Recap: Dawson is watching TV in his room when Joey climbs in through the window and complains that she can't get any sleep at her house 'cause of her mewling nephew. Dawson suggests she crash in his room, and she takes him up on his offer and falls asleep while he prattles about Gary Cooper.
Shaggy D.A. and Mitch are having awkward but civil chit-chat in the kitchen when Dawson comes downstairs, senses the tension, and tells his parents he's running late and has no time for breakfast.
Downtown, Pacey is railing to some wrinkly old guy parked on a bench about the daily boredom that is Capeside...and a few seconds later, he's nearly run over by a teenager driving a red convertible. He admonishes the reckless driver, who asks Pacey if he can give him directions to the local high school. Pacey points down the street and says he's actually headed there and would appreciate a lift, but the guy smirkingly says he's probably too reckless of a driver to be taking any passengers, then squeals off.
Joey snarks at Bodie to hurry up in the bathroom so she can wash up for school, then bitches to Bessie about how her spawn's constant crying is keeping her up at night and causing her grades to suffer.
Jen arrives at school, kisses Dawson hello, and spots the red convertible guy enter through the front doors. She's all, "Ack!", tells Dawson she'll catch up with him later, then ambles over to the guy (whose name we soon learn is Billy) and asks him what the hell he's doing in Capeside. As Dawson eavesdrops from around the corner, Billy leans in to kiss her and says he drove all night to see her...and when Jen points out that New York is only four hours away, he jokingly (or not?) says that he got lost on the way. Jen reminds Billy that her parents exiled her to Capeside mostly to get her away from him, but then agrees to go for a quick car ride with him so they can get caught up on their lives.
A dismayed looking Dawson runs into Scott Foley, who says he's having a beach barbecue on Saturday and wants to invite Jen...then tells Dawson he's welcome to tag along if he feels the need to. He inquires, "Jen doesn't have a boyfriend, does she?", and Dawson's like, "Uh, I'm her boyfriend" ... and Scott Foley stares into space with a look of incredulity etched on his face before mumbling, "That's terrific, man" and ambles off.
Shaggy D.A. and Mitch are trying to decide what activities they should engage in to begin healing their marriage. Shaggy D.A. suggests sailing lessons or scuba diving, to which Mitch snarks that it all sounds expensive, though probably not a problem for her since she's the main breadwinner. Shaggy D.A. reminds him that the therapist recommended they do things they've never done before, so he snappishly retorts, "Then how about swinging or spouse swapping?" Shaggy D.A. stares sadly into space and asks him when he's going to stop punishing her, and he growls, "When I can get the vision of my naked wife playing hide the..." but doesn't finish the sentence [by punctuating it with sausage or trouser snake]. He then amends his answer by saying, "When it stops hurting."
After school, Jen tells Billy that moving to Capeside has been really good for her, and that it'd probably be best if he left. Billy says he's too tired to make the drive back to New York, then whines that he has no cash or place to crash. Dawson, who just happens to be walking by at that moment, asks Jen if everything is OK...and Jen pulls him aside and asks him if her old pal Billy could crash at his place for the night. Dawson makes a seriously? face and asks her if Billy is more than just a pal, and she confesses that, well yep, Billy's the guy her parents caught her doinking in their bed right before they shipped her off to Grams'. She says she'd really appreciate this favor and assures him that Billy no longer means anything to her. Dawson reluctantly agrees, and Billy's all, "Woo hoo!" as he grabs his overnight bag and cheerfully thanks him for the invitation. LOL.
Billy acknowledges to Dawson that it must be awkward to be hanging out with his girlfriend's ex, then says he has no plans to leave Capeside until he's able to win Jen back. He challenges, "Whatcha gonna do about it?" ... and when Dawson responds by shooting him the stink-eye, Billy chuckles and says he'll probably end up splitting tomorrow. He urges Dawson to ask him anything he wants about how wild Jen was during her slutty phase, then adds that he highly doubts Jen "filled in the blanks" about their racy sexcapades.
Dawson races over to Joey's house to complain about Jen's ex staying at his place, and moans about what a mess his life is. He admits to feeling really really insecure with Billy being around, but doesn't want to kick him out and risk looking petty. He wonders aloud how much humiliation a relationship can endure, and Joey's like, "Are you still talking about yourself - or your dad's cuckolding?"
The next morning, Jen thanks Dawson for letting Billy crash with him, and Dawson tells her that Billy made it clear he came to Capeside is to win her back. Jen says she told Billy that their relationship is over...but then quickly back pedals on that and says she never really got a chance to say goodbye to him after getting caught in the sack with him, which is a shame 'cause Billy always treated her with respect. Dawson asks her point-blank if she wants to get back together with Billy...and when she looks as if she's actually mulling that over, Dawson gets miffed and decrees: 1) he wants her to attend Scott Foley's beach barbecue with him, and 2) he wants Billy gone. Jen says she doesn't think she can bring herself to tell Billy to get lost and implores Dawson to be more understanding, and he reacts by bitchily storming off.
Joey drops by the video store to rent The English Patient 'cause apparently it's the one thing that puts her nephew to sleep. She natters at Pacey about what a charmer Jen's ex is, and Pacey says she's only saying that 'cause Billy being in town puts a wedge between Jen and Dawson. When Joey doth protests too much, Pacey says it's soooo obvious that she's obsessed with Dawson, and she retorts with, "Bite me" while storming off.
Shaggy D.A. and Mitch return home and bicker about their first scuba diving lesson. Upstairs, Dawson looks upset by the sniping and shuts his bedroom door.
Joey is frazzled during a busy waitressing shift at the Ice House when Pacey shows up and urges her to accompany him to Scott Foley's beach barbecue...and sweetens the deal by telling her that Dawson will be there. Bessie overhears the conversation, says that that sounds like a fine idea, and assures Joey she's perfectly capable of running the restaurant without her.
Mitch pops into Dawson's room for a quick father-son briefing and to ask whassup with the Billy situation. Dawson glumly says that right now Billy is hanging with Jen, which he's super bummed about...and Mitch tells him that being cuckolded is a normal part of life so he should get used to it, and that he's super bummed about having to take scuba diving lessons as part of a marital rebuilding exercise - all because Shaggy D.A. went out and extramaritally doinked her newsroom colleague.
Billy tells Jen that he really really wants her to ditch her dorky boyfriend and return to New York with him, but Jen insists that Capeside is her home now and that she should probably be getting to the beach barbecue and hang with Dawson. Billy promises to leave town if she gives him one last kiss, and she indulges him with a light smooch, then coldly says goodbye before wandering off.
Beach barbecue! Joey is staring despondently into space as Pacey scopes out an unsuspecting girl to hit on. Dawson arrives and makes a beeline over to Joey, and the two joke about how much they don't fit in with the beach barbecue crowd. He suggests they have one quick drink before hitting the video store, and she beams in response. A few seconds later, Jen makes her appearance at the party, finds Dawson at the punch bowl, and apologizes to him for all the Billy drama...and the two kiss and make up before walking, hand in hand, along the beach. As that's happening, a long haired blonde hunk offers Joey a drink...and when she says that Dawson is already getting her one, he's like, "Uh, that dude went to the beach with another girl" and points at Dawson and Jen walking along the sand together. Joey looks crestfallen and accepts the drink.
Jen admits to Dawson that she could have handled things better with Billy's sudden appearance in town - just as Billy appears out of nowhere and smugly informs Dawson that he and Jen just smooched. When Dawson stares questioningly at Jen, she sheepishly explains that it was merely a goodbye kiss.
Pacey cautions Joey to pace herself with the spiked punch, but she just shrugs unconcernedly when the blonde hunk whisks her away for what he hopes is a romp in the sand.
Jen mumbles about how confusing this situation is and that she can't, in all honesty, describe her kiss with Billy as purely a goodbye kiss. Billy snarks at Dawson for being a third wheel and says that he and Jen were an item long before she ever entered into his "fantasies" and Dawson dickishly retorts, "You and everyone else." Jen shoots him the stink-eye at being called out for her slutty past and mocks him for living in a fantasy world...and Dawson's like, "Whatever" and asks her who the third wheel in this scenario is. A deflated Jen replies, "I think I am" and staggers off.
Joey is canoodling with the blonde hunk when Pacey rushes over to prevent what looks to be an imminent acquaintance rape. When Blondie snarls at him to get lost, Pacey is somehow able to knock him out with one punch. The spectacle causes Dawson to come running...and when Joey drunkenly topples over, he kneels next to her and asks her if she's OK. She stares up at him lovingly and breathily thanks him for being her hero, while a miffed Pacey's all, "Excuse me?"
Dawson and Pacey deposit Joey inside her house and do their best to move about quietly so they don't wake the baby. Dawson hovers over Joey on her couch bed and tells her it's A-OK that she took a much needed break from life by getting hammered, and that even though things are confusing between them right now, he'll always be there for her. Joey responds by caressing his face, then pulling him towards her for a full-on, tongue-on-tongue smooch.
Shaggy D.A. acknowledges to Mitch that the two of them going scuba diving together was a stupid idea, and he's like, "Well duh" and points out that they should probably focus more on what went wrong in their marriage. Mitch says he still loves her and suggests they do something simple, then plays some romantic music and invites her to dance with him on the porch.
While canoeing back to Casa Leery, Dawson tells Pacey that Joey gave him a real smooch just now, then adds that since she was drunk she probably didn't realize what she was doing. Pacey shakes his head and says he's clearly oblivious to the fact that Joey is totally in love with him - but Dawson chuckles at the notion and says they're merely friends...unlike the excitingly romantic love that he and Jen feel for each other.
Er, about that..
Billy is in Dawson's room, packing up his stuff, when he concedes to Dawson, "You won" and announces that he's leaving town to head up the coast, 'cause turns out that Jen wasn't very confused about not wanting to re-hook up with him after all. After he leaves, Dawson glances out the window and spots Jen milling around the dock, so he heads outside to apologize for the cunty remark he made about her earlier. Jen tells him that despite how pretty she is and fortunate she's been in life, she's always felt deeply unhappy and developed a self-destructive habit of leaping head-first into ill-fated relationships. She says she made it clear to Billy that it's over between them - and that she's now saying the same thing to him. As Dawson pales and is all, "Wha-a-a-a?!", she says she wants to try being on her own for awhile, and that she's OK with the fact that she might one day regret her decision to give him the dumperoo. She adds that if she's ever ready to crawl back to him, he'd have every right to tell her to get lost 'cause he's with someone else. Dawson snarkishly says that his next girlfriend is going to be someone who's capable of being in a committed relationship, snaps, "Somebody who's nothing like you!", and bitchily storms off. He pauses for a few seconds to turn around to stare back at her, but then continues storming off.
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