Outside, Joey finds Jack sulking on the deck. "Care to make a run for it?" she asks, and he says, "Yes, please." Heh. Joey slumps against the railing and asks, "So what are you hiding from?" "I am hiding from Barbara Johns," Jack sighs, and when Joey says incredulously, "She's here?" Jack says no, but "in a way she is," and he goes on to say that Barbara "was right, Joey -- I don't belong here. I'm not gonna dance with Ethan, I'm not gonna have my picture taken with him, and whatever good time I was gonna have tonight, I just ruined it by the way I treated him." "You really like him, don't you," Joey says, and Jack doesn't answer, but Joey says she remembers a conversation less than a year ago when all Jack could see "was the pain and the loneliness that made your life different from everyone else's." "As opposed to now," Jack says acidly, "when all I can see is the pain and loneliness that makes our lives the same?" Joey smiles wryly. Jack tells her that he knows "how sad it is to hide from something that you really want," and Joey repeats that she just wants everything "to go back to the way it was, you know, I -- all of us friends again, and me not caught in the middle." Jack tells her that, to accomplish that, she has to "set the example," because Dawson and Pacey can't do it themselves yet. Huh? Joey wants to hide out there for a while longer first. "Sounds good to me," Jack says. Joey takes his hand and thanks him, and he thanks her back.
Inside, The Flash and Gale dance. Gale says she packed a bag for that night; she thought maybe she could stay over. The Flash doesn't know about that: "I'm not here just for your whim, Gale." Gale doesn't get it. The Flash airs her out for always leaving it up to him to define their relationship, and ditches her on the dance floor. Gale looks worried. Snore.