From unexpected splits to equally surprising hook-ups (remember Ferne McCann's awkward date with Dan Osborne?!), there was plenty of juicy gossip to sink our teeth into.
And with 2014 almost upon us, Reveal has decided to pick out our Top 5 Most Shocking Moments from TOWIE this year.
Trust us, it was hard to whittle this one down!
Sam Faiers & Joey Essex split in Marbella
It goes without saying that Sam and Joey's break up in June came as quite a shock to all TOWIE viewers. Just months after Joey got down on one knee and proposed to Sam in Dubai, they decided to end their relationship during a group holiday to Marbella, claiming that their constant arguing wasn't healthy.
Since the pair broke up, it's been clear that their feelings haven't vanished. However, Sam's hopes of giving things another go were dashed when Joey left TOWIE to appear on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! last month and found himself falling for model Amy Willerton, who he is now dating.
Lucy Mecklenburgh hooks up with Tom Pearce in Las Vegas
Lucy Meck definitely embraced her single status this year, enjoying a fling with co-star Dan Osborne and then another with hunky Tom Pearce. Lucy and Tom were speculated to have first hooked up in Ibiza over the summer, but the TOWIE gang soon wisened up to their budding romance during a group trip to Las Vegas in October. Perhaps because the twosome were rumoured to have hooked up in a limo?!
Tom and Lucy tried to keep their romance going strong back on Essex soil, but they have now called time on their on-off relationship (can we even call it that?!), as Lucy has decided to temporarily leave TOWIE to "clear her head". Oh, and ex-fiancé Mario Falcone's declaration of undying love at the end of the recent series didn't help matters either!
Ricky Rayment admits to cheating on girlfriend Jess Wright
We never saw this one coming! Back in June Ricky tearfully admitted that he had cheated on longtime girlfriend Jess Wright with another girl a few weeks into their relationship.
The shocking revelation came as Jess was preparing to leave her family home and move in with her man, but she ended up so stunned by Ricky's admittance that she changed her mind and briefly called time on their romance. After apologies, tears and poems, Ricky won Jess back and the couple appear to be stronger than ever.
Dan Osborne announces he has a baby on the way
New eye candy on the show, Dan Osborne made a truly unexpected announcement this year, as he revealed that his ex-girlfriend was expecting his baby. The tattoo-artist and avid gym goer was first seen sharing his exciting news with co-star Lucy, since the pair had been enjoying a summer fling. And although the brunette was taken aback by the revelation, it wasn't long before she found a new Essex co-star to flirt with.
Meanwhile, Dan can't contain his joy of becoming a first-time father after welcoming his baby son just before Christmas. Aww!
Charlie Sims' brief transformation
Is it just us or did sweet, likeable Charlie Sims undergo a bit of a personality transplant as soon as he split from longtime girlfriend Ferne McCann?! Charlie and Ferne broke up over summer after she discovered that he had cheated on her during a lads' holiday to Ibiza with the TOWIE boys.
And although the couple are back together now, there was a period when we thought we'd lost the old Charlie for good, as he embraced his bachelor status and started hanging out with best pal Mario every single day.
We have to say, we're pleased that his time as a ladies' man is over. It didn't really suit him!
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