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: This sucks, Dad. Sheriff John Witter
: Lot's of things in life suck, Pacey! That's why it's my job to prepare a loser like you for that inevitability.
[Pacey has just won a first place trophy for catching a large blue marlin fish
] Sheriff John Witter
: Well, be proud of yourself. Enjoy this moment. A loser like you probably won't have many more like it.
[Sheriff Witter walks off as Pacey angrily sits and Dawson walks over having heard everything
] Pacey Witter
: [to Dawson
] Do you have any idea how many times I set myself for that line, over and over and over again? I just can't stop myself from just trying to get one qualified, "good job, son", out of that bastard. He must be right. I really must be a simpleton. Dawson Leery
: I know it's not the same, but there are other people in your life who recognize and respect your talent and intelligence. One of them is standing right in front of you. The other one is probably sitting in her bedroom having a perky coronary in anticipation from your return from sea.
: That bastard was lying to me. He's in it up to his neck and he knows it. Pacey
: Come on, you don't even know if this has anything to do with him. John Witter
: A random arson incident in the middle of Capeside? Let's consider the chances of that, Pacey. If God hadn't blessed ya with my good looks, I wouldn't know whose son you were. Why don't you drive yourself home before you make another embarrassing comment? Pacey
: I think I'll walk. John Witter
: As if I care. Pacey
: Nobody assumed you did, Pop. John Witter
: You'll have to excuse my son, boys. His girlfriend moves away and all of a sudden it's his time of the month. Pacey
: Screw you, okay? Pacey
: [Mr. Witter grabs his arm and Pacey quickly removes it
] Get your hands off me! You don't touch me again! Ever! John Witter
: Finally, my boy gets a pair and all it took was getting his heart broken by some girl with a few screws loose. Pacey
: [Pacey punches him
] Andie did more for my life in six months than you did in 16 years, you rotten, drunkard, son of a bitch! So if you want to make fun of me, if you want to bust on me, that's fine. But if you so much as make one more even slightly disparaging comment about the woman I love, you're going to policing this town from a hospital bed, you understand me? And one more thing, even if Mr. Potter was involved in all this, he's still 10 times the father you ever were!
: You have a test to get to. Don't screw up! Pacey
: Isn't there any positive words you can ever say to me? John Witter
: I'm positive that you will not screw up!
Sheriff John Witter
: Now, I never told this to anyone... and so help me I will hunt you down if you breath it to a soul. I got rejected the first time I applied to the police academy. Pacey Witter
: You did? Sheriff John Witter
: Yep. Let me tell you Pacey, it was devastating. The second time, I did get in. But I never told anyone, not even my father, your grandfather God rest his soul. Because I knew he'd beat the hell out of me, drunk or sober. Pacey Witter
: I know I'm not college material, Pop. But I just really, really wanted to go. Sheriff John Witter
: Look son, I know I've been hard on you about school. It's not because I think you're not good enough to go, or get in. Pacey, I don't know if it's the right thing for you. I don't know if it's ever been right for you. But ask me if I think you are meant to do great things... I might reply positive.