May 15, 2011
Summary: Dawson and Joey discuss the coming full moon and how she thinks weird things always happen during one. Tamara tells Mitch she’s desperate to sell the restaurant space and get out of town. Vincent is still in town as well, and still interested in Jen, despite knowing that she’s jailbait. She agrees to show him around town. (Hmm, I thought Abby was more important to you than any guy, Jen?) Andie stops by the video store while Pacey’s working and he tells her they should go out already. She agrees to go to a movie with him but is reluctant about him picking her up at her house.
Abby finds Jen downtown and swears that she’s over the whole Vincent-liked-Jen-more thing. At least she is until Jen tells her she’s going out with Vincent. Abby mocks Jen until she crosses the line, calling Jen an “easy lay,” and gets slapped. Mitch is unhappy that Gail has a coworker coming over for dinner on a Saturday instead of on a Thursday, their agreed-upon night for open-marriage shenanigans. Dawson isn’t clear on the significance of Thursday nights, so he has no idea what’s going on. Joey just blames the full moon. Abby confronts Jen at her house, saying she would never hit Jen. Tamara interrupts Gail’s dinner with her coworker to bring Mitch something that has to do with the sale of the restaurant space.
Joey sketches at the Icehouse while Jack makes origami to kill time on a slow night. He thinks it’s exciting to come into contact with so many different people. He wants to know why Joey’s angry all the time. (It’s called daddy issues, Jack. Get used to it.) Jen and Vincent have their date at her house (Grams is out), and Jen learns that he wants to be a lawyer. Mitch and Gail argue about their respective in-house dates loudly enough for those dates to overhear. Mitch says that not everything is about sex to him. Dawson goes upstairs to mope and finds Abby in his room, spying on Jen through binoculars.
Pacey goes to Andie’s to pick her up and meets her mom, who calls for Andie’s older brother Tim to come meet him. She invites him to stay for dinner instead of taking Andie out. The electricity at the Icehouse falters, shutting off the pump in the lobster tank, so Joey and Jack have to scramble to rescue the crustaceans. Andie shows up looking for Pacey, who didn’t meet her at the movie theater like she thought they’d agreed. When she realizes that he’s probably at her house, she freaks out. Jack tells her not to worry about “her,” but we all know that once Andie starts worrying, you can’t make her stop.
Jen and Vincent talk about embarrassing sexual encounters and make out. Abby tells Dawson why she’s spying on Jen, then advises him to ride out his parents’ problems and look forward to their inevitable divorce. Then she gives him a backrub and tries to get all flirty. He brushes her off, finally kicking her out when she asks if they can just kiss in front of the window so Jen can see. (Because I’m sure Jen’s looking at Dawson’s house right now.) Dawson pulls his parents away from their respective dates and asks if they’re in an open marriage. Jen and Vincent start to go at it on the dining-room table, but she’s reluctant to get naked. Finally she announces that she’s 16, a claim Grams confirms when she arrives.
Andie finds Pacey at her house and tries to drag him off before they have any more contact with her mother. He doesn’t understand why she’s acting so weird when everything seems to be fine. He thinks Andie’s too ashamed of him to let him meet her brother. Andie tells him that actually, Tim is dead. Jack and Joey continue to try to save the lobsters, but they only succeed in turning out all the lights. Their one customer for the night helps them fix the tank. Joey’s mad that the guy has been around all night and hasn’t ordered more than coffee. Jack says he’s probably just lonely and doesn’t have anywhere to go. The guy leaves while they’re talking, leaving a $100 bill and a poem about young love. Joey turns out the lights, ready to close up, and Jack kisses her.
Gail and Mitch try to appease Dawson but end up fighting about her affair. She says that her job supports Mitch’s “pipe dreams,” and he argues that she’s never supported him. If she did, she wouldn’t have slept with someone else. Dawson yells at Mitch for being unable to forgive Gail or move beyond his own ego. He tells his father to fix things, but Mitch isn’t sure how. Grams blasts Jen for reverting to the behavior she exhibited in New York. She sees it as disrespectful to both her and Jen. Dawson meets up with Joey at the Icehouse, and Jack is sad to see the two of them leave together.
Andie tells Pacey that Tim was killed in a car accident while her mom was driving. She asks him not to tell anyone so her mom doesn’t become the town gossip. Mr. McPhee checks in every week but lives in Providence, so Andie’s mainly in charge of taking care of Mrs. McPhee. Jack isn’t much help since he’s in denial. Pacey comforts Andie, though she says she doesn’t want his pity. Joey and Dawson head to his place and look at the moon again; she starts to tell him about her night but he’s too upset about his parents. Mitch and Gail find themselves alone, their dates having run off, and decide it’s time for them to separate. Everyone ends the night upset.
Thoughts: Tamara, go away! No one wants you here! Okay, maybe Mitch does, but that’s only for sex, so you shouldn’t feel good about it!
Oh, you want to be a lawyer, do you, Vincent? You might want to stay away from the underaged girls, then. And I don’t get it – Vincent knew Abby was a teenager in “Tamara’s Return,” but he didn’t think Jen was? That’s some sloppy continuity there.
No way is Jen dumb enough not to worry that Grams might catch her and Vincent.
May 14, 2011
Summary: Dawson goes with Mitch to check out a space for his restaurant, and Dawson is surprised to find out that the person selling the space is Tamara. He tries to tell Pacey that Tamara’s back in town, but he doesn’t get the time. Jack offers to open the Icehouse on his own while she and Bessie are busy, and even though she finds him incompetent, she agrees. Abby is sick of Jen moping over Dawson and tries to get her to go shopping. Pacey learns that Andie loves Dumbo as much as he does and invites her to do something that afternoon.
Dawson and Joey go to an art lecture given by Laura, the interior designer Joey met in “Alternative Lifestyles.” He doesn’t get abstract art, but suddenly Joey’s an art expert. Laura invites Joey to an art class she’s teaching the next day, and Joey agrees to come despite not thinking she has any talent. Pacey and Andie run into Tamara, and the two ex-lovers have an awkward reunion. Pacey then ditches Andie and follows Tamara. Laura’s impressed with Joey’s natural artistic talent, and Joey reveals that her mother was an artist. Laura encourages her to take more classes, saying that Joey has a responsibility to develop her talent.
Andie stops by Dawson’s house with an excuse about not knowing an English assignment. She asks Dawson if Pacey’s mentioned liking someone, specifically her. Dawson says no, but that doesn’t mean Pacey doesn’t like her. Andie admits that she likes Pacey, even though he’s obnoxious, and swears Dawson to secrecy. He tells her that Pacey’s obnoxious behavior could mean something deeper. The shopping spree with Abby has lifted Jen’s spirits, and she admits that she’d rather be a bad girl than lonely. They ogle a fisherman named Vincent and Abby tries to flirt with him. He’s not interested in her, but he thinks Jen is hot.
Dawson comes across Joey sketching and he tells her he fully supports her new hobby. She’s offended that art is her “hobby” while he calls movies his passion. Pacey tracks Tamara down at her old house and they decide silence is the best way to handle the situation. Dawson confides in Mitch that Joey’s taking her newfound love of art too seriously. Mitch thinks there’s something else going on there.
Pacey tells Dawson that he found out about Tamara’s return and realized he’s not over her. Dawson advises him to stay away. He notes that there are girls Pacey’s age who like him, including one who stopped by the day before to admit her feelings. Pacey’s surprised because he thought Andie hated him. He notes that Andie’s just a girl, and Dawson replies that Pacey should be with a girl, not a woman.
Joey wants to go to an art exhibit, and Bessie encourages her to take Jack with her. Joey worries that Jack the klutz will ruin something. Mitch talks to Tamara about her reasons for selling the restaurant space, since most of what he knows about her involves a scandal. She notes that he’s been through a scandal himself. Abby makes Jen hang around the docks so she can see Vincent again. Jack turns out to be an art lover, so he loves the exhibit, at least until Joey teases him about being a horrible waiter. He tells her she just needs to get to know him better.
Abby finally finds Vincent and invites him to go out with her and Jen. He declines, knowing they’re teenagers. After Abby stomps off, Jen asks Vincent to give her a break. Vincent tells her he can’t stand Abby but would be happy to go out with Jen. Joey tells Jack she’s started sketching, and he tells her she needs to draw what she loves. Dawson shows up to see the exhibit with Joey, telling her he’s sorry for how he acted about her taking up art. He wants to debate with her, not fight. Joey doesn’t want to talk to him, and he asks what’s changed. She complains that they’re the same way they’ve always been, and she’s sick of it.
Pacey goes to the restaurant space to tell Tamara that he’s totally over her. They may have been good together sexually, but in everything else, they’re incompatible. They say goodbye, then make out. He tells her he knows it has to be over, but he wonders if Tamara misses “teaching” him. She does. Pacey says he misses Tamara’s “teaching,” too. Abby blasts Jen for stealing Vincent from her after everything Abby’s done for her. Jen says Abby can have him; Abby’s more important to her than some random guy. She tells Abby not to complain just because she got rejected. “I didn’t get rejected,” Abby says. “That’s your specialty, not mine.”
Joey finds Dawson moping and tells him that he and art are both important to her. He’s happy that she’s found something she loves; he’s just worried that they’ll lose each other. Joey says she’s scared because her whole life is attached to Dawson, but now she’s found something she loves. She’s made a sketch of Dawson to show how he inspires her. Joey says that if she can’t have something to hold on to that’s separate from Dawson, she won’t have anything. He tells her again that he supports her. Joey couldn’t decide whether to let Dawson go or hold on to him, and right now, she doesn’t want to resolve the situation. Pacey runs into Andie, telling her he heard she likes him. She pretends it was something fleeting and she’s already over it. She spots Tamara and asks Pacey if he knew her. He says he did, but not anymore.
Thoughts: I don’t get this episode at all. Joey’s behavior makes no sense. What’s her problem with Dawson’s reaction to her art? She doesn’t think she can be with him and be an artist? Dial it down, girl.
“What is so great about Dawson Leery?!” God bless you, Abby Morgan.
Bessie’s right, Jack does look dopey.
No one says “watering hole,” Abby.
“When dumb people play dumb, it’s very disconcerting.” God bless you, too, Andie McPhee.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks Mitch nailed Tamara in the restaurant space.
May 8, 2011
Dawson’s Creek 2.3, Alternative Lifestyles: Dignity Means Nothing When You Could Hook Up with Dawson
Summary: Mitch finally acts like a responsible parent by removing the ladder from Dawson’s window. Dawson tells him that he and Joey aren’t having sex, but one day, they will. Mitch tries to assert his power as a parent, not realizing that Joey’s already in Dawson’s room. The next day, Bessie sends Joey to the Ice House to clean up for a health inspection. Gail tells Mitch that Dawson takes after him in that they both get creative in their quest to act out their sexual impulses. (Apparently she did not look favorably on his suggestion to have an open marriage.)
Andie freaks out over the fact that she didn’t do a reading for a class, and somehow that will snowball into her flunking. Pacey notes that she’s rich, and rich people don’t fail. (If he really thought about it, he’d wonder why Jack is working at the Ice House if the McPhees are so rich.) All the kids happen to be in the same econ class (minus Jack), and their teacher assigns them a project where they stimulate families. Pacey’s paired with Andie, Abby’s placed with a nerd named Kenny, Dawson’s with Jen, and Joey’s a single mom.
Joey complains about the project and how it just makes her think about her future, which she hasn’t figured out yet. Abby encourages Jen to use the project as an excuse to get closer to Dawson again. That night, Jack helps Joey and Bessie clean the Ice House; he’s inadequate at it. Bessie offers to advise Joey on her project, since she’s a single mom (uh…where’s Bodie?) but Joey notes that she’s supposed to be successful. Andie tries to get Pacey to concentrate on their project, but he’s focused on a Viper he wants. She tells him he can have it if they can find an affordable two-bedroom apartment.
Mitch is unhappy to see one of Gail’s coworkers drive her home and hug her goodbye. He suggests the open marriage again, somehow thinking that that will help them be honest with each other. As they work on their project, Jen jokes that it’s almost like she and Dawson are actually married. She starts to get a little too close to him, saying that sometimes she feels like nothing’s changed between them. He’s clearly weirded out by it.
Andie and Pacey look at apartments the day before the project’s due, fighting about her methods of research. She complains about his laziness and he says she doesn’t know anything about him. For example, he’s the family black sheep who can never impress his parents. Pacey thinks that Andie finds the project fun because she’s never had a hardship. She yells that he knows less about her than she knows about him.
Joey meets with an interior designer as research for her project and winds up offering her some tips. Abby can’t believe that after a week of working with Dawson, Jen has yet to make anything happen. Kenny complains that Abby hasn’t done her share of the work, like she cares. She tells Jen that since tonight is her last chance to make a move on Dawson, she needs to make a big one. For some reason, Jen listens to her. Gail prepares dinner for Mitch, who’s made plans for his first open-marriage date. Joey tells Dawson that the interior designer offered her an internship if she ever wants one, and now Joey feels like someday she could open her own business.
Gail heads out on her own open-marriage date, leaving Joey and Dawson alone in the house, at least until Jen shows up. Joey tells Bessie that the interior designer gave her some tips to cut costs at the Ice House and offered to help with a new look. The sisters fight about how little Bessie feels Joey has been helping. Pacey shows up and tells Jack that Andie freaked out on him because he called her spoiled. Jack admits that their financial situation isn’t as great as Pacey thinks. Mitch goes to a bar, looking for a date, but is unsuccessful.
Dawson, Jen, and Jen’s lingerie masquerading as a dress finish their project and she starts to get physical with him again, then asks to sleep over. She gets offended when he asks her to leave. He’s totally on to her and says he can’t handle her throwing herself at him. Dawson thinks Jen should find it humiliating. She says she respects his relationship with Joey, but she doesn’t accept it, and she just wants to let him know that he has options. “Who are you?” he says, asking what happened to the old Jen. “She got bored and she decided to liven things up a bit,” she replies, kissing him. “I hope you can handle it.” Once she leaves, she seems to regret what just happened.
As Gail and Mitch get ready for bed, they both pretend they didn’t spend the evening alone. The next day, Bessie fires Joey from the Ice House, admitting that Joey’s right about her having a chaotic life, one that she doesn’t want to burden Joey with. Joey says they’re a team, so they have the same problems. She doesn’t want Bessie to feel like she’s on her own. The project made her realize how much Bessie has to deal with, and how amazing she is for handling it all. At school, Kenny throws Abby under the bus for not working on their project.
Andie thinks she’ll be turning in an unfinished project, but Pacey comes through with his part. He apologizes for the way he’s acted, since he now knows that there’s more to her life than he knows. She still won’t give him any details, instead asking if Pacey managed to budget for the Viper. (He did, even though it means their five-person family has to live in a one-bedroom apartment.) As Pacey and Andie walk by, teasing each other good-naturedly, Tamara (ACK!) watches them.
Thoughts: This is Jack’s third episode, and he has yet to do anything. What’s up with that?
I’m 99 percent sure Abby wears velvet pants in this episode.
I don’t get why the econ teacher calls the project “alternative lifestyles.” The only students acting out an “alternative lifestyle” are the two jocks paired as a same-sex couple.
Also, the students only get a week to do a project that’s worth a third of their grade? Mean.
April 2, 2011
Summary: Bessie goes into labor, and since this is a TV show, there are a whole mess of circumstances that leave her unable to get medical attention – Bodie’s out of town, the truck is stuck, and the phone doesn’t work. Bessie’s left with only Joey to help her, and the nearest phone is at Dawson’s, which requires a trip across the creek. That still doesn’t help, since the only ambulance available for the only ambulance nearby can’t come.
Dawson realizes that the only person nearby who can help them is Grams (who was a nurse for years). Grams, by the way, has been butting heads with Jen (again) over religion (again). Even though Joey isn’t even close to being a fan of Grams, who has never hidden her distaste for the Potters, Joey asks her for help. Grams and Jen come over to deliver the baby while Dawson starts filming the birth for Bodie, on the condition that Bessie gets final cut. Bessie isn’t happy about Grams coming to her rescue, and the following awesome exchange ensues:
Grams: “This is going to be a big day for you, and as your attending nurse, you may feel an overwhelming outpouring of gratitude towards me when we’re done here today. But I promise I will not take advantage of your postpartum bliss, and I will resist any urge to bond with you over the shared experience of this event if you will do me one small favor in return.”
Grams: “Shut up.”
As Bessie’s labor progresses, Joey gets more and more freaked out, and Jen keeps thinking something’s wrong. Grams tells her to shut up, too, so she doesn’t upset Bessie. They start reciting the Lord’s Prayer since they don’t have anything to give Bessie for the pain. By now Joey’s left the room; she tells Dawson it’s because Bessie’s pain reinds her of the pain their mom was in when she was dying. Dawson reminds her that she stayed by her mom’s side because her mom needed her, and now Bessie needs her. Joey goes back inside and helps Bessie deliver a gigantic baby boy. (Seriously, the kid is huge.) And Jen likes Grams a little more, as do the rest of us.
The next chapter in the Saga of Pacey and Tamara introduces a twist: Some stoner overhears Pacey and Dawson talking about the relationship and spreads it around school. The story reaches the administration, who interrogate Tamara. Pacey interrupts to announce that it was all a lie and he’s sorry. Tamara’s cleared, but Pacey’s good luck runs out: She’s leaving Capeside.
Thoughts: This is the episode I remember the most out of all the episodes I saw when the show was on the air. But I didn’t remember Tamara leaving after only six episodes.
White overall shorts? Really, Joey?
Also, I don’t think anyone will mind if you use the front door.
How does Tamara afford a convertible and a huge house on the beach on a teacher’s salary?
Capeside has its own police department but no medical facilities? That was poor planning on someone’s part.
The superintendent calls a hearing at town hall the same day the rumor (and as far as anyone knows, it’s just a rumor) circulates. I can’t decide whcih part of that sentence is the least realistic.
March 27, 2011
Summary: Hurricane Chris is approaching the Cape, but the storm inside the Leery household might be more dangerous, as Gail realizes that Dawson knows about her affair with Bob. Mitch, still oblivious, invites Jen and Grams over to ride out the storm, and Joey, Bessie, and Bodie come over as well, so it’s a full house. And Dawson isn’t any happier to be stuck with Jen than with Gail. Plus, Bodie and Bessie don’t like Grams, and vice versa, so it’s fun for everyone.
Dawson overhears Gail on the phone with Bob, who’s covering the hurricane, and basically calls her a slut. He tells her to come clean to Mitch already, then storms off to call Jen a slut as well. Joey overhears their fight and tells Dawson he should just be glad he has a mom. Joey then talks to Gail, who announces that she’s going to end things with Bob. First, she heads straight to Mitch and tells him she’s been having an affair. He has to deal with a power outage before he can really let her have it.
Grams, seemingly aware of the situation, chats with Dawson about Frank Capra movies and encourages him to forgive Gail. Gail goes out to Mitch’s car, where he’s planning to ride out the rest of the storm, and he reminisces about the first time they met. He said he chose to fall in love with her, and now he’s choosing to hate her. He kicks her out of the car and drives off.
When the storm is over, Jen decides that she needs to tell Dawson the details of her life in New York. She first had sex at 12 (though it kind of sounds like she was actually raped), and she started drinking heavily and having sex with a lot of guys. Her parents caught her having sex in their bed and shipped her off to her grandparents’ so they wouldn’t have to deal with her. Jen promises that that wasn’t really her, and she may not be perfect, but she’s also not that self-destructive anymore. Dawson tells her that he’s realized he was using his parents’ relationship as a yardstick for their own, which was a bad idea. They agree to forgive each other and try again.
Mitch returns to the house and asks Gail why she hooked up with Bob. She admits that she felt her life was too perfect and she “wanted to want again.” He decides he doesn’t want to talk anymore. Dawson apologizes to Joey for not always taking her feelings into account, and she apologizes for “using the mother card.” They decide to put growing up on the shelf for a little while and play a game they used to play as kids.
Pacey and his police-officer brother Doug wind up at Tamara’s during the storm, where Pacey continually makes references to the fact that he thinks Doug is gay while Doug and Tamara hit it off. He asks Tamara out and is surprised when she reveals that she thinks he’s gay. Doug accuses Pacey of lying to her and gets so angry that he pulls a gun on his brother. Pacey takes back what he says and Doug acts like nothing happened. However, when he asks Tamara out again, she tells him she’s seeing someone. After the storm, Tamara tells Pacey that their relationship has to end sooner rather than later, but apparently not that soon.
Thoughts: Doug is played by Dylan Neal. Yum, Dylan Neal.
Isn’t Kevin Williamson gay? I only ask because he co-wrote this episode and there are a lot of inappropriate gay-related remarks from Pacey.
Gail flirts with Bob on the phone with Dawson, Mitch, Joey, Jen, Grams, Bessie, and Bodie all in the house. Wow, moron.
Joey seems to have forgotten that she, not Dawson, declared them too old for sleepovers.
Why would you tell your husband you’re cheating on him while you’re stuck in a house with him? Especially when you have guests?
Pretty interesting of Grams to talk to Dawson about forgiveness while simultaneously passing judgment on Bessie and Bodie. And by “interesting,” I mean annoying.
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.
March 26, 2011
Summary: Joey and Dawson watch From Here to Eternity, and he tells her he wants to have that making-out-on-the-beach moment with Jen, even though they haven’t even had one kiss yet. Joey tells him he once again wants his life to be a movie, but the reality of a seemingly romantic scene like that one is that you just end up with sand in annoying places. Dawson decides his movie is the perfect pretense to spend time alone with Jen, and he’ll shoot a special scene in some ruins to set the mood.
Surprisingly, it’s Joey’s love life that heats up first: She has a little bit of a love connection with a rich visitor named Anderson while she’s working at the Ice House (which I guess Bessie and Bodie own? I’m not sure), then encounters him later on his sailboat. He thinks she’s also a rich visitor, and she decides to play along, telling him her name is Deborah Kerr…er, Carson. They go sailing and end up on an island, where they almost have that making-out-in-the-sand moment, before Joey stops it.
Anderson winds up at the Ice House again, and Joey has to pretend she’s hanging out with Dawson and Jen instead of working. Jen covers for her nicely, while Dawson thinks she’s crazy. Bessie almost busts Joey, but Bodie plays along, because he is awesome. Joey debates coming clean to Anderson, who’s not in town for long, but ultimately tells him she’s going back to New York. After they say goodbye – and she gets her first kiss – Joey realizes she made a mistake by mentioning a restaurant in New York that’s been closed for a year, so she might not have gotten away clean after all.
Dawson manages to get a crappy job on the set of the football movie his film class is making, because a crappy job on a movie set is better than nothing, I guess. Jen is there, since Cliff got her a role as a cheerleader, and she claims she accepted it to be closer to Dawson. The movie has a lot of problems that Dawson wants to fix, but annoying Nellie, a producer, won’t let him. Cliff finally tells her to at least listen to Dawson, and he comes up with a way to shoot a certain scene that no one else thought of.
Pacey’s failing English (all of his classes, actually), so he asks Tamara to tutor him. That is not a euphemism. Well, not yet, anyway. They spend some time discussing Ethan Frome, and Tamara’s so impressed by how well Pacey grasps it that she doesn’t have a good-enough reward for his hard work. He asks for sex, so she calls his bluff, offering to do it right on her desk. He admits he’s a virgin and she tells him he needs to find a girl his own age. Later, Pacey finds Tamara flirting with Mr. Gold, Dawson’s film teacher, and she apparently realizes that she doesn’t want someone her own age either.
Dawson takes Jen to the ruins to shoot their scene, and things turn romantic. As they’re starting to kiss, she realizes that the camera is on and stops it. They hear people coming and hide. For some reason, this strikes them both as romantic, despite all the cobwebs around them, and they make out. Also making out, and then some: Pacey and Tamara, who have come to the ruins to further their relationship. And that’s how Pacey lost his V card.
Thoughts: “Written by Rob Thomas”?? Really? Maybe that’s why Pacey and Joey’s dialogue with each other was so good.
I thought Dawson was only allowed to hang out in the film class if he didn’t talk. By the way, can we make that a condition for other situations?
I’ve now watched two TV shows this week with Scott Foley and references to From Here to Eternity: this and Grey’s Anatomy.
Joey’s a pretty good liar: She researched a school to say she attends, then gets Anderson to stop asking for details about her father’s company by saying they manufacture tampons.
I’d like to know if the film class’ football movie is more or less lame than Varsity Blues, but I’m not willing to do the research necessary to find out.
March 22, 2011
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.
March 20, 2011
Summary: Dawson Leery is a movie-loving 15-year-old with a seemingly perfect life. His best friend, Joey Potter (a girl), has a much-less-than-perfect life: Her mom’s dead, her dad’s in prison, and she and her sister Bessie don’t have much money. (Bessie is also pregnant by her black boyfriend, so there’s a bit of a stigma there.) Dawson and Joey have been friends since childhood, but all of a sudden Joey has realized that – hey! – he’s a guy and she’s a girl, and they can’t do everything the way they used to. Like sleep in the same bed. Yes, seriously.
Things get even more complicated when Jen Lindley arrives in Capeside from New York. Joey is instantly jealous of the attention Dawson shows Jen, even though Jen is perfectly nice and keeps trying to connect with her. Joey finally explodes when she, Dawson, Jen, and their friend Pacey Witter go to the movies together and Joey sees Dawson trying to hold Jen’s hand. He confronts her and she accuses him of trying to drum up conflict to make his perfect life more interesting. He tries to convince her that things don’t have to change just because they’re growing up. She’s not sure until he tells her how many times he – ahem – “walks his dog.” Yeah, he still wants to bang Jen.
Pacey’s issues are much more complicated. And grosser. He flirts with Tamara Jacobs when she comes to the video store where he and Dawson work, and then discovers that she’s his new English teacher. He continues the flirting, despite how completely inappropriate the situation is, and even stalks to her to the movies, where he fights with her date and gets punched by another guy. And then Tamara kisses him, which means Pacey will never learn.
In other news, Jen (a self-proclaimed atheist) has trouble getting along with her conservative, church-going grandmother, Grams, and Dawson thinks his news-anchor mom, Gail, is sleeping with her co-anchor. He’s right, but Joey’s the only one who knows it.
Thoughts: Yes, I was a Dawson’s Creek fan as a teenager. I was exactly in the show’s target demographic, and for some reason, it sucked me right in. I thought it would make a good addition to the blog. At least we can make fun of the ridiculous dialogue and unrealistic plotlines and unfortunate wardrobes.
First, the question everyone has been asking since this show debuted in 1998: Who let Dawson and Joey have sleepovers until they were 15?
And another important question: Why does everyone on this show dress like pastel is about to be banned? Also, Tamara and Gail have unbelievable hair. I don’t think they ever got the memo that the ’80s are over.
If I had a sister and she had a boyfriend, I would never use the word “orgasmic” around him.
Dawson and Pacey work at a video store. Aw, remember videos?
Hey, Nellie, Cordelia Chase called. She wants you to cut it out.
Dawson thinks he can win a film contest with a cheesy horror movie? Really?
I hate it when Grams calls Jen “Jennifer” in that warning tone. It always makes me feel like I’ve done something wrong.
Joey tells Dawson his dad is “the perfect male specimen.” EW.
Capeside High is only grades 10-12? That’s weird.
Joey’s dad was imprisoned for trafficking more than 10,000 pounds of pot. HOLY CRAP. That’s a lot of weed.
If Dawson thinks there’s never been a sex scene in a Spielberg movie, he wasn’t paying attention during Schindler’s List.
Trivia: The movie Pacey stalks Tamara to is Waiting for Guffman.
I can’t agree with Joe that Dawson just wants conflict in his life so it’ll be more like a movie. Honestly, I think he’s just clueless enough to think everything’s fine and she doesn’t have a problem with Jen.
I remember it seeming so scandalous that Pacey would hook up with a teacher. Now it’s a staple plot on any show with teenagers.