I watched DC in real time doing it's original run and I've always been team JP and they didn't even share deep scenes before DD. I never supported DJ as romantic couple. Friendship, yes, but not romance. DJ was like siblings to me and the thought of them in a romantic relationship was just weird. Dawson wants to win Jen back so he sets up a double with Jen, Cliff and a girl name Mary Beth who likes him, but he doesn't really like her. He's just using her to try to win Jen back. Gotta love that, Dawson *sarcasm* His plan fails and Jen does not take him back.
Pacey is failing one of his classes so the Teacher asks Joey to help him out. Both dislike each other so neither one is happy about it. As the day goes on both start to get along and Pacey even gets a crush on her. He finds Joey hot before Dawson does. No beauty pageant needed. At the end of the day he tries to kiss her and she rejects him because she doesn't feel the same way and because she's in love with Dawson. At the end of the episode Pacey tells Dawson he has to make a choice. Either Jen or Joey.
After re watching this episode after many years I noticed something funny. Pacey tells Dawson Joey is cooking for him tomorrow night. Pacey becomes a Chief in the future. Pacey tells Dawson, he and Joey are heading up to a B&B. Joey's family opens up a B&B in the future and Pacey helps them. The Jen, Dawson, Cliff and Mary Beth story is pretty flat and boring, but the Pacey and Joey one is not. That's why I rated it so high. If they were not in the episode, I would not have given it a 9. Yes, I felt the same way back when it first aired on the WB.