Back in the Laura Ashley-influenced living room of the No-Fault Hacienda, the Bride of Flash is standing with a mic and asking what the most important issue facing teenagers is. She asks each girl in turn, none of whom has anything to say. The Bride of Flash takes Jen into the next room and asks if Jen thinks it's the formality that's making them uncomfortable. Jen says she thinks it's having everyone in the same room that's making them uncomfortable. Fair enough, but you'd think Jen might have seen that coming, no? Back in the living room, Abby is putting the juvenile moves on the cameraman, saying the equipment looks really heavy: "You must be built Ram tough." The Bride of Flash and Jen come back into the living room and the Bride announces that Jen has a great idea, and it is that instead of doing the interview right away, they should spend some time "bonding -- you know, make it a Ladies' Night." Er. Abby says, "'Ladies' Night'? How long are we going to be here?" Andie adds, "Yeah, Abby's got to make the rounds on her broom." Abby replies, "And Andie's mom might start roaming the city foaming at the mouth." Andie turns on her but the Bride of Flash cuts the exchange off with a brisk, "hey, hey, hey," and tells them they need to get to know each other a little better and "connect with one another as women." Abby says, "Oh, Gawd, I'm gonna need a drink." I hate to say it in response to anything Abby has to say, but, Word. The Bride of Flash says, "No alcohol. But I do have enough junk food in that kitchen to fulfill anyone's cravings. And it's all yours if you bear with me." Nice to know that, post-Flash, Gale has yet to get over her Twizzlers fixation. And good thing this whole notion of girls bonding over junk food isn't totally clichéd. Oh wait, my bad -- it is.
Speaking of gender-based clichés, back at the father-son fishing trip, The Sheriff is yelling a pep talk at the rest of the crew about how this isn't a pleasure trip or a "Carnival Cruise," and that they have to work together as "a well-oiled machine" since "somewhere out there is a fish. A very big fish that's going to hitch a ride with us back to Capeside." As he yells, Jack morosely cradles a fishing rod, Pacey does something with lures (at least, that's what it looked like to me), The Flash takes pictures, and Dawson leans against the edge, doing absolutely nothing. The Sheriff instructs Dawson and The Flash to "work the [something] rigs, and says, indicating Jack, "Jackie Onassis there can handle the starboard poles with me." "That makes me the odd man out," says Pacey. The Sheriff glances at him, and then curtly agrees: "Yeah." Pacey says, "You know, Dad, I may not be a charter member of the national brain trust, but I think I know how to handle a fishing rod." The Sheriff takes him aside and says, "Pacey, I need you to do everything else. [Insert your own list of probably crappy nautical tasks here. I can't be bothered.] Your job is most important. Who do you think raised the flag at Iwo Jima, General MacArthur? No, it was the grunts." Pacey says, "Dad, we're fishing, not storming the beaches at Normandy." The Sheriff laughs in response. Pacey turns away and mutters, "This sucks." The Sheriff hears and turns on him, saying, "A lot of things in this life suck, son. It's my job to prepare you for that inevitability." Wing to Sheriff: Hey, could you go tell Dawson that? Thanks. Pacey says nothing. The camera cuts, for no apparent reason, to Jack, who suddenly starts scratching his ear like there's something there. Like what, writers? A BUG? It's obviously very cold where they are. Dawson watches Jack scratch and smirks at him. Uh, whatever.