FIRST LOOK: Pete Wicks presents Megan McKenna with huge bouquet in The Only Way Is Marbs premiere before sexting scandal emerged... as things get stormy for TOWIE's couples
TOWIE is set for its big return on Sunday night, with the premiere of its annual The Only Way Is Marbs episode.
However it will undoubtedly be a difficult watch for Megan McKenna, seeing as it contains romantic scenes between her and her now estranged love Pete Wicks.
The first episode of the series sees Pete award Megan, 24, with a huge bouquet of beautiful flowers for her birthday - a scene now heart-breaking to watch since the tattooed hunk, 27, was caught sexting his ex-girlfriend last week.
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Happier times: The Only Way Is Marbs is set to be a difficult watch for Megan McKenna on Sunday, as it depicts romantic scenes with her and now estranged boyfriend Pete Wicks
Blissfully unaware: Megan looked happy and in love as she celebrated her 24th birthday with love Pete - not knowing about his cyber infidelity during the Spanish getaway
The new series, which depicts the crew's antics in their home away from home of Marbella, Spain, kicks off prior to Megan's knowledge of his cyber infidelity - building up huge tension in viewers for the fallout in coming weeks.
The troubled couple were seen filming an explosive row on the beach last week, which is set to air in a later episode, after Megan discovered he had sent inappropriate messages to his ex-model flame Jacqui Ryland while in Marbella.
According to The Sun, many of the texts were too explicit to print, but one saw him admit he 'can't wait to get home' and that it is not just Jacqui who misses their previous relationship.
Birthday girl: Megan is seen in high spirits as she plans her birthday party in a vibrant printed bikini
There's a storm coming: The episode kicks off prior to Megan's knowledge of his explicit texts - building up huge tension in viewers for the fallout in coming weeks
Megan sadly looks delighted at the gift from her then-devoted boyfriend in the premiere, who she has since removed all traces of him on social media.
Despite remaining in the dark of his saucy antics, the brunette was still involved in girl drama as she celebrated her 24th birthday as tensions between her, Courtney Green and Chloe Meadows remain rife.
The three gal pals fell out last series after Courtney and Chloe spent time with Megan's enemies Chloe Lewis and Lydia Bright behind her back.
Moving on: Danielle expresses her desire to avoid an awkward encounter with ex-boyfriend James Lock while away with Kate Wright
Uh-oh: After Megan persuades the blonde to fly out for her birthday, Danielle finds herself face-to-face with her former love almost immediately
The love drama does not stop there however, with ex-lovers Danielle Armstrong and James Lock meeting at loggerheads abroad.
While Lockie ponders over his broken relationship poolside, Dannielle is seen discussing her desire with Kate Wright back in the UK to avoid an awkward exchange with her ex.
However, after Megan persuades the blonde to fly out for her birthday, Danielle finds herself face-to-face with her former love almost immediately - resulting in a heated discussion about the break-up, and how they plan to move on.
Confrontation: The meeting results in a heated discussion about the break-up, and how they plan to move on
Strring trouble: As if this was not enough for Danielle, the boutique owner then becomes subject of Courtney Green's gossiping with Chloe Meadows
As if this was not enough for Danielle, the boutique owner then becomes subject of Courtney's gossiping - which ignites a fiery row when Chloe Sims steps in to defend her.
Meanwhile further drama ensues elsewhere in the Spanish holiday hotspot between ex-lovers James 'Arg' Argent and Lydia Bright.
Arg reveals he sent Lydia a venomous email in the episode, which is met with dismay when he shares it with mates Diags and Dan.
Met her match: This ignites a fiery row with Chloe Sims who steps in to defend Danielle
Fierce: Chloe does not back down against Courtney and Chloe
Will they won't they? Meanwhile further drama ensues elsewhere in the Spanish holiday hotspot between ex-lovers James 'Arg' Argent and Lydia Bright
Yet despite his poor taste in humour, Arg's cheeky charm still manages to win over his former girlfriend Lydia - who ends up enjoying a steamy romp with him later that evening.
However it is not set to be plain sailing for the on/off couple on the episode, after co-star Danielle Armstrong admitted that Lydia hugely regretted the act on Celebrity Juice last week.
Explaining to Keith Lemon that the duo are not back together she added: 'No, apparently it was a mistake on Lydia’s behalf.'
Hot stuff: Yet, things look up romantically for Courtney and Chloe Meadows - who appear to attract the attention of two new tanned and toned hunks.
The buxom blonde continued: 'He really loves her and it’s really sad, I love Arg. It’s really hard when you’re altogether on holiday, there’s drink involved, your exes are there…
'I think he might have been talking to someone else and there was a little bit of… I don’t know. Anyway, they ended up sleeping together.'
The pair embark on an awkward sober reunion at Megan's birthday party later in the episode, inevitably resulting in fireworks - but perhaps not of the right kind.
Yet, things are looking up romantically for Courtney and Chloe Meadows - who appear to attract the attention of two new tanned and toned hunks.
The drama commences in The Only Way Is Marbs on Sunday 9th October at 10pm on ITVBe.
Explosive: The drama commences in The Only Way Is Marbs on Sunday 9th October at 10pm on ITVBe
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