Outside, Joey reams Pacey, allegedly for lying but in actuality for showing her up. Pacey tries to get a word in edgewise, but Joey keeps squalling about the "pseudo-motivational diatribe" (and no, I don't know what she's referring to either) and repeating that he lied about Yale, and Pacey tries again to interrupt, but Joey won't have it: "Pacey, why are you trying so hard to impress these people?" Pacey, beginning to get annoyed: "Are you done yet?" Joey, on the point of frustrated tears: "Look, I don't even know who you are right now!" Well, he's someone who's a bit more adroit than you socially, Joey, so why don't you just admit that that's what bothers you, and follow that admission by sucking it up? Pacey tries to defend himself, but Mr. K interrupts, saying that he'd love for Pacey to meet the dean, and does Joey mind? Joey recovers with a frazzled "of course not," but the minute she says it, her face falls into a mega-sulk. Mr. K and Pacey walk off together, Pacey with an arm slung around Mr. K's shoulder, and they banter; Pacey throws a look over his shoulder at Joey, and she seethes back. Then she slumps over to the edge of the boardwalk and leans on the railing and makes melted-wax face, and the shot goes on forever while Joey sighs and bites her lip and closes her eyes melodramatically and pouts so hard that we can see a blood vessel pounding in her forehead, and at long last we go to commercial break.
I love that Dandy Warhols song in the new "decorate yourself" Gap commercial.
A brief slo-mo montage of holiday decorations overlaid with an ovarian version of "The Little Drummer Boy," my least favorite Christmas song ever, before we fade to Jack at the Leery party. Jen storms up to him, and he greets her with a big happy smile, but she's set to chew him out: "Did I not make myself perfectly clear to you?" Jack, smile fading: "What?" "Did I or did I not ask you to just mind your own business?" Well, no, you didn't, not in those words. Anyway, when Jack attempts to explain, Jen hisses that he had no right to do what he did. "He had every right -- as did I," Grams says, appearing at Jack's shoulder. Jen snaps that she doesn't need saving, she doesn't want to go to college, and they should both stay out of it. Grams says that Jen does too want to go to college, she knows that for a fact, and she knows why Jen hasn't applied. Jen says Grams doesn't, but Grams insists that she does; it's because Jen refuses to ask her parents for help. Well, if that's the case, I don't blame Jen one bit. Jen says tearfully that she can't just keep putting herself out there again and again, and she won't. Grams says that she won't let Jen (put herself out there, I guess she means), and she apologizes for making Jen feel like she couldn't talk to her lately, but Jen has to understand something, and Jen avoids Grams's eyes as Grams tells her, "You must understand that, no matter how angry, or upset, or disappointed I may be in you, I will always be there, for you. You are going to college, young lady -- if I have to beg, borrow, or steal, I will get you there." Snif. Jen finally meets Grams's gaze as Grams adds, "You are the most important thing in my life, Jennifah, and -- and I love you!" Snif! Jen's lip quivers. From behind Grams, Jack pipes up that he "kinda" loves Jen too. Jen looks back and forth between them, then mock rolls her eyes and says "ahhh" and hugs Jack, and Grams and Jack hug her back.