December 8, 2012
Summary: Pacey’s having dinner with Sadia, who wonders why he waited so long to ask her out. He tells her he was “otherwise engaged,” but that’s been “taken care of.” At Worthington, Joey and Eddie discuss Catch-22 so the writers can justify using that for the title of the episode. She’s studying for Hetson’s final, wanting to make up for the last final she took for his class. Audrey gets a letter from the dean informing her that she can only stay at Worthington if she goes to summer school. She thinks she can negotiate her way out of it.
Joey realizes that since the semester is almost over, she and Eddie won’t be able to stay in her dorm anymore. They’ve discussed going to Capeside to work at the B&B, but Eddie has other ideas, ones he won’t share with Joey. Jack stops by the helpline while David is working, but David’s still mad about their ridiculous fight and doesn’t want to talk. He agrees to maybe meet with Jack later, but doesn’t give any kind of commitment.
At work, Pacey speaks to some job candidates, telling them that he had sex with Sadia because his life is awesome. Also, because he’s officially turned into Rich. Speaking of Rich, he tells Pacey that the Stepatech approval is about to go through. Pacey hooks up with Sadia again later, telling her that as soon as the FDA approves Stepatech’s new medical “thingy,” he’ll have enough money to buy a new car. In case it isn’t clear that Pacey has turned into Rich, he barely reacts when Sadia mentions that she has a boyfriend.
Joey ensures that she’s on time for her final by arriving two hours early with Eddie. Eddie decides that now is a good time to thank Hetson for his recommendation to the writing workshop. Joey’s worried that things will go badly and Eddie will end up hitting Hetson again. Eddie proceeds with a thank-you that proves he’s not as good with words as his admission into the workshop would have us believe. Joey tells Eddie that Hetson’s “whatever” is the best response he’s going to get.
Dawson calls Pacey at work to say he’s changed his mind about Pacey letting him invest all his money. Pacey assures him that Stepatech’s flu vaccine is going to make him very rich. Dawson considers using credit cards to finance the film, but Pacey wants Dawson to keep trusting him. Joey discusses her final with Eddie, complaining about the obscure questions Hetson asked. Fortunately, she knew the answers, so she thinks she aced it. Eddie rewards her with a backpack containing a booklet about traveling Europe for cheap. That’s his plan for their summer together.
David meets Jack at Hell’s Kitchen but isn’t happy to see him talking to a male classmate. He accuses Jack of leading him on, then announces that they’re over. Jack notes that he wouldn’t have asked to meet David if he didn’t want to work things out. David says Jack’s just going through the motions, which isn’t enough for him. Jack is thoroughly confused, as he should be, though maybe he should’ve seen this coming after David’s weird behavior in the last episode.
Joey and Eddie start planning their trip, and she tries to get them to stick to practical ideas. He doesn’t care for being practical if it means they get to spend the whole summer together. They’re already pretty broke, so it doesn’t matter how much money they spend. Joey points out that this romantic idea he has won’t be as romantic as he believes; their lives will still be here when they get back. Now she thinks they should wait a month or two to make some money first. Eddie interprets this as her changing her mind about going.
Joey says she’s throwing her life “off-course,” but he just wants her to take a chance and spend some time with him. She reminds him that the books they’re read about trips and adventures aren’t meant to be guidelines they should live their lives by. Eddie says they’re meant to encourage people to step into the world, where their lives begin. He wants an adventure to change his life. Joey asks if that means she has to stop being who she is. He tells her she’s a scared little kid who’s afraid to take chances, but that shouldn’t define her as a person. She tells him to sleep somewhere else tonight.
At work the next morning, Pacey learns that the FDA didn’t approve the vaccine. Rich doesn’t think it’s a big deal, but Pacey’s been touting Stepatech for months and is going to have a lot of unhappy clients. Rich thinks the clients have only themselves to blame. Joey meets with Hetson to declare her major in English; he gives her back her final with an A- on it. She’ll have a C+ for the year (the class was a year long?), which pleases her.
They discuss Catch-22, which Hetson sees as a man choosing life over a bleak existence. He has Joey read a passage about Yossarian saying he’s not running from his responsibilities, he’s running to them: “There’s nothing negative about running away to save my life.” Hetson says that a lot of critics find that part too sentimental, as if Joseph Heller wanted to put a moral in an amoral tale. But Hetson likes it, because right now the writers are letting him show a sentimental piece of his unsentimental character.
Joey announces that she needs to go somewhere, but they can finish their discussion next semester. Hetson yelps that he’s not going to let her into any more of his classes (does he really have the option?). She tells him she’d never take another class with him, but she does want him to be her advisor, mostly so she can keep torturing him. He smiles because he totally likes her torturing him, but also because that means he gets to keep torturing her, too.
Pacey shares the FDA news with Sadia, as well as the fact that he’s now lost all of Dawson’s money. She doesn’t think it’s a big deal. Then she wants to ask him some questions on the record. Pacey won’t go for it. Sadia can’t be with him that night since she’ll be with her boyfriend – who’s now her fiancé. She tells Pacey that they have a long-distance relationship and it’s kind of boring. He decides to make her deal with the boredom by breaking up with her.
Jack goes back to the helpline, this time to see Jen, who makes her first appearance in the episode with eight minutes to go. He asks if she thinks he only went out with David to prove that he could be in a relationship. He’s worried about still being alone when he’s 35, going to bars and trying to pick up guys. Jen notes that right now he’s not even old enough to go to bars, so he shouldn’t worry about not having met the love of his life yet. Jack thinks Jen and C.J. will stick it out because they give him hope.
After dealing with dozens of angry clients, Pacey just has Dawson to address. First he asks Rich for a loan so he can give Dawson back his initial investment. Pacey put all of his own money in Stepatech as well, so he and Dawson are both broke. Rich tells him he’s an idiot, then gives him the answer he should have given Dawson: No. Instead of just dropping it, Pacey keeps fighting, and Rich tells him he hasn’t earned any help. He adds that Pacey is a failure and a loser who will never amount to anything. Pacey attacks him and they have a fight that breaks a bunch of computers. It ends with Pacey getting himself fired, which Rich thinks he wanted all along.
Joey makes Audrey register for summer classes, then tells her she’s decided to go to Europe with Eddie after all. But before she can tell him, she finds a goodbye note he left her saying that he, unlike her, wants to act without worrying about consequences. Maybe people like him (and Pacey, who’s now at the Leerys’) are just doomed to make the same mistakes over and over, but he still hopes for a happy ending. (Hey, Joey, at least he left you a note this time.)
Thoughts: Pacey went from lovable romantic to creepy jerk in two episodes. Goodt hing we can blame Joey directly.
I guess this means no more Hetson. Thank God for Todd Manning on my TV five days a week.
Cheap trip or not, how were Joey and Eddie planning to pay for their summer in Europe? The plane tickets there would have probably wiped them out.
Seriously, Jack, you are better off. David is crazy. If it’s between being alone and being with him, just get some cats and go with it.
Do most schools let you pick your advisor? We were assigned ours.
When Jen has the best outlook on relationships, you know your characters are screwed up.
December 1, 2012
Summary: Joey tries to study in her room while Eddie tries to distract her, frustrated that they haven’t done anything physical since their reunion. Audrey suddenly arrives, back from rehab a day early. She tries to make Joey and Eddie guess who was on her plane, saying he’s a very sexy celebrity. Joey guesses Brad Pitt; Eddie guesses Ian Ziering. (Hee!) It was actually Dr. Drew, who Eddie isn’t familiar with. Joey and Audrey try to familiarize him with Loveline. Joey says Dr. Drew and Adam Carolla are in town for a fundraiser at the counseling center.
Speaking of Jen, she’s at the health center right now, clearly nervous about hosting the fundraiser. C.J. tells her she could become the next Ryan Seacrest. He wants to have sex after the event, but Jen says she has to help Grams, then announces she’s dumping C.J. Eddie still has sex on the brain, but Joey doesn’t even want to talk about it. It’s not exactly the best time for the conversation anyway, since Audrey’s in the room. After Joey leaves for class, Audrey warns Eddie never to hurt her again.
Jack and David sell tickets to the fundraiser, and a guy named Fred tries to ask David out. Jen’s still freaking out about her hosting duties and wants David to serve as a ringer so at least one person will ask a question. C.J. arrives and Jen tries to avoid him. Then Audrey shows up, looking up for Dr. Drew, and Adam Carolla hits on both her and Jen. Audrey doesn’t care about him; she just wants to know if he’s seen Dr. Drew naked. (Be right back, I have to go throw up forever.)
The auditorium fills up but David’s MIA, so Jack gives his seat to Fred. Eddie and Joey arrive together, and he won’t shut up about their sex life (or lack thereof). David finds Jack and Fred together and chastises Jack for a) not saving a seat and b) not getting one on the other side of the auditorium. Then he makes Fred give up his seat, because David is secretly a jerk, I guess. Jen kicks off the event, apparently not nervous at all anymore, at least until no one has a question.
Audrey tries to save Jen by raising her hand, but Jen won’t call on her. C.J. tries next, but Jen reminds him that he’s supposed to just pass the microphone around to the people asking questions. Dr. Drew and Adam tell him to proceed, so C.J. tells them how his girlfriend seemed to be fine, then suddenly dumped him. Adam tells him to run since the girlfriend is crazy. Jen interrupts to say that C.J.’s problems aren’t as important as those of the attendees who actually paid money to be there.
Eddie tries to have the sex conversation with Joey again, way too loudly for the setting, and of course everyone hears. Adam and Dr. Drew think that if they’re not mature enough to talk about sex, they shouldn’t be having it. Then they bring Eddie and Joey up on stage for further scrutiny. Audrey still wants to be heard, though, and appeals to Jen with a hilarious sad-puppy face. Joey and Eddie recap their relationship, and Adam sides with Joey – Eddie left Joey twice and now can’t seem to understand why she doesn’t trust him.
Dr. Drew tries to focus on Joey, asking if abandonment is an issue for her and what her relationship with her dad is like. (Can open! Worms everywhere!) Joey immediately tries to shut things down. Jen helps Dr. Drew keep her on stage by telling her that people call the helpline all the time with daddy issues: “You’re very normal in your abnormality.” Joey wants to kill her. She gets Jen to turn back to the audience, and David blurts out a question about how he should respond to his boyfriend openly flirting with someone else in front of him.
Dr. Drew tells David and Jack to talk about their relationship; he thinks Jack’s acting out because he has something to tell David but doesn’t know how to say it. Jen suggests that Jack is just really nice to everyone and wasn’t flirting, “because nobody’s that stupid.” Adam thinks David should dump Jack. Jen goes to someone behind a screen for a question, but Audrey takes the girl’s place so she can hit on Dr. Drew.
C.J. speaks up again, asking for a woman’s (specifically Jen’s) perspective on his issue. Jen says they’re done with his problem. Dr. Drew urges her to answer so the audience can see how she answers questions at the helpline. Jen says C.J.’s girlfriend is just confused, and might be dealing with a lot in her life and doesn’t feel like she has time for a relationship. Dr. Drew and Adam realize that Jen is C.J.’s girlfriend and ask her directly why she dumped him. Jen can’t come up with a good reason and asks to go back to Joey: “She’s more screwed up than me.”
Eddie announces that Joey’s father did time in jail. Joey tries to change the subject by asking Jack to come up on stage. Eddie isn’t done, but C.J. points out that at least he still has a girlfriend. Audrey just wants to know what kind of underwear to wear for Dr. Drew. Adam hates everyone. Jen says that if anyone else has a problem, they should call the helpline. She heads backstage, where Audrey accosts her with questions about what it was like to be so close to Dr. Drew. Jen gives her a microphone and tells her to take over.
Audrey gets things moving and offers some of her own experiences as supposedly helpful advice. She still strikes out with Dr. Drew, though. Afterward, Joey and Eddie go to retrieve her but are still fighting. Adam tells Eddie to shut up about sex and just enjoy the fact that Joey wants to be with him. When he was in college, girls didn’t dress as sexily as girls do now. He gets Joey to admit that she wouldn’t be with Eddie if she didn’t trust him.
Joey says that they’ve been living in a fantasy since Eddie came back, and they’ll have to come out of it eventually. He tells her she’ll have to take a leap of faith and know that he loves her. She hurries him to her dorm room before Audrey can find a way back there. Meanwhile, David is still grumpy, but Jack doesn’t think he needs to explain or apologize for anything. David thinks his original instincts about Jack might have been right. Jack tells him to dump him already if that’s where this is going.
For some reason, this offends David, who says he’s not the one who’s looking for a way out of the relationship. He doesn’t want to dump Jack so Jack can leave guilt-free. Jack points out that he doesn’t need to feel guilty because he didn’t do anything wrong. David tells him to apologize or break up with him. Jack only gives a sarcastic “sorry,” so David tells him to take his time and get back to him. Jack is sad and I am confused.
Now Jen’s ready to talk to C.J., but he’s not interested. She pretends to call him on the helpline and tells him she made a mistake but isn’t sure how to fix it. She admits that she has trust issues, and he points out that she has to start trusting people sometime. He assures her that if she tells him her problems, he won’t run away. Jen finally shares that Grams is sick. C.J. comforts her, promising that she can have as many freak-outs as she needs.
Audrey’s still looking for Dr. Drew, but Adam says he’s already left for the airport. Then she tries to find a ride home, but all of her friends have left. Dr. Drew is, in fact, still around, and Audrey tells him that she listened to Loveline while she was in rehab; it made her feel less alone. She’s not sure she could have gotten through rehab without the show. Dr. Drew offers her a ride, and Audrey says she knows she’ll have to keep her distance since he’s married.
Thoughts: Joshua Jackson directed this episode, which is probably why he wasn’t in it. He did great with the scenes where a lot of people were talking and things were moving quickly.
Ugh, Adam Carolla. Get away from me.
No way would everyone in an auditorium full of college students be hesitant to say something about sex.
If I were Jack, I would have gone with the breakup over the apology, because David is nuts.
November 24, 2012
Summary: Joey and Eddie are staring at each other at Hell’s Kitchen. He starts the writing workshop in the fall, and he’s come back to Boston to thank Joey for helping him get in. He appreciates that she did something so great for him even after he hurt her. If he’s going to be a writer, he wants her around. Joey reminds him that he walked away, and Eddie reminds her that he came back. She tells him she moved on. She tries to apologize but he’s already out the door.
The next day, Harley looks through Joey’s closet, trying to find Joey something to wear when she chaperones Harley’s school formal. Joey doesn’t remember agreeing to chaperone. Harley’s still a little worried about Patrick’s obsession with Joey, but Joey promises not to do anything with him. Over at Grams’, Jen and C.J. have worked out their sex problems and have moved on to talking about Grams, who apparent broke C.J.’s Uncle Bill’s heart. Jen says she’ll find out what happened.
Pacey calls Joey, who apparently never let him know the previous night that she wasn’t coming over after all. He wants to go out that night, but she’s going to Harley’s dance. Pacey realizes Joey will be dressed up and looking pretty, so he invites himself along. Dawson shows up at Pacey’s office with all his money from Todd’s movie – he wants Pacey to help him turn it into more money so he can finance his movie. Pacey’s hesitant to mix business with friendship. Dawson’s instincts are telling him this is a good idea, though.
Jen confronts Grams about ending things with Bill, noting the irony of Grams acting like a teenager while Jen is embarking on a real adult relationship. Grams doesn’t want to talk. Joey looks at pictures of her various exes before Pacey arrives with a couple of corsage options. One is for the fun-loving Joey and one is for the romantic, classical Joey. She picks the radish/carrot “fun-loving” corsage. She also has a rose for him.
Five seconds after getting to the dance, Harley starts complaining, since apparently Patrick isn’t going to dance. Joey says she knows how she feels, since Pacey isn’t a dancer either. Also, he broke up with her at their senior prom. Pacey offers to dance with Harley while Joey tries to fend off Patrick.
Dawson heads to Capeside and puts all his old movie posters up in his bedroom, for “inspiration.” Gail would like to know what he plans to do for money (and not just because she would like rent). Dawson thinks his movie will bring in enough to finance the next one. Gail asks if he has a plan B. He doesn’t know what that phrase means. She points out that making a hit movie is kind of a long shot, so he needs to be practical.
Harley dances with another guy, trying to make Patrick jealous. Joey and Pacey discuss their past prom disaster, and he says he’s glad he got a second chance. Joey completely fails to tell him about Eddie. Patrick gets in a fight with Jamie, the guy Harley was dancing with, and Joey has to remind Pacey that they’re supposed to be the adults there, so he needs to break it up. Harley ends up crying in the bathroom, wondering if Patrick said anything to Pacey about her.
Not really, but Pacey’s giving him a lecture about being an idiot. He tells Patrick to just ask Harley to dance. Joey assures Harley that she’s going through the same thing many girls have gone through, including Joey herself. Harley says that if her high school experiences are the same as Joey’s, she’s doing something wrong. Patrick tells Pacey that he does like Harley; Pacey tells him that having real feelings for a girl will make him a better person. He needs to be nice to her and tell her he likes her.
Joey admits to Harley that she’s had a bad experience at every dance she’s gone to, except this one. She heads to the boys’ bathroom, where Pacey and Patrick are goofing around. Patrick isn’t sure why he should take advice from Pacey, since he’s not exactly the greatest with girls. Pacey points out that he got Joey to go to a dance with him.
Jen relays a message from a doctor to Grams, wondering why she’s seeing a doctor Jen has never heard of. Grams tells her to stop digging for drama. Jen notes that Grams always makes her talk when she’s feeling mopey, so Jen’s repaying the favor. Grams confides that she has a malignant tumor in her breast. She’ll be starting radiation next week because the cancer has spread too far for surgery. Jen is shocked, but Grams doesn’t offer any comfort.
Pacey and Joey agree that the night has been nice, but Joey quickly ruins it by announcing that being with him doesn’t feel right. It’s not him, it’s her, basically. Pacey thinks she’s just scared about where things will go; he is, too. Joey feels sure that it’s not going anywhere. He thinks she’s just pushing him away the way she always pushes people away. He knows his feelings for her are the greatest thing he’s ever felt. He’s sure he can love her again. Joey silences him by announcing that Eddie’s back.
Dawson keeps trying to write something, eventually turning on the TV to watch Creek Days. Gail checks on him and he mentions that he appreciated the support he got from his family and friends when he worked on that piece. He admits that he doesn’t have a plan B, and never will. Gail suggests that he go back to film school to make sure he’s really committed. Dawson points out that he spent a year as a gopher; if that didn’t kill his dream, nothing will. Plus, school costs money. He wants Gail to believe that he’ll fulfill his dream.
Gail launches into a story about the time Mitch tried to make gum in their kitchen. Dawson was five and served as sous chef, but something happened that resulted in his parents having to shave his head. Gail thought Mitch’s dream was based on his love of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Even though the experience drove Gail crazy, she also admired it, and the way he was willing to do crazy things to make his life the way he thought he could be when he was a kid. In other words, she supports Dawson.
Jen finds Grams in the kitchen, baking, and tells her it’s okay to be scared. Grams doesn’t think it will do any good. Jen asks what she can do to help, and not just in the kitchen. Grams wants to deal with it on her own. Jen thinks they both need someone to take care of them. Grams tries to assure her that she could go into remission and live a long time. She promises that she’s not going anywhere because she’s not ready to die yet.
Patrick finally dances with Harley, promising that he didn’t come just to get in her pants. He didn’t want to have to think about her coming there with another guy. Pacey and Joey dance, but it’s pretty depressing. Joey ends up at Eddie’s house, kissing him, so I guess they’re back together or whatever. Hooray.
Thoughts: You guys, I’ve been spelling Gail’s name wrong this whole time. Oh, well, too late to change it.
Pacey wonders what kind of school dance has a punch bowl. What kind of school dance doesn’t have one?
Dreams are great, Dawson, but you MUST HAVE A PLAN B. Otherwise you end up living in a cardboard box.
Joey, you’re an idiot. I don’t care how cute or charming or talented Eddie is. You’re choosing him over PACEY. Unacceptable.
Once again, no Kerr Smith. Poor guy.
November 17, 2012
Summary: Pacey walks Joey to her dorm after a date, and despite the fact that they just spent a whole evening together, he’s just now telling her that he recently got a promotion. He now has an office and a secretary. Joey, however, has had her hours cut because everyone’s on spring break and no one’s going to Hell’s Kitchen. Pacey asks her out again and they kiss awkwardly.
C.J. spends the night with Jen at Grams’, though they didn’t have sex. In fact, they haven’t had sex for a week. Jen says her sex drive isn’t the same as his, and they can be intimate in different ways. He’s disappointed to realize that she means by cuddling. Joey brings Pacey an office-warming gift and briefly meets his secretary, who Rich has just fired. Rich is a jerk to Joey (I know, shocking), then suggests that she fill in as Pacey’s secretary while she’s on break.
In L.A., Dawson pitches a movie (I guess it’s his stupid Creek Daze thing) to Heather Tracy, and though she thinks it’s a good idea, she doesn’t think it’s right for the studio. It needs more sex. Dawson thinks the lack of sex makes it unique. Heather won’t back down, telling him to add in an affair with a teacher or something. He doesn’t think that will be a problem. Jen and C.J. work at the helpline; she tells someone on the phone that C.J. won’t stop talking about sex.
Joey is immediately popular with the guys at Pacey’s office, because she’s just that hot. Later, he reminds her that he likes coffee in the morning, but she tells him to make it himself. Pacey complains to Rich that the guys are all over her, and he feels uncomfortable telling a friend what to do. Rich tells him a reporter is coming in for a newspaper interview and seems interested in Pacey. Joey’s interested in the reporter’s interest.
C.J. chastises Jen for using their own relationship problems to counsel other people. She points out that if a girl called to say that her boyfriend was pressuring her to have sex, C.J. would counsel her about that. He’s basically upset that Jen had sex with jerks but won’t have sex with him. She thinks he’s calling her a slut.
Heather prepares Dawson for another meeting with Larry (the studio executive from “Day Out of Days”). He remembers Dawson and is happy that he got Natasha into bed. (Heather told him about that.) Dawson pitches his stupid movie, trying to describe it as a coming-of-age story, but Heather blurts that it’s a teen sex comedy: “American Pie meets Stand By Me.” Larry just wants the actresses in the movie to take their clothes off.
Dawson continues, saying that the lead character is a good guy but it gets in the way of his interactions with girls. Larry quickly loses interest, so Dawson says the lead falls in love with a girl from school who’s actually a stripper. Larry likey. He tells Dawson he has a deal and doesn’t want to hear any more about the movie. In fact, Dawson should stop talking because any more information could work against him. But Larry would like to hear more about Natasha.
Joey gives Pacey some numbers he was waiting for (and which she should have given him earlier), then accidentally hangs up on the person he was talking to. She tells him she didn’t want to learn secretarial skills because if she was too good at those tasks, she wouldn’t be able to move forward in her career. (Shut up, Joey.) The reporter, Sadia Shaw, arrives, and Pacey’s already met her: She’s the mystery woman from “All the Right Moves.” Joey’s displeased.
Dawson visits Todd (Todd! I missed you!) on the set of a music video and accidentally interrupts his attempts to seduce someone. Sadia interviews Rich and Pacey about Stepatech; Joey tells Pacey he has a call from Jack and expresses surprise when he doesn’t want to talk to his own roommate. Then she loads Pacey’s sugar with coffee and spills cream on Sadia. Rich takes Sadia to his office so Pacey can deal with Joey.
Todd doesn’t get why Dawson is torn about his movie – work is work, and he wants to direct. Dawson already feels morally compromise after some of the things he did for Todd. Todd tells him to decide what kind of filmmaker he wants to be. If he wants to do it his own way, he should reject the studio’s offer. Todd worked hard enough to get where he is, even though it meant making some bad stuff in the process.
Things are tense between Pacey and Joey, and she finally asks how he knows Sadia. He chastises her for not acting professionally. She blasts him for just treating her as a girl who pours coffee. All the assistants in the office are hot and no one respects them. Pacey says he doesn’t pay attention to them; he comes to the office to work, and Joey made that difficult for him today. He doesn’t have to respect her or be nice to her because she’s his secretary.
Joey’s upset about that, of course, and Pacey tells her to just do her job and accept the money happily. She tells him that his secret nickname in the office is Witless. Then she makes comments about Sadia, letting Pacey know that she’s jealous (which, of course, she denies). Pacey asks her to take dictation so he can write Sadia an apology for Joey’s behavior: “She’s new and very bad.” This leads to a makeout session that’s interrupted by Rich.
Jen and C.J. have a silent dinner with Grams, finally blurting out their problems. Grams says that Jen is trying to have her first well-rounded relationship, and C.J. is worried that Jen will always like bad boys more than her. Jen says that “nice pecs and a good six-pack only go so far.” C.J. replies that that didn’t help: “I have nice pecs.” She tells him (through Grams) that she’s had the best sex of her life with him. C.J. apologizes and promises to cuddle whenever Jen wants.
Dawson meets with Larry and Heather again, having added a fire in a strip club to his script. Larry suggests the title Sunset Stripped and requests a minimum of three nude scenes. Finally Dawson has had enough and gives a speech about wanting to write about growing up and falling in love and blah blah blah. He can’t take the studio’s money. Larry still wants to make the stripper movie, though.
Joey goes back to work at Hell’s Kitchen, and Pacey visits because he wants to be abused some more, I guess. He also informs her that she’s no longer his secretary. She thinks it’s because she sucked at the job, but Pacey says it’s because she’s a distraction. Joey makes him tell her why. They make out some more, then agree to meet at Pacey’s place after she closes up. But right after Pacey leaves, Eddie arrives.
Thoughts: I didn’t mention in his first episode that Larry is played by Paul Gleason, the principal from The Breakfast Club, which is just one more John Hughes reference for the series.
Joey objects to Pacey calling her a secretary, like, hi. You’re a secretary. There’s nothing wrong with it. You’re the one making a big deal of it and saying it’s a job that doesn’t require a high level of training or allow a lot of room for career development. I work for a company that provides a lot of resources for secretaries/administrative assistants, and it’s NOT an easy job. And there is a career there, and room to take on more responsibilities and projects. So Joey can just shut up.
In case there’s any question about the kind of movies Larry makes, there’s a poster in his office for one calls That’s What She Said.
Another Jack-less episode. Who did Kerr Smith tick off?
I imagine that right after dinner, Grams went to church to pray for Jen and C.J.’s souls.
October 13, 2012
Summary:Audrey’s finally going to rehab, mostly because Joey’s making her. Audrey thinks she’s being overdramatic about her blackout. She’s also mad that Joey called her parents. The girls joke around, but Joey makes it clear that she cares about Audrey’s well-being. She also wants to know if Audrey hooks up with Ben Affleck in rehab. Audrey thanks her for not giving up on her.
Sometime later, Joey starts to head to class but is held up by a visit from Eddie. He wants to say goodbye, and to admit that she was right when she said he never takes chances. He’s going to California to stay with his sister while he looks into the writer’s workshop Hetson is recommending him for. They hug goodbye, then start to kiss, but are interrupted by a call from Audrey’s mother reporting that she never made it to California.
Dawson directs the reshoots, getting a lot of crap from the director of photography, who should really be more respectful of the guy who’s having such a major effect on his future. Natasha asks Dawson why the scene they’re working on sucks so much. Then he randomly takes a phone call from Gail. Natasha throws another wrench in the works by telling Dawson she won’t be getting naked for the movie.
Grams comes home angry and tells Jen and her still-horrible hair that she and Clifton may have just broken up. He wanted her to convert to Judaism, which she has no interest in doing. Joey and Eddie track down Audrey in a hotel room where she spent the night with a guy named Bob. Bob is currently smoking pot and Audrey is currently asleep in the bathtub.
Joey tells Audrey that Eddie’s on his way to L.A., and he’ll drive the two of them to rehab. Audrey doesn’t want to go, but Joey talks her into a road trip. Her one condition is that Bob comes along. The four of them spend the first few hours of the drive mostly silent, until Joey and Eddie start fighting about how she hasn’t thanked him and he left her in the first place and blah blah blah.
Heather arrives on set to criticize Dawson for running behind and turning in weak work. She reminds him that his work on the reshoots will define the rest of his career. Dawson calls Todd for help but can’t reach him. Natasha overhears and mocks him for looking for rescue. She also questions the exposition he’s written into a scene, since she thinks it can all be dispensed with and condensed into a look. She refuses to do the scene if she has to do the exposition.
During a pit stop, Eddie tells Audrey not to stand on the hood of his car since she may be rich but it’s all he has. She insults him for being poor, then asks Joey who she was talking to on her cell. Joey denies that she made any calls, but Audrey sees that Joey called her mother. She’s mad that her mom didn’t put forth much effort to get her daughter into rehab. She also thinks that for Joey, the road trip is about Eddie, not Audrey.
Joey finally thanks Eddie for putting up with everything during the trip. He tells her it’s more interesting than going on his own. Then Audrey takes off in his car. Meanwhile, Jen and C.J. work a boring shift at the helpline, and she brings up Grams’ breakup. C.J. can sympathize since his widowed Uncle Bill is mopey and lonely. Jen suggests setting the two of them up.
Eddie tries to hitchhike, but Joey’s uncooperative. She seems more upset over having to be with Eddie than she is about Audrey being in trouble. Eddie says Joey can’t help Audrey if she doesn’t want help. Joey accepts this, saying she’s having a hard time letting her friend go. He admires her for being a good friend. Joey wonders what he’s getting out of this. Eddie notes that he gets to spend time with her.
Joey says that Audrey thinks the road trip is about Joey, too. She admits to having trouble letting go of Eddie. She feels like she’s dragging out the inevitable end of things. Eddie tells her he’s never cared about anyone the way he cares about her, but it’s too late. Even though he screwed up, he still loves her. Joey doesn’t get why he would leave her in that case.
On the set, Natasha bugs Dawson some more, then reminds him that directing a real movie is completely different from directing a film with his friends. He needs to show some authority and command respect. Jen and C.J. double date with Grams and Uncle Bill, but it quickly goes downhill when he learns that she’s “one of those religious broads.” They bicker until it looks like Grams is going to cry, but she actually starts laughing.
Dawson finally puts on his big-boy pants, fires the director of photography, and announces to everyone that he’s the director so he’s in charge. He makes sure Natasha knows she needs to stay in line, too. Heather approves, telling Dawson that he has no idea how close he was to getting fired.
Audrey and Bob wind up at a bar, where some guy hits on Audrey and invites her outside to “see his truck.” He actually means have sex with him, and when she declines, things get violent – on Audrey’s part. Joey and Eddie arrive to find Audrey beating the guy up, and when they pull her off of him, she says she thinks it’s time to go to rehab.
The double date ends much better than it started, and C.J. praises Jen for her good idea. She wishes she could be more successful in her own love life. After all, the last guy she liked slept with her friend. C.J. says that if he’d known then what he knows now, he wouldn’t have slept with Audrey – he wouldn’t have wanted to hurt someone as amazing as Jen. He starts to kiss her and she pretends to reject him before kissing him herself.
Dawson wraps for the day and Natasha invites him to get a drink. Meanwhile, the world’s worst road trip finally ends in L.A. Audrey finally apologizes to Eddie for being a jerk, and he admits that she’s not so bad when she’s not being one. Audrey and Joey say goodbye, and Audrey says that Joey needs to let Eddie go. She doesn’t know what to do with Bob, but she plans to tell her parents that they got married in Vegas.
Dawson’s drink with Natasha appears to have turned into a night together, and she suggests getting together to talk in a couple weeks. He tells her it’s not necessary; he always takes relationships too seriously, and now he’s learning to have fun. Natasha’s sure that someday he’ll be a big director and will do her a favor by giving her a role. She’s proud of how Dawson took control on set.
Joey and Eddie walk around the writer’s workshop campus, then start to say goodbye. Eddie decides, however, that instead, they should make plans to meet up in a year, possibly in Paris. In case they don’t make it there, Joey wants him to know that she’ll never forget him. In other words, she loves him, too, and will keep doing so as long as she can. Then there’s, like, a full minute of kissing.
Thoughts: As you can see from the picture, Bob is played by Seth Rogen, who’s reuniting with Busy Philipps, his Freaks and Geeks co-star.
Don’t actresses have nudity clauses in their contracts? And what happened to Dawson’s belief that nudity in movies isn’t necessary – his thing that since Spielberg doesn’t use it, he doesn’t need to either?
Jen wears an orange sweater with a pink elephant on it. So along with the hairstylists, Michelle Williams must have also ticked off the wardrobe department.
I wish Pacey had been in this episode – we haven’t seen his reaction to Audrey’s drinking.
Um…how is Joey getting back to Boston?
October 6, 2012
Summary: Joey, Jen (who got a horrible haircut), Pacey, and Jack are hanging out at Hell’s Kitchen when Audrey arrives, seeing them for the first time since Christmas. She apologizes for her behavior over the past few months and for not letting them help her. She tells them about the party she went to in Malibu that she saw Dawson after, and how she finally realized that she’s the problem, not anyone else. Her friends welcome her back happily.
The next day, Joey and Emma ogle the new bartender at Hell’s Kitchen and discuss Eddie. Joey downplays their relationship and Emma buys it. She asks Joey to clean out Eddie’s locker while she heads out to band practice. At work, Rich tells Pacey and his coworkers that Stepatech Industries is about to go through the roof, so they should encourage their clients to buy. He then invites Pacey to a party at the house of Roger Stepavich, the Step of Stepatech. Rich just wants to make sure Pacey’s committed to his job. Pacey promises he is.
Emma and the rest of Hell’s Belles inform Audrey that they’re replacing her as lead singer. They need someone fast since they have a big gig coming up. Audrey understands but promises that she’s giving up her drinking and “general mayhem” because they’ve cost her the life she wanted to have. The Belles agree to give her another chance. Joey cleans out Eddie’s locker and finds a bunch of short stories he submitted for publication that were rejected.
The Belles have a great sound check for their gig, after which Audrey is approached by a guy from another band (Satan’s Tampon, heh) who invites her to a party on a tour bus. Joey helps Harley with her homework, then chats with her about Eddie’s disappearance. Harley encourages her to play detective and find him. Joey mentions finding the manuscript, which had Eddie’s parents’ address in Worcester on it. Harley tells her to at least call and see if he’s there. Joey does, and Eddie himself answers, but Joey panics and hangs up.
At Stepavich’s party, Pacey strikes up a conversation with a woman who claims to know his reputation as an up-and-coming broker. She wonders why he’s not in college if he’s so smart. He tells her he enjoys the adrenaline (and money) involved in his job. She heads off without telling him her name. Hetson goes to Hell’s Kitchen looking for Harley, who he thinks is there with Joey. He’s finally realized that she’s as much of a troublemaker as people keep telling him. Harley then arrives with a guest she picked up in Worcester: Eddie.
Audrey goes to the party on the tour bus, admitting to the guy who invited her that this will be her first sober gig. He offers her a drink, and at first she declines, but she’s nervous enough to change her mind. He also offers her a pill. Back at Hell’s Kitchen, Joey gives Eddie the cold shoulder while Hetson “punishes” Harley by making her have dinner with him. Eddie tells Joey that he came back to help her with the “problem” Harley told him about: Joey’s pregnancy. Joey clears up that Harley lied about that.
Eddie spots his manuscript and guesses that Joey sent Harley after him when she found it. He also knows that she’s the one who called his house and hung up. She blasts him for leaving town without telling her, adding that now that she’s solved the mystery, he can go. She thinks he just wanted an easy out. Eddie tells her it was the hardest thing he’s ever done, then leaves. Joey follows him out, now deciding she wants an answer. He admits that he couldn’t face her because he was ashamed of being unemployed and getting evicted. She may be poor, but she has a future.
Eddie continues that he punched Hetson because he knew Hetson was right about him being a failure. Joey reminds him that his rejection letter said he had promise. Eddie doesn’t think that was sincere. He wants Joey to be with someone better than him – she can have whatever she wants in life. She says she wanted him. Eddie disagrees, saying she wanted the person she thought he was in their English class. Then he leaves for real.
Audrey’s still drinking right up until she takes the stage with Hell’s Belles. Meanwhile, Pacey and his nameless woman do some eye-flirting before Pacey meets Roger Stepavich. He’s surprised to learn that Rich wants him to take over Stepatech’s account. Pacey doesn’t think he’s ready for the promotion but accepts.
Harley apologizes to Joey for getting involved in her and Eddie’s relationship; Joey forgives her but asks her not to make up any more pregnancy stories. She’s mostly upset that Eddie won’t fulfill his potential as a writer. Harley suggests that she show them to Hetson. Joey’s skeptical but does it. Hetson refuses to read the stories, mostly because Eddie hit him. Harley takes the stories with her and promises Joey she’ll try again.
Audrey ruins the Belles’ performance by sucking, stage-diving, having an acid trip, and passing out. Once she’s feeling better, Emma kicks her out of the band and sends her home. Hetson returns to Hell’s Kitchen to retrieve the backpack Harley “forgot”; he’s already read a couple of Eddie’s stories and agrees that he does have some potential. He thinks Eddie could even get into a writing workshop, but he would need Hetson’s recommendation. Hetson himself won’t talk to him, though, so Joey will have to.
As Pacey leaves the party, the nameless woman approaches him again and suggests that he ask himself if his promotion isn’t too good to be true. Audrey heads to her dorm room and starts to drink some more but winds up pouring out the rest of her alcohol. Joey goes to Worcester to give Eddie back his manuscript and tell him about the workshop. He doesn’t think there’s any point since he’s not that great, but Joey wants him to try. He can be a coward about their relationship, but he shouldn’t be a coward about his life.
Joey starts to leave, then changes her mind since she knows that’s what Eddie wants her to do. She reminds him that he once told her to take chances, which is the opposite of what he’s doing now. He’s afraid of living his life. Eddie agrees and kisses her. Joey tells him that’s the wrong answer – it’s too late for them. She starts to leave again, but he pulls her back and tells her he loves her and doesn’t want it to be too late. Joey says she loves him, too, but she leaves anyway. Back at Worthington, she tries to wake Audrey but can’t.
Thoughts: Heh. All the Right Moves is a Tom Cruise movie. Hee hee hee.
The nameless woman is played by Sarah Shahi, who now has her own show on USA, Fairly Legal.
Stepavich is played by Ray Wise, who has been in so many things I can’t even begin to list them. But he may be best known for Twin Peaks, which he was in with Dana Ashbrook (Rich).
Roger Howarth eating buffalo wings with a huge napkin tucked into his collar = comedy.
Trivia: Pacey’s middle initial is J.
I hope Michelle Williams and Kerr Smith enjoyed their single scene in this episode. Though it was one more than James Van Der Beek got.
September 22, 2012
Summary: Joey voices over some lame story about how happy she is while she and Eddie wander around downtown and talk about their likes and dislikes. She notes that they have nothing in common. He doesn’t care since the sex is awesome. Joey asks him to come to Capeside with her for Christmas, immediately realizing she’s jumped over a few relationship steps. But she still wants him to come and help her convince Bessie to get a real tree. Eddie also thinks they might be moving too quickly.
Later, as Joey packs for break, Audrey returns to the room, having missed her flight home. Joey knocks her for drinking in the airport lounge, commenting that Audrey could spend next semester in rehab. Audrey can’t get another flight until the next day (which happens to be Christmas), so Joey invites her to come to Capeside. Everyone will be at the Leerys’, which Joey predicts will be disastrous. Audrey doesn’t want to be a charity case or go back to boring Capeside. Joey won’t take no for an answer, winning Audrey over with the offer of getting to meet her father.
Pacey makes a surprise visit to Doug’s house and presents him with both gifts and gay jokes. Todd and Natasha are at Gail’s with Dawson, and Gail is very curious as to where Dawson and Natasha’s relationship is going. Dawson himself doesn’t know, noting that this is the first relationship he’s been in that he couldn’t define or predict. In other news, Todd wants to sleep with Gail. Also, Lily is suddenly blonde, but no one else is concerned, so I won’t be either.
Everyone does Christmas Eve things, and then Alexander wakes Joey up early on Christmas morning. Before they can open presents, Mike tells Joey that she has a visitor – it’s Eddie, and he’s brought a tree. Later, a tipsy Audrey tells Mike that Eddie is a combination of Dawson and Pacey’s best qualities, making him “the T-1000 of love interests.” Then she asks for stories about Mike’s time in prison.
Joey teases Eddie about changing his mind about coming to Capeside, then goes in to help Bessie in the kitchen. This is mostly so Mike can have a man-to-man talk with his daughter’s boyfriend. Eddie has to admit that he’s uneducated and unemployed, so maybe he has more than just Pacey and Dawson’s good qualities.
Speaking of Dawson, he’s wistful about Joey but stuck with Natasha, who wants to have sex in his childhood bedroom. He’d rather talk about Max Winter. Specifically, he wants to talk about how she told him she’d spend the evening alone, but wound up entertaining Max instead. Dawson wants to know where their relationship is going. Natasha says they’re just having fun.
Dawson notes that she was pretty jealous of Joey, which doesn’t fit with “just having fun.” She accuses him of bringing her home for Christmas to show her off. She warns that one day he’ll regret not having sex with her in his childhood room when he had the chance. But that’s what he gets for thinking with his brain instead of parts more southern.
Eddie and the Potters head to the Leerys’, Eddie trying to assure Joey that he won’t be getting into anything with Dawson. They agree to get through dinner and then go spend time with Eddie’s family. He promises that his family is less intimidating than hers, leading Joey to ask if Mike was rude. (She should probably be more concerned over whether he tried to recruit Eddie to sell drugs with him, knowing Mike’s past.)
Pacey and Doug arrive next, discussing the expensive presents Pacey got for their family. Doug’s worried that his brother’s new job isn’t completely legit. Pacey says Doug could just be proud of him for once. He thinks Doug’s jealous of his new wealth. Doug says he’s just worried. Before dinner, Audrey takes some pills from the medicine cabinet and shows up blitzed as Jen and Grams arrive (Jack’s in Europe with Andie and Mr. McPhee).
Todd (also drunk) says grace, refining his British accent to make a good impression on his fellow dinner guests. He finds Jen familiar and she reminds him that they met on a plane. (She assures everyone that they didn’t sleep together.) “Where was I?” he wonders. “Oh, yes, the birth of Christ.” He thanks God for Gail, then sings Dawson’s praises, declaring his love for him.
Todd continues that Dawson’s gotten himself involved in a sexual relationship with Natasha; this reminds Todd of his first movie, when he slept with an underage girl. Dawson finally gets Todd to shut up. Mike also praises Dawson, then asks Todd if he could find Eddie a job. Joey tells her father to shut up. Audrey asks Mike why he doesn’t think Eddie’s good enough for Joey. “This isn’t going to end well,” Pacey remarks.
Audrey isn’t happy about Pacey butting in, and Jen gets yelled at as well when she tries to get Audrey to quiet down. Jen says she thinks Audrey has a problem. Audrey asks if Jen’s still upset that she slept with C.J. She admits to being high, so Gail tries to get her to go lie down. Audrey would rather stay and blast everyone for being hypocrites.
For starters, Dawson and Pacey still hate each other and should stop trying to pretend they’ll ever fix things. Joey and Dawson keep acting like they’re okay with the other’s new relationships, but the truth is that they finally slept together but never dealt with it. They need to deal with everything before they can really move on. Audrey blasts Pacey for never being able to commit because Joey (“Audrey Hepburn”) broke his heart, telling him to grow up.
Audrey wishes the “scumsuckers” a Merry Christmas, grabs some keys, and leaves. Despite the fact that she’s clearly under the influence, no one even attempts to stop her as she gets in Pacey’s new BMW and promptly crashes it into the house. (And I mean she drives it right into the living room.) “I kind of think I zagged when I should have zigged,” she says.
Outside Pacey begs Doug not to arrest Audrey; he wants to try to help her on his own. Doug thinks it would be better for Audrey to get in trouble. Pacey pleads with him to “make it go away” and blame Pacey for what happened. Doug remarks that Pacey has made himself over but is still the same person, looking for a quick fix. He warns that Audrey’s now free to drink and drive again. Doug continues that he was proud of Pacey when he was a chef because there was something honest and noble about it. “Guess it didn’t suit you, did it?” he asks.
Jen offers to call Audrey’s parents, but Audrey is adamantly against that idea. Jen asks why she’s so angry. Audrey taunts that Jen can stop trying to impress C.J. “Pretend that I’m too far gone,” she says. She’s tired of people saying they want to help because it took them until tonight to realize how far gone she is.
Dawson catches Natasha trying to sneak out, and she admits that she slept with Max. Again, she thought she and Dawson were just having sex and having fun. She didn’t think they would make it long after the movie wrapped anyway. Dawson realizes he doesn’t love her either, which Natasha already knew. She thinks they’re both too young for such a serious relationship. She heads back to L.A., advising Dawson to check on Todd, who’s passed out in the bathroom.
Eddie’s also on his way out, but he doesn’t want Joey to come with him anymore. He thinks she needs to stay in Capeside and deal with everything that happened at dinner. He knows Mike has a point in not thinking Eddie’s the best guy for Joey. Eddie wants to stay in the present, not deal with issues from past relationships. Joey promises that they’ll do that from now on. He says that if she met his family, they’d wonder why she’s with him, too. They’d think she’ll wind up breaking his heart.
Joey and Dawson end up together by the water, much more lighthearted about the evening’s events than they should be. She admits that she keeps trying to forget that they were ever close. They both think the evening put things into perspective. Joey knows that Dawson will always be there for her if she needs him, but she can’t figure out why they keep hurting each other.
Dawson notes that they’re not hurting each other right now. Joey says it’s just a truce – an illusion. But she’ll take it, if it means she can temporarily forget what happened to get them where they are. They can go back to hating each other in the morning. Dawson agrees, but both of them admit that they don’t really hate each other.
Thoughts: Alexander is adorable. And he calls Joey “Auntie Joey,” which makes him even cuter.
So suddenly the Potters are all one big, happy family? Why didn’t we get to see Joey and Mike work through their issues? I feel cheated.
Who invited Doug to the Leerys’? It’s not like he’s friends with Gail or anything. And I’m sure he and Mike were thrilled to have to hang out together.
In Todd’s defense, Gail does look very pretty in this episode.
So Audrey’s drunk and high, but when she leaves, no one goes after her or at least makes sure she doesn’t drive. Scumsuckers indeed.
How disappointing that Bessie, Grams, and Bodie are all in this episode but don’t get to say or do anything.
September 15, 2012
Summary: There’s a ’70s dance party going on! Oh, wait, it’s just a scene from Todd’s movie. He’s a little tense because some big actor named Max Winter is coming to shoot a cameo. Todd thinks it’ll make the movie huge. Unlike Natasha, Max is very nice and doesn’t make any demands. Well, except he’d like to make out with Natasha, and otherwise “get to know her.”
Joey’s trying to study at Hell’s Kitchen, which is one of the worst ideas she’s ever had. Eddie notes that there are other places she could go that would make a lot more sense, but she’s tried them all. He offers to let her use his apartment, though isn’t it, like, two hours away? Emma complains about having to clean up after Jack and Pacey, which makes Pacey’s timing horrible to ask her for a favor. He wants to take her to his office holiday party, but he has to agree to clean first.
Natasha is starstruck at the idea of working with Max, and when she meets him, she can barely say anything other than “uh-huh.” They run horribly written lines in Natasha’s trailer, and Max asks Dawson to leave. Pacey takes Emma shopping for a new dress for the party and starts to tell her that the party isn’t an average one, but he gets distracted by how hot she looks.
Joey falls asleep at Eddie’s, not even waking up when he comes home from the bar. He gets her up in time to make it back to campus for her final in Hetson’s class, asking if she spent any time snooping around to learn more about him. All she mentions is finding his ice skates. They start kissing, but Joey stops to tell Eddie she doesn’t usually sleep with a guy after one date. Usually there’s a lot of buildup. He assures her he doesn’t mind taking things slowly.
Joey continues that when she woke up in Eddie’s bed, she tried to think of a reason not to break her usual sex pattern. She couldn’t think of anything. So then they get it on. Everything’s all great afterward, except for the fact that it’s 11 and Joey was supposed to take her exam at 9. They bicker over whose fault it is. Oh, and now the apartment’s only 20 minutes from campus, so either Eddie moved or the building did. Joey makes it with only 30 minutes to take her test.
Speaking of late, Pacey arrives at the party before Emma, who makes quite an entrance in her new dress, which she’s accessorized with safety pins. Pacey isn’t pleased; Emma doesn’t care. The dance party is back on, and Max’s hair looks much better now. Todd thinks they have great chemistry. Dawson would rather not think about it. As Dawson and Todd listen through headphones, Max asks Natasha if her boyfriend minds seeing them kiss. She denies that Dawson’s her boyfriend.
Joey goes to Hetson’s house, because going to her English professors’ houses is normal to her. She’s been trying to get in touch with him all day to get another chance at the test. If you can believe it, he’s not sympathetic at all. She couldn’t even answer the first question, so she gets an automatic F, and her grade for the semester is a D. Joey begs him not to be vindictive. Hetson points out that he has to treat all his students the same.
Max films his death scene, and I don’t know if Natasha’s supposed to be a horrible actress or what, but she’s truly awful. She asks Dawson for his opinion on her performance, and he coolly tells her she’s “a real actress.” She invites him to have drinks with her and Max, but Dawson makes up an excuse not to go. Emma teases Pacey for eating baby corn like he’s in Big, and he notes that she’s having a better time than she expected. She also totally wins a big fight with Ric, so she’s my new hero.
Joey mopes over to Hell’s Kitchen, where Eddie says he thinks she’ll be able to reason with Hetson. (Has he met Hetson?) Joey knows it’s hopeless, and her poor grade will make her lose her scholarship. Eddie doesn’t see what the big deal is. Joey yells at him, noting that they don’t know much about each other. Eddie tells her that people grow up and learn from their mistakes. He doesn’t want their romantic morning to be something Joey regrets, but it looks like it’s too late.
At the party, Emma hides out in the bathroom and overhears two women talking trash about her. She confronts them and they tell her the party’s really a contest: The man who brought the hottest date gets $1,000. Pacey calls Rich on his treatment of Emma and arranging the whole contest. Rich warns that Pacey is expendable and should be nicer to the person in charge of his future.
Dawson and Todd do movie stuff, then talk about Natasha and Max. Dawson doesn’t know why he didn’t confront Natasha when he overheard her lying to Max. Todd says that if Dawson had called her on a white lie, she probably would have gotten mad at him for eavesdropping, so he was right to keep quiet. Natasha cares more about her career than being honest about her relationship, and Dawson needs to let it go.
Dawson seems to have figured out that he only kept his mouth shut because he’s so hot for Natasha and doesn’t want to risk losing her. Todd says women know that men will do anything for sex, and they use that fact to get whatever they want. Gee, I wonder why Todd’s still single? Dawson decides to be direct with Natasha, since he’s always been honest with people. Todd is skeptical that that will work.
Joey waits on Hetson at Hell’s Kitchen, and she blasts him for acting like nothing happened. Well, that’s because he doesn’t think anything did happen. He notes that her life falling apart isn’t his fault. Eddie overhears and comes to Joey’s rescue, telling Hetson that he’s the reason Joey was late for her final. Hetson tells him to get a kitten out of a tree.
Hetson then asks where Eddie thinks his relationship with Joey is going. He sees Joey as someone who’s “going places,” while Eddie’s pretty much stuck. He thinks Eddie took Joey to his place to “level the playing field,” but he knows she’ll see through him and leave him. Eddie will still be stuck at Hell’s Kitchen. Unsurprisingly, Eddie punches him. Also unsurprisingly, that gets him fired.
Joey waits for Eddie after work and they apologize to each other for their fight. She says that if she missed her exam, at least she was with Eddie. He wants to take her somewhere to get her mind off of things. Dawson catches Natasha and Max hugging in a hotel hallway but still isn’t confrontational. And when Natasha comes to his room for sex, he gives in.
Pacey meets Emma at home after she ditched the party early. She asks if she won the contest. He apologizes for going along with Rich’s plans but says he brought Emma because he thinks she’s beautiful enough that he could have won. Just being there with her would have been worth more than the $1,000. Then they make out. It doesn’t last long, though, since Jack comes home and accidentally interrupts. Meanwhile, Eddie takes Joey ice skating.
Thoughts: Kerr Smith directed this episode, which I guess is why he only has one scene in it. But it doesn’t explain why Jen and Audrey aren’t in it.
Max is played by Eddie Cahill (CSI: NY). His hair is unbelievable.
They stole that listening-in scene from Notting Hill. Just saying.
Roger Howarth, we need to have a chat about your earring.
The old Joey would have handled Hetson so much better. I miss that Joey. That Joey didn’t need an Eddie to come rescue her.
September 9, 2012
Summary: Dawson, Jen, Jack, and David are at Hell’s Kitchen, discussing Pacey and Audrey’s breakup and Audrey and Joey’s fight. Dawson has to go back to work, but first he hands out a bunch of tickets to see No Doubt. On his way out, he runs into Joey and they make awkward small talk. She doesn’t want him to feel like he has to ditch their friends because the two of them can’t spend time together.
The next day, Joey talks to Eddie about the concert, where she wants them to have their first date. He’s not sure how driving an hour to Worcester and hanging out with her friends constitutes a date. He’d also like an assurance that there will be kissing. Joey offers to help pay for gas at least. Dawson asks Todd to wrap early for the weekend; Todd has already guessed that he wants to take Natasha to the concert. He hands over his own tickets and backstage passes.
Jen tries to convince Audrey to come to the concert as they buy No Doubt CDs (if they’re such big fans, shouldn’t they already have the album)? Audrey’s more concerned with seeing Joey again than seeing Pacey again. She wonders if Joey’s ever made a mistake in her life. Jen says she made the same mistake Audrey did, dumping Pacey. The girls then run into C.J., and Jen offers him a concert ticket, assuring him it’s not a date.
After Jen walks away, C.J. asks Audrey if she’s ever going to call him back. She’s not interested in talking to him, but she does give the exposition that they slept together after he talked to her on the street. She doesn’t want anyone to know, especially Jen. Joey and Eddie arrive at the concert, but she doesn’t have the tickets. They decide to head back to Worthington to get them, even though it’ll take a long time.
Dawson and Natasha hold up the line by making out, then learn that their tickets are for the next night. Natasha thinks their backstage passes will be all they need. Jen and Pacey discuss Jack and David’s relationship, which she thinks will be long-term. She sends Pacey off to their seats, warning that there will be someone there who wants to talk to him. He’s not really pleased but goes to see Audrey anyway. She’s also willing to talk to him.
Eddie tries to get him and Joey into the concert through the back door, asking a security guy if they can talk to someone who works there. It doesn’t go well. Eddie spots people coming and wants to talk to them, but Joey pulls him away. The approaching people are Dawson and Natasha, the latter of whom wants to use her hotness to get in. She may be more successful than Eddie was.
Eddie and Joey hide behind some equipment, and Eddie recognizes Dawson from the movie set. He wonders why Joey doesn’t want Dawson to see them. Natasha and Dawson go inside, and Eddie sees that the door’s still open and rushes in with Joey. They sneak past security guards while they’re busy telling Natasha that she’s not on the list of people with backstage access. Dawson and Natasha wind up getting kicked out.
Jen tells C.J. about Audrey and Pacey; C.J.’s surprised to learn that Audrey was involved with anyone. Jen notes that she and C.J. end up alone a lot for two people who aren’t dating. He wants to make sure she doesn’t think he’s giving the wrong impression, since he thought he made it clear he didn’t want to date anyone. Then he admits that he’s interested in someone else.
Jen figures out that he slept with this someone else. She’s not happy about his flexible moral code. C.J. tries to pull the “you’re a great girl but…” routine, saying that he really admires how much of a friend she is to Audrey. Jen finally realizes that Audrey’s the girl C.J. slept with. She’s so upset that she doesn’t stick around to hear his explanation.
Audrey and Pacey are getting along much better, and she’s taking the blame for the destruction of their relationship. They start goofing around, then spot a mopey Jen, who asks to speak to Audrey alone. She tells Audrey she knows about her and C.J. but doesn’t want to discuss it. Audrey thinks she deserves to be yelled at. Jen admits that she’s been going easy on Audrey lately because she thought Audrey was messed up. She’s not – she’s just sad.
The concert starts, which means I can hit fast-forward! (In a nutshell: No Doubt does “Hella Good” and Jen, Jack, David, and Emma enjoy themselves.) Meanwhile, Eddie and Joey wander around under the arena, which Eddie claims to know his way around. He also finds someone who can get them in: his father.
Out in the parking lot, Natasha realizes that Dawson fixed a crew pool so he could get the concert tickets. They make out on a car and get interrupted by a police officer who questions why Dawson’s holding several hundred dollars. Natasha jokes that he was paying for her services. The joke backfires and they get taken to the police station.
No Doubt does “Underneath It All” and I hit fast-forward again! C.J. tries to talk to Audrey again, asking why she didn’t tell him about Pacey. He admits that he likes her and she’s the only reason he came to the concert. Audrey thinks he’s just infatuated because she was the first person he slept with in a long time. She adds that she basically only slept with him because she was lonely and he was there.
Pacey finds the two of them and senses that something’s going on. C.J. tells Pacey things would be fine if he took better care of his girlfriend. Audrey begs C.J. to leave, but C.J. tells her she would obviously be happier with him than with Pacey. Pacey takes a swing and the two of them end up rolling on the ground together.
No Doubt does some song I don’t know while Joey and Eddie enjoy the show from a catwalk. He’s proud of some improvements his father has made in his life, but doesn’t like that his father doesn’t support his college dreams. Eddie thinks things are meaningless unless they happen at the right time.
Outside, Emma blasts Pacey for getting them kicked out and attacking C.J. Pacey thinks C.J. took advantage of Audrey, an idea Emma thinks is ridiculous. She wants Pacey to admit that he feels hurt and still wants to save Audrey. Jen tends to C.J.’s injuries while he wonders if she’s going to yell at him. She says C.J. and Audrey are both adults, so she can’t really make any judgments. She adds that if she ever decided to start helping people, like C.J. does, she’d be better at it than he is.
David and Jack make arrangements for the former to take Audrey home while the latter waits around for Jen. David jokes that if two guys go on a date but leave separately with girls, they’re not doing it right. Natasha and Dawson get off with a warning, and though Dawson’s disappointed that their plans fell through, Natasha had a great time. Todd arrives to take them home; they think he’s mad that they got in trouble, but he’s really just annoyed that they woke up him.
Eddie walks Joey to her dorm and asks about her dad. (No, Eddie! Don’t poke the bear!) She gives him the short version (thank God), adding that at least he was encouraging, telling her she could be whatever she wanted to be. Not that she knows what that is. They make out and he leaves, and it’s kind of a weird ending.
Thoughts: I really don’t think Eddie listens to No Doubt. Actually, I don’t think half of these kids listen to No Doubt.
If Joey and Audrey haven’t talked since their fight, does that mean one of them has been sleeping somewhere else? I wish there had been more of a mention of that.
The security guys are either dumb, blind, or horrible at their jobs, because Joey and Eddie sneak in ten feet away from them and don’t get caught. And it’s not like they’re stealthy or wearing camo or anything. Joey’s wearing a bright red coat!
When did Jen and Audrey become such good friends? I know they’ve hung out a few times, but suddenly they’re practically BFFs.
Eddie wears the same kind of orange vest Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future. I’m disappointed that no one makes a joke about it.
September 3, 2012
Dawson’s Creek 6.7, Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell: You’d Drink, Too, If You Had to Put Up With These People
Summary: Eddie’s working at Hell’s Kitchen, and Joey’s about to head to campus for class. They start talking about Capeside, which Eddie isn’t surprised to hear is her hometown, since he thinks she’s a snobby rich girl. She tells him she’ll be back that night so they can flirt more. Er, I mean listen to Emma and Audrey’s band, Hell’s Belles.
Jen asks Jack how things are going with David, asking to tag along when they meet up in the cafeteria after class. She thinks C.J. will be there. Jack gently tries to convince her to give up already. Professor Freeman informs his class that his book has been published and he’ll be moving to Chicago after the semester. Jack’s surprised by the news.
Audrey looks for clothes for her gig, finally telling Joey that she and Pacey broke up on Halloween. She thought Pacey would tell Joey first, despite the fact that she and Joey live together. David casually asks Jack out, and Jack casually accepts, leading Jen to comment that gay guys are so much less dramatic than straight ones. She wants to ask C.J. to come with them to see Hell’s Belles that night. David tells her that C.J. doesn’t date.
C.J. shows up and Jen asks him to the show anyway. Freeman shows up, pulling Jack outside to gauge his reaction to Freeman’s departure. He doesn’t want to feel like he’s taken away the college experience Jack deserves. (What? Shut up, Freeman.) Freeman asks him to attend a reading he’s holding that night. Jack says he’ll think about it.
Pacey has passed his broker exam, and Rich is taking him and some other new brokers to New Orleans for the night. After some stock footage of the city, the brokers are there, and Pacey’s quickly striking out with hot women. Rich teases him about it, but Pacey says he’s not bringing his A game. He knows women like a sensitive man anyway. Rich notes that he’s done pretty well without being sensitive.
Back at Hell’s Kitchen, Joey and Eddie discuss Cheers (you know, ’cause they work in a bar) as Audrey flirts with a bunch of guys and gets ready for the show by drinking. Jack winds up at the reading, where Freeman tells him his wife isn’t moving with him to Chicago. Meanwhile, Jen and C.J. meet up at Hell’s Kitchen, but he’s more concerned about Audrey (who he thinks is depressed) than getting to know Jen. Jack calls David to tell him he’ll be late to Hell’s Kitchen.
Rich hits on a woman named Denise with some supremely cheesy lines before straight-out telling her he wants to grope her. She tells him she’d like to castrate him, so that’s awesome. Rich leaves but Pacey hangs back to try out his sensitive-guy thing. Joey tries to ask Eddie to do something after he’s off work, but they’re interrupted by Audrey looking for another drink. Eddie tells her she’s cut off, but Joey sides with Audrey, saying it’s no big deal. Eddie won’t budge.
Audrey starts yelling at Eddie, asking what it’s like for him to know his only other job option is janitor. Joey suddenly feels bad for siding with her. Audrey breaks a bottle, but before she can become even more of a mess, Emma pulls her off to start to show. Fortunately, Audrey’s one of those singers who performs perfectly fine while drunk. Unfortunately, she starts to get wild and breaks a bunch of stuff.
After the show, Audrey gets sick in the bathroom while Joey takes care of her. She wants to know how much Audrey drank, but Audrey doesn’t remember. Joey tries to get her to talk about why she drank. Audrey tells her she’s being self-righteous; she never lets loose like Audrey does. Their friends are boring, and Joey’s obviously not a very good friend if she didn’t know about Audrey and Pacey’s breakup. Audrey makes fun of Eddie, and only then does Joey object.
Freeman talks to Jack more after the reading, telling him he was right about a lot of things he said over the semester. Jack thinks it’s sad that so many students like Freeman and are inspired by him, but Freeman felt like he needed to hide his sexuality. However, Jack’s glad he’s finally gotten to the point where he can be more open. Freeman wishes he’d done so sooner, and noticed Jack sooner. Jack tells him the timing was wrong, and he needs to go meet David, since the timing with him is right.
At Hell’s Kitchen, Jen tells C.J. that she’s surprised at Audrey’s change of behavior; Audrey was always the most confident of their friends. C.J. tells her about his past as a partier with friends who didn’t care about his wellbeing. He doesn’t date because of his past screw-ups. Jen thinks he’s being too hard on himself. In New Orleans, Pacey takes Denise back to his hotel room to…play checkers, I’m sure.
Eddie cleans up Hell’s Kitchen while Joey apologizes for the way the evening went. He points out that it wasn’t her fault, telling her she’s wasting her time talking to him anyway. He’s not sure if he’s talking to his work buddy Joey or the elite college Joey. He doesn’t exactly appreciate the people she spent the evening with, or the fact that Joey didn’t defend him to Audrey. Eddie made a mistake thinking Joey was different from her classmates. The flirting needs to stop because there’s nothing there.
Denise and Pacey’s clothes start to come off, and she asks if this is his first time, since most guys don’t bother with foreplay. Also, she’d like to speed things up because Rich only paid her for a certain amount of time. That’s right: Denise is a hooker, and Rich hired her for Pacey. What a classy guy! Pacey puts the brakes on sex and runs off to confront his boss.
C.J. and Jen leave Hell’s Kitchen while David stays to wait for Jack. Jen’s happy that C.J. came out since she wasn’t sure if he would want to. She reminds him that he once told her to change her mind about herself. She thinks he should do the same for himself. She starts to kiss him, but C.J. says he can’t go out with her. Jen pretends she’s totally find with the rejection.
After Jen leaves in a cab, C.J. crosses the street to chat with Audrey, who thinks he’s going to chastise her for smoking. She notes that everything was great when she was drunk; now that she’s sober, everything sucks. He tells her that her friends are worried about her. Audrey doesn’t think her drinking is a big deal; she’s in college, after all. She only does it to keep from feeling. C.J. asks how long she plans to keep that up. Audrey says she doesn’t know.
Pacey finds Rich and yells at him for hiring Denise. Rich insults him for not closing the deal with her, especially since she was so expensive. Pacey blasts him for being so unemotional about everything. He doesn’t want to be Rich’s charity project anymore. Rich replies that Pacey owes him. Pacey attacks him, but their coworkers separate them. Rich asks when Pacey will realize that “fighting the good fight’s not worth it.”
Jack finally makes it to Hell’s Kitchen as David’s leaving. David doesn’t want to get into a relationship with someone who still has a connection to an ex. Jack assures him that he just wanted to make sure he’s not repeating past mistakes. He can’t believe David waited for him all night. David fills him in on the evening’s activities.
The next morning, Pacey walks down an empty New Orleans street alone while Joey wakes up to see that Audrey didn’t come home. Eddie comes by to return Audrey’s wallet, which she left at Hell’s Kitchen, and makes more remarks about Joey being a rich girl in a nice dorm. He apologizes for taking his “unresolved anger toward society” out on her. He also doesn’t like not pursuing her. After some more boring banter, they agree to a date.
Thoughts: Denise is played by Jaime Bergman, wife of David Boreanaz (hence the vampire reference in the photo caption).
Watch out, Eddie. With your moralizing, you’re going to turn into the Brandon Walsh of Boston.
I’m impressed: I can’t remember the lyrics to “One Way or Another” when I’m sober.
They should have sued Kerr Smith a lot more than they did on the show. He’s a pretty good actor.
Why are so many guys on this show so chivalrous and ideal? Dawson, Pacey, Jack, C.J., and David are all about protecting women and being careful of others’ feelings and all that stuff. Guys that age just…aren’t that perfect.