Anyway, "there [she] was, twenty years old, with piles of student loans and a 2.9 GPA," so she made a decision, the hardest one she's ever made -- but it didn't matter, because she's a television character. In other words, she had a miscarriage. She thought she'd feel happy about it, but she felt guilty, "for getting off easy, for feeling relieved, and for putting [herself] in a position where [she] even had to make that kind of a decision." I'd like to point out here that having a miscarriage is hardly "getting off easy." I've never had one myself, but I understand they're quite painful physically as well as emotionally; it's not exactly a snap. Anyway, Dawson asks if he can assume that Gretchen's decision "was the same as my mom's." God, Dawson -- SHUT UP. Gretchen thinks for a moment, then asks, "Does it really matter?" "No," Dawson says, sounding surprised at himself. Then he thanks her for trusting him and says he won't tell anyone -- as if he should even have to say that -- and she says she knows.
Fade to the PB&B. Bessie banters with the guests while "Where In The World Is" Bodie "Sandiego" brings dishes to the table. Bodie! Yay! Joey reports proudly that she got an A on her English test; Bodie congratulates her, and Joey says she stayed up all night studying at Pacey's and she's exhausted. "I'm sure you are," Bessie snipes. Joey demands to know what Bessie means. Nothing, Bessie says, and asks for the potatoes. Joey persists, Bessie ignores her and asks Bodie for the potatoes instead, Joey picks a fight with her in front of the paying (and, at the moment, cringing) guests, and Bessie takes the bait and bitches that either Joey had sex with Pacey the entire night or she's running a mail-order birth-control business out of her room. Heh. Bodie's jaw freezes mid-chew; he looks like he might start giggling. Joey busts on Bessie for snooping, and Bessie says that Joey has enough condoms up there "to fill a warehouse" and she wishes she could lock Joey in her room because she doesn't think Joey's ready to have sex, and Joey shouts that Bessie let her spend the summer alone on a boat with Pacey so what's her problem, and Bessie sneers that she didn't "let" Joey go, "[she] just went," and what could she have said? "Nothing," Joey snaps, "just like there's nothing that you can say about this," and she gets up and clears her plate, and Bessie follows her and says she can say one thing -- Joey's making the biggest mistake of her life. Joey tells her that she's not having sex yet, but at some point, she will, and Bessie can't do anything to stop that. Bessie rails at her that she's only seventeen and "doesn't understand the first thing about consequences and responsibility," and as the guests slink away from the table, Joey hisses back that her whole life "is consequences and responsibility," and storms up to her room. Bessie watches her go, open-mouthed. In the background, an unperturbed Bodie continues eating his dinner. Snerk.