On an upper deck, Pacey threads his glowering way through a crowd of kids to find his sister sipping a hard lemonade and staring out to sea. She offers him some; again, he passes, and asks what's wrong: "I know it has to be big if you're drinking that." Gretchen, glycerin staining her face, snarks that she's "at the prom, Pacey" -- she graduated four years ago, and she's "still here." She adds that that night, for the first time, she didn't just feel older than Dawson; she felt old, "too old to be here." Pacey clears his throat and grumbles, "You want pathetic?" Well, technically, he's still a junior: "I'm not even supposed to be here." Gretchen chuckles sadly at that and makes a limp crack about a sister too old and a brother too young, and Pacey remarks on the worst part of Das Promboot experience: "You're trapped." "Yup," Gretchen agrees grimly, swigging her drink. Then Pacey confesses that, since the trip with Doug, he's felt really angry, but not angry at himself -- "it's actually worse than that." Gretchen regards him with concern as he says that he's angry at Joey, but he doesn't know why, which makes him feel guilty, and the guiltier he feels, the angrier he gets, and he doesn't know where to go with it. Gretchen suggests that if he talked to Joey, he might start to "figure out a reason," but Pacey sighs that he doesn't know how to start talking. Gretchen muses that "that's the great thing about being trapped. You gotta try."
Episode Report CardSars: C+ | 668 USERS: C+
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