Dawson keeps discussing the plot, saying that the friendship gets ruined and "that's pretty much how it ends," with everyone alone and hating each other, and then he snorts, "It's, it's pretty depressing, actually, I don't -- I don't know why I'm watching it," and if you haven't already, you should go back and read the way I've described Dawson's mood in the scene so far, because he seems in relatively good spirits, and in the context of the whole episode, it doesn't make sense. Anyway, Joey is silent, and Dawson asks what she wanted to talk about, and Joey gets up and says in a rambling near-tears tone that she just remembered she'd told Bessie she'd help with Alexander so she'd better go, and she turns and goes out the window with a hurried "bye," and we get an extreme close-up of Dawson's face in profile, and it has absolutely no expression.
Joey dismounts the ladder to see Pacey striding up the front lawn, and she breaks into a run to stop him in time, and she catches him on the porch and they hug and she says she has to tell Dawson about them because things between her and Dawson -- well, we've seen this already. When we get to the part where she drags Pacey out onto the lawn, we cut up to the Sanctum, and Dawson, brooding in his chair, hears them talking on the lawn and goes to the window in time to hear the part where Pacey accuses Joey of not coming to tell Dawson at all, but coming to stop him from telling Dawson. Then we cut back to Pacey saying his "let me guess -- you failed" line, and then Nostrilla looms over the Capeside horizon: "I thought I heard something out here." Joey "oh, uh, duh, we were just" blah blah blah Dawson "having an argument -- obviously. What about?" blah blah blah Pacey "us -- we were having an argument about us" blah blah blah looks of horror all aroundcakes. As the Donner party emerges stunned from Dawson's left nostril -- and have I mentioned that Dawson's hair looks like a small, extremely angry octopus died on his head? Because it does -- Pacey apologizes, saying that "we didn't wanna tell you this way," and Dawson looks very satisfied indeed with his own righteous anger and snits, "You didn't tell me." Joey looks up, shocked, and says, "You know, don't you," and Dawson nods, with a mixture of bitterness and his trademark intolerable smugness, "Yeah, I know."