Dawson's Creek - Season 2, Episode 21
Recap: Dawson is in his bedroom, working on a final assignment for film class, which appears to be an essay that rails about the evilness of Mädchen Amick. He [rhetorically?] asks Joey why he's always so intent on pleasing the people who dislike him the most, so Joey suggests he scrap the essay idea and submit an on-camera interview of someone who has recently undergone life changes and could be described as heroic. Dawson's all, "Great idea!" and says he'd like her to be his subject, but she tells him she has zero interest in doing that, and to find another sucker who's willing to be filmed while emotionally disembowelling him/herself for the purpose of a high school assignment.
Andie enters her dining room, surprised to see her dad sitting at the table. When she asks whassup with him being here, he tells her he heard about her Tim visions and figured 'why not pretend to be a concerned parent and drop in on the two children I abandoned after a family tragedy?' Andie insists she's fine and that Jack and Pacey helped her through her recent psychiatric episode, but Pa McPhee warns her that a mental break like she just suffered is serious - just as Jack enters the room and informs Andie that he called their dad. Pa McPhee says he had no idea that Andie's mental state was so fragile, then orders the two to start packing 'cause he's making them move to Providence tomorrow. A stunned Andie and Jack protest that they have finals and can't just leave - but Pa McPhee says he'll get permission for at least Andie to take her finals another time. As Andie angrily stomps off, Jack apologizes and says he never fathomed that their dad would just swoop in and force them to leave Capeside so quickly.
Dawson is attempting to interview Jen for his class assignment, but she's not into it and jokes that her new hairdo is probably the most life-changing thing she's done recently. [Well...aside from alienating Grams by talking shit about Abby during her funeral and subsequently getting thrown out of the house.] After that, Dawson tries to enlist Jack to gabble about his life, but he gives Dawson a hard no...as does Joey for the second time.
Dawson runs into Pacey, who's willing to natter on-camera about how he's turned his life around, thanks largely to Andie. He then self-piteously adds that he thinks so little of himself that he's waiting for someone to finally expose his "fraudulent act", and Dawson decides to not exploit his friend's low self-esteem issues for the purpose of a class assignment and shuts off the videocamera. Pacey then scrunches his face into a troubled expression and laments his inability to do anything to help Andie work through her mental health issues, then hang-doggishly tells Dawson, "Find yourself another hero" before slinking out of the room to self flagellate in private.
Andie informs Pacey that Pa McPhee is making her and Jack move back to Providence, then grumbles that she's soooooo angry 'cause of how badly she wants to stay in Capeside. Pacey vows to help her fight her pa's ruling - but Andie says it's futile, since he's planning to whisk them out of Capeside tomorrow.
Jack tells Jen he called his dad 'cause he figured he should help deal with Andie's 'I see dead people' problems, and that his solution is to take them back to Providence with him. Jen points out the bright side of this development: Andie could get better, and then maybe he and his dad could reconcile. Jack chuckles heartily at that last thing, then asks Jen if she plans on living at Casa Leery forever...and when Jen says she highly doubts she'd be welcome back into her parents' home, Jack urges her to look into that and remember that ever since being banished from their lives, she's changed for the better. (Though not really.)
Dawson drops by the Ice House, where Mike Potter is doing some renovation work (along with his shady friend Pete) to create a new lounge area inside the restaurant. An impressed Dawson asks Mike if he'd be interested in doing an on-camera interview to detail his metamorphosis from prison inmate to restauranteur exceptionnel. Mike looks intrigued and says he'd looooooove to take part in the interview, in exchange for Dawson's help with the renovation...but when he hands Dawson a level, Dawson's all, "What in the heck is this thing?", causing Joey to giggle at his general cluelessness about anything construction-related.
Pacey stops in at Casa McPhee and tells Jack he heard the news about his pa wanting to relocate him and Andie to Providence. Pacey says he's staunchly against that happening - just as Pa McPhee enters the room and declares the move a done deal. He points out that Andie's doctors in Providence can help enormously with her 'I see dead people' problems, and that it'd be selfish to want her to stay in Capeside instead of getting real help. Pacey pleads with him to reconsider ,'cause he'd be wrecked if Andie were to leave - but Pa McPhee firmly says that his mind is made up.
Jen calls her mom, informs her that she's living at Casa Leery ever since Grams kicked her out, and was wondering if she might possibly be welcomed home in the foreseeable future.
As Dawson pretends to know what he's doing while "helping" Mike with the Ice House renovation, Mike tells him he's ready to be interviewed on camera. Dawson woots happily and scampers off to set up his video equipment, while Mike looks at his shoddy workmanship on the flooring and tells Joey he's going to have to rip out the entire thing.
On camera, Mike confesses that he thought he would die of shame after losing everything he loved...and that deep down he considered himself a weak man who was hopeless about turning things around, and wondered if his daughters could ever forgive him for cheating on their dying mother. Joey, who's been listening to the interview up until now, is so overwhelmed by the rehashing of his past sins, that she gets up and abruptly stomps off.
Pa McPhee tells Jack that relocating to Providence will be good for everyone and points out that while Andie is getting the kind of 'round-the-clock psychiatric care she needs, he might consider getting some assistance in overcoming his gayness. A visibly irked Jack tells his dad he's just going to ignore the nonsense he just spouted about his sexual orientation and point out that ripping Andie away from Pacey could be damaging to her, and that he thinks the ultimate solution will come from those who love and care for her...which, he snarlingly adds, is not exactly his dad's speciality.
Pacey suggests to Andie that they temporarily forget about their problems and go out on the town tonight...and after a bit of hemming and hawing, Andie agrees that that's exactly what she needs. Pacey happily hugs her and promises her a magical evening.
Back at the interview, Mike recalls that while his wife was getting sicker, the bills kept stacking up...and eventually he decided 'why not traffic some marijuana to help make ends meet?' Joey suddenly interrupts the interview to pull Dawson aside and ask him whassup with making her dad relive the most excruciating time of his life, then challenges him to turn the camera onto himself. Dawson stammers about how afraid he is that he's not good enough for her...and that she'll soon realize that and dump him like yesterday's news.
Andie tells Jack that their dad has now agreed to allow her to stay in Capeside - but she's starting to think she probably should move to Providence and get proper help from medical professionals so that she's not constantly burdening her friends. She urges Jack to stay in Capeside if that's what he wants, and that it's OK for him to stop being selfless and do what he thinks is best for himself.
Jen packs a suitcase and heads over to Grams' house, but then can't bring herself to knock on the door. She sadly shuffles off while muttering, "Bye Grams."
Dawson apologizes to Mike Potter for making him dredge up so many painful memories, but Mike assures him it's no problem, then waxes on about how he's trying his very hardest to be a better person for the good of his family. He wanders off as Joey ambles over to gush about how perfect her life is now that she has her dad back, the Ice House is getting a makeover, and - best of all - she has an amaaaazing boyfriend. Dawson earnestly says he wants to make her proud of him, and she says that not only is she proud of him, she's proud to be with him, and that the only thing missing from her perfect life is the proverbial white picket fence. Dawson responds by grinning and leaning in for a smooch.
Jack tells his dad he's decided to stay put in Capeside...regardless of whether or not Andie moves with him to Providence. Pa McPhee urges him to come with them 'cause..
Date night! Pacey and Andie walk, hand in hand, along the dock and reminisce about how this is the exact place they first danced and kissed. Andie then gets tearful and laments about how her mental health problems don't show any signs of improving, and that she's made the hard decision to move to Providence tomorrow with her dad. Pacey assures her he's A-OK with that...and then the two continue to slow dance in the middle of the street for what seems like a really loooooong time.
Dawson knocks on Joey's door early the next morning to unveil a romantic surprise, which turns out to be a white picket fence that took him all night to cobble together. Joey looks touched by the gesture and puckers up for a thank you kiss.
Jack rushes over to the bus station and finds Jen about to board a bus. She tearfully reveals that her parents told her to go pee up a rope when she inquired about moving back home, and so she decided to aimlessly travel to the unknown. Jack tells her that some parents, like his dad, are total shitbags - but that it's really their deficiency if they don't have it in them to love their own children. He then grabs her bus ticket and bag and insists she come home with him, and explains that he could really use a roommate now that Andie - and presumably their ma, who I think has been locked in her bedroom since the Reluctant Hero episode - are moving to Providence. Jen mulls that over and agrees to give that arrangement a go...and then the two walk off together, hand in hand.
Dawson drops by the Ice House to return the tools he borrowed from Mike Potter to build Joey's metaphorical but also literal white picket fence. He wanders towards the back of the restaurant and sees Mike and Pete engaged in an unmistakable exchange of cocaine for cash, which...subtle, guys. Dawson scrunches his face disapprovingly before beating a hasty retreat.
Andie and Jack say their goodbyes while Pa McPhee puts her luggage in the trunk of his car. He then shakes Jack's hand and admits that he's fully aware of what a shit father he is and will, no doubt, continue to be - but then wishes his teenage son the best while fending for himself in the world. Pacey suddenly appears to thank Andie for everything she's done for him this season, then hugs her goodbye and urges her to get well so that she can hurry back to him, fully intact mentally.
Dawson narrates a piece for his filmed interview, wondering aloud what he's supposed to make of a subject who seemingly wants to change, but fears he can't. Or some such blather. He then looks over at Joey, who's laying in his bed and has fallen asleep from the sheer boredom of listening to his tedious, angst-filled ramblings.
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