Liberty Hell, and more of the ever-charming Karen. Right now, she's not speaking to Pacey, and every time he tries to say something charming and Pacey-like, she shuts him down. It goes like this:
Pacey: Charming, charming, self-deprecating! Charming, wry, charming.
Karen: Bitchy, bitchy, cranky. Crabby, rude, rude.
Karen: Bitchy, rude!
Basically, she berates him for complaining about having to endlessly chop potatoes, because he's actually doing "classic culinary prep work." Then she spits that he landed his job simply because he's a man. This entire relationship is so silly. She's so hateful. It's not the "hatred masking sexual tension" kind of hatred. It's just unadulterated nastiness, and the cold, hard truth is that Karen and Pacey have no chemistry. And if she's so bitter about working as a waitress at that restaurant, maybe she ought to, you know, quit. Maybe she could run back to Dr. Carter.
Dawson's room. Little Mr. Mopey sits in the corner and thinks about how bereft he is. Enter the Flash, who ambles over and takes a seat across from his son. He muses that he used to "spend hours and hours sitting around thinking about [his] life." Dawson gloomily wonders why he stopped. "Because I got one, loser," the Flash says. More nicely, though. Dawson crabbily hopes that he "never gets to that place." The Flash rolls his eyes and reminds Dawson that he's "sleeping in a room with a baby monitor," so Dawson shouldn't "BS" him. "You and I both know what this is about," the Flash says. "This. Is about a girl." Dawson sniffs. "You say that like it's a bad thing," he says. The Flash makes a huge "whatever" face. "For the last four years [USC Film School] has been the friggin' mantra of the Leery household," the Flash begins. "So what do you do? You overcome hell and high water and the kind of adversity that would send ordinary kids running for cover and you actually do the impossible and you get yourself in."
My notes here read: "HUGE SIDEBAR ABOUT 'ADVERSITY' AND LACK THEREOF." Seriously, did I miss an episode? Maybe the one where Dawson was an orphan on the street of Calcutta, begging for pennies and batting flies away from his eyes? Or the one where he lived in the projects with an absentee father and a crack-whore mother, and he had to sell scrap iron for bread to feed his seven brothers and sisters, two of whom are blind? Or the one where, you know, anything remotely beyond run-of-the-mill-unfortunate happened to him? Yeah, his parents separated. Then they got back together. And, yeah, Mr. Brooks -- who he barely knew, really, and to whom he wasn't even related -- died. And left him bags of money. Where's the "adversity" in that? Dawson is an affluent white male. His parents love him, and each other. He has, against all odds, good friends. He's healthy as an ox. He's never even had to take the bus to school! For the love of God, what adversity is the Flash talking about? That's not a rhetorical question. What adversity? Holy hell.