Cut to Smalls slamming his fist into the table and informing Pacey that the boat disappeared between 12:30 and 5, and among the seniors, only Pacey had access to the storage area. Back-and-forth. Wing asks for another pillow. Pacey says he'll talk, but he has to warn Smalls: "It's gonna be deathly boring." Yeah, why don't you tell me about it?
The cruiser, parked by the side of the road. Pacey, whose skin looks like the surface of Ganymede, asks Doug in a glum tone if he gets bored and wonders what happened to his life. Doug turns to stare at Pacey, wounded: "Pardon me?" Doug is really cute, I've just noticed. Mmmm. Close-up. Oh, sorry. Anyway, Pacey sniffs that, despite Doug's delusions of Dirty Harry, he's "nothin'," and calls him Barney Fife. Doug looks down sadly: "Does this diatribe have a point, Pacey?" Pacey regards him for a moment and realizes that he's hurt Doug's feelings, and as The Piano Of Brotherly Understanding plinks away, Pacey stammers that no, it doesn't, he's just "a little disconcerted by it all." Doug summons up a fake smile. Pacey looks sad.
Smalls confirms that Dawson hadn't left Mr. Brooks's as of noon, but by 12:30 Dawson "was more than ready to get outta there." We see Dawson lifting boxes, his oily hair flopping across his massive brow. A horn honks outside; it's Gretchen "Winter Oldrums" Witter, come to pick him up in Gale's stead. Mr. Brooks materializes as Dawson reaches the car and asks where he's going. Dawson says he's "done for the day." "The hell you are," Mr. Brooks thunders, saying that if Dawson thinks he can take the money and go off with his girlfriend, he's "sadly mistaken." "She's not my girlfriend," Dawson snips. Gretchen smiles to herself in the car. Mr. Brooks tells Dawson to come back in three hours or he can forget about getting paid. Dawson slumps wearily into the car. Unfunny banter. Gretchen asks of Mr. Brooks, "So what was that about?" Dawson grumbles something snarky. Shut up, Dawson.
Cut to Jack blathering about Jen's insight into "the ten-year-old psyche" and how he kept working on Molly to play goalie and blah doodly-ah. Fade to Jack beckoning Molly From The Black Lagoon over and asking if she got her orange slices.