Carter Shepherd (David Ames) was left in shock after succumbing to his desires and having sex with John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) in the toilets at The Dog in the Pond, realising that someone had overheard them.
The head teacher of Hollyoaks High, as viewers know, is a deeply religious man and has been practising conversion therapy. John Paul made such a discovery a number of weeks ago and was horrified, urging him to put a stop to the abhorrent practice at once.
A subsequent heart-to-heart led to Carter revealing that, when he was in school, he was attracted to a male classmate who he deemed ‘beautiful’, but that his father had ordered him to ‘turn away’ from ‘sin’, which is what led him onto the path of conversion therapy.
John Paul felt for the headmaster and urged him to be true to himself, with the pair sharing a number of passionate kisses before ultimately sleeping together at the gym.
Carter regretted what happened and has since embarked on a relationship with Maxine Minniver (Nikki Sanderson), believing it to be the right thing to do, but he’s struggled to resist John Paul, who he remains attracted to.
Freya Calder (Ellie Henry), meanwhile, was heartbroken to learn that her father was having a relationship with Maxine and failed to tell her about it, with John Paul’s efforts to comfort her subsequently backfiring.
Carter confronted the former deputy head teacher in the toilets, holding him up against the wall and ordering him to stay away, but one thing led to another, with the two men engaging in a passionate kiss before making their way to a vacant cubicle.
After having sex, they proceeded to get dressed, with Carter pleading with John Paul to keep quiet about what just happened.
But a nearby cubicle door opened and the sound of someone making a run for it could be heard, leaving Carter in shock as he realised that their moment of passion had been overheard.
The question is: by who?
Hollyoaks streams weeknights at 7:30pm on Channel 4’s streaming platform, or catch episodes on TV at 7pm on E4.
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