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"You know what, Max Caulfield? You're the freakin' best."

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  • Chloe rocking out to "Firewalk" after successfully getting to see them. For a moment, she seems to shed all her miseries and just be completely and gleefully happy to be exactly where she is.
  • Despite their relationship boiling down to simply seller-client, Frank wastes no time saving Chloe and Rachel from the two punks at the "Firewalk" concert, especially when Chloe is owing him money at that point.
  • It's very clear that Chloe really misses Max. Despite constantly snarking about Max's perceived abandonment, Chloe states repeatedly in her journal that she will forgive Max instantly if Max was to return the next day. She even creates an imaginary Max to talk to in her journal, showing just how important Max is to her. In her darkest moment, the first thing to usually come up in her mind is Max. Chloe also stresses that she has no friend, indicating that she views Max as the only real friend she ever has until Rachel.
  • If Chloe steals the money from the Firewalk concert and does not buy weed from Frank, she has the option to put it into Joyce's purse the next day.
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    • If you do this, then when Frank asks why Chloe can't pay back what she owes him (because he saw her steal the money), Chloe can admit that she gave it to Joyce. You'd think that since Frank is a drug dealer this would put Joyce in danger, but he instead praises Chloe for "looking out for your own" and doesn't make much of a big deal about the money she owes for the rest of the episode.
    • In Episode 3, this results in Joyce not selling her wedding ring. Considering how sad Chloe and Joyce are about the subject if it's brought up in Episode 1, it's nice to see Chloe's actions have a positive effect.
  • Although Principal Wells is an overall thorn in Chloe's side, he has potential to show that he (at the very least) cares for her well-being to some extent. If Chloe comes to school the day after the Firewalk concert with a black eye, he'll openly ask if she's okay and suggest she goes to counseling, seemingly under the belief that she might have gotten the black eye from some sort of domestic problem. Given how elitist he comes off as, it's pretty sweet of him to extend a hand out to a student that he actively has a level of disdain for.
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  • After Rachel starts a fight with Chloe that results in the former walking off and the latter breaking down, Rachel sincerely and tearfully apologizes to Chloe once they meet again. Rachel clearly treasures Chloe as a friend, not just some object of fascination like her manipulative nature seems to suggest. Rachel even states that she has never seen anyone like Chloe, proceeding to list every awesome thing Chloe has pulled during the episode.
  • Chloe and Rachel performing together in "The Tempest", during which Rachel goes off-script and ad-libs dialogue with Chloe, essentially confessing how deeply she valued Chloe's friendship and officially asking her to escape Arcadia Bay with her. Even knowing how everything turns out, this is very much a heartwarming scene that really shows how much Rachel cares about Chloe.
  • If Chloe advises Samantha to encourage Nathan before the play, rather than messing up his lines and running offstage in tears, Nathan will perform his role with great confidence and not receive jeers from the audience. Knowing everything the poor guy goes through (and will go through in the future), it's comforting to see him genuinely happy.
    • Regardless of the outcome of the play, Samantha will later be shown applauding Nathan as he walks off the stage. You'd expect Nathan to brush her off as he usually does, but instead he gives her a genuinely warm smile.
  • If Chloe nails all her lines as Ariel in the performance of The Tempest, Chloe and Rachel hanging out with each other after the show is a particularly sweet moment. Which can be potentially followed by a even sweeter moment— a Big Damn Kiss between the two of them.
  • Episode 2 proves that Drew is not as bad as he seems. He is a loving and caring brother to Mikey, has good reason to be extremely hostile toward the Prescotts (as his father is living on the street due to Sean Prescott), and will put his argument with Chloe (if she defended Nathan against him) behind him. He attempts to prevent Chloe from getting involved in his messy business, entrusting her to keep Mikey safe. He is selling drugs to get his father off the street, and will risk Damon Merrick's wrath by not giving back the profit if it means he can help his father faster. He'll be genuinely thankful to Chloe if she stays hidden with Mikey and keeps him safe, despite the fact that his legs are broken and his sports career possibly ruined. If Chloe interferes by giving Damon the money to stop him from beating Drew to a bloody pulp, he'll be angry but forgives Chloe later on.
    • Also, the fact that the code to open the box with the money in his room is Mikey's birthdate is simply precious.
  • Likewise to the above Frank moment, if you choose to give the North brothers' money to Damon in an attempt to keep Drew safe, Frank will text Chloe later and tell her that she made the right decision. Given that he doesn't seem to agree with some of Damon's more recent actions, it would appear Frank meant this on moral grounds rather than on the grounds of a business man/drug dealer.
    • It's also likely he was afraid of what Damien would do if denied his money.
  • Chloe and Joyce's exchange if Chloe is understanding to her in Episode 1. Doing so will cause Joyce to actively defend Chloe in Episode 2, both from Principal Wells in his office and David in the parking lot.
  • At the start of episode 3, the cast for the Tempest texts Chloe and encourages her and Rachel to come to the cast party.
  • David tries to change and extend an olive branch to Chloe. Their bond may be smashed and broken over the years to come, but he clearly sympathizes for the loss of William, offering a picture of his dead comrade Phil Becker.
  • When Rachel finds Chloe in the shack at junkyard during Episode 3, she compliments Chloe's new blue streak. Chloe cups Rachel's signature blue earring in her hand during the conversation, with a tender note in her voice. Notice how the blue streak is on the left, same as the earring - Chloe likes Rachel so much she modelled her hair after the earring!
  • Rose hugs Chloe as a thank you for saving Rachel before verbally thanking her.
  • If Chloe accuses Frank of being the snitch in Episode 3, Damon replies by saying that Frank is like a brother to him and that he wouldn't hesitate to kill for him. Which makes the fact that Damon later tries to kill both Chloe and Frank all the more tragic.
  • If you manage to follow the correct steps, Sera and Rachel's reunion hug in the epilogue of Episode 3 is definitely this.
    • Another smaller example from Episode 3 regarding Sera: When Chloe arrives to rescue her from Damon, who is holding her captive and attempting to forcibly drug her, Sera will shout at Damon to leave Chloe alone when he begins to beat her (even threatening to kill him herself if he doesn't). This further cements Sera as having redeemed herself from her destructive past.
  • Several moments during Episode 3's ending montage:
    • All of the Chloe and Rachel moments, full on. Too bad the final few seconds reminds us how it ultimately ends.
    • If Chloe successfully defended Nathan and advised Samantha to encourage him, their final scene together will show them sitting together under a tree at Blackwell to read.
    • Regardless of whether or not you're able to spark a mild reconciliation between Chloe and David, seeing David's proposal to Joyce is pretty sweet.
    • Steph playing D&D with Mikey and Drew.
  • During "Farewell", Chloe and Max dig up their buried treasure and find a tape from William among the contents, telling the duo how proud he is of them. It crosses straight into Tear Jerker territory when those are revealed to be his last words to Chloe.


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