Synopsis: Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and Jen (Michelle Williams) try sneaking around. Pacey learns he’s failing math and asks Joey (Katie Holmes) for help. She trades him tutoring for dance lessons so she can get a scholarship. Dawson (James Van Der Beek) becomes convinced Pacey and Joey are having sex. And Jack (Kerr Smith) begins a flirtation with a gay guy online with prodding from Andie (Meredith Monroe).
Thoughts: Well, wasn’t this a fun episode? Most of my thoughts are going to be below because there were so many Pacey & Joey moments, my heart could barely stand it. Um, just wanna say, I actually do love Pacey and Jen, even if it’s super casual. I feel like their friendship is overshadowed by the others, but it’s truly fun because they’re both more open with their sexualities. Dawson being utterly clueless about what his friends are doing is hilarious to me, because guess what! He’s actually a shitty friend! Finally, I think Andie may have pushed Jack a little too far, but I had forgotten about this particular storyline. Jack’s journey on this show as a gay teen is so great to watch and kudos for Dawson’s Creek for doing it as well as they did
Pacey/Joey Moments: This whole episode was basically a love letter to Pacey & Joey shippers. Even with the Pacey/Jen stuff, so much of the episode focused on them and their budding feelings for each other. Because oh yeah, that’s coming out. So Pacey needs Joey’s help with math and she makes him do a favor for her by taking dance lessons so she can score a scholarship. Joey is just a queen. Of course, the two of them are terrible dancers, even though the instructor rightly calls out their sexual tension and knows they’re struggling because of feelings. “Right…see what I mean? See the hostility, the way they’re weary with each other, not to mention the constant bickering and name calling. Now these two clearly are in the early stages of some screwball mating ritual.” (Side note: Katie Holmes makes a wonderful face after this scene happens and I can’t tell if it was in character or not. It’s delightful.)
Since Dawson thinks his two best friends are sneaking around, Pacey has to set the record straight while also complimenting the hell out of Miss Potter and pretty much warning Dawson that he is falling for her (but he doesn’t truly realize it yet). Also, can we just discuss how great it is that Pacey calls Joey “a woman”? He also calls her a goddess. *swoon*
And then, when Dawson and Joey catch Pacey and Jen kissing, Joey has a minor meltdown because she can’t admit her feelings for Mr. Witter just yet and can’t believe Jen has stolen another man in her life. God, these two have so many more episodes before they kiss (WHY IS MARCH SO FAR AWAY), but the groundwork is so fascinating to watch in hindsight.
Joey: So what you’re saying is you’re merely the innocent victim in some behavioral psychology experiment gone horribly awry.
Joey: And you’re desperately in need of some able-bodied female to help you provoke those pre-conditioned Pavlovian homework responses?
Joey: That is the worst pick-up line I have ever heard, Pacey.
Pacey: Thanks, Toots, but I wasn’t hittin’ on ya.
Yeah, you get two gifs this week! Because they were that precious in this episode.