I would like to preface this Wrap of the series premiere by saying two things. First, I could pretend like I dont already know what happens in the second season, but that strikes me as sort of ridiculous, so I wont. Second, dont kid yourself -- the writing and hairstyles havent gotten any worse since the first season. If anything, theyve improved.
Fade up, as usual, on the Sanctum Dawsonorum, where Joey "The Once And Future Backbone" Potter and Dawson "Lucky Charmless" Leery lie on Dawsons bed and raptly watch the end of "E.T." E.T. intones, "Ill be riiiight heeeere," and as Elliott watches E.T.s ship take off, Joey asks, "This won the Oscar, didnt it?" Dawson hits stop and replies grimly, "Gandhi. Spielberg was robbed. This was before he outgrew his Peter Pan syndrome." "Peter Pan syndrome"? For those of you playing at home, you can mark your Sars Maalox Scorecard at "45 seconds." Joey wonders why the Academy would "give an Oscar to a movie you cant even sit through," and Dawson says, "Thank you," and clicks over to the news, where Gail "Charo" Leery is just winding up a story on flight cancellations. "New do?" Joey asks about Gails hairstyle, which must have walked off the set of Hairspray because it has so much styling product in it that it stands away from her head like a wimple. "She likes big hair," Dawson chuckles indulgently. Joey, while putting on her shoes, comments that Gails hair must weigh a lot, and wonders how Gail walks upright. Word. Dawson wants to know, "Wherere you going?" Joey: "Home." Dawson: "Spend the night." Joey: "Cant." Dawson: "Come on, you always spend the night." Joey: "Not tonight." Dawson expresses confusion, and Joey says she doesnt think its a good idea if she sleeps over anymore, and Dawson still doesnt get it, pointing out that she has slept over every Saturday night since she was seven years old. Joey responds that doing so has stunted her growth and dashed her chances for a normal social life -- oh, wait, she doesnt say that, but she does say, "Things change, Dawson, evolve," and Dawson wants to know what that means, and Joey says that sleeping in the same bed was okay when they were little, but theyre now fifteen and they start high school on Monday, and Dawson still doesnt see her point, so Joey sputters, "And I have breasts!" Dawson starts giggling, "What?" Joey: "And you have genitalia!" Dawson: "Ive always had genitalia." Joey ignores my anguished howl of "in the name of all that is holy, dont go there" by clarifying, "But theres more of it!" Dawson teases her, "How do you know?" Joey says, "Long fingers," and heads for the window, but Dawson calls after her, "Whoa, Joey, dont hit and run, come on -- explain yourself." Joey stops and tells Dawson that their "emerging hormones" will change their relationship and she wants to "limit the fallout." Dawson stands up and smirks, "Your emerging hormones arent developing a thang for me, are they?" Oh, for gods sake. Joey sneers, "A thang? No, I am not developing a thang for you, Dawson, Ive known you too long," and then proceeds to list the reasons why, and methinks the lady doth protest too much, but whatever.