November 17, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.17, Sex and Violence: Coitus Interruptus

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 2:35 pm by Jenn

“Yeah, this is totally just as good as sex. I don’t feel dissatisfied at all”

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.

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2 Comments »

  1. Cherie said,

    The thing about not wanting to learn how to do secretarial work lest you get “stuck” in it seems like something that might be a legitimate worry to a woman a couple generations older than Joey, but not a for a college student in the ’00s. Also, WHAT CAREER, JOEY????????? And hasn’t she been a waitress for years, so why is she on a high horse about getting people coffee (and then spilling cream on them)? Ugh, I hate this stupid show (but don’t get me wrong–I like your recaps).

    • Jenn said,

      And what did she think she’d be doing when she agreed to be an assistant? What does she think assistants do?


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