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    21 Of The Dumbest Decisions Characters Made On Teen Dramas

    I have a headache just thinking about some of these.

    Let's be honest: Half the fun of teen dramas is watching the characters make terrible decisions. After all, the characters are teenagers! They're supposed to make lots of mistakes!


    But sometimes, characters make choices that are just so bad, it makes you want to throw your shoe at the TV.


    Here are 21 times teen drama characters made the worst decisions ever:

    Spoilers ahead!

    1. First, when Ben and Amy got "married" using fake IDs in The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

    Amy and Ben's fake wedding

    2. When Rory stole a yacht with Logan, dropped out of Yale, and stopped speaking to her mom on Gilmore Girls.

    Rory and Logan steal a yacht
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    I know she was technically like 20 here, but I'm counting it.

    3. When Archie pleaded guilty to a murder he didn't commit just because he didn't want to put his family and friends through another trial on Riverdale.

    Archie pleads guilty despite everyone telling him not to
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    I know he didn't want to make everyone go through another trial, but this seems a bit extreme.

    4. When Anya lied to Sav about being pregnant just to help Holly J. win a student government election on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

    Sav asks Anya if she's really pregnant and she lies and says yes

    5. When Ani slept with Bryce knowing what he did to Jessica on 13 Reasons Why.

    Ani and Bryce hooking up

    6. When Serena decided at the last minute not to go to Brown because she "needed to find herself," then did basically nothing all year.

    Serena says she's excited to have summer to just figure things out, Blair reminds her she hasn't gone to school or had a job in forever
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    7. When Duncan and Veronica kidnapped his daughter without even trying to fight Meg's parents for custody on Veronica Mars.

    Duncan leaves the country with his baby

    I know Meg's parents were horrible and would have made a custody battle hard, but SHEESH.

    8. When Lucas hid his potentially fatal heart condition just so he could keep playing basketball on One Tree Hill.

    Lucas tells his mom he would put basketball before his life
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    Karen deserved a medal for putting up with Lucas.

    9. When Marina cheated on her boyfriend with his brother on Elite.

    Marina and Nano hook up in the rain

    10. When Jake and Clare became stepsiblings, but kept dating and almost slept together on Degrassi: The Next Generation.


    11. When Seth and Marissa hid Ryan in a model home so he could stay in Newport and accidentally set it on fire on The O.C.

    Seth at an empty room under construction: "I thought this could be your room"

    12. When Emily dated Paige after Paige tried to drown her on Pretty Little Liars.

    Paige shoves Emily under the pool water

    13. When Finn and Rachel got engaged during their senior year of high school on Glee.

    Rachel tells the Glee club she and Finn are "finally getting married," everyone just stares awkwardly

    14. When Nathan and Haley actually got married in high school.

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    Don't get me wrong, I adore Nathan and Haley's relationship, but can we just acknowledge how nuts this was?

    15. When Miles almost gave up his spot at his dream university so he could stay with Tristan on Degrassi: Next Class.

    Miles tells Tristan that school can wait because he wants to be there for him

    I know Tristan was recovering from the bus crash and all, but Miles. You're 17. Do not put your whole life on hold for a toxic relationship.

    16. When Adrianna stole Javier's song book after he died so she could continue her singing career on 90210.

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    17. When Cayetana found out Polo killed Marina, so she hid the murder weapon in her closet to cover for him on Elite.

    Cayetana: "what if they didn't find the trophy? everyone deserves a second chance"

    TBH, this was a real ride or die move.

    18. When Miles and The Colonel let Alaska drive when they knew she was drunk on Looking For Alaska.

    Alaska drives drunk and crashes the car

    This wasn't solely their fault, of course, but it was still a bad call.

    19. When Logan destroyed the evidence that his dad murdered Lily on Veronica Mars.

    Logan burns Aaron and Lily's sex tape

    I get that he didn't want a sex tape of his dad and ex-girlfriend floating around out there, but this probably cost them the trial.

    20. When Betty performed a pole dance in front of the whole town to join the Serpents on Riverdale.

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    This whole scene wouldn't have been as cringe if it wasn't literally in front of her mom and Jughead's dad.

    21. And finally, when Serena married Dan after finding out he was Gossip Girl on Gossip Girl.

    Serena and Dan's wedding
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    Just...WHY, Serena?!

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