Cut to Dawson, setting up a shot of a row of football helmets while Cliff (in uniform) and Nellie (in four-inch platforms and hooker-wear) discuss something or other. Enter Jen "Hog Heaven" Lindley in a cheerleader's outfit, her hair badly in need of a hot oil: "Hey, Dawson." Dawson, chuckling: "Hey -- what are you doing here?" Jen: "Oh, just living a fantasy." Dawson, hoping she came to see him: "No, seriously." Jen: "Cliff gave me a part." Dawson, with his customary lack of tact: "At no point was there a couch involved, right?" Jen: "No, Cliff's a very nice guy." She says she has two lines, which needless to say don't bear repeating, especially since Dawson doesn't seem to hear them, whining, "But Jen, you're supposed to be in my movie, not this homage to headgear." Before Jen can respond to this babyish outburst, Cliff hails Jen, "Hey, glad you made it." He shepherds her over to the rest of the "cast," telling her, "Just in time, we were just about to start," and Dawson deflates as Nellie shrills, "Rehearsal's up!" Cliff grabs his helmet from Dawson and says, "Thanks, David," and Jen, not seeming to notice Cliff's hand on her shoulder, corrects him, "It's Dawson." Dawson smiles weakly.
Pacey. TaMAHra. Ethan Frome. Pacey wants to know about TaMAHra's high-school self. TaMAHra captained the dance team, served as class treasurer, and "studied a lot." She also had a boyfriend. Pacey asks if she would have dated him. She splutters about the appropriateness of the question for this venue. Pacey asks again. TaMAHra says "probably not," but that she's learned a lot since then, "and I'm smarter now -- at least I was until a few weeks ago." She hands him a sheet of paper with summary questions for the first chapter and says that if he answers them correctly, she might give him "some positive reinforcement." Whatever.