Quitting time at the Boiler Room. Pacey: Why spend the day building up my confidence if you just want to steal my glory (and commission)? Bobby: Allow me to deliver yet another sermon composed of taglines from Successories posters by way of "explanation." Like most of what I say, it will make no damn kind of sense and bore you to tears, but we've got a few minutes to fill here. Pacey: So you screwed me because you could -- do you expect me to take that crap and kiss your ass? That's not fair! Bobby: Well, according to the writers, you object to the injustice, but you also worry that you tend to run away from problems. I ostensibly point up that conflict in you, but the writing is so dreadful that it's really hard to get that from it. Pacey: [Frown.] Bobby: Oh, also? You idolize me, and that scares you. Got all that? Okay, so now's the part where I dare you to come back to work tomorrow, and where I tell you that someone did the same thing to me that I just did to you back in the day, and then I let the studio lighting glint off my buck teeth to make sure everyone knows I suck, and then I leave. Pacey: So what do I do now? Just think about what you said or something? Bobby: I'd go with "blink resignedly as we go to commercial." Pacey: [Resigned blinking.]
Brit Bar. The gang commiserates with Joey about the email. She seems to have gotten a shred of a sense of humor about it, though, snarking that it "serves [her] right -- we don't take kindly to closure in these parts." Audrey says she hardly heard about the email all day long, but Joey points out that Audrey spent the day off-campus. Heh. Jen asks if Dawson even knows about it, and Joey comments on the "irony" that, while her "intimate aftermath was discussed in English class," Dawson didn't get the email at all. Jen wonders if that's such a bad thing -- this way, the two of them get a little more space, and Joey still has a clean slate with Dawson. Jack agrees, saying there's worse humiliation than the public kind. Audrey offers to serve as Joey's sponsor, and the next time Joey is "jonesing to express [herself]," she can just call Audrey instead. Enter a bushed Pacey; Audrey greets him enthusiastically and says that "today was terrible" (she means without him, presumably) and he should never go back to work. "Don't tempt me," he monotones, and there's some banter about not drinking, "rough day," blah. After he heads to the men's room, Joey appears with appetizers and asks if Pacey's okay, and Audrey says she doesn't know, but it's not her fault, she swears. Then Jen spots Oliver at the bar and wants to know his deal; Joey starts to crack on him for the chip on his shoulder, but then admits that "it only rivals the one on [her own] shoulder," and concedes that he's "okay." Then there's a weird little scene where Audrey asks what it's like living with Emma, and Jack says it's fine, and Audrey asks if she runs around in her underwear asking the boys to zip things up for her, so Jack tells her that the three of them bathed together that morning, and Jen says sweetly that she thought he only took baths with Grams, and then Pacey comes back from the bathroom and asks Audrey to come get some air with him, like, what just happened there?