Then Pacey announces "one last group activity," and as the pseudo-ska of Save Ferris blares in the background to denote kooky fun, the whole gang jumps into the pool. In slo-mo. In Cape Cod. IN NOVEMBER. Dawson does a flip into the pool. Color me not very impressed. As Andie and Pacey clamber out of the pool, Andie compliments Pacey on the way he "took control in there." Pacey has on a soaking-wet wife-beater, and his body looks -- god help me -- pretty good. Andie wants to explain something to Pacey, and Pacey says they don't have to talk about it anymore, but Andie says she does have to. As "the queen of keeping dirty secrets," Andie understands why he didn't "jump forward with the information," and admits that the fact that he had "so much experience" sort of shocked her, and she says, "And I," but before she can say "don't," Pacey finishes for her, "Will." Andie calls Pacey a jerk and they start their non-sexual non-tension bickering as they go up the steps, and Pacey calls Andie "the girl that I love to hate," and Andie sweetly says, "I love to hate you too," and they start kissing. Aw. Or something.
Dawson comes into the laundry room as Joey folds people's clothes. He asks if they can talk. Joey starts to object, then says, "Sure." As they go into the kitchen, Dawson asks her not to say anything until he finishes talking, because every time they've tried to talk, he's messed it up. He says that he's thought a lot lately about how much he wants to "take back" their first kiss, and how much he wishes he had just let her "climb through that window." Joey stares at him resentfully as he wonders aloud what would have happened if they hadn't kissed -- whether they might have stayed friends, whether "[Joey would] still have a thing for [him]." Conceited much? Anyway, every time Dawson wishes he could take back the kiss, then he thinks about "everything that kiss brought into [his] life." As Joey smiles sadly, Dawson describes "what it was like to look at you and know not just what you were thinking, but also what you were feeling, because I was feeling the same thing. And then it's all worth it. It's worth all the pain that I'm going through. I want to regret kissing you, Joey, but I can't. It was the smartest decision I ever made." It pains me to admit this, but James Van Der Beek actually did an okay job with this speech. Joey explains that she answered "twice" on that question because she fell in love with Dawson twice. Oh, barf -- why does Joey always backtrack when Dawson finds out something private about her? Couldn't she have said she fell in love with someone in eighth grade or something? Anyway, she explains that the fact that they broke up doesn't change her feelings for him -- she doubts herself, not him. Dawson promises to give her the space she wants, but that doesn't change the way he feels about her, because "nothing could change that." File this scene under "Dawson and Joey break up some more" (tm xix). As Dawson gets ready to leave, he spots Dina sleeping on a couch and kisses her tenderly on the forehead, and after he leaves the room, Dina grins. Gimme a SPEE! Gimme a YACK! What does it spell? SPEEYACK!