Commercials. I thought I couldn't hate Cingular's ad campaign more than I already do, but then they forced Spider-Man to hawk their cell phones. I hate them so much.
When we return, Alex is escorting Pacey into her office. Alex tries to reassure Pacey that "it's not the end of the world," but Pacey says he knows he's going to be fired. Alex sits at her desk and observes, "You don't like authority much, do you?" Pacey admits that he doesn't. Alex points out that he liked Danny. Pacey says that Danny taught him everything he knows. Alex: "Including your attitude?" Pacey: "Most especially my attitude." Whatever. Pacey's anti-authoritarian streak was established practically in the very first episode. Danny merely thought it was cute and tolerated it. It turns out that Alex doesn't want to fire Pacey after all. She wants to promote him. Into Danny's position. As head chef. No, really. I didn't make that up. After six months of experience in a restaurant, Pacey is offered the position as head chef. Given that hundreds of people show up to see Dawson's student film, cover bands go on tours, and drug-dealing muggers fall instantly in love with Joey, I guess this is a universe where this ridiculous nonsense is possible. Maybe next week, Pacey will compete on Iron Chef, and Dawson's film will be nominated for an Oscar. Alex claims that it's only temporary until they can hire somebody, but you just know that's not going to happen. Pacey at least has the humility to point out that he doesn't have enough experience for this position, but Alex dismisses his concerns by telling him he just has to "preserve the status quo." Thousands of chefs roll their eyes, or they would if they weren't too busy working to watch the show. Pacey accepts the promotion.
Back in the dorms, Joey is studying on her bed while Charlie reads a guitar magazine while sitting on the floor. Charlie asks Joey to stop for a moment so they can talk. He explains that things didn't go the way he expected earlier this morning when he asked her to come on tour with him. God, he's dumb. Anyway, he says he's wondering whether he should back out of the tour and stay in school -- and near Joey. He says that he's sure that other opportunities are bound to come up. Joey looks concerned, but Charlie leans over and kisses her. He says the two of them can have fun together and even start their own band. Ew, wouldn't that be awful? Joey tries to say something negative, but Charlie kisses her again. Joey blurts out, "I don't think this a good idea anymore." Charlie says he understands why Joey might not trust him, but he wants to prove himself to her. The "it" has tamed him. The "it" has him in its thrall. He'll never sin again just to be in the presence of the "it." Joey tries to say something negative again, but Charlie interrupts her with another kiss. Then he tells her, "We are going to be great together, Joey. You and me. I know this is the right decision." Then he grabs his coat and runs out, promising to see her later. Joey looks concerned, then drops her face into her hands.