July 28, 2012
Dawson’s Creek 5.20, Separate Ways (Worlds Apart): Your Dreams Are More Important Than Joey Potter
Summary: Audrey mopes home to her dorm room only to find a scrunchie on the doorknob. Joey and Charlie are in Joey’s bed, having taken a nap fully clothed, so I’m not sure why there was need for a scrunchie. Joey’s pleased to be in a relationship with a guy who doesn’t know everything about her, and vice versa. Neither has 18 years of expectations about the other. By the way, Charlie used to play with dolls, if anyone cares.
Pacey and Audrey go to the restaurant, having received memos that the place is under new management. Audrey thinks someone bought Danny out and he’s gone. No one’s at the restaurant, but there’s a note announcing a staff meeting that afternoon. They wonder why no one called to tell them. Charlie tracks Joey down to tell her that a band has asked his to go on a small tour with them. They’re leaving next week, and he doesn’t mind leaving school to go. He wants Joey to go with them. She doesn’t think it’s a good idea. He hopes they won’t break up if he goes.
Dawson and Oliver are preparing for a meeting with an agent about their movie. Dawson’s nervous but Oliver thinks it’ll go well. He just thinks they need to enter like Tom Cruise (heh) and Dustin Hoffman on the escalator in Rain Man. Joey tells Audrey about the tour, adding that Charlie wants them to spend as much time together as possible before he leaves. She feels like they’re skipping a lot of relationship steps. Audrey finds the whole thing romantic and says Joey’s overreacting.
Audrey and Pacey go back to the restaurant; she announces she’ll quit if there’s flair involved. (Hee.) They meet the new manager, Alex Pearl, who confirms that the restaurant was sold. The old owners and chef have moved on, but the new owners want to expand and develop other locations. Pacey doesn’t like the idea of the owners being forced out. Alex assures him that they were fairly compensated, since money is why they’re all there. She warns that some of the staff will be let go. Pacey is really unhappy about that, and Alex doesn’t want to hear it.
After the meeting, Alex formally introduces herself to Pacey, apologizing if she seemed harsh. He’s the first person she’ll be meeting with about his job. He tells her that despite his attitude, he needs the job and wants to keep it. Alex gives him the good news that he’s getting promoted. Pacey worries that he doesn’t have the experience necessary, but Alex tells him to keep the status quo and everything will be fine.
Charlie’s considering not going on tour; school is important, and he could have another touring opportunity in the future. Joey’s uncomfortable with the idea of him not going. He wants to prove to her that he can be “a person of substance.” He assures her that they’ll be great together, obviously not getting that that’s what she’s concerned about. In New York, Dawson and Oliver wait for their meeting, and Oliver manages to distract Dawson from his nerves by talking about the possibility of hooking up with the receptionist.
Audrey’s news from Alex isn’t as good as Pacey’s: She’s been fired. He promises to talk to Alex and work things out. Dawson and Oliver meet their potential agent, Andrew Waller, and Oliver proceeds to make a fool of himself, to the extent that Waller asks if he’s on drugs. Joey beats herself up for making boys give up their dreams and stay in Boston to be with her. Audrey asks her about her dreams, urging her to just tell Charlie to go on the tour. Joey admits that she’s not ready to date him, and she definitely doesn’t want him to change his life for her.
Pacey tries to talk to Alex about Audrey, choosing the wrong time to do so. She gets knocked into him and obviously we’re supposed to anticipate that the two of them will eventually hook up. Ugh. Dawson blasts Oliver for trying to make the two of them look better than they do; it’s okay that they’re amateurs. He knows Oliver ruined their one chance with Waller. Oliver thinks they’ll find someone else since their movie is just that awesome, and they’re like the Coens or the Wachowskis.
Dawson admits that their partnership might have been a bad idea. Oliver says he’s just being optimistic. Dawson argues that he needs to be realistic. He’s sick of Oliver being naïve. Oliver points out that Dawson was recently optimistic, driving all the way to Florida for Joey. Dawson decides not to ride home with him.
Joey and Audrey go hear Charlie’s band perform, but Joey’s preoccupied by her inability to properly have a fling. Audrey urges her to break Charlie’s heart already and put him on the tour bus. Pacey arrives and promises again that he’ll get Audrey her job back. Joey fills him in on the tour and her plan to make Charlie go. Audrey suddenly comes up with an idea, telling Joey to let her handle things. When Charlie joins them, Audrey yells that Joey’s been sleeping with Pacey. Joey finds it hard to play along until they start a slap fight that accidentally turns real.
The guys break up the fight and Pacey makes “Lucy” and “Ethel” tell Charlie the truth. Well, one of them will do it, as Joey lets Audrey and Pacey leave. She finally tells Charlie straight out that he needs to go on tour or he’ll regret it. She also doesn’t want him to stay for her. She asks if he would have considered staying if she weren’t in the picture. Charlie says no, and Joey points out that he can’t miss out on such a great opportunity because a girl asked him to. He realizes that she didn’t ask him to miss it.
Dawson stakes out Waller’s office to beg for a second chance. He knows Waller likes to take chances, and he thinks he and Oliver are going to pay off. Dawson’s had a hard year and is determined not to screw up. He at least wants Waller to promise to look at their next project. Waller can see that he’s sincere, which is marketable. He agrees to look at Dawson and Oliver’s next project, and in the meantime try to get some producers to look at their movie.
The next morning, Charlie wakes Joey up by playing “I Want You to Want Me” outside her dorm window. She and Audrey make fun of his musical talents for a while before Joey goes out to talk to him. He tells her he’s just trying to make some money to cover expenses for the tour. She’s happy to hear that he’s going. Charlie says that when he becomes a “person of substance,” he’ll look him up. Joey tells him it’s not about that, it’s about making a decision about his life without basing it on a romance that’s barely developed. They say goodbye on good terms.
At the restaurant, Pacey again tries to talk to Alex about Audrey. Alex says she’s just a case of the last person hired being the first one out. She remarks that Pacey seems older than 19 and is too young to settle down with Audrey. (Settle down? All they do is have sex, really.) Alex says that the two of them want the same thing, then kisses him. Pacey decides it’s a good idea for him to leave. Outside Grams’, Dawson runs into Joey and tells her that he thinks the meeting paid off. She’s happy that he’s fulfilling his dreams.
Thoughts: Alex is played by Sherilyn Fenn. Something about her has always bugged me, but I can’t figure out what it is.
Waller is played by Jack Plotnick, who has been in everything and is recognizable within three seconds of sight.
Oliver, reading The Hollywood Reporter: “Yes! Pulp Fiction 2!” Hee.
Oh, Audrey, you’re awesome and I love you. The fake fight with Joey was perfect.
This episode had a lot of (surprisingly) funny lines, and this exchange during Charlie’s serenade was the best:
Audrey: “Could he be any cuter?”
Joey: “No. He could be more in tune.”
Audrey: “Come on! This is so romantic. It’s like that movie. It’s like you make him want to be a better man.”
Joey: “Wouldn’t it be better for society if I made him want to be a better guitar player?”