Pacey looks taken aback, and then says, "You want to know something, Miss Josephine Potter? I think the world may just surprise you yet." She looks skeptical. He continues: "I mean, you fall in love, and it doesn't work out, and you think that it'll never happen again, but it does. Believe me, it does -- in the strangest of places." He looks down as if he's afraid to meet her eyes. She asks what makes him "such an expert." He replies that he's an actor, and as such, it's his job to understand the workings of the human heart. She flirtatiously says that she liked him better when he was brooding and defeatist. Looking over her shoulder, he curtly says, "Uh huh." She says, "What?" He tells her that her date may not be as "over" as she thinks it is. She gives him a sultrily quizzical look, and then turns around to see A.J. at the entrance. She turns back around, looking disappointed. Pacey tells her to go talk to A.J. -- "You know you want to" -- and she thanks him and takes off. Pacey watches her go, looking resigned some more.
When the music stops, everyone hears Henry call Jen's name. She looks up and says, "Henry, what the hell are you doing?" The camera pans up to show Henry standing in the rafters. No, he doesn't have a noose around his neck, and no, he's not wearing Samantha Sanders's costume from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Unfortunately. Jen smiles as if to say, "That darn cat!"
After the break, Henry pretty much recreates the skylight scene from the play, only instead of requiring her to declare her love, he makes her admit that she's embarrassed to be on a date with him. Someone in the crowd yells, "Get over it, Jen!" Jen quietly tells Henry to get down. After a beat, Henry asks, "Does somebody have a ladder?" Ugh. I'm angry that I've wasted even that much time writing about these two star-crossed losers.
Water. A.J. and Joey walk along a bridge. Joey asks him why he came back. A.J. admits that he never left -- just sat in the car thinking that when someone says something you don't understand, you have a small window to ask him or her to explain what he or she meant, or else spend the rest of your life pretending you understood them. After his sitting in the car, he decided that he wanted to re-open the window and ask her whether he did something wrong. Joey says that he didn't, and that she panicked, and that she lacks the ability to exhibit grace under pressure. A.J. tells her it was just a kiss, and she says that when he kissed her, she realized how much further ahead he is in his life than she is in hers. She knew that when he stopped kissing her, he'd realize that he'd made a mistake, because she doesn't know what most of the things he talks about are. I can tell you what they are: BORING. And if he's boring you, that's his problem, not yours! She finishes by asking whether there's anything on which he's not an authority, and he predictably replies, "Girls. Beautiful girls." She says something about the northern lights they didn't get to see. He says, "No, next time." That's hopeful. He says he's seen them before. She asks him to tell her about them. He says some crap about the sky looking like it's on fire. She says it sounds "kind of scary." He says it is, but that it's beautiful. Go back to non-Harvard, you dull-ass prig!