March 27, 2011
Dawson’s Creek 1.4, Discovery: Everyone’s Getting Some But Dawson
Summary: Dawson and Joey find Pacey and Tamara’s sex tape, though they can’t tell that Pacey is the guy with Tamara. They tell Jen and Pacey about the tape, which Pacey really wants to see. Dawson doesn’t get it to him quickly enough, so Pacey raids his room and finally explains exactly why he wants the tape. Dawson, as we’re often reminded, is a virgin, and sees no need to rush into anything like what Pacey’s been up to. Grams, however, thinks that since he’s a teenaged boy, he must only have one thing on the brain.
Mitch and Gail’s 20th anniversary is coming up, so Dawson takes Joey into town to help him pick out a gift. They run into Gail and Bob, the guy she’s having an affair with, and Dawson remains oblivious to what’s really going on. He takes Jen to his mom’s studio to do some work on his movie, and while they’re there, they see Gail and Bob kissing. Jen asks Dawson to talk to her about how he’s feeling, but instead, he turns to Joey. Joey comes clean with the fact that she already knew about the affair, and he’s understandably mad that he didn’t tell her. In fact, he’s so mad that he decides they’re not friends anymore.
This time Dawson turns to Jen, asking her to never keep secrets from him. Which means she needs to tell him some things – like the reason she came to Capeside. Her parents sent her there because she was, as they say in Sweet Valley High, “moving too fast” in New York. Oh, and she’s not a virgin like she’s been saying she is. Dawson is hurt by this and tries to avoid talking about it. Jen confronts him, asking him to at least admit that he’s not okay with her admission, but he still doesn’t want to talk. Pacey tells him that Jen is giving him an in and letting him know she’s up for a physical relationship in the future.
Knowing that Joey knows more about Dawson than anyone, Jen goes to her for advice. Joey tells her to wait because Dawson will eventually figure things out and come back to her. She tells Jen she’s waiting on someone, too, but it’s not clear if Jen knows she means Dawson (probably). Dawson decides he needs to do what Joey didn’t and tell Mitch about Gail’s affair, but he can’t do it. He and Joey meet up and work things out. She tries to fish for his feelings about her, at least as compared to Jen, but leaves believing that he’s already made his choice.
Back in Pacey World, once he gets the tape from Dawson, it’s out of sight, out of mind. He sees Tamara with Mr. Gold and gets jealous, then asks Tamara if there’s anything he needs to know about her other current sexual partners. Tamara assures him that he has nothing to worry about because Mr. Gold is gay. Inspired by Jen and Dawson’s recent conversations, Pacey asks Tamara how many other men she’s been with and is pleased that she considers him an important partner.
Thoughts: Grams should be fine with Jen dating Dawson. He’s the least threatening boy in the state. He’s the Todd Wilkins of Capeside.
Yes, Pacey, that tape could ruin your life. Uh, you’re not the one who could end up in jail!
I get Dawson not catching on about Gail and Bob’s affair, but there’s no way he could miss all of Joey’s glares and eyerolls. They can be seen from space.
Silly Pacey, thinking you can have sex without consequences. You’re on a teen show, dude.
“Why are you so surprised any time I jump at the chance to spend time with you?” Dawson’s not the only one who’s surprised, Jen.
Pacey and Tamara probably shouldn’t have loud fights about sex in her classroom with the door open.