Elsewhere, Jack is handing Joey a sheaf of pamphlets Mr. Milo had on his desk while Jack was talking to him: "You ever feel like you're trapped in one of those Lifetime movies?" Joey reads, incredulously: "'Gay and Okay,' 'What's Your Sexuality?' 'Am I Gay?' God, it sounds like one bad game show."
Back to Andie, who is asking Pacey, "What about your grade point? You still care about that, don't you? It's not going to survive a suspension, Pacey. It'll destroy all the hard work you've done, and you'll be right back at square one." Pacey completes her thought: "An academic loser." Andie says that's not what she said; Pacey says it's what she felt: "Andie, everything that I've worked for, what you've helped me to become is somebody who believes in himself, and in his instincts, and every single one of my instincts tells me that what that man did in that classroom is wrong -- it's just wrong." Andie resignedly turns away and whatever is in her line of vision causes her to gasp, "Oh my God."
Back to Jack, who is telling Joey he's really going to need her help: "I have a feeling it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better." "I'm here," she says, shrugging happily. Then Jack glances up and the camera slams into what is presumably his blue locker, on which is now painted, "FAG." Joey looks stricken. Jack doesn't know how to react, and glances around at all the extras who are staring at him. Then he walks over to his locker, alone, and opens it. Joey watches him for a second, looking like she's about to throw up, and then steps between Jack and his locker and tells him to kiss her, so they make out with the whole school watching, including a particularly ashen Andie.
Then we get an ad for Cruel Intentions, or as I like to call it, Bitchin' Liaisons.
Back at McPhee Manor, Jack is drying dishes. Andie comes up and thanks him for cleaning up. Jack says, "Dialogue! That would mean you're talking to me again, correct?" Andie says, "I've been really unfair the past few days." Jack says, "That's okay. I knew you'd come around." Andie asks Jack if he has to be so immensely forgiving, and whether he doesn't have a single ounce of meanness in his body: "At the very least it would make our sibling squabbles more interesting?" Jack says he doesn't need them to be more interesting since he wins them as they are. Andie says, "It's just, um, it's been really hard." Jack agrees: "For both of us." Andie says, "Yeah, but you're better suited for this sort of thing." Jack says, "No one's suited for public ridicule, Andie; you just deal with it." Andie says, "I don't. When I first heard what happened to you in class, my initial reaction was resentment. Of all the possibilities, you know? I didn't even feel sorry for you, I just thought, 'Oh great, thanks! You know, just when things seemed to be slowing down in my life, and now I have to deal with this.' And as much as I love you, Jack, it's just, everything that has happened to us in our lives has made me so afraid, and I just didn't think that anybody could understand that, I mean, especially you; you're so strong and independent -- and then I read this. It's your poem. I kept one of the ones that I tore down. It's a really beautiful poem, Jack. And I don't know if it means that you're gay or not, and you know what? I really don't care. But I'll tell you what I do know: The person who wrote this poem? He's just as scared as I am. Jack, you're terrified, and I'm your sister and I had no idea. And I just want you to know that I'm here for you, and that I love you, and you're not alone." They hug. Whew! Jack says nothing. Glark very insensitively adds, "I'm gonna call you 'sis' from now on. You like that, Jackie?" Wing Chun subdues him by throwing a crock pot at his head. Jack says, "Thank you." Aw. I guess that ought to put Pacey in his place.
Elsewhere, Joey is jogging at a pretty leisurely pace across a footbridge toward the No-Fault Hacienda. Cut to the Sanctum Dawsonorum, in which Dawson is fooling around with the "Creekside" model Jack built, as Joey climbs through the window, asking if she can come in. She says she's sorry for yesterday. Dawson says he understands. Joey notices the model and says it's amazing. Dawson agrees, and waits for her to get to the point. Joey says she needs his advice, even though she knows that because of the situation it might not be easy for him to give it. Dawson says, "Talk to me." Joey says, "I'm thinking that maybe you were right about Jack and the poem." Glark says, "That was always my favourite nursery rhyme!" Wing Chun stuffs a sock in his mouth. Dawson says, "That he meant to write it." Joey says, "Well, he says he didn't, and you know, he has a thousand reasonable excuses that all make sense, it's just...they don't make sense. I just keep wishing that I had done what you had told me -- if I just would have [sic] asked him if...he's gay --" Dawson says, "Then why don't you?" Joey says, "If I do that, then he'll know that I've considered it, and if he knows that I've considered it, then it'll always be there, that I've considered it." As long as you haven't considered it. Dawson says, "It's the elephant-in-the-room syndrome," and then explains for the ignorant in the audience: "The obvious but unspoken topic, the thing that's always lurking but never brought up." Joey closes her eyes in dread. Dawson adds, "Of course, in your case it's a gay elephant." Joey says, "You know, this isn't funny," though she's smiling. Dawson says he had to say that. Joey throws herself back on the bed. Dawson walks over to the bed, sits down with his back to Joey, and insists, "You have to ask him. I mean, if there's one thing that I've learned about relationships in the past year, it's that they begin and end with honesty." Glark adds, "Especially the 'end' part, huh Dawson?" before being buried under several empty cardboard boxes. Dawson continues: "And if you want to save what you have with Jack -- and I believe that it's worth saving -- you've gotta be honest. You know?" Joey says, "Yes." Dawson says, "So go. Go hunt an elephant." Joey says, "Thanks," and starts to go, then stops and turns around and looks at Dawson and says, "Thank you," and goes back out the window. Dawson says nothing, presumably considering his new status as uncoupled, well-meaning stooge.