Recap: The Capeside High gang (Dawson, Joey, Pacey, Andie, Jen, and Jack) have convened at Casa Leery to watch a movie together. They remark on how "interesting" it is that they're all friends now, but Joey and Jen are like, "Mmm...not so much" and point out that the writers merely decided 'let's throw these six kids in a room together and hope that viewers enjoy whatever tension arises from that'. Pacey argues that they're pretty close to the Peach Pit-frequenting Beverly Hills 90210 gang, and the others are all, "Nooooo!!" [at being compared to a far more entertaining cast of characters] and start a pillow fight that results in feathers flying everywhere. What a mess.
Andie, who has dyed her hair brown, arrives at Capeside High with Jack...and Pacey reacts to her new 'do with an unenthusiastic wow. Andie gets miffed at his under-reaction to her makeover and declines his offer to go out for dinner and a movie, citing that she'll be too busy studying. Pacey points out that it's Friday - just as she suddenly becomes frenetic about having the wrong textbook in her book bag and flails off in the direction of her locker. When Pacey gives Jack a WTF? look, Jack explains that Andie is ultra-sensitive about her newly browned locks.
Andie is rummaging through her locker, frantically searching for her textbook when she glances across the hall and sees the ghost of her deceased brother, Tim, staring over at her concernedly. She then locates her missing textbook and sheepishly shrugs at Ghost Tim in an oops kind of way.
Joey asks Dawson what romantic thing they're doing together tonight, and he suggests watching yet another movie at Casa Leery. Joey grumbles about how boooooooored she is of doing that all the time, and reminds him that it's their one-month anniversary at being re-hooked-up. Dawson grins and reveals that to celebrate the momentous occasion, he made a reservation for the two of them at Capeside's fanciest French restaurant.
Shaggy D.A. joins Jen on the steps of the front porch of Casa Leery and suggests she call Grams to see if the old lady's remotely interested in forgiving her rudeness and allowing her to move back in - but Jen's like, "Nah" and says they'd probably just clash all over again. She adds that there are some people who simply don't fit in one's life anymore, and Shaggy D.A. wryly says she's familiar with that painful reality...and when Jen sheepishly apologizes for unwittingly invoking the pain of her split with Mitch, Shaggy D.A. suggests they put all their worries on the back burner and just enjoy a fun night with good food and lively conversation. Jen beams and says she definitely likes the sound of that idea.
Mitch and Mädchen Amick walk hand-in-hand to the fancy French restaurant they're dining at...which - by scripted coincidence - is the very same one Dawson and Joey enter, a few seconds later. Dawson is bemused when he learns from the host that the Leery party has already been seated...and is aghast when he sees that "the Leery party" is his dad and Mädchen Amick.
Andie's therapist suggests that her unresolved issues about losing Tim caused her brain to conjure up a vision of Abby...but a troubled looking Andie stammers that, upon reflection, she believes she was mistaken about having seen Abby post-death. The therapist hands her her phone number and urges her to call if she feels her 'I see dead people' type anxiety getting worse...'cause if it does, she may need medication so that she can "heal properly" from her deeply-rooted grief over Tim. Andie responds by making it clear that she's not in favor of popping pills on a long-term basis and looks thoroughly bummed by her therapist's assessment.
Andie climbs into the driver's seat of her car and tells Ghost Tim, who's sitting in the passenger seat, that she couldn't bring herself to come clean to the therapist about their frequent visits and lengthy conversations. Ghost Tim says he likes that it's their little secret - and Andie concurs, tearfully credits him for listening to her in a way that no one else does, then starts freaking out...I'm assuming over the fact that she's having frequent visits and and lengthy conversations with her dead brother.
While enjoying a cozy evening in front of the fire, Jen asks Shaggy D.A. if she still harbors a faint hope that she and Mitch will get back together. Shaggy D.A. says she's made every effort to reconcile with the dolt, but has concluded that it's really not possible to connive or entice someone into a loving relationship. She says she's been waiting for a clear sign that he's interested, and Jen's like, "Smoke?" ... and when Shaggy D.A. says that smoke signals might be a tad un-subtle, Jen clarifies that she literally smells smoke coming from the kitchen. Shaggy D.A.'s like, "Ack! My pot roast!"
Due to a contrived table shortage at Chez Français, Dawson and Joey are seated with Mitch and Mädchen Amick. Mitch proudly gabbles about Dawson's plan to get an internship in Hollywood this summer, and Mädchen Amick offers to hook him up with her various contacts. A sour-faced Dawson's like, "You mean the ones that'd 'eat me for breakfast'?" and reminds her of the crippling criticism she dished out after being subjected to his shittastic movie, and she sheepishly apologizes for her bitchy review. Dawson refuses to accept her apology and bitterly guffaws about how he's suddenly worthy of an internship now that she's dating his dad, and she half-heartedly retorts that she's a UGE fan of his obvious enthusiasm. An annoyed Joey pulls him aside and asks whassup with him ruining their anniversary dinner by bickering with Mädchen Amick, so he promises to rise above the tension - just as Jen and Shaggy D.A. enter the restaurant...'cause apparently, on this particular evening, it's the only restaurant in town.
While hanging out and studying at Casa McPhee, Andie tells Pacey she's going downstairs to get a drink...and when she enters the kitchen, Ghost Tim snaps at her for being late for his scheduled spiritual visitation. She explains that she doesn't want Pacey to find out that she's having full on conversations with a ghost, and that it's really really hard for her to have both him and Pacey in the house at the same time. Tim issues her an ultimatum by directing her to choose Pacey/reality or him/non-reality...and while that's happening, Pacey browses through one of Andie's old photo albums and then decides to go downstairs to see what's keeping her. As he tip-toes towards the kitchen, he eavesdrops on her argument with Ghost Tim...and when he enters the room and finds it empty, he's all, "Wha-a-at is happening?"
Joey asks Jen what in blazes she and Shaggy D.A. are doing at Chez Français, and Jen's like, "Dunno, dining..?", then points out that maybe having Shaggy D.A. and Mitch under the same roof for the evening isn't such a bad thing.
Dawson tells Mitch that Shaggy D.A. is dining across the room, and Mitch nods and says he spotted her. Dawson informs him that she's still deciding whether or not to move to Philadelphia, then implores him to let his estranged wife know if there's even a chance he wants to work things out, for the sake of the entire Leery family.
Shaggy D.A. runs into Mädchen Amick in the ladies room and snarkishly says she had planned to snub her all evening, but will take a break from that to haughtily inform her that she's going to let Mitch decide who he wants to spend the evening with.
Andie tells Pacey she wasn't on the phone with anyone just now, then shrieks at him to leave her alone. Pacey tells her her moods have been all over the place ever since Abby's untimely demise and can't help wondering if she's in desperate need of medical help. Andie bristles and snarls, "You had to go there!" and challenges him to break up with her if he finds her so unbearably squirrelly. Pacey calmly replies that he only wants to help her, then says he was leafing through her photo album upstairs and couldn't help noticing that, years ago, she used to sport brown hair...and that he can only assume she deliberately changed her hair so that she'd look the way she did when Tim was alive. Andie violently grabs the photo album from him, knocking over a lamp in the process, and snarls that she's going to bed...and Pacey stares worriedly into space.
Shaggy D.A. tells Jen she's defiantly staying put at the restaurant, and Jen applauds that decision and asks her if, by chance, she and Mitch have a favorite song...and while that's happening, the waiter delivers a bottle of wine, sent anonymously to Mitch's table. Mädchen Amick, meanwhile, is blathering about the importance of a film's quality...and when she wanks Dawson about one day becoming a player in Tinsel Town, Joey calls her out on that load of bullcack by reminding her that she made it very clear she didn't think he had an ounce of filmmaking talent.
Jack returns home and asks Pacey whassup with the broken lamp, so Pacey explains that Andie had a total meltdown when he caught her talking to the kitchen walls. Jack says he too recently eavesdropped on her doing that...and when Pacey reveals that she referenced someone named Brown, Andie suddenly appears on the staircase and explains that Brown was her pet name for Tim. She hastily insists that she's not a total headcase like her mom and that she really truly actually does see Tim and fully believes that he's been paying her regular visits from beyond the grave...and when Pacey and Jack scrunch their faces concernedly, she runs past them and into the nearest bathroom and locks herself inside.
As Mädchen Amick continues to babble self-importantly about the film industry, Joey asks her what she found most lacking in Dawson's movie...so Mädchen Amick stammers that, while a lot of people have lofty filmmaking dreams, very few have the potential to actually make it in Hollywood. Dawson snarlingly points out that she has no business determining the potential of anyone, and Mitch glares at his gal pal and points out that, as a high school teacher, her job is to encourage students to follow their dreams, not completely crush their spirit. Mädchen Amick argues that the real world doesn't work like that...and when Joey calls her a bitter and persnickety cretin, she reacts by huffily leaving the table.
Dawson pulls Joey aside and asks whaddup with all the avoidable bickering, so she informs him that it's all part of Operation Reunite Mitch and Shaggy D.A., and explains that she and Jen have joined forces to get Mädchen Amick to leave the table in order to create an opening for Mitch and Shaggy D.A. to start conversing.
Mitch wanders over to where Shaggy D.A. is sitting and remarks on how coincidental it is that their favorite song is suddenly playing in the background. He then invites her to dance...and Jen, Joey, and Dawson look pleased by the development.
Mitch thanks Shaggy D.A. for the bottle of wine...and she's all, "Wuh?" before correctly guessing that Jen and Joey must have sent it over to his table on her behalf and takes the credit. He asks her if she's still considering moving to Philadelphia and laments how difficult her departure will be on Dawson (meaning him), and Shaggy D.A. coyly replies that she'll miss "Dawson". When the song ends, the two wander back to their respective tables...and Mitch finds a miffed looking Mädchen Amick, who somehow decided to still hang around and finish out this wretched dinner date.
Pacey and Jack beg Andie to open the bathroom door, while Ghost Tim orders Andie to stop sobbing. Andie implores Ghost Tim to go away and shrieks, "You're not real!" before smashing the mirror. Ghost Tim warns Andie that she can't trust anyone but him and instructs her again to choose between Pacey/Jack/reality and him/non-reality, and Andie cries, "I caaaaan't chooooooose!" Pacey overhears this and swiftly urges her to choose him, coos about how special she is on account of she gives so much to everyone, and insists that he and Jack need her a helluva lot more than Ghost Tim does. Andie mulls that over, decides 'yep, that sounds right', and slowly opens the door, and Pacey pulls her into a hug and breathes a huge sigh of relief.
After Andie has been put to bed, Jack tells Pacey he thinks he should call his dad and inform him of the alarming situation 'cause he's pretty sure that Andie is going to need 'round-the-clock therapy and some pretty powerful meds. He recalls that the same thing happened to his mom after Tim was killed...but because she didn't get the help she needed right away, she was abandoned to create a false reality for herself to cope with the loss. Pacey silently mulls that over and agrees that calling Pa McPhee is probably the right thing to do.
Shaggy D.A. thanks Jen for an entertaining evening, and happily says that dancing with Mitch made her realize that she can never truly let him go. She adds that she's pretty sure he feels the exact same way...but then glances toward the nearby dock and sees Mitch caressing Mädchen Amick's cheek before leaning in for a tender smooch. Ouch. Shaggy D.A. reacts by staring despondently into space for several seconds, then rushes off.
Joey and Dawson are floating on a rowboat, discussing the possibility of "closing the deal" to seal their romantic one-month anniversary at Chez Français. A hopeful Dawson says, "The night is still young", which Joey counters with, "So are we", but assures him that she's strongly considering the possibility of the two of them maybe hopefully hitting the sheets one day. Dawson seems satisfied enough with that answer, gives her several long smooches, then begins rowing her home.
Andie wakes up and finds Pacey hovering by her bedside. She apologizes for her mental break and says how sad she is that this is happening to her. Pacey assures her she'll be fine once she gets the right medication, but she wails, "What if I'm not?!" and tells him she's soooooo scared. Pacey admits he is as well, but quickly assures her she won't lose him...and the two exchange I love yous and gently canoodle as the camera slowly pans out.
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