Credits. Cat drowning in a vat of lye.
Back from commercials, Joey slams Drue up against a wall; Drue appeals to Pacey: "Ohhhkay, now how is this a fair fight? What do you want me to do, hit her back? She's a girl." Actually -- go for it, Drue. Maybe a swift uppercut will knock some sense into her. Pacey smirks at him; Joey sasses, "Sucks, doesn't it? One of the few cultural advantages to being female." Oh, right -- so taking advantage of a bullshit double standard like hitting a man because he "can't" hit you back makes you a strong woman? Whatever. If you start a fight, you'd best know how to finish it, boy or girl, so shut up, Joey. Pacey says it looks like she's got the situation "well in hand," so he's going to class, and Drue sarcastically thanks him for his non-help and makes a light-years-out-of-date dimpled-chads joke which prompts Joey to slam him into the wall again. Drue looks genuinely intimidated and tells her to chill: "Have you no sense of humor about this?" He goes on to say that he thinks it's funny that a majority of their classmates "still care after all this time" -- and so do I, but not in the "ha ha" sense of funny -- and cracks on the fact that she and Dawson only went out for, like, five minutes anyway. Joey sneers that it's obvious Drue rigged the poll. Drue issues a non-denial denial, and asks if she voted. Joey snorts that of course she didn't: "Most popular, best-looking, who cares?" Drue sniffs that, clearly, she does. Joey makes to get the slamming-into-a-wall hat trick, tightening her grip on Drue's lapels and snapping that it isn't a joke, it's her life, she and Dawson "are not a couple, [they're] not anything resembling a couple -- [they're] just friends!" She refuses to let Drue hurt Dawson or Pacey "by dredging up the past," and she wants him to fix it. "Fix this, Lame-a Bovary," Drue grunts, slamming his forearm into her nose and breaking -- oops, sorry, Drue just interrupts her to point out, "Oh, look, it's your 'friend,' Dawson." Joey releases Drue as Dawson "Bad-Hair-iet The Spy" Leery walks up and asks if the beatdown is "by invitation only." Heh. If only his hair didn't look like a scoop of rotten ice cream. Dawson says he heard about Drue's "practical joke" and calls it "pretty funny, actually." "You think this is funny?" Joey whines disbelievingly. Dawson gets to carve another notch in his meta-statements-about-the-show bedpost when he dismisses the whole thing as "patently absurd," adding that "[they're] just friends." Joey shoots Dawson a look like she's disappointed that he doesn't care more. Whatever, Princess. Get over it. "There's that word again 'friends,'" Drue smarms. Dawson points out that Drue's just trying to "get a rise out of" them, and they have to get to class anyway. Drue bolts. Joey rolls her eyes, and she and Dawson head down the hall together.