October 25, 2011

Dawson’s Creek 3.17, Cinderella Story: You Remind Me of Me

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Geez, freaking finally

Summary: Pacey’s driving Joey to the train station so she can attend a dinner where A.J. will receive a writing award. She predicts that this will be the most romantic experience of her life. Pacey notes that she only refers to A.J. as a friend. Joey says that long-distance relationships have different rules from regular relationships. He thinks that’s perfect for her since she gets to have a fairy tale. Her romantic evening is only an “eyes-closed wish.” Joey replies that wishes come true sometimes. Pacey tells her reality always comes back.

Dawson helps Gail at her restaurant, where there are printer and food problems. Gail, however, is sure things will work out. Also, the sign that’s supposed to go outside doesn’t have a name on it. Pacey meets his mentee (his punishment from his fight with Matt in “Crime and Punishment”), Buzz, who’s basically a miniature version of himself. A.J. sends his friend Morgan to pick up Joey when she arrives in Boston and take her rollerblading. Pacey takes Buzz to an arcade, where the imp demands Pokeman cards, then smacks a kid with a Whac-a-Mole mallet.

Joey and Morgan meet up with A.J. at a coffeehouse, where he’s trying to figure out what to read at the ceremony the next night. They’re basically Joey and Dawson, though Morgan studied in Paris, where Joey has always wanted to go. (And could have, if she hadn’t chosen to stay with Dawson.) Jack and Andie help Dawson with some tastings at the restaurant, as he and Gail are trying to find a chef. Jen shows up and apologizes for being MIA recently, as she’s been spending a lot of time with Henry. She asks for a waitressing job and Dawson happily agrees.

Joey asks A.J. why he didn’t mention Morgan to her before she arrived. He points out that Joey doesn’t talk about her friends very much either. She wants to know if A.J. and Morgan ever dated, but A.J. doesn’t answer the question. They start kissing, but Morgan interrupts to give A.J. advice about what to read and wear. Pacey takes Buzz to his boat for some free labor. Buzz talks about his father, who’s dead, and accuses Pacey of having authority issues because his father’s a cop. Pacey lectures him about violence, then has to admit that he had to become a mentor because of a fight.

Morgan’s an artist, in case we didn’t already get the Morgan/Joey similarities. She also knows way more about A.J. than Joey does. Morgan admits that she and A.J. kissed once, but they felt weird afterward and realized there’s no mystery there, so there’s nothing between them. Joey invites Morgan to the ceremony, telling her that both of them can be part of A.J.’s life. Jack and Andie complain about the poor offerings from the auditioning chefs while Jen fails to be good at waitressing. Mitch arrives, having been summoned by Dawson, and offers to help out.

Buzz sees Pacey’s True Love sign and asks who the boat is named after. He mocks Pacey for being unable to tell the supposedly nonexistent girl how he feels about her. A.J. panics a little before reading his piece, which Joey quickly realizes is about Morgan. Pacey complains to the head of the mentor program that Buzz hates him, and she tells him that the kid is smart but an underachiever. His father isn’t dead, he left the family for another woman. Buzz lashes out because he feels rejected and wants to test people to see if they’ll leave as well. Pacey decides to stick it out.

Gail confronts Dawson for calling Mitch in behind her back. He reminds her that the restaurant is supposed to open soon and she needed the help. Gail says that she’s the director and she needed Dawson to be an actor. Dawson replies that he just didn’t want to see her fail. She always tells him to ask for help when he needs it, but she’s not taking her own advice.

After the reading, Morgan heads off alone while Joey announces that she wants to go to A.J.’s room. When they get there, she tells A.J. to go after Morgan, since she’s his muse. Joey continues that she doesn’t want Morgan and A.J. to realize their feelings for each other too late, like she did. He wants to get to know her better, but she knows what they have isn’t real, unlike what he and Morgan have. She knows Morgan came back from France to be with him.

A.J. says Joey’s reading too much into the situation, but she saw the way he looked at Morgan during his reading. He and Joey are a memory, but he and Morgan are reality. A.J.’s worried about leaving Joey with a broken heart. “There are worse things than a broken heart,” she replies. Pacey stops by Buzz’s house and cooks him the dinner he wanted his mother to cook for him. Buzz admits that his father isn’t actually dead, and Pacey finally tells him the name of the girl he’s in love with. Joey heads to the train station, but there’s no train back to Capeside until the next morning. After some hesitation, she makes a phone call.

Jen finds Dawson moping by the water; she admits that she heard his fight with Gail. He says he was trying to help, but Jen thinks he had ulterior motives. Dawson claims he wasn’t trying to get his family back together. Jen says people always go back to what they know. She reminds Dawson of the time he asked her to dance, saying he was honest and sweet, though he thinks he was naïve. Jen says he’s been through too much to still be naïve, but part of him will always reject reality and be eternally hopeful.

Pacey picks Joey up at the train station in Boston, but she doesn’t want to talk about what happened. The next morning, Dawson apologizes to Gail about his behavior the night before. She and Mitch announce that the restaurant will be called Leery’s Fresh Fish, the name Mitch always wanted to use. Gail has hired him as a general manager, and Mitch’s first act was to recommend that she hire Bodie to help her out. Oh, and Jen has to be fired. Dawson notes that his parents work well together.

On the trip back to Capeside, Pacey tries to get Joey to talk to him about her weekend. She tells him he was right about reality encroaching on her fairy tale. He encourages her to keep looking and she’ll eventually find the right person. Joey says there are only two people who know her better than anyone else: Dawson and Pacey. Pacey pulls the car over and demands to know what that means. He wants to know why she called him. Joey says he was the first person she thought of, probably because she knows she can talk to him. Pacey’s tired of talking, so he kisses her.

Thoughts: Buzz is played by Jonathan Lipnicki. Hey, why are you laughing?

I wonder what Joshua Jackson thought when he got the script for this episode and saw that almost all of his scenes were with the kid from Jerry Maguire. I wouldn’t have been happy.

The restaurant is opening in a week with no chef or staff? Yeah, no.


October 22, 2011

Dawson’s Creek 3.16, To Green, With Love: “You Bought Me a Wall?”

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Hey, who wrote "J.P. + P.W. 4EVA" in the corner? Oh, wait. That was me

Summary: Joey, Dawson, and Pacey are an angry PTA meeting about Matt’s explusion. Someone says that Principal Green shouldn’t get to make decisions about Capeside residents because he’s an outsider. Joey defends the principal, but Matt objects that Principal Green wasn’t doing his job. Someone else replies that if Matt’s father had done his job, Matt wouldn’t have gotten in trouble. Matt’s father attacks Joey’s family, noting that she can’t really say anything about family values. The superintendent demands Principal Green’s termination if he doesn’t reverse his decision about Matt.

After the meeting, Gail runs into Sherry, a reporter covering the story who happens to be Gail’s former intern. Sherry thinks Principal Green is crazy. Joey and Pacey discuss the situation and the fact that, as teenagers, they have no say in it. She’s upset that none of the other students at Capeside can be bothered to care. Pacey encourages her to “rally the troops.” She tries, but, as she tells A.J. later on the phone, she doesn’t make much progress.

Bessie pulls Joey in to see Sherry’s report on the story, which Dawson, Pacey, Gail, Nikki, and Principal Green also watch. Sherry says that people think Principal Green has a personal agenda since he let Pacey off with community service. Joey’s words at the meeting are also taken out of context, so that it sounds like she said everyone’s making too big a deal out of things. A.J. tells her she needs to stand up for the truth. At school, Joey advertises a meeting to save Principal Green, teasing Pacey when he tries to take credit. A.J. has come to help out, and he meets Pacey for the first time. When Principal Green arrives at school, he’s greeted by press and protestors.

That night, Dawson helps Gail out at her future restaurant and tells her how great Joey was at the meeting. He’s proud of her for fighting the way he always knew she could. They’re planning to do something at the superintendent’s office the next night. Gail is frustrated by Sherry’s coverage of the story, leading Dawson to think that she misses being a reporter. He suggests that she get her own crew (read: him) and do her own story. Gail knows the station doesn’t want her back, but Dawson wants her to do it for herself, Joey, and Principal Green.

Joey isn’t as easily convinced as Gail, since she doesn’t think they have enough people on their side to make a difference. Sherry finds out that Gail’s doing her own report while students picket the superintendent’s office, and that she’s thinking about submitting it to the station. Sherry asks Joey for a follow-up interview, but Joey quickly shoots her down with, “In your frosted-blonde dreams, Barbie.” Superintendent Fielding calls Joey in to talk, and while Pacey thinks she should decline, A.J. tells her to accept. His advice is what Joey ultimately takes.

Joey tells Fielding her side of the story: that Principal Green made a decision about Matt and shouldn’t be bullied into changing it. She tells him 300 students have signed a position in support of the principal, and they’re holding a rally the next night. Their voices will be heard. Fielding says he’s listening, then tells Joey to get to school before Principal Green has to write her up. Joey replies that she’s not skipping, she’s out sick.

Gail and Dawson go to the Greens’ house to get Principal Green’s side of the story. He tells them he knows his side, and that’s all that matters. Dawson tells him it’s been misinterpreted. Principal Green replies that he knows he’s a fair man, and if others don’t, him giving a soundbite won’t change their minds. Nikki tries to get him to change his mind by quoting Martin Luther King, Jr., but her father won’t budge.

A bunch of students gather at the bed and breakfast to try to get more support while Pacey and A.J. work on figuring out how to get around Joey’s petition lie. Jack makes a flier advertising the rally the next night, telling Joey that Pacey convinced a coffee-shop owner to print it for free. Joey gives everyone a pep talk, which makes Pacey adorably proud. Then he has to watch Joey and A.J. be all lovey-dovey, which makes him unadorably nauseous. Jen’s the only one who notices.

Someone calls Bessie to tell her that letting high schoolers use her B&B to organize might be bad for business. She interprets this as a threat over their mortgage. Joey tells her it’s too late to stop. Bodie encourages her to be realistic. Bessie notes that Principal Green doesn’t care to defend himself, so Joey doesn’t need to. Joey says that Matt’s father has a personal agenda, and Bodie interprets that he’s racist. Bessie decides to stop fighting the issue and storms off. A.J. chooses this moment to tell Joey he’s going back to school. She has enough support, including Pacey.

Jen tries to get Pacey to talk about what’s bothering him, though it looks like they both know she already knows. He thinks his situation is impossible, but she thinks he can actually do something about it. Pacey thinks he’s Ducky from Pretty in Pink, which means he’s not getting the girl. Jen notes that he makes the girl feel better about herself. She asks if he’s going to let his hurt feelings keep him from being the friend he needs to be. Pacey says it hurts, and Jen replies that that means it’s not pretend anymore.

Dawson and Gail go to interview Fielding, though Dawson thinks everyone has heard enough from him. Gail knows that part of being a good journalist is covering all angles of a story. Fielding repeats his assertion that Principal Green has until Friday to change his mind or he’ll be terminated. Gail asks if that’s what best for the students. Fielding says it’s what’s best for the community, which is his ultimate responsibility. Gail has him read from the contract he signed when he became superintendent, which states that his main priority is the students. Fielding ends the interview.

Nikki heads out for the rally, trying to get Principal Green to go with her. She thinks he’s spent so much time trying to protect his reputation that he’ll come across as angry. Principal Green says he is angry; he feels like he did the right thing, but it’s not working because someone hates him. He doesn’t want to leave Capeside, and he doesn’t want to put Nikki through what’s happening, but he can’t show his anger because it’ll be used against him. Nikki tells him that the people at the rally are on their side, and they need to see that he supports them in turn.

Dawson tapes the rally in the school auditorium, coming across Nikki sitting by herself. More people show up than expected, and Joey tells them she’s not pursuing this because Matt trashed her mural. She wants to support Principal Green because of everything he’s done for his students. He’s encouraged everyone’s talents and interests, trying to make their lives better. Joey doesn’t consider him an outsider. She wants people to spend the evening talking about how Principal Green has made their lives better.

Andie talks about how Principal Green taught her that mistakes can be fixed. Nikki says that her father talks about his students all the time. He shows up while she’s speaking and tells everyone what Nikki said about everyone there being on his side. He thanks them for their support, saying that he’ll most likely have to leave the school, but he’s motivated by everyone there. Later, Jen praises Pacey for being a good friend to Joey. Pacey feels horrible, since Joey hasn’t thanked him, but Jen thinks his time will come. Joey and Bodie are about to head home when Bessie arrives. She’s been lurking for a while and heard Joey’s speech, which she praises her sister for.

The next day, Joey goes by Principal Green’s office, which he’s packing up, and admits that she feels like she failed him. She’s worried that the students on his side weren’t loud enough or strong enough. Principal Green tells her that he’s never felt more successful than he feels right now. He and Nikki walk out of the school as students lined up in the hallways applaud him.

Gail tells Dawson that the station is running her story that night, and a producer asked her to do some more special reports. However, she wants to continue with the restaurant. She tells Dawson she wanted a chance to say no, and to leave reporting on her own terms and start fresh. Gail thanks Dawson for getting her to the point where she could do what she wants to do. He’s a “quiet hero.”

Pacey takes Joey to a brick wall, reminding her that everything started with “a girl, a paintbrush, and a wall.” She thinks he bought her a paintbrush, but he actually bought her a wall. Well, he rented it. She thinks he’s a little nuts, but she’s grateful and tells him she thanks him. “It’s about time,” he replies. Some stupid song about teachers and growing gardens plays as Joey stares up at her wall of possibilities.

Thoughts: Someone finally realized it’s supposed to be winter, because everyone’s wearing sweaters.

I thought school boards got to make decisions about expulsions. And can superintendents make firing decisions on their own, especially if it’s something questionable like this one? I mean, if Principal Green had been, say, embezzling or sleeping with a student, that’s one thing, but I’m not sure he could be fired for making a decision someone else disagreed with. I would assume there’s also an appeal process for expelled students. Okay, why am I giving this so much thought?

I understand Principal Green not wanting to come across as angry, but…dang, fight for your job, man.

I’m surprised no one mentions it in the episode, but this is the first time Dawson picks up a camera since “First Encounters of the Close Kind.”

October 2, 2011

Dawson’s Creek 3.13, Northern Lights: True North

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This picture scares me

Summary: Joey helps Pacey with his lines for the school play, which opens the next night. He’s disappointed that she won’t be coming to the first performance. He’s even more disappointed when he learns that A.J. is coming to Capeside for a party and they’re going to see the northern lights together. Pacey thinks A.J.’s making stuff up to win Joey over, since there’s no way they’ll be able to see the northern lights from Capeside.

At school, Nikki confronts Dawson about dropping out of their film class. She wonders if it’s because of his poor showing at the film festival, but he says he needs some time off. She reminds him that they were supposed to pitch a film idea to their class in a few days. Andie tries to run a play rehearsal, but Pacey’s having trouble remembering his lines. Mr. Broderick develops a kidney stone and leaves Andie in charge of the production, giving a melodramatic monologue that I was sure meant this was a dream. Somehow, it’s not.

Jen tries to talk to Henry, who runs away from her. They planned to have dinner that night, but he’s sure she’s going to cancel on him. She assures him that she’s not canceling, but she does have to postpone so she can go to opening night of the play. Henry invites himself along. Pacey goes to Joey’s house to freak out over his inability to remember his lines. He invites her to the cast party after the play, then tries again to tell Joey that A.J.’s lame. When A.J. arrives to get Joey, Pacey is full-on jealous.

A.J. takes Joey to a house near the marina for a viewing party attended by a bunch of grad students and other sophisticated types. He gets her a drink, then pours it out before she can drink any. She notes that most college guys want girls to get drunk. Everyone heads into the house since it’s cloudy; A.J. tells Joey things might clear up by midnight, the best time for seeing the lights. He suggests that they take a walk instead of joining everyone else.

20 minutes before curtain call, Pacey isn’t at the school, so Andie’s freaking out. Dawson finds him shooting baskets in the gym. Pacey admits that he’s nervous to perform in front of so many people, especially with Andie depending on him. Dawson asks if he’s had fun with the play, and when Pacey says he has, Dawson encourages him to just keep having fun. Pacey notes that Dawson just gave up his dream, but he’s calm. He even remains calm when Pacey mentions that Joey’s going out with A.J.

Henry meets up with Jen in the auditorium, but she’s not alone – she brought Grams with her. Grams also didn’t know Henry was going to join them. Pacey tells Andie he can’t go on, but she won’t let him back out. He hesitates when he first gets on stage, but his lines come to him and he does fine. Joey and A.J. take a walk on the beach and talk about her fear of failure. He thinks it’s a result of her losing her mother at a young age. Joey admits that she may have gotten interested in art to please other people. They kiss, but Joey says she has to go meet someone.

The play goes well, and Jack gives Andie flowers at the cast party, which he organized in a single afternoon. Jen keeps avoiding being alone with Henry by going to sit with Pacey. He remarks that none of his family members came, and Jen adds that Joey didn’t show either. Moments later, Joey arrives for the party.

Nikki asks Dawson why he dropped the class that centered around his passion. He tells her he took all of his movie posters down. He also tells a story about going to the movies with his parents and seeing people making out. He’s no longer with his parents, he’s never been the guy who makes out at movies, and he’s no longer having fun. Nikki asks what Dawson’s going to turn to next, asking when he last had fun.

Joey uses the cloudiness as an excuse for skipping out on the viewing party, but Pacey guesses that A.J. kissed her and she got scared off. He asks if she’s going to see him again. Joey makes up more excuses, saying he lives far away and is smarter than her. Pacey thinks she doesn’t feel the same way about A.J. that she does about Dawson. Joey corrects that she doesn’t feel that way about Dawson anymore. Pacey assures her that she’ll find someone else someday. A.J. shows up and Pacey reluctantly sends Joey over to him.

Henry climbs up to the rafters and reenacts a scene from the play, making Jen admit that she’s embarrassed to be there with him and that she’s been horrible to him to hide the fact that she likes him. Joey and A.J. go for another walk and he asks if he did something wrong. She says she panicked because they’re a mismatch. She thinks A.J.’s too smart for her. He tells her he’s not so smart when it comes to girls. Since they’ve missed the northern lights, A.J. tells Joey about them, as he’s seen them before. He says it’s beautiful to see something familiar in a new way.

Andie and Jack clean up after the cast party, discussing the fact that Andie got to spend time with people who don’t know her whole history. She felt more like herself than she has in a while. She reveals that her mantra in the hospital was, “Structure and purpose.” Andie likes having something to hold onto that isn’t a person. She goes outside to talk to Pacey, who’s clearly mopey. Andie says she was wrong to treat him like a fixer-upper because he’s perfect the way he is. He tells her she is, too.

Henry walks Jen home as she tells him he doesn’t have to try so hard. Henry wants to know Jen better and be completely honest with her. She claims that that’s not possible, though he’s the one person who could pull it off. Henry offers to teach Jen how to be honest in the childlike way he is, asking her to say whatever’s on her mind. Instead, she kisses him.

Joey goes home to find Dawson waiting to talk to her. He was feeling lost. He admits that he didn’t think about how he would react to dropping the film class. Joey guesses that he’s questioning who he really is. She thinks he’s lost his true north, the fixed point in the sky you use to guide yourself. Dawson asks what Joey’s is, but she doesn’t think she has one. Suddenly they see lights in the sky and realize you can, in fact, see the northern lights in Capeside. Joey remarks that it’s typical for her to wait a long time for something and finally experience it with Dawson.

Thoughts: Joey, please learn how to curl your hair correctly. It shouldn’t look like it’s wet all the time.

Hey, A.J., I think you left your charisma in Boston.

There sure are a lot of people at the cast party. Remind me, which character did Grams play?

September 17, 2011

Dawson’s Creek 3.10, First Encounters of the Close Kind: Joey’s Boys

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Hi. I'm Bianca Lawson. I've been playing teenagers since 1994. I'm 32 and people still think I can pass for 16

Summary: Joey comes through Dawson’s window and finds him watching his Witch Island movie in preparation for a screening and Q&A session at a film festival that weekend. She tries to assure him that the movie’s good and he’ll do well. She’s not happy about her own plans for the weekend, a college tour. Dawson’s sure that she’ll make it out of Capeside one day. He notes that both of them are about to experience their possible futures.

Joey, Dawson, Andie, and Jack all head to a college in Cambridge where Andie has always wanted to go. Dawson checks in for the film festival with a girl named Nikki Green, who laughs over his Spielberg obsession. Joey goes to meet A.J., her roommate for the weekend, thinking A.J.’s a girl. He’s not. Likewise, A.J. expected a guy named Joey. A.J.’s willing to show Joey around anyway, and she mostly stays to stick it to him. However, he kicks her out so he can finish a paper.

Andie meets up with Jack, who plans to spend the weekend touring Boston. He doesn’t want Andie to see that he’s using the Pink Pages, a gay guidebook. Andie tries to check in for an appointment with the dean, but it’s not scheduled until March. She argues that her father’s an alumnus, so she should get whatever she wants. It doesn’t work.

The Witch Island screening isn’t very popular, and when it’s time for the Q&A, Dawson doesn’t really want to participate. Nikki feels bad for him and checks on him afterward. She notes that the most interesting part of the story was Dawson’s relationship with Joey, but it wasn’t clear. Dawson doesn’t care about her position since she’s just an administrator. Meanwhile, Jack takes a bus ride, feeling uncomfortable.

Joey catches up with Dawson and learns that the screening didn’t go well. He wonders if his haters are right about his lack of talent. He notes that his dreams are so big that he never questioned being able to achieve them. Joey knows that he truly loves making movies, and she’s watched him turn his dream into a reality.

Andie hangs around the dean’s office, trying to butter up his assistant, who tells her that her own kids didn’t get into the school and don’t care. Her happiest child didn’t even go to college. Her point is that Andie’s life won’t be happy based on where she goes to school but on whether she finds fulfillment.

Joey visits a freshman English class where A.J.’s a TA. He starts a discussion on literature, and Joey reveals that her favorite book is Little Women. A.J. rips her choice apart, noting that the protagonist is a girl with a boy’s name. (Oh, and her father’s gone and she’s in love with the boy next door. Do you get it? Do you?) The class agrees with A.J. that the book isn’t that great. A.J. notes that you can’t say a book is good just because you relate to it.

After class, A.J. admits that they were harsh to Joey. She calls him insensitive, pointing out that she doesn’t know him. She wanted to see the fun parts of college, but obviously A.J. doesn’t know what fun is. A.J. asks for a fresh start, promising to show Joey what college is really like. Dawson attends a screening of a movie everyone in the audience loves. If you’ve ever seen a TV show before, you can guess that the filmmaker is Nikki.

After the screening, Dawson finds Nikki, who tells him that if he’d been the successful one, she would have been happy for him. She asks for his real opinion on her movie and some constructive criticism. He says her movie is “technically accomplished,” which is better than any of the feedback he got from her. Nikki admits that she was insensitive to him. Dawson asks why she didn’t mention that she was also an entrant in the festival. She says she doesn’t like to give too much information about herself because then she can’t get hurt.

Andie has coffee with the dean’s assistant and decides she’ll write her admissions essay on her mother. The assistant thinks that will help Andie organize her thoughts. Andie tells her about finding her mother in a creek one morning, looking lost. The assistant gives her some advice: Always wear sensible shoes, and let herself off the hook for things she can’t control. Andie’s allowed to make peace with Tim’s death even if her mother can’t. Andie wonders if she had her problems with mental health in order to better understand her mom.

A.J. takes Joey to a rare book and manuscript library to show her Louisa May Alcott’s own copy of the first part of Little Women. They read from it together, which is totally something normal college students do. Joey reveals that this was her mother’s favorite book, and she named Joey after Jo. When she reads the book, she feels closer to her mom. Now A.J. feels like a jerk. And now they’re totally in loooooooooove. A.J. now feels comfortable enough to reveal that his favorite book is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Jack goes to a gay club, where a guy buys him a beer and asks him to go somewhere to talk. Jack panics and runs off. Back on campus, Nikki doesn’t win anything at the film festival and leaves upset. Dawson tells her she was robbed. He’s surprised that she’s so angry, noting that film festivals don’t usually award the best filmmakers. He says her movie was inspiring and made him remember why he started making movies in the first place: to reach people. He’s not giving up until he does the same.

The next morning, Dawson and Andie head to the train station, both of them saying that they got what they came to Cambridge for. She notes that when you get a picture in your head of the way things should be, you close yourself off to other options. Jack’s already on the train, where he meets a guy named Ethan who’s also going to Capeside. Dawson runs into Nikki, who’s headed there as well to stay with her father for a while. They commiserate over having divorced parents. Oh, and Nikki’s father is Principal Green.

Jack and Ethan talk about his return to Capeside; his parents live there and he’s going home after a bad breakup. When Jack hears that the breakup was with a guy, he’s surprised, since he didn’t think Ethan was gay. Ethan’s gaydar has already pinged over Jack, though. A.J. takes Joey to the train station after they spent the whole night talking about literature. She admits that she doesn’t know what she’s passionate about. (What happened to art?) A.J. thinks Joey needs distance to figure out what she’s all about. Then he asks if he can call her sometime.

On the train, Joey meets Nikki and only tells Dawson that A.J. was her roommate. Back in Capeside, they wonder about what they’ll face in the future. Dawson feels blindsided by the world and worried about his future as a filmmaker. Joey tells him that the needs to love what he does and not just focus on success. To her, college has always been about leaving Capeside, but now she sees it more for the people she’ll meet. She feels like Dawson’s room is suddenly smaller, but he thinks it’s just safe.

Thoughts: No Pacey in this episode. I has a sad.

Hilariously, Robin Dunne, who plays A.J., was in a TV version of Little Men.

Freaking Bianca Lawson. She’s been playing 16 since she was 15. And I always think of her as Kendra the Vampire Slayer.

Speaking of people I always associate with Buffy, I always think of Adam Kaufman as Parker, Buffy’s jerk of a one-night stand.

A.J.’s dorm room is ridiculously big, especially for a single. I think it’s bigger than my apartment.