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How The Boiler Room Episode Of “My So-Called Life" Caused Your Sexual Awakening

There's only so much flannel and Buffalo Tom a 13-year-old girl can like...take.

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First, hit play.

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Don't be confused. This is not Jared Leto. This is Jordan Catalano. Way deep, but tragically illiterate.

Is it any wonder Angela Chase spent half the season looking like this?

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Claire Danes' cry-face will always and forever remind you of the agony of giving your heart to a boy who barely spoke to you between make-out sessions.

Like Angela, you would wait with a tightness in your chest for him to appear, episode after episode.

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He was a man of few words, but his incredibly sexy breathing said basically everything we needed to know. They were gonna make out so hard.

But in a season of epic heart flutters, there was one episode that eclipsed them all.

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The official episode title was "Self-Esteem", but it centered around one very important development: Angela and Jordan had begun sneaking off together to make out in the boiler room, and Jordan wanted to keep it a secret.

It would be forever known as the Boiler Room episode.

"You can't like, treat me one way in front of your friends and the next minute leave me some note."

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After Jordan ignored Angela at a Buffalo Tom show, she called him out on his boy-ness, and he was forced to do some of that deep thinking and heavy breathing he did so well. Tween girls everywhere roared with power (and anticipation).

Following a life-affirming bathroom chat for Angela and an eye opening reading of a Shakespearian sonnet for Jordan, they spot each other across the crowded hallway.

Epic deep breaths abound.

EVERYONE is watching.

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This is the part of the episode where you keep rewinding and replaying your VHS tape until it snaps. Then you wrap the broken mag tape around your body so you can watch it by osmosis.

If you can handle it, watch the full scene below.

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You're probably going to want to be alone.

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