August 14, 2012
Dawson’s Creek 6.2, The Song Remains the Same: “This is a Very Unhappy Birthday”
Summary: Dawson and Joey’s clothes are all over the floor. They wake up and make out, then go back to sleep. Later Joey wakes up alone, finding a note saying Dawson went to get breakfast. He also brings her a rose. She thinks they should talk about how having sex will change things, but he’d rather just make out. Audrey starts to order hotel room service for her and Pacey, but he wants her to go to class while he goes on his job interview. She tells him he’s guaranteed to get the job since her dad pulled strings.
Jen’s worried that Grams is taking a math class because it might mean she’s trying too hard to get close to Clifton. (Never mind that she told Grams to take a math class in the previous episode.) Her rant is interrupted by a guy who recognizes her voice from her radio show. He bugs her about why she’s not doing the show anymore. (She had a disagreement with the new manager.) Grams invites the guy to sit with them.
Pacey learns that if he gets the job as a stock broker, he’s going to become unlikable. At least that’s what I’m getting from that. He also needs to pass a stock broker exam on the first try or he’ll be out of the program. Pacey wonders why anyone would want the job in the first place. He’s told that he’s selling the hope of success. Pacey tells the head of the program, Rich Rinaldi, that he’s already made up his mind and wants the job. Rich advises him to wear a suit that’s less gay. (Because the suit is Jack’s, you see. Ha ha?)
Dawson and Joey make awkward conversation; she admits that she spent 15 minutes trying to figure out what to say (which wound up being “hi”) and he admits that his note that morning was preceded by four other drafts. Todd interrupts, calling to demand that Dawson meet him right away. Hilariously, he’s in Dawson’s cell phone as Satan. Dawson tries to make sure that everything between him and Joey is okay. She reassures him by kissing him.
Dawson meets up with Todd, who wonders where he was the night before. Dawson refuses to give him any details since he’s always wound up talking himself out of things. Joey goes to Hell’s Kitchen, where Eddie’s rude to her. They have that kind of argument that you know will turn into sex sooner or later. Emma gives Joey a job application and tells her that Eddie’s a bartender there. Pacey cooks at Grams’ house, where Jack tells him he’s had no luck finding them an apartment. Pacey really wants to live with Emma, but Audrey doesn’t think he’ll be able to change her mind.
Jen winds up chatting with C.J., the guy from earlier, but starts to suspect he’s trying to talk to her about Jesus. He really just wants her to join a peer-counseling program. Joey meets Dawson on Todd’s movie set, and he tells her they’re making a horror movie. They’ve recreated his house as one of the sets. Todd spots the two of them together and figures out where Dawson spent the previous night.
Pacey and Jack take Audrey to Emma’s apartment to pretend she wants to move in. They’re all too late since Emma has already found two other (female) roommates. Jen goes to a meeting about peer counseling, but it’s clearly not her kind of place. (Example: The number-one rule is not to be afraid to ask for a hug.) She tells C.J. she only came because she made a promise to herself over the summer that she would try new things. She warns him that she’s not as great as he thinks she is. He hopes she changes her mind about herself.
Pacey tries to talk Emma out of rooming with girls, promising that he’ll cook and not have sex with her. Audrey is unhelpful. Meanwhile, Jack quietly tells the girls that there are mice in the apartment. Audrey’s worried that Emma’s hatred of Pacey has a deeper meaning. The girls take off and Jack gleefully celebrates his “lack of ethical boundaries.” Back on the movie set, Dawson asks Joey out for dinner. Or in for dinner, really, since he’s set up a date on the porch of his recreated house.
Later, Dawson walks Joey back to her dorm, but there’s no repeat of the previous night’s activities – Dawson gets a call from a girl and Joey gets mad. Then Audrey interrupts to ask when they’re coming in, since their friends are in the room to throw Joey a surprise belated birthday party. Joey tries to put on a happy face but eventually drags Dawson into the bathroom to yell at him for sleeping with her while he had a girlfriend. “This is a very unhappy birthday,” Jen comments.
Joey figures out that when Dawson went to get breakfast that morning, he was also breaking up with the girl. Dawson assures her that the girl means nothing to him. She still wishes he’d told her before they hooked up. Joey polls the others, and Jen and Audrey are on her side. Pacey and Jack get everyone to leave, though Audrey asks Joey’s permission first.
The Dawson/Joey fight continues and she accuses him of sleeping with her just to cross it off a list. She thinks their first time together didn’t mean enough to him. He replies that she doesn’t know what she wants. She’s still a scared little girl. Joey finishes his thought, saying she’s the same girl who broke his heart. She’d love for him to stop bringing that up. Dawson says that she’s always wanted to escape. He’s living in the real world while she wants the fantasy. “Is this really the way you want things to end between us?” he asks.
Jen, Jack, Pacey, and Audrey end up at Hell’s Kitchen, discussing the co-dependent saga of Joey and Dawson. Jack starts to apologize to Emma for that afternoon, and she quickly says that he and Pacey can move in with her. Jen and Audrey are wary about toasting the move, so the four of them toast to friendship.
Joey collects herself, then warns Dawson not to miss his flight. He tells her that she’s the one who doesn’t want to deal with their relationship. She wants them to be together, but not if they’re going to keep fighting about the past. She thinks there might not be anything for them to salvage, and the previous night could have been a mistake. Dawson leaves, then turns to go back into the room. Joey’s hand is also on the doorknob, but neither opens the door.
Thoughts: C.J. is played by Jensen Ackles from Supernatural, as you can see above. He sure is pretty.
Todd’s shooting the movie in Boston because…?
Jack is kind of awesome. They need to give him actual things to do.
Pacey wears two party hats like horns. It’s cute but still doesn’t distract from his horrible goatee. You’re going to need to bring your A game, Witter. You have to go up against C.J. now.
What’s the lesson here? Birthday sex with a longtime love just never turns out well. (See also: Buffy.)