Recap: Joey can't bring herself to give Pacey an on screen kiss while acting out a scene in Dawson's swamp creature movie, and an irked Dawson yells, "Cut!" ... and then later that evening in his bedroom tells Joey that sooner or later she's going to have to break down and kiss the dolt. Joey grumbles that she finds Pacey unkissworthy, then asks Dawson if he's kissed Jen yet...and he says he hasn't, but that it might take awhile given that she's [currently pretending to be] a virgin. As he puts the finishing touches on the fake Joey head he plans to use for the movie's decapitation scene, he suggests she get through the love scene by imagining that she's kissing someone who is kissworthy...and Joey lays back on his bed and quietly fantasizes about that list of one.
The next morning, Dawson drops by the classroom of the Mel Silver twin to ask if he could spend his fifth period study hall sitting in on his film class. Mel sighs heavily before agreeing, but makes it clear that he'll be expected to sit at the back, keep his trap shut, and refrain from participation of any kind.
Tamara enters her classroom and looks disconcerted to find Pacey sitting at her desk. She breezily tells him he should run along to whatever class he's supposed to be in right now - but he insists that they need to talk right now, namely about last night's smooch. Tamara scrunches her face in faux confusion and says she has no idea what he's talking about, so he smugly reminds her, "Your tongue was in my mouth" ... and Tamara smiles weakly at her students to assure them that 'nope, nothing's amiss here' while looking suitably stricken by the sexual ickiness that continues to brew between her and the Dumb and Dumber hairdo-ed fifteen year old.
During lunch, Dawson tells Joey and Pacey that they're going to need to film all weekend 'cause his swamp creature movie is running behind schedule. He tells Joey she can't continually refuse to kiss Pacey...but when she and Pacey both make blech faces, Dawson looks as if a light bulb suddenly turned on in his brain and decides he's going to do an impromptu rewrite and replace Joey with Jen as Pacey's on screen love interest, and decapitate Joey's character much earlier in the movie. Joey's like, "Whatever" and says she's fine with any solution that entails her not having to kiss Pacey.
Tamara is nervously babbling at her English class about Wuthering Heights, in particular what a shitty couple Heathcliff and Catherine made. She further opines that the two were horribly mismatched and didn't belong together, and that Emily Brontë should have saved her ink. As the students stare at each other in bewilderment at the literary tirade that is clearly directed solely at Pacey, Pacey reacts by staring despondently into space.
During film class, a pre-Felicity Scott Foley is giving the class an update about Capeside's entry for the junior level competition of the Boston Film Festival: a football themed film called Helmets of Glory, which was inspired by his experience as a Capeside High football player. Dawson grimaces in horror at the film's synopsis, then later tells Joey how dismayed he is that Capeside High is submitting a sports themed movie to a film festival that a boneheaded jock like Scott Foley wrote, directed, and starred in...and says this as if he himself is not in the process of filming an amateurishly cheesy horror flick about a murderous swamp creature that decapitates a fake Joey head. Joey clucks sympathetically - just as Dawson glances down the hall and notices Scott Foley approach Jen. He politely introduces himself and offers to show her around so she can get to know the townsfolk better, and Jen thanks him for the kind offer and says she may take him up on that once she's more settled in. She then breezes past Dawson and Joey, prompting Joey to scrunch her face in disapproval and declare to Dawson that slutty New York girls like Jen tend to move very fast when it comes to guys.
Dawson asks his dad if he's seen his camcorder, and Mitch says it's in the master bedroom...but that he may want to take the tape out so he doesn't accidentally watch his and Shaggy D.A.'s most recently filmed sexcapade and get that disturbing visual tattooed on his brain. Dawson's all, "Ew..", then asks his dad if he could give him some pointers on his kissing technique...and when Mitch starts cooing about the very first kiss he ever planted on Shaggy D.A., Dawson's all, "Ew.." and implores him to not get too graphic.
Joey is climbing the ladder that leads directly to Dawson's bedroom, instead of entering the Leery house through the front door like a normal person might.
As Joey eavesdrops from the second floor, Mitch gabbles at Dawson about the first kiss he ever gave Shaggy D.A., and said it happened shortly after they each put on a thick layer of chap stick 'cause both of their lips were super dry. He emphasizes that romance was the most important component of the kiss, then suggests that Dawson practice his technique on the fake Joey head he's holding. He manages to keep a straight face while instructing his rube son: "Moisten your lips, keep your bottom lip relaxed, let it dance with hers" ... and Dawson shuts his eyes and smooches the fake Joey head's lips, while Joey gets in on that action by closing her eyes and imagining that Dawson is kissing her actual lips. After a quick smooch, Mitch is all, "Atta boy!", and Dawson beams happily, implores his dad to never mention that this happened, and happily scampers off.
Joey notices a phone cord leading to a linen closet...where Shaggy D.A. can be heard chatting and giggling with Bob. A few seconds later, Shaggy D.A. exits the closet and is startled when she finds Joey standing in the hall, staring at her all judgey-like...then looks aghast when Joey stonily says, "I know."
Dawson shoots his movie's long awaited decapitation scene, which entails Joey ambling down the boat dock, looking for "Steven". She finds a bloodied shirt and is promptly attacked by the swamp creature. She strikes it with a canoe paddle before running off, then crouches behind a canoe while holding up the fake Joey head so that the swamp creature can "decapitate" her with a paddle. The cartoonish gore that ensues is exactly what one would expect of a horror flick death scene borne of the mind of Dawson, who giddily says he's delighted by how the scene turned out and is ready to move on with other scenes.
Jen follows Joey into Casa Leery to help her clean up all the fake blood that got splattered all over her clothes. Joey takes off her shirt and wraps herself in a towel, and Jen sneaks a peek and remarks on what a nice rack she has, then hastily assures her that it's purely a hetereo type observation. Joey whines that she's too tall and gangly, but Jen says she'd give anything to be similarly statuesque 'cause of how much she hates her stumpy, duck-like appearance. She then shrugs and says it's totes normal for teenage girls to hate the way they look...which I'm sure is true, but also kind of dicked up of the writers to continue perpetuating this brand of self-hatred. Joey looks surprised by Jen's low self-esteem and assures her that she doesn't resemble a duck, and Jen cheerily says she's going to make it very hard not to like her.
Dawson gets annoyed at Pacey for getting too into the kissing scene with Jen. He yells, "Cut!" and floats the idea of eliminating the kissing scene altogether, then declares filming a wrap for the day. He tells Jen he rented a bunch of John Travolta movies and invites her to join him, but she declines and says she accepted Scott Foley's invitation to accompany him to the school dance. She says it's not a date date - but then back pedals and admits that it's most probably a real date - and urges Dawson to come along, but he sulkily says he'd rather stay in and watch Travolta.
Dawson rails at Joey about what a lightweight Scott Foley is and how irked he is at Jen for being so casual about going to a dance with another guy. He imagines her and Scott Foley bantering flirtily and kissing while at the dance, and Joey rolls her eyes and chides him for being so dramatic. Dawson takes that as a cue to ratchet up the drama and declares that he should be the one kissing Jen...and to that end will storm over to the school gym and claim his prize. He invites Joey along, and she says that while his sudden reversal is pathetic, she's up to witnessing a good, old-fashioned self-inflicted public humiliation. She heads downstairs and eavesdrops as Shaggy D.A. tells Mitch that she might be working later than usual tonight...and as Shaggy D.A. passes Joey in the hall, Joey starts nattering about her sainted mother whose father created "everlasting damage" when he so callously cheated on her. Shaggy D.A. sheepishly asks if Dawson knows, and Dawson suddenly bounds down the stairs and goes, "Know what?" Joey quickly replies, "Know how to dance" and explains that she just told Shaggy D.A. they're off to the school dance...and a blissfully oblivious Dawson kisses his mom goodbye and heads out with Joey.
Jen is at the dance, decked out in a tiny black skirt and the kind of chunky sandals that were all the rage in the '90s. She banters with Scott Foley, who warns her that he's a rhythmically challenged dancer...and, yep, as soon as he and Jen hit the dance floor, we see that he definitely wasn't kidding 'bout that.
Pacey arrives at the dance and makes a beeline over to where Tamara's standing. She asks him how it's going, and instead of just saying, "Fine, thanks", he replies in the bloviatey type way the Dawson's Creek writers liked to generate what they imagined passed as reasonable sounding dialogue: "Confused, perplexed, bewildered, mystified: a thesaurus of emotion." Tamara's like, "Er, OK..?" and says that as a chaperone, she should probably go make the rounds now. Pacey asks her if she'd dance with him if things were different, and she replies in her usual mixed message kind of way by smilingly telling him she's walking away now.
Dawson scowls at the sight of Jen and Scott Foley jigging together on the dance floor, and Joey gleefully remarks on what a cute couple they make. She asks Dawson what his plan is now that he's here, and he admits to having no plan, then steers her onto the dance floor - just as the DJ plays a slow song. The two stare awkwardly at each other before they begin slow dancing...and a few seconds later, Jen and Scott Foley sidle next to them and make polite conversation about Dawson being in Scott's film class. Dawson says he dabbles in film making before abruptly saying, "I'll see ya" and steers Joey away. Later, when a fast song comes on, Dawson spots Jen exiting the gym and rushes after her. She looks pleasantly surprised to see him and says she's been looking everywhere for him [?? even though she was just talking to him on the dance floor] 'cause she wanted to ask him to dance, and he's like, "What about Scott Foley?" and sulkily points out that her date might get upset if she dances with another guy. Jen rolls her eyes, mutters, "Forget I asked", and heads into the ladies room.
Dawson sits at a table and stares sullenly at Jen and Scott Foley as they continue cutting a rug. When a bored Joey asks him if they can leave now, he ignores that plea and insists that he has a primal connection with Jen. He strides onto the dance floor, taps Scott Foley on the shoulder, and says he'd like to cut in...then corrects himself by saying he's ready to take over now. He thanks Scott Foley for showing Jen a great time thus far, then declares, "I'm here now in sound mind and body. I can take it from here." Jen and Scott Foley scrunch their faces confusedly and ask what in blazes he's nonsensically prattling about, so Dawson explains to Scott Foley that he and Jen have something going on...and that despite the something being raw and undefined, he feels it's time to clarify the situation. He asks Scott Foley to step aside so he can have a moment with the object of his desire...and Scott Foley looks over at an equally-as-puzzled Jen, calls the bizarreness of this interaction "too weird" - LOL - and snarks at the dork to get lost. Dawson refuses and gets all in his face, and Jen gets irritated at being thrust in the middle of such a stupid spectacle and snaps, "I'll make it easy for both of you!" and storms out of the gym.
Dawson ambles down the street with Joey and Pacey and complains about this evening being the single most horrific night of his life. He blames Joey and Pacey for allowing him to behave like such a deluded, love-sick moron, and they point out that nobody put a gun to his head and forced him to make a total horse's ass out of himself in front of a gymful of dancegoers.
Shaggy D.A. returns home from work, and she and Mitch reminisce about their first kiss. When she pretends to not remember that it involved chap stick, Mitch acts all appalled that she has no recollection of their first intimate encounter...then cackles with relief after Shaggy D.A. covertly applies a thick layer of chap stick and plops herself into his lap to give him a long smooch.
Pacey has a second in as many episodes run-in on the boat dock with Tamara, who apologizes for kissing him the other night. She calls it the most absurd thing she's ever done, and admits that she's self aware enough to realize that her teen flirting/kissing proclivities could well be punishable in a court of law. She hopes that her apology will be enough to keep from scarring him too badly, but Pacey says that he too bears responsibility - 'cause even though he's only fifteen years old, he willingly kissed her back and has zero regrets about it. Tamara firmly says it can never happen again...and by never happen again, she means she's definitely up for another round of pedo-on-boy action when Pacey pulls her toward him for a second smooch. Blech, writers. Blech.
Dawson moans, "It's oooooover with Jen", to which Joey wryly points out that it never really began. A few seconds later, Dawson spots Jen standing milling around the boardwalk and silently debates what he should do. He tells Joey he's going to bring a conclusion to the evening's humiliation by risking a second humiliating encounter, and Joey half-heartedly wishes him luck in getting his kiss.
Jen tells Dawson she's still sooooo angry at him and asks what he wants from her. He says he wants to know what's going on between them, apologizes for his embarrassingly idiotic behavior - but that in his defense he was worried he was becoming "the friend" she'd want to tell her boy adventures to, when what he really craves is to be the boy adventure. She asks if he can't be both, and he's like, "Er...no" 'cause the prospect is too complex for his fifteen year old brain. Jen mulls that over and says she'd be interested in having a boy adventure with him and asks what she has to do next, and Dawson perks up and suggests they kiss. Jen makes an ew face and natters about how she used to move really fast when she was in New York...whereas in Capeside she can finally walk "at a steady pace", but is soooo worried that if their lips touch "my knees will buckle and I'll stumble" and isn't sure she can handle it. LOL. Sounds like someone is trying to give polite, yet incoherent cover for how icked out she is by the thought of kissing Dawson. As his face contorts into a crestfallen expression, she throws him a bone by asking him if he'd like to dance with her here and now, and he happily agrees...while Joey stands several feet away and stares over at them wistfully.
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Recap: Dawson and Joey are hanging in Dawson's bedroom, laying atop his bed watching the end of E.T. Dawson then clicks to the local news channel, where his mom in her unspeakably over-poofed Shaggy D.A. hairdo is delivering the nightly news with her co-anchor Bob. Joey climbs off of the bed and puts her shoes on, and Dawson's all, "Hey, don't go. Spend the night" - but Joey says she doesn't think it's a good idea for them to be doing that anymore, given that 1) they're not kids anymore, 2) they're heading back to high school on Monday, and 3) "I have breasts! You have genitalia!" Dawson giggles at that last thing as Joey adds, "Our emerging hormones are destined to alter our relationship, and I'm trying to limit the fallout" ... and Dawson refrains from asking, "The fuck you just say?" as if it's perfectly natural for a fifteen year old to use the kind of over-engineered dialogue that the Dawson's Creek writers embraced, stubbornly clung to [for six full seasons], and tried to pass off as plausible teenspeak. Dawson asks Joey if she has a "thang" for him, and she doth protests too much about definitely not having a "thang" for him, but that she does think they need to make adjustments to their friendship now that they're in the throes of puberty. Dawson disagrees and says he believes they can transcend such problems, tells her not to get "female" on him, and threatens to start calling her Josephine. Joey's all, "Noooooo!" and leaps atop the bed, where they wrestle playfully while carefully avoiding any accidental hanky panky action. Dawson insists that they're besties for life and says he doesn't ever want to talk about this again...and Joey agrees, then slips between the sheets, where she curls up on one side of the bed and falls fast asleep.
After the opening credits, Joey is sunning herself on a dock when a swamp creature leaps out of the lake, grabs her, and pulls her into the water. Behind the rolling camera, an irritated Dawson yells, "Cut!" and admonishes Pacey for not properly timing his cinematic grabbing of Joey, and Joey snaps at Pacey for grabbing her ass during every take. A few seconds later, a yellow cab pulls up in the driveway next door, and a teenage blonde girl steps out. Dawson's all, "Wuh?" and stares at her dreamily...and the camera goes all slo-mo while she lumbers in his direction. She introduces herself as Jen Lindley, reminds Dawson that she's his neighbor's granddaughter and that they've met once before...then says the story she's sticking to (for now, anyway) is that she's temporarily living with her Grams, who needs help caring for her ailing Gramps. Joey scowls at the interloper before bitchily introducing herself as someone she's never met before, and Jen's like, "OK then" and says she should probably go say hey to her Grams now.
Pacey razzes Dawson about wanting to nail Jen as the two enter Casa Leery, where Mitch (Dawson's father) is dry humping Shaggy D.A. in the middle of the living room. A mortified Dawson's all, "OMG, mom and dad!", and a red-faced Mitch and Shaggy D.A. abruptly pull away from each other and are all, "OMG, son! We didn't expect you home so soon!" Shaggy D.A. smooths her mane and says she should prolly head to work now, then smooches her husband before rushing out.
Joey rowboats to her house and runs into her sister's boyfriend Bodie, who asks her to taste something he just whipped up in a saucepan. Joey's pregnant sister Bessie emerges from the house, and she and Joey argue about something or other before Joey stomps past her like a petulant turd.
Dawson and Pacey are working a shift at the downtown video rental place when a sexy middle aged blonde woman ambles in wearing a skimpy, thigh baring sundress. She introduces herself as Tamara and says she's new in town and wants to rent a video, and Pacey smarmily introduces himself and offers to help her find something sensual to enjoy. She shoots him a coquettish smile, then purrs about how eager she is to re-watch The Graduate - subtle, show - and Dawson rushes to the back room to fetch the video. He registers Tamara as a new member and hands her the video, and she tells Pacey it was nice to meet him. As she sexily sashays out, Pacey boasts to an icked out Dawson about how desperately Tamara wants to [commit a felony and] hit the sheets with him.
Dawson returns home and finds Jen sitting on the dock, staring contemplatively at the water. He wanders over, shows her the videos he checked out, and explains that he's researching swamp things for the movie he's currently filming. He then invites her up to his room so he can show off his collection of Spielberg movie posters...and when Jen jokes that he doesn't appear to be living in reality, he argues that, on the contrary, all of life's answers can be found in a Spielberg film [except for shit like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, 'cause the only life lesson there was that Spielberg should have begun and ended the Indiana Jones series with Raiders of the Lost Ark].
Joey is climbing up the ladder to Dawson's bedroom, but stops when she hears Dawson nattering at Jen about an upcoming film festival. From next door, Gram screeches at Jen to get herself home now, and Jen tells Dawson she should probably go see what the old woman wants. Joey waits for Jen to leave before climbing through Dawson's window, and the two settle onto the bed to watch the local news. Dawson carefully studies the banter between his mom and her co-anchor Bob and says he gets the feeling that the two are getting it on - but Joey says it can't possibly true 'cause no woman in her right mind would cheat on a hot mimbo like Mitch.
The next morning, Jen checks in on her unresponsive grandfather. As she sadly stares down at the massive incision scar on his chest, Grams appears in the doorway, tells her that breakfast is ready, and urges her not to be late for her first day of school.
As Grams whips up scrambled eggs, Jen tells her it's not necessary to go to the trouble 'cause she doesn't normally eat breakfast, then asks what the deal is with Dawson and Joey. Grams purses her lips disapprovingly and says that Joey has been climbing the ladder into that dork's bedroom for years...and that since neither goes to church, they're what people - and by people, she mostly means herself - would call "the wrong elements". She then clasps her hands together and says grace, urging Jen to do likewise - but Jen says she's not into church, the bible, or any kind of "prayer stuff". She declares herself an atheist, to which Grams responds by staring back at her in horror.
At Capeside High, a cute blonde approaches Jen and introduces herself as Nellie Oleson - but quickly adds that she's nothing like the catty bitch from Little House on the Prairie her parents named her after. She asks Jen if she likes to party...and Jen says that if by party she means have fun in a wholesome, substance-free way, then sure. Nellie mumbles something unintelligible and strides off - just as Dawson ambles over and creepishly looms over Jen before offering to walk her to her biology homeroom.
Pacey is stunned when he saunters into his homeroom and sees that Tamara is his new English teacher. She gives him a friendly hello, then discreetly adds that he should probably refer to her as Miss Jacobs during school hours.
Jen enters biology class and seats herself beside Joey, after either ignoring or being oblivious to the bitchy way that Joey was slinking in her chair as if she thought it would prevent Jen from noticing her.
Dawson complains to the teacher of Capeside's only film class - hey, it's the twin (!) of the guy who played Mel Silver on Beverly Hills, 90210! - that he was denied admittance to the class. Mel explains that he was denied 'cause he's a sophomore and that he's only allowing seniors to enroll 'cause of the high demand among students to earn what sounds like a pretty easy course credit. Dawson sneers at the stupidity of the policy and moans about how passionate he is about filmmaking and how badly he neeeeeeeeds this opportunity - but Mel tells him that the class is maxed out and to get the hell out of his classroom.
After first period, Jen asks Joey if she and Dawson have a thing, and Joey mumbles that they're just friends, to which Jen replies, "Like we're going to be, I hope." When Joey just rolls her eyes in disgust at the idea of not behaving like a rude dickwad to Dawson's new crush, Jen tells her that Grams has warned her to steer clear of her and Dawson. Joey says that while her Grams is "cracked", the townsfolk are known to be judgey about her family members' colorful-for-Capeside history:
She then glares at Jen as she bitchily informs her that Dawson likes (as in likes likes) her, then storms off. In the next scene, Joey spends the lunch hour scowling at Dawson while he gives Jen the lowdown on various Capeside teachers, then asks her if she wouldn't mind looking over his latest movie script.
Pacey stops by Tamara's classroom to give her another May-December themed movie suggestion, but she tells him she's not interested in renting anything tonight 'cause she has plans to see the new film that's playing at the Rialto. Pacey perks up at that and says he'll consider it an open invitation to join her there...and she refrains from confirming that that's precisely why she told him exactly where he'd be able to find her this evening.
Pacey tells Dawson that, by scripted coincidence, the hottie from the video store just happens to be his new English teacher...then begs him to accompany him to the Rialto tonight so he can stalk Tamara and keep his fingers crossed that it'll result in the loss of his virginity. Dawson's all, "Ew..", then looks dismayed when he sees Jen talking to a cute football player. Pacey urges him to be more assertive, so Dawson wanders over and invites Jen to the Rialto tonight with him and Pacey.
Dawson runs into Joey while she's ambling down the street and invites her to join him, Pacey, and Jen at the movies so that Jen won't feel weird being the only girl with him and Pacey. Joey makes a blech face and grumbles, "I'd rather go down in a plane crash", then hems and haws before finally agreeing to come along.
Jen tells Grams she's off to the movies with Dawson tonight, and Grams grants her permission as long as she attends church with her on Sunday. Jen's like, "Mmm...no" - but then reverses that and agrees to go if Gram says the word penis. Grams looks horrified at the prospect, and an amused Jen tells her she's going to have to lighten up about naming naughty parts aloud on command.
Dawson tells Mitch he's off to the movies with Jen...and Mitch holds up a tiny plastic doll wearing scuba gear and says he's fleshing out a stupid idea for an aquatic themed restaurant. He then turns his attention to the TV and watches Shaggy D.A. deliver the news, and moans about how watching her work is like foreplay. Dawson's all, "OMG, dad! Eww!" and rails about how everyone on this show constantly talks about sex, sex, sex, and more sex. Mitch points out that sex is a big part of being human, and Dawson primly says he strongly feels that sex should be kept tightly under wraps, the way Saint Spielberg does in his films.
Bessie chides Joey for her relentless bitchitude, then forcibly applies a layer of lipstick on her scowling lips before giving her the entire tube so she can freshen up while on her movie "date".
While walking to the Rialto, Jen compliments Jo on her lipstick and asks what shade it is, and Joey bitchily retorts by asking her what number blonde dye she used on her hair. When Jen politely says she just uses highlights, Joey abruptly changes the subject and demands to know if she's a virgin...and Jen somehow refrains from snapping at the twit that a near stranger's sex life is none of her fucking business and fibs that, yep, she's a virgin all right. Through all this, a mortified Dawson just groans uselessly.
In the darkness of the movie theater, Joey watches Dawson reach for Jen's hand and interrupts the tender moment by boorishly asking Jen how important penis size is to her. Jen says that since she's [pretending to be] a virgin, she hasn't given a lot of thought to penis size...and a fed up Dawson grabs Joey by the hand and forcibly drags her out of the theater.
Pacey sees Tamara arrive and makes a beeline over to where she's sitting. As he seats himself beside her and babbles about more of his favorite 'pubescent-boy-gets-laid-by-a-horny-cougar' themed films, Tamara's date (Mel Silver) wanders over with a giant bucket of popcorn and offers to escort Pacey back to his seat. Pacey refuses to leave, and the ensuing skirmish results in Mel's popcorn bucket goes flying and spilling onto the man sitting in the row behind them. The man reacts by leaping out of his seat and punching Pacey in the face - a senseless act of violence that probably shouldn't have made me laugh as hard as I did.
Dawson asks Joey what hell her problem is, so she rails about how little attention he's been paying to her ever since "Little Miss Highlights" breezed into Capeside. Dawson admits that indeed he's smitten with Jen and asks for a little understanding, and Joey contorts her face miserably and nonsensically rambles, "I'm tired of understanding! All I dooooooo is understand!" She squawks about how nothing penetrates with him 'cause of how far removed from reality he is and can't see what's right in front of him...and when he stares back at her confusedly and asks what in blazes she's talking about, she natters about how he has no idea he's living a fairy-tale life and that the only conflict in his life is limited to the pages of his movie scripts. She snappishly tells him to stop living in the movies and grow up, then angrily stalks off.
Dawson walks Jen home and starts to lean in for a goodnight kiss - but she doesn't look into it and keeps her mouth occupied by babbling about how she holds herself responsible for tonight's debacle. Dawson disagrees and says that he's the loser who "pulled the pin and tossed the grenade" - but Jen argues that he's very sweet, smart, and cool without being obnoxious about it. She thanks him for helping make her transition from New York to Hicksville a smooth one...and when Grams turns on the porch light and stands in the doorway, Jen tells Dawson she's going to pretend that they just kissed, then scampers up the front steps...leaving a blushing Dawson staring after her.
Pacey runs into Tamara as she strolls along the dock. She coos sympathetically over his shiner and says she'd like to clear up the misunderstanding she's helped create by acting so flirty-kittenish every time she's been in his presence. Pacey accuses her of being a liar, then bitterly describes her as a well put together woman who clearly enjoys it when a hot young buck such as himself is attracted to her...and can't help fantasizing about what it would like to be boned by "that boy on the verge of manhood". He tells her she blew it and that he's "the best sex you'll never have" - bwahahaha! - and she interrupts him to correct him about one thing, namely: "You're not a boy." [Re-correction: uh, yes he is, pedo.] She leans in and gives him an intense smooch, then pulls away and moans, "Oh God!" before running off. 'Oh God' indeed.
Dawson returns to his bedroom and finds Joey moping in his closet. He admits to her that he probably does under-appreciate his perfect life, apologizes for being "an insensitive male", then tells her that even though he thought she looked really pretty wearing lipstick this evening, his feelings didn't go beyond that observation. Ouch. Joey hastily pretends as though she didn't actually want to be the one holding his hand in the movie theater, but for some unknown reason didn't like the idea of Jen being the one holding it...and a tortured looking Dawson asks where this leaves them, then moans about how complicated all of this contrived nonsense is. Joey heads toward the window and says she definitely can't sleep over anymore, and that they can't talk about everything the way they used to. When Dawson insists that he can tell her anything, she challenges that claim by asking when and how often he walks his dog [which took me a second to translate to 'spank the monkey', which is kind of a dumb thing to expect an answer to, 'cause does anyone other than the Sex and the City skanks have any real desire to discuss the frequency of their masturbatory pleasuring?]. Dawson just stares back at her mutely before saying good night, and Joey hurriedly crawls out the window and rushes down the ladder before tearfully fleeing to her rowboat. A few seconds later, Dawson pokes his head out of the window and bellows, "Usually in the morning! With Katie Couric!" Joey giggles at that disturbing visual as she begins the row home...and then happens to catch sight of Shaggy D.A. as she's being dropped off by her co-anchor Bob. Joey covertly watches as Shaggy D.A., who somehow appears oblivious to the fact that she's currently situated in front of the house she lives in with her husband and son, walks around to the driver's side of the car and leans in to give Bob a long, hot smooch.
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