Wow, I wonder if I even remember how to do this. It's been a while since we've had a new episode. Who are these people? What is my name? Where am I? What have I been drinking? Okay, those are probably questions for my therapist, so let's just get into this. Previously, on Dawson's Creek: Deputy Doug had issues with Pacey's new high-paying job, Dawson's movie career tanked, and Joey and Pacey made out in a Wal-Mart.
We open in Pacey's apartment. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it primarily Emma's apartment? Did Pacey and Jack take over the lease when she, you know, vanished into thin air? On the other hand, considering how much shit I gave the writers for devoting an episode to Joey waiting in the Add/Drop line last year, I guess I shouldn't complain about being denied a scene about transferring a lease. Anyway, Pacey is watching the enormous television that Emma's erstwhile fiancé broke a couple of weeks ago. I'll just assume that this is a new television that looks exactly like the old one. Maybe Pacey invested in some Big Screen Insurance? I don't know. Anyway, he surfs through the channels, starting with It Happened One Night and flipping through any number of things, landing on something I should probably recognize but don't, in which a man in period dress says, "The problem is, you can only marry one of us." Off-screen, a woman tells him that, if she didn't know better, she'd think he was jealous. Hey, is that supposed to remind us of anything? Because I'm not entirely sure that I see the parallel. It sounds familiar, but I'm just not sure. Something about this exchange -- I can't think what! -- prompts Pacey to think of Joey, and he gets off the sofa and walks to the window. He stares dreamily out at Liberty Hell's Kitchen, clearly thinking about his one true love: beer. Or, you know, Joey. Whatever. And by the way, Joshua Jackson has finally taken about ten pounds of hair off his pompadour, and this new haircut, plus his freshly-shaved face, combine to make him look about five years younger and twenty-five times cuter than he has all season. After several minutes of swoon-worthy gazing, he closes the window and puts on a coat. He opens his front door and finds Joey, her hand raised as if to knock. Katie Holmes looks very pretty here, mostly because her hair is tied back and it looks all one color. I know Katie Holmes is trying to grow out her roots or something, but this two-tone hair thing is looking more and more horrific as the weeks pass. Has she never heard of a semi-permanent rinse? She could temporarily dye her hair something approximating her natural color and by the time it rinsed out, she could just chop three inches off the bottom -- which she needs to do anyway -- and there you go. Does no one else read InStyle?