Dawson's Creek (season 3)

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Dawson's Creek (1998–2003) is an American television series, that aired on The WB, about four friends in a small coastal town that help each other cope with adolescence and beyond.

Like a Virgin[edit]

Eve: Listen, Dawson, anything that's worth anything is scary. Or dangerous in one way or another.

Dawson: Do you have a fever or something?
Eve: Oh, that's just me. My temperature. I run a few degrees hot.

Joey: [to Dawson] So you love me... You just don't want me.

Pacey: [to Joey] It's the damndest thing. I just got into Dawson's rowboat and it magically drifted towards your dock.

Pacey: Ahoy there, anyone ashore?
Joey: What are you doing here?
Pacey: It's the damnedest thing, I just got into to Dawson's row boat and it magically drifted toward your dock.
Joey: Yeah, well magically drift any closer and I'll kill you.
Pacey: You know, I almost believed that. [Jumps up to join her on the dock]
Joey: [After a pause between the two as they looked at each other] He told you didn't he? Didn't he?
Pacey: Well, what do you think?
Joey: I think I hate you both.
Pacey: Well, then you're really going to hate me when you hear what I have to say....he did the right thing. The two of you need to be apart right now.
Joey: How would you know what I need?
Pacey: Yeah...you know you're probably right. How could I possibly know what it's like to let somebody go, right? How hard it is to let someone go. The pain of knowing that even though the two of you are right for each other, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're right for each other right now. What would I know about that, right? How could I possibly know that sometimes it just makes you want to scream, hit somebody, or sit out at the end of a dock and cry...
Joey: Of all the people to see me like this, it had to be you.
Pacey: Well, you know it's a new year and who knows...[leans in close to her] you and I might even become friends
Joey: Pacey...[Looks at him] I'm upset enough as it is. [Pacey laughs]
Pacey: [Puts arm around her] Come here, Potter .
[Pacey kisses Joey's forehead]

Homecoming[edit]

Eve: I'm just a girl, standing in a janitor's closet, asking you to kiss her.

Joey: You think every Joey has a Dawson and every Dawson has a Joey?
Dawson: I hope so...for their sake.

[Dawson is standing in the aisle looking at the wide variety of condoms]
Male Customer: Yeah...these days [puts his arm over Dawson's shoulders] you got your ribbed, your non-ribbed, your lubricated, your non-lubricated, your thin, your ultrathin, sheep skin, extra sensitive, nonoxynol-9 and... glow-in-the-dark.
Male Customer 2: Glow in the darks don't work.
Male Customer 1: No kidding?
Male Customer 2: No, you gotta hold 'em up to the light for 20 minutes, who's got time for that?
[woman customer walks up]
Woman Customer: And if you really want to blow her mind try the Brown Betty.
[they all grab a pack and walk away]
Dawson: This is not happening.

Joey: Pacey, you probably don't want to hear this right now, and I'm sure you don't want to hear it from me, but you have to talk to her.
Pacey: No, not right now. I couldn't even look at her right now.
Joey: You have to, Pacey. You have to hear her out.
Pacey: Why? What's the difference, Joey, huh? No matter what she says the ending's still the same. She slept with somebody else.
Joey: You think that just because the two of you were together what she did hurts more? It doesn't. There's no difference, Pacey, I mean... Look, she's sixteen years old and so are you. We talk like we know what's going on, but we don't. We don't have any idea. Look, we're really young and we're gonna screw up a lot! You know, we're going to keep changing our minds and … and sometimes even our hearts. And through all of that, the only real thing we can offer each other is forgiveness. And I couldn't do that. Or at least I did it too late. Don't let yourself get so angry that you stop loving because one day you wake up from that anger and the person you love will be gone

Jen: Worse. They're even starting to dress like me. It's like they're genetically predisposed to having absolutely no identity.
Jack: Yeah, that's the blonde gene.
Jen: Not funny.

None of the Above[edit]

Andie: Don't worry, Pacey. This isn't going to be one of those horribly awkward, hope-boy-didn't-mean-all those-hurtful-things-he-said-during-the-break-up-moment.
Pacey: Well that's a relief 'cuz I sure don't wanna play the guy-feels-guilty-about-breakup-even-though-it-was-girl-who-had-an-affair-with-the-mental-patient-scene.

Dawson: Someone gave it to me.
Joey: A certain someone with blond locks and a name that rimes with Steve?
Pacey: [Laughs] She's good, I like that girl, she's good. [Nudges Dawson with his elbow]
Joey: Once again, Dawson Leery proves the groin is mightier than the brain.

Joey: I bet when she offered you that test you didn't fire one ethical comment her way, did you?... It's just your friends who have to sit here and... and suffer through the Dawson Leery morality play, bleached blond ho-bags willing to put out need not audition.

Dawson: No, I wanted to consult the people I thought I trusted to determine what the best thing was to do. I never thought anyone would be so weak or so self motivated to actually swipe it.
Pacey: Weak and self motivated, huh? Now which one of those two colorful adjectives would i be?
Dawson: You are who you are, Pacey.
Pacey: Yes I am, Dawson. And so are you. [Pokes him in the chest] You, Dawson Leery are a self-righteous, son of a bitch who cares more about his rose colored defunct 1950s belief system then the people who fail to live up to it, huh?!
Dawson: Interesting choice of words coming from a smug, cold-hearted son of a bitch who just dumped his girlfriend after she begged and pleaded for an ounce of sympathy.
Pacey: At least I didn't send her father to prison.
Dawson: No, you just made her go crazy. [Pacey punches him in the eye. Dawson turns around punches Pacey on the lip, sending Pacey to the ground]
Pacey: Ah...[Joey comes out from the building to see what's going on]
Joey: What happened? Dawson, what are you doing? [She goes to Pacey, leaning down and holding his arm]
Pacey: It's my fault, I'm sorry.
Joey: Dawson, this has got to stop! [to Pacey] Are you okay?

Joey: Hey, brought you a Pepsi.
Pacey: No thanks, I'm not thirsty.
Joey: It's for your lip, moron. I'm out of ice.
Pacey: I can't believe he thought I'd take that-
Joey: So what, Pacey
Pacey: I thought if I'd earned anyone's respect, it was his. I mean, if the guy who knows you better than anybody on earth thinks you're a loser, then maybe...
Joey: Then maybe you are one? Come on, I mean I thought you were a loser for years but you never believed me. [They smile at each other]
Pacey: It's just...you know when does a person start believing the general consensus about themselves?
Joey: When it's right. [They pause and look at each other]
Pacey: Do me a favor?
Joey: Hmm?
Pacey: Can you tell your friend Dawson that I'm innocent? I mean, he'll believe you.
Joey: No, my friend? Look he's your friend too. And you know as well as I do that he's somewhere right now sulking over the gravity of his wrongful accusation.
Pacey: Well good, let him stew in his own pride for a while.
Joey: Now we're all guilty of that.
Pacey: Hey, I'd never accuse him of cheating.
Joey: Yeah, well I'm pretty sure he'd never take the first swing at you.
Pacey: He started that whole thing!
Joey: I'm not getting into this.
Pacey: Okay, so tell me.
Joey: What?
Pacey: What do you think happened to that test?
Joey: I don't know. And to be honest, I don't want to know. I mean there are certain things in life you're just...better off not knowing. And things that you wish you never knew, never asked and...never saw.
Pacey: Okay, so tell me honestly...does it look that bad?
Joey: On your face, any reconstructive surgery whatsoever, is a definite improvement. [Pacey gives her a look, she smiles and laughs]

Home Movies[edit]

Joey: For a minute, I thought you'd been possessed by these school spirit creatures from the planet Overzealous.
Pacey: Not quite yet, but I am thinking about making a run for it before the pods hatch. What do you say Scully?

Jen: What are you auctioning off?
Cheerleader #2: Well, the winner gets to ride in on the Minuteman Mule, at the end of the game.
Cheerleader #1: And receive a kiss from the head cheerleader.
Jen: Oh, no they don't!
Cheerleader #1: Now Jenny...
Jen: Jen! OK, it's Jen. You know this whole thing just started as a bad joke, and excuse to get out of biology but you see what it's turned into? I have pranced around this entire school at pep rallies without even knowing what the hell pep is. I have listened to prate and paddle about car washes, dance-athons and dog-sitting until I think I'm going to puke up my homemade spirit cookie.
Cheerleader #1: Jenny!
Jen: And despite the itch I am getting on my ass from this polyester molest-me skirt, I've done it all with a smile of my face. But you know what ladies? The smile has gone. I'm sorry, but there is no way that I'm going to be sold off like some harem girl to the highest bidder. Everyone has a limit, and I've reached mine. I quit!

Joey: Why didn't we just drive?
Pacey: Because, Potter, on occasion my pop actually likes to use his car.
Joey: So I risk my future to cut class so I could stand in line at the post office and then traipse five miles through the wilderness carrying some stupid package?
Pacey: Oh, God. You know, did you ever stop to think about how much hormonally charged energy you waste on these quick quips and the biting banter? Your life would be considerably more productive if you would just take some more, ah… oh, what is that? More, ah… action! If you took more action.
Joey: Oh, what, like voluntary manslaughter?
Pacey: Well how 'bout sticking out your thumb, huh?
Joey: Oh yeah? And what else? Maybe hike up my skirt, pout my lips, strike some sexy pose for some horndog trucker? Stick out your own thumb you sexist toad.
Pacey: I am not a sexist, I am a pragmatist. OK? You ever seen The Sure Thing? That movie elegantly portrays one of life's simple truths-that a female standing on the side of a road, even one with a perpetual scowl like yourself, has a better chance of flagging down a car than a guy.
Joey: Since I'm the only one here with an opposable thumb, I guess it's up to me to use it.
Pacey: [a car approaches] And here's your chance. [He jumps over some bushes]
[Joey sticks her thumb out as a car approaches. It slows down and comes to a stop, to Joey's surprise]
Joey: [leaning into the window] Hi...
Principal Green: Today is your lucky day Miss Potter, need a ride back to school?

Pacey: [showing her an old boat] Isn't she beautiful?
Joey: Yeah, in a Titanic, post-iceberg sort of way. Where did you get this?
Pacey: A friend of my brother's, he works down at the marina. He rescued her after the last hurricane. The guy who owned it didn't want her any more, so I convinced him to sell it to me for like, two hundred bucks. When I finish with this boat it is going to be sheer perfection. Look at that.
Joey: Pacey, do you know how much money and time it will take to even get this boat to float?
Pacey: Yeah. Not a minute more or less than as long as it takes me. You watch, Potter, in a couple of months I'll be sailing this baby around the world.
Joey: I hate to break it to you Captain Stubing, but you can't sail around the world in a twenty foot boat.
Pacey: Sure I can.
Joey: Where are you going to put the supplies?
Pacey: Hey, the USS Minnow was no bigger than this, and they found room for all of Mr. Howell's money, all the professor's tools, all of Ginger's clothes...(Joey starts to go up the ladder) And where do you think you're going?
Joey: (She smiles and steps down to the ground, then holds up her hand) Permission to come aboard?
Pacey: (Smiles and holds out his hand) Permission granted. (He takes her hand and helps her up the ladder to the boat)

Mitch: The night you were born I cried like a baby.
Dawson: Did you really? I didn't know that.
Mitch: I think I cried for 24 hours straight. Holding you, so small in my arms, I never knew I could love anything so much, so fast. So utterly. Part of me was terrified. Raising a son is more a matter of faith than most people know.
Dawson: So's being one.
Mitch: You're right. I think I realized something today.
Dawson: What?
Mitch: That my job as a father, isn't to give you the whole picture, because the truth is, I can't see it myself. My job is to try and help. And every now and then, fit a piece of the puzzle.
Dawson: You have helped me dad.
Mitch: I hope so. But your future, your expectations… they belong to you. Don't let anybody stand in the way. Not even me.
Dawson: You always pushed me to be my own person. To think for myself. I just did what you taught me.

Indian Summer[edit]

Pacey: Dawson, not all of us are as immune to the law of sex as you are. I mean, not all of us would opt for the warm and fuzzy emotional connections over those of, let's say a more physical nature, you know what I mean? Most of us are just big dumb guys happy to sell our souls for the slimmest chance, of gettin' some.

Jack: You can't tell me there's someone else you'd rather be star gazing with?
Jen: OK, you got me. Matt Damon.
Jack: Yeah right.
Jen: What, you don't approve? OK, I'll have to go with Ben Affleck then. Well, he has that scruffy, indie-cred appeal. Well?
Jack: No comment. Besides, I was talking more about the realm of say, possible… Henry, for instance?
Jen: The freshman?
Jack: Yeah, the guy who paid 500 bucks just to kiss you? You gotta admit, that's kind of sweet.
Jen: Jack, Jack, Jack, my naive little pet, it's the sweet ones that you have to watch out for. They'll run over you like a Mack truck.
Jack: Well Henry's harmless. Besides, he worships you.
Jen: He's a teenage boy. He'll worship anything in a Wonderbra.

Henry: [about Jen] You see. You see what happens to me, why I can't ask her out? She gets within three feet of me and it's like my hard drive crashes. I go pre-verbal. Probably if I asked her out, I'd hurl all over her like that little kid from Southpark.

Henry: You… you're awesome. You look awesome, you smell awesome, everything about you is awesome. I… I just wanted you to know that.
Jen: Good to know.

Jen: Jack, I've had lovers, I've had boyfriends, but what I've never had is a boy who was first and last a friend. Who wasn't secretly trying to get in my pants, or wouldn't walk away from me the second I said I didn't want to sleep with him. Who liked me… for me. Unless you've recently decided to be bisexual? You know, I think you setting me up was a lot more about you than it was me.
Jack: Come on, give me a break. I do not have a secret crush on Henry Parker.
Jen: Neither do I, but that's not what I'm talking about. I mean that… maybe it's you who's lonely for the relationship.
Jack: Well maybe I am. But this isn't exactly New York where gay kids are tripping over each other coming out of the closet. This is Capeside, gay population: one. It's me. I'm it.
Jen: Jack, you're going to have a love life. You're going to have a fantastic love life. It's gonna be awesome, and terrifying, and, and when it happens it's going to change your whole life.
Jack: Yeah, it's easy for you to say.
Jen: I know it is. You have to have faith that sometimes things happen when they're least expected.

Secrets and Lies[edit]

Jen: [to Henry] Do you know how much is going to happen to you in the next two years if you do them right? You're heart is going to swell and break a hundred times before you turn 16.

Andie: I slept with another guy six months ago! I knew it was wrong when I did it. I keep trying to tell you this and make you understand it. How many times do I have to say it?
Pacey: Andie, If you wanted to sleep with him, if even just for a second, then maybe it wasn't wrong.
Andie: It was...
Pacey: Maybe. Maybe that was just your heart's way of telling you that I'm not the one. 'Cause that's what my heart's telling me right now... it's telling me that you're not the one.

Joey: [to Rob] Didn't you read the sign? No known sex offenders within 200 yards of my property!

Pacey: Really? Yeah, Potter, do yourself a favor. Don't ever go into politics, okay? You're consistently incapable of lying with a straight face.

Jen: They voted for me because I'm blonde and I fill out my sweater,
Dawson: That too, but I think when... you know, when kids voted for you, they voted for an outsider, you know? Provocateur, messiah to lead them from the mainstream.

Escape from Witch Island[edit]

Jen: I say witch is just a buzzword. For a girl who happens to follow her completely healthy, totally natural urges, and explore her sexuality. But see, you can't do that in school in the swingin' 1690s without getting the good townsfolk all up in arms. So what do these puritanical, impotent creeps do? Instead of reaching for the Viagra, they brand these girls as witches, they send them off to this godforsaken island to die a horrible solitary death.
Joey: Well, lucky for you, Jen... I mean, we live in a world where you can follow your natural urges without fear of persecution.
Jen: You're right. I would've been so burned at the stake by now.

Dawson: If he did meet somebody else and forgot about her than obviously they were never meant to be in the first place. See my point?
Joey: Could you be any more naive?
Dawson: Could you be any more cynical?
Jen: Could you be any more irritating?

Dawson: Hey, once upon a time, you yourself told me that some love stories never end. What happened to that girl?
Joey: She offered herself to the boy she loved. The boy she thought loved her back. And he rejected her.

Pacey: [about having sex] Well, alright then. Okay. [pause] Did you want to do it right now?
Jen: Umm, do you?
Pacey: I'm kinda tired, actually.
Jen: Oh, fine. Roswell's on in five minutes anyway. You just let me know when you want to do it and I'll do it.

Jen: I've got to say, Blair Witch didn't do it for me. I wasn't remotely scared, that girl was irritating beyond measure and i had to run to the snack bar in dire need of dramamine.
Joey: I was scared...
Pacey: That's no surprise there, Potter, after all you are quite the skittish kitten.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner[edit]

[Pacey and Jen are grocery shopping for Grams' thanksgiving feast]
Pacey: When I suggested that we hook up today, this is not exactly what I had in mind.
Jen: Believe me, I know, but unfortunatly, Grams' Thanksgiving feast takes precedence over our burgeoning sex life.
Pacey: Correct me if I'm wrong, but we don't actually have a sex life yet, do we?
Jen: What, and you think that that's my fault?
Pacey: Yeah, i do actually think that that's your fault.
Jen: I'm sorry, Pacey. I just find it difficult to watch you paw at me with...[giggles]
Pacey: Foreplay is no laughing matter. How do you expect a guy to do his best work in the face of scorn and derision?
Jen: It's just that we're friends, right? And seeing as how we are friends, but now we're friends that...do that... it's just gonna take time getting used to it. Although maybe we could find a moment later?
Pacey: I can't. I think I have to go to my parents' for Thanksgiving.
Jen: Okay.
Pacey: I'm sorry. I have to. I figure it's the right thing to do seeing as they brought me into the world and all.
Jen: You sound so excited.
Pacey: Well it's such a joyous occasion. Just imagine the Witter women slaving over a hot stove all afternoon just to be told the Butterball is too dry, by a guy sitting on his derrière, getting drunk and watching football.
Jen: Well, despite the creamed onions, gotta love Grams for offering an alternative.
Pacey: You do. Speaking of, you know, you never told me who else is coming.
Jen: Don't worry, Pacey. Andie politely declined the invite.
Pacey: Hey I wasn't going there.
Jen: Please. I think that she's making dinner for Jack and her dad tonight.
Pacey: Sounds nice. It's good for her to have family at Thanksgiving.
Jen: Come here [she pulls him close]
Pacey: [smelling her hair and rubbing her back] Good lord, you smell good. [Jen chuckles] What was that? [she starts laughing] Oh, come on!
Jen: I'm sorry, I'm so sorry.

Joey: We're all strangers to our parents. I mean, they love us but they don't really know us. And sometimes, before we get a chance to know them, they're gone.

Pacey: [to Jen] For what it's worth, as a guy who has just gone through this himself, what just happened to you is a defining moment. When you come to see your parents as human beings, with their own problems, it is, oddly, kind of liberating. And when you realize they're way more messed up than you are, it's not worth your time or energy to go on despising them for it.

Four to Tango[edit]

Jen: [after making out with Pacey] Nothing?
Pacey: Nothing, you?
Jen: Nothing, God Pacey this is weird.
Pacey: It's the damnedest thing. How are we supposed to have some lurid, purely sexual affair when every time we get together...?
Jen: There's no sexual tension.
Pacey: Nada.
Jen: Zilch.

Pacey: It seems to me that under the previous regimes in my life, every time I was studying, I was given a reward.
Joey: I offered you Chex Mix.
Pacey: And I'm not talkin' about Chex Mix. I'm talking about Tamara, and I'm talking about Andie. Let's just say that those 2 ladies, they trained me to equate studying with...
Joey: With what?
Pacey: Sex. I equate studying with sex, sex with studying. Now I get the studying, but no sex, you understand? So it's a little hard to get motivated these days.
Joey: So what you're saying is you're merely the innocent victim in some behavioral psychology experiment gone horribly awry.
Pacey: Yeah.
Joey: And you're desperately in need of some able-bodied female to help you provoke those pre-conditioned Pavlovian homework responses?
Pacey: Yes.
Joey: That is the worst pick-up line I have ever heard, Pacey.

Pacey: And what pray tell, are you two doing here?
Jen: Just enjoying the fine art of ball room dancing.
Penny: [Walking up] Didn't I say you two would be naturals? Much better than these two and they've been here all week. But you used to date, didn't you?
Jen: Uh...look, not right now, okay?
Penny: I'm right, aren't I? You dated, it didn't work out. But then you got past all your issues and now you actually trust each other, right? See, you can see that in the dancing. You can see, that the trust is there. Now these two on the other hand...[Points out Pacey and Joey dancing] Whole different story. I mean, look at them. Look at their..their form, look at the tension in their arms...
Pacey: Okay is there some sort of problem here?
Penny: What did I say about rib cages touching?
Joey: No, sorry.
Pacey: It's just not going to happen, alright?
Penny: Right...see what I mean? See the hostility, the way they're weary with each other, not to mention the constant bickering and name calling. Now these two clearly are in the early stages of some screwball mating ritual.
Pacey: What?
Joey: [Scoffs] Okay, you've got it all wrong, lady.
Penny: Really? I do?
Pacey: Oh, completely.
Joey: Actually, you could not be more wrong.
Penny: Okay. There's enough sexual tension here to power a KISS reunion tour. I can't remember the last time I saw dancing this bad....true...
Dawson: Wait a minute, you think that just because they can't dance that they're...?
Penny: Well, it's this theory that I've developed based on years of experience...if people dance that badly, then they're usually hot for each other...the dancing doesn't lie.

Dawson: Okay, so... Do you want to just tell me what's going on?
Pacey: It's not what you think, Dawson, not even close.
Dawson: How do you know what I think?
Pacey: Well, because man it's written all over your face, okay? Yes, me and Joey have been spending a lot of time together recently, because we've been here trying to learn how to ballroom dance and then she's teaching me a little trigonometry. You know what's much more interesting to me is that out of all the possible blond and brunette combinations, of women you and I both know, the first one that popped into your mind is Joey, now why is that, do you think?
Dawson: Pacey, you're not going to get out of this by attempting to psychoanalyze me.
Pacey: I'm just asking a simple question. I mean, Dawson, you and Joey...she's not your girlfriend anymore.
Dawson: Right, she's not.
Pacey:: Right...so then why are we having this conversation? See where I'm going with this? I mean, you're the same guy who told me a couple weeks ago that the two of you just needed to go your separate ways.
Dawson: Yeah, we do need to go our separate ways, it just never occurred to me that...
Pacey: That what? That she would actually go her separate way too...or perhaps it didn't occur to you that her separate way would include a stop over at me, is that what it is? God, man, this is the way it always is with you, you talk and talk but you don't listen to yourself. I mean, you say you're over her, but you're not. They're just words. They don't mean anything to you.
Dawson: You don't know what you're talking about.
Pacey: [Scoffs and turns and gestures over at Joey, who is dancing with an old man] Look at that girl, Dawson. Just take a good look, she's a freaking goddess, man, how long did you think it was going to be before some guy comes along and is interested in her, I mean really dude, and when that happens, what are you going to do?
Dawson: I-I'm just going to take it all as it comes.
Pacey: You're going to take is at it comes, hombre, well perhaps you should start figuring out right now, because the guy that comes along is not going to be your best friend and he's not going to ask for your permission, the guy that comes along is going to take one look at that woman and just cut right in on ya.
Dawson: What are you hiding, Pacey?
Pacey: What?
Dawson: Because all this analysis on my love life doesn't change the fact that you haven't answered my original question, why did I find that condom?
Pacey: Why do I bother? [Turns around and walks away]

Jen: You went to Joey for advice about us?
Pacey: Yeah. I know, not so smart, huh?
Jen: Smart or not smart, it's just...funny, you went to her.
Pacey: Well, I wouldn't say that I went to her. I mean, she just kind of happened to be there, we were studying.
Jen: Can I ask you something, Pacey? What is it about her?
Pacey: Huh?
Jen: She's obviously got something that makes boys and emotional turmoil just flock to her.
Pacey: Come again?
Jen: Come on, Dawson's the same way. Whatever small problem got to him he went straight to Joey.
Pacey: So who else would you have me talk to? I can't exactly go to Andie with something like this, so I guess I'm supposed to commune with deputy Doug then?
Jen: Dawson. Why couldn't you just go to Dawson?
Pacey: [Chuckles] What?
Jen: Unless, of course you now feel uncomfortable talking to him about your sex like considering...
Pacey: Considering what?
Jen: That your current girl Friday used to be his.
Pacey: [scoffs] Okay, now correct me if I'm wrong, but Dawson Leery didn't actually know about you and I till, what? Two minutes ago.
Jen: I'm not talking about us.
Pacey: What, Joey? This has nothing to do with Joey!
Jen: Pacey, I saw the way you overreacted to Dawson, I saw the way that Joey overreacted to us. I know you're having trouble in math these days, but it doesn't take Einstein to get the sum total of these two overreactions.
Pacey: You're gonna have to explain this one to me, because I've gotta be missing something here, you're talking about Joey Potter, right, the one who can't walk into the same room with me without gagging, huh? That Joey Potter. There is nothing going on between us!
Jen: No, Pacey there's nothing between us!

First Encounters of the Close Kind[edit]

Barefoot at Capefest[edit]

Jen: That was beautiful. It was more than beautiful, it was awesome. I didn't know you could sing.
Henry: I think we've established there's a lot you don't know about me.
Jen: Henry, wait for me.
Henry: Why?
Jen: Because I wanted to talk to you.
Henry: You can't keep doing this to me.
Jen: Doing what?
Henry: You can't keep trying to be my friend, and then pushing me away every time my feelings start to scare you.
Jen: Okay, I admit it. I miss you. I miss the goofy way you used to look at me with all that passion and intensity. It made me feel like I was actually worth the fuss.
Henry: Everyday I thought about you, and dreamed about you. Every time I saw you, I lost myself. Do you even know what that's like? Do you?
Jen: No.
Henry: Then you can't know what it's like to have that person not feel the same way back. I'm sorry you miss the way I looked at you, but I don't miss the way you never looked at me.

A Weekend in the Country[edit]

Pacey: Let me tell you kiddies we are looking good, looking good!
Joey: What canary did you swallow?

Dawson: If you could try to look welcoming, that would be great. Anxiety doesn't really fit in with this whole homey, "come stay with us" thing we're looking for.
Joey: Dawson, I do toilets, I do windows. I draw the line at faux perkiness.

Mitch: I think, if I were Joey and Bessie, I would consider myself very lucky to have you in my life.
Pacey: Why? Everything and everybody that I touch, I screw up, alright, you're aware of the Midas touch, right? You've heard of that? Okay, well the Midas touch, whatever that is, I've got the opposite.
Mitch: Don't be so sure. I mean, look at you, you're still at it, you haven't given up. Pace, instead of..dwelling on everything that's gone wrong this weekend..so far..um...think of what you've contributed. I mean you've put a lot of selfless work into this place, right? Now that's the real question. Listen, that goes to the heart of who Pacey Witter is.
Pacey: What?
Mitch: What makes you care so much?

Northern Lights[edit]

Pacey: It's not too late to bail, okay? Believe me.
Joey: Why would I want to do that, Pacey?
Pacey: Because, this guy's an operator, okay? I can tell, I mean the first thing he's going to do when he comes through that door, is he's going to pay you some lame compliment about how incredible you look tonight [Looks her up and down, noticing himself how incredible she does look.]
Joey: Pacey...
Pacey: I'm looking out for you!

Pacey: So, what, you going to see this guy again?
Joey: I don't know. I mean, what's the point? I mean, he's older than me and he's..and he's smarter than me. And he lives far away, a very not insignificant problem seeing as I can't even drive yet, and...and how could I ever feel about him the way I..
Pacey: ...Feel about about Dawson.
Joey: No, I was...actually going to say felt.
Pacey: You want to know something Miss Josephine Potter? I think the world just may surprise you yet. I mean you fall in love, and it doesn't work out, you think it will never happen, but it does, believe me it does, in the strangest of places.

Valentine's Day Massacre[edit]

Pacey: [about to take a a Jell-O shot] Well, thank you, Mr. Cosby.

Doug: You were in a rare form tonight
Pacey: How bad do I suck, huh?
Doug: So what seems to be the problem?
Pacey: [shakes his head]) There is no problem, Dougie
Doug: Oh, come on Pacey, I found you hanging from a tree getting completely wasted, huh...so what is it a girl or something?
Pacey: What?
Doug: Okay, so it's a girl....who is she?
Pacey: You know what, Dougie, it's really not that important, okay?
Doug: Okay.
Pacey: I'll tell you something, though. She is really really annoying.
Doug: Yeah?
Pacey: Yeah, I mean this girl is amazing. There is not a single subject on the face of the planet that she doesn't have an opinion about. It's mind-boggling.
Doug: Wow, that certainly sounds like a nightmare.
Pacey: Wha-no, it's not quite like that, Doug, I mean you've got to understand...the girl's really smart so she's usually right and when she argues it comes from this really beautiful, pure place, so how can you fight against that? Especially when you're smart ass like me.
Doug: Is she pretty?
Pacey: Yeah, she is pretty. She is very very pretty. She's actually the kind of pretty that gives you butterflies, you know what I mean?
Doug: Ah, yeah...never lose the butterflies.
Pacey: What?
Doug: You maybe ask what sucks most about getting older. Somewhere along the line you just...lost the butterflies...so the question is little brother, what are you going to do about it?
Pacey: Do?
Doug: Yeah, do. As in do something. Take action.
Pacey: No, I don't think you're really properly grasping the gravity of this situation, Dougie. You see if I was to actually do something about this, there is the strong possibility that the sun would cease to shine, that the tides would cease to rise. In fact, I'm betting there's a pretty good chance that the very earth would crack open and Capeside would become home to a huge hell mouth, that would spew forth endless hoards of monsters and demons that would choke the denizens of this city, making them fall to their knees and PRAY for a return to the days before...I took action. That's really what we're talking about here.

Pacey: What I said last night was way out of line...and yes I was drunk, but more to the point I was just plain wrong and I wanted you to know that I was really sorry.
Joey: Well...I was worried about you too, Pacey.
Pacey: Me?...Why?
Joey: Well...because, I mean Satan himself could lead Dawson into the fiery pits of hell and he would still come out with his moral code firmly intact, but you....maybe I think that nobody's worrying about you right now.
Pacey: So then, what you're really saying is, given the highly dysfunctional nature of our relationship, this is actually how you express concern for me?
Joey: You gotta learn to read between the banter, Pacey.
Pacey: Right...[long pause]
Joey: So...so, are we all finished here?
Pacey: No, actually, um...there's something else.
Joey: Something else?
Pacey: Yeah...it's just something I've been meaning to tell you...uh...look, uh...Joey...[They give each other cute looks]...you're lingering on your clutch, okay? I know you think you're just easing into the gear, but...it's not a good idea, you know, maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow, but soon you're going to do a lot of damage to your transmission, so...what I was thinking was that if you wanted to, I could show you.
Joey: Now?
Pacey: Yeah. [they smile at each other]
Joey: Okay, Pacey.

Crime and Punishment[edit]

Doug: You will keep the CD collection in alphabetical order, by last name, not first. Do you understand?
Pacey: Oh yeah, definitely. But I don't see the need for me to dip into your diva collection any time too soon.
Doug: Oh, I think you'd be surprised at how a tortured and passion female voice can sooth an Achy Breaky Heart.
Pacey: My heart is just fine, thank you very much.
Doug: Oh, sure it is little brother, sure it is.
Pacey: Look, Doug, if you're referring to our brief jail house conversation, you can just chalk it up to drunken rambling.
Doug: Well, there won't be any of that on my watch. And I won't have any moping around like a love sick puppy, either. By the way, are you any good at decoupage?
Pacey: Oh god, help me.

Caufield: What do you want?
Pacey: I want you to apologize. And then I want you to turn yourself in and I want you to do it before the day is done.
Caufield: And why would I do that?
Pacey: Because this time you just happened to mess with someone I care about.

Pacey: Yes, Dawson. You know, looking out for you. Think back with me, way back, you know like the beginning of the school year. Dawson Leery returns from the big city a changed man, determined to sever ties with girl across the creek, so he asks trusted friend to look after said girl turning the delicate transitional period. Trusted friend of course he obliges and now trusted friend gets his head handed to him on a platter.
Joey: So you guys just traded me off like some sort of baseball card? Is that what this is about?
Pacey: What?
Joey: Us. You and me. I-I thought that...
Pacey: You thought what?
Joey: I guess i thought something else, Pacey.

Pacey: So, are you going to thank me?
Joey: For what?
Pacey: Well, for all manner of things. Like defending your honor, bucking the system-
Joey: Tilting at windmills while in the throws of a misguided hero complex?
Pacey: Well yeah, that too. [They pause and smile at each other])
Joey: Pacey, if I was going to thank you for anything it would be for being yourself and you know, not caring what anybody else thinks and for knowing in your heart what's right and wrong and...and for being here this year...when I needed you the most.
Pacey: You're welcome. [Pauses and picks up a can of paint] So you want to help?
Joey: One condition.
Pacey: Sure, name it.
Joey: Be honest. The only reason you've been hanging out with me...is simply because Dawson told you to?
Pacey: Yep, that's the only reason.
Joey: Hmm...you need to get a life.

To Green, With Love[edit]

Jen: Hey, Pacey! I think you've got that one covered. Hurricane won't take it down....you know it might make you feel better if you talk about it.
Pacey: Talk about what?
Jen: About what's bothering you.
Pacey: There's nothing bothering me.
Jen: [Laughs]' Fine
Pacey: Fine. I'm fine. [Pause] Okay, so I do kind of have a problem.
Jen: Yeah, I noticed.
Pacey: It's that obvious, huh?
Jen: Yeah, it's becoming so.
Pacey: Do you think it would be at all possible to...I don't know, pretend that it wasn't that obvious.
Jen: Well, only if we...pretend to have a conversation about it.
Pacey: You really want to make me do that? [Pause] Okay...Okay...um, lets just say for the sake of argument that I had gotten myself into an impossible situation. That I had...hypothetically speaking, fallen for or was in the process of falling for the worst possible person I could fall for. What would you tell me to do?
Jen: I guess I would tell you that...impossible situations are only made better by doing something about them.
Pacey: So I should just go and declare myself to her so that she can laugh in my face? That's a great idea.
Jen: How do you know that's how she would react?
Pacey: Well I have it on pretty good authority that my rough charms don't really register on her rarefied romantic pallet. I mean lets face it, I've got Ducky written all over me.
Jen: Ducky?
Pacey: Yeah. Ducky, Molly Ringwald's best friend from Pretty in Pink. The guy who definitely doesn't get the girl.
Jen: Yes, but he makes the girl feel good about herself. He does...he stands by her through innumerable fashion emergencies, he even humiliates himself by lip syncing in a public place and he takes her to the prom.
Pacey: Where she promptly dumps him for another guy. [Laughs]
Jen: Alright, the question is, Pace, this...girl, that you have developed impossible feelings for, are you going to stand by her in a very Ducky like fashion or are you going to let hurt feelings and pride prevent you from being the friend you so innocently purport yourself to be.
Pacey: [pause] I guess it just hurts, that's all.
Jen: Well that just means that it isn't pretend anymore.

Joey: You bought me a wall?
Pacey: Not bought. Rented. And this thing didn't come cheap either. It cost me a hundred bucks.
Joey: You bought me a wall?!
Pacey: You said that already. Look, it's a limited time offer, so you should get cracking.
Joey: Pacey, did you fail to notice the size of this thing?
Pacey: Well I just thought your next endeavor should be bigger and better than your last one. It's important that you keep on growing both as a person and as an artist. Now I also got you this [holds up a can of paint] and I know it's not going to cover the whole thing, but as the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Joey: Well I'm going to need your help on this one.
Pacey: Ha, no no no no, not this time, you're on your own this time, sister. [starts to walk away]
Joey: Pacey, you're unbelievable, I mean as soon as I think I've got you all figured out, you go and you do something so...outrageous that...completely challenges me in a way that no one else would even think of that...in case I don't say it enough...thank you.
Pacey: It's about time, Potter. It's about time. [Turns and walks away, then looks back at her once before leaving]

Cinderella Story[edit]

Pacey: So you're a smartass? Guess that's why they put us together. People think I'm a smartass too.
Buzz: But when they get to know you they discover that under the gruff exterior lies a vulnerable beating heart. Get real. I'm not like the kids on "Seventh Heaven" and I'm not like you, Pissy.
Pacey: Pacey.
Buzz: Whatever, Pissy.

Buzz: So, who's the girl?
Pacey: What girl?
Buzz: The one you named your boat after
Pacey: True Love isn't a person, it's an idea. An unattainable idea.
Buzz: Who's the unattainable girl?
Pacey: Man, you just love getting under my skin, don't you?
Buzz: Have you kissed her?
Pacey: I told you, there's no girl.
Buzz: And why don't you just kiss her?
Pacey: Why don't you just shut your mouth?
Buzz: You have no problem taking a swing at a guy, but you can't tell a girl how you feel about her. Man, you're pathetic.

Buzz: [referring to Joey] Is she a hottie?
Pacey: I'm not gonna answer that.
Buzz: C'mon, I'm nine. I got years before I even get near it. Least you can do is cough up a description.
Pacey: She's so beautiful that when you look at her your knees tremble, your heart melts, and you know, without reservation, that there is order and meaning to the universe.
Buzz: She's a hottie.
Pacey: Oh, yeah.

Joey: I'm not meant to. Isn't that obvious by now?
Pacey: Because you're sixteen and alone? Come on.
Joey: Because I'm sixteen and in my entire life there's only been two people that have ever really known me. Dawson and-
Pacey: -- This A.J. didn't know you. I don't care how you felt about him. He didn't know you, Joey. Because if he did, he never would have walked away.
Joey: I was gonna say you, Pacey.
Pacey: Okay. [Pulls over to the side of the road]
Joey: Have you totally lost it?
Pacey: Not totally, not yet. [He and Joey get out of the car and meet at the front] Alright, what did you mean by that?
Joey: About what?
Pacey: About me knowing you better than anybody else.
Joey: Exactly what I said, Pacey. You know me, okay? In a way that nobody else besides Dawson ever has, so-
Pacey: We're not talking about Dawson right now, we're talking about me, I mean you can't keep on doing this to me, Potter!
Joey: Doing what? What, so I count on you, I tell you secrets and then suddenly-
Pacey: And you call me in the middle of the night to pick you up...why?
Joey: Well I'm sorry that I called, I thought that I-
Pacey: I'm not mad that you called me. I just want to know why you called me.
Joey: You were the first person that I thought of, Pacey.
Pacey: And what does that mean, Jo?
Joey: It means...I guess it...it means that I can talk to you and that you're there for me.
Pacey: Don't you ever get tired of talking?
Joey: No-
Pacey: Well I get tired of talking
Joey: No, I don't get tired, what I..no-
Pacey: I don't want to talk anymore
Joey: What are you trying to say, Pacey, why are we standing-
Pacey: Jo, I don't want to-
Joey: I don't-
[Pacey cuts her off by kissing her]

Joey: Why do I feel like I fell asleep on the train and woke up the protagonist in a Kafka story?

Neverland[edit]

[Pacey is kissing Joey on the side of the road. Pacey pulls back, holding her face lightly. Joey stares at him for a second, then raises her hands and hits him on the chest, pushing him backward]
Joey: Are you insane! How could you do that? How could you take some...simple declaration of friendship as an invitation to just maul me, Pacey! [Pushes him back again] Answer me! How-what were you thinking! [Hits him back once more] What!
Pacey: What, I don't know, god it-it-it-it was an impulse.
Joey: [Hits him backward again] An impulse!
Pacey: Yes! An impulse, uh, you know sudden, momentary and believe me, fleeting.
Joey: Do you have any idea the monumental implications of that meaningless little impulse! The ripple effect that it could create on our small, but fragile universe! You can't...
Pacey: You're right, Potter, forgive me for thinking a kiss is just a kiss.
Joey: Well, it's true...a kiss is not just a kiss! Not between you and me and you know why!....Dawson! Remember? I mean, he factors into this little...hormonal meltdown!
Pacey: Meltdown?
Joey: Yeah!
Pacey: I just had a meltdown? Forgive me if I don't think this is the worst tragedy in the history of human kind, that Pacey Witter in a moment of...impulsive, compulsive, hormone induced insanity would have the nerve to kiss Joey Potter! And you let me do it. You did, you let me do it! So what? Now I guess the world starts to unravel? Well excuse me while I get in the car! [He walks past her toward the car. Joey scoffs and starts walking the other way. Pacey notices she isn't following and turns around, seeing her walk away] Would you get in the car, Potter!
Joey: No! [Pacey, frustrated, put his hand on his head and gets in the car. He starts and drives it until he catches up with her]
Pacey: Would you just get in the car, Potter, please?
Joey: No.
Pacey: I didn't even mean to do it! You know, this is me, Pacey, act first, think later, okay and now that I'm getting a chance to think about it...I take it all back, okay, so get in the car.
Joey: No.
Pacey: Jo, it's at least another six miles to your house, it is freezing cold outside and if you don't get in I'm just going to do this the whole way there, so would you get in, please? [Joey pauses as she thinks and then reluctantly gets into the car, slamming the car door and sitting angrily in her seat and looking out the window]
Pacey: So I guess I'm to take from your angry silence you're not speaking to me anymore?
Joey: Nope.
Pacey: Great! Great, and how long do you plan on keeping that up?
Joey: How does indefinitely sound?
Pacey: Fine.
Joey: Fine.
Pacey: Fine.
Joey: Fine.

Pacey: Hey.
Joey: Hey.
Buzz: Hey.
Pacey: Just a second...[to Buzz] Listen, if you'll give us two minutes, I'll give you ten sodas and a box of sugar, what do you say?
Buzz: Done!
Pacey: There you go [Gives him money. Buzz runs off] Hey...
Joey: Hey again.
[Both speak at the same time]
Pacey: So I just want to say-
Joey: About the other night-
[They stop and smile]
Joey: You go first.
Pacey: Well, uh...I just...I wanted to...I just wanted to say that, uh...I'm sorry. I mean all that stuff about disaster and Dawson and the ripple effect in our universe, it-it was all right, I mean, what I did, that was just monumentally stupid, I don't know what I was thinking, so...I just wanted you to know that it was an impulse, plain and simple, one that has left my body permanently...promise.
Joey: That's okay, Pacey, I mean...I totally overreacted, I mean something isn't a big deal unless you let it be and..and it...you know it's not a big deal...why get so upset? I mean it-it obviously meant nothing...right?
Pacey: Right...right because what I did was a mistake
Joey: Right.
Pacey: Right, well um, I guess that puts us back to just being friends [He holds out his hand, and fakes a smile]
Joey: [Takes his hand] Definitely. [She fakes a smile too]
Pacey: Great. [pause] Uh, alright, well, uh...yeah, I should probably get going, once that kid gets all that sugar in him...watch out, he's a little terror, you know, probably have to chase him back home, it's two miles, not pretty.
Joey: Well then I...I guess I'll see you later, Pacey.
Pacey: Yeah, I'll see you later, Joey.

Buzz: Is that her?
Pacey: Who?
Buzz: The girl
Pacey: What girl?
Buzz: The girl you want to kiss, stupid! The one you're in loovvve with
Pacey: Nope.

Stolen Kisses[edit]

Gwen: [to Joey] Something tells me that when you kiss a boy, it's not a mistake.

Pacey: Well... it's the history, it's killing me. How can a guy compete when the two of you have your own karaoke routine?
Joey: Pacey, you're not supposed to compete. We're supposed to have our own hist -- I didn't mean that.
Pacey: Well, what did you mean?
Joey: I don't even know anymore, Pacey
Pacey: Well, you know this little arrangement we've got going between us?
Joey: Yes.
Pacey: Well it sucks! It sucks up one side and down the other. It's weird, it's uncomfortable and I hate every single second of it.
Joey: Really?
Pacey: Yes
Joey: Then why did you come here, Pacey?
Pacey: You know, for a bright girl, you can be really daft sometimes. Why did you think I came here? I came here to be with you! It's as simple as that. When you like somebody, proximity is a good thing, regardless of how they feel about you... or don't. As the case may be.
Joey: Look, I felt it.
Pacey: What?
Joey: This morning...your arm brushed up against me in bed and...and I felt it.
Pacey: How did it feel?
Joey: [Smiles] Made me feel alive.
[long pause]
Pacey: OK. Joey, I'm going to kiss you now.
Joey: You can't.
Pacey: Look Jo, you can't say something like that to me and expect me not to kiss you. So that's exactly what I'm gonna do, I'm gonna kiss you in about ten seconds and if you don't want me to kiss you... well, if you don't want me to, then I guess you're just gonna have to stop me... Ten. [He takes her face in his hands and kisses her]

[Joey walks over to Pacey in front of a fire and sits down on the log next to him]
Pacey: You don't have to worry, I'm not going to kiss you again, Joey. [Long pause] What's going on here?
Joey: [shakes her head] I don't know.
Pacey: Don't you think I deserve a better answer than that after all this?
Joey: Pacey, believe me, I've been trying to get you out of my head. I've tried to pretend that this is just some bizarre hormonal glitch, but it's not working.
Pacey: Do you really want it to work?
Joey: I tried to tell him.
Pacey: Really?
Joey: Yes!
Pacey: What happened?
Joey: Well...I couldn't really find the words, Pacey, which I know is odd, considering the sheer volume of words spoken throughout the course of our relationship, but this-
Pacey: Well, what would you have said to him?
Joey: I don't know...
Pacey: I don't believe you.
Joey: [Stands up] Pacey, I don't have any answers right now, okay, can't you understand that?
Pacey: The only reason that you don't have answers is because you've been too scared to ask yourself the right questions.
Joey: What are you talking about?
Pacey: Look, I know how I feel! You know how I feel! That much is obvious by now, but during this whole process we've managed to miss the point, because the point is not how I feel, it's how you feel...so how do you feel?
Joey: Awful! That's how I feel, Pacey, I feel awful!
Pacey: So do I. When I was kissing you tonight, I don't think that I've ever felt better and worse at one time in my entire life. I mean, the very idea that Dawson or Andie would find out about us is killing me...it-it is tearing me up on the inside to have these feelings for you, but I can't get rid of them! I just-I can't keep on kissing you, Jo
Joey: What do you mean?
Pacey: I mean just that. I can't keep on kissing you, alright? I've done it twice now. I can't always be the one who's initiating this, I can't be the one who's always giving you the answers. [Pause] Look at me, Joey.
Joey: I can't.
Pacey: Please? [She sniffs and looks up at him] If you felt... even one shred... of what I feel for you... then we wouldn't be standing here having this conversation. [He walks past her]
Joey: [She grabs his hand as he's leaving] Pacey...[pause. They kiss]

The Longest Day[edit]

[Pacey and Joey are kissing]
Joey: Come on, lets go Pacey [They kiss again and Pacey picks her up and puts her on the counter] It's your boat we're planning on christening
Pacey: I own a boat? [They kiss]
Joey: No, we have to stop doing this, it's wrong.
Pacey: Yes, deadly [He kisses her neck]
Joey: Pacey...look, we've been in denial all weak [They intertwine their fingers together] I mean, when we're around other people we act as if nothing's changed, but the minute we're alone, it turns into this. [She kisses him]
Pacey: This what?
Joey: Well this...embarrassing gropefest.
Pacey: Yeah, I guess this is kind of embarrassing, huh? Especially for you, given how much you protested. [He kisses her]
Joey: I did not protest.
Pacey: You did too. [They kiss again] Wait...[Pulls back from the kiss] Wait wait wait...
Joey: What?
Pacey: We gotta tell him, Jo, we do, we gotta tell him as soon as possible, because the longer we wait, Jo, the worse it gets
Joey: I know, Pacey. I've tried, I've tried plenty of times.
Pacey: Every time I see the guy now, I just feel like...
Joey: Look, you don't have to bother filling in the expletive, okay? I mean, this isn't exactly the easiest thing I've ever had to do, Pacey. Telling Dawson that while he wasn't looking I developed this bizarre, gravitational pull towards his best friend and I can't stop thinking about him or wanting to be near him or wanting to kiss him all the time. [she grabs his face and kisses him. They kiss for a moment and then pull back]
Pacey: I'll do it.
Joey: What?
Pacey: I'll tell him
Joey: No, I can't let you do that. Its-this is my responsibility
Pacey: Jo, it's not your responsibility. I'm the one that started this, remember. I'm the one that got you into this situation and frankly the only way I want to save my friendship with Dawson, is to be completely honest with him, so I gotta do this. All I need is one day. Just one day.
Joey: [Nods] One day.
Pacey: Yes, one day.

Pacey: So we're agreed? [He kisses her. Then she leans in for another kiss and he obliges. Then Joey nods]
Joey: Agreed.
Pacey: Okay. [He smiles and then he kisses her]
Joey: Pacey...
Pacey: What?
Joey: You go first...I'll catch up with you later. [They look at each other then kiss each other once more]

Dawson: I thought I heard something out here.
Joey: Dawson, uh...we were just-
Dawson: Having an argument, obviously...what about? [Long pause]
Pacey: Us, Dawson. [They look at each other then back at Dawson] We were arguing about us. Me and Joey, there's an us here now. I'm sorry man, we didn't want to tell you this way.
Dawson: You didn't tell me.
Joey: You know, don't you?
Dawson: Yeah, I know...[Pause] So were you planning on telling me or was this just going to be a secret fling?
Joey: Look, it's not like that.
Dawson: Then how was it, Joey? 'Cause Jen was a little short on details.
Joey: She told you?
Dawson: Well, she thought I knew. I mean, I had to be pretty freaking stupid not to know, that the two people I trusted most in the world were lying to me. [Pause] So are you...are you bored, or are you confused, or just malicious?
Pacey: Hey, look, I started this thing, okay? If you're going to get angry at someone, get angry at me, It's my-
Dawson: I don't think you're in any position to talk about what's fair. You were my best friend.
Pacey: I still am.
Dawson: I'm finding that a little hard to process right now.
Pacey: It's the truth, Dawson.
Dawson: So I guess it's safe to assume that friendship doesn't come above sex on your list of personal priorities.
Pacey: This has nothing to do with sex.
Dawson: Oh, what are you, in love? Is that what this is? [Pacey pauses and looks at Joey] Oh god, don't look-don't look at her, alright? Don't-I...you know what, Pacey, I feel sorry for you, because when all of this is over, you're really going to need your friends and you're not going to have any, not a single one.

Joey: Look, I didn't intend for this to happen, Dawson-
Dawson: Joey, what you intended does not provide me any solace. What? Do-do you love him? Are you-are you-do you just want to sleep with him?
Joey: No, how could you say that! I-
Dawson: Because it's what he's going to expect.
Joey: We're not together, Dawson. And we haven't been for a long time, almost a whole year has gone-
Dawson: Is-is this punishment?
Joey: No, I'm not punishing you!
Dawson: Because I didn't want to get back together with you?
Joey: No, why would you think I would do that-
Dawson: Then Joey, why? Why? Joey, because I-you keep on saying that you need to go find yourself. Is-is this what you've been looking for the whole time? Is Pacey what you've been looking for?
Joey: No!
Dawson: Then explain it to me, explain to me how two people who can barely stand to be in the same room with each other end up outside my window arguing about the future of their relationship.
Joey: I can't, okay. I can't explain it, it happened. [Pause] Everything between you and me is so complicated.
Dawson: Jo...God...if things between us are complicated it's because you made them that way, okay? And you think that whatever was wrong when you with me is magically going to get better when you're with him?
Joey: I don't know, Dawson. I don't know, okay. I just know that I...I need him.
Dawson: Do you need him like you need me? [Pause] Joey, it's a simple question, do you need him like you need me?
Joey: Look, you can't do that Dawson. You can't. Those two things have nothing to do with each other and you know that the way I feel about him is completely separate from the way I feel about you and our friendship.
Dawson: Friendship? Joey, right now we don't have a friendship.
Joey: What?
Dawson: We don't have a friendship right now-
Joey: What?!
Dawson: As of this moment we do not have a friendship.
Joey: That is not fair!
Dawson: You can't have both of us! You can't have him as your boyfriend and me as your consolation prize, you're going to have to make a choice.
Joey: No. [shakes her head]
Dawson: And I'll tell you right now, that if you choose him, I'm not going to be around to pick up all the pieces when it all falls apart. This ruins everything! There's no going back.
Joey: Okay...What do you want me to say, Dawson? What-tell me what you want me to say, what do you want to here?!
Dawson: I don't want you to say anything, I want you to leave.

Pacey: I don't know. I think I see some stormy weather ahead.
Joey: Pacey...
Pacey: It's over, isn't it?
Joey: It has to be.
Pacey: Maybe you should be the first one to go this time.

Show Me Love[edit]

Pacey: What are you trying to prove?
Dawson: Just trying to help Joey.
Pacey: [Under his breath in a disbelieving tone] Just trying to help Joey. Look, man, why don't you just take a swing at me? I mean, honestly, just take a poke, get it over with, save us both a lot of time and trouble. Wouldn't involve our friends.
Dawson: [Scoffs] Or family.
Pacey: Do you think that by indulging yourself in this James Dean meets Grease Lightning fantasy that you're actually going to prove that you're a better man than I am?
Dawson: I don't have to prove that. You made that clear when you moved in on Joey.
Pacey: For the very last time, Dawson. I made a mistake. [Pause] I thought you of all people would understand falling for Joey Potter.
Dawson: [Laughs rudely] Are you delusional enough to believe that you actually have something real with Joey?
Pacey: Well if I do, it's because of our own free will.
Dawson: Do you really think that a couple confused weeks means anything compared to the lifetime that we've had?
Pacey: And do you actually think that you could possibly hold onto that beautiful woman with some sort of selfish ultimatum?
Dawson: Answer my question Pacey, do you really think that you can compete with history?
Pacey: Some history. 15 years of watching PG movies in your bedroom followed by another year and a half of pretending to be grown up only to drop each other at the first sign of crisis. That's your history? Come on, man...and you call this woman your soul mate?
Dawson: Yes, I do and you knew that and you went after her anyway.
Pacey: Right after you rejected her.
Dawson: Oh, so she was vulnerable. Perfect for you, 'cause you're only interested in girls you can save or screw, right Pace? [Pacey just stares at Dawson and walks away]

Dawson: We won!
Joey: No you didn't, Dawson, you lost.
Dawson: What?
Joey: If you knew a little more about sailing, you would know that you got disqualified for- [Pacey walks up]
Pacey: For nearly killing me!
Dawson: What, I got disqualified?
Joey: Yes!
Pacey; Oh, I've got a couple more words for what you are!
Dawson: Okay, let's not forget who started this, Pacey! You're the one who said you want to-
Joey: Okay, stop! The both of you, stop this. I'm not some damn trophy.
Pacey: No, Jo...[Turns to Dawson] Let's not forget who started this, okay. Let's not forget who pushed me towards Joey Potter in the first place, it was you!
Dawson: Pushed you?
Pacey: Yes, it was you! Because you couldn't be bothered-
Dawson: Because I didn't want to get hurt again, Pacey, I still had feelings for her, I still loved her! I-i still love her [He looks at Joey. Pause as Pacey scoffs and shakes his head]
Joey: I-I hate this. I hate all of this! God, I hate you for kissing me and forcing me to figure out what it all means, Pacey! And I hate you, Dawson, for forcing me to make a choice between our friendship and what I might have had with him. And I hate myself, I mean, I wish we could go back to the way it was, I wish I could take it all back, but I can't. Nothing is worth going through all of this. No one person is worth this. Neither one of you and especially not me.

The Anti-Prom[edit]

Dawson: I’m well aware of the Potter neuroses.
Joey: I prefer to think of them as quirks.

Joey: I just want everything back to the way it was, you know? All of us friends again and... and me not caught in the middle.
Jack: Well if you want things to get back to the way they were, you have to set the example. Dawson and Pacey, those two just aren't gonna to do it themselves right now.

Andie: I hate the stupid prom... stupid prom can kiss my ass.

Andie: Have you told her how you feel?
Pacey: Andie, she already knows how I feel.
Andie: I mean, have you really told her, Pacey? You can't just leave without letting her know. I mean, that's not like you. You--you don't just stand and let things happen, and you don't run away, either. You have to tell her that you love her, and you have to try to get her back, because if you don't, I promise you, you will regret it.

[Joey walks over to Pacey sitting at a table]
Joey: I've been meaning to ask you something all night, Pacey. [He turns around to look at her. She takes his hand] Would you like to dance with me?
Pacey: [pause] Yes. [They stand up and go to the dance floor and start dancing] How come this feels so right?
Joey: Maybe it was those dance lessons. [They smile at each other and Andie finds them dancing, her features becoming sad]
Pacey: [talking about her diamond earrings] Where'd you get those. They're not you.
Joey: Why because I'm some poor tomboy or because Dawson gave them to me?
Pacey: Neither. See this? [He holds up her wrist with a bracelet on it] This is you. It's not showy or gaudy. It's just simple, elegant, beautiful.
Joey: It's my mom's bracelet.
Pacey: I know.
Joey: How do you know?
Pacey: Well, because you told me, six months ago. You were wearing that blue sweater with the snowflakes, that you have. We were walking down the hallways at school, I was annoying you as per usual and you said "Look Pacey I just found my mother's bracelet this morning, so why don't you cut me some slack."
Joey: You remember that?
Pacey: I remember everything. [They begin to dance cheek to cheek]

True Love[edit]

Jen: This 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 contempo pop music plays.

Joey: But Dawson, I want us to still be friends and I want to know that you don't hate me and...
Dawson: They're only words, Joey, they're just words. 'Cause after you're done dispensing your pleasantries you're gonna turn around and you're gonna walk away from me, aren't you?

Joey: 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, 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.

Dawson: [to Joey, about Pacey] You want him. You want him like I want you. You love him, like I love you. 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: 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.