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Tear Jerker: Dance Moms


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  • In "You've Been Unfriended", Christi and Chloe have come off their suspension and Abby finds it to be the perfect time to go all out on Chloe. Abby ends up crossing something of a Moral Event Horizon by belittling Chloe to the point where she just calls her names like "girl in the front" and "blondie". Her excuse? For her to remember Chloe's name, Chloe has to make her remember her name. Really?
  • The death of Broadway Baby left the studio pretty shaken, 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.
  • A really heartrending Yank the Dog's Chain moment 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!...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)
    • While listening to Kelly, you could see Abby's eyes actually get red on the verge of crying herself. In a subsequent Confession Cam, Abby says:
    "Seeing Kelly break down at a competition like this really disturbs me. When I look at Kelly, I don't see the mom of two dancers in my company. I see my own student. When she was twelve or thirteen years old, crying her eyeballs out, that's when she stopped dancing. And I think Kelly could've had a great future. I just hope she doesn't do the same thing to her two girls."

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  • Look at Dance Moms back in season one, where we saw seven jovial little girls connected with a love for dance, their loving mothers, and their assertive and devoted dance instructor. Fast forward to season four, where we see four broken teenage girls who have been psychologically scarred by their own dance teacher.
  • Mackenzie's song "Shine" has been known to reduce some listeners to tears over the song's lyrical matter and musical delivery, considering the song's about how Mackenzie is overshadowed by her sister but still loves her and wishes to shine like her one day.
    • "Every day I'm trying / Not to care / But every day I'm thinking / Life's so unfaaair."