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Dawson’s Creek Rewatch Project: S1, Ep2: Dance

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This show is seriously lacking in creative episode names so I’m going to be renaming them. So this is episode 2, now also known as “The One Where We Meet and Fall In Love with Scott Foley”. I hope that’s okay with you guys.

If you remember from the last episode, it ended right when Gail was kissing Bob goodbye in her very own driveway and showed us just how the adults are not at all smarter than the teens. AKA real life. We also got all of the set up for the rest of the show with Dawson, Joey, Jen, and Pacey and so much sexual tension and teenage angst. Are you ready for episode 2? *Spoiler alert* It’s not nearly as good as the pilot.

This episode brings Dawson’s weird obsession with Jen right out in the open. No more are we just in the ‘she’s beautiful and mysterious so I love her’ phase, we’re full into the ‘we’re meant to be together so why is she talking to some other guy’ phase. It is not good. Also, Tamara and Pacey’s relationship has its ups and downs. Gail is still stupid and cheating on her husband. And Mitch has a weird “bonding” moment with Dawson. I always cringe at this scene. So here we go!

We’re still deep into filming Dawson’s movie. And because his friends are so awesome, they’re starring in it and doing everything he asks. Until Joey refuses to kiss Pacey, calling him “unkissable”. Of course, now this scene is super fun because later in the series she most definitely is not refusing to kiss him. But here, it works and both new and old fans can enjoy this moment. Of course, Dawson being Dawson, says his movie only works if she kisses Pacey in the film and to just pretend it’s someone else. When Joey retorts that he should kiss Pacey, he says that his lips are reserved for someone else. As if his lips are more important than Joey’s and she should just give it up because it’s for his film and her lips are fine for just anyone. Ugh. But I’m sure that’s not what he meant. I just hate the brush-off. Dawson constantly shows he’s the most selfish character on this show. But I guess the show is about him, so maybe that’s fair? I don’t know.

On a similar note, Dawson is also able to talk his way in to Film Class with Mr. Gold. With the promise that he will not be a participant but just be spending his study hall there. And we all know how that’s going to go, right? Right. Because as soon as the class starts discussing their film, a sports movie starring, wait, that guy looks familiar. Is it? Could it be?!

It is!! SCOTT FOLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, are there any shows that this guy hasn’t been in? I know the answer is yes, but still, he’s everywhere. And he’s always amazing. And he’s aged quite well, if I’m allowed to say so.

But back to film class…the film will be starring the quarterback, Cliff, who Dawson loves because he’s also been talking to Jen. And according to the new jealous and completely over-the-line Dawson, that is not allowed. But still, Cliff is pretty dumb. But he seems nice enough. One of those kids in high school that everybody loved and got whatever they wanted. But still, nice enough. And confident enough that he has no trouble asking Jen to the dance. When Dawson is completely baffled as to why Jen would go with Cliff instead of him, Pacey offers the ever-wise wisdom that Cliff actually asked her. But Dawson is convinced for some reason that Jen did something wrong by agreeing to go with Cliff. I think he thinks they’re dating or something after their one weird semi-date to the Rialto. But they aren’t and Jen just points out to him that she’s having fun and meeting people. She has done nothing wrong. Plus, if Scott Foley asks you to a dance, you go.

On the Pacey and Tamara front, ugh. Pacey wants to talk to Tamara, aka Ms. Jacobs, about the kiss. And confronts her in class. I really don’t know if he’s being more out of line confronting her in school or if she’s being worse by actually having kissed him and then blowing him off at school. Oh wait, I know. It’s her. She’s out of line and has no right to be annoyed by him talking to her in school. If she’s worried about her job, she shouldn’t be kissing and flirting with him in the first place. And him thinking that there’s nothing wrong by talking to her in school about kissing her, that just proves that he isn’t mature enough to be in a relationship like this. Right?

Thanks for agreeing with me.

Oh, Mr. Leery. Telling Dawson you used his video camera for a sex tape with Mrs. Leery? Maybe slightly inappropriate. No wonder Dawson has issues with sex. But, then again, Dawson immediately asks his dad for dating advice, so who knows. While holding that super creepy Joey head he made and said had great lips.

Now his dad is going to tell him to practice with it. And it’s very weird. How many people really ask their parents how to kiss? I mean, seriously, who asks about the “mechanics of kissing” and technique? I definitely didn’t. And I’m totally okay with that. Even if it puts me in the minority. Also during this scene, Joey has snuck in through Dawson’s window and is watching all of this happen and we get a first real glimpse at the idea that maybe Joey does like Dawson. They both at least seem to have imagined kissing each other at some point we just don’t know if it’ll go anywhere now that Dawson’s so into Jen.

Quick fastforward. Dawson decides Jen and Pacey are going to kiss on camera so that Joey doesn’t have to and will be killed early. They film the scenes. Pacey and Jen make out and Dawson gets upset. Though Jen and Pacey are totally fine with it so again, Dawson is overstepping. There’s a fine line between being a gentleman and making sure Jen is okay and not acknowledging at all that she’s a strong woman and can take care of herself. Then Joey and Jen have a slightly awkward moment where Jen helps Joey clean herself and compliments her boobs and Joey is dumbstruck that a girl would say that and that Jen, who is absolutely perfect, has things that she doesn’t like about herself as well. I like this moment between them, even though it’s weird, because it shows Jen wanting to be Joey’s friend and Joey maybe realizing a little bit that maybe they could be. I wish this show showcased strong female friendships more than they did. Jen goes to the dance with Cliff and Dawson, after being super dramatic and narrating Cliff and Jen’s entire night and relationships, decides he isn’t going to just sit by and do nothing. He’s going to the dance and going to win Jen back. Now, we’re headed to the dance. Finally.

No, it’s not that fun.

But before we go, we see Gail being stupid and ridiculous and just plain mean to her family. Talking on the phone to Bob in the linen closet? Really? Joey confronts her this time.”The reasons for doing whatever it is your doing can’t outweigh the ever lasting damage that you’re creating.” Joey actually nails it here. Cheating affects everyone in the family and will have long-lasting consequences. Trust is damaged and feelings are hurt. Joey knows because her dad cheated on her mom. Now she’s telling Gail that she should stop what she’s doing. Once again the adults are worthless. Gail’s only reply is asking if Dawson knows. Joey hasn’t told him. Would you tell if you knew your friend’s parent was cheating? It’s a tough call.


Scott Foley has the worst clothes in this show and he’s right, he can’t dance. But he’s still so freaking cute I can hardly stand it. Pacey asks Tamara to dance.

But that’s not even the worst thing here. Dawson makes a complete ass of himself. I actually really hate him in this scene. He just sits and watches Jen and Cliff the whole time while telling Joey that Jen is like her except mysterious and magical and all kinds of amazing things except that he actually barely knows her. And that’s fine. I get new can be exciting and awesome. But don’t be a jerk to someone who you’ve known your whole life by saying “she’s awesome, like you, only way better”. Then, to make it even worse, he decides it’s time to cut in. He goes over to Jen and Cliff and tells Cliff he’s cutting in and taking over and Cliff’s services are no longer needed. That Jen is his and he’s ready to take over. Dawson, of course, thinks he’s being a charming, strong, romantic leading man. But he’s not. Jen, being the awesome, strong female that she is, decides she’s having none of it and leaves. Good for her!

The dance is over!

Tamara apologizes apologizes to Pacey. Tamara understands that she did something wrong! Pacey says he’s responsible just as much as Tamara and doesn’t regret kissing her. Tamara is actually trying to be reasonable here and I applaud her for finally mentioning how wrong it is what they did and that it can’t go on anymore. She is trying to be an adult and make the right choice but Pacey is just being his normal, adorable self and not letting her take it back. And she just can’t resist him. But who could? Except that she’s an adult and should. So they’re kissing again.

Joey and Dawson are walking home. Dawson’s complaining that he’s all alone again and that his life sucks. Joey calls him a sphinkter. “I don’t understand how someone so self aware can be so utterly clueless.” Then Dawson sees Jen on the pier and abandons Joey. Jen explains, again, that she was moving too fast in New York and came here to slow down. Dawson doesn’t care because he loves her. Or something. He says he doesn’t want to be her friend, that he wants “to be your boy adventure.” Nobody except for Dawson has ever said that. But it just all boils down to the fact that he isn’t listening to anything she’s saying and that’s the most irritating thing about him in these episodes. And he says it himself when he calls Jen, to her face, the object of his desire. That isn’t respectful. That’s literally turning a person into an object. Something without feelings or needs or wants or opinions of their own. In this whole entire episode, Dawson does not understand that Jen wasn’t put in Capeside just for him. He doesn’t get that she can go to the dance with whomever she would like, that they aren’t dating, that he doesn’t own her, and that she can decide what she wants, when she wants it. Just because you’re  guy who likes her, doesn’t make her yours. Ugh. This episode and Dawson drive me crazy. But it’s definitely an important topic to have on a show like this and the fact that Jen can stick up for herself is a good example to set. She’s allowed to want what she wants regardless of what he does. And that doesn’t make her a bitch. It makes her strong. I love Jen when she’s like this.

And that’s all for this episode. Man, that episode was long. Hopefully there won’t be a need to rant so much about the next one. We end with Dawson and Jen having a slow dance on the dock.

Best Songs: Savage Garden I Want You at the school dance (classis 90’s), You Don’t Know Me by Jann Arden while Jen and Dawson dance on the pier

Best Quotes: “I mean, true, Jen stepped into my life not more than two seconds ago, but already I feel that connection. That bond that says we’re meant to be together. You call it wish fulfillment or delusion of the highest adolescent order. But, Joey, I’m telling you, something primal exists between us.” – Dawson. Ugh.

“Will your lips ever find Pacey’s.” – Dawson wondering if Joey will kiss Pacey. “What did we learn?” (Dawson) “That we should always stay home on a Saturday night because the rewind on the remote of life doesn’t work.” – Joey after the school dance.

Reference: Tamara using Wuthering Heights to tell Pacey in class that they aren’t meant to be, Drew Barrymore in Scream (also writen by Kevin Williamson), JohnTravolta dance movies

Most Angsty Moment: The dance. All of it. As it should be. That’s just how school dances are.

Guest Appearance: SCOTT FOLEY!!!!!!!!!!! Football star/film class star Cliff. I love him in this. But what don’t I love him in?

Who Complained the Most: Dawson. Seriously. You haven’t even been on a date with Jen and you’re already treating it like some sort of relationship and like her going to the dance with Cliff is some personal attack. Jen is just making friends and trying to change and be good. Stop forcing her into something she doesn’t want by being all mopey and weird and possessive. And stop complaining to Joey about all of it.

Most Delusional: Ms. Jacobs. You’re seriously going to try to tell Pacey that the kiss wasn’t a big deal and you’re sorry and think that will make it all go away. Dude, what you did is against the law. And if you are going to kiss, maybe you should do it somewhere more private and stop flirting so much in school.

Fun Fact: Leann Hunley was 43 when this show premiered. Joshua Jackson was 20.

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Favorite Movies and TV Shows!

We’re going a little of topic today and not talking about books or reading or blogging. We’re talking about movies and tv shows! We’re allowed to choose one or the other to talk about but I’m splitting it in half and doing five movies and five TV shows. I don’t know if these count as ALL TIME FAVORITE movies and TV shows but I do love them. I’ve seen all of them multiple times and will definitely watch them again in the future. I’m not sure what my choices say about me but I hope it isn’t too bad!



The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: I love these movies. They have everything. Magic, war, love, friendship, humor, drama. As Legolas would say (with serious eyes), “They have feelings, my friend.” He also says things like, “The forest is old. Very old.” And “The White Wizard approaches.” So he speaks truth. I will continue to watch them over and over again forever.

Harry Potter: I readily admit that the books are my first love and the movies aren’t as good as I had hoped they would be. But I still love everything Harry Potter and if I’m looking for a quick fix, I’ll put on a movie. Most likely it will be number 3, 6, or 7. I don’t watch the last one much because I’m still mad about the Harry/Voldemort fight/death scenes. But whatever.

Clueless: Seriously, a classic. Has anyone not seen this? I love this movie so much. It’s how I first fell in love with Paul Rudd. And Turk. And Brekin Meyer. And where I learned the definitely of sporadically. And surfing the crimson wave. And that now gives me flashbacks to old cellphones and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and cassettes and chin pubes and Cliff’s Notes. I love this movie.

Pitch Perfect: This is a much more recent favorite. Obviously. But it has just the right amount of funny and serious and emotions and drama and silly. Plus it has great music. And I’m a sucker for the last scene with the big Breakfast Club finish. I can’t help it. I smile everytime.

An Affair to Remember: We love old movies here and this is one of my favorites. I can’t help it. Except for that weird singing scene in the middle (and who doesn’t like a little weird now and then) I love it. I always feel like Meg Ryan and Rosie O’Donnell in Sleepless in Seattle when I watch this. “Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.” And the end kills me. I love how dramatic everything is in old movies. Plus, Cary Grant. I mean, really. I love it.

Honorable Mentions: The Hunger Games, Frozen, the new Star Trek movies, Elf, and Die Hard

TV Shows

Friends: Could there BE any other show listed first here? No. I will watch this show anytime. Whenever I see it’s on, I stop to watch it. Even though I own all of the seasons. I quote it all the time. It was the first show I was really obsessed with seeing every week. And way back then, there was no DVR. It was required weekly viewing. Or setting the VCR and hoped you had a blank tape somewhere. I still remember seeing Ross and Rachel’s first kiss. And always wondering if they’d finally figure out how to be together. And really loving Chandler and Monica together. Really, I could talk for hours about this show even though I haven’t really watched it in years.

Gilmore Girls: I didn’t watch this show until a few years after it started. My MIL and SIL recommended it to me. I picked up the DVDs and was completely hooked. My son was a baby and I could still watch TV with him the room so I seriously marathoned this show for days.  The only real question in regards to the Gilmore Girls (because we all know Luke and Lorelei are the best) is: Dean, Jess, or Logan? I know the right answer.

Dawson’s Creek: Yes, you know it wouldn’t be a post about shows without Dawson’s Creek on it. I can’t help it, I love this show. It was actually on when I was in high school and I remember catching the show every once in a while. Then I found it years later in my library on DVD and thought, why not? I watched it from start to finish and now I own the whole series and my husband laughs at me whenever I watch it but I just don’t care. It’s my show. And don’t even try to convince me that Dawson is better than Pacey. Just don’t.

Veronica Mars: I’m so glad we started watching this show. We picked it up just this year before the movie came out and both my husband and I loved it. Unfortunately, the first season is definitely the best, but the other two were still enjoyable. I think it’s going to be tough to find a better, snarkier MC than Veronica or a better supporting cast between Keith,Wallace, and Mac. But I’m not even going to talk about my pick of guys for her because I’m definitely in the minority there.

Parks and Rec: I love everything about this show. The sarcasm. The heart. The dry humor. The characters. Everything. (Except the new guy, Craig. I hate him.) But everything else is amazing. And in case you were wondering which character I am, according to some online quiz, I’m Andy. So that should tell you a little bit about me. But Ron is my favorite.

Honorable Mentions: Sherlock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, Chopped, and College Football

Okay, that’s my top ten for this week. I’m surprised by my lack of any sort of fantasy or sci-fi elements in my favorite shows. I did just start watching Vampire Diaries a few days ago, so that makes me feel not quite so unbalanced. But with how much I love those kinds of movies and books, you’d also think I’d have some shows in those genres as well. So let me know, do you watch any fantasy/sci-fi shows? Do you have any to recommend? Let me know!

What are your favorite movies/tv shows? Do we have any in common?

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Veronica Mars: My New Favorite TV Show

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I’ve never done a post about a TV show before and for good reasons. I don’t really watch that much TV and there are even fewer that I feel like I really need to talk about. But my husband and I spent that last week watching Season 1 of Veronica Mars and I just NEED to talk about it. It was amazing.

I won’t stop! My husband and I talked about it for hours. It’s rare that we find a show that we both love so much. While I imagine some of his love is based solely on Kristen Bell, I don’t even mind. She’s adorable. But really, we talk about the cases and, since this was season 1, what happened with Lilly. Some things we figured out, some things not so much. But overall, the show was fun and gave us hours of things to talk about.

For me, Veronica Mars is a combination of Sherlock and Clueless. It’s not at all what I thought it would be. Veronica Mars’ dad is a private detective (long story) and Veronica works in his office. She’s taken up solving cases and does a really great job. Most of the cases were much more intense than I thought they would be considering she’s a high-schooler but the show actually tackles some tough issues. But the show also has a fun side. The relationship between Veronica and her dad is awesome and there is a good dose of high school antics as well as lots of pop culture references and banter similar to Gilmore Girls. Even still, it doesn’t feel as young as I thought it would and I’m honestly surprised at how much my husband likes it. He slightly grudgingly watched the first show with me and since then, we’ve both been hooked.


*Warning: Spoilers Ahead*

Now I have to talk about what happened in season 1. That season ender killed me! I was on the edge of my seat for the whole episode! My husband and I spent hours trying to figure out who had done it and what had happened and I was happy that some of it we actually guessed correctly. Of course, there was really no way to figure out who the actual killer was since none of the evidence pointed to him. But still, it was a good end. And crazy creepy. We were yelling at the TV as she was leaving the party and yelling at Duncan not to let her leave alone. But the end when her dad stepped in to save her was awesome. He’s easily my favorite TV dad ever. And how messed up were all the other parents? Yikes. Logan’s dad has some serious problems. That whole refrigerator gasoline business was messed up. And I can’t even talk about all the Lilly stuff. Ugh. But it was definitely a worthy end to a great season.

Now, I must talk about Logan and Veronica. Going into the show, I knew they got together at some point just from hearing people talk about it but after the first half of the season I never thought I’d be a supporter of that relationship. Then, he shows up at the hotel to save her and I died. I was definitely okay with it from then on. I hope they work things out so we can get much more of them later on. Logan is a character that I have only really liked when he’s been with Veronica. Although, she doesn’t always treat him well. With the past that they have and everything that happened in season one, they have a lot to overcome if they want a relationship to work. I hope Veronica will be able to learn how to trust people.

I must also talk about one of my favorite moments of the whole season. When Veronica and her dad found Duncan and brought him back and Mrs. Kane wants Veronica to sign the papers about the money. The moment she and her dad have then totally made me cry. I still love it just thinking about it. Their relationship is definitely one of the best parts of this show and one of the best parent/child relationships I’ve seen on a show. It might even challenge Lorelei and Rory’s relationship. Though I do sometimes wonder at how much time Veronica is left alone, especially when they aren’t exactly the most loved people in town. But regardless, it’s nice to see a strong relationship between a father and a daughter.

Basically, I want Keith Mars to be my dad.

And can we take a moment to talk about all the cameos? Just from season 1 I’ve seen Adam Scott, Aaron Paul, Jessica Chastain, Jane Lynch, Max Greenfield, Tina Majorino, JTT and Zachary Ty Brian (the kids from Home Improvement), Leighton Meester, Alyson Hannigan, and Joey Lauren Adams. It’s fun seeing both faces from my childhood as well as faces that I know will go on to way bigger things.

Wallace and Veronica BFFs: Love this relationship

Favorite Characters: Keith Mars, Veronica, Wallace, Weevil, Cliff, Leo, Mac
Least Favorite: Duncan, Logan’s Parents, Logan’s Goons (Dick and Beaver, really?), Sheriff Lamb, Duncan’s Parents, Veronica’s mom

I’m still undecided on how I feel about Logan. It’s been very up and down for the two of us this season. I wonder if/how that will change next season.

We’re preparing to start the second season and now that we know the answers to all of the first season questions, we’re wondering what will happened this year. Will there be a season long case or will we focus more on characters and relationships with new cases week to week. What will happen with Veronica’s mom? Taking that check was a low blow. And now that we know about Veronica and Duncan, what will happen between them?

One last thing. Can we all have a laugh over Duncan’s “beard”? Good.

P.S. He’s not my favorite.

So, can you do me a favor? Let me know if you’ve watched Veronica Mars and what you think about it! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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New Finds Friday: Sherlock

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I decided it would be fun to start a Friday post about new things I’ve found throughout the week. Just someplace to highlight whatever new thing I’ve found, whether it be books, movies, shows, food, anything I want really. If you’ve found something new this week that you’d like to share, let me know in the comments! I love discovering new things!

Sherlock: Season One

My new thing this week is the show Sherlock. It’s not new to most people since it came out last year, but we were finally lucky enough to get it in at the library. The list was long! And now I know why. The show is awesome!

Admittedly, we’ve only seen the first episode so far. The shows are each 90 minutes, so by the time the kids are in bed and we can get the show started, it’s a bit late to get in three hours of tv time. But I can’t wait to see the rest of the season!

If you are a fan of the Sherlock Holmes character, you should definitely check this series out. It’s a modernized version of the Arthur Canon Doyle stories but it keeps much of the original style and feeling. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman (seriously, does anyonenotlove him?!) as Watson. They are both perfect. And it’s co-created by Steven Moffat! It doesn’t really get any better than that.

The second season will be released on May 22. We’ll definitely be checking it out. If you’ve seen any of the Sherlock shows, I’d love to know what you think!

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