Dawson's Creek
Sex And Violence

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Sex And Violence

We cut to…well, speaking of flames, we appear to be consumed by the flames of hell. Actually, it's the set of a music video being directed by Todd! And I'm not ashamed to admit that when the camera cut to Todd, I squealed, "Todd!" and clapped my hands like a little girl. Dawson wanders onto the set and watches as Todd directs. He cuts, and announces that "Satan himself would be proud!" He goes to chat up a band member, and Dawson approaches. "What the hell are you doing here?" Todd says, in a tone that really says, "Dawson, my love!" The Head announces that he's in a bit of a moral quandary. Todd sniffs that Dawson has a bad habit of appearing when he's about to indulge in "meaningless sex with a comely extra." That comely extra by his side announces that she's actually in the band. Sweetie, for your sake I hope you are in the band, because that line reading was terrible. Todd apologizes and kisses her hand. "Can this wait five minutes?" he asks Dawson. "Five minutes! Gee, what a treat," the girls snots, and runs away. Todd shrugs. He has Dawson to love, again.

In Boston, Sadia asks Bobby Briggs a series of leading questions about Pacey which will surely play a large part in her story about all their improper financial dealings. Mid-question, Joey buzzes Pacey on his intercom. "Excuse me, Pace? Jack's on one," she chirps. Pacey tells her that he's not taking calls. "Not even from your roomie?" Joey simpers. Pacey manages not to race out there and brain her, and instead just grits that he'll call Jack back. "Huh. Okay. My bad! Carry on!" Joey says. Sadia looks amused as Pacey explains that it's Joey's first day. Sadia's going on to her next question -- about Pacey's past as a chef -- when his intercom wails obnoxiously. Pacey pulls it out of the wall and apologizes. Joey then comes in to serve their coffee, yammering about how much sugar Pacey takes. Then she pours cream all over Sadia's suit. Bobby Briggs looks amused, but I am seething here. Is that supposed to be loveable and cute? Because she totally did that on purpose, and it's inexcusable and unprofessional and rude. She is being paid to be an assistant! And Sadia is interviewing Pacey in a professional capacity, not giving him a blow job! And Joey won't even kiss Pacey, so it's a little hard for me to understand why she's so jealous of an interview and, romantic feelings aside, she certainly has no right to be so mind-bogglingly unprofessional! Argh! Argh! ARGH!

Bobby suggests they go to his office, and he and Sadia leave. Pacey stays behind to give Joey a dirty look. She twitters that it was totally an accident. "Really? An accident? Why do I find that so hard to believe?" Pacey asks. Joey just rolls her eyes and tells him he better get going. "You don't want to miss your fifteen minutes of fame," she says flatly. This show is so screwed up. It's being implied that Pacey's success is something to be ashamed of, when he's just doing well at a job he clearly enjoys. Obviously, he's being extremely naïve about the company he's working for, but he himself is not a criminal. His only crime is naiveté, which is certainly something Joey has in spades. This show constantly tells us that money -- and people who have it -- are probably evil, while at the same time telling us that, for instance, you should never take out a college loan and if you can't afford to pay for your education, you are shit out of luck. There's no rhyme or reason to it, except for the fact that it always makes me mad.

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