Original air date: February 10, 1998
Since the episode called Dance, involved a school dance and the episode Kiss involved kisses, I'm going to assume that this episode called Discovery will involve a discovery of some kind? What could it be? Could people discover Ms. Jacobs is a disgusting ephebophile? That Mrs. Leary is a cheating ho? Will Dawson discover Joey likes him? Well let's dig right in and find out.
Hey, guess how the episode starts. Go on, I dare you. Just guess. Do you know where it starts? Yep Dawson's bedroom!
|Is it weird how excited I get over the |
sameness of the intros?
Dawson and Joey are watching footage of his movie together, although Dawson is focusing more on one aspect of his film, Jen.
|I bet Dawson is going to wear out the |
pause button on these tapes.
|Just like this...|
|Hypocrisy, thy name is Joey Potter|
|I'm better than a fictional character.|
|Or maybe they discovered that she gets off on trees...|
Dawson and Joey waste no time telling Pacey and Jen all about the steamy video they have of Ms. Jacobs because who the hell wouldn't in a small town where nothing really happens. Pacey is understandably nervous, although I think the person who should be really nervous is Ms. Jacobs but she's trained her student well so he'll cover for her.
|Guys, my first time wasn't that funny.|
|Full on open mouth, in front of her grandma. Nice.|
|Not buying it.|
|She will, however, still use your body. |
Stay classy, Mrs. Leary!
Dawson excuses himself from his parents' make out session and finds Pacey ransacking his room. He's looking for the tapes and Dawson tells him to calm down and he'll get it for him. He thinks his friend has gone totally nutso-insane over his innocent teacher crush but really his friend has gone totally nutso insane because the woman completely manipulated him.
|Duuuuuuhhhhhhhh, that's bizarre.|
|Why? Why would you ask your |
friend how you are at sex?
|Does everyone but me forget that they live in a |
small town? People would notice this shit.
Jen is confronted by Grams as she heads out the door and admits that she is seeing Dawson. Grams does not approve but Jen assures her that Dawson is not like other guys. Grams relents but warns Jen to be careful and not to make mistakes that young girls often do. This upsets Jen and she calls Grams out for being judgemental.
|Oh no she didn't!|
|Pacey, it's fictional.|
|Yeah sure. Whatever you say, Pacey. |
I'm sure the statutory rape will work out just fine.
|Plus, the people in the background have eyes, you know.|
|Right out in the open for everyone to see and gossip about.|
|I'm here, if you need to talk.|
|Joey, listen to my problems so you can snark at me!|
Real nice, Dawson. Way to put no faith in your girlfriend. Also, he finds out that Joey knew before he did and didn't tell him so he throws a bitch fit at her and tells her they are not friends anymore. Then he leaves.
Adding to Pacey's paranoia about Ms. Jacobs, he once again spots her across the street from his work. This time, she is enjoying what appears to be an intimate lunch with Mr. Gold.
|He is sad.|
Dawson then decides to finally take Jen up on her offer and talks to her. He asks if he's boring Jen but she says he isn't and that she was happy he was talking to her. She said she felt hurt earlier when he didn't say anything and was sure he went running to Joey to pour his heart out. Dawson confirms it by saying that he won't make that mistake again. Nice, Dawson. He then makes her promise to be open and honest with him about everything and here is where my earlier discomfort has been fully realized.
|Jen spills the beans about her past.|
He's mad at her and then it hit me. This episode paints all of the women to be lying bitches. Like, every single one of them. The guys are all innocent while the wicked women play with their hearts.
- Ms. Jacobs pulls away from Pacey and seemingly flirts with Mr. Gold right after they had sex. Bitch.
- Mrs. Leary is cheating on her husband of 20 years, who is still completely smitten with her. Bitch.
- Jen lied about being a virgin. I can't really fault her for this because Joey put her on the spot and she seemed to be trying to escape her past life but the episode paints her as a bad person. Bitch.
- Joey knew about Mrs. Leary's affair and didn't say anything to Dawson, so he is pissed at her for lying. Bitch.
You see? Not one of the guys did anything wrong this episode but all of the girls did. I don't know, it makes me uncomfortable but this show, right now at least, seems to like making the men out to be innocent heroes while vilifying its females. I had never noticed this before but it's just really smacking me in the face right now. I hope this isn't a trend throughout the series and is just in this one episode but we'll see.
Jen tries to talk to Dawson the next day to try and see if things are still good between them. Dawson blows her off like a douche.
Pacey confronts Ms. Jacobs about whether or not she likes him or Mr. Gold. She informs Pacey that Mr. Gold is gay which is so not cool. Especially since Mr. Gold obviously wants to keep that a secret but I guess it's more important that she save her relationship with her fifteen year old student than honour her friend's secret.
|Worst teacher. Worst friend. Worst person.|
Jen confronts Dawson yet again about their conversation because she confessed a lot to him and he is acting like a prick to her now and she wants to try and work things out. Dawson gets mad at her because she wants him to say something but he doesn't know what to say. So Jen says it for him.
|Because she's not a virgin! Because she's |
had sex with other guys.
Pacey doesn't help things by saying that Jen telling Dawson about her history was "an in" for him to bed her. Yeah, or she could have just been trying to be honest with Dawson about her past and give him a reason as to why she was so hesitant to move too fast in their relationship.
|Pacey? Go join Dawson in the corner.|
Now I suppose you'll say that two guys are wrong in this episode so it's not just the females. Except that the episode itself is not painting them as being in the wrong at all. So, my point still stands.
Dawson reveals that instead of confronting his mother about catching her, he is going to tell his father.
The dramatic beat leads to nothing as Mr. Leary goes on about how in love he is with Dawson's mother and then Mrs. Leary walks in saying she's almost ready for their anniversary date and Dawson pusses out.
|You lose. Pussality!|
|Awwww, they're finally bonding.|
|Pacey is of course, happy.|
Jen has a sad moment with her unconscious grandfather where she laments the fact that both Dawson and Grams think she's a slut. She hopes that one day a fifteen year old girl with a shady past won't matter and I just want to hug her.
|Poor Jen. I really wish you could have a happy ending.|
Joey confronts Dawson and they have a weird conversation about their friendship being "museum-bound" and then about how they must have been married in another life but that they brought other dates to their wedding but that they would want to save each other but that they're not sure what happens next and...I'm at a loss. I think they are competing to see who can be the most vague about their relationship and they are both winning.
|No doubt about it...straight to the Smithsonian.|
I didn't enjoy this episode very much. I hated the way it portrayed women as the bad guys and I hated the fact that this episode is trying to tell me there is more to the Ms. Jacobs/Pacey relationship than just sex. You lie, writers, you lie.
So stay tuned to find out if Dawson and Joey's friendship falls apart and ends up in a museum or if it lasts forever...and ends up in a museum. I don't know, something to do with museums though.
Next episode is Hurricane. Guys? I think a hurricane might hit Capeside...just a guess. I mean, the episode titles are super subtle but it could happen.