Meanwhile, Jen ducks behind a tree. As The Ominous Guitar Of Jen's Downward Curlicue (tm romantical) plays, Jen digs a tiny bottle of booze out of her purse and swigs from it. Where would she have gotten alcohol? It's not like Grams hoards it, I don't think. I bought the mini-bar thing, but I don't buy this. ["Maybe she stole it from her dad when she was in New York?" -- Wing Chun]
At the edge of the Leery property, Pacey broods. Joey comes up behind him and asks him to put on her corsage; he does so, while telling her that the dress looks "fantastic" and you can't even tell where he ripped it. "It wasn't your fault," Joey says, trying to jolly him out of it. Pacey, solemnly: "Tonight's gonna be good. I promise." Joey, still trying to reassure him, coos, "I knoooww," and moves in to kiss him; he permits it this time, but Gale interrupts by calling out that the limo has arrived. Pacey smiles and leads Joey away, and everyone converges on the driveway at the sound of an engine backfiring. See where this is going? Yes, that's right -- the limo is a junked-out seventies station-wagon jalopy-looking contraption driven by a fat guy with a Hawaiian shirt on (subtle bit of costuming there). Everyone goggles at it, except Pacey, who looks like he might cry.
Pre-prom convenience-store run. Drue tries to get Gretchen to purchase alcohol for him, referring smarmily to her "advanced age," but she shoots him down neatly. Pan over to Tobey apologizing, "Okay, don't think I'm a total freak for what I'm about to do, but," and he grabs two packages of Sno-Balls and holds them up. "Dude, I love those," Jack says. Tobey pshaws, "Are you serious? Nobody loves these!" Jack does. Tobey asks if Jack knows "what this means," and Jack deflects that by saying it means they both enjoy "somewhat unpopular snack foods," but Tobey corrects him that they have more in common than Jack thinks, and whomps a Sno-Ball into Jack's chest before walking off. ["It works, since those are the gayest members of the Hostess™ Snack Cake family." -- Wing Chun]
Out in the limo, Jen offers Pacey a snort. He passes, saying he has to take a breathalyzer later. Jen giggles like he's joking, but he isn't; it's part of his agreement with Doug and his dad. Jen cracks that that means more for her: "I've only got ten left." Pacey asks if she's "drowning [her] sorrows" because she got lumped with Drue as her prom date, but Jen snorts that "Drue's…the least of [her] worries." Pacey sighs and says that he doesn't understand how the others "can be so happy and carefree," adding that he doesn't know what the future holds, but he knows it's "not what they expect it to." Jen thinks about that.