December 8, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.20, Catch-22: A Fool and His Money

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 3:08 pm by Jenn

This is before they start smashing computers

This is before they start smashing computers

Summary: Pacey’s having dinner with Sadia, who wonders why he waited so long to ask her out. He tells her he was “otherwise engaged,” but that’s been “taken care of.” At Worthington, Joey and Eddie discuss Catch-22 so the writers can justify using that for the title of the episode. She’s studying for Hetson’s final, wanting to make up for the last final she took for his class. Audrey gets a letter from the dean informing her that she can only stay at Worthington if she goes to summer school. She thinks she can negotiate her way out of it.

Joey realizes that since the semester is almost over, she and Eddie won’t be able to stay in her dorm anymore. They’ve discussed going to Capeside to work at the B&B, but Eddie has other ideas, ones he won’t share with Joey. Jack stops by the helpline while David is working, but David’s still mad about their ridiculous fight and doesn’t want to talk. He agrees to maybe meet with Jack later, but doesn’t give any kind of commitment.

At work, Pacey speaks to some job candidates, telling them that he had sex with Sadia because his life is awesome. Also, because he’s officially turned into Rich. Speaking of Rich, he tells Pacey that the Stepatech approval is about to go through. Pacey hooks up with Sadia again later, telling her that as soon as the FDA approves Stepatech’s new medical “thingy,” he’ll have enough money to buy a new car. In case it isn’t clear that Pacey has turned into Rich, he barely reacts when Sadia mentions that she has a boyfriend.

Joey ensures that she’s on time for her final by arriving two hours early with Eddie. Eddie decides that now is a good time to thank Hetson for his recommendation to the writing workshop. Joey’s worried that things will go badly and Eddie will end up hitting Hetson again. Eddie proceeds with a thank-you that proves he’s not as good with words as his admission into the workshop would have us believe. Joey tells Eddie that Hetson’s “whatever” is the best response he’s going to get.

Dawson calls Pacey at work to say he’s changed his mind about Pacey letting him invest all his money. Pacey assures him that Stepatech’s flu vaccine is going to make him very rich. Dawson considers using credit cards to finance the film, but Pacey wants Dawson to keep trusting him. Joey discusses her final with Eddie, complaining about the obscure questions Hetson asked. Fortunately, she knew the answers, so she thinks she aced it. Eddie rewards her with a backpack containing a booklet about traveling Europe for cheap. That’s his plan for their summer together.

David meets Jack at Hell’s Kitchen but isn’t happy to see him talking to a male classmate. He accuses Jack of leading him on, then announces that they’re over. Jack notes that he wouldn’t have asked to meet David if he didn’t want to work things out. David says Jack’s just going through the motions, which isn’t enough for him. Jack is thoroughly confused, as he should be, though maybe he should’ve seen this coming after David’s weird behavior in the last episode.

Joey and Eddie start planning their trip, and she tries to get them to stick to practical ideas. He doesn’t care for being practical if it means they get to spend the whole summer together. They’re already pretty broke, so it doesn’t matter how much money they spend. Joey points out that this romantic idea he has won’t be as romantic as he believes; their lives will still be here when they get back. Now she thinks they should wait a month or two to make some money first. Eddie interprets this as her changing her mind about going.

Joey says she’s throwing her life “off-course,” but he just wants her to take a chance and spend some time with him. She reminds him that the books they’re read about trips and adventures aren’t meant to be guidelines they should live their lives by. Eddie says they’re meant to encourage people to step into the world, where their lives begin. He wants an adventure to change his life. Joey asks if that means she has to stop being who she is. He tells her she’s a scared little kid who’s afraid to take chances, but that shouldn’t define her as a person. She tells him to sleep somewhere else tonight.

At work the next morning, Pacey learns that the FDA didn’t approve the vaccine. Rich doesn’t think it’s a big deal, but Pacey’s been touting Stepatech for months and is going to have a lot of unhappy clients. Rich thinks the clients have only themselves to blame. Joey meets with Hetson to declare her major in English; he gives her back her final with an A- on it. She’ll have a C+ for the year (the class was a year long?), which pleases her.

They discuss Catch-22, which Hetson sees as a man choosing life over a bleak existence. He has Joey read a passage about Yossarian saying he’s not running from his responsibilities, he’s running to them: “There’s nothing negative about running away to save my life.” Hetson says that a lot of critics find that part too sentimental, as if Joseph Heller wanted to put a moral in an amoral tale. But Hetson likes it, because right now the writers are letting him show a sentimental piece of his unsentimental character.

Joey announces that she needs to go somewhere, but they can finish their discussion next semester. Hetson yelps that he’s not going to let her into any more of his classes (does he really have the option?). She tells him she’d never take another class with him, but she does want him to be her advisor, mostly so she can keep torturing him. He smiles because he totally likes her torturing him, but also because that means he gets to keep torturing her, too.

Pacey shares the FDA news with Sadia, as well as the fact that he’s now lost all of Dawson’s money. She doesn’t think it’s a big deal. Then she wants to ask him some questions on the record. Pacey won’t go for it. Sadia can’t be with him that night since she’ll be with her boyfriend – who’s now her fiancé. She tells Pacey that they have a long-distance relationship and it’s kind of boring. He decides to make her deal with the boredom by breaking up with her.

Jack goes back to the helpline, this time to see Jen, who makes her first appearance in the episode with eight minutes to go. He asks if she thinks he only went out with David to prove that he could be in a relationship. He’s worried about still being alone when he’s 35, going to bars and trying to pick up guys. Jen notes that right now he’s not even old enough to go to bars, so he shouldn’t worry about not having met the love of his life yet. Jack thinks Jen and C.J. will stick it out because they give him hope.

After dealing with dozens of angry clients, Pacey just has Dawson to address. First he asks Rich for a loan so he can give Dawson back his initial investment. Pacey put all of his own money in Stepatech as well, so he and Dawson are both broke. Rich tells him he’s an idiot, then gives him the answer he should have given Dawson: No. Instead of just dropping it, Pacey keeps fighting, and Rich tells him he hasn’t earned any help. He adds that Pacey is a failure and a loser who will never amount to anything. Pacey attacks him and they have a fight that breaks a bunch of computers. It ends with Pacey getting himself fired, which Rich thinks he wanted all along.

Joey makes Audrey register for summer classes, then tells her she’s decided to go to Europe with Eddie after all. But before she can tell him, she finds a goodbye note he left her saying that he, unlike her, wants to act without worrying about consequences. Maybe people like him (and Pacey, who’s now at the Leerys’) are just doomed to make the same mistakes over and over, but he still hopes for a happy ending. (Hey, Joey, at least he left you a note this time.)

Thoughts: Pacey went from lovable romantic to creepy jerk in two episodes. Goodt hing we can blame Joey directly.

I guess this means no more Hetson. Thank God for Todd Manning on my TV five days a week.

Cheap trip or not, how were Joey and Eddie planning to pay for their summer in Europe? The plane tickets there would have probably wiped them out.

Seriously, Jack, you are better off. David is crazy. If it’s between being alone and being with him, just get some cats and go with it.

Do most schools let you pick your advisor? We were assigned ours.

When Jen has the best outlook on relationships, you know your characters are screwed up.

December 1, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.19, Lovelines: The One Where Everyone Talks About Sex All the Time

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , at 3:05 pm by Jenn

You people all have a lot more problems than we can handle in an hour

You people all have a lot more problems than we can handle in an hour

Summary: Joey tries to study in her room while Eddie tries to distract her, frustrated that they haven’t done anything physical since their reunion. Audrey suddenly arrives, back from rehab a day early. She tries to make Joey and Eddie guess who was on her plane, saying he’s a very sexy celebrity. Joey guesses Brad Pitt; Eddie guesses Ian Ziering. (Hee!) It was actually Dr. Drew, who Eddie isn’t familiar with. Joey and Audrey try to familiarize him with Loveline. Joey says Dr. Drew and Adam Carolla are in town for a fundraiser at the counseling center.

Speaking of Jen, she’s at the health center right now, clearly nervous about hosting the fundraiser. C.J. tells her she could become the next Ryan Seacrest. He wants to have sex after the event, but Jen says she has to help Grams, then announces she’s dumping C.J. Eddie still has sex on the brain, but Joey doesn’t even want to talk about it. It’s not exactly the best time for the conversation anyway, since Audrey’s in the room. After Joey leaves for class, Audrey warns Eddie never to hurt her again.

Jack and David sell tickets to the fundraiser, and a guy named Fred tries to ask David out. Jen’s still freaking out about her hosting duties and wants David to serve as a ringer so at least one person will ask a question. C.J. arrives and Jen tries to avoid him. Then Audrey shows up, looking up for Dr. Drew, and Adam Carolla hits on both her and Jen. Audrey doesn’t care about him; she just wants to know if he’s seen Dr. Drew naked. (Be right back, I have to go throw up forever.)

The auditorium fills up but David’s MIA, so Jack gives his seat to Fred. Eddie and Joey arrive together, and he won’t shut up about their sex life (or lack thereof). David finds Jack and Fred together and chastises Jack for a) not saving a seat and b) not getting one on the other side of the auditorium. Then he makes Fred give up his seat, because David is secretly a jerk, I guess. Jen kicks off the event, apparently not nervous at all anymore, at least until no one has a question.

Audrey tries to save Jen by raising her hand, but Jen won’t call on her. C.J. tries next, but Jen reminds him that he’s supposed to just pass the microphone around to the people asking questions. Dr. Drew and Adam tell him to proceed, so C.J. tells them how his girlfriend seemed to be fine, then suddenly dumped him. Adam tells him to run since the girlfriend is crazy. Jen interrupts to say that C.J.’s problems aren’t as important as those of the attendees who actually paid money to be there.

Eddie tries to have the sex conversation with Joey again, way too loudly for the setting, and of course everyone hears. Adam and Dr. Drew think that if they’re not mature enough to talk about sex, they shouldn’t be having it. Then they bring Eddie and Joey up on stage for further scrutiny. Audrey still wants to be heard, though, and appeals to Jen with a hilarious sad-puppy face. Joey and Eddie recap their relationship, and Adam sides with Joey – Eddie left Joey twice and now can’t seem to understand why she doesn’t trust him.

Dr. Drew tries to focus on Joey, asking if abandonment is an issue for her and what her relationship with her dad is like. (Can open! Worms everywhere!) Joey immediately tries to shut things down. Jen helps Dr. Drew keep her on stage by telling her that people call the helpline all the time with daddy issues: “You’re very normal in your abnormality.” Joey wants to kill her. She gets Jen to turn back to the audience, and David blurts out a question about how he should respond to his boyfriend openly flirting with someone else in front of him.

Dr. Drew tells David and Jack to talk about their relationship; he thinks Jack’s acting out because he has something to tell David but doesn’t know how to say it. Jen suggests that Jack is just really nice to everyone and wasn’t flirting, “because nobody’s that stupid.” Adam thinks David should dump Jack. Jen goes to someone behind a screen for a question, but Audrey takes the girl’s place so she can hit on Dr. Drew.

C.J. speaks up again, asking for a woman’s (specifically Jen’s) perspective on his issue. Jen says they’re done with his problem. Dr. Drew urges her to answer so the audience can see how she answers questions at the helpline. Jen says C.J.’s girlfriend is just confused, and might be dealing with a lot in her life and doesn’t feel like she has time for a relationship. Dr. Drew and Adam realize that Jen is C.J.’s girlfriend and ask her directly why she dumped him. Jen can’t come up with a good reason and asks to go back to Joey: “She’s more screwed up than me.”

Eddie announces that Joey’s father did time in jail. Joey tries to change the subject by asking Jack to come up on stage. Eddie isn’t done, but C.J. points out that at least he still has a girlfriend. Audrey just wants to know what kind of underwear to wear for Dr. Drew. Adam hates everyone. Jen says that if anyone else has a problem, they should call the helpline. She heads backstage, where Audrey accosts her with questions about what it was like to be so close to Dr. Drew. Jen gives her a microphone and tells her to take over.

Audrey gets things moving and offers some of her own experiences as supposedly helpful advice. She still strikes out with Dr. Drew, though. Afterward, Joey and Eddie go to retrieve her but are still fighting. Adam tells Eddie to shut up about sex and just enjoy the fact that Joey wants to be with him. When he was in college, girls didn’t dress as sexily as girls do now. He gets Joey to admit that she wouldn’t be with Eddie if she didn’t trust him.

Joey says that they’ve been living in a fantasy since Eddie came back, and they’ll have to come out of it eventually. He tells her she’ll have to take a leap of faith and know that he loves her. She hurries him to her dorm room before Audrey can find a way back there. Meanwhile, David is still grumpy, but Jack doesn’t think he needs to explain or apologize for anything. David thinks his original instincts about Jack might have been right. Jack tells him to dump him already if that’s where this is going.

For some reason, this offends David, who says he’s not the one who’s looking for a way out of the relationship. He doesn’t want to dump Jack so Jack can leave guilt-free. Jack points out that he doesn’t need to feel guilty because he didn’t do anything wrong. David tells him to apologize or break up with him. Jack only gives a sarcastic “sorry,” so David tells him to take his time and get back to him. Jack is sad and I am confused.

Now Jen’s ready to talk to C.J., but he’s not interested. She pretends to call him on the helpline and tells him she made a mistake but isn’t sure how to fix it. She admits that she has trust issues, and he points out that she has to start trusting people sometime. He assures her that if she tells him her problems, he won’t run away. Jen finally shares that Grams is sick. C.J. comforts her, promising that she can have as many freak-outs as she needs.

Audrey’s still looking for Dr. Drew, but Adam says he’s already left for the airport. Then she tries to find a ride home, but all of her friends have left. Dr. Drew is, in fact, still around, and Audrey tells him that she listened to Loveline while she was in rehab; it made her feel less alone. She’s not sure she could have gotten through rehab without the show. Dr. Drew offers her a ride, and Audrey says she knows she’ll have to keep her distance since he’s married.

Thoughts: Joshua Jackson directed this episode, which is probably why he wasn’t in it. He did great with the scenes where a lot of people were talking and things were moving quickly.

Ugh, Adam Carolla. Get away from me.

No way would everyone in an auditorium full of college students be hesitant to say something about sex.

If I were Jack, I would have gone with the breakup over the apology, because David is nuts.

October 27, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.14, Clean and Sober: Kiss and Tell

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , at 3:00 pm by Jenn

That’s right. You two be happy. You deserve it

Summary: Pacey and Jack are at an electronics store, drooling over a huge TV. Joey thinks Emma will freak out when they bring it home. She also thinks Pacey should spend his newfound wealth on something more practical. However, she’s proud of him for becoming so successful. He’s a little worried that he’s strayed too far from the person he used to be. Joey says he was always just waiting to realize his potential. Speaking of guys realizing their potential, she’s in need of cheering up now that Eddie’s gone, so she’ll be attending a party at Pacey’s that night.

Jen also disapproves of the large TV, because she’s a girl, and girls just don’t appreciate those sorts of things. But David likes it because he’s a guy, and all guys like big-screen TVs. Jen wonders why Pacey’s having a party after having lived in the apartment for months. She warns that she’ll be bringing C.J., who Pacey last saw when he punched him. Emma comes home and insults the TV, because…well, she’s a girl. The guys are shocked to hear that the guy she’s brought with her, a schlub named Gus, is her fiancé.

Dawson visits Audrey in rehab to deliver some reading materials; she’s already read the Bible. He does not, however, deliver her requested Nyquil. He tells her he’s been living in Todd’s guesthouse and has bad news: Their movie is going straight to cable. Todd probably won’t be directing anything else anytime soon, which means Dawson’s career is at a standstill. Audrey isn’t very sympathetic. Dawson recognizes another rehab patient as Toni Stark, a huge producer. Audrey wants some attention but eventually agrees to help Dawson stalk Toni.

Jen takes C.J. to the party, not telling him who the host is until they’re at the apartment door and it’s too late for him to back out. Joey asks Pacey for “something fruity and mind-numbing” to drink, then chastises him when he gives her a judgmental look. He tells her he’s heard her life hasn’t been great lately, but he’s sure things will start looking up. Joey says she’s always been the reliable one, but she’s going to let other people clean up messes from now on. She adds some more booze to her drink so she can loosen up a little.

Later, Joey talks to David about Jack, letting him in on what Jack was like when they were in high school. Meanwhile, Dawson gets to talk to Toni, who seems pretty taken with him. He strikes out when he tries to talk to her about the movie business. Back at the party, Jen tells David she’s not drinking at the party since C.J.’s sober. He tells her C.J. doesn’t mind when other people drink around him. Pacey assures Jen that he and C.J. have made up, and Pacey even offered him a drink. Jen’s surprised that C.J. didn’t turn it down.

He’s currently talking to a tipsy Joey, who tells him that Jen killed Abby: “Killed her with champagne.” Pacey quickly gets her away from him, taking her to his room. She realizes that all of their friends are working out their relationships, but she’s single again. She thinks the guys she likes always find something or someone better than her. Pacey says she should think of it as her making the guys want to be better men. Joey teases that he’s still not over her, reminding him what Audrey said about them at Christmas. “That must suck,” she says.

There’s some drunken revelry, and Emma and Jack wind up talking about how she’s left school because the band is doing so well. (Even with a screwed-up lead singer? Really?) Gus isn’t in school either, and plans to be the band’s roadie. Jack questions the speed of their engagement. Emma tells him it’s going fast on purpose: Her visa’s for school, and now that she’s not in school anymore, she needs to get married to stay in the country. Oh, and Gus will be moving in and will be allowed to sleep with anyone he wants. Jack tries to escape, but Emma won’t let him leave.

Dawson and Audrey keep up the stalking, with her encouraging him to keep making a fool of himself if it means getting his big break. She gets him to follow Toni into a therapy session. In Boston, Pacey and Jack commiserate over the possibility of having to live with Gus. Jack thinks that if Gus is going to marry someone he doesn’t love, he’s given up hope. Jen questions C.J.’s drinking, which he says he’s only doing to be nice. He doesn’t really appreciate her telling Pacey he abstains. C.J. feels like he’s been too hard on himself, but he hasn’t even had a sip yet. He suspects that Jen is looking for reasons for their relationship to fail.

Audrey tells the therapist and other participants that her name is Pinkie (a ferret bit off her pinkie toe when she was ten, which is why she drinks). She and Dawson are married, have two kids, and may also be cousins. Dawson plays along but gets her to talk about her actual problems. Audrey appreciates that he never judged her and always came back to help her. He tells her he just wanted to wait for her to hit rock bottom. Toni calls them out for their lies, so Dawson takes advantage of the revelation to ask her to look at his reel (which he…brought with him?).

At the party, the kids wind up playing Spin the Bottle, because they’re still 14, apparently. It’s Joey’s idea, but she immediately regrets it when Gus spins and lands on her. She declares a new rule: No tongue. Jen says anything’s fair game, and Joey shouldn’t mess with her because Jen has “killed before.” Instead of a kiss, Gus licks Joey’s cheek. Joey kisses Jack, Jack kisses Emma, Emma kisses Jen, and Jen kisses C.J. for a long, long time. They head off to do more than kissing and Joey tells them they have to come back, since they’re not playing Seven Minutes in Heaven. Jack teases that she just wants to kiss Jen.

Pacey takes over the spinning, landing on Joey. Before he can kiss her, Gus breaks the TV, earning Pacey’s wrath. Emma quickly jumps in to announce that the wedding is off. “Wanna play Sardines?” Joey asks before passing out. At rehab, Audrey admits to Dawson that the therapy session was more helpful than she led on. She also had a great time with him, and appreciated not having to talk about her problems. She tells him to go back to L.A. before he lets himself get too un-self-absorbed. Audrey also admits to being scared of going back to her real life because of the way she left things with everyone.

David teases Jack about his past relationship with Joey and about how he’s been kissing girls all night. He asks to see some of Jack’s artwork. They chat about Emma, and David points out that her problem isn’t Jack’s to solve – unless, of course, he wants to marry her. Jen and C.J. are in the bedroom, post-coitus, and she tells him he’s perfectly able to make decisions about his own life. He just wants to get past all their drama and make Jen happy. Jen was trying to do the same, and she’d rather talk with C.J., sober, than get drunk and make trouble like she used to. But she also doesn’t want to give him a false impression of who she is.

Jack and Emma clean up after the party, and he tells her it would probably be better for her to go back to England than to get into a loveless marriage. He casually remarks that he would be the perfect husband. She jokes that they should get married, but he’s actually serious about it. He notes that they already live together. Emma says she picked Gus because she wouldn’t have to worry about hurting his feelings. She wouldn’t feel right taking advantage of Jack.

Pacey puts Joey in his bed and tells her he’s glad she had a good time. As she falls asleep, he admits that she was right: He never did get over her. Joey says there’s something they never did, then kisses him.

Thoughts: Did they name Toni Stark after Iron Man on purpose?

The word “broad” has been used three times in the last two episodes. Did someone make a bet about how many times he or she could get the word in the script?

Drunk Joey makes me happy.

I swear the writers forgot about Jack being an artist (Joey, too) until this episode.

September 29, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.11, Day Out of Days: What a Difference a Week Makes

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 3:05 pm by Jenn

THANKS A LOT, EMMA

Summary: It’s Monday, and principal photography on Todd’s movie has just been completed. Dawson and Natasha make small talk about returning to L.A. She wishes him luck because she thinks he’ll need it. On Tuesday, Joey’s at Hell’s Kitchen, back from winter break, and trying to get in touch with Eddie, who she hasn’t talked to since Christmas. As she leaves, she runs into Harley, who’s now living with Hetson full-time.

Pacey’s at an aquarium at his lunch hour, and Emma’s also there, being artistic. Meanwhile, C.J.’s training Jen so she can be a peer counselor. She’s still ticked about the whole Audrey thing. She decides she can’t handle it, and he tells her to make the decision based on herself, not him. Elsewhere, Jack and David get blood tests.

Todd and Dawson have a meeting with a studio rep who brands the movie “unwatchable.” He orders Todd to do reshoots. Todd makes it clear that he isn’t happy about it. Dawson ducks out of the room and calls Todd’s phone so he can tell him privately to stop talking before he makes things worse. Instead, Todd tells the studio reps (including Heather Tracy) that he has to go deal with another idiot in the hallway.

Dawson lectures him, reminding him that they need the studio’s money to make the movie. If Todd pushes too much, they’ll hire a new director for the reshoots. Dawson knows they both want to make the movie as good as it can be. Back in the meeting, the studio head says Heather is backing Todd, so obviously there’s a chance that he can succeed. Now they just need Todd’s decision. He rants about the guy being critical and announces that he’s not doing the reshoots.

Wednesday. After a class, Hetson notices that Joey’s one of his students again and notes that the D he gave her didn’t get her tossed out after all. She tells him she ran into Harley at Hell’s Kitchen during a school day. He thinks she’s criticizing him for not paying enough attention to his daughter. Hetson proposes that they agree to stay out of each other’s lives.

Pacey and Emma hang out at the aquarium, and she explains her love of the place by telling him about the fish tanks her family had when she was growing up. She encourages him to spend the rest of the afternoon there with her. He gives in and calls in “sick” to Rich. C.J. trains Jen some more, this time with help from David, who ditched Jack to play peacemaker. Jen tries to change the subject by asking if Jack and David are officially dating yet.

Dawson meets with Heather and the studio rep, who think Todd will be joining them to agree to the reshoots after all. Dawson tells them Todd doesn’t even know he’s there. Heather guesses he called the meeting to smooth things over in Todd’s place. Dawson knows Todd can work out the movie’s problems without reshoots, and for free. Instead, Heather suggests that Dawson do the reshoots.

Dawson protests, but the rep tells Heather to call his agent. (He doesn’t have one, so the rep says to call Dawson’s mother and get her to sign a permission slip. Heh.) Dawson continues to protest, but Heather advises him to get on board for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She even hits him where it hurts, pointing out that he’d be fulfilling his dreams.

Thursday. In L.A., Audrey and Jack Osbourne are on a beach after some party, talking about how she’s broke but totally not on drugs. Dawson’s there and Audrey tells Jack not to say anything to him about substances she may or may not be under the influence of. She’s surprised that Dawson came when she called him, considering she recently drove a car into his house. She confides that her parents don’t know she’s not at school, or about anything else that’s happened.

Back in Boston, Joey tries to reach Eddie again; she’s now freaking out because he won’t get in touch with her. Jack and David try to come up with comforting things to say to her. After she leaves, though, they agree that Eddie probably won’t call back. Jack admits that he hooked up with a few guys over the summer who he never heard from again. Now things are a little awkward. Harley’s back at Hell’s Kitchen, but Joey makes her leave.

Pacey still doesn’t get Emma’s love for the aquarium, since she’s been there every day that week. Emma wants to know why he’s changed his entire life. He says it’s part of growing up; as a teenager, he was always chasing after things (read: girls) he could never have. Emma doesn’t think teenage Pacey sounds so bad. He admits that he’s been thinking about reverting to his past self, so she challenges him to come back the next day in a Hawaiian shirt.

Jen starts working with actual helpline callers, but it doesn’t go well. C.J. calls her high-strung. Joey takes Harley to Eddie’s building, quickly realizing that Harley is basically the high school version of her. (She even asks if Harley lost her virginity to “a trucker named Bubba,” as she told Jen she did in the pilot.) They go up to Eddie’s apartment, but he’s moved out.

Friday! Pacey goes to work in one of his hideous Hawaiian shirts, earning some well-deserved teasing from Rich. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to take a lunch break, since he’ll have to make up the work he didn’t do while he was “sick.” Pacey notes that he’s the best of all of Rich’s employees. Rich responds by giving him his W-2. Poor Emma’s on her own for the afternoon.

Jen’s bored at the helpline since the phones aren’t ringing. She won’t let C.J. leave to get coffee since she knows she can’t handle a call on her own. He notes that this is quite a change from earlier in the week, when she couldn’t stand being alone with him. As soon as C.J. leaves, Jen gets a call and gives helping someone a shot.

Jack and David get their tests results and are both healthy. David assures Jack that he doesn’t see him any differently after hearing about his summer activities. Jack shows his relief by kissing him. Hetson calls on Joey in class, hoping to bug her, but she actually interprets a story correctly. It’s about how there are cycles in life that happen over and over.

After class, Hetson gives Joey $50 for looking after Harley the day before. Harley told him that Joey helped her out with a crisis. Joey doesn’t know why he’s being nice to her. Hetson reminds her of what she said about it not being about him. They negotiate a deal for Joey to spend three days a week with Harley. Then she gives Hetson back his $50, calling the previous day a freebie.

Dawson tracks down Todd on a beach and learns that the studio rep apologized to him after Dawson turned them down for the reshoots. He’s in favor of Dawson directing. Todd adds that this doesn’t mean Dawson’s more talented than he is. Dawson agrees, saying Todd’s his mentor. Todd just wants one thing: a picture of Natasha’s face when she finds out Dawson’s her new director.

Thoughts: No way would a studio hire someone with zero experience to do anything other than fetch coffee.

Pacey’s cell phone with the little antenna cracks me up.

So why did Audrey call Dawson? I thought maybe she and Jack needed a ride, but Jack leaves without her. It was a totally random scene.

Thank you, Emma, for trying to get Pacey to shave. I’m disappointed he put on a Hawaiian shirt instead.

Dawson and Todd’s frienship > Dawson and Pacey’s friendship.

September 9, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.8, Spiderwebs: Hella Bad

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:49 pm by Jenn

This was that period in No Doubt history when Gwen didn’t wear a lot of clothes

Summary: Dawson, Jen, Jack, and David are at Hell’s Kitchen, discussing Pacey and Audrey’s breakup and Audrey and Joey’s fight. Dawson has to go back to work, but first he hands out a bunch of tickets to see No Doubt. On his way out, he runs into Joey and they make awkward small talk. She doesn’t want him to feel like he has to ditch their friends because the two of them can’t spend time together.

The next day, Joey talks to Eddie about the concert, where she wants them to have their first date. He’s not sure how driving an hour to Worcester and hanging out with her friends constitutes a date. He’d also like an assurance that there will be kissing. Joey offers to help pay for gas at least. Dawson asks Todd to wrap early for the weekend; Todd has already guessed that he wants to take Natasha to the concert. He hands over his own tickets and backstage passes.

Jen tries to convince Audrey to come to the concert as they buy No Doubt CDs (if they’re such big fans, shouldn’t they already have the album)? Audrey’s more concerned with seeing Joey again than seeing Pacey again. She wonders if Joey’s ever made a mistake in her life. Jen says she made the same mistake Audrey did, dumping Pacey. The girls then run into C.J., and Jen offers him a concert ticket, assuring him it’s not a date.

After Jen walks away, C.J. asks Audrey if she’s ever going to call him back. She’s not interested in talking to him, but she does give the exposition that they slept together after he talked to her on the street. She doesn’t want anyone to know, especially Jen. Joey and Eddie arrive at the concert, but she doesn’t have the tickets. They decide to head back to Worthington to get them, even though it’ll take a long time.

Dawson and Natasha hold up the line by making out, then learn that their tickets are for the next night. Natasha thinks their backstage passes will be all they need. Jen and Pacey discuss Jack and David’s relationship, which she thinks will be long-term. She sends Pacey off to their seats, warning that there will be someone there who wants to talk to him. He’s not really pleased but goes to see Audrey anyway. She’s also willing to talk to him.

Eddie tries to get him and Joey into the concert through the back door, asking a security guy if they can talk to someone who works there. It doesn’t go well. Eddie spots people coming and wants to talk to them, but Joey pulls him away. The approaching people are Dawson and Natasha, the latter of whom wants to use her hotness to get in. She may be more successful than Eddie was.

Eddie and Joey hide behind some equipment, and Eddie recognizes Dawson from the movie set. He wonders why Joey doesn’t want Dawson to see them. Natasha and Dawson go inside, and Eddie sees that the door’s still open and rushes in with Joey. They sneak past security guards while they’re busy telling Natasha that she’s not on the list of people with backstage access. Dawson and Natasha wind up getting kicked out.

Jen tells C.J. about Audrey and Pacey; C.J.’s surprised to learn that Audrey was involved with anyone. Jen notes that she and C.J. end up alone a lot for two people who aren’t dating. He wants to make sure she doesn’t think he’s giving the wrong impression, since he thought he made it clear he didn’t want to date anyone. Then he admits that he’s interested in someone else.

Jen figures out that he slept with this someone else. She’s not happy about his flexible moral code. C.J. tries to pull the “you’re a great girl but…” routine, saying that he really admires how much of a friend she is to Audrey. Jen finally realizes that Audrey’s the girl C.J. slept with. She’s so upset that she doesn’t stick around to hear his explanation.

Audrey and Pacey are getting along much better, and she’s taking the blame for the destruction of their relationship. They start goofing around, then spot a mopey Jen, who asks to speak to Audrey alone. She tells Audrey she knows about her and C.J. but doesn’t want to discuss it. Audrey thinks she deserves to be yelled at. Jen admits that she’s been going easy on Audrey lately because she thought Audrey was messed up. She’s not – she’s just sad.

The concert starts, which means I can hit fast-forward! (In a nutshell: No Doubt does “Hella Good” and Jen, Jack, David, and Emma enjoy themselves.) Meanwhile, Eddie and Joey wander around under the arena, which Eddie claims to know his way around. He also finds someone who can get them in: his father.

Out in the parking lot, Natasha realizes that Dawson fixed a crew pool so he could get the concert tickets. They make out on a car and get interrupted by a police officer who questions why Dawson’s holding several hundred dollars. Natasha jokes that he was paying for her services. The joke backfires and they get taken to the police station.

No Doubt does “Underneath It All” and I hit fast-forward again! C.J. tries to talk to Audrey again, asking why she didn’t tell him about Pacey. He admits that he likes her and she’s the only reason he came to the concert. Audrey thinks he’s just infatuated because she was the first person he slept with in a long time. She adds that she basically only slept with him because she was lonely and he was there.

Pacey finds the two of them and senses that something’s going on. C.J. tells Pacey things would be fine if he took better care of his girlfriend. Audrey begs C.J. to leave, but C.J. tells her she would obviously be happier with him than with Pacey. Pacey takes a swing and the two of them end up rolling on the ground together.

No Doubt does some song I don’t know while Joey and Eddie enjoy the show from a catwalk. He’s proud of some improvements his father has made in his life, but doesn’t like that his father doesn’t support his college dreams. Eddie thinks things are meaningless unless they happen at the right time.

Outside, Emma blasts Pacey for getting them kicked out and attacking C.J. Pacey thinks C.J. took advantage of Audrey, an idea Emma thinks is ridiculous. She wants Pacey to admit that he feels hurt and still wants to save Audrey. Jen tends to C.J.’s injuries while he wonders if she’s going to yell at him. She says C.J. and Audrey are both adults, so she can’t really make any judgments. She adds that if she ever decided to start helping people, like C.J. does, she’d be better at it than he is.

David and Jack make arrangements for the former to take Audrey home while the latter waits around for Jen. David jokes that if two guys go on a date but leave separately with girls, they’re not doing it right. Natasha and Dawson get off with a warning, and though Dawson’s disappointed that their plans fell through, Natasha had a great time. Todd arrives to take them home; they think he’s mad that they got in trouble, but he’s really just annoyed that they woke up him.

Eddie walks Joey to her dorm and asks about her dad. (No, Eddie! Don’t poke the bear!) She gives him the short version (thank God), adding that at least he was encouraging, telling her she could be whatever she wanted to be. Not that she knows what that is. They make out and he leaves, and it’s kind of a weird ending.

Thoughts: I really don’t think Eddie listens to No Doubt. Actually, I don’t think half of these kids listen to No Doubt.

If Joey and Audrey haven’t talked since their fight, does that mean one of them has been sleeping somewhere else? I wish there had been more of a mention of that.

The security guys are either dumb, blind, or horrible at their jobs, because Joey and Eddie sneak in ten feet away from them and don’t get caught. And it’s not like they’re stealthy or wearing camo or anything. Joey’s wearing a bright red coat!

When did Jen and Audrey become such good friends? I know they’ve hung out a few times, but suddenly they’re practically BFFs.

Eddie wears the same kind of orange vest Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future. I’m disappointed that no one makes a joke about it.

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

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 3:02 pm by Jenn

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

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:41 pm by Jenn

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.