March 22, 2011
Dawson’s Creek 1.2, Dance: “I Know”
Summary: Dawson’s still working on his movie for the film festival, and now he has more incentive to make it great: Capeside’s film class is submitting a movie starring, written, and directed by Cliff Elliott star of the football team, and losing to them would obviously be a fate worse than death. However, Joey isn’t making things easier, since her character and Pacey’s character are supposed to be dating, but she refuses to kiss him.
Dawson manages to solve that problem while solving another problem, namely that he needs to spend more time with Jen. He kills off Joey’s character and brings in Jen as his leading lady. But when he sees Jen and Pacey really getting into the kiss (well, more Pacey than Jen), he gets jealous and cuts it. This amuses Joey, who’s also jealous of Jen, but because of her blossoming relationship with Dawson. She watches Dawson’s dad Mitch teach him about kissing (Dawson practices on a bust of Joey’s head he made for the movie), wishing he was thinking of her, not Jen.
Cliff asks Jen to a school dance, which Dawson was originally planning to skip, but he decides to enlist Joey as his wingwoman and head over to try to get Cliff out of the picture. The two guys have a loud fight over Jen, which embarrasses her, though not as much as it should embarrass Dawson. On his way home, Dawson runs into Jen and tells her he wants to be with her. She’s interested but afraid of moving too fast. Even though he really wants a kiss, she’ll only give him a dance.
Pacey’s also having relationship issues, in that he doesn’t have any kind of relationship with Tamara. She refuses to talk about their kiss and makes it clear that they can only have a teacher/student relationship. He finds her at the spot where they kissed and she tells him that what happened can never happen again. And then they make out some more.
Joey’s lurking around the Leery household when she overhears Gail having a flirty phone conversation…in the closet. Gail tries to pretend nothing strange happened, but Joey decides to come clean and simply says, “I know.” Later, Joey rails at Gail for doing something that could destroy her family, but Gail is only concerned with whether or not Dawson knows. She tries to be romantic with Mitch, who’s none the wiser, and it’s clear that she feels bad about hurting him, not that that makes her cut off her affair.
Thoughts: I hate it when teenagers on TV shows are studying a book that fits what they’re going through. (Pacey’s class is studying Wuthering Heights, and Tamara gives a monologue about how Heathcliff and Catherine never should have been together.) Degrassi is much more subtle about it.
Scott Foley plays Cliff! He’s a high schooler! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Joey, button your shirt. Mitch doesn’t want to see your bikini top. Well, maybe he does, but you’re 15, so stop it.
Speaking of things Mitch may or may not want to see, Jen tells Joey she has a nice body, then basically gives her a spongebath.
Dawson puts on a vest when he gets ready to go see Jen. Yeah, that’s why you’re single.
Dawson: “Why don’t you just go?” Cliff: “What if I don’t?” Dawson: “I haven’t thought it through that far!” Hee.
There’s a weird moment where Joey says something about “the remote on the rewind of life,” which I’m sure was supposed to be “the rewind on the remote of life,” and the way she laughs makes me think that Katie Holmes realized she botched the line, but they left it in.