September 3, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.7, Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell: You’d Drink, Too, If You Had to Put Up With These People

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Be careful, Pacey – her vampire husband won’t like this

Summary: Eddie’s working at Hell’s Kitchen, and Joey’s about to head to campus for class. They start talking about Capeside, which Eddie isn’t surprised to hear is her hometown, since he thinks she’s a snobby rich girl. She tells him she’ll be back that night so they can flirt more. Er, I mean listen to Emma and Audrey’s band, Hell’s Belles.

Jen asks Jack how things are going with David, asking to tag along when they meet up in the cafeteria after class. She thinks C.J. will be there. Jack gently tries to convince her to give up already. Professor Freeman informs his class that his book has been published and he’ll be moving to Chicago after the semester. Jack’s surprised by the news.

Audrey looks for clothes for her gig, finally telling Joey that she and Pacey broke up on Halloween. She thought Pacey would tell Joey first, despite the fact that she and Joey live together. David casually asks Jack out, and Jack casually accepts, leading Jen to comment that gay guys are so much less dramatic than straight ones. She wants to ask C.J. to come with them to see Hell’s Belles that night. David tells her that C.J. doesn’t date.

C.J. shows up and Jen asks him to the show anyway. Freeman shows up, pulling Jack outside to gauge his reaction to Freeman’s departure. He doesn’t want to feel like he’s taken away the college experience Jack deserves. (What? Shut up, Freeman.) Freeman asks him to attend a reading he’s holding that night. Jack says he’ll think about it.

Pacey has passed his broker exam, and Rich is taking him and some other new brokers to New Orleans for the night. After some stock footage of the city, the brokers are there, and Pacey’s quickly striking out with hot women. Rich teases him about it, but Pacey says he’s not bringing his A game. He knows women like a sensitive man anyway. Rich notes that he’s done pretty well without being sensitive.

Back at Hell’s Kitchen, Joey and Eddie discuss Cheers (you know, ’cause they work in a bar) as Audrey flirts with a bunch of guys and gets ready for the show by drinking. Jack winds up at the reading, where Freeman tells him his wife isn’t moving with him to Chicago. Meanwhile, Jen and C.J. meet up at Hell’s Kitchen, but he’s more concerned about Audrey (who he thinks is depressed) than getting to know Jen. Jack calls David to tell him he’ll be late to Hell’s Kitchen.

Rich hits on a woman named Denise with some supremely cheesy lines before straight-out telling her he wants to grope her. She tells him she’d like to castrate him, so that’s awesome. Rich leaves but Pacey hangs back to try out his sensitive-guy thing. Joey tries to ask Eddie to do something after he’s off work, but they’re interrupted by Audrey looking for another drink. Eddie tells her she’s cut off, but Joey sides with Audrey, saying it’s no big deal. Eddie won’t budge.

Audrey starts yelling at Eddie, asking what it’s like for him to know his only other job option is janitor. Joey suddenly feels bad for siding with her. Audrey breaks a bottle, but before she can become even more of a mess, Emma pulls her off to start to show. Fortunately, Audrey’s one of those singers who performs perfectly fine while drunk. Unfortunately, she starts to get wild and breaks a bunch of stuff.

After the show, Audrey gets sick in the bathroom while Joey takes care of her. She wants to know how much Audrey drank, but Audrey doesn’t remember. Joey tries to get her to talk about why she drank. Audrey tells her she’s being self-righteous; she never lets loose like Audrey does. Their friends are boring, and Joey’s obviously not a very good friend if she didn’t know about Audrey and Pacey’s breakup. Audrey makes fun of Eddie, and only then does Joey object.

Freeman talks to Jack more after the reading, telling him he was right about a lot of things he said over the semester. Jack thinks it’s sad that so many students like Freeman and are inspired by him, but Freeman felt like he needed to hide his sexuality. However, Jack’s glad he’s finally gotten to the point where he can be more open. Freeman wishes he’d done so sooner, and noticed Jack sooner. Jack tells him the timing was wrong, and he needs to go meet David, since the timing with him is right.

At Hell’s Kitchen, Jen tells C.J. that she’s surprised at Audrey’s change of behavior; Audrey was always the most confident of their friends. C.J. tells her about his past as a partier with friends who didn’t care about his wellbeing. He doesn’t date because of his past screw-ups. Jen thinks he’s being too hard on himself. In New Orleans, Pacey takes Denise back to his hotel room to…play checkers, I’m sure.

Eddie cleans up Hell’s Kitchen while Joey apologizes for the way the evening went. He points out that it wasn’t her fault, telling her she’s wasting her time talking to him anyway. He’s not sure if he’s talking to his work buddy Joey or the elite college Joey. He doesn’t exactly appreciate the people she spent the evening with, or the fact that Joey didn’t defend him to Audrey. Eddie made a mistake thinking Joey was different from her classmates. The flirting needs to stop because there’s nothing there.

Denise and Pacey’s clothes start to come off, and she asks if this is his first time, since most guys don’t bother with foreplay. Also, she’d like to speed things up because Rich only paid her for a certain amount of time. That’s right: Denise is a hooker, and Rich hired her for Pacey. What a classy guy! Pacey puts the brakes on sex and runs off to confront his boss.

C.J. and Jen leave Hell’s Kitchen while David stays to wait for Jack. Jen’s happy that C.J. came out since she wasn’t sure if he would want to. She reminds him that he once told her to change her mind about herself. She thinks he should do the same for himself. She starts to kiss him, but C.J. says he can’t go out with her. Jen pretends she’s totally find with the rejection.

After Jen leaves in a cab, C.J. crosses the street to chat with Audrey, who thinks he’s going to chastise her for smoking. She notes that everything was great when she was drunk; now that she’s sober, everything sucks. He tells her that her friends are worried about her. Audrey doesn’t think her drinking is a big deal; she’s in college, after all. She only does it to keep from feeling. C.J. asks how long she plans to keep that up. Audrey says she doesn’t know.

Pacey finds Rich and yells at him for hiring Denise. Rich insults him for not closing the deal with her, especially since she was so expensive. Pacey blasts him for being so unemotional about everything. He doesn’t want to be Rich’s charity project anymore. Rich replies that Pacey owes him. Pacey attacks him, but their coworkers separate them. Rich asks when Pacey will realize that “fighting the good fight’s not worth it.”

Jack finally makes it to Hell’s Kitchen as David’s leaving. David doesn’t want to get into a relationship with someone who still has a connection to an ex. Jack assures him that he just wanted to make sure he’s not repeating past mistakes. He can’t believe David waited for him all night. David fills him in on the evening’s activities.

The next morning, Pacey walks down an empty New Orleans street alone while Joey wakes up to see that Audrey didn’t come home. Eddie comes by to return Audrey’s wallet, which she left at Hell’s Kitchen, and makes more remarks about Joey being a rich girl in a nice dorm. He apologizes for taking his “unresolved anger toward society” out on her. He also doesn’t like not pursuing her. After some more boring banter, they agree to a date.

Thoughts: Denise is played by Jaime Bergman, wife of David Boreanaz (hence the vampire reference in the photo caption).

Watch out, Eddie. With your moralizing, you’re going to turn into the Brandon Walsh of Boston.

I’m impressed: I can’t remember the lyrics to “One Way or Another” when I’m sober.

They should have sued Kerr Smith a lot more than they did on the show. He’s a pretty good actor.

Why are so many guys on this show so chivalrous and ideal? Dawson, Pacey, Jack, C.J., and David are all about protecting women and being careful of others’ feelings and all that stuff. Guys that age just…aren’t that perfect.

September 1, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.6, Living Dead Girl: Ghost World

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This is Pacey’s Gary Oldman impression

Summary: Natasha and her male lead film a scene where they’re about to have sex but are interrupted by a literal axe murderer. The stuntman playing the killer cuts the scene and Todd screams at him for it. He and Natasha tell Dawson the soundstage is haunted by the ghost of an actress named Melanie Ray. She was the Jamie Lee Curtis of the ’50s and was having an affair with the director of a movie called Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry. Her husband found out and strangled her. Dawson’s more interested in the possible affair between Todd and Natasha.

The next day, Todd and Dawson watch dailies and talk about Halloween. Dawson’s supposed to get Todd a costume from wardrobe that will get him some action. Todd makes some comments about Natasha’s hotness, wondering if they make Dawson uncomfortable. He reminds Dawson that he dumped Natasha for “the prissy one.” The editor notices flashing in the scenes and slows the footage down to reveal a still of Melanie. Todd thinks Dawson’s playing a prank on him.

Pacey and Audrey are Sid and Nancy for Halloween, though Pacey doesn’t really want to go to a costume party. He spots a test she flunked but doesn’t say anything about it. Jack (who I think is supposed to be either a Lost Boy or Spike from Buffy) urges Jen (a…dark angel? I don’t know) to call C.J., accusing her of thinking he’s too good for her. She gives in, calling the help line where he volunteers and asking him to come to the party she and the others are going to.

At Hell’s Kitchen, Joey tells Eddie she made a deal with Hetson that will allow Eddie to come back to class. Eddie isn’t as grateful as Joey expected. Joey then literally runs into a teenage girl so snarky she could only be the offspring of Hetson. Her name is Harley, and Joey’s deal with Hetson involves looking after her so he can go on a date. Harley’s upset because she and her father usually go to the movies on Halloween, and he’s ditching her for a woman.

Dawson, in a Men in Black-type suit, wanders through a soundstage full of cheap Halloween props and dry ice. He thinks he hears someone whispering his name. He goes to another stage, where there’s a huge party, and tells Todd (dressed as a priest) he saw Melanie. Todd tells him he’s crazy and loses the tiny bit of interest he had when Natasha arrives in a schoolgirl costume that would make Britney Spears blush.

Harley flirts with Eddie and refuses to go anywhere with Joey. Eddie appeases them both by suggesting he take them to a haunted house. C.J. shows up at the party without a costume but with a guy named David. Jen thinks the guys are a couple. Jack tells her to go talk to David while he talks to C.J.

Joey’s suitably spooked at the not-really-that-scary haunted house, which amuses Harley. Eddie tells Joey to go easy on her because she obviously has daddy issues. Joey blathers about Eddie having potential that’s going to waste. He doesn’t want to be a “rich kid’s charity case.” He continues that he wasn’t going to go back to class after the first one, since Hetson bugged him, but he couldn’t stop thinking about Joey. They kiss, but Joey realizes she’s lost track of Harley.

Pacey tries to talk to Audrey about her F, but she brushes it off, saying she’s handling things. He’s worried that one F will lead to more of them. She fights back by bugging him about how much he’s been working. She admits that she’s been skipping class a lot because she’s depressed about their relationship. Then Emma randomly interrupts to remind us she’s in this episode. Dawson spots Melanie on a catwalk and runs up to meet her, hearing more whispering. He loses her but spots Todd and Natasha making out on a set. By the time he gets to them, they’re with other people.

The editor calls Dawson to show him a scene inserted in the dailies. It’s of Melanie being strangled by a man in a trench coat. Dawson goes back to the soundstage and asks Natasha why Melanie started the affair with the director. Natasha says she must not have been getting the attention she wanted from her husband; he had a shot and blew it. Dawson says she might not have given him enough of a chance. Yes, writers, we get the subtext. Natasha says there’s nothing going on between her and Todd, and even if there were, Dawson has no right to be jealous.

Joey and Eddie go looking for Harley as she blames him for distracting her with the kiss. He blames Hetson since he ditched Harley to go to the movies. Joey figures out that that’s probably where Harley is. Emma finds Pacey moping and gets him to open up to her about how his relationship with Audrey isn’t as carefree as it used to be. Now he’s second-guessing himself and why he’s checking out. He’s worried that he might not love Audrey anymore, or that he never really did. It’s TV, so of course Audrey heard the whole conversation.

Jen quizzes David about his relationship with C.J. He tells her C.J. talks about her all the time and really wants her…to be a peer counselor. Oh, and C.J. is straight. C.J. tells Jack the same thing, so Jack tells him Jen will be happy to hear it. C.J.’s flattered but says she isn’t his type. Joey and Eddie find Harley at the movies, and Joey gives her a verse of “You May Think Your Dad is Horrible, But at Least He’s Not Mike Potter.” Harley won’t listen.

Dawson spots Melanie again, loses her again, and catches Todd and Natasha making out again. He tells Natasha he’s sorry he hurt her and he still likes her. He admits to being jealous of whatever she has with Todd. Then he quits. Melanie’s back on the catwalk, and this time when Dawson approaches her, she comes toward him. Then she pulls off her wig, revealing that she’s really Natasha. The whole thing was a prank she and Todd pulled. They’re also not involved with each other. Dawson unquits.

Jen finally gets some time alone with C.J. and tells him she’s considering working for the help line after all. He advises her to make sure she’s doing it for the right reasons. She tells him he could save her a lot of trouble by just agreeing to a date. Jack tells David he feels bad that Jen’s throwing herself at C.J. because he told her to, but it won’t go anywhere. On the plus side, Jack and David agree to see each other sometime. And Jen thinks C.J.’s just playing hard to get.

Hetson returns to Hell’s Kitchen after his date, which didn’t go well (which is a shocker, since he’s so charming). Harley apologizes to Joey for being so horrible, and Joey lets it go. She encourages Harley to keep hoping that her relationship with her father will get better. Harley repays the favor by telling Eddie likes her and she’d better not mess things up. So Joey asks Eddie what’s going on with them, since they keep kissing and stuff. He tells her he’s not going back to Hetson’s class. Whatever’s up with him and Joey, he likes it.

Outside the costume-party location, Audrey tells Pacey she thinks they should break up. He barely protests, which makes it clear to her that he doesn’t have the energy to fight the split. She tells him he’s not a knight in shining armor – he just feels guilty that he’s sick of being in a relationship. Audrey wants to know why the people she loves don’t love her back. He tries to comfort her but she slaps him.

Natasha finds Dawson and tells him to repeat what he said about liking her. He does, and she tells him she likes him, too. He’s one of the only people she wanted to stay. He feels like the movie is all an illusion. Natasha says it could be, since for all she knows, this might be her last job. She’s going to enjoy the ride and take the experience with her. Even if she winds up only getting Dawson out of the experience, she’ll be fine. Cue the making out, complete with dialogue from the opening scene and the entrance of a guy with an axe.

Thoughts: David is played by Greg Rikaart from The Young and the Restless.

Harley Hetson? Poor kid.

C.J. mentions he plans to watch Halloween H20. Which stars Michelle Williams. Get it? (Jamie Lee Curtis is in it, too.)

A man with access to special effects couldn’t pull off a better prank than a fake ghost? Not that it matters, since Dawson was dumb enough to fall for it.

Just what Joey needs: a mini-me.

August 27, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.5, The Impostors: Faker! Faker!

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Go away! I need to brood in peace!

Summary: Joey’s working at Hell’s Kitchen but is annoyed that Eddie keeps making her wait for her orders. Emma encourages her to show a little more skin. Joey finally gets Eddie’s attention and asks him to agree not to talk about their kiss. Eddie isn’t onboard. Emma heads off to rehearse with her band, which is supposed to debut at Hell’s Kitchen the next night. She tells Joey and Eddie to “kiss and make up,” making Joey realize that Eddie told her about their kiss.

Natasha and Todd are at a hotel, though she leaves when Dawson joins them. He bugs Todd about funding for the movie, warning that Heather Tracy has been calling insistently and will be in town, too. The guys are surprised to learn that she’s already in town and isn’t going to let Todd put off their conversation any longer.

Pacey and Audrey hang out at his place, and he notes that she’s become studious all of a sudden. He wonders what happened at the party she went to with Jen and Jack (Jack doesn’t know). Audrey mentions that they ran into C.J. Pacey wants to take advantage of the empty apartment to have sex, but Audrey rebuffs him.

The next morning, Emma complains that Pacey drank all her coffee (and is now super-hyper). She’s also annoyed that Audrey slipped into the shower before she could. She’s impressed by Audrey’s singing voice, though. Jen asks Jack how his conversation with Professor Freeman went at the party, but he doesn’t let on that anything strange happened. Jack is shocked to see that Freeman gave him a C- on a paper he said he enjoyed at the party.

Joey runs into Eddie on campus, where he’s hanging up fliers for Emma’s band’s performance. She says she thinks they’ve been acting immaturely since “the incident.” Well, she’s been acting immaturely, at least. Eddie warns her not to back down when she gives a class presentation in front of Hetson later that day. They banter some more about the kiss, but I’m sure no one cares.

Heather quickly takes over on the movie set, working to get Todd on schedule and under budget. The problem is that the studio hates Natasha. Dawson and Todd both promise that she can play the lead. Todd notes that Dawson’s in the film’s target demographic, so he would know. After Freeman’s class, Jack approaches Freeman to ask about his grade; Freeman says he enjoyed the content but not the structure. He thinks Jack’s expectations were too high.

Todd asks Dawson to talk to Natasha, admitting that he’s completely fine with firing her if he needs to. After some awkwardness, since Natasha’s changing clothes, she tells Dawson that she knows she’s in trouble. Dawson gives her some pointers on how to do her next big scene. Audrey visits Pacey at work, but he’s not too thrilled to see her. She just wants to tell him that Emma asked her to be in her band. She’ll be debuting with the band at Hell’s Kitchen.

Joey gives a presentation on Lolita to Hetson’s class; you may be surprised to know that he’s a jerk to her. Eddie comes to her defense, telling Hetson to leave her alone. The two guys end up having a fight about a Russian writer who may have been a doppelganger or, to borrow from the episode title, an impostor. Eddie ultimately walks out of class and Joey follows him, but he snaps at her to mind her own business.

That night Eddie doesn’t show up for work, and Joey asks Emma if she knows where he lives. She’s surprised to hear that he lives two hours from Boston. Oh, and he doesn’t actually go to Worthington. Dawson, Todd, and Heather watch dailies of Natasha’s big scene, which Heather isn’t impressed with. Dawson tells Todd to have her watch the scene again, this time highlighting Natasha’s strengths.

As Dawson and an editor quickly recut the scene, Todd and Heather yell at each other, revealing that they once had a thing. She threatens to shut down the entire movie. They watch the scene again; this time Natasha’s the focus instead of the location. I guess Dawson’s an editing genius or something, because Heather calms down.

Joey stops by Freeman’s office and asks straight out if he would have gotten a better grade if he hadn’t been so shocked by Freeman’s admission that he went to the party to see him. He blasts Freeman for putting his marriage on the line when he’s supposed to be a respected adult. Freeman says he doesn’t want to have to be part of a “despised minority.” Jack replies that he should ask himself who’s doing the despising.

Audrey gets punked up for her debut, which will be in front of an excited audience. Jen tries to bring up the party, but Audrey says she doesn’t really remember what happened. Emma warns Audrey not to screw up the performance. The band is called Hell’s Belles, and their first song is a screamy version of “California Dreamin’.” It’s awful but the audience loves it.

Joey goes out to Eddie’s and lets him know she knows he doesn’t actually go to Worthington. He lets her into his apartment but doesn’t really want to have a civil conversation with her. She tells him she just wants to help. He tells her to go back to Boston and try to get back together with her preppy boyfriend.

Audrey, Jen, Joey, and Emma celebrate after the band’s performance, and it’s only then that Audrey realizes Pacey didn’t make it. Todd introduces Natasha to Heather, who acts super-enthusiastic and tells Natasha that the studio loves her. Natasha thinks she only got the role as a fluke, though Dawson ensures her that she earned it. They talk about the first time they met, when she was about to quit acting and he approached her because she seemed smart.

Audrey and Emma head home to the apartment, where Pacey fell asleep before he could go to Hell’s Kitchen. Audrey asks him to drive her home so she can sleep in her own bed. Eddie goes to Hell’s Kitchen to help Joey close and banter with her a little more. He explains how he first got started as an impostor. Joey apologizes for getting him singled out in class, since he was trying to be nice. He tells her he was actually trying to show off.

The next day, Freeman runs into Jack at a coffee kiosk (or he’s stalking him – whatever) and gives him a better grade. He talks about how unheard of it was for people to come out when he was Jack’s age. Their cultures are completely different. Jack asks Freeman to have a TA grade his papers from now on. Jen sees them talking and asks Jen if he got things with his paper straightened out. Jack assures her that everything is straight.

Thoughts: It’s clear that Hetson knew Oliver wasn’t really a student at Worthington, so why did he let him audit the class? Why did Oliver stay after he was found out? Nothing here makes ANY SENSE.

Freeman, you’re an idiot, and you’re just asking for Jack to report you for inappropriate behavior. (Not that anyone on this show would report an inappropriate relationship with a teacher.)

I love that Audrey, who’s complained about California, sings “California Dreamin'” in the shower. But why would Emma think she’s right for a punk band? And what happened to their original singer? And what’s the show’s obsession with people singing with bands? Again, nothing makes sense here.

If you travel two hours to talk to a guy you barely know when he clearly doesn’t want to talk to you, you might be crazy.

Natasha underwent a complete character transformation between the last episode and this one. I guess that’s the magic of Dawson. However, Heather also underwent a complete character transformation; originally she was just a producer who seemed normal, but now she’s a horrible person. Maybe it’s because she hasn’t spent enough time with Dawson yet.

August 21, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.4, Instant Karma!: Everyone Gets Drunk and Does Stupid Things

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“So what are we using for subtext this week?”

Summary: Dawson’s on the set with Todd, who’s being a jerk, as usual. The lead actress, Natasha Kelly, hasn’t arrived yet, since Todd fired the PA who was supposed to fetch her from the airport. Dawson runs off to get her himself. At Hell’s Kitchen, Joey and Eddie banter about On the Road and he calls her on being angry; he guesses it’s because of a guy. Audrey, Jack, and Jen are also around, but Pacey’s still at work. Audrey’s mad that he’s been spending so much time studying for his broker exam.

Audrey decides to bail on the party she, Jack, and Jen were supposed to go to, but Jen and her ugly bangs really want to have some fun. She makes them agree to do some true partying. Natasha mopes all the way from the airport to the studio, drinking from what really looks like a bottle of vanilla. She tries to get Dawson to stop for flowers to take to Todd, warning that he doesn’t want her angry on set.

Rich wants Pacey to go out to some clubs with him and their bosses. Pacey asks to call Audrey to let her know, but Rich won’t let him. (So we can all see where this is going, yes?) Natasha continues harassing Dawson, calling him Donald, then acts fake cheery with Todd, who can immediately tell that she’s been drinking. And then we learn why Natasha’s so ticked: Dawson is the girl he dumped for Joey. Todd tries to shoot Natasha’s big scene in the movie but she’s awful.

Jen, Audrey, and Jack leave Hell’s Kitchen for some big house party, but none of them knows where it is. They run into Pacey and his co-workers just as they’re talking about going to a strip club. Audrey accuses Pacey of lying to her about working, saying he’s turned into an annoying suit. He argues that he wants to make something of his life, so he has to play by the rules. Audrey leaves with Jen and Jack, telling Pacey not to follow her.

Eddie and Joey pack up a big delivery while talking more about On the Road. He thinks she hates it because it’s about people who follow their own road, and Joey won’t act on her impulses. She argues that she does, since she bought a ticket to Paris over the summer. Eddie enlists her to help make the delivery.

At the house party, Audrey complains about Pacey, creeping Jen and Jack out with discussion of their sex life. Jen runs into C.J. (literally) and thinks he’s going to judge her for drinking. Professor Freeman’s at the party, which is totally realistic, and Jack gets a beer with him. Joey and Eddie wind up delivering the food to a movie set, and I bet you can guess whose movie it is. Go on, guess!

Pacey calls Audrey, who’s drunk enough to drop her phone in a glass of beer without caring about it. Jen’s starting to get concerned about the amount of alcohol Audrey’s had. Joey goes looking for payment for the delivery and is told to ask Dawson. Natasha meets Joey and quickly realizes who she is. She goes on a rant about rocking Dawson’s world in bed, only to get dumped on her answering machine.

Jack and Freeman discuss The Simpsons, then Freeman’s class. He thinks Jack has a gift for looking below the surface to see what’s really going on. He reveals that his wife just called him from a business trip the day before and told him she’s pregnant. Freeman was having a hard time being at home, so he came to the party. At a strip club, Rich tells Pacey not to worry about his relationship; if he really loves Audrey and is really sorry, she’ll understand. Pacey tells him he’s full of crap but doesn’t leave.

Audrey’s moved into the sleepy stage of drunkenness, which is also the stage where she’s ready to hook up with a random guy. Jen tries to stop her, but another guy tries to keep her from following Audrey and the guy upstairs. C.J. overhears and gets Jen upstairs to retrieve Audrey. Natasha refuses to leave her trailer until Dawson’s gone, so Todd tells him he has to go. Dawson’s sad to be fired but understands.

Jen and C.J. take Audrey to her room, where she wants to be alone. Jen tells C.J. that she’s been in Audrey’s position more than once, and it was strange to see the situation from a different side. She thinks C.J. will see her as a mess. He tells her she didn’t do anything wrong, and anything she did wrong in the past has made her more compassionate.

Eddie and Natasha watch as Dawson tells Joey he’ll probably be going back to California. He asks if she thinks things would have worked out between them if things had been different. She says that’s been the theme of their relationship. Maybe it’s better that things happened the way they did because that made them let go of each other and stand on their own. Freeman drives Jack home, admitting that he went to the party hoping to see him. Jack is a little creeped out.

Pacey goes to Audrey’s dorm but doesn’t know what to say. Fortunately, she’s fine with not talking. Dawson takes a last look at the movie set, then starts to leave. Natasha stops him and lets him know she got him unfired. She admits that she got drunk because she knew she was going to see him. Dawson apologizes for the way he dumped her. Natasha says she got him his job back because she could see that Joey hurt him a lot worse than she did.

Back at Hell’s Kitchen, Joey asks Eddie why he likes On the Road. He says it’s about people who take chances and really live, and he’s always wanted to be one of those people. Joey responds by kissing him. She explains that she was following an impulse, but Eddie disagrees: She’s reacting to the pain of seeing Dawson again. They need to deal with their issues and leave Eddie out of it.

Thoughts: This is another episode title that doesn’t get explained. There isn’t really any karma at play here. Maybe for Dawson, but that karma wasn’t instant.

Dumped on an answering machine? I’m Team Natasha on this one.

As if a diva actress would date a director’s assistant.

Audrey and Pacey’s falling-out happened too quickly. I think they’re trying to speed things up to get to other stuff, so they had to have things fall apart early on, but it just doesn’t work.

Is this Jack/Freeman plot going to be Joey/Wilder 2.0? Can I boycott if it is?

Eddie, GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN. DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITH JOEY. YOU WILL REGRET IT. All you’ll ever hear is “Dawson, Dawson, Dawson.”

August 18, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.3, The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest: Horrible Bosses

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Early-2000s email looks weird

Summary: Joey’s trying to type an email to Dawson about “the incident,” but she can’t figure out what to say. Audrey thinks she’s making a mistake and goes on a rant about how email is making society worse. Joey wants to let Dawson know she cares about him, but she also wants him to know she’s still mad. She doesn’t want to have the conversation over the phone. Audrey tells her that if she has to do this through email, she’d better do it thoroughly and pour her heart out.

Joey’s still working on the email that night, long after Audrey’s gone to bed. It mostly says that she wishes him well but they won’t be together. When she’s finally done, she brings up her address book and goes to click on Dawson’s name for the send field. But she’s so tired that she accidentally clicks “campus wide” just above his email address. Ruh-roh!

In the morning, Jack and Emma are amused by how professional Pacey looks on his first day of work. Everyone’s getting along, though Emma is a little naggy. Joey checks her email and sees that she has dozens of messages in response to her email to Dawson. She sees in her sent box that she sent it to the wrong address. Audrey’s too tired to offer much sympathy.

Pacey’s new boss, Rich, assigns him to sell stocks to people who probably won’t buy them. This plotline is stupid. Audrey joins Jen and Jack in Professor Freeman’s class; apparently she can just audit any class she wants in a school she doesn’t attend. Freeman offers an extra-credit assignment in the form of a double feature. Jack will mostly like show up for that.

Hetson hands out a new reading assignment to Joey’s class: her email. He wants to use it as an example of bad writing. He chastises Joey for distancing herself from the situation, telling her that you can’t do stream-of-consciousness writing if you’re just observing. Pacey isn’t good at his job, and Rich thinks it’s because he can’t relate to the people he’s supposed to sell to. He needs to make people feel like idiots for not listening to his advice. Basically, he needs to be a jerk.

Joey starts her new job at Hell’s Kitchen, thinking that her past restaurant experience has prepared her well enough. Emma disagrees. Joey goes to take some students’ orders and hears them talking about her email. She tears into them for treating the writer (who they don’t know is her) like she exists for their entertainment.

Jack spots Freeman at the movie theater and goes to talk to him as Jen and Audrey tease him. (Jen calls him “Swimfan,” which is awesome.) Jack is disappointed to learn that Freeman doesn’t know his name. Back at Hell’s Kitchen, Joey’s day gets even worse when Hetson comes in. Emma tells her he’s a regular. She doesn’t want Joey to run away from her problems, so she makes her wait on him.

Joey and Hetson banter, and then she lights into him for humiliating her in class. He points out that writers have to endure that kind of experience on a regular basis. If she can’t handle it, she should drop his class. Hetson continues that “it’s hard to write that sex stuff,” and at least she got this embarrassing situation out of the way early on. If Joey’s going to stay in the class, she needs to start proving to at least one of them that it’s worth it.

Rich takes Pacey on a field trip to a car dealership; he wants a Z8. Pacey can’t believe Rich can afford one. Rich advises him that a car says a lot about who the driver is. Pacey’s messy Mustang makes him look unserious and resistant to change. When they get back to the office, Pacey channels Rich (and maybe Hetson, a little) to sell some stocks. Rich is proud.

Jack chats with Freeman again after the double feature, and Audrey invites him to go to Hell’s Kitchen with them. Jack raves about Freeman’s class, practically declaring his love for his professor. Pacey has trouble closing any sales the rest of the day. Then he learns that Rich is taking credit for his big sale.

Eddie and Joey banter at Hell’s Kitchen (it’s like that’s the theme of the episode), and she rants about her horrible day. Eddie shoots back that many people don’t think about Joey when she’s not around, since they have their own lives. Oh, and he didn’t check his email, so he didn’t see the one she sent to everyone and hadn’t heard anything about it until she brought it up.

Pacey confronts Rich over pretending to take him under his wing, then taking credit for his success. He knows Rich is going to keep taking Pacey’s money and calling it his own. Rich says he’s just doing his job. That job is to make money, not praise Pacey. Pacey can keep going with the status quo, then eventually walk away, or he can shoot for better, like Rich does. After all, Rich used to be in Pacey’s position, and someone did the same thing to him that Rich did to Pacey.

Audrey tries to make Joey feel better by telling her that she barely heard about the email all day. Joey points out that she wasn’t on campus all day. She laments that Dawson will never see the letter meant for him. Audrey offers to be Joey’s expression sponsor, someone she can open up to the next time she feels like she just has to say something. Jen takes a liking to Eddie, who Joey tells her isn’t that great a guy.

Pacey pulls Audrey away from the group to tell him what Rich did. She encourages him not to let Rich get away with it. Pacey doesn’t think he has a choice, since that’s just how things work at the office. Audrey says these are supposed to be “the easiest days of [their] lives.” He tells her he’s seen how the real world works, and he can’t forget about it. He needs respect, and he may need to take a different path to get it.

Joey starts to apologize to Eddie, but he lets her earlier rant go. Joey’s song choice from the night she slept with Dawson comes up on the jukebox, and the two of them agree that they hate it. In the morning, Jack tells Emma about his Freeman troubles; he thought they had a moment the day before, but Jack doesn’t want him to know he’s into him. Emma thinks Freeman would be flattered.

Pacey goes to the office early, getting right to work. In class, Hetson teases Joey about the email again, so she bites back, asking if they’re going to move on to something more stimulating. Eddie approves. On the movie set, Dawson tries to write Joey an email but doesn’t get to finish it before Todd calls him away.

Thoughts: What did we learn from this episode? If you’re a jerk, you can drive a nice car!

I don’t know why a school would give students a way to send an email to the entire student body. That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

Freeman is handsome, but not as hot as Jack, Jen, and Audrey think. He looks kind of like Harry Hamlin.

Jack, teasing Audrey about Pacey living with Emma: “The three of us took a bath together this morning.” Jen: “I thought you only took a bath with Grams.” It’s her delivery that really makes it awesome.

August 14, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.2, The Song Remains the Same: “This is a Very Unhappy Birthday”

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 9:12 pm by Jenn

“Why, yes, I am adorable. Thank you for noticing”

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.)

August 11, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.1, The Kids are Alright: The One Where They Finally Do It

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 2:40 pm by Jenn

This is Joey’s professor. Just imagine him in a colorful shirt and flip-flops, and COVERED IN MY KISSES

Summary: Previously on Dawson’s Creek, Joey considered going to Paris. Then she didn’t. In an incredibly cheesy voiceover sequence, she tells us that instead, she spent the summer in Capeside, waiting tables and reading. She met a boy, but he announced he was in love with her way too soon. Pacey and Audrey spent the summer in L.A. Jack and Eric dated, but then Eric dumped him (via email) for someone else. Jen went to the Hamptons and learned that her parents are divorcing. She was thrilled. Joey doesn’t know how Dawson’s summer went since they haven’t talked since the airport.

Joey runs across the Worthington campus and straight into someone deliciously snarky who’s wearing a Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops. Joey’s late for a meeting with Professor Hetson, who isn’t even in his office yet. Oh, and he’s the deliciously snarky guy. Audrey, Pacey, and Pacey’s unattractive facial hair are also at Worthington, along with a friend of Audrey’s whose parents want him to go to school there. It’s Jack Osbourne, because this was the early 2000s when Hollywood was contractually obligated to put at least one of them in everything.

Audrey’s worried that now that the summer’s over, she and Pacey will fall apart. He wonders why she isn’t rushing to get to class. She notes that nothing happens the first day of school. Pacey promises that he had a great summer and appreciates that her father has given her some job prospects. Audrey worries that Pacey will turn into a “lame 9-to-5-er.” He wants to make a change from the restaurant world.

Hetson tells Joey of an opening in the English department for a research assistant. She’s not that interested, but he tells her it’s a job a lot of people would love. He notices that she’s in one of his classes even though she’s only a sophomore. Joey assures him that she’s up for the challenge. He calls her bluff and tells her to read Last Exit to Brooklyn before the first class (which is that afternoon).

At Grams’, Jen asks if there’s anything noticeably different about her. The change is that she’s happy. If her parents can take steps to make their lives better, Jen knows anything’s possible. “What’s happened to my granddaughter?” Grams asks. “If you’ve eaten her, I want you to spit her out this instant.” Then Clifton calls, so that’s still going on. Jen uses the distraction of the phone call to give Jack and his latest boy toy a chance to escape the house without being spotted.

Pacey rushes to Joey’s room to tell her that no matter what, she doesn’t want him to stay there. Audrey arrive next and asks Joey if Pacey can stay with them for a few days. Joey respects Pacey’s wishes and says no. He pretends to be hurt. Joey gets to reading, but is distracted when Dawson calls, leaving a message on her machine to tell her he’s in town. (It sounds like Todd’s with him.) He wants to meet at a coffee shop, and Joey decides that’s more important than her reading.

Pacey winds up at Grams, getting ready for a job interview with a stock broker. Jack thinks he’s just obnoxious enough for the job. (Heh.) Pacey replies that Jack’s life is a little dull. Jack agrees, noting that it’s tough to bring someone home to a house where a grandmother lives. Pacey suggests that the two of them get a place together. Jack says it’s a bad idea, though he’ll need some time to figure out exactly why.

Jen goes to her art history class and is stunned to see that one of her fellow students is Grams. Grams tried to tell her that morning, but Jen was talking too much. She went to one of Clifton’s summer-school classes and remembered how much she liked learning, so she decided to enroll. Pacey visits a loft he’s interested in and meets the current tenant, Emma, who could give Hetson a run for his money in the snark/sass category. Pacey promises that if he and Jack moved in, neither of them would fall in love with her. She decides to interview some other potential roommates.

Jen and Jack have a pop-culture class together, and they both think the teacher, Professor Freeman, is cute. They just can’t decide if he’s gay. (He appears to be straight, as he says he’s married.) Joey waits for Dawson at the coffee shop with ten minutes to go before her class. She winds up heading back to campus and arriving at class late. Hetson calls her out on it, then answers her phone when Audrey calls. He does relay her message that Dawson couldn’t make it but will meet her and the others at Hell’s Kitchen that night.

The class starts discussing Last Exit to Brooklyn, and Hetson calls on Joey first. She admits that she didn’t get to read the whole thing. He’s disappointed but wants to know what she thought of what she did manage to read. Joey says it was heartbreaking – the characters are in a horrible world. Another student, Eddie, disagrees; he thinks Joey’s condescending for thinking there can’t be beauty in that horrible world. Then he winks at Joey, so he’s already on my list.

Emma turns out to be a waitress at Hell’s Kitchen, which Pacey thinks is a sign. He makes it clear that he’s dating Audrey, so she doesn’t need to worry about him. Audrey announces that she doesn’t want him living with a hot girl. (Emma’s just flattered that Audrey thinks she’s hot.) Pacey next introduces Emma to Jack, but that still doesn’t sway her toward letting them move in with her. Joey arrives and meets up with her friends, but Dawson still isn’t there.

Later in the evening, Joey asks Pacey why he didn’t want to stay with her and Audrey. Pacey reminds her of their return to Capeside after their summer on the boat, and how they didn’t want to go back to the real world. He adds that Hollywood Audrey tired him out. Joey’s torn between supporting him and wanting to warn him that if he hurts Audrey, she’ll hurt him.

Back with the others, Joey wonders where Dawson is. Audrey says the whole summer was like this – Dawson was always with Todd, working as his assistant. Oliver ditched L.A. after a bad experience, leaving Dawson a note reading, “I’ll see you in Hell, Leery.” Audrey’s surprised that Dawson and Joey didn’t talk all summer. Joey heads to the jukebox and tells off a guy who’s hassling Emma. They bond over bad experiences waiting tables. Emma lets Joey know there’s an opening for a waitress at the restaurant.

Pacey decides to leave since he has his job interview the next day. Audrey’s disappointed that he doesn’t have the energy he had all summer. He points out that she has classes the next day, but Audrey thinks socializing should take priority. She tells him she got them a nice hotel room for the night so they can have one more night of vacation before returning to their normal lives. Joey debates her two job options with Jack and Jen, who know her well enough to know she’ll opt for the research-assistant position.

Jen and Jack leave, but Joey decides to stay and wait for Dawson. She’s there for a long time and finally decides to leave. Of course, that’s when he shows up. They talk about their summers, and Dawson relays a story about speaking to Steven Spielberg on the phone (for two seconds when he called for Todd). He’s pleased that Joey waited around for him, though she claims it’s because she’s been waiting all night for her song to come up on the jukebox.

Joey brings up the fact that they spent the whole summer incommunicado. Dawson says he felt good about the two of them after she told him things would work themselves out. She thinks this means they’re really growing up. He seems different, but in a good way. Joey’s song finally plays, and she tells Dawson that it reminds her of the two of them seeing Clueless in middle school. He grabbed her hand when they ran across the street to Gail’s car, and it made her happy. This song was playing on the car radio.

Dawson asks Joey to dance, and after they do that for a while, he walks her to her dorm. She tells him he can sleep in Audrey’s bed if he wants, since she’s at the hotel. He falls asleep as she gets ready for bed, then wakes up and turns her clock forward so he can give her her birthday present on her actual birthday. It’s a Hollywood snow globe. (Way to break a five, Dawson.) He tells her that even though they didn’t talk all summer, she was still with him. They hug each other for a long time, and then there’s kissing, and then their clothes come off.

Thoughts: Hetson is played by Roger Howarth, who soap fans would know as Todd Manning from One Life to Live and General Hospital. Hetson is pretty much exactly like Todd, just with a different wardrobe and no scar. And he hasn’t swapped any babies yet. (Aside to General Hospital watchers, specifically Jason/Sam fans: Hetson’s shirt has dragons on it. That has to mean something, right?)

Eddie is played by Oliver Hudson, brother of Kate.

Pacey, your hair makes you look like the Heat Miser. Just thought you should know.

Jack can’t afford his own place? Did his father cut him off?

A snow globe? A snow globe? You suck, Dawson.

August 6, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 5.23, Swan Song: She Got Off the Plane! Oh, Wait

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 9:21 pm by Jenn

I know it looks like I have the wrong show here, but just go with me on this

Summary: Dawson’s at the airport (where there are awesome giant hot-air balloons as decorations), about to fly to L.A. Joey’s also there, but they haven’t seen each other for five years, so obviously this is a dream/fantasy/something like that. Dawson says he thinks about Joey a lot and would like to spend some time with her before he flies out. Too bad she’s engaged to someone else.

They make awkward small talk before she starts to leave. Joey says that they had their shot, but Dawson blew it, so she moved on. He needs to do the same because “this is getting sad and ridiculous.” Yep, it’s Dawson’s nightmare. If only he’d stayed asleep longer so we could see Joey rip out his heart a few more times.

Joey and Audrey hang out by the water in Capeside; Audrey wants Joey to come to L.A. with her, but Joey plans to spend the summer in Capeside. Pacey shows up, wearing a security uniform, and Audrey takes off. Joey encourages him to talk to her, but Pacey doesn’t want to revisit his recent humiliations.

Dawson’s trying to get Lily to talk, worried that she’ll say her first word while he’s in L.A. Gail asks if he’s said goodbye to Joey yet. He’s made plans to get together with her, and Gail wonders if this social meeting is really a date. He won’t tell her, claiming he and Joey have nothing to say to each other anyway. She finds that hard to believe.

Jack got his grades back: four C’s and a D. Now he can focus on their summer in Costa Rica, though he’s not sure Jen is still on board. He’s gotten her a copy of Moby Dick to read on the plane so she won’t talk and keep him from sleeping. Joey, Audrey, and Dawson finish up dinner at the Leerys’ restaurant, and Audrey decides to give the other two some time alone to talk. Dawson asks Joey to promise she’ll never marry a lawyer.

Joey reminisces about the last time she and Dawson said goodbye, just before he left for L.A. the first time. They thought it was all epic and dramatic, and then he showed up in Boston just a few months later. She’s not sorry at all about the way things turned out. Finally Joey asks Dawson why he came to Florida. She promises that there will never be a time she doesn’t want to hear what he has to say. He announces that he went to tell her he loves her.

Joey asks why he didn’t say something sooner. Dawson reminds her that she’d moved on by the time he got there; it wouldn’t have been fair to ask her to drop Charlie for him. She wonders when things changed. Dawson names Lily’s birthday party, when he saw Joey’s sketches. He realized that he hates it when Joey isn’t around. She’s worried that he just keeps coming back to her when things are uncertain. Dawson moves in for a kiss, but she rejects him.

The next morning, Dawson takes a cab to the B&B to pick up Audrey. Audrey doesn’t know about the near-kiss the night before, since Joey refuses to talk about it. Audrey drops it, telling Joey that this was the best year of her life. Joey and Dawson only wish each other a good summer, and Joey’s left behind in Capeside.

Patrolling the marina, Pacey runs into Danny, who’s been dumped by his wife. He’s surprised to see Pacey as a security guard but isn’t sympathetic about him losing his job at the restaurant. They’re both screw-ups, but it’s okay because they never have to grow up or conform. Danny says Pacey has a great future ahead of him. Somehow, Pacey isn’t comforted.

Jen and Jack rush to make their flight to Costa Rica, but it’s delayed. Fortunately, they have Dawson and Audrey to hang out with. Also coincidentally in the same gate area: Eric, who went home to tell his parents he’s gay but couldn’t do it. He offers to wait with Jack until his flight leaves. Jack rejects the offer.

Joey’s supposed to start work at the yacht club again for the summer, and she’s not that happy about going back instead of moving forward. Dawson runs into Grams at a newsstand, and she admits that she and Clifton are taking a trip together that Jen doesn’t know about. She doesn’t want Dawson to tell Jen she’s there, partly because she doesn’t want Jen to think she’s going to pressure her into spending the summer with her parents.

Bessie drops by the yacht club with Joey’s passport, reminding her that she’d thought about spending the summer in France. She has something special that came in the mail for Joey. Dawson bugs Jen about her parents, telling her it’s time for her to grow up. She tells him that not everyone is as strong as him; they don’t always do the right thing. He gets her to lie and say she’ll think about it.

Jen asks Jack about Eric, saying he’s a nice person for trying to help a person who wasn’t nice to him. He doesn’t see the big deal in being a friend to someone who needs one. She wants him to stay in Boston to help Eric, and he wants her to go to the Hamptons. Jen says that she needs to help herself for once.

In case Dawson hasn’t run into enough people he knows, next he encounters Todd, who recognizes him but can’t remember from where. He thinks Dawson’s opinionated but gutsy, and he’d like him to keep in touch. Back in Capeside, Joey reads her mail at the marina and confides in Pacey that she feels trapped. She thinks he might be the most adult person she knows – he never looks back. She encourages him to believe in himself more.

Joey brings up Audrey, asking if Pacey misses her. He won’t answer the question. She says Audrey changed her life, and she misses her. Pacey suggests that she might have changed on her own. He thinks that whatever she’s thinking about, she wishes she could change it. Joey says no, then announces that she and Pacey are going after Audrey, and possibly another person, to say what they need to say.

Cue the typical movie/TV rush to the airport. Joey goes off to buy a ticket and stop Audrey, but Pacey has another idea. Jen’s trying to get on a plane to New York but can only get a first-class ticket. (Oh, you poor girl.) She runs into Joey, telling her Dawson changed her mind about her summer plans. She’s sure he’s the reason Joey’s there, too.

Pacey has Audrey paged so he can tell her over the phone that he’s sorry. He knows that might not be enough, but they’ll never know if she gets on the plane. He tells her to meet him downstairs so they can talk. “That is your pitch?” she exclaims. “You are a lazy romantic, Pacey!” She hangs up on him, so he runs to a security office to try to use the intercom.

For some reason, the security officer lets Pacey make a big speech about how he didn’t have the best year, but it got better when he met Audrey. Joey’s energized by the gesture and eagerly tries to get a ticket so she can go to Dawson’s gate. She has to pick a destination, so she randomly picks Milwaukee. “That’s boring,” the ticket agent says. Heh. Joey picks Paris, because apparently money is no object here.

Audrey finds Pacey, who suggests that their next move is to drive to California, “stopping for only food and sex.” (Audrey makes a plea for a visit to the world’s largest ball of yarn.) She tells him he’s lucky because she “kind of” loves him. He thanks her for giving him a second chance. As they leave, he asks if she has any money for gas.

Dawson’s just about to get on the plane when Joey arrives, asking why he didn’t say goodbye. He replies that it was when he tried to kiss her and she turned her head. She admits that she was scared of going backwards and never growing up. At the beginning of the year, she thought they would have to say goodbye, but she was wrong. He’s in her past, her present, and her future. He makes her life better, not worse.

He asks her to go to California, but Joey says she can’t. Dawson’s journey is to California, but Joey’s isn’t. They don’t need to worry if they say everything they need to say to each other. She thinks she knows what the kiss meant, then smooches him. Once again, Dawson doesn’t want to get on the plane, but Joey tells him he has to since it’s his dream to go make movies. If he gets lost, he just needs to remember that she loves him, too.

After some more kissing, Dawson gets on the plane. On her way to New York, Jen enjoys the benefits of first class and chats with her highly improbable seatmate, Todd. Elsewhere, Eric and Jack hang out. Lily says her first word: “Dada.” Audrey and Pacey happily drive to California. Dawson’s seatmate is a woman who hates flying, and he assures her she’ll be okay. Joey goes to refund her ticket to Paris, debating actually using it.

Thoughts: Five seasons down, one to go! I can’t believe I’m in the homestretch already. It seems like just yesterday I was cringing in embarrassment at the pilot.

Pacey’s a security guard and we didn’t get to see Doug make fun of him? I feel cheated.

I don’t think I’ve ever run into someone I knew at the airport, let alone everyone I knew all on the same day.

No way are Joey and Jen close enough to say they love each other. Maybe Joey was just thinking about what she was going to say to Dawson, and it slipped out?

Why the urgency to stop Audrey? She’ll be back in Boston at the end of the summer, right? I always hate those cliché scenes where someone runs through the airport to stop/say goodbye to someone else. You can’t pick up the phone and call the person once the plane lands?

I shouldn’t have laughed at Pacey ending his intercom speech with “free the West Memphis Three,” and yet…

August 4, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 5.22, The Abby: Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , at 2:33 pm by Jenn

I couldn’t find a good picture for this episode, so here’s a cute pug

Summary: There’s chaos in the hallways of Worthington’s dorms, since the school year is over. Audrey wants Joey to go to L.A. with her for the summer, but Joey’s planning to go back to Capeside. Audrey suggests that she tag along for a few days. There’s a knock at the door, and the girls prepare to throw water balloons at whoever’s there, since they think it’s one of their crazy floormates. It’s actually Professor Wilder, who’s probably glad he didn’t get into a relationship with a 19-year-old.

Wilder’s there to give Joey a copy of the school’s literary review, which contains the story she wrote about Dawson at the beginning of the year. She tells him that they’ve gone their separate ways. They talk about their summer plans, and she admits that she’s not that happy about going home, since it feels like a step back after a year of moving forward. Wilder thanks her “for more than [she] can possibly imagine,” but he doesn’t elaborate on that.

Over at the restaurant, Alex tells the staff that they’ll be hosting a lunch for their investors the next day. It’s possible it will lead to the opening of another location. She wants everyone to be on their best behavior since her job could be on the line. Pacey nixes one of her menu ideas, and Alex pulls him aside to warn him not to mess with her, since he won’t win. Dawson gets a call from Waller, but won’t share the obviously good news with Oliver until Oliver admits he was an idiot.

Jen and Jack discuss vacation ideas; she wants to go somewhere like Fiji, but he wants to backpack through Europe. Jen thinks that sounds like a bad version of summer camp. Jack also wants to go to Cleveland, for some reason. Joey and Audrey pack up to move out of the world’s nicest dorm room. Alex yells at the kitchen staff, then proves to be a true bitca by firing a single mother working three jobs, even after Pacey tries to stop her.

In Capeside, Joey and Audrey meet up with Dawson at his house, and Audrey asks to see the infamous room where Dawson and Joey spent so much of their childhoods. Joey asks Dawson to spend some time with Audrey while she goes to see her father in jail. Back in Boston, Jack and Jen tell Grams that they’ve decided to go to Costa Rica for two months. Jen knows it could be a disaster, but for the rest of their lives, they’ll be able to say they went there. Grams ruins Jen’s good mood by telling her that her parents want her to spend the summer with them in the Hamptons.

Pacey ruins Alex’s lunch for the investors by taking all the food to a homeless shelter. Oh, and he rehired the fired waitress. He announces to the head investor that he’s witnessing a coup d’etat brought about by Alex’s horrible, horrible nature. The investors just want to know where their lunch is. Pacey bought pizza for them, telling them that his feelings are shared by everyone else on staff. Alex yells that he’s fired, and he responds, “Reap the whirlwind.”

Joey goes to the prison but learns that Mike was paroled four months earlier. A guard tells her that it was Mike’s choice whether or not to tell his family he was released. Joey gets emotional, saying that Mike is her dad. The guard sympathetically tells her that he heard Mike is working in a five and dime in another town.

Dawson gives Audrey a tour of Capeside, as well as some stories of the gang’s teenage experiences. He thinks Pacey still likes Audrey, so she shouldn’t give up on him. They start talking about L.A., and Dawson announces that he’s going there to work on the movie with Oliver and Waller. Audrey’s excited for him, as well as the fact that she’ll have him around to hang out with. She invites him to stay with her.

Jen has a weird little dance party, then tells Jack that she’s trying not to fall apart because of her parents. He doesn’t want to go to Costa Rica by himself, so he’s going to cancel their tickets. Jen doesn’t want to spend the summer with their parents, but Jack thinks she should. She wants some time to think about her options and figure out what to do. He leaves and she goes back to her dance party.

Pacey waits for Alex outside the restaurant so he can tell her he didn’t want to let things go and wonder what could have happened. He wants to know what happened to make Alex so horrible. Alex says that she believes people get what they ask for. Pacey starts to leave, but can’t get his car to start, so Alex offers him a ride.

Joey tells Bessie about Mike, and Bessie tells her not to judge him for staying away. Audrey’s on Bessie’s side, saying that now Joey gets to decide whether or not she wants her father in her life. They talk about Dawson, and Joey remembers him coming along the last time she visited Mike in jail. Audrey adds that Dawson drove from New York to Florida to see her, which Joey didn’t know about.

Alex tells Pacey she plans to get a new job, since his comments about her are going to ruin her reputation. She starts complaining about her future prospects, and Pacey notices that she’s speeding. He tells her to slow down, but as we all know, Alex is a complete Nutter Butter, so she ignores him. She thinks her life is over, but it makes her feel alive. Unable to make her stop, Pacey tries to call her bluff, urging her to drive faster. He stars to kiss her, and she finally gets so shaken that she stops.

Joey goes to the Leerys’ to tell Dawson that Mike was paroled. Dawson thinks it’s understandable that Mike would want to stay away, since the last time he was around, he made Joey’s life hard. Joey asks about L.A., and Dawson shares the news about the movie. She’s happy for him, but she also seems sad that he won’t be around. Joey says she’s worried she’ll say the wrong thing. “You’ve already said all the right things,” Dawson assures her.

Alex admits to Pacey that she has problems (yeah, no kidding) and could have killed someone tonight. She appreciates that Pacey saved her. He tells her it’s not too late for her to try to make things right. Jen talks to her parents on the phone, then tells Jack that she declined their invitation to the Hamptons. She thinks they were relieved. Jack thinks she made a mistake. Grams joins the conversation, saying that Jen’s parents’ attempts at reconciliation may not have been enough to salvage the relationship. However, if they really want it to work, they’ll try again.

Dawson visits Mitch’s grave to tell him about the events of the past year. He admits that he wants to be with Joey, but he’s not sure they can make things work after all this time. Meanwhile, Joey goes to the five and dime with a copy of the literary review.

Thoughts: So why was the episode called “The Abby”? Why give the episode a name like that and not explain it??

It’s Bessie! Yay, Bessie! Sorry you only got one scene.

Alex went from annoying to cartoon villain in one episode. Nice writing, there.

And Pacey’s an idiot for accepting a ride with her. Hello, Boston public transportation. It’s called the T, Pacey.

I know this is common sense speaking, but couldn’t Jen go to Costa Rica and then spend a couple weeks with her parents? She really doesn’t have to choose between the two. Summer’s a good three months long.

July 31, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 5.21, After Hours: Here’s to You, Mrs. Robinsons

Posted in TV tagged , , , at 7:06 pm by Jenn

Boo, hiss

Summary: Pacey brings groceries home, where Jack is studying and regretting his swan dive into the pool. He’s now focused on getting all his work done and passing his finals. He’s also trying to stay out of Gram’s house while she and Clifton “practice for choir.” Pacey announces that his new boss kissed him, which he hasn’t yet told Audrey. Jack isn’t sure he should, even though Pacey notes that Audrey told her after she and Chris kissed. Jack notes that Pacey didn’t do anything wrong, but when he sees that Alex is not, he says Pacey’s in trouble.

Alex has come over to apologize for coming on to Pacey (so that’s what the kids are calling it). She thinks she’s still single because she takes getting what she wants for granted. She also wants to give Audrey her job back. Alex promises to be completely professional at the restaurant from now on. She admires the apartment, which is actually Danny’s; Pacey says he’s looking for someone to take over the lease. Alex says she’s considering moving in and letting Pacey live there rent-free.

Joey and Dawson study for finals, though his studying consists of watching movies. She’s fallen behind because of her brief foray into singing. Grams tries to encourage Jack, who thinks he can get through most of his finals, with the exception of calculus. He missed too many classes and doesn’t have the notes he needs to learn everything. Grams attempts to cheer him with Bible stories, but it doesn’t work.

At the movies, Dawson runs into Amy the movie critic, who’s just ditched her date for the way he ate his candy. He quotes her review of his and Oliver’s movie, which she said was both derivative and full of potential. Amy invites him to her place to watch a film. Pacey tells Audrey that she has her job back, but she thinks Alex was just trying to be nice to him. She’s figured out that Alex wants Pacey. She asks if Alex has hit on him, which he denies. They fight, and though Alex tells Audrey she’s glad to have her back, Audrey announces she’s quitting.

Dawson and Amy discuss Steven Soderbergh and how his earlier movies were full of talking but didn’t show the interesting stuff. (Hmm, sounds familiar.) They make out and wind up in bed together. Afterward, Dawson notices a videotape (heh) of a movie Amy directed. He wants to watch it, but she refuses to show him. Audrey finds Joey in the library and confides that she thinks Pacey might be cheating on her with Alex (AKA Mrs. Robinson). Joey points out that if that were true, Alex wouldn’t want Audrey around. She convinces Audrey that Pacey is working on a surprise for her.

Pacey offers to stick around the restaurant while Alex works, even when she insists that she’s fine walking home alone. He finally wears her down. Jack goes to his old frat house to ask one of the brothers for help with his studies. They won’t let him into their notes and tests file since he’s no longer in the frat. Dawson bugs Amy about her movie, which she says isn’t good. In fact, it’s so bad that it made her never want to make another one. Dawson thinks she should go back to filmmaking anyway, but Amy likes her job as a critic.

Pacey walks Alex home to her hotel, and he urges her to move into Danny’s apartment. In fact, she can come by and see it again right now, if she wants. They hug goodbye, and fortunately, it doesn’t turn into anything else. Joey and Audrey study, though Audrey’s really thinking about what Pacey might be planning for her. Joey tells her to go talk to Pacey instead of distracting her. As soon as Audrey leaves, Jack shows up looking for math help from Joey.

Dawson and Amy are back in her bed, talking about their recent failed relationships. She’s surprised that he and Jen are still friends. She thinks that he’ll find the right girl soon enough, and Dawson tells her he already knows her. He tells her about his ill-fated trip to Florida. Amy doesn’t think that Joey spending the night with Charlie means she’s moved on – after all, Dawson’s spending the night with her, and he hasn’t moved on.

Jack goes back to Grams’, having had no luck in finding help with his calculus. Never fear: Eric the homophobic gay frat brother is there! Alex goes to Pacey’s apartment after all, even though it’s the middle of the night. He lets her stay and offers her champagne, though he seems uncertain about the idea. Alex starts talking about their previous kiss and hug, and of course, Audrey hears. Pacey chases her outside and announces that Alex kissed him, but it didn’t mean anything. She argues that he could have stopped her if he wanted. He says he needs the job, which doesn’t help things.

Back in the apartment, Alex has made herself comfortable and is not at all sympathetic to the fact that Pacey has probably just lost his girlfriend. She notes that everyone already thinks they’ve had sex, so they might as well actually do it. They start to, but Alex stops them, saying it’s enough to know that they could go through with it. At the library, Joey has another distraction in the form of a couple who really puts the P in PDA. Jack’s impressed that Eric risked expulsion from the frat to bring him old tests and papers. Eric doesn’t think it would be that big of a loss.

In the morning, Amy gives Dawson What’s Up, Tigerlily?, Woody Allen’s first movie. It’s derivative, like Dawson’s movie, but she sees a glimmer of Allen’s later films in it. Amy says they’re in different places in their lives, and they both know Dawson shouldn’t be getting too close to her. She tells him they should see a movie sometime. As Joey frets about her finals, Grams gives Jack a lunch she packed him (aww!), and Dawson wanders around Boston, Pacey tries to call Audrey, who won’t pick up the phone.

Dawson finds Joey half-asleep in the library, giving her coffee and a look that says he wants to jump her. She says the previous night was a metaphor for the whole semester. Everything got off-track and she has to straighten it all out. Dawson asks if she likes his shoes. That probably refers back to a previous conversation I somehow missed, but I really, really, really don’t care.

Thoughts: So Dawson spent all this time not having sex because he wants it to be special, then has a one-night stand with someone he barely knows? Um, okay.

Where’s Michelle Williams? Why two Jen-less episodes in a row?

What’s with women on this show being hot for 19-year-old guys? I wasn’t even hot for 19-year-old guys when I was 19.

Amy and Dawson order Chinese food like they’re on Gilmore Girls. Why do people on TV always order so much food?

Alex could easily be completely unstable, yes? I mean…really. Pacey’s a moron.

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