By Kate Emswiler
“These movies aren’t real. It’s ‘take 22′, the girl’s bored and the guy’s gay. It’s celluloid propaganda.”
—Joey Potter (aka Katie Holmes) of “Dawson’s Creek” episode 3, season 1 (original air date: February 3, 1998)
Marge: “I can’t go along with this, Homer.”
Homer: “Marge, when I join an underground cult, I expect a little support from my family.”
—”The Simpsons” episode 13, season 9 (original air date: February 8, 1998)
I recently saw that Netflix was streaming “Dawson’s Creek”, and for a tender and ridiculous trip down nostalgia boulevard, I highly recommend re-watching the first season in all its awkward, poorly lit, boom-mike-in-the-shot glory. Though as a warning, it’s so terrifically ’90s, your face might get stuck twisted in perma-cringe.
I’d remembered Katie Holmes‘s character, Joey, being glib and glum, but I’d forgotten how sassy and snappish she was. In the third episode of the first season, “Kiss”, she berates Dawson for believing in “movie magic,” insisting that real romance is not the way Hollywood depicts it. Dawson calls her bitter and cynical and insists that when she actually falls in love with someone, she’ll believe in the “magic” too.
Smart-mouthed Joey just rolls her eyes and says, “You used to be bitter and cynical, too. You were far more interesting.”