Upstairs, Joey checks on Gale, who's sitting in a window seat and looking glum. She can't believe the Flash is really gone, Gale says. She keeps expecting to hear his car in the driveway or his key in the lock. "How's the party?" she asks. Joey sits next to her and cracks, softly, that "the paté is all the rage." Gale looks at her, her eyes rimmed in red. She really looks like crap; props to the make-up people. "And how's our boy?" she asks. Joey says that Dawson is being really, really strong. Gales admits that that's what's got her worried. Joey looks at the carpet and agrees. "He's stubborn, Joey, he's just like his father," Gale says. The two of them stare at the wall, and Joey makes some noise about the Flash not being really gone, because Dawson is such a reflection of him, blah blah children equal immortality blah. She then tells Gale that she and the Flash had something special, something her own parents never had, "even during the good times." That Gale and the Flash had something special, I mean, not Joey and the Flash. Because that would have been gross. Although not totally out of the realm of possibility for this show. Can you imagine Dawson's aggrieved response to that situation? It's like how on Passions, Theresa accidentally married her fiancé's father. Well, he's not actually his father, but the fiancé used to think that this guy was his father, so it's really just as bad. "I'm not going to sit here and pretend to know what was going through his mind when he died, but I know your husband loved you very much," Joey says, sadly. Gale sighs. Wow, this episode is just one downer right after the other. Who knew that one innocent scoop of vanilla could lead to so much pain?
Pacey leaves the house, startling Dawson, who's been hiding out on the porch. Dawson thanks him, wanly, for coming. "Of course," Pacey says. "Although I can't say this is exactly the way I wanted to see you for the first time." Dawson agrees, and asks how Pacey's summer was. "My summer was really good. Really, really, good, actually. It totally cleared my head," Pacey says, tactfully leaving out the whole part where he got to sail around the tropics with a hot, rich babe, like a kept man. He asks about USC. "I'm thinking about dropping out, actually," Dawson says. Pacey is shocked, and asks why. "Long story," Dawson says. They both look awkward for a moment, and Pacey tells Dawson he's sorry. "I wish I had something better to say to you than that, but that's what it boils down to. I'm really, really sorry," he says. Dawson nods, and they reminisce about the Flash, laughing about the time he caught them smoking and gave them holy hell. Finally, Dawson says that he ought to head inside and "make himself useful." The boys shake hands. "It was good to see you, Pace," Dawson says, wearily. Pacey agrees, and pulls Dawson into his arms for a good, long hug. Dawson sighs, and leaves, and Pacey looks sad and thoughtful.