats to expose his sexuality to Warren if he doesn’t leave Ste alone. It all gets a bit much when everyone surrounds him in the club and after warning Ste that Pete’s not to be trusted (and some classic face touching) he comes up with a plan to get rid of Rae.
This episode features one of my favourite Emmett performances where Brendan, distraught at losing Lynsey, unleashes a tirade against Joel and smashes up the club. Later him and Walker try and track down Samson, with Brendan believing him to be the one who murdered Lynsey. There are some lovely but sad Brendan and Cheryl scenes too.
In the wake of Amy discovering their relationship and after beating Ste up, Brendan lies about how Ste got his bruises and is desperate to keep his secrets. The scene in the cellar where Brendan intimidates and belittles Ste, sharing his plan to get them girlfriends, is particularly well done. Brendan’s switch from cruel and chilling to desperate for Ste to stay with him (and then back to vicious again) is fascinating. As an extra bonus, features Brendan carrying Mitzeee away from a brawl with Nancy in a brilliant comedic scene.
Merry Christmas and a festive Flashback Friday. Brendan struggles in his dad’s presence in the village but he makes the most of his new family life with Ste and the kids for a happier Christmas. It’s a rare moment of contentment for Brendan and a joy to watch.
One of THE best episodes ever and finally a happy Christmas (ish) for Brendan. Everyone knows it’s been a year since these wonderful Dublin episodes but I don’t know about you, but I’ll never tire of watching them. It was Brendan and Ste as we’d never seen them: a fully fledged couple. Talking, (actual talking!) having fun and being as passionate and in love as we’ve always known them. From the sexy six-thirty bed scenes, to the city montage to the incredible pub scene, which went beyond all expectations of soap, this episode deserves at least one rewatch a year on. And if you want to pretend it was a completely happy Christmas just pause before the end!
Christmas 2011 Brendan’s priority was a bit of Fox hunting - getting Warren out of his life for good. This episode begins with Brendan decorating the club tree with a moustachioed fairy on top - he loves his tacky decorations. Britzeee team up to take down Warren and as always their bond is a joy to watch.
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.