Dawson sits alone on a park bench, smiling to himself over God only knows what. He looks up to spot Pacey and Joey walking together and strolls over to say hi. Pacey says he needs to talk to Dawson so they leave Joey alone. Pacey asks how Dawson's night was, and he says it was terrible. Dawson asks Pacey the same and Pacey says it wasn't so bad. Long story short, Pacey says he's become attracted to Joey and wants Dawson's permission to kiss her. Dawson says that Pacey is his friend, and Joey is his friend, and that he doesn't care who Joey kisses but that if it's Pacey, "so much the better." Pacey is pleased that Dawson's okay with it and starts to go. Pacey has only gone a few steps before Dawson changes his mind and calls Pacey back. Pacey asks what they do now. Dawson sort of chuckles at himself, and then says it's fine, again, and tells Pacey to go kiss her. After Pacey leaves, Dawson is left all alone standing beside the merry-go-round. Boo hoo. Not.
Pacey drops Joey off at the Bastard Barn. Pacey asks if he has to fail another midterm, or whether they can "do this again sometime?" Joey reminds him that they still have a report to finish. Pacey says that isn't what he meant. Joey asks what he did mean. Pacey says, "Let me put it to you this way," and kisses her, but only for a couple of seconds before she pulls away and starts giggling nervously, asking him what that was for. Pacey recovers quickly and says that if she has to ask, it obviously didn't have the desired effect. She asks why he would do that, and he says that he kissed her because he had a good day with her, and he was confused, surprised, and attracted. He asks how she felt about the day they'd shared. She looks flattered, and apologetically answers, "Confused and surprised." Pacey looks disappointed, of course, but says it's okay as long as they don't extend the awkward moment any longer. She steps closer, and puts her hand on his arm and says she had a nice day too. Aw. That was nice -- natural, too. She bounces up the stairs but before she can go inside he asks her, "If, by some slim chance, you had actually kissed me back, you'd have probably been thinking of someone else, right?" Joey looks down, and goes inside without answering.