Season 2, Episode 21: Ch…Ch…Ch…Changes

Well, you guys, I’ve got some bad news; it appears that Netflix has lost their license to stream Dawson’s Creek, meaning that I’m not exactly sure what the status of this blog may be.  With two episodes left in the second season, I’m going to finish them out, but I’m already experiencing issues with screengrabbing, and honestly don’t feel like dropping the $60 to buy the last few seasons on DVD.  If you want to help, feel free to message me, but for now, things are very much up in the air.


So that title is really fucking stupid, huh?  I wonder if the producers actually spent the money on the rights to the song, or if it will just be Blink-182 at some point in the episode.  Anyway, Dawson is watching Casablanca, and over some exposition, relates himself to Humphrey Bogart, citing a lack of character growth or change from start to finish.  You’ve gotten whinier, Dawson, I’ll give you that.  The movie is part of his final project for film class, wherein they must discuss a character that changed during the course of a movie.  While writing his essay, he calls his teacher his “nemesis” and a “pointless character”, so something tells me he’ll be retaking the class.  On a whim, he decides, “Fuck the project as I’m expected to do it; I’m going to film my final,” because that’s how school assignments work.  He’s going to interview someone who’s experienced change recently, and tries to start with Joey, who tells him to eat a dick and to try not to fail.


Andi rounds the corner and finds her dad sitting in the dining room, waiting for her.  He knows she’s losing her mind and is worried about her.  She tells him that she’s fine and that he can go back to whatever popsicle stand he came from.  Mr. McPhee explains to her that Jack called, and he’s decided to take them both out of The Creek, which has probably only fueled Andi’s bipolarism.  Jack is super surprised that him calling his dad backfired, and they’re both assured that there’s nothing they can say that will change their dad’s mind.

Dawson’s now hassling Jen to be the subject of his stupid documentary.  At first, she says no, then makes up some unusable bullshit about her new hair from 19 episodes ago.  Defeated, Dawson tries Jack and Joey (apparently he forgot about his attempt the night before), who both tell him to kick rocks.

Pacey, now the rock star at Cape Side High, agrees to do it.  He starts talking about how Andi was his inspiration to be a better person.  Since he’s giving a genuine answer, Dawson turns the camera off.  It turns out that Pacey is frustrated because Andi’s done so much to make him a better person, and he feels completely incapable of doing anything to help her in return.  Again, completely genuine and usable, and Dawson turned the camera off.


Andi finds Pacey and tells him that she’s leaving.  She’s furious with her dad because she thinks he’s a giant hypocrite, suddenly caring when their mom has been fucked in the head for months.  Speaking of, are they just leaving Mrs. McPhee in The Creek?  There’s been no mention of them bringing her along.  Pacey asks Andi what she wants to do and she tells him that it doesn’t matter because she’s leaving the next day.  In a panic, Pacey tells her it will all be fine because they’re going to convince her dad that she should stay.

Jack is showing some deep seated regret that he ever called his dad and explains as much to Jen.  She unconvincingly tries to tell him there could be an upside to him leaving, without listing one.  Jack asks her if she’s planning on living at Dawson’s forever, and she tells him that the only other place she can go is back to NYC, but that her parents will never let her back.  Jack tells her that she needs to give it a shot; maybe they’ll believe she’s really changed.


So apparently Mr. Potter’s next big move is to start some kind of restaurant/night club, and he’s super pumped about it.  Never mind where he suddenly got enough money to purchase property when Joey and Bessie have been struggling for the last few years.  But Joey’s excited too.  Dawson, moved by Mr. Potter’s new found take charge-ness, asks him if he’d be willing to be interviewed, and he agrees, as long as Dawson’s willing to do some work around the new club.

Pacey shows up at the McPhee’s and asks Jack what they can do to get Mr. McPhee to change his mind.  Like a villain, Mr. McPhee mysteriously appears behind Pacey and tells him there’s nothing he can do to stop him.  Pacey pleads with him to let Andi get help in The Creek, making Mr. McPhee sound like a giant asshole in the process, because that’s the best way to get what you want.  Mr. McPhee tells Pacey that he’s being selfish, putting his relationship before Andi’s mental health, and that his mind is made up.  It’s at this point that I have to wonder if Andi’s going to be committed or something; why can’t she get medicated and see a shrink in The Creek?


We get a quick scene of Jen calling her mom, and hear one side of the conversation in which we learn that her parents know how she blew it with Grams, and she asks if she can come home.  We never hear the answer.

Dawson hammers his thumb, and sounds like a real wuss, acting all pouty about it, which for some inexplicable reason is a huge turn on for Joey.  Weird.  Mr. Potter is all set for their interview, so Dawson scampers off, and Mr. Potter tells Joey that Dawson’s work on the stage or whatever is a real piece of shit.  Joey agrees.

Dawson starts his interview with Mr. Potter, asking why he’s changed so much.  Again, Mr. Potter delivers this eloquent, heartfelt speech about family and the fear that his daughters wouldn’t love him.  This naturally causes Joey to feel uncomfortable and leave.  Glad to see one character who hasn’t changed that much!


Jack confronts Mr. McPhee and asks again if there’s any way that they can stay.  Again, he says no.  Jack tries a different angle and tells him that maybe he should let Andi decide what’s best for herself.  Mr. McPhee then goes off about how Andi isn’t the only one who needs help; Jack also needs to see someone about his “gay problem”.  Not a problem that’s dumb, mind you, but his being gay is seen as a problem.  Jack in nonplussed by his dad’s homophobia and tells him that Andi needs to stay where people love her, which isn’t something that she’ll get by leaving in the dead of night with her dad.

Meanwhile in Soon-to-be-Single Land, Pacey proposes that they need to go on one last date before she leaves.  At first, Andi doesn’t think that’s a great idea, then the bipolar power of The Creek kicks in and she agrees that they need one last night together.


Given that it’s now night, Dawson’s interview must have taken hours.  Mr. Potter begins talking about drug running when Joey interrupts, because feelings aren’t something that happens on her fucking watch.  She pulls Dawson away and tells him that he needs to cut the shit and stop dredging up painful memories for his own gain.  She challenges him to turn the camera on himself and he tells her that he can’t because he’s afraid that if she realizes that he hasn’t changed or grown, he’s totally going to lose her again when she sees how pathetic he is.  Holy crap, self awareness!

Jack finds Andi in her room and she tells him that their dad has agreed to let her stay.  Jack notices that she’s not as happy as he would’ve thought she’d be, and she tells him that she’s not sure she wants to stay anymore.  Jack’s all, “What the fuck?  He called me gay again when I tried to help you!”, and Andi tells him that she wants to get better, but that she thinks staying will continue to be a burden on Pacey as well as Jack, and for that reason, thinks that she needs to leave and that Jack should stay.


Jen goes to Grams’, is about to knock, then leaves, saying “Goodbye, Grams,” as she walks off the porch.  Where are you going, Jennifer!?

Dawson apologizes to Mr. Potter for potentially bringing up painful memories, but Mr. Potter tells him he’s totally cool with it.  He’s just trying to be better for his family.  He pats Dawson on the back and leaves, and Joey tells Dawson that she’s happy with her life, especially now that Dawson is back in it.  “The only thing that’s missing is the white picket fence”.  Cliché.  She tells him that she loves him, believes in him, and is so proud of him for being a wannabe Spielberg who won’t grow as a person.  Then, to insult him because the moment was too tender, she tells him he should be a carpenter, because apparently building shitty wooden structures and hammering his thumb are right in his wheelhouse.


Jack approaches Mr. McPhee and tells him that he wants to stay.  I’m sure you guys will be shocked to learn that Mr. McPhee isn’t cool with it.  Jack tells him that it’s fine if Andi wants to leave, but Jack can’t because he knows that he can’t live with his father.  Mr. McPhee tells Jack that it’s not that he doesn’t love him; he just feels like he’s somehow to blame for Jack being gay.  He thinks that Jack should “try” to be straight, which gives the producers the opportunity to make a statement on homosexuality as a choice that they never take.  Because having something to say is hard, you guys.  Jack tells him that he’s happy with who he is, and knows that he can’t live with his dad and keep that happiness.  It just won’t work.  As he goes to leave, his dad pulls one of those “Jack…” moments where you think he might do or say the right thing, then goes back to working.

Pacey and Andi’s date is a visit to the spot of their very first kiss, which was on the docks.  They relive their turbulent relationship that started with them hating each other, fucking, and finally falling in love.  For the six thousandth time in the series, they start dancing on docks.  Andi starts crying because she loves Pacey and doesn’t want to leave, but knows that she has to in order to get better.  They agree that they’re not going to say goodbye, and we’re seriously treated to them holding each other for, no lie, three minutes.  Apparently they had some time to kill to get to the full hour order.


Joey wakes up and finds Dawson hanging out in her front yard like a creep.  Apparently he’s been there all night.  Doing what, you ask?  Why, building a white picket fence for Joey because he’s so good at carpentry now, you guys!  But seriously, how did he manage to put up a fence without hammering, sawing or, you know, all the other noisy shit that comes with carpentry and building stuff?  Did he drug them all into a deep, deep sleep?

Jack is running at a bus station, almost knocking over several people in the process to convey desperation.  He finds Jen, who is apparently leaving that day too.  Can everyone just leave without taking their finals?  Andi, potentially Jack, and now Jen are all leaving in the middle of finals week.  Apparently, her parents didn’t believe that she’d changed, so she’s leaving The Creek.  To where, a detail you’d think would be worth mentioning, we’ll never know, because they don’t say.  Jack gives this little speech about how he thinks his mom would be cool with him being gay, so he’s not going to run away from his problems, which is totes why Jen should come live with him now that he’s all alone at his house.  If your dad and his homophobia are a problem to you, Jack, I’d say you’re doing the exact opposite of not running away from your problems by living away from your family.  She agrees to be his roommate.  As a minor, shouldn’t some kind of government agency be aware of her situation, essentially being abandoned by two sets of guardians?


Dawson shows up at the club to finish up his interview with Mr. Potter.  He goes into the back room and sees Mr. Potter with the shadiest looking gentleman to appear on the show so far.  Of course he’s shady, you guys!  He’s selling Mr. Potter a giant bag of a white powder smuggled into a flower vase.  Dawson quietly leaves and runs into Joey outside, but decides against telling her that Mr. Potter is back to his old ways, as I’m sure we’re supposed to assume.

Jack’s dad manages to shake Jack’s gay hand and tells him that he really does want him to be happy.  Just then, Pacey comes running up and tells Andi that he just needed to look at her one last time.  As he does, he thanks her for making him a better person.  Andi starts snotting up and tells Pacey that she doesn’t want to let him go.  As she pulls away, he tells her to come back to him, rather than saying goodbye, and they kiss.  She leaves, and we get a shot of the car pulling away, watching Jack and Pacey slowly getting smaller and smaller in the rear view mirror.


Dawson, now seeing that people maybe totally aren’t capable of changing, changes his mind about filming himself.  He goes on a diatribe about how people don’t change; just look at Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.  He’s the hero for a short second, then goes right back to being the surly guy he was before the movie.  Obviously, this is an allegory for Mr. Potter, who’s back to being a drug runner.  He concludes his speech by saying that he thinks it takes love to change, which would seemingly go against everything Mr. Potter’s said in the last few episodes, but whatever.

In real life, Dawson would’ve failed his final for, you know, not following the assignment as it was given just to spite his teacher.  But what the fuck do I know.




Crying Dawson Scale





3.5 out of 5 Crying Dawsons


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