The class movie hits some trouble, giving Dawson an advantage. Joey falls in love with a visitor to the town. Pacey's school achievements and his relationship with Tamara intensify. Dawson brings his feelings about Jen out into the open.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gail Leery (credit only)
Mitch Leery (credit only)
Evelyn 'Grams' Ryan (credit only)
Nicole Nieth ...
Nellie Oleson
Obi Ndefo ...
Anderson Crawford
Tamara Jacobs
Mitchell Laurance ...
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While working on his film class' movie, team player Dawson has a hard time being stuck in the background of filmmaking with his older, more professional classmates. Meanwhile, as Dawson plots to give Jen the 'perfect kiss' after negotiating their first date, Joey is swept away by a handsome stranger, named Anderson, to whom she pretends to be wealthy to get him to notice her rather than introducing herself as a small-town local. Also, Pacey tries to graduate to manhood by persuading Tamara to go out with him during personal after school study sessions. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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7 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Joey puts her apron behind her back when she and Anderson are talking on the dock. The next shot her arms are crossed in front of her not holding an apron. The shot goes back and forth like that, with her holding the apron from behind and her arms folded across her stomach from the front. See more »


Anderson: My name's Anderson, Anderson Crawford.
Joey: Congratulations.
Anderson: So, you come with a name or just an attitude?
Joey: Just an attitude.
Anderson: And people find this charming?
Joey: I haven't asked.
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References The Way We Were (1973) See more »


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Televisual deliciousness
3 September 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Kissing like in the movies. An impossible dream that Dawson tried to realize and lucky for him he didn't get burn. Joey mocked his naive vision of life and compared him to Peter Pan but of course he isn't one considering he's only a teenager. However it's interesting how their profiles nicely complement each other. He's the male, he plans things and wants them to be perfect. She's just a girl, is more intuitive and doesn't believe in magic. So as in the pilot and Dance the first sequence was delightful. James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes chemistry is so good on screen that it makes Dawson & Joey friendship instantly inspiring and moving.

Pacey & Tamara relationship is really something else and I was wondering how it would turn out. The Boy and the Teacher. The forbidden fruit you can't help fantasizing about and if I was still 15 years old like Pacey I would definitely root for her positive reinforcement philosophy. But it's kind of disturbing because I think I would consider them in a completely different light if roles were reversed. In fact as a man I find almost natural to be initiated by an older woman. The topic has been covered in Le Rouge et le Noir by Stendhal, that I already mentioned in my pilot review, and also in Stephen Vizinczey's In Praise Of Older Women. However Pacey is not Ashton Kutcher and Tamara (Leann Hunley) not Demi Moore. Moreover 15 years separate the performers when Hunley was 43 in 1998, the year the episode was first aired, so it means our sexy teacher is forty something. It doesn't really shock me because my senses are probably blinded by love but I can't help pointing out how much their flirt is controversial. So after what happened at the end I really hope the issue will be covered in greater depth because it deserves some explanation. Or was it just thrown into the series to appeal aging housewives and other sexy wild beasts ?

As for Dawson & Jen I only realized later that his parents weren't featured so it didn't affect the episode. In fact it was a wise decision to save it for an other time because it freed some precious minutes to properly cover their adventure, as described by her in Dance. With such a spoiler in its title I kept all along wondering who would kiss who and all I can say is that their moment was unexpected and perfect to make these two grow on us even more. I was gladly surprised by how well Jen received Dawson's speech about the perfect kiss. Her thoughtful attitude reminded me of how she stood up to her grandmother in the previous episode. She's calm and try not to let her emotions take over. It could be considered as a show weakness but like in real life their communication has glitches and they're not always able to express how they feel. It's specially true for Dawson considering he's trapped between two worlds, the fictional we watch and the movies he watch. As for Jen I'm sure she confused many viewers by being so expressive because when you're afraid by something you tend to remain silent or find a quick exit. As for the filmmaking arc I liked how it was smoothly blended with the romantic one. Is she the one that will help him become the man he's supposed to be ? How many obstacles will he have to overcome to accomplish his dream ? The director is one of them but I was surprised by how opened the other guy was. Let's nickname him The Dude, shall we. So the character development is twisted enough to make the story less predictable, even if the happy ending is probably inevitable. As for the sweet moments there were plenty of them but the one I'll keep in mind until next week is the one where cheerleader Jen revealed to Dawson why she decided to join the film project. How cute and it reminded me of Varsity Blues.

Last but not least Joey and… some guy from an other planet. I both loved and hated their escape. Hated because you can't trust someone who plays violin on a boat. I instantly wanted to throw him in the water and strangle him with a giant donut. Yes some candy, not a life ring – I'm not that mad. Seriously how ironic for Tinker Bell to share a dreaming afternoon with a charming and rich kid. It was very well staged, specially the exotic scene on the beach, and mentioning Cinderella couldn't have been more appropriate. The show can be so literate at times that it makes me want to write a whole thesis about it ! Joey the UFO Hunter. Soon in a dusty old bookstore near you ! Her arc was also finally the occasion to learn more about her daily routine. Her part time job as a waitress and their little cruise were the perfect elements for a contemporary adaptation of the fairytale. When I thought Jen would lie to Dawson all the time she proved herself as a trustworthy character. As for Joey she confirmed that she isn't just a white dove but a girl as complex as most teenagers of her generation. As a result their mind and seductive game was both entertaining and psychological. The breadcrumbs left by the foxy writers to spot her mistakes even make Kiss rewatchable so I can't wait 2026 (9 ?) to take an other bite at… Doh !

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