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Episode 323 - True Love

[Scene: Mitch and Dawson are exiting a store when Gale and Joey come walking up to join them.]

Mitch: Well, if it isn't my blushing bride to be and, uh, her maid of honor.

Gale: Hi

[They Kiss]

Gale: We, just stopped by Sally's for a peek, and Debbie said the dresses will be ready in the tomorrow, but the cake is ready right now and I want you to come see it.

Mitch: Let's Go.

Gale: Bye honey. Thanks, Joey.

[They leave]

Joey: Bye.

Dawson: They are a happy as I have ever seen them. If you can believe that.

Joey: I can. So, How's the ring?

Dawson: It's beautiful. And the dresses?

Joey: Oh, your mother's is gorgeous. However I'm starting to believe everything I've heard about the unflattering nature of bride's maids dresses.

Dawson: I'm sure that you'll look amazing. Joey, thanks for doing this, I really appreciate it.

Joey: Dawson, it was an honor when you mother asked me, how could I refuse?

Dawson: Yeah, I know, it means a lot to her, but it also means a lot to me too. I, I couldn't imagine you not being a part of this ceremony, and despite any awkwardness this might stir up, it …

Joey: You know, it's an important day for your parents and I'm not counting on it to change either of our lives. So, it's not going to stir anything up, unless we let it. Right?

Dawson: My point exactly. Yeah.

Joey: So, you know what. I have to go. I have something borrowed, but I don't have anything blue, yet.

Dawson: It shouldn't be too hard. Seems to be a lot of that going around these days.

[Scene: The docks by “True Love” Doug is talking to Pacey about the trip while Pacey is brining some supplies aboard.]

Doug: Hey, Pacey, are you sure this trip is such a good idea?

Pacey: I already cleared it with dad. Stay close to shore. Call home every week. I know the drill.

Doug: Uh, that's not exactly what I'm talking about.

Pacey: Are you going to miss me? Is that it Doug?

Doug: Yeah, what you think you're leaving behind here is just going to be that much bigger when you are out there all alone. Does Joey know that you are leaving?

Pacey: If she does, I didn't tell her.

Doug: So, I guess she doesn't really know how you feel about her either, right?

Pacey: [Sighs] She knows how I feel.

Doug: Pacey, have you spelled it out to her, I mean in clear unwavering terms. Have you done that?

Pacey: And what exactly do you think would happen if I did that, Doug?

Doug: Worst case, nothing. Best case, she gives you a reason to stay.

Pacey: [Laughs] You see, that right there is what happens to the male mind when it's exposed to too many Katherine Hepburn movies.

Doug: Every time that you look at the stars you are going to see here face. You can't run away from her, Pacey.

Pacey: Well, I can try.

[Scene: Inside the School hallway. Jack and Jen are busy cleaning out their lockers in an empty hallway with only a janitor sweeping the hall.]

Jen: You know there really is a certain pleasing symmetry to this. You, me, together again. President and Vice President of the Bitter Club. Reunited for one last session.

Jack: I'm not bitter.

Jen: Oh yeah, sure. Everyone wants their Prom night with the person they are most attracted to in the whole entire world speeding away from them on a commuter train.

[Jen sees Henry enter the hallway and start walking towards them]

Jen: Hey Jack, when he comes over here, would you mind telling him, that I still mean every thing that I said and that I haven't changed my mind and that I hope that football camp in Cleveland is sweaty, gross, and girl free. Not to mention painful and debilitating.

Jack: Do you realize how immature this is?

[Henry comes up to her and realizes that she is ignoring him and goes over to Jack who is dumping some stuff in the trashcan.]

Jen: [Ignoring Henry] Geez.

Henry: [To Jack] Jack, could you do me a favor? Could you tell Jen that I left my copy of Sid Arthur in her, in her locker and I want it back.

Jack: No.

Henry: Why not?

Jack: ‘Cause she's standing right here.

Henry: Could you just ask her? Please?

Jack: Henry this is ridiculous. Hey Jen, guess what? Henry has come over with this, uh, ridiculously lame Sid Arthur related pretext because he's secretly hoping that you'll give him another chance.

Henry: That, that's not what I said.

Jen: Why don't you tell Henry that if he would like would like his book back, he probably should start digging.

Jack: Translation, she threw it away, because it's a painful reminder of how much she regrets freaking out like a total drama queen and breaking up with you at the prom.

Jen: Okay, I'm not a drama queen, and I'm not the only one who's totally freaked out.

Jack: Personal front, it must be the going rate for, converting young lover subtext these days.

Henry: He's right, Jen, neither of us is being very direct right now. So, how's this? I'm sorry.

Jen: You know what, Henry? I'm sorry too. I'm sorry that we ever met.

Henry: That's too bad. Because, I'm not. You have nothing else you want to say to me?

Jen: No, nothing.

Henry: I guess that finishes that.

[Scene: Inside Dawson's House. Mitch is carrying something out of the house when Andie comes up to the door. Dawson sees her.]

Dawson: Andie.

Andie: Oh, hey.

Dawson: Hey, come in. It's a little hectic around here.

Andie: Yeah. So, I see. So, I guess that's why you ran out of school without signing this. My Yearbook. Here.

Dawson: [Laughs] Andie, as much as I admire you unswerving devotion to a high school ritual like this that you pay $34.95 so that one day you can look back at the disaster otherwise known as Junior Year.

[Dawson opens the book to the first page.]

Andie: Oh, wait. No, no, no I marked a page for you.

[Andie opens the book to a page with a picture of Dawson and Pacey together as friends.]

Dawson: Subtlety is not exactly your forte is it?

Andie: He's leaving. He's gonna to take this, um, summer sailing trip. You know, some macho adventure.

Dawson: Well, good for him.

Andie: Yeah! So, um... We're gonna have this little send-off tomorrow night, you know, a picnic down by the docks.

Dawson: Tomorrow night's the rehearsal dinner, so... Even if I wanted to go, which I don't...

Andie: Dawson... You do realize that one of you is going to have to make the first move, don't you?

Dawson: It's not gonna be me, and it's not gonna be tomorrow night, so... There you go. Signed the page with all the faculty head shots.

Andie: Dawson? For what it's worth, I'm not over the pain of this yet either. Letting go isn't a one-time thing. It's something that you have to do over and over again every day. Thanks.

Dawson: Sure.

[Scene: Along the creek on a road. Joey is driving her truck when she hears a siren from behind and pulls over, and Doug pulls around her in the cop car.]

Doug: Excuse me. Driver's license and registration, please.

Joey: You're kidding me, right?

Doug: Driver's license and registration, please. Miss potter, I clocked you going—

Joey: you have a radar gun?

Doug: Visual assessment. You were going 5 to 7 miles per hour below the posted speed limit on this particular Capeside thoroughfare. I'll let it go with a warning this time.

Joey: Promise to be careful.

Doug: Not that kind of warning. I just thought you might like to know that, uh...Unbeknownst to you, a particular attitudinally challenged younger sibling is preparing to leave Capeside for the summer. Seems he's gonna sail himself down to the Florida keys for the next 3 months.

Joey: When does he leave?

Doug: In a couple of days. I just thought you might like to know about it before it was too late for you to, uh... Say or do something.

Joey: Thank you.

Doug: It's not a problem, miss potter. Passenger advisory is typical officer protocol.

[Scene: Outside the grocery store. Joey is waiting outside as Pacey comes out carrying a bad and eating a candy bar.]

Pacey: Want a bite?

Joey: This is your solution?

Pacey: What are you talking about?

Joey: You're leaving.

Pacey: Uh-huh.

Joey: Just when things get tough, you're gonna pack up and leave.

Pacey: Well, that's the general idea, yeah.

Joey: Oh, real mature, Pacey.

Pacey: Well, what do you want me to do, sit around all summer and watch from afar as you and Dawson attempt to resuscitate your ailing relationship? No, thanks.

Joey: Well, I expected you to at least say good-bye.

Pacey: Oh, yeah, the good-bye scene. Played that one over a thousand times in my head. I come to you, heart in hand, and announce my plans. You look at me, pained, but then, of course, the potter sarcasm kicks in and I leave never getting what I came for.

Joey: What is that, Pacey?

Pacey: You never ask me to stay. Ever.

Joey: Look, that's not my decision.

Pacey: Yes, it is. It always has been. You may be too afraid to make it, but let's be honest with each other. The decision to be together or not be together has always been yours.

Joey: All I asked for was time.

Pacey: And that's exactly what you got. And you're gonna get 3 more months of it.

Joey: I may be undecided, Pacey, but at least I'm not running away. You can dress it up any way you want, Pacey. It still comes down to the same thing: You're giving up.

Pacey: I'm giving up.

Joey: Yeah, you.

Pacey: Me?

Joey: Mm-hmm!

Pacey: Ha ha ha. Turn around. It's your wall.

Joey: Mm-hmm.

Pacey: It's unfinished... Just like us.

Joey: Believe it or not, Pacey, this is not the ending that I asked for.

Pacey: Me either. But it's the ending we got, isn't it?

Joey: Yeah, I guess it is.

[Scene: Dawson's backyard. Mitch and Gale are doing their rehearsal for the wedding with the Reverend present and Dawson and Joey as well.]

Reverend: At this time, gale will begin her vows to Mitch.

Gale: No offense, reverend, but I have at least 20 people coming for dinner in about an hour.

Mitch: And seeing as how gale and I have done all this before—

Reverend: Go on. We'll do the rest when it's for real.

Gale: Thank you, reverend.

[Mitch and Gale leave to do their things.]

Dawson: I haven't finished my best man speech yet. Any thoughts?

Joey: Oh. I don't have much to say about relationships these days, Dawson.

Dawson: If you have someplace else you'd rather be, why don't you just go?

Joey: What are you talking about?

Dawson: Do I have to spell it out for you? Pacey's going-away party.

Joey: I'm here, aren't I?

Dawson: Yeah, in body, but not in spirit. You've got nothing positive to say. You're basically going through the motions with a scowl on your face.

Joey: Dawson, I'm doing the best I can. Can you cut me some slack?

Dawson: Cut me some slack, Joey. Don't make me feel like this!

Joey: Like what?

Dawson: Like you're stuck with me! I don't deserve that.

Joey: You're right. I-- you don't. I'm-- I'm sorry.

Dawson: Well, why don't you just go? All right? Give the guy my best.

Joey: I'm staying.

[Scene: The docks by True Love. Grams, Jen, Andie, Jack and Pacey are there having a going away party for Pacey.]

Grams: Oh, look! Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. Ok, who wants to make the first wish?

Jen: Oh, my god--ow! Ow. That's a piece of a crab shell. Chipped my tooth. Great. Great. Just what I need to keep men permanently away from me.

Andie: Well, if that doesn't work, you can always join me this summer in the nunnery!

Jack: At least you get to have relationships before they fail.

Grams: Good grief. You all sound like a bunch of old ladies.

Jen: Grams, it's been a tough couple of months.

Grams: You don't know what tough is.

Jen: No offense, grams, but you have no idea what our lives are like.

Grams: What, you think I've never been in love before?

Jen: Yeah. Once. With one man your whole entire life.

Grams: You know, when I was... Just a few years older than you, I was working at Brunswick naval hospital, and I met a boy who had the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen. He was leaving for Pusan in the morning, but we had an entire glorious day on the beach, and at the end of that day, he leaned in close to me and whispered, "will you wait for me?"

Andie: So...What'd you do?

Grams: I froze. I knew if I leaned just 2 inches closer, the world as I knew it would be changed forever.

Jack: So you did nothing?

Andie: You didn't kiss him, you didn't try to speak to him. You just did nothing. Nothing.

Jack: Did you ever wonder what your life might have been like if you had kissed him?

Grams: That is just the point. I don't have to wonder. The very next day, I got my best friend sally to cover the shift for me. And after 7 turbulent hours in the cargo hold of a CL30... I arrived in San Diego, went straight to the dock, and in front of the entire crew of the U.S.S. Missouri, I kissed him.

Jen: That's funny. I had no idea gramps was in the Korean War.

Grams: He wasn't. Thomas Culpepper... The boy with the most beautiful blue eyes I've ever seen... Died in Pusan in shallow water before he ever made it off the boat. 2 years later, I married your grandfather. So I had 46 wonderful years with one man and one perfect kiss with another. And I have no regrets. Wonder how many of you will be able to say that about your lives?

[Scene: Dawson's Back Yard. Dawson is there when Gale comes up to him.]

Gale: Have you seen Dan?

Dawson: No. Have you seen Joey?

Gale: Uh, no.

[Cut to Dawson finding Joey]

Dawson: Bessie called. She wants you to stop by the store on your way home.

Joey: Thanks.

Dawson: Joey, about this afternoon... I don't want to fight. That's the last thing I want to do.

Joey: Well, I don't-- I don't want to fight either, Dawson. I'm sorry. If we're gonna have an honest relationship, Dawson, then there's... Something you should know. I broke things off with Pacey, not entirely, but in large part because... I didn't want to lose you. I may have lived across the creek, but it was only when I was rowing in this direction that I actually felt like I was rowing home. You're so much of my life, Dawson. I mean... Your house is my house and your family is my family, and there's not a single significant event I've experienced that you haven't experienced with me, and I was so afraid of losing that. But...If that wasn't the choice... And if I thought that there was a chance that you would forgive me... I may have chosen differently. And you deserve to know that.

[Scene: Inside the Grams Mobile. Grams is driving and Jen is in the Passenger seat. Jack and Andie are in the back seat.]

Grams: Jennifer? What's wrong?

Jen: I wish that I hadn't let Henry go without telling him how I really feel. I wish... Now it's too late.

Grams: It's never too late.

Jen: Yeah, I suppose.

Grams: Here's what I suppose.

Jen: What on earth are you doing?!

Grams: We are gonna catch that bus, and you're gonna tell that boy exactly how you feel.

[Scene: On the corner near Joey's wall. Joey walks up to the corner carrying a bag, when Pacey who has been waiting for her, takes a bottle out of the bag.]

Pacey: What took you so long? I got thirsty. I called Bessie, and she called you. I tell you, it is not easy work finishing things off.

Joey: Pacey, what does this mean?

Pacey: Well, it means you were right. That my leaving would be giving up on you. And I'm not quite prepared to do that just yet. But it also means that I need to know that you're not quite prepared to give up on me yet either. So, all that being said, I refer to the wall with its... Hastily yet adoringly written S.O.S., Which I guess kinda speaks for itself. I spent an hour and a half staring at this half-painted wall after we talked last night... Just staring and thinking. So, the way I figure it... It's your turn to stare now.

[Pacey has painted on her wall “Ask Me to Stay”]

[Scene: Dawson's Back Yard. The wedding is going on and Gale and Mitch are giving their vows. Joey and Dawson just watch them from the background.]

Gale: I do promise to love you... In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I loved you before I knew you. I will love you for all eternity, for you are my beloved, Mitch.

Mitch: You're my best friend. I loved you before I knew you, and I will love you for eternity, for you are my beloved. You're my best friend.

Reverend: And now by the power vested in me, I'm happy to pronounce you husband and wife... Again. Mitch, you may kiss the bride.

[Scene: Inside the Gram's Mobile. They are still on the road looking for Henry's bus.]

Andie: Grams, you've been driving for hours! His bus could be anywhere by now.

Jack: Yeah. We could have missed him.

Grams: You can't miss a giant gray bus filled with high school football players. Like that one right there.

Jen: Where? Oh, my god.

Andie: Whoo! Oh, my god.

Jack: Oh, my god! Ohh...

[Scene: At the roadway rest stop. Jen is running around looking for Henry and shouting for him.]

Jen: Ok! Henry? Um...Henry? Henry...Parker? Hey--Henry! Henry parker! Out of my way! Come on. Henry, you in there?

[She is about to go into the bathroom when the bus driver stops her.]

Bus Driver: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! You can't go in there. What, have you lost your mind?

Jen: Well, quite possibly, yes, I might have lost it. Henry... 9 months ago, you paid $500 to kiss me, and I was too dumb to realize what that meant and what you were really offering me, but I know now. It means that there really is such a thing as a second chance and that no matter how old or how jaded you are, when you meet the person you're supposed to be with, everything's gonna be new-- a sunset, a cheesy love song, and especially sex.

Boys: Whoo!

Jen: Henry, I'm the reason we didn't have sex after prom.

Henry: Trust me, I know.

Jen: Not because I was mad at you but because I was more nervous than you were. I have been with guys before, but I have never been with anybody that I loved, and in that way, I'm more of a virgin than you could ever be.


Henry: thanks a lot.

Jen: Come on. What do you care? Come here.

Boys: Yeah! Whoo! [Chanting] Henry! Henry! Henry! Henry!

[Scene: Outside Dawson's back porch. Joey runs into Pacey waiting there.]

Joey: Look, I can't do it, Pacey. I can't give you a reason to stay. I have so much junk to work through, I don't even know where to begin the process at all. How I feel about you and how I feel about Dawson—

Pacey: Then you've made your choice. Right there. You've made your choice. Good for you.

Joey: I guess I have. Yeah.

Pacey: Wasn't so hard, was it? Should have made it months ago. Saved us all a lot of time and energy. And heartache.

[Dawson comes out of the house carrying a camera.]

Dawson: I see all the members of the triangle are present and accounted for.

Joey: Um, can I have this camera? I'm gonna go take some pictures.

Pacey: Jo.

Joey: Yep?

Pacey: Don't I even get a good-bye?

Joey: Good-bye, Pacey.

[Joey takes the camera and leaves the two of them.]

Dawson: Just wondering. [Sighs] what the hell are you doing here?

Pacey: Ease up, man. I'm here for the wedding.

Dawson: Last I heard, you were sailing the 7 seas.

Pacey: As indeed I am. Tomorrow. Today I'm here for your parents.

Dawson: I'll be sure to pass on your congratulations.

Pacey: Yeah. Speaking of congratulations... I guess I should be passing some on to you.

Dawson: What are you talking about?

Pacey: Well, she made her choice, Dawson. You're it. You got what you wanted. Things are never gonna be the same between us, are they?

Dawson: No.

Pacey: Yeah. Yeah, I didn't think so.

[Scene: At the rest stop. Henry and Jen are along the side of the bus talking. Jack, Andie and Grams are by the car waiting.]

Henry: Yeah. I'll write you every day!

Jen: Just come back in one piece!

Boys: Whoo!

Andie: That was awesome!

Jack: You know you gotta resign from the bitter club now.

Jen: Oh, I'll still be there in spirit.

Grams: Oh, I am so proud of you. You showed great, great courage today. How does it feel?

Jen: Well, I feel like an idiot. A happy idiot.

Grams: Did she say happy? You don't know how long I've waited to hear you say that word.

Jen: Yeah, you and me both. Been waiting a long time to feel it.

Andie: Ok! Ok, enough hugging for today.

Jen: You know, I think that we've still got one thing left to do on our carpe diem road trip. Jack, it's your turn.

Jack: No. [Laughs] no. No way.

Jen: Our era of regret ends right now. What's the fastest route to Boston?

[Scene: In Dawson's Backyard under one of the tents. Dawson and Joey are there alone.]

Dawson: You know, I used to be able to look in your eyes and know everything you were thinking. These days... I haven't a clue.

Joey: I was just thinking about the summer... How much there's gonna be to do, and... I mean, we didn't get a chance to spend last summer together, you and I. We're gonna have a lot to catch up on. There'll be water-skiing with your dad, and, um... Fourth of July on Waldeck island and... We can even go into Boston for the weekend. I mean... That would be fun.

[Scene: Outside the Boston College. Jack, Andie, Jen and Grams are there and they have spotted Ethan at a table talking to someone.]

Andie: Yeah.

Grams: Yeah.

Jen: Yeah.

Jack: All right, wish me luck.

[Cut to Jack coming up to Ethan at the table.]

Ethan: Jack!

Jack: Hey.

Ethan: Hey. Uh...What are you doing here?

Jack: I--I just drove a really long way to tell you, um... More sort of to try and explain, really. No, I--I don't mean that. Uh... I wanna show you... Yeah, I wanna show you that I can and that I'm not afraid to... Oh, hell. This.

Ethan: Uh...Jack... No.

Jack: Uh... I know there's people around, but who cares, right? I mean, that's the whole point. I finally have the courage to do this.

Ethan: Jack, this is brad.

Jack: As in your ex-boyfriend brad?

Ethan: Uh...No.

Brad: As in his boyfriend brad. I think I'm gonna let you two talk this one out. See you at practice.

Ethan: Ok. [Exhales] ha. Wow. Um...Ha. Ok. Explanation time.

Jack: No. No explanations necessary. It's very clear to me that I just inducted myself into the halls of the permanently pathetic.

Ethan: Please, jack, just listen. The timing just isn't there right now. And brad and I—

Jack: yeah, I really don't want to hear about the details of your joyful union right now, ok?

Ethan: Sure, jack. I'm sorry. I really am.

[Scene: In Dawson's Backyard. Dawson is giving the Best Man speech. Joey is just watching him as Gale and Mitch are enjoying every word.]

Dawson: The first time my parents got married, they were very young. They were just out of college. And, um, I remember looking at the photo album as a kid, wondering why I wasn't in any of the pictures. It's hard when you love someone that much to imagine them having this entire life that you weren't even there for. And I have to say that, uh... Being here today, experiencing this firsthand, finally getting to be in all the pictures, I wouldn't trade this for anything. 'Cause I'd much rather be a part of what you guys have now than what you had then, that point where everything is forgiven. And I think that's what love really means... That you can forgive anything. So... To my parents... Who taught me that love does not conquer all... That love ends... And begins again.

Guests: Hear, hear. Cheers.

[Scene: On Dawson's Pier. Joey and Dawson are there alone.]

Dawson: Hey.

Joey: Your speech was beautiful.

Dawson: Thanks.

Joey: What you said... Did you mean it, Dawson?

Dawson: Every word. Which is why you should turn around and go. To Pacey.

Joey: What?

Dawson: Last year, you had the opportunity to go to Paris and study, and because of me, you didn't.

Joey: Dawson, that wasn't your fault.

Dawson: Yes, it was my fault, Joey. I should have made you go. But I was selfish, and I didn't want you to go. I wanted you to stay here with me. And I refuse to make that mistake again.

Joey: Well, Dawson, I mean, what if it's my choice? What if I want to stay?

Dawson: Joey...Come on. Even I can see it. Pacey is this year's Paris. And this time... You have to go. You have to see for yourself, all right? I can stand here and tell you that it's a colossal mistake and that all roads lead back to me, but that's not gonna make any bit of difference. Words and speeches sound great, but... They don't add up to anything. All that matters right now is what you want.

Joey: I don't even know what I want, Dawson.

Dawson: Yes, you do. You want him. You want him like I want you. You love him like I love you. [Laughs] the only difference is he loves you back the same way. And you deserve that. Ok? And I'm not gonna be the one who stands in the way of you getting that. You're free. You can do whatever you want.

Joey: But, Dawson, I want us to still be friends, and I want to know that you don't hate me—

Dawson: They're just words, Joey. They're just words. 'Cause after you're done dispensing your pleasantries here, you're gonna turn around and you're gonna walk away from me. Aren't you?

Joey: I have to, otherwise, I'll never know.

Dawson: Just go.

Joey: But, Dawson—

Dawson: jo, go, I'm telling you, before I take it all back, all right? Just go! Go.

[Scene: Inside the McPhee Kitchen. Jack is cleaning up, when Jack comes into the house.]

Mr. McPhee: Hey, jack, I'm glad you're back. Want to show you something.

Jack: I'm not really in the mood right now.

Mr. McPhee: Hey, what's the matter?

Jack: I just wanna be alone.

Mr. McPhee: Hey, hey, hey, you could talk to me.

Jack: This is something you really don't wanna hear about, believe me.

Mr. McPhee: You don't know that.

Jack: Really? You wanna hear that I found out that Ethan got back together with his ex? You want to hear that I found that out after I kissed him?

Mr. McPhee: Well, that's... Interesting.

Jack: Yeah, it's-- it's interesting, right? Come on, admit it. The thought of me kissing another guy disgusts you. I disgust you!

Mr. McPhee: That is not true.

Jack: Yes, it is!

Mr. McPhee: You're angry. You're hurting right now, but I will not let you pick an argument with me just so you can vent your frustration!

Jack: No, no. I spent an entire year developing this relationship... And working on it. Now it's a wash! The whole year's a wash! My whole life's a wash!

Mr. McPhee: Your life is not a wash! You hurt now because you had the guts to put yourself out there and go after what you wanted.

Jack: [Sobs] I can't. [Sniffles] I can't keep going through this. It's like having all the problems of a typical teenager, and there's this whole other level of constant fear... And pain. Do you know the anguish I went through over a kiss- one stupid little kiss? Most people don't have to do that!

Mr. McPhee: You're right. They don't.

Jack: Then why me? I don't want to be different. I didn't ask to be gay.

Mr. McPhee: No more than I asked for a gay son... But, boy, am I glad I got one.

Jack: You don't mean that.

Mr. McPhee: Yeah. I do.

[Scene: Inside Dawson's Bedroom. Dawson is near tears as he walks up to his room, to discover Andie, Jen and Jack sitting there waiting for him.]

Andie: Your official pick-me-up posse.

Jen: Yeah. Andie and I were chatting and thought that maybe you could use a little company. So then I take it upon myself to call jack attack here and tell him to hurry over.

Jack: And then I took it upon myself to run to the video store and grab some movies.

Dawson: Thanks, guys. I really appreciate you coming over, but I really think what I need right now is to just—

Jen: Sorry, Dawson. No can do.

Andie: Yeah. I think that the words "I wanna be alone right now" are used far too often around here. Kinda ranks right up there with, uh... "Can we talk?"

Jack: And there's those countless references towards all things Freud and Spielberg.

Jen: Yeah. I'm pretty sure of it. We're not in Capeside anymore, Toto. There is some alternate reality where our intellects are sharper, our quips are wittier, and our hearts are repeatedly broken while faintly in the background, some soon to be out of date contempt pop music plays.

Dawson: So why does it hurt so much?

Jen: Because our pain makes us real, Dawson. But we can't do it alone. None of us can. Sit down.

Dawson: So...What'd you guys do today?

Andie: Oh, my god. You are not gonna believe these two. Well, it all started with Jen.

Jen: Well...

[Scene: On the Docks by “True Love” Joey comes running down the pier trying to catch up with Pacey. But he comes walking up from behind her.]

Joey: Pacey! Pacey! Pacey! Pacey! Pace! Pacey?

Pacey: You want something, jo?

Joey: I want to talk to you.

Pacey: No, no. A bit late for this now. I'm leaving. You can't stop me, so don't even try.

Joey: No. That's not why I'm here.

Pacey: So why are you here? You wanna say good-bye again? Maybe you wanted to rub it in a little bit, huh?

Joey: Look, I don't want to stop you, Pacey, and I don't want to stop Dawson, and I don't want to be stopped, not by either of you, not by anyone, see? I mean, that's what this whole year has been about. We've been trying to stop each other from moving on and from growing up, but...But not you. I mean, you're different, and... You've challenged me every step of the way and you've been there every step of the way.

Pacey: Jo, departure time is in t-minus 30 seconds, so if there's a point, I suggest you get to it.

Joey: I think I'm in love with you.

Pacey: You think or you know?

Joey: I know. I've known it since the moment you kissed me and maybe even before that. And--[exhales]-- scary as it is, I don't want to deny it any more, Pacey. I don't want to run from it, and I don't want to let it run from me.

Pacey: So... What are we gonna do here, jo?

Joey: I wanna come with you.

Pacey: Ha. What? You crazy?

Joey: Mm-mmm. I wanna stop standing still. I wanna move forward. I wanna come with you.

Pacey: What bout Bessie and the B&B? They need you.

Joey: Not as much as I need you, Pacey.

Pacey: Ah-ah-ah!

Joey: [Chuckles] permission to come aboard?

Pacey: Permission granted. You can swim, can't you?

Joey: Of course. I'm just kinda worried about the next change of clothes.

Pacey: That's nothing to worry about. We're gonna hit the next port in a few days.

Joey: Few days?

Pacey: Yeah! Or a few days after that. Who really cares?

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