As we reported earlier this week, John Paul McQueen’s career is set to hang in the balance in Hollyoaks when a practical joke he plays on new sixth form headmaster, Patrick Blake, backfires.
John Paul (James Sutton) and new potential love interest, Doug Carter (PJ Brennan) decide, after an afternoon of drinking, to cover Patrick’s (Jeremy Sheffield) car with post it notes, unaware that the whole thing is being photographed by Callum Kane (Laurie Duncan) and Hollyoaks newcomer, Robbie Roscoe (Charlie Wernham).
The situation arises when John Paul drowns his sorrows after being suspended by Patrick for not reporting the illicit affair between his colleague, Jen Gilmore (Amy Downham) and student, Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon).
After a few too many, John Paul decides to seek revenge on Patrick, and so the pair set about sticking the hundreds of post it notes all over his car.
However, when Robbie and Callum print the photos of John Paul and Doug pulling the prank, and kissing, and put them up all around college, Patrick sacks John Paul, which causes him to flee the village out of humiliation, leaving Doug heartbroken.
Speaking to Soaplife, James Sutton, the actor who plays John Paul, explained:
“The first John Paul realises they’ve been caught out is when he walks into the college and sees the photos plastered all over the corridors – there are so many of them he can’t even take them down.
“They are of him and Doug rolling around kissing on top of Patrick’s post-it note covered car. It’s not good.
“He doesn’t know who [is responsible], but he’d love to find out and make their life a misery. Instead, Patrick sacks him and he’s gutted. Everyone’s laughing at him, he’s humiliated, his reputation is in tatters and he fears he might never teach again.
“John Paul takes baby Matthew and goes to a bus stop in the dead of night and gets on a bus. I don’t think he knows where he’s going or what he’s doing.”
However, the actor went on to reveal that when he does return to the village he is hoping for a fresh start, and, when asked if that means the end of his relationship with Doug, he replied:
“Definitely not. Watch this space.”
Watch all the drama unfold in Hollyoaks on Thursday, April 4 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.