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21 "Skins" Storylines That Will Always Make You Cry No Matter What

I haven't stopped crying since Skins ended tbh.

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1. When Sid's whole world fell apart:

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In this episode, everything in Sid's life was faltering – his relationship with Cassie, his friendships, and his family. He finally reached his breaking point during the Crystal Castles concert and completely fell to pieces in front of Tony, who, for the first time, was there to hold him up.

2. When Cassie openly struggled with her eating disorder:

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Cassie's struggle was hard, and at time times, painful to watch, especially when the people in her life failed to react or care. At the end of the day all she wanted was to be loved and look after, and that's something she rarely received from both her friends and family.

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3. When all Cassie wanted was for Sid to love her back:

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The stress and emotions caused by the turbulence of the Sid/Cassie relationship was never-ending. This scene in particular once again highlighted how Cassie's simple need for love and attention was not always reciprocated by those closest to her.

4. When Chris was taken away too soon:

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Chris' departure was heartbreaking on so many levels. It seemed he had almost gotten his life back together only to stumble at the very last hurdle. The kicker? His final moments were spent trying to remember Jal's name, and just as he remembers, he dies.

5. When Jal delivered her final words for Chris:

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Jal's speech at Chris' funeral was devastatingly perfect and left EVERYONE emotionally wrecked. It not only highlighted how much she cared for Chris, but how freely Chris chose to live his life. "Fuck it, for Chris."

6. When Tony finally confessed his love for Michelle:

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THIS WILL FOREVER BE THE MOST BITTERSWEET SCENE IN SKINS HISTORY. On the one hand, Tony finally realised how deeply he cared about Michelle. On the other, this tender moment was cut short when Tony, attempting to get a better phone signal, was HIT BY A BUS. Holy shit.

7. When Tony told Sid how much their friendship meant to him:

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Look, we all know Tony was a major dick that mistreated Sid for most of Season One. But after his accident, Tony learned to appreciate his relationships with his friends. Most importantly, he set aside his differences with Sid to build a beautiful, supportive friendship that gave us powerful scenes like this.

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8. When Katie found out that she couldn't have children:

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After being told she's not pregnant, Katie was dealt another blow with the doctor revealing that she was going through premature menopause. It's an emotional realisation that really made Skins viewers understand how life isn't always fair.

9. When Naomi and Emily became brave enough to admit their feelings for one another:

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Skins broke ground in their brutally honest depiction of a lesbian couple that individually struggled to come to terms with the idea of being attracted to one another. It was the little moments like these which made everyone root for a happy "Naomily" ending.

10. When Effy spiralled further and further into her depression:

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Effy was such an incredibly complex character who suffered so much, but revealed little to her friends and family about what she was feeling. Her inability to express her feelings is what made her struggle with depression so much more realistic. Watching her descent into a hole she could never really dig herself out of was heartbreaking.

11. When Michelle realised everything she had with Tony may never come back:

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To watch Michelle continually attempt to repair her relationship with Tony after his accident was heartbreaking. You feel so much of her pain and hopelessness as she attempts to reverse the past and make things exactly as they were before.

12. When Rich found the love of his life, then had to deal with unexpectedly losing her:

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Never was there a pairing like Rich, the metalhead, and Grace, the beautiful ballet dancer. There was something so pure and beautiful about their relationship, which made watching Rich having to come to terms with Grace’s death that much more emotional.

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13. When Freddie died protecting the one he loved:

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The sheer brutality and pointlessness of Freddie's death shook us all to the core. It left us wondering why he didn't fight back, and how the Skins writers could just kill him without a proper send-off. But, that's what Skins was all about... it showed us the harsh reality that good people die all the time, and for no reason at all. RIP Freddie.

14. When Tony had to deal with the aftermath of his accident:

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It was heartbreaking to watch Tony, the guy who basically had it all, fall so hard and so quickly due to his horrible accident. Although he eventually started to recover, the scene where he's lost and can't remember simple details such as the street he lives on was soul-crushing.

15. When it finally dawned on Chris that his mum had left him:

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Seeing Chris, the party guy who was always so full of life, look so small and lost in his mother's empty cupboard really pulled a number on the heart strings.

16. When Cassie broke down and had to accept the realness of reality:

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Cassie always had trouble dealing with her problems. She never cried, she was never sad, instead she chose to escape and run away to new fantasies to help her cope. But it's in New York where she finally let her guard down, and learned to accept the realness of reality, no matter how hard it was.

17. When Tony remembered saying those important words a little too late:

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In Season One, it was never really clear if Tony actually liked Michelle or if she was just easy to wrap around his finger. But after finding out that his best friend and girlfriend got together, all became clear for Tony, and it was downright heartbreaking to watch.

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18. When JJ attempted to be "normal":

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Although JJ was autistic, everyone related to his desire to be seen as “normal”. But it’s not till Season Three’s JJ-centric episode that we really understood the situation, as it was shown from his mother’s point of view. By the end of the episode, JJ’s mother sees him sitting with Emily, laughing and joking over breakfast like any "normal" teenager. The look of relief on her face as she realises that JJ has made a friend was priceless.

19. When Chris opened his heart up to Jal:

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Chris started off the series as comic relief, but quickly revealed himself to be so much more complex. The love he expressed to Jal was heart-warming, and brought some much needed happy-tears to Skins.

20. When Jal remembered Chris when times got tough for her:

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Jal was always one of the strongest characters on Skins who had to make some incredibly tough choices, including her decision to terminate her pregnancy. Remembering Chris and his life motto while deciding what to do with the baby just made his death all too real again.

21. And, of course, this song:

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To end Season One with a montage like this was so powerful. It not only gave us a chance to reflect on everything that had just happened (like Tony being HIT by a fucking bus), but set a darker tone for future seasons.

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