Pacey drops by McPhee Manor, and Andie asks to what she owes the honor of the visit. Pacey says he's "just bored, I guess," and Andie laughs that he always knew "how to flatter a girl" and sits down at her computer. Pacey asks if Andie's going to the alternative prom, and Andie crows about how she threw her ticket back in Barbara Johns's face, and then she bitches about what Barbara said to her when she bought it, namely that Andie is so brave for going to the prom alone. Pacey asks why she'd go to the prom alone: "I thought you were sifting through offers." Andie admits that she "didn't have any," and when Pacey asks why she didn't just tell him that, she says, "Because I didn't want a 'pity ask,' okay?" and adds that it doesn't matter now; all her friends will be at the alternaprom, and she's only going to support the whole concept. Pacey mutters, "Well, you should have been able to tell me. And it wouldn't be a 'pity ask,' 'cause it can't be a pity if it's an honor," and he asks her to the alternaprom, and she accepts.
Cut to Dawson in a tux, crossing the lawn of the PB&B and greeting Bessie, who has camera in hand. For the record, a tuxedo makes most men look good. But not all men. And not Dawson. Anyway, Dawson and Bessie turn to see Joey clomping down the steps shyly in a pair of heels she hasn't learned how to walk in, attired in black strappy satin with her hair in a chignon. "Wow," burbles Dawson, "You look . . ." "It's just a dress, Dawson," Joey says, embarrassed by the attention. Bessie giggles with pride and takes a bunch of pictures. Aw. More Bessie, please. We see a shot of Dawson standing proprietarily behind Joey as she half-cringes away from him; then she says they should go, "we don't want to be late," and Bessie teases Joey for not liking to have her picture taken and chaffs Dawson for not bringing a corsage, and he explains that they had a deal, "no corsage, but I had to bring something," and he pulls out a jewelry box and pops it open. "Diamond earrings?" Joey breathes. The Some Kind Of Wonderful writers, joined by Guy de Maupassant, check their mailboxes a second time as Joey says she can't take the earrings, and Dawson reassures her that he borrowed them from Gale, but Joey still doesn't want to wear them: "What if something happens?" But Dawson railroads her into putting them on, and she does so, reluctantly; then they pose for more pictures, and Dawson again stands behind her all boyfriend-like while Joey hunches away from him, and we have a freeze-frame of them in a "picture," Dawson looking smug, Joey looking tired.