Witterschloss. Joey raises her hand to knock, then stops and presses her fingers along her forehead. Okay, Katie Holmes's acting has ruled lately, but that bit of blocking has really got to go. She does it about fifty times per episode, and it's like she's showing off her manicure or something. Anyway, Joey steels herself and knocks briskly, then jams her hands in her pockets and looks down. Pacey answers the door, looking deliberately blank. Joey says hi, and Pacey jokes that he wondered if she'd ever knock. Joey, busted: "You saw me standing out here?" Pacey pulls a "yes" face but says, "Nah." Joey steels herself again, steps inside, and goes into a stuttery speech about running into Mr. K, remember him, the Worthington guy, he remembered Pacey, there's this party for the new freshmen, Mr. K wants Joey to bring Pacey, blah blah blah, and the whole time she's looking as far down and to the right as she can. Pacey, looking a little angry, nods along. Babble on, you crazy Potter: "And he thought that we were still together, and I said that things were weird between us but then he said he had this offer for you in which he mentioned the dean of admissions, and I'm thinking what else could he be talking about other than [gasp for air] Worthington and you, and you know, maybe there's some loophole or he, there's some special program and I, I --" Pacey, looking nauseated, interrupts this Emmy-caliber rendition of "screamingly uncomfortable interaction between exes" to tell her in a husky voice, "I miss you, Jo." Joey finally looks at him. Pacey looks away, sickened at himself. Awkward pause. Joey whispers that she misses him too. Struggling to maintain, Pacey says that he's thought about everything that happened "at that stupid prom," and it "wasn't supposed to end like that." He takes a deep breath. Joey is looking down again. "We're not supposed to end like that, right?" Joey flicks her eyebrow all "don't ask me, you did the dumping" and quavers that she wishes he'd come to the party with her. Pacey nods, "Yeah, of course." Joey nods back. Awkward pause. "See you tomorrow," she chokes out, and wanders out of the Witterschloss at a leisurely please-stop-me-and-take-it-all-back pace. Pacey doesn't stop her or take it all back, just watches her go with a tiny, inscrutable smile. Then he starts to close the door, stops when it's halfway closed, looks out after Joey again, and finishes closing the door. The writing in that scene? Very close to credible. The acting? Kicked ass. I know, I know, but like Janis tells us, get it while you can.
Episode Report CardSars: B- | 372 USERS: C+
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