At a table, Jack and Tobey bond. Jack is filling Tobey in on Ethan, calling him "so good-looking" and "like a Disney-character version of a human." Um. Okay. And now there's the vignette that I rewound about thirty times because it's so very brilliant. Tobey goes, "Tell me about it -- the first guy to break my heart? He looked just like Ted Danson." Bwa! Man, that's tough. Jack's face freezes all "whaaaat?" Tobey's face falls: "Is that funny?" Jack, trying not to laugh: "Ted Danson, huh?" Tobey objects that "he's a handsome man!" Hee! Jack's all mock-serious: "Yeah, yeah, what is he, like, fifty now?" Tobey laughs that he meant a young Ted Danson, and Jack makes finger guns and jokes, "Ohh-kay, Becker!" Snorf!
Elsewhere, Joey pulls Pacey along by the hand. He asks where she's taking him, and in response she plunks him down on a bench and starts smooching him. He asks through her lips, "What's that for, Jo?" She just got "caught up in the moment," she guesses. Pacey does some awkward throat-clearing; Joey, getting the hint, sits down beside him and says that now he can tell her what's going on. "A prom," he dodges. She's serious. Pacey claims that he "absolutely would tell" her if he had something bothering him, but, though he hates "to disappoint [her]," there's nothing. She stares him down: "Come on." Pacey laughs that he just told her "that everything's great, so what's the problem?" Joey rolls her eyes and responds that the "everything's great" is the problem -- ever since he came back from the fishing trip, "or whatever it was," he's "been walking around like the Stepford Boyfriend or something, talking about how everything's perfect." Pacey interrupts to say that "it's not me" -- meaning, presumably, the prom, although it's not clear -- but it's her time to have fun and be happy, so he's trying to be who she wants him to be. Joey, confused, sputters that she doesn't want him to be anything but himself, and in Joey's defense (for a change), I think that's the truth. But Pacey thinks she wants the perfect corsage, the perfect limo, the perfect prom, and the perfect boyfriend, and Joey objects again, saying that that's totally untrue -- she never said any such thing, and she didn't say word one about the limo or the corsage either, "because that stuff doesn't matter to [her]," and Pacey knows that. But instead of taking heart, Pacey gets more annoyed, grunting, "Well, then why don't you just tell me how you want me to act?" Oooh, that's a no-win question right there -- don't touch it, Joey. Pacey says he can't win with her -- if he acts happy, she gets angry, and if he acts unhappy, she gets angry. Again, I have to defend Joey here; she's acted bitchily to him, god knows, but not for the reason he's claiming here. Joey suggests angrily that he "stop acting and just talk to me," and I agree, but Pacey says in a hard, weary tone that maybe he doesn't have anything left to say. Joey's face half-melts into a "you have got to be kidding me" expression, and she makes her patented "uch" sound as Pacey gets up and walks away from her.