Evening at the yacht club. Mrs. Windjammer tells the pageant spectators to take their seats.
Backstage, Joey's hair is up in a mess of huge curlers as Jen makes her up. Joey says she looks like a dweeb, and that everyone's going to laugh at her. Jen gives her a tub of Vaseline and tells her to put some on her teeth to stop her lips sticking to her teeth when she smiles. "Wait a second, I have to smile?" Joey whines. "You never said anything about smiling!"
Dawson opens the door to a supply closet, where Pacey is getting dressed. Dawson starts snickering, and Pacey warns him, "You make one joke about coming out of the closet, and I swear...." Dawson claims that he won't, since it's "too obvious." Pacey stands up, looking kind of cute in a tuxedo, and Dawson offers to help him do up his vest. Pacey asks Dawson whether he thinks Pacey's a "complete tool" for entering the contest. Dawson asks, "Since when did you start concerning yourself with public opinion? Pacey, I think you've got testicles of steel for doing this." Pacey looks grateful. Dawson hands Pacey some Vaseline and says, "My mom said to put that on your teeth." Pacey asks, "Why?" Dawson laughs, "I have absolutely no idea." For once, a nice scene involving Dawson.
Onstage, Mrs. Windjammer breathily announces, "And so now, ladies and gentlemen, the contestants, in their evening wear." A parade of toothsome young ladies parade across the stage. Roberta Crump's hair is down over her shoulders and she's wearing a lovely dark blue strappy dress. Finally, Joey comes out. Her hair's all upswept and she's wearing a velvety, dark brown, strappy dress with a sort of swirly paisley pattern all over it. For once, she's standing straight, and she looks totally gorgeous. Dawson does a double-take, and then leans down to follow her with the camera. Mrs. Flash, at the judges' table, looks proud. Aw.
As Jen watches Dawson's reaction from the wings, Pacey steals up behind her and asks, "Could it be Cinderella's fairy godmother did her job a little too well?" Joey starts to walk offstage under Dawson's flummoxed gaze, and Pacey adds, "It looks like Prince Charming's found the owner of that glass slipper." Jen scratches her head and tightly says, "If you have a point, I wish you'd get to it." Pacey says, "Come on, Jen. It's pretty obvious that you're missing the undivided attention of our friend Dawson." Yeah, like you'd miss a tumour. She denies it, and Pacey needles her, "Tell me, is it the possibility of losing him to someone else that suddenly makes him seem so attractive?" Jen asks, "You really think that I'm that shallow, huh?" "No. I think you're that human," he replies kindly. Hannah leaves the stage as Mrs. Windjammer calls Pacey's name. He marches out. Jen watches him go, looking vulnerable. Pacey beams at the crowd, charisma wafting off him like fine cologne. How did I never see it the first time around? Dude owns this stupid show!