The next day at Capeside High, Mr. Peterson strides into the principal's office and sees both Pacey and Dawson waiting on a bench to go in. He glares at Pacey for a moment and then goes in. As the door closes, Pacey exclaims, "Look at that guy. Tell me that is not somebody who has it out for me." "Out" and not "in"? Maybe that's a Cape Cod idiom. Dawson says, "If he didn't before, he sure does now." Pacey sighs, and says, "Maybe I should just do it. Just apologize." Dawson looks at a point near Pacey but not on him, and says nothing. Pacey says, "You don't think what I did is right, do you?" Dawson says, "I can't judge, I wasn't there." Pacey asks, "But would you have done it yourself?" Not a lot of people would, Pace, but whatever. Dawson says, "No." Pacey nods slightly, and says, "And if I go in there and I can't apologize, would [sic] you be ashamed of me?" Dawson says, "In my lifetime, Pacey, I will never be ashamed of you." Pacey smiles ruefully, as if to say, "That would mean a lot more coming from, oh, I don't know, my dad?" and then Mr. Milo opens the door and says they're ready for him.
Pacey gets up, shakes Dawson's hand, and goes in, where Mr. Peterson and Principal Markham are standing. The Principal says, "Mr. Witter, I trust you have had ample time to put into proper perspective the events of yesterday morning?" Pacey says, "I have, yeah." The Principal says, "Well then, the ball's in your court. We're all ears." Wow, for an educator, she sure makes ample use of cliches, doesn't she? Pacey clears his throat and begins his oration: "I should start by saying that I am more ashamed of what I did in that classroom yesterday than of anything I've ever done in my entire life." Mr. Peterson looks gratified by this. But there's so much more from Pacey: "It was flat wrong, and I have no case here, and I'm sorry. For the event. But I am not now, nor will I ever be apologetic for its intention." Mr. Peterson looks up. Ruh-roh. Pacey kicks it up a notch: "Every day, we, the students of Capeside, come to a place where you guys are in charge. You tell us when to arrive, and when to leave, and when to move rooms, and when to eat. You tell us when we're doing well, and when we need to be doing better, and we never, ever question it, because we're afraid to, because to question it is to go against the belief that the entire system is built upon: the belief that you guys know what's right. And I am not afraid to tell you that what happened in that classroom yesterday was not right. To make a student cry, to embarrass him, to strip him of his dignity in front of his classmates is not right, and while I respect this system, I do not respect men like you, Mr. Peterson. I don't. I can't, and I never will -- not after what you did. You have a good afternoon." With that, Pacey takes his leave. Mr. Milo and Principal Markham smirk at Mr. Peterson. How do you spell "balls"? W-I-T-T-E-R.