November 24, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.18, Love Bites: Dance Dance Revelation

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Summary: Joey and Eddie are staring at each other at Hell’s Kitchen. He starts the writing workshop in the fall, and he’s come back to Boston to thank Joey for helping him get in. He appreciates that she did something so great for him even after he hurt her. If he’s going to be a writer, he wants her around. Joey reminds him that he walked away, and Eddie reminds her that he came back. She tells him she moved on. She tries to apologize but he’s already out the door.

The next day, Harley looks through Joey’s closet, trying to find Joey something to wear when she chaperones Harley’s school formal. Joey doesn’t remember agreeing to chaperone. Harley’s still a little worried about Patrick’s obsession with Joey, but Joey promises not to do anything with him. Over at Grams’, Jen and C.J. have worked out their sex problems and have moved on to talking about Grams, who apparent broke C.J.’s Uncle Bill’s heart. Jen says she’ll find out what happened.

Pacey calls Joey, who apparently never let him know the previous night that she wasn’t coming over after all. He wants to go out that night, but she’s going to Harley’s dance. Pacey realizes Joey will be dressed up and looking pretty, so he invites himself along. Dawson shows up at Pacey’s office with all his money from Todd’s movie – he wants Pacey to help him turn it into more money so he can finance his movie. Pacey’s hesitant to mix business with friendship. Dawson’s instincts are telling him this is a good idea, though.

Jen confronts Grams about ending things with Bill, noting the irony of Grams acting like a teenager while Jen is embarking on a real adult relationship. Grams doesn’t want to talk. Joey looks at pictures of her various exes before Pacey arrives with a couple of corsage options. One is for the fun-loving Joey and one is for the romantic, classical Joey. She picks the radish/carrot “fun-loving” corsage. She also has a rose for him.

Five seconds after getting to the dance, Harley starts complaining, since apparently Patrick isn’t going to dance. Joey says she knows how she feels, since Pacey isn’t a dancer either. Also, he broke up with her at their senior prom. Pacey offers to dance with Harley while Joey tries to fend off Patrick.

Dawson heads to Capeside and puts all his old movie posters up in his bedroom, for “inspiration.” Gail would like to know what he plans to do for money (and not just because she would like rent). Dawson thinks his movie will bring in enough to finance the next one. Gail asks if he has a plan B. He doesn’t know what that phrase means. She points out that making a hit movie is kind of a long shot, so he needs to be practical.

Harley dances with another guy, trying to make Patrick jealous. Joey and Pacey discuss their past prom disaster, and he says he’s glad he got a second chance. Joey completely fails to tell him about Eddie. Patrick gets in a fight with Jamie, the guy Harley was dancing with, and Joey has to remind Pacey that they’re supposed to be the adults there, so he needs to break it up. Harley ends up crying in the bathroom, wondering if Patrick said anything to Pacey about her.

Not really, but Pacey’s giving him a lecture about being an idiot. He tells Patrick to just ask Harley to dance. Joey assures Harley that she’s going through the same thing many girls have gone through, including Joey herself. Harley says that if her high school experiences are the same as Joey’s, she’s doing something wrong. Patrick tells Pacey that he does like Harley; Pacey tells him that having real feelings for a girl will make him a better person. He needs to be nice to her and tell her he likes her.

Joey admits to Harley that she’s had a bad experience at every dance she’s gone to, except this one. She heads to the boys’ bathroom, where Pacey and Patrick are goofing around. Patrick isn’t sure why he should take advice from Pacey, since he’s not exactly the greatest with girls. Pacey points out that he got Joey to go to a dance with him.

Jen relays a message from a doctor to Grams, wondering why she’s seeing a doctor Jen has never heard of. Grams tells her to stop digging for drama. Jen notes that Grams always makes her talk when she’s feeling mopey, so Jen’s repaying the favor. Grams confides that she has a malignant tumor in her breast. She’ll be starting radiation next week because the cancer has spread too far for surgery. Jen is shocked, but Grams doesn’t offer any comfort.

Pacey and Joey agree that the night has been nice, but Joey quickly ruins it by announcing that being with him doesn’t feel right. It’s not him, it’s her, basically. Pacey thinks she’s just scared about where things will go; he is, too. Joey feels sure that it’s not going anywhere. He thinks she’s just pushing him away the way she always pushes people away. He knows his feelings for her are the greatest thing he’s ever felt. He’s sure he can love her again. Joey silences him by announcing that Eddie’s back.

Dawson keeps trying to write something, eventually turning on the TV to watch Creek Days. Gail checks on him and he mentions that he appreciated the support he got from his family and friends when he worked on that piece. He admits that he doesn’t have a plan B, and never will. Gail suggests that he go back to film school to make sure he’s really committed. Dawson points out that he spent a year as a gopher; if that didn’t kill his dream, nothing will. Plus, school costs money. He wants Gail to believe that he’ll fulfill his dream.

Gail launches into a story about the time Mitch tried to make gum in their kitchen. Dawson was five and served as sous chef, but something happened that resulted in his parents having to shave his head. Gail thought Mitch’s dream was based on his love of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Even though the experience drove Gail crazy, she also admired it, and the way he was willing to do crazy things to make his life the way he thought he could be when he was a kid. In other words, she supports Dawson.

Jen finds Grams in the kitchen, baking, and tells her it’s okay to be scared. Grams doesn’t think it will do any good. Jen asks what she can do to help, and not just in the kitchen. Grams wants to deal with it on her own. Jen thinks they both need someone to take care of them. Grams tries to assure her that she could go into remission and live a long time. She promises that she’s not going anywhere because she’s not ready to die yet.

Patrick finally dances with Harley, promising that he didn’t come just to get in her pants. He didn’t want to have to think about her coming there with another guy. Pacey and Joey dance, but it’s pretty depressing. Joey ends up at Eddie’s house, kissing him, so I guess they’re back together or whatever. Hooray.

Thoughts: You guys, I’ve been spelling Gail’s name wrong this whole time. Oh, well, too late to change it.

Pacey wonders what kind of school dance has a punch bowl. What kind of school dance doesn’t have one?

Dreams are great, Dawson, but you MUST HAVE A PLAN B. Otherwise you end up living in a cardboard box.

Joey, you’re an idiot. I don’t care how cute or charming or talented Eddie is. You’re choosing him over PACEY. Unacceptable.

Once again, no Kerr Smith. Poor guy.

July 21, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 5.18, Cigarette Burns: Let’s Go to the Movies

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Putting the “WHAAAAAAT?” in “whatever”

Summary: Joey watches Dawson’s movie in his attic room and tries to pretend it didn’t make her cry. She tells Dawson that the movie is really good and she was crying because she’s excited that he’s finally realizing his dream. She was also impressed by Charlie’s acting. Joey thinks Charlie was just a jerk to Jen because he was afraid. Oliver arrives and comments that Dawson seems to have moved on from Jen already. Also, he wants to screen the movie at school the next day.

Dawson objects to the screening, but the next day, Oliver is still confident about it. Dawson thinks the movie’s too long and needs a lot more work. Oliver disagrees, even though there appears to be some unplanned nudity on Charlie’s part. He thinks Dawson’s displacing his feelings over his breakup. Then he asks if Dawson would be okay with him asking Jen out.

Pacey and Audrey have sex at Danny’s place (Danny and Emily are on vacation), and he’s suddenly curious about how many other guys she’s slept with. Instead of answering, she turns the question around, and he says she’s the seventh. She tells him he doesn’t want to know her number. Pacey’s shocked that her number is that high.

At Grams’, Dawson confides in Jen that he’s nervous about the screening. They’re awkward with each other, and she says it’s okay if they don’t know how to act right now. He appreciates the familiarity of talking to her; she doesn’t think that has to change. Audrey bugs Joey for her opinion on the movie, and Joey assures her that she and Charlie were both great. Audrey notices that Joey is trying to make herself look nice.

Audrey mentions asking Pacey how many people he’s slept with. Joey thinks she should be honest with him, even if he’s insecure. Then she says it depends on the number. In the car on the way to the screening, Pacey tells Audrey that at this point in their relationship, they should start defining things. She blurts out that she’s slept with 27 men and he crashes the car.

Jen is surprised when a man named Clifton Smalls comes to the house to meet Grams for the screening. He knows all about Jen, Jack (“the homosexual!”), and Dawson. Jen quickly realizes that Grams and Clifton are dating. (Oh, and to prove how far Grams has come over the years, Clifton is black.) Jen interrogates her grandmother’s boyfriend but can’t find anything about him to object to.

As Dawson sets up for the screening, he overhears a woman yelling at someone on the phone. She’s in the midst of being dumped by her boyfriend. They chat about a professor, and the woman tells Dawson he must be in the middle of his pretentious phase. As an example, she guesses that Dawson tells people Run Lola Run is his favorite movie of the past few years, but it’s not really. The woman introduces herself as Amy Lloyd, a film critic there to review the movie.

Joey and Charlie flirt and wind up sitting together at the screening. She tells him she prefers him when he’s not trying so hard. Pacey unsuccessfully pretends he’s okay with the number of guys Audrey’s been with. Dawson confronts Oliver for bringing a critic to the screening, but he’s unapologetic. Amy’s impatient and tells the two of them to start the movie already. Oliver figures out that Dawson ticked her off and sends him to make things right.

Dawson quickly apologizes to Amy, admitting that he probably would have sucked up if he’d known who she was. He wins her over by flirting and complimenting her reviews, which he reads every week. She suggests going to the coffee shop where he always reads her reviews. Audrey pulls Joey away from Charlie to tell her that if Pacey asks, she slept with 27 people. “Rock and roll!” interjects someone who overhears. Joey orders her to be honest.

Charlie and Joey flirt more, and he lets her know he’s interested. He wants her to see him the way he wants her to see him (got that?) in the movie. She tells him she’s amused by how smooth he thinks he is, when the reality is that everything he’s thinking is all over his face. For instance, right now Charlie’s thinking that Joey’s hot and he wants to take her out. He corrects that he actually wants to take her to the bathroom and have sex. Joey quickly splits.

Pacey tells Jack how much he likes Audrey, but how the things she says sometimes surprise him too much. She pops up to tell him she slept with 57 guys, which makes him do a spit take. Oliver nervously tries to tell Jen that he likes her, but she cuts him off by telling him that it’s unlikely anything will happen between them. He predicts that she’ll come to see him differently.

Jen next encounters Joey, who wants to talk about boys. She’s conflicted by being interested in someone who’s charming on the outside but a loser on the inside. Jen tells her about Clifton, saying that no matter how many losers the two of them date, there could be a guy like Clifton somewhere down the road. Joey notes that that’s a long way in the future.

Amy asks Dawson to convince her why she should see his movie. He gives her a few reasons, then admits that he doesn’t think it’s done. He gives her a quick rundown of the past year of his life, saying that the movie may not be about his life, but he put everything he has into it. Amy says she’d like to see a film that contains that much “passion and heartbreak.” As they start to leave, she spots her ex-boyfriend and asks Dawson to kiss her. Too bad that wasn’t her ex.

Back at the screening, Pacey tells Audrey that he knew before they started dating that she’d been with other guys, but his insecurities shouldn’t be hers. She tells him her real number is five. (She does more making out than anything so she can find the right guy.) Audrey apologizes for lying and admits that she has her own fears and insecurities. She just needed to hear Pacey say he likes her no matter what.

Dawson and Amy talk about ending relationships, and he tells her that making the movie helped him keep his life together. She’s worried that he’s wasted his time and the movie sucks. Amy promises that she’ll be honest, and either way, he might get to kiss her again. Dawson admits that he loves Road House. They finally make it back to the screening, to Oliver’s delight.

As Joey watches Grams and Clifton, smiling at their happiness, Charlie approaches her to ask a favor. She asks if he’s the jerk or the nice guy right now. He tells her he really does want to ask her out, but she makes him nervous. He really wants to be the nice guy, not the jerk. His favor is for Joey to let him sit with her during the movie and possibly give him another chance. She does.

Oliver does some eye-flirting with Jen, who seems to be a mixture of embarrassed and flattered but won’t tell Jack why. Dawson introduces the movie with a lot of disclaimers, saying that it’s a “labor of love” put together by a lot of talented people. Even if it’s never viewed again, it will always be a snapshot of who they all were when it was made.

Thoughts: Okay, I’ll bite – why is this episode called “Cigarette Burns”?

TWO HOURS AND 45 MINUTES?? Shut up, Dawson.

When did he find time to do all the post-production, anyway? This episode aired just two months after “Guerilla Filmmaking,” when they finished filming. We’ve seen him working on the movie exactly zero times since then.

I liked that someone overheard Joey and Audrey. On TV, people are always having private conversations in public, loudly enough for anyone to hear them, but no one ever does.

Oliver was annoying before, but now he’s a sweet little dork.

How do I hate Amy? Let me count the ways…

April 2, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 5.1, The Bostonians: Past, Present, and Future

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This dorm room is bigger than my apartment!

Summary: Dawson and Joey ended the previous season by kissing, and they start out this season doing the same. Only this time there’s voiceover, as if it’s a story. Which it is – she wrote what happened as a story for a college class. It gets mixed reviews, and a C from her teacher, Professor Wilder. After class, Joey asks if she can improve her grade, and Wilder tells her she can rewrite the story. If the boy in the story really exists, he can help. Joey isn’t sure what’s wrong with it. Wilder tells her the story ends just when it should be starting.

Joey goes for a run (so we can get a nice view of Boston), then gets a phone call from Dawson. He’s landed an internship, but that means he can’t come visit her for the weekend. They’re both disappointed. Dawson arrives at a movie backlot for his first day of interning; a security guard warns him not to get lost. Jen and Jack are at their school, lamenting the fact that one of them is in a long-distance relationship and the other is single. Jack wants to get Jen some lovin’ since she’s more fun when she’s seeing someone. Some guy invites them to a frat party that night.

Audrey Liddell, Joey’s roommate, asks her to vacate their gigantic dorm room so she can hook up with some guy. Joey’s frustrated that it’s barely October and Audrey has sexiled her to the library numerous times. Audrey offers to repay the favor when Dawson visits. Joey tells her he’s not coming, and Audrey offers to ditch the guy if Joey needs her. Joey decides to go see Wilder instead, though Audrey thinks she should wear something nicer since he’s so hot. The line of girls outside his office agrees.

On her way out of the building, Joey spots Wilder leaving through his window so he doesn’t have to encounter the girls. She tells him nothing happened after the story ended; she and Dawson went their separate ways. He says she stopped before she had to make a decision. Joey claims the kiss meant nothing. Wilder wants her to dig deeper and find out if it was a kiss of passion or a way of saying goodbye.

Out in California, Dawson’s on cloud nine just walking through the backlot. He meets Heather Tracy, a producer working with Todd Carr, the director Dawson will be interning for. She wants Todd’s next project to be a movie based on 7th Heaven (no, seriously), and she wants Dawson to help him out. But not really, since she thinks Dawson is someone else.

Joey hangs out with Jen and Jack at Grams’ new house, talking about Pacey, who they haven’t heard from in a while. Joey complains about the guys Audrey constantly brings over, and Jen jokes that it’s the same thing at her place. Jack thinks they should all go to a frat party that night. Dawson goes to Todd’s set to deliver the script Heather wants him to do, and Todd tells him to read it. Dawson can’t believe he’s in the exact place he always wanted to be.

Joey goes back to her room and is surprised to see that Audrey’s there alone. Unfortunately for her, Audrey wants to talk about sex. She also doesn’t think Joey’s having “the proper college experience.” She studies a lot and never goes out with Audrey. Joey notes that everyone has a different experience. She wants to get good grades so she can get a good job. Audrey thinks she’s afraid to have fun or meet someone she likes, which will force her to let go of the past. Maybe Dawson not visiting is a sign.

Jen heads to a marina and reunites with Pacey; Doug told her where he was. She invites him over for her, Grams, Jack, and Joey’s ritual Sunday dinner at Grams’ house. Pacey admires Dawson for getting an internship that will help him move forward rather than looking back. He asks Jen to keep his presence in Boston quiet.

That night, Jen and Jack stop by Joey’s room and quickly make friends with Audrey. They also invite her to come to the party with them. Dawson gives Todd his impressions of the script, which sucks, not least because it includes a monkey. Todd tells him film school won’t get him where he wants to be. Dawson tells him about the movie he made about Mr. Brooks, but Todd doesn’t want to have to make up something nice if it’s bad or be jealous if it’s good.

At the party, Joey chats with a guy from one of her classes but doesn’t want to extend the conversation. A guy flirts with Jen, but she calls him out for just trying to get in her pants. The guy who invited Jack and Jen to the party encourages Jack to join his frat. Dawson makes a coffee run, then drops everything in front of everyone. Todd mocks him, then gets on his case when he complains under his breath. Dawson loudly tells him to screw himself, giving a monologue about how Todd should be happy that he has such an awesome job. Unsurprisingly, Todd fires him.

Audrey finds Joey sitting off by herself at the party. Joey admits that Audrey was right about her being stuck in the past and not letting anyone get to know her. Part of her still feels 15, stuck back in Capeside and in love with Dawson. Audrey tells her about her own high school boyfriend, Chris, and how hard it was to say goodbye to him. She knew that they would end up hurting each other if they stayed together, so she cut the cord. Audrey just wants to have fun and live her life, even if that means hooking up with lots of guys.

Joey calls Dawson from the frat-house bathroom and leaves a message telling him she misses him. She spent the summer acting like he would show up to get back together with her, but he’s out there following his dream instead. She thinks it’s time to let him go. Joey will probably be in love with him for the rest of her life, but it’s not healthy if she doesn’t move on.

A guy approaches Jen and she tells him before he can even speak that she’s not interested. He tells her he’s crazy (which isn’t a deal-breaker), and also not the kind of guy who would use a stupid line to pick up a girl. He’s at the party because he’s in the band. The guy, Charlie, starts to walk away, then comes back to tell Jen he just wanted to know why the cutest girl at the party is sitting alone. She’s totally charmed.

Dawson leaves the backlot, telling the security guard he won’t be back the next day. The guard notes that there are worse things that could happen. Dawson says his friends are in Boston but he came to California to follow his dreams. The reality doesn’t measure up to what he’d imagined. Joey goes home with Jen and Jack to tease Jen about her new crush. They tell Grams about Charlie, who thinks it’s about time Jen met a nice guy.

The next day, Joey heads back to her dorm room, looking hopeful and somewhat happy. Someone knocks on the door and Joey tells Audrey to get it, since it’s most likely one of her male visitors. Instead, it’s Dawson. At first Joey is happy to see him, but she quickly realizes they’re in for some heartbreak.

Thoughts: This episode is full of actors who are recognizable from other roles:

  • Audrey is played by Busy Philipps, who was Kim on Freaks and Geeks and is now Laurie on Cougar Town
  • Charlie is played by Chad Michael Murray of One Tree Hill fame
  • Prof. Wilder is Ken Marino, who’s been in a bunch of stuff, namely Childrens Hospital, Party Down, Veronica Mars, and Wet Hot American Summer
  • Heather is played by Nicole Bilderback, and the roles I recognize her from tell you a lot about my viewing habits: She was on Buffy, House, and Heroes, but is probably most known for playing Whitney in Bring It On

Kerr Smith got a tan and a better haircut between seasons, and he’s looking a little bit hot.

I love everyone’s early-’00s cell phones with the little antennae.

Didn’t we already do this “my dreams are crushed” story?

September 17, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 4, 2011

Dawson’s Creek 2.17, Psychic Friends: You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger

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I probably should have foreseen this career move...

Summary: Joey watches a rough cut of Dawson’s movie, Creek Daze, telling him it’s the most moving thing she’s ever seen. (This must be a dream.) She gushes some more, then says that Jack will be one of their generation’s best filmmakers. (Yep, it’s a dream.) Jack comes through the window and tells Joey that he ran into Steven Spielberg in the cafeteria and was offered a job. They make out and Jack proposes. “But you’re gay!” Dawson exclaims. “I guess not,” Jack replies. Joey heads back out the window with him, telling Dawson, “That’s show business,” adding that he was never her type. He wakes up screaming.

There’s a new film teacher, Ms. Kennedy, who shows the class It’s a Wonderful Life and talks about the risks great filmmakers take. Jen (since when is she in that class?) thinks Capra’s too saccharine and his characters are unrealistic. Dawson thinks Capra’s characters are often dark, yet hopeful. Ms. Kennedy agrees, saying the best movies are ambiguous. After class, Dawson tells Jen how awesome Ms. Kennedy is (she’s on sabbatical from writing a screenplay). She encourages him to show her Creek Daze.

Dawson runs into Mitch, who’s subbing at Capeside High, and asks him to pretend he doesn’t know him at school. Dawson confides that he keeps having nightmares about his movies turning out horribly. He’s also frustrated by the fact that he keeps trying to change things he has no control over. The only thing he knows for sure is that he wants to be a filmmaker. At lunch, Joey tries to bond with Jack by checking out guys together, admitting that she’s bored with everything in her life. They agree that it’s strange to be talking about guys together when they were just dating a month ago, but it doesn’t bother them.

Andie tries to get Pacey to run the safety booth for the police department at some fair. She thinks Captain Skippy the safety dog sends out a positive message. Pacey argues that they live in a democracy, so if a kid doesn’t want to sit in a safety seat, he doesn’t have to. (Heh.) Andie offers to do something intimate with Pacey if he plays the dog mascot, and it’s an offer he can’t refuse.

Joey hangs up some art at an exhibit at the fair and tells Jack she’s been thinking about kissing. Specifically, that she misses being kissed guys, since she’s sworn off relationships. Dawson stops by and is awkward with Joey and Jack. She confides to Jack that she can’t get their friendship back on track. Jack’s sure it won’t take long for them to get back into each other’s lives. He suggests that they go visit a psychic with a tent at the fair. Andie encourages Pacey to do the same, but he’s not interested in being told how horrible his life will be.

Jack and Joey go see the psychic, Ms. Zenovich, who sees the letter C but can’t connect it to anything meaningful. Something clicks and Ms. Zenovich sees that Joey’s had a lot of pain in her past and cuts herself off from new adventures. She needs to say yes to new opportunities. Joey’s come to a fork in the row and needs to choose the right path. “You will be safe as long as you follow your heart,” Ms. Zenovich says. Also, a tall, dark man will come into her life.

Ms. Kennedy has heard about Dawson’s movie from Mitch and asks to see it. Dawson tells her it’s a romance. Her presence in Capeside gives him hope that he can become a big filmmaker. Ms. Kennedy isn’t surprised that the movie is a love story since Dawson has a romantic nature. Joey laughs off the psychic’s predictions, then immediately meets a cute guy named Colin who admires her art. Jack can’t believe she doesn’t get him to stick around, but Joey reminds him that she’s not looking for a guy. However, she remembers that she’s supposed to say yes to all new opportunities.

Jen helps Grams out at a booth with quilts, then tells her a man at another booth is checking her out. He’s Whit, and he knows Grams from 30 years ago. She resists his offer to have dinner, and Jen teases Grams that Whit was having impure thoughts about her. Joey finds Colin and introduces herself, making both her and Jack happy. Dawson finally asks Ms. Kennedy to watch his movie. Colin gushes over Joey, telling her she has “sensuous lips” and asking to photograph her.

Whit comes back over to Grams’ booth and asks her out again, this time with a rose. Grams finally accepts. She looks happy at first, but as soon as Whit leaves, she gets teary. Jen thinks she’s upset that she’ll be moving on from her late husband. Grams says that her life from 30 years ago is completely over. She’s also self-conscious about looking too old. Jen promises to give her a little makeover. Meanwhile, Pacey has a way with children that only Pacey can, and Andie visits Ms. Zenovich, who seems to see something disturbing.

Joey catches up to Jack and tells him about Colin. He’s concerned that she’s going to meet him alone in the media arts building when she barely knows anything about him. Joey thinks she’s in for a learning experience. Jack announces that he’s going with her. Dawson and Ms. Kennedy watch Creek Daze together as Jen talks to Grams about safe sex and colors her hair. She thinks Grams is in for some good, old-fashioned romance.

Joey and Jack meet up with Colin and do a photo shoot. Afterward, Joey subtly sends Jack packing. Jen finishes the makeover, making Grams look completely different. Pacey asks Ms. Zenovich why she can’t just tell her clients nice things. She says they come looking for the truth. She tells him he wears a mask, showing the world that he’s strong and confident when he’s really afraid of everything. He knows that his life is “a house of cards” that could fall at any moment.

Joey and Colin get closer, seemingly about to kiss…and then he asks if Jack is seeing anyone. Joey goes back to the fair, finds Jack, and tells him Colin’s gay. She adds that Jack needs better gaydar. He’s a little upset since people don’t see him as anything other than gay. Joey tells him to meet Colin for a date she’s fixed up, but Jack’s angry that she thinks they should get together just because they’re the only gay people in town.

Ms. Kennedy is less than enthusiastic about Creek Daze, and when Dawson asks for her honest opinion, she calls it “uninspired.” There’s no emotion or message for the audience. “It’s a preposterous soap opera about a bunch of teenagers who talk too much,” she says. (I love you, Ms. Kennedy.) Dawson’s hurt by the evaluation, and Ms. Kennedy points out that Hollywood isn’t going to worry about his feelings. It’ll eat him up, and she doesn’t want to see that happen to him.

Jack brings Joey a peace offering of hot chocolate and apologizes for overreacting. He admits that he’s not ready to embark on his own new adventure of being gay. Joey notes that they’re both young and have plenty of time for romance. Dawson wanders around the fairgrounds sadly, seeing Ms. Kennedy getting into Mitch’s car, then Joey selling a drawing and celebrating with Jack.

Andie tells Pacey that she went to the psychic to find out if things are going to get better. Instead, she was told that things are going to get worse. She’s not sure she can handle any more drama. Pacey assures her that her future will be wonderful. Andie can’t quite believe that, but he says he’ll believe it for her.

Joey meets Colin to tell him Jack isn’t coming and she shouldn’t have set up the date for him. Colin confides that he’s on the rebound after ending a relationship with someone he used to be friends with. He thinks he’s trying to fill the void left behind. Joey asks why they broke up, and Colin admits that he can’t really remember. He wishes he hadn’t felt such a rush to move forward because now he can’t go back.

Jen finds Grams sitting alone at the fairgrounds and learned that Whit had to cancel their dinner because his wife wasn’t feeling well. Jen can’t believe she misinterpreted the evening as a date. She’s sorry she set Grams up for disappointment, but Grams is actually happy: She’s realized that her life isn’t over just because her husband is dead. She needs to open herself up to new friends. Jen asks if she ever gets afraid of being alone, and Grams admits that she does.

Dawson tries to get a reading from Ms. Zenovich, but she’s done for the night. He says he knows what’s coming anyway, and she tells him not to mock the spirits. She gives him a reading anyway, telling him that there’s someone in his life who he’s known for lifetimes and who sees into his soul. Dawson asks why he keeps losing her. “That which is lost can be found again,” Ms. Zenovich tells him. When Dawson turns away to get money to pay her, she disappears. Back at home, Dawson trashes the model town Jack made for the movie, stares at Joey’s picture, and tries to call her. Joey seems to contemplate going to see him, but instead she goes home, where she finds her father at the front door.

Thoughts: Ms. Kennedy is played by Mädchen Amick, who has seriously never, ever aged past 25.

Dear guy playing Colin: You are a horrible actor. Just thought you should know. P.S. You are quite handsome, though. Maybe try modeling?

Joey looks really nice during the photo shoot. Partly because her hair is finally acceptable.

Maybe it’s giving him too much credit, but I wonder if Kerr Smith knew all along that Jack was gay and that’s why he had no chemistry with Joey. They have much better chemistry as friends.

March 20, 2011

Dawson’s Creek 1.1, Pilot: So Much Pastel!

Posted in TV tagged , , , , at 4:06 pm by Jenn

Cue the Paula Cole

Summary: Dawson Leery is a movie-loving 15-year-old with a seemingly perfect life. His best friend, Joey Potter (a girl), has a much-less-than-perfect life: Her mom’s dead, her dad’s in prison, and she and her sister Bessie don’t have much money. (Bessie is also pregnant by her black boyfriend, so there’s a bit of a stigma there.) Dawson and Joey have been friends since childhood, but all of a sudden Joey has realized that – hey! – he’s a guy and she’s a girl, and they can’t do everything the way they used to. Like sleep in the same bed. Yes, seriously.

Things get even more complicated when Jen Lindley arrives in Capeside from New York. Joey is instantly jealous of the attention Dawson shows Jen, even though Jen is perfectly nice and keeps trying to connect with her. Joey finally explodes when she, Dawson, Jen, and their friend Pacey Witter go to the movies together and Joey sees Dawson trying to hold Jen’s hand. He confronts her and she accuses him of trying to drum up conflict to make his perfect life more interesting. He tries to convince her that things don’t have to change just because they’re growing up. She’s not sure until he tells her how many times he – ahem – “walks his dog.” Yeah, he still wants to bang Jen.

Pacey’s issues are much more complicated. And grosser. He flirts with Tamara Jacobs when she comes to the video store where he and Dawson work, and then discovers that she’s his new English teacher. He continues the flirting, despite how completely inappropriate the situation is, and even stalks to her to the movies, where he fights with her date and gets punched by another guy. And then Tamara kisses him, which means Pacey will never learn.

In other news, Jen (a self-proclaimed atheist) has trouble getting along with her conservative, church-going grandmother, Grams, and Dawson thinks his news-anchor mom, Gail, is sleeping with her co-anchor. He’s right, but Joey’s the only one who knows it.

Thoughts: Yes, I was a Dawson’s Creek fan as a teenager. I was exactly in the show’s target demographic, and for some reason, it sucked me right in. I thought it would make a good addition to the blog. At least we can make fun of the ridiculous dialogue and unrealistic plotlines and unfortunate wardrobes.

First, the question everyone has been asking since this show debuted in 1998: Who let Dawson and Joey have sleepovers until they were 15?

And another important question: Why does everyone on this show dress like pastel is about to be banned? Also, Tamara and Gail have unbelievable hair. I don’t think they ever got the memo that the ’80s are over.

If I had a sister and she had a boyfriend, I would never use the word “orgasmic” around him.

Dawson and Pacey work at a video store. Aw, remember videos?

Hey, Nellie, Cordelia Chase called. She wants you to cut it out.

Dawson thinks he can win a film contest with a cheesy horror movie? Really?

I hate it when Grams calls Jen “Jennifer” in that warning tone. It always makes me feel like I’ve done something wrong.

Joey tells Dawson his dad is “the perfect male specimen.” EW.

“Tubthumping.” Wow.

Capeside High is only grades 10-12? That’s weird.

Joey’s dad was imprisoned for trafficking more than 10,000 pounds of pot. HOLY CRAP. That’s a lot of weed.

If Dawson thinks there’s never been a sex scene in a Spielberg movie, he wasn’t paying attention during Schindler’s List.

Trivia: The movie Pacey stalks Tamara to is Waiting for Guffman.

I can’t agree with Joe that Dawson just wants conflict in his life so it’ll be more like a movie. Honestly, I think he’s just clueless enough to think everything’s fine and she doesn’t have a problem with Jen.

I remember it seeming so scandalous that Pacey would hook up with a teacher. Now it’s a staple plot on any show with teenagers.