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Tear Jerker: Dance Moms
The death of Broadway Baby was nothing but a tragedy to the entire studio, but no one was hurt as much as Abby. She was driven to tears every time she spoke about it, and seeing Baby post-taxidermy was also emotionally tolling.
In season four, the rivalry between Kelly and Abby rises to a peak that culminates with Brooke and Paige leaving the team permanently. Kelly has also sued ALDC for $5 million, and Abby has filed a restraining order. Damn.
Also a fridge tearjerker considering Chloe and Paige were the best of friends and even had plans of doing a double wedding together...
"Abbygeddon" as a whole was a pretty bad episode for the ALDC. Aside Maddie forgetting her solo and the group dance places tenth (losing to the Candy Apples, who placed ninth).
A really heartrending Diabolus ex Machina appears in "Two Girls, One Solo", where Chloe and Maddie have competing solos that are identical to one another. At the award ceremony, Chloe wins, but it turns out that Maddie won instead due to a scoring error. In Chloe's subsequent Confession Cam, she congratulates Maddie but you can hear her voice cracking on the verge of tears. Poor thing...
This video, where Kelly and Abby have a heart-to-heart conversation about Paige's issues (like how she is having panic attacks because she is so scared of Abby) and Kelly ends up breaking down in tears. It's very easy to see why Kelly, as a mother, would get so emotional over all of this.
Kelly: And you're allowing this, with the relationship that you had with my kids and me!note Kelly was a former ALDC member....And it just breaks my heart! It is horrible! [...] And it's not me! I would never allow this to happen! It's not me! (fully breaks down crying)