Dawson's awakened by the doorbell. It's Pacey, as we know. "Hey, man, how you doing today?" Pacey asks. "He's still dead. It still sucks," Dawson says. Pacey strong-arms him into going for a ride.
The Bend In The Road Where Everything Important On This Show Ever Happens. Also Known As The Place In Capeside Where God Laughs And Throws Things At Dawson. Also Known As The Place Where The Flash Bit It And Pacey Kissed Joey, Although Not At The Same Time. "What the hell are we doing here?" Dawson asks, stony-faced, as he and Pacey pile out of the WitterWagon. Pacey walks around the perimeter of the road, and gives Dawson the scuttlebutt he wrangled out of Dougie: that, on the night the Flash went to the big tanning bed in the sky, "a man named Gary Peters" was also on the road. This Gary Peters person, Pacey tells us, had worked a double shift that night, and "it must have been a real bitch, because as Gary Peters came around that bend, he was asleep at the wheel." Dawson, again, wonders why Pacey is doing this to him. "Because I want you to know that it was a man named Gary Peters who killed your father," Pacey tells him. "A guy who should have known better than to get in a car. A guy who, for the rest of his life, will carry around the guilt of taking Mitch Leery away from his wife and two kids. And I want you to know that that guy is not you. It's not you, Dawson. Do not blame yourself for this. You want to grieve? Go ahead, be my guest. But do not for one single second think that this is your fault. Because it is not. Your. Fault." Dawson flares his nostrils dramatically. "You got your father for eighteen years and that's a hell of a lot more than some people get," Pacey continues. "And your father did one a hell of a job, Dawson. He made you into a man. And he made you into a man that people care about, and admire and respect, and most importantly, love. So, why am I doing this? I'm doing this because once upon a time, you and I were best friends. And that means, whenever you need me, I'm here. Any time, anywhere, any place. Forever. You understand that?" Pacey asks. The Music Of Women And Girls (And Some Men) Falling In Love With Pacey Again For The First Time swells in the background. "Also, this is where I kissed Joey for the first time. I had sex with her, did you know that? She lost her virginity to me. Me! Not you!" Pacey finishes. In my world. Actually, Dawson just suggests, irritably, that they get going, and climbs in the car. Pacey stands by the road and sighs.