Recap: Joey complains to Dawson that the horror movie they're watching sucks, and then the two engage in a non-sexually playful wrestling match to see who can gain control of the remote before Joey is able to grab it and shut off the TV. She tells Dawson that his fascination with the dark side is getting tiresome, and that horror movies are unnecessarily violent and exploitive to women. A few seconds later, she turns on the news so the two can catch the news brief about a serial killer (the press has nicknamed The Lady Killer) who has struck again in Boston. Joey cites this as proof that the world is demented enough without stupid horror movies, and Dawson calls her a "scaredy cat wuss", then slips off the bed while she's not looking and freaks her out when he slides out from under the bed wearing a Jason-esque Friday the 13th mask.
At school the next morning, Pacey asks Dawson what his Friday the 13th plans are, and Dawson just kind of shrugs and says he's done trying to turn his mundane life into an exciting movie, not least 'cause everything always ends up in disappointment, e.g. his flaccid romance with Jen. Pacey tells him he's missing an opportunity to do something suitably goulish on Friday the 13th when there's an actual serial killer on the loose...and a few seconds later, he opens his locker and gasps in horror when a fake skeleton pops out, and Dawson chuckles in satisfaction at his own juvenile-ness.
Scott Foley invites Jen out that evening, but she she makes an ew face and says she's not so much into "the dating thing" anymore. Scott Foley says it's probably 'cause she was dating Dawson - aka a guy who's not fun - but Jen insists that, on the contrary, he's a very fun and imaginative fellow. She changes her mind and tells Scott Foley she'll go out with him after all, and he stares contemplatively into space for a few seconds before giving her a quick goodbye and rushing off.
During lunch, Pacey warns Joey and Jen that The Lady Killer stalks young women about their age by writing them letters and calling them...before eventually slaying them by cutting their hearts out. As Jen twitches at the visual of that kind of grotesque violence, Dawson joins the table and announces that he's decided to host a seance at his house tonight. Jen says she can't make it 'cause she has plans with Scott Foley, then says she's more than a little miffed that he (Dawson) doesn't taunt her with the kind of inane pranks he's always inflicting on Pacey and Joey.
After film class, Scott Foley asks Dawson for advice on where to take Jen to give her an incredible evening out. Dawson gives him a seriously? look, mumbles something about how Jen just generally likes to have fun wherever she goes, and promises to get back to him after giving his cheeky request some more thought.
Jen finds a note in her locker that reads You are going to die tonight - just as Scott Foley appears from out of nowhere, I'm sure purely by coincidence. She shows him the note and says she suspects Dawson's trickery, and Scott Foley's like, "Uh, OK" and tells her that their date tonight is going to be a fabulous surprise.
Later that afternoon, Jen gets a crank call from a guy she assumes is Dawson - until he convincingly retorts, "Who's Dawson?" Jen somehow refrains from simply hanging up the phone and going about her day, and instead continues bantering with the creep while frantically running from room to room, including the one still occupied by Gramps' lifeless form. I keep forgetting that no one's pulled the plug on him yet. The caller ominously warns, "Don't look under the bed" - LOL - which prompts Jen to cry, "This no longer funny, Dawson!" then gets thoroughly freaked out when she hears someone at the back door, fiddling with the door knob. When she races downstairs and shrieks, "Who's therrrrrrrrrre?!" Grams enters the house carrying a bag of groceries and explains that she couldn't find her key for the front door. The crank caller says, "Soon, Jennifer. Soon" before hanging up.
Dawson is decorating the house with scary ghouls when Joey and Pacey arrive, and then the three pile into Pacey's car to head downtown to buy snacks for the seance. When they arrive at the convenience store, Pacey tells Joey that for some reason he doesn't actually have a key for the car he's driving, so he's going to need her to wait inside the car so he can keep it running while he and Dawson get the snacks. Inside the store, Pacey and Dawson encounter a lunatic couple screaming at each other...and eventually the man storms off. The woman, whose name we soon learn is Ursula, looks over at Dawson and Pacey as they gawk in her direction and asks them if they're having a party. When they mindlessly nod, she offers to score them a bottle of wine...and by score, she means shoplift by slipping a bottle into her large purse without getting caught by the store clerk who's standing just a couple of feet away and well within earshot.
A middle-aged, bespectacled man wanders over to Pacey's car and motions at Joey to roll down her window, and she figures 'a serial killer is on the loose in the area, so why the hell not?' When she opens it halfway, he introduces himself as David and says he got lost on his way to Providence. She's like, "Wow, you really are lost" and gives him directions to the nearest highway...and he stares at her creepily and gushes about her "intense eyes". Dawson exits the convenience store at that moment and walks over, glares suspiciously at David, and asks whassup...and David looks visibly irked by the unwelcome interruption and thanks Joey for her help. After he ambles off, Dawson admonishes Joey for talking to the strange man and points out that he could have been The Lady Killer, but Joey chides him for being overly paranoid. Ursula, meanwhile, hands Pacey the bottle of wine she just stole - just as her insane boyfriend (Eddie) appears and orders her into his car. She bellows her refusal, and the two get into another screechfest before Ursula races over to Pacey's car and climbs in so the four can squeal off.
Scott Foley arrives at Grams' to pick up Jen for their night out, and Grams looks impressed by the clean cut youngster to the point of being positively giddy as she asks him to please have her granddaughter home by midnight. Jen asks Scott Foley where they're going, and he tells her they'll be attending a seance at her ex-boyfriend's house, and she's like, "Oh joy", 'cause, yep, that sounds like every girl's dream date.
Jen sarcastically thanks Dawson for the scary note he put in her locker and the earlier psychotic phone call, and he stares back at her blankly and says he has no earthly idea what she's talking 'bout.
Ursula opens the Leery fridge, finds a fake dead head that Dawson put in there to scare his seance guests, and starts laughing like a deranged hyena.
Scott Foley thanks Dawson for inviting him to his seance and says he's pretty sure that Jen is warming up to him (er not).
Seance time! Pacey and Ursula get the ball rolling by summoning spirits, and Pacey says he wants to try contacting The Lady Killer's victims...which leads to a general discussion about how the killer sent his victims notes and called them on the phone. Ursula says she has a scary story she'd like to share, then proceeds to regale them with the tale of a dimwitted teenager who flirts with an older woman in a local convenience store who just had a fight with her violent boyfriend, takes her to a friend's house, all the while having no idea how deranged she is after years of horrific abuse. She cackles that the woman carries a knife in her purse and enjoys slitting people's throats for her personal enjoyment...and as the Capeside teens stare at her in bewildered horror, the entire house suddenly goes dark. Eeeeeek!
Dawson declares the timing of the blackout suspicious, while Jen tries to call the utility company but finds that the phone line is predictably dead. Pacey wonders aloud if perhaps The Lady Killer could be lurking nearby in search of new victims...but then as he and Joey check the doors to make sure they're all locked, he tells her that the blackout is mostly likely Dawson being up to his usual tricks.
Jen is tiptoeing around the dark house when Scott Foley appears from out of nowhere. Jen tells him that while she's thoroughly freaked out, she's pretty sure that they're being set up. A few seconds later, the two look inside a closet, which has a blood soaked looking note that reads You're going to die tonight. Scott Foley says he's starting to wonder if maybe there is a psychopath on the loose who's looking to kill one or [better yet] all of them.
Dawson is fiddling with the fusebox, which he discovers was somehow jammed beyond his own jamming of it to make the house go dark during a pivotal moment of the seance. He glances over at Ursula as she rummages through her purse...and when she sees the look of unease on his face, she assures him that she doesn't actually stab people to death, and just told him and friends the grisly tale 'cause she's an aspiring actress and I guess was pretending she was auditioning for a part in a teen horror flick. She goes on to explain that her boyfriend Eddie is a violent maniac who served prison time for assault, but has no real desire to break up, him being her monster and all...and as she's telling him this, we see that someone - hi Eddie! - is hiding in the bushes and spying on them from outside the house. Dawson and Ursula head back inside to look for Joey, and when he opens the hall closet, she falls out looking dead and bloodied while Jen is holding a knife in the air. Eeeeeek!
After the commercial break and a shrill cry of terror by Dawson, Jen and Joey burst out laughing and yell, "Gotcha!" Dawson poutishly points out that his scary pranks don't entail anything more sinister than rubber snakes, so Jen explains that Joey's fake dead body was her way of getting revenge for the You're going to die notes and freaky phone call he made to her earlier. Dawson insists again that none of that was his doing, and she's all, "Wuh?" and asks him why he never plays pranks on her the way he does with his other [real] friends. Dawson shrugs and says it probably has everything to do with the fact that she dumped him like yesterday's news...then caresses her face and says he doesn't like how things are so strained between them right now. The two inch closer and almost kiss, but then stop and agree to just be platonic friends from now on.
As Pacey and Ursula chitchat on the front porch, a demented looking Eddie suddenly appears at the door and threatens to break in and kill them. They're all, "Ack!" and race inside, locking the door behind them. Ursula yells at Eddie that her new man will protect her - LOL - then announces that she's calling the police. When Eddie disappears from the front of the house, the Capeside teens soon realize that Eddie has climbed the ladder that leads to Dawson's bedroom window - a direct consequence of the Leerys' failure to tell Joey to just use the damn door whenever she comes and goes to visit Dawson at all hours of the night.
Eddie promptly attacks Pacey and rails at him for stealing his woman, and Joey comes to the rescue by hitting Eddie on the back of the head with a frying pan. Ursula's all, "Nooooo!" and rushes to Eddie's side and asks him if he's OK...and when he assures her that his thick skull is A-OK, the two coo about how much they looooove each other. She tells him, "These kids are weird", apologizes to Dawson for the damage to the house, and leaves with him.
As Scott Foley walks Jen home, she tells him there's nothing she likes less than being terrorized for an entire day, and he scrunches his face in puzzlement and says that Dawson told him the exact opposite, then admits to being the one who left her the You're going to die notes and made the creepy phone call. He says he gets the strong feeling she's still hung up on Dawson, and she sidesteps responding to that by telling him she's not in the market for a boyfriend right now...but if she were, she wouldn't want to date a weirdo who somehow thinks it's amusing to pretend to be a murdering psycho.
Grams appears at the front door and nods approvingly as Scott Foley leans towards Jen for a goodnight kiss, and Jen chuckles and tells Scott Foley that Grams clearly has the hots for him. She gives him a quick peck and goes inside, and Grams declares that she finds Scott Foley to be "good stock". I agree, but more so in his breakout Felicity role. Godspeed, Scott Foley!
Joey smugly reminds Dawson that she genuinely scared him when she pretended to be murdered, then lowers her eyes bashfully as she says she hopes that he'd be at least a little bit sad if she died. Dawson stares back at her with a look of dazed wonderment and assures her that he'd be utterly, positively, absolutely inconsolable if she died, and that it's the worst possible thing he could ever imagine happening. He then fishes for what her reaction to his death would be, and she says she'd definitely shed a few tears if he ever turned up dead. Satisfied with that answer, he asks her if she's sleeping over tonight, and she says she definitely is 'cause she's way too spooked to row home. He promises "no more tricks" - just as Joey pulls the blanket back and reveals a small colony of fake spiders scattered underneath. After the two chuckle at his relentless pranking, Dawson turns on the news so they can catch the latest news brief about The Lady Killer, who was just arrested in Capeside. The two stare silently at the TV screen, stunned to learn that the killer is the same guy who was talking to Joey when she was waiting in Pacey's car outside the convenience store, but failed in his somewhat half-hearted effort to make her his next victim.
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