There are plenty of ups and downs in Hollyoaks this week. Jacqui is beside herself with excitement at the thought of the baby coming home from hospital. She can’t wait to start her role as a mummy. Little does she know, things won’t quite be so rosy when Dom and Tina later tell her that they just need some time alone.

Russ is confused about life in general. He doesn’t know what the future holds. As he’s pondering what to do next in life, a beautiful woman called Caroline crosses his path and things don’t seem quite so bad after all.

Justin gets completely caught up in Leila’s plans to matchmake Ravi and Nancy. She’s convinced that they’re perfect for each other. It’s obvious that their constant bickering is just a cover for their true feelings – isn’t it?

Carmel has relationship woes. She enjoys a day out shopping for wedding dresses with Val only to return to find Alek waiting for her at home. How will she react to that?
When Calvin later tells Carmel he’s looking forward to going to the wedding fair with her, she starts acting suspiciously and snaps at him. Will she tell him what’s going on?
There’s an uncomfortable distraction at the fair when Val and Calvin are reluctant winners of a prize cheque.

Elsewhere in the village, nasty Nige persuades drug-dependent Sasha to break into Steph’s flat. Sasha isn’t the most adept burglar and Danny catches her red-handed.
Leo decides to take drastic action in a bid to help his daughter’s addiction. But his “help” seems seriously misguided when he buys Sasha some methadone off the streets. Danny finds out and is rightly furious. He tells Leo that the stuff could kill her and pours it down the sink. A desperate Sasha can only look on as she watches her fix disappear.

After a tough time of late, Steph is starting to feel a little more positive about the future – that is until she finds she’s been burgled and the nasty thief has taken Max’s wedding ring.

There’s a tiny glimmer that things are going to get better when, later in the week, the ring turns up on her doorstep. Looks as though someone in the village has a guilty conscience. We wonder who that could be.

On the day of Max’s funeral, and with her mum on hand for support, Steph insists she’s strong enough to take part in the procession. Joined by Darren, Jack, Tony and Dom, they escort Max to his final resting place.

Steph is brave enough to read OB’s eulogy, which describes Max as a best friend, brother and husband. OB promises that he’ll never leave young Tom.