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Hollyoaks favourite Sami Maalik was seen finally putting the puzzle together on Friday night as he understood Shaq Qureshi had feelings for Verity Hutchinson.
The dramatic episode follows Thursday’s revelation, which saw Shaq, played by Omar Malik, and Verity, played by Eva O’Hara, admit their feelings for one another, before sleeping together.
Verity ended up regretting her decision, and despite telling Shaq that Sami could never find out about the betrayal, Sami still managed to put two and two together.
The lawyer explained that Sami – with whom she had been in a relationship since Christmas 2020 – was finally beginning to trust her again following her fake pregnancy.
As a result, she asked Shaq that their one night stand must remain a secret.
The episode went on to show Verity and Shaq preparing to sit down for a meal at the Maalik household.
The family had cooked the dinner in order to make Misbah, played by Harvey Virdi, feel better in the wake of her investigation at the hospital.
However, to viewers utter shock, Sami went on to interrupt the celebrations in order to abruptly confront Shaq.
He splurged out: “I know about you and Verity,” while carrying an eerie and deep look of anger.
Instinctively, Verity and Shaq appeared to be in total confusion, all while questioning what Sami really knew about their affair.
Viewers started to wonder how in the world could have Sami worked out the truth.
The emotionally charged scene left fans divided as a person wrote on Twitter: “Not keen on Verity and Shaq. Love her and Sami together.”
Another tweeted: “Imran, Yazz and Sami do such a nice thing for Shaq then Shaq goes and sleeps with Verity behind Sami's back, dude just asking to be kicked out the family.”
A third social media user echoed people’s sympathy for Sami and wrote: “I just wanna hug Sami he deserves so much better."
Meanwhile, some fans shared some interesting theories as one tweeted: “Does anyone else think Maxine and Sami are going to gravitate back to each other?”
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Another person asked in frustration: “Why must they ruin Sami & Verity like this after the whole fake pregnancy fiasco.”
Verity’s baby lie followed the Christmas of 2020, when she walked in on Diane Hutchinson, played by Alex Fletcher, taking a pregnancy test.
Verity initially believed that she was going to have a nephew or niece, but Diane later confesses that she did not know who the unborn child’s father was.
Diane went on to ask Verity to fake a pregnancy, which she reluctantly accepted.
Verity’s brother, Tony, excitedly broke the news to Sami, believing that she was in fact expecting.
Telling Sami the truth was an unbearable act Verity could not see herself do, and therefore set out to try to get pregnant for real.
Hollyoaks airs weekdays on Channel 4 at 6.30pm followed by a first-look episode on E4 at 7pm
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