Joey and Pacey
Joey Potter and Pacey Witter are another example of a television couple who have quite a up and down journey to be together. They start out as barely friends, their only connection seemingly that they are the best friends of Dawson Leery. They both have a troubled back story, and a none traditional home life. Although most viewers could see that there was something more lingering behind the snarky banter that they shared, even before Pacey kissed her, in episode 1×10.
The second season saw them both start to mellow, and have committed romances with other people (Andie and Dawson). It wasn’t until the season three premiere that the Pacey and Joey fans saw a development, and a true beginning between the two.
The development between the two, maybe due to the fact that Holmes and Jackson dated in real life, has a truth to it, and the emotion in each scene that they share always felt genuine to me. Some on screen couples, the connection can seem to be forced, but I believed wholeheartedly in that relationship throughout the first four seasons.
The fifth season was a big disappointment for me, in terms of the relationship between Joey and Pacey. Not because of the acting, but the fact that Pacey had dumped Joey, because he didn’t feel he had anything to offer her, while she was studying in Boston, but then started seeing her roommate? It didn’t ring true to me.
I have to admit that I was greatly relieved that the writers didn’t put Joey and Dawson together in the series finale, as the two characters seemed to bring out the worst in each other. I loved the fact that Pacey was the one that got the girl in the end. Mind you after the speech that the writing team gave him, there couldn’t really have been another outcome