Then the Men are at some dive bar and The Sheriff is saying they should put the day's "display of angling ineptitude" behind them. The Flash chuckles. The Sheriff says there's a dartboard calling his name and wants to know if The Flash will "go toe-to-toe with the master." The Flash says he'll give it a try. The three little boys play pool. Dawson watches The Flash throwing darts and comments, "I hope my dad doesn't have too much fun. Otherwise, by tomorrow he'll be drawing up plans to open a seedy dockside tavern." Pacey stares at him in disbelief and says, "How can you possibly find justification to criticize a man like your father?" Dawson explains, "I'm afraid his mid-life crisis isn't going to end, and he's going to wind up a homeless street mime." Pacey takes a shot and says nothing. Dawson observes the lack of comment on his last pronouncement and asks, "What the hell is your problem?" Pacey says, "You don't see what's going on, Dawson?" Dawson gives his head a brief shake. Pacey says, "Come on. Nobody's that oblivious -- not even you." Go Pacey. Dawson whines, "All right, well then why don't you tell me whatever it is you have up your ass, all right, because you're about to rip the felt, Pacey. If you're mad at your dad, tell him. If you're mad at me, lemme have it." Excellent advice, Dawson, and not at all facile! Pacey wearily replies, "It's just that simple for you, is it, Dawson?" Dawson shrugs as if to say, "How could it not be? How could it be that my wise counsel could be insufficient for you?" Pacey continues, "You just go up to your dad and say, 'Gee whiz, Pop, I have a problem. Let's talk about this heart-to-heart, man-to-man.' That's your wonderful life, not mine." Jack looks on in silence. Pacey concludes, "You've gotten a glimpse into the hell that is my life." Without any sympathy for this speech, Dawson manages to turn the subject back to himself, and very quickly says, "So then why is my mere presence suddenly a detriment to your happiness?" At this ridiculous query, Jack jumps in: "Because Mr. Witter's put you up on such a towering pedestal that you're a, what, 'mere presence,' Dawson? Come on, it's an icon Pacey can't possibly live up to." Let's review. Jack has known Pacey about three months and has a clear and empathetic understanding of his family circumstances. Dawson has known Pacey sixteen years and still has yet to find a subject more interesting than himself. I. Just. Hate. Dawson. Jack drops his cue on the pool table and walks off. Pacey mutters to Dawson, "It's your shot." Dawson stares, his eyes flickering back and forth. "Could it be that I'm actually not the measure of all men?" he wonders to himself. "I wouldn't want to live in a world where I'm not."
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