December 8, 2012

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

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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.

November 17, 2012

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

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

Summary: Pacey walks Joey to her dorm after a date, and despite the fact that they just spent a whole evening together, he’s just now telling her that he recently got a promotion. He now has an office and a secretary. Joey, however, has had her hours cut because everyone’s on spring break and no one’s going to Hell’s Kitchen. Pacey asks her out again and they kiss awkwardly.

C.J. spends the night with Jen at Grams’, though they didn’t have sex. In fact, they haven’t had sex for a week. Jen says her sex drive isn’t the same as his, and they can be intimate in different ways. He’s disappointed to realize that she means by cuddling. Joey brings Pacey an office-warming gift and briefly meets his secretary, who Rich has just fired. Rich is a jerk to Joey (I know, shocking), then suggests that she fill in as Pacey’s secretary while she’s on break.

In L.A., Dawson pitches a movie (I guess it’s his stupid Creek Daze thing) to Heather Tracy, and though she thinks it’s a good idea, she doesn’t think it’s right for the studio. It needs more sex. Dawson thinks the lack of sex makes it unique. Heather won’t back down, telling him to add in an affair with a teacher or something. He doesn’t think that will be a problem. Jen and C.J. work at the helpline; she tells someone on the phone that C.J. won’t stop talking about sex.

Joey is immediately popular with the guys at Pacey’s office, because she’s just that hot. Later, he reminds her that he likes coffee in the morning, but she tells him to make it himself. Pacey complains to Rich that the guys are all over her, and he feels uncomfortable telling a friend what to do. Rich tells him a reporter is coming in for a newspaper interview and seems interested in Pacey. Joey’s interested in the reporter’s interest.

C.J. chastises Jen for using their own relationship problems to counsel other people. She points out that if a girl called to say that her boyfriend was pressuring her to have sex, C.J. would counsel her about that. He’s basically upset that Jen had sex with jerks but won’t have sex with him. She thinks he’s calling her a slut.

Heather prepares Dawson for another meeting with Larry (the studio executive from “Day Out of Days”). He remembers Dawson and is happy that he got Natasha into bed. (Heather told him about that.) Dawson pitches his stupid movie, trying to describe it as a coming-of-age story, but Heather blurts that it’s a teen sex comedy: “American Pie meets Stand By Me.” Larry just wants the actresses in the movie to take their clothes off.

Dawson continues, saying that the lead character is a good guy but it gets in the way of his interactions with girls. Larry quickly loses interest, so Dawson says the lead falls in love with a girl from school who’s actually a stripper. Larry likey. He tells Dawson he has a deal and doesn’t want to hear any more about the movie. In fact, Dawson should stop talking because any more information could work against him. But Larry would like to hear more about Natasha.

Joey gives Pacey some numbers he was waiting for (and which she should have given him earlier), then accidentally hangs up on the person he was talking to. She tells him she didn’t want to learn secretarial skills because if she was too good at those tasks, she wouldn’t be able to move forward in her career. (Shut up, Joey.) The reporter, Sadia Shaw, arrives, and Pacey’s already met her: She’s the mystery woman from “All the Right Moves.” Joey’s displeased.

Dawson visits Todd (Todd! I missed you!) on the set of a music video and accidentally interrupts his attempts to seduce someone. Sadia interviews Rich and Pacey about Stepatech; Joey tells Pacey he has a call from Jack and expresses surprise when he doesn’t want to talk to his own roommate. Then she loads Pacey’s sugar with coffee and spills cream on Sadia. Rich takes Sadia to his office so Pacey can deal with Joey.

Todd doesn’t get why Dawson is torn about his movie – work is work, and he wants to direct. Dawson already feels morally compromise after some of the things he did for Todd. Todd tells him to decide what kind of filmmaker he wants to be. If he wants to do it his own way, he should reject the studio’s offer. Todd worked hard enough to get where he is, even though it meant making some bad stuff in the process.

Things are tense between Pacey and Joey, and she finally asks how he knows Sadia. He chastises her for not acting professionally. She blasts him for just treating her as a girl who pours coffee. All the assistants in the office are hot and no one respects them. Pacey says he doesn’t pay attention to them; he comes to the office to work, and Joey made that difficult for him today. He doesn’t have to respect her or be nice to her because she’s his secretary.

Joey’s upset about that, of course, and Pacey tells her to just do her job and accept the money happily. She tells him that his secret nickname in the office is Witless. Then she makes comments about Sadia, letting Pacey know that she’s jealous (which, of course, she denies). Pacey asks her to take dictation so he can write Sadia an apology for Joey’s behavior: “She’s new and very bad.” This leads to a makeout session that’s interrupted by Rich.

Jen and C.J. have a silent dinner with Grams, finally blurting out their problems. Grams says that Jen is trying to have her first well-rounded relationship, and C.J. is worried that Jen will always like bad boys more than her. Jen says that “nice pecs and a good six-pack only go so far.” C.J. replies that that didn’t help: “I have nice pecs.” She tells him (through Grams) that she’s had the best sex of her life with him. C.J. apologizes and promises to cuddle whenever Jen wants.

Dawson meets with Larry and Heather again, having added a fire in a strip club to his script. Larry suggests the title Sunset Stripped and requests a minimum of three nude scenes. Finally Dawson has had enough and gives a speech about wanting to write about growing up and falling in love and blah blah blah. He can’t take the studio’s money. Larry still wants to make the stripper movie, though.

Joey goes back to work at Hell’s Kitchen, and Pacey visits because he wants to be abused some more, I guess. He also informs her that she’s no longer his secretary. She thinks it’s because she sucked at the job, but Pacey says it’s because she’s a distraction. Joey makes him tell her why. They make out some more, then agree to meet at Pacey’s place after she closes up. But right after Pacey leaves, Eddie arrives.

Thoughts: I didn’t mention in his first episode that Larry is played by Paul Gleason, the principal from The Breakfast Club, which is just one more John Hughes reference for the series.

Joey objects to Pacey calling her a secretary, like, hi. You’re a secretary. There’s nothing wrong with it. You’re the one making a big deal of it and saying it’s a job that doesn’t require a high level of training or allow a lot of room for career development. I work for a company that provides a lot of resources for secretaries/administrative assistants, and it’s NOT an easy job. And there is a career there, and room to take on more responsibilities and projects. So Joey can just shut up.

In case there’s any question about the kind of movies Larry makes, there’s a poster in his office for one calls That’s What She Said.

Another Jack-less episode. Who did Kerr Smith tick off?

I imagine that right after dinner, Grams went to church to pray for Jen and C.J.’s souls.

October 6, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.12, All the Right Moves: Party Time! Excellent!

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This is probably not good

Summary: Joey, Jen (who got a horrible haircut), Pacey, and Jack are hanging out at Hell’s Kitchen when Audrey arrives, seeing them for the first time since Christmas. She apologizes for her behavior over the past few months and for not letting them help her. She tells them about the party she went to in Malibu that she saw Dawson after, and how she finally realized that she’s the problem, not anyone else. Her friends welcome her back happily.

The next day, Joey and Emma ogle the new bartender at Hell’s Kitchen and discuss Eddie. Joey downplays their relationship and Emma buys it. She asks Joey to clean out Eddie’s locker while she heads out to band practice. At work, Rich tells Pacey and his coworkers that Stepatech Industries is about to go through the roof, so they should encourage their clients to buy. He then invites Pacey to a party at the house of Roger Stepavich, the Step of Stepatech. Rich just wants to make sure Pacey’s committed to his job. Pacey promises he is.

Emma and the rest of Hell’s Belles inform Audrey that they’re replacing her as lead singer. They need someone fast since they have a big gig coming up. Audrey understands but promises that she’s giving up her drinking and “general mayhem” because they’ve cost her the life she wanted to have. The Belles agree to give her another chance. Joey cleans out Eddie’s locker and finds a bunch of short stories he submitted for publication that were rejected.

The Belles have a great sound check for their gig, after which Audrey is approached by a guy from another band (Satan’s Tampon, heh) who invites her to a party on a tour bus. Joey helps Harley with her homework, then chats with her about Eddie’s disappearance. Harley encourages her to play detective and find him. Joey mentions finding the manuscript, which had Eddie’s parents’ address in Worcester on it. Harley tells her to at least call and see if he’s there. Joey does, and Eddie himself answers, but Joey panics and hangs up.

At Stepavich’s party, Pacey strikes up a conversation with a woman who claims to know his reputation as an up-and-coming broker. She wonders why he’s not in college if he’s so smart. He tells her he enjoys the adrenaline (and money) involved in his job. She heads off without telling him her name. Hetson goes to Hell’s Kitchen looking for Harley, who he thinks is there with Joey. He’s finally realized that she’s as much of a troublemaker as people keep telling him. Harley then arrives with a guest she picked up in Worcester: Eddie.

Audrey goes to the party on the tour bus, admitting to the guy who invited her that this will be her first sober gig. He offers her a drink, and at first she declines, but she’s nervous enough to change her mind. He also offers her a pill. Back at Hell’s Kitchen, Joey gives Eddie the cold shoulder while Hetson “punishes” Harley by making her have dinner with him. Eddie tells Joey that he came back to help her with the “problem” Harley told him about: Joey’s pregnancy. Joey clears up that Harley lied about that.

Eddie spots his manuscript and guesses that Joey sent Harley after him when she found it. He also knows that she’s the one who called his house and hung up. She blasts him for leaving town without telling her, adding that now that she’s solved the mystery, he can go. She thinks he just wanted an easy out. Eddie tells her it was the hardest thing he’s ever done, then leaves. Joey follows him out, now deciding she wants an answer. He admits that he couldn’t face her because he was ashamed of being unemployed and getting evicted. She may be poor, but she has a future.

Eddie continues that he punched Hetson because he knew Hetson was right about him being a failure. Joey reminds him that his rejection letter said he had promise. Eddie doesn’t think that was sincere. He wants Joey to be with someone better than him – she can have whatever she wants in life. She says she wanted him. Eddie disagrees, saying she wanted the person she thought he was in their English class. Then he leaves for real.

Audrey’s still drinking right up until she takes the stage with Hell’s Belles. Meanwhile, Pacey and his nameless woman do some eye-flirting before Pacey meets Roger Stepavich. He’s surprised to learn that Rich wants him to take over Stepatech’s account. Pacey doesn’t think he’s ready for the promotion but accepts.

Harley apologizes to Joey for getting involved in her and Eddie’s relationship; Joey forgives her but asks her not to make up any more pregnancy stories. She’s mostly upset that Eddie won’t fulfill his potential as a writer. Harley suggests that she show them to Hetson. Joey’s skeptical but does it. Hetson refuses to read the stories, mostly because Eddie hit him. Harley takes the stories with her and promises Joey she’ll try again.

Audrey ruins the Belles’ performance by sucking, stage-diving, having an acid trip, and passing out. Once she’s feeling better, Emma kicks her out of the band and sends her home. Hetson returns to Hell’s Kitchen to retrieve the backpack Harley “forgot”; he’s already read a couple of Eddie’s stories and agrees that he does have some potential. He thinks Eddie could even get into a writing workshop, but he would need Hetson’s recommendation. Hetson himself won’t talk to him, though, so Joey will have to.

As Pacey leaves the party, the nameless woman approaches him again and suggests that he ask himself if his promotion isn’t too good to be true. Audrey heads to her dorm room and starts to drink some more but winds up pouring out the rest of her alcohol. Joey goes to Worcester to give Eddie back his manuscript and tell him about the workshop. He doesn’t think there’s any point since he’s not that great, but Joey wants him to try. He can be a coward about their relationship, but he shouldn’t be a coward about his life.

Joey starts to leave, then changes her mind since she knows that’s what Eddie wants her to do. She reminds him that he once told her to take chances, which is the opposite of what he’s doing now. He’s afraid of living his life. Eddie agrees and kisses her. Joey tells him that’s the wrong answer – it’s too late for them. She starts to leave again, but he pulls her back and tells her he loves her and doesn’t want it to be too late. Joey says she loves him, too, but she leaves anyway. Back at Worthington, she tries to wake Audrey but can’t.

Thoughts: Heh. All the Right Moves is a Tom Cruise movie. Hee hee hee.

The nameless woman is played by Sarah Shahi, who now has her own show on USA, Fairly Legal.

Stepavich is played by Ray Wise, who has been in so many things I can’t even begin to list them. But he may be best known for Twin Peaks, which he was in with Dana Ashbrook (Rich).

Roger Howarth eating buffalo wings with a huge napkin tucked into his collar = comedy.

Trivia: Pacey’s middle initial is J.

I hope Michelle Williams and Kerr Smith enjoyed their single scene in this episode. Though it was one more than James Van Der Beek got.

September 29, 2012

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

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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 15, 2012

Dawson’s Creek 6.9, Everything Put Together Falls Apart: The Max Winter of Our Discontent

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I kind of want to live with these guys

Summary: There’s a ’70s dance party going on! Oh, wait, it’s just a scene from Todd’s movie. He’s a little tense because some big actor named Max Winter is coming to shoot a cameo. Todd thinks it’ll make the movie huge. Unlike Natasha, Max is very nice and doesn’t make any demands. Well, except he’d like to make out with Natasha, and otherwise “get to know her.”

Joey’s trying to study at Hell’s Kitchen, which is one of the worst ideas she’s ever had. Eddie notes that there are other places she could go that would make a lot more sense, but she’s tried them all. He offers to let her use his apartment, though isn’t it, like, two hours away? Emma complains about having to clean up after Jack and Pacey, which makes Pacey’s timing horrible to ask her for a favor. He wants to take her to his office holiday party, but he has to agree to clean first.

Natasha is starstruck at the idea of working with Max, and when she meets him, she can barely say anything other than “uh-huh.” They run horribly written lines in Natasha’s trailer, and Max asks Dawson to leave. Pacey takes Emma shopping for a new dress for the party and starts to tell her that the party isn’t an average one, but he gets distracted by how hot she looks.

Joey falls asleep at Eddie’s, not even waking up when he comes home from the bar. He gets her up in time to make it back to campus for her final in Hetson’s class, asking if she spent any time snooping around to learn more about him. All she mentions is finding his ice skates. They start kissing, but Joey stops to tell Eddie she doesn’t usually sleep with a guy after one date. Usually there’s a lot of buildup. He assures her he doesn’t mind taking things slowly.

Joey continues that when she woke up in Eddie’s bed, she tried to think of a reason not to break her usual sex pattern. She couldn’t think of anything. So then they get it on. Everything’s all great afterward, except for the fact that it’s 11 and Joey was supposed to take her exam at 9. They bicker over whose fault it is. Oh, and now the apartment’s only 20 minutes from campus, so either Eddie moved or the building did. Joey makes it with only 30 minutes to take her test.

Speaking of late, Pacey arrives at the party before Emma, who makes quite an entrance in her new dress, which she’s accessorized with safety pins. Pacey isn’t pleased; Emma doesn’t care. The dance party is back on, and Max’s hair looks much better now. Todd thinks they have great chemistry. Dawson would rather not think about it. As Dawson and Todd listen through headphones, Max asks Natasha if her boyfriend minds seeing them kiss. She denies that Dawson’s her boyfriend.

Joey goes to Hetson’s house, because going to her English professors’ houses is normal to her. She’s been trying to get in touch with him all day to get another chance at the test. If you can believe it, he’s not sympathetic at all. She couldn’t even answer the first question, so she gets an automatic F, and her grade for the semester is a D. Joey begs him not to be vindictive. Hetson points out that he has to treat all his students the same.

Max films his death scene, and I don’t know if Natasha’s supposed to be a horrible actress or what, but she’s truly awful. She asks Dawson for his opinion on her performance, and he coolly tells her she’s “a real actress.” She invites him to have drinks with her and Max, but Dawson makes up an excuse not to go. Emma teases Pacey for eating baby corn like he’s in Big, and he notes that she’s having a better time than she expected. She also totally wins a big fight with Ric, so she’s my new hero.

Joey mopes over to Hell’s Kitchen, where Eddie says he thinks she’ll be able to reason with Hetson. (Has he met Hetson?) Joey knows it’s hopeless, and her poor grade will make her lose her scholarship. Eddie doesn’t see what the big deal is. Joey yells at him, noting that they don’t know much about each other. Eddie tells her that people grow up and learn from their mistakes. He doesn’t want their romantic morning to be something Joey regrets, but it looks like it’s too late.

At the party, Emma hides out in the bathroom and overhears two women talking trash about her. She confronts them and they tell her the party’s really a contest: The man who brought the hottest date gets $1,000. Pacey calls Rich on his treatment of Emma and arranging the whole contest. Rich warns that Pacey is expendable and should be nicer to the person in charge of his future.

Dawson and Todd do movie stuff, then talk about Natasha and Max. Dawson doesn’t know why he didn’t confront Natasha when he overheard her lying to Max. Todd says that if Dawson had called her on a white lie, she probably would have gotten mad at him for eavesdropping, so he was right to keep quiet. Natasha cares more about her career than being honest about her relationship, and Dawson needs to let it go.

Dawson seems to have figured out that he only kept his mouth shut because he’s so hot for Natasha and doesn’t want to risk losing her. Todd says women know that men will do anything for sex, and they use that fact to get whatever they want. Gee, I wonder why Todd’s still single? Dawson decides to be direct with Natasha, since he’s always been honest with people. Todd is skeptical that that will work.

Joey waits on Hetson at Hell’s Kitchen, and she blasts him for acting like nothing happened. Well, that’s because he doesn’t think anything did happen. He notes that her life falling apart isn’t his fault. Eddie overhears and comes to Joey’s rescue, telling Hetson that he’s the reason Joey was late for her final. Hetson tells him to get a kitten out of a tree.

Hetson then asks where Eddie thinks his relationship with Joey is going. He sees Joey as someone who’s “going places,” while Eddie’s pretty much stuck. He thinks Eddie took Joey to his place to “level the playing field,” but he knows she’ll see through him and leave him. Eddie will still be stuck at Hell’s Kitchen. Unsurprisingly, Eddie punches him. Also unsurprisingly, that gets him fired.

Joey waits for Eddie after work and they apologize to each other for their fight. She says that if she missed her exam, at least she was with Eddie. He wants to take her somewhere to get her mind off of things. Dawson catches Natasha and Max hugging in a hotel hallway but still isn’t confrontational. And when Natasha comes to his room for sex, he gives in.

Pacey meets Emma at home after she ditched the party early. She asks if she won the contest. He apologizes for going along with Rich’s plans but says he brought Emma because he thinks she’s beautiful enough that he could have won. Just being there with her would have been worth more than the $1,000. Then they make out. It doesn’t last long, though, since Jack comes home and accidentally interrupts. Meanwhile, Eddie takes Joey ice skating.

Thoughts: Kerr Smith directed this episode, which I guess is why he only has one scene in it. But it doesn’t explain why Jen and Audrey aren’t in it.

Max is played by Eddie Cahill (CSI: NY). His hair is unbelievable.

They stole that listening-in scene from Notting Hill. Just saying.

Roger Howarth, we need to have a chat about your earring.

The old Joey would have handled Hetson so much better. I miss that Joey. That Joey didn’t need an Eddie to come rescue her.

September 3, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 21, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 18, 2012

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

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Early-2000s email looks weird

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 14, 2012

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

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

Summary: Dawson and Joey’s clothes are all over the floor. They wake up and make out, then go back to sleep. Later Joey wakes up alone, finding a note saying Dawson went to get breakfast. He also brings her a rose. She thinks they should talk about how having sex will change things, but he’d rather just make out. Audrey starts to order hotel room service for her and Pacey, but he wants her to go to class while he goes on his job interview. She tells him he’s guaranteed to get the job since her dad pulled strings.

Jen’s worried that Grams is taking a math class because it might mean she’s trying too hard to get close to Clifton. (Never mind that she told Grams to take a math class in the previous episode.) Her rant is interrupted by a guy who recognizes her voice from her radio show. He bugs her about why she’s not doing the show anymore. (She had a disagreement with the new manager.) Grams invites the guy to sit with them.

Pacey learns that if he gets the job as a stock broker, he’s going to become unlikable. At least that’s what I’m getting from that. He also needs to pass a stock broker exam on the first try or he’ll be out of the program. Pacey wonders why anyone would want the job in the first place. He’s told that he’s selling the hope of success. Pacey tells the head of the program, Rich Rinaldi, that he’s already made up his mind and wants the job. Rich advises him to wear a suit that’s less gay. (Because the suit is Jack’s, you see. Ha ha?)

Dawson and Joey make awkward conversation; she admits that she spent 15 minutes trying to figure out what to say (which wound up being “hi”) and he admits that his note that morning was preceded by four other drafts. Todd interrupts, calling to demand that Dawson meet him right away. Hilariously, he’s in Dawson’s cell phone as Satan. Dawson tries to make sure that everything between him and Joey is okay. She reassures him by kissing him.

Dawson meets up with Todd, who wonders where he was the night before. Dawson refuses to give him any details since he’s always wound up talking himself out of things. Joey goes to Hell’s Kitchen, where Eddie’s rude to her. They have that kind of argument that you know will turn into sex sooner or later. Emma gives Joey a job application and tells her that Eddie’s a bartender there. Pacey cooks at Grams’ house, where Jack tells him he’s had no luck finding them an apartment. Pacey really wants to live with Emma, but Audrey doesn’t think he’ll be able to change her mind.

Jen winds up chatting with C.J., the guy from earlier, but starts to suspect he’s trying to talk to her about Jesus. He really just wants her to join a peer-counseling program. Joey meets Dawson on Todd’s movie set, and he tells her they’re making a horror movie. They’ve recreated his house as one of the sets. Todd spots the two of them together and figures out where Dawson spent the previous night.

Pacey and Jack take Audrey to Emma’s apartment to pretend she wants to move in. They’re all too late since Emma has already found two other (female) roommates. Jen goes to a meeting about peer counseling, but it’s clearly not her kind of place. (Example: The number-one rule is not to be afraid to ask for a hug.) She tells C.J. she only came because she made a promise to herself over the summer that she would try new things. She warns him that she’s not as great as he thinks she is. He hopes she changes her mind about herself.

Pacey tries to talk Emma out of rooming with girls, promising that he’ll cook and not have sex with her. Audrey is unhelpful. Meanwhile, Jack quietly tells the girls that there are mice in the apartment. Audrey’s worried that Emma’s hatred of Pacey has a deeper meaning. The girls take off and Jack gleefully celebrates his “lack of ethical boundaries.” Back on the movie set, Dawson asks Joey out for dinner. Or in for dinner, really, since he’s set up a date on the porch of his recreated house.

Later, Dawson walks Joey back to her dorm, but there’s no repeat of the previous night’s activities – Dawson gets a call from a girl and Joey gets mad. Then Audrey interrupts to ask when they’re coming in, since their friends are in the room to throw Joey a surprise belated birthday party. Joey tries to put on a happy face but eventually drags Dawson into the bathroom to yell at him for sleeping with her while he had a girlfriend. “This is a very unhappy birthday,” Jen comments.

Joey figures out that when Dawson went to get breakfast that morning, he was also breaking up with the girl. Dawson assures her that the girl means nothing to him. She still wishes he’d told her before they hooked up. Joey polls the others, and Jen and Audrey are on her side. Pacey and Jack get everyone to leave, though Audrey asks Joey’s permission first.

The Dawson/Joey fight continues and she accuses him of sleeping with her just to cross it off a list. She thinks their first time together didn’t mean enough to him. He replies that she doesn’t know what she wants. She’s still a scared little girl. Joey finishes his thought, saying she’s the same girl who broke his heart. She’d love for him to stop bringing that up. Dawson says that she’s always wanted to escape. He’s living in the real world while she wants the fantasy. “Is this really the way you want things to end between us?” he asks.

Jen, Jack, Pacey, and Audrey end up at Hell’s Kitchen, discussing the co-dependent saga of Joey and Dawson. Jack starts to apologize to Emma for that afternoon, and she quickly says that he and Pacey can move in with her. Jen and Audrey are wary about toasting the move, so the four of them toast to friendship.

Joey collects herself, then warns Dawson not to miss his flight. He tells her that she’s the one who doesn’t want to deal with their relationship. She wants them to be together, but not if they’re going to keep fighting about the past. She thinks there might not be anything for them to salvage, and the previous night could have been a mistake. Dawson leaves, then turns to go back into the room. Joey’s hand is also on the doorknob, but neither opens the door.

Thoughts: C.J. is played by Jensen Ackles from Supernatural, as you can see above. He sure is pretty.

Todd’s shooting the movie in Boston because…?

Jack is kind of awesome. They need to give him actual things to do.

Pacey wears two party hats like horns. It’s cute but still doesn’t distract from his horrible goatee. You’re going to need to bring your A game, Witter. You have to go up against C.J. now.

What’s the lesson here? Birthday sex with a longtime love just never turns out well. (See also: Buffy.)