Jen stands in the window of the Sanctum Dawsonorum. Joey comes in. They both start to talk over each other, and then Joey says, "I've been thinking," and Jen says, "I've been thinking too," and Joey sort of yells, "No, I've been thinking more, okay!" and then they both chuckle. They both sit down on Dawson's bed, and Joey says, "I've been thinking that it kind of sucks that the people who I respect the most are the people who I've become most competitive with, and, um, I wish that there was some way to..." and trails off and Jen says, "You know, for all your thinking you're not being very articulate!" Joey closes her eyes and smiles and says, "I am trying to apologize here," and Jen says, "I know, I know, and I'm kidding. Joey, I'm sorry, I mean, I totally understand what you're trying to say and um, I think that you're right, I think that we have been locked at a stalemate for way too long, and, I think there's room in Dawson's life for me without replacing you." Joey says, "No, listen, Jen, you know, we can sit here and rehash all of our old problems and psychologically deconstruct all of our petty rivalries, but I guess what I'm trying to say is, is that I respect you. I respect who you are. As a person." Jen smiles gratefully and with some surprise, and says, "Thanks, Joey." Joey says, "Sure." Jen says, "You too." Joey smiles and looks down. Oh, okay, so the theme of this episode is respect. Got it. That scene was nicely done too, though it remains to be seen whether Jen and Joey will remember next week that they made up this week.
Then Pacey and his big fish -- which now looks more like a three-footer -- are being feted in the winner's circle, and then Pacey and The Sheriff are handed a trophy. A bit later (I guess), Dawson and Jack shake hands and say goodbye. Oh, because they've had some kind of emotional breakthrough? Sorry, I don't think Dawson is that evolved, and I am positive that he won't remember that next week. Plus he looks a little bit too pleased with himself for having overcome his anti-Jack feelings and shaken his hand, like, yeah, you're Gandhi. Behind him, Pacey and The Sheriff are walking through the crowd, and Pacey is saying, "I will never as long as I live forget the feeling of adrenaline that I got when I got that good, solid tug on the line and I knew that that fish had surrendered to the greater power." The Sheriff hands him the trophy and says, "Be proud of yourself. Enjoy this moment. You probably won't have many more like it." Ouch, that's gonna leave a mark. As The Sheriff struts off, Pacey slumps defeatedly. Dawson walks over and for once doesn't say anything. Pacey says, "Do you have any idea how many times I've set myself up for that one?" Dawson looks on grimly, biting his lip. Pacey continues, "I mean, over and over and over again, I just can't seem to stop myself from trying to get one unqualified 'Good job, son,' out of that bastard. I really must be a simpleton." Dawson says, "I know it's not the same, but there are people in your life who recognize and respect your talent and intelligence, and one of them's standing right in front of you. The other one is probably sitting in her bedroom right now having a perky coronary in anticipation of your return from sea." Pacey smiles at that one, and says, "Yeah. Yeah." He gets up and thanks Dawson. Uh, that was a pep talk? Forget your dad, you have two people who care about you? Nice one. And, Dawson, I think you count as a half.