At Casa Leery, Pacey croons "New York, New York" for a non-plussed Dawson and The Flash. After a couple of lines, The Flash diplomatically asks, "Pacey, can you...um, do you do anything else?" Dawson says that they can return to the talent portion later, and asks what Pacey plans to do about evening wear. Pacey says, "Well, actually, I could get my hands on this tasty little red polyester number that my sister wore as a bridesmaid." Heh. Dawson admonishes him, "Pacey, if you want to win this thing, you've got to take it seriously. If you win, the Associated Press could be all over this. Not to mention CNN -- I mean, this could be international news!" Because it's all about Dawson's ambitions, y'all, in case you had any doubt. The Flash declaims, "By braving this experiment, you become a political activist challenging social stereotypes." Pacey feebly says, "I kind of just wanted to make some extra cash." The Flash laughs, and then storms over to Pacey and sticks his tongue down the boy's throat. Well, in his dreams, he does.
Back at Grams's, Joey looks out the window and asks Jen, "So, what's going on with you two?" Jen says she and Dawson are "just figuring things out," explaining, "It was a little rough for a while, but we've got time. I mean, it's not like he's going anywhere." Joey weakly agrees, "No, I guess not." Jen asks, "So what about you and Dawson?" Joey snorts, "What about us?" Jen says, "Well, you know, I was just wondering, because, you know, now that he's available and everything --" Joey says, "Dawson will always see me as the gawky little girl down the creek with band-aids on her knees and the one braid falling out. I don't know, maybe that's just how it's meant to be. Maybe it's just how we see each other." Jen says, "You know what they say. Plenty of fish in the sea, right?" "Yeah," Joey says wistfully.
At the Leery hearth, Dawson asks Pacey whether he's talked to Joey lately. Pacey says, "Not since our torrid night of naked face-sucking." Dawson looks alarmed, and Pacey says he's kidding, and asks why Dawson asks. Dawson says, "Well, she says we're cool [well, she is], but she's been avoiding me." See? Joey was better before! Pacey rolls his eyes, "And...?" Dawson murmurs, "I don't know what to do. I miss her when she's not around." Pacey groans in relief: "Ah, at last, the moment of truth. Well, thank God, Dawson. Maybe we can all go home now." Ha! If only! Dawson says, "Pacey, I know you're obsessed with this little theory of yours, but the truth is that I've never thought of Joey in a romantic context. You know, I mean, I've always thought of her as like a...you know, a sister. I just don't think I could ever get past that. If Joey and I got together, it'd be a little incestuous." Yes. It would. And was. And will be. Pacey says, "So what you're saying is you don't want her but you don't want anyone else to have her either?" Yes, that is exactly what he's saying, and will continue to say for the next TWO YEARS, because he wants to be the girl with the most cake.