Back to Roberta, who is saying that she just got accepted to the music program at Juilliard, but that she's delaying her entrance for a year while she completes a tour with the Peace Corps. Okay, even those of you who haven't seen this episode, you know who's going to win the pageant, right? Okay, cool.
Pacey is reminding Hannah that she'd already had a chance with him once before, and she remembers it too: "Yeah, I already turned you down once in the sixth grade." He tells her that she stood him up, and she asks if he really thinks, in a million years, he could ever win the contest. He produces a bouquet of flowers from under a clutch of scarves and, handing it to her, admits, "Well, maybe I don't have a chance at winning. But if I can take just one vote away from you and make you know what it feels like to be a loser, then this is all worthwhile."
A very hostile Joey sits down opposite Dawson and avoids his eye. He asks, "If you could commit one act without consequence, what would it be?" She chirps, "I'd rob a bank, so I wouldn't have to be here." He tells her to be serious, and she mutters, "Fine." He asks what example she'd like to set for her children, and she replies, "I guess I'd want them to treat others the way they'd want to be treated. It sounds pretty simple, but it pretty much applies to everything." He asks who her inspiration, role model, or mentor is, and why. She says, "I guess don't really have one. I've always had to depend on myself." He asks where she sees herself in five years, and she says, "I don't know. On some romantic adventure -- on a dig in Tunisia, or a safari in Africa -- I don't know, on a research boat on its way to Antarctica."
Dawson scoffs, "When you talked about getting out of Capeside, I thought you meant, like, Boston University. The polar ice caps are pretty far away." "Well, that's the point," she says dully. Dawson prods, "But there must be things that you'll miss? Family? Friends?" She smiles, and says, "Of course, but life goes on, Dawson. Things change." Dawson protests, "They don't have to." "Yes, they do," she insists, "everything changes eventually. That's just the way life is, and you have no control over it. Like, suddenly, people who you think are always going to be there -- they disappear. You know? People die, and they move away, and they grow up." Dawson looks shell-shocked. Joey delivers the crushing blow: "Everything changes eventually, Dawson." But, as we know, in Dawson's world, nothing ever changes, and he is the Little Prince forever.