As a remake of "Time After Time" plinks away in the background, The Flash and Dawson get out of the SUV at Estrangement Estates (tm Wing). The Flash stops on his way up the lawn and looks out, and Dawson follows his gaze to see Joey slumped on the dock. Damn, the women on this show have terrible posture. Dawson furrows his brow and goes to investigate. Joey says she's not sure why she came over, but "your house is like magnetic north -- certain nights, it just draws me in." She says that over the summer she used to come by the dock in her boat sometimes, "for old times' sake, I guess." Dawson says they can't go back. She says she knows that, she's realized it for awhile, and she starts to say, "Earlier tonight," and Dawson interrupts to apologize, but Joey says it's okay, she thinks she had to see him with Eve: "In some weird way, it helped me. I mean, seeing you on that stage, something inside of me clicked, and for the first time -- I felt how wrong it would be. I mean we, we really do need to move on and to meet new people and to have new relationships." Dawson says, "It's weird how that happens, isn't it?" and as Joey turns to look at him, he adds, "You still love the person, you just stop needing them like you used to." Joey says, "Yeah. It's weird, and -- it's kinda sad." Dawson doesn't answer, sighing instead. A moment of silence passes before Joey asks, "So we're friends, and then we're a couple, then friends again, then we're a couple, so -- so what are we now?" Dawson says, "We're Dawson and Joey." Joey looks puzzled, and Dawson undoes his dorky mall-booth necklace and puts it around her neck. He watches her as she admires it around her neck and smiles. Joey wants to know, "Do you think every Joey has a Dawson and every Dawson has a Joey?" and I would like to thank the writers for giving that line to Joey instead of to Dawson, because it made me ill, but not as ill as it could have. Dawson smiles wryly before answering, "I hope so. For their sake." Joey half-smiles. They sit in companionable silence on the dock as the camera pans up to the strains of "Time After Time." You know, I thought that would be a lot worse.
The WB doesn't show scenes from next week anymore, but from what I hear, Dawson goes back to his buttholish ways. Over to you, Wing Chun.