On another part of the waterfront, Pacey has his arm around a pitifully staggering, very drunk Sheriff, who very quickly gets too heavy and collapses on the beach, grunting, "We've run aground!" Pacey looks down at The Sheriff, who is making little smacking noises with his mouth. Pacey says, "So. I guess this is as good a time as any to have that father-son talk. [Lowers his voice a register] So. How're you doing in school, Pacey? [In his normal voice] Well, actually, Dad, I'm doing all right. I'm really turning things around. Turns out I'm pretty smart. Maybe I'm college-bound. [Sheriff voice] Good man, Pacey. Always knew you'd turn out to be something. How're the ladies treating you? [Pacey voice] Ah. I met this woman. [Sheriff voice] Is she cute? [Pacey voice] Huh. Cute? Andie's beautiful. She's smart, she's funny. I'll tell you, this girl's really something special, Dad. For whatever reason, she seems to think I'm pretty special too. So why can't you see that? Hm? Why can't you see me, man? [Voice starts to break] When did you give up on me, when I was five? Hm? Ten? Twelve? I'm sixteen years old, Dad! And I'm here, and I'm not perfect, and I've tried so hard for you, I just [sobbing now]...it's your job. It is your job to love me no matter who I am or what I become, because you're my father! You're my dad! You're supposed to love me, you son of a bitch. I can't do this by myself." Nice job by Joshua Jackson selling that one. I just want the writers to realize that just because Joshua Jackson pulled that off doesn't mean they should see what kind of chops Van Der Beek has for this sort of thing. Ever.
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