Recap: Joey is back to hanging with Dawson in his bedroom for movie night...and when he tells her he thinks that their first get together post-breakup went pretty well, she says she's surprised about how everything is suddenly so harmonious between them. Dawson explains that he's sooooo happy to be past their relationship drama, is thrilled that she's back to helping produce his movie (Creek Times), and would be over the moon if she's willing to help him cast Sammy (aka the leading lady character that's based on Joey). Joey suggests that he not think of Sammy so much as the Joey character as something an actress can bring her own interpretation to for the role, then continues to marvel about how A-OK he is with her after the abrupt dumperoo. Dawson says he's [pretending he's] finally ready to let go after the abrupt way she ended their romance in order to move on with Jack...and Joey looks put off by the mention of her new beau and shoots him a wistful stare before exiting his bedroom and heading home.
The next day, Joey is in her art class on the university campus, sketching the form of the young woman who's posing for the class in her birthday suit. Her teacher wanders by to check out her drawing and tells her her sketching abilities are improving nicely...and a few seconds after that, Dawson pops in to deliver the latest copy of his newly edited movie script. Joey's all, "The hell?" and tells him he can't just come to her private art class where a woman is nakedly lounging, and Dawson's all, "Naked..?" and stares at the nude model lustily - just as the art teacher rushes over and tells him this ain't no peep show and to get the hell out. Dawson clumsily beats a hasty retreat, nearly knocking over an easel in the process.
Pacey is hanging at Andie's house, admiring his ass in her mirror (?), before he notices an empty pill bottle with Andie's name on it in the trash can. He stares down at it concernedly.
Dawson is ambling through the stacks of the university library when he runs into the naked model from Joey's art class, who introduces herself as Devon. He blushingly asks her how in blazes she can strip down to the buff in front of a roomful of strangers, so she explains that she's an actress and merely thinks of it as an acting exercise. Plus, posing naked for artists actually pays pretty well. Dawson perks up at the mention of her being an actress and tells her he's in the process of directing a movie...and when she condescendingly coos, "Aww...your first movie, how cute", he informs her it's his second flick, and that his first attempt somehow won best picture in the junior division category of the Boston Film Festival [which, considering the snippets we saw of it during Season 1, I continue to find utterly laughable]. He tells her he's still looking to cast his leading lady, then hands her a copy of his script in case she's interested in auditioning for the role.
Grams arrives home with a handsome, helpful lad (Tyson Hicks) who's carrying her groceries. Grams tells Jen that Tyson is very interested in helping out on the set of Dawson's movie, so Jen gives Tyson an appreciative once over and says he's more than welcome to pitch in 'cause a) he's adequately hot, and b) Dawson can use all the help he can get.
Pacey blabs to Dawson about how he found Zanac in Andie's trash can, then asks Dawson if he's noticed her acting squirrelly lately. Dawson says he hasn't (not least 'cause he almost never hangs out with her) and urges Pacey to come right out and ask her whassup with her taking anti-anxiety meds. Pacey says he's far more comfortable talking about this behind her back, and would prefer to not put any pressure on his fragile girlfriend.
Devon drops by Casa Leery to tell Dawson she read his script...and that while she found it about as verbose and heavy-handed as the kind of overly-babbly crap that the Dawson's Creek writers regularly churn out in their weekly scripts, she felt that she was able to get to the core of the Sammy character. Dawson gets insulted by the slight to his writing style and pissily says he's no longer interested in having her read for the part, and Devon rolls her eyes and says he's not going to make it in the film biz if he's this thin-skinned about taking a little constructive criticism. When she turns to leave, Dawson stops her, admits to overreacting just now, and asks her if she'd like to audition for the part right now. Devon indulges him, and has such an impressive acting ability that Dawson gushes about how perfect she is for the role of Sammy.
Over at the Ice House, Joey tells Jack she needs to cut out early so that she can help out on Dawson's movie set, and Jack happily replies, "Hey - me too!" and explains that he talked Jen into letting him lend a hand. As Joey ponders the awkwardness of working alongside her boyfriend on her ex-boyfriend's movie set, Devon enters the restaurant to order some lunch while covertly studying Joey's speaking style and mannerisms [presumably as "research" for the Sammy role]. Joey gets weirded out by Devon's freakish scrutiny and asks Jack to go wait on her...and when he serves Devon her soda, she asks him if he wouldn't mind sharing with her everything he knows about the scowling brunette.
Pacey drops in on Andie, who's studying in her backyard. He comes right out and asks her whassup with the empty Zanac pill bottle he spotted in her trash can the other day...and when she fibs that it belongs to her mother, he tells her he's not buying that and chides her for lying to him. She then admits that, yeah, she started taking meds soon after Tim died 'cause she needed to get a handle on evening out her mood swings, then says the topic is a moot point 'cause her doctor is recommending therapy in lieu of refilling her prescription. Pacey says he thinks that that sounds like a fine idea, and Andie gets all prickly about him sticking his nose into her mental health bidness and snarks that she's quite capable of taking care of herself, and that he'll be the first to know if she starts backsliding into a pit of depression.
The filming of Creek Times begins the next day...and when Abby is a no-show to the set, Dawson asks Jen to briefly act as a stand-in so that Devon and Chris Wolfe can rehearse a scene. When Joey arrives a few minutes later, Dawson introduces her to Devon, and she immediately recognizes her from the Ice House. Devon asks her if she has any character insights she could use for playing Sammy, then says she believes that Sammy and Wade (aka the Dawson character) are soulmates...and Joey responds by being her usual cheerful self and shooting a blank stink-eye in her direction.
Jack asks Joey if being on Dawson's set bothers her, given that the movie is about their short-lived romance...and Joey pretends she's not bothered at all, particularly since Dawson is fully over the dumping. Jack mutters, "Yeah right.." and says he doesn't buy that for a second - but Joey insists it's the truth and assures him that everything with their budding new romance is going to be A-OK [pending his decision to come out of the closet].
As shooting resumes, Tyson offers to massage Jen's sore neck, which seemed overly forward given that they barely know each other...and Jen reacts by saucily asking him out on a date once filming wraps for the day.
When Chris tells Dawson he's having trouble relating to his character (Wade), Dawson stares wistfully at Joey and gets all emotional about how agonizing it would be for a fictional dork when the love of his life kisses another guy. Devon, meanwhile, notices Dawson's tortured expression as he's staring over at an oblivious Joey and looks intrigued by all the drama that's not-so-subtly bubbling under the surface.
Devon approaches Joey and asks her to describe the general source of her anger issues and if she wouldn't mind describing to herwhat it's like to be a perpetually angry person - but Joey denies being angry by nature and makes it clear that she won't be baited into losing her temper. Devon ignores that last thing and asks her to explain how she can date a guy while still being in love with someone else, and Joey warns her not to go there - just as Jack happens to wander over. Devon turns her attention to him and asks him how it feels to be a transitional man whose girlfriend's heart is reserved for another, and Joey launches into a snappish diatribe at Devon for being an annoying, third rate wannabe who masks bitchiness as research. Devon looks satisfied with the outburst she intentionally provoked, thanks Joey for that blast of bitchitude, and casually saunters off.
Prop Manager Andie berates Devon for losing a hair barrette...and when Devon tells her to fuckin' chillax about it, Andie incoherently rails at her, prompting a concerned Pacey to rush over and gently tell her she's going all schizo-titso for no real reason. Andie insists she's fine, then bitchily decides that, of all the things that are overwhelming her in her life, he's the most expendable to her. Pacey's all, "Noooo...dooooooon't dump me!" - but Andie barks that they're through and tells him to leave her the hell alone.
Dawson is impressed and visibly moved by an emotional scene he just filmed between Devon and Chris...and after he victoriously calls, "Cut!", a vexed Joey tells him they need to have an emergency tête-à-tête in a vacant classroom so she can ask him why, in the name of all that is holy, does he insist on reliving such a painful episode in their lives? She adds that she can't fathom how he could possibly be OK with their breakup when she hasn't yet gotten over it. Dawson reminds her that she's the one who dumped him, reveals that he's not actually over it, and angrily adds that he's desperately clinging to the one thing that keeps him going: making dipshit movies and somehow winning Boston Film Festival awards.
After filming wraps for the day, Grams wanks Jen about how awesome she is at keeping everything behind the scenes of the set running like a well-oiled machine...and that she's particularly impressed 'cause, in her day, there was no such thing as a female movie producer. As Jen basks in the glow of Grams' compliments, Tyson wanders over and tells her he's ready to go on their date now, and Grams tells her to have a nice time and to not stay out too late.
An anguished Pacey tells Dawson he pushed too hard with Andie and can only assume that when she told him to get lost, he permanently screwed the pooch on their relationship. Dawson shrugs and advises him to let her go, the way he's pretending to do with Joey - but Pacey argues that his/Andie's romance is an entirely different situation, and that he's not going to abandon the love of his life when she so desperately needs his help.
Tyson takes Jen to what she assumes is going to be a rollicking house party, then is dismayed when she realizes that the gathering is a bible study group.
That evening, Pacey drops by Andie's house clutching a rose - but she looks unimpressed by the gesture and snidely tells him to go away before slamming the door in his face. Pacey wanders over to the side of her house and starts climbing the lattice that leads to her bedroom...and when Andie opens her window and sees him advancing, she chides him for being the one who's acting all schizo-titso and barks at him to leave. Pacey refuses and stubbornly says that after everything she's done for him he's not going to turn his back on her when she needs him the most...and Andie chews on that for a few seconds before softening enough to reciprocate his I love you and lean in for a smooch.
Devon tells Dawson that so far she's been very impressed with his movie-making abilities, and wanks him about how he shows real potential as a director. Dawson beams happily in response, then declines her invitation to go grab a bite to eat with her and Chris 'cause he really just wants to soak in the ambiance of his movie set.
Joey wanders over and apologizes to Dawson for her bitchitude earlier, then explains that it's very difficult to watch such a painful period of her life being acted out in front of cameras. Dawson apologizes for causing her any kind of emotional turmoil, then says that the movie has been very cathartic for him in putting the past behind him. Joey earnestly tells him that even though she was the one who gave him the dumperoo, their breakup has been tearing her apart...and that she somehow still believes that their lives are destined to be forever intertwined, even if they move on with other people. A few seconds later, Jack ambles over to ask Joey if she's ready to head home, and Dawson politely thanks him for all of his help and declines his offer to stick around and help clean up. Joey amiably wishes Dawson a good night, and he stares after them with an inscrutable expression as the two scamper off into the night.
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