Jan. 20, 1998
60 min.
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Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

Pacey Witter

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Joshua Carter Jackson (born June 11, 1978) is a Canadian-American actor. He has appeared in primetime ...

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Pacey Witter Quotes

06x21 - Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road Season 6 / Episode 21: - Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road

Dawson: This has nothing to do with the money, Pacey. It's about us. We haven't been friends for a long time.
Pacey Witter: You're right. We haven't.
Dawson: Ever since three years ago when you took Joey away from me. Now that really turned my life upside down. But what made it even more worse was during our senior year in high school when you, my best friend in the world, turned his back on me!
Pacey Witter: How dare you say that! You don't know anything about me.
Dawson: I think I know you a hell of a lot better than you know Pacey, since you've been trying to shed this loser image that everyone has put on you.
Pacey Witter: Hey, I'm not the one who lives in a fantasy world and wants to be the new Spielberg of the century. I went out and made a change in my life.
Dawson: How? By taking an office job selling stock? Putting on a suit and tie, and slaving away at something that doesn't intrest you?
Pacey Witter: Maybe. But at least I was good at my job. I sold many stock. I made lots of money.
Dawson: Then why I'm I broke?
Pacey Witter: Because that's life! I didn't plan this. I didn't expect this. What more do you want from me, Dawson? You may have lost all your money. I have lost literally everything! I not only lost every cent I made in my life, I also lost my job. I'm about to lose my car, my apartment, and my life that I built for myself!
Dawson: That's the thing, Pacey. Since graduation, you turned our friendship into a compeition to see who can suceed in life. You're so obsessed with shedding that loser personality that your own parents stamped on you that you destroy everyone's lives around you. You really are a loser! Everything you do will turn out bad. That's not life. That's YOUR life!
06x21 - Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road Season 6 / Episode 21: - Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road

Joey Potter: That's enough, both of you! I can't stand to see any of you like this. Just back off!
Dawson: [to Pacey] Fine! Just go. Get the hell out of here, Pacey, and take the spector of failure and bad luck with you before you rub more of it off on me or Joey. Get out my sight! I don't even want to look at you!
Pacey Witter: [somber tone] I didn't mean to lose all your money, Dawson. I had no idea something like that would happen. I'm sorry.
Dawson: So am I, Pacey. So am I.
06x21 - Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road Season 6 / Episode 21: - Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road

Pacey Witter: Dawson, there's something I need to tell you. It... oh boy. This is bad. We were so getting back to becoming friends again. It's a shame to ruin our friendship this way.
Dawson: What are you talking about? What would ruin our friendship?
Pacey Witter: Money, Dawson. That's what would ruin it.
Dawson: What happened?
Pacey Witter: [sighs] It's gone, Dawson. It's all gone. Every cent. Your money is gone. My money is gone. Some guy on Long Island money is gone.
Dawson: What do you mean "gone"? Pacey, that was all the money I had!
Pacey Witter: I know. Those bio-tech stocks that I put it all in... I-I don't know how this happened. I really thought Stepavich would take off. Everyone was saying that it was the sure thing. Some FDA announcement came back the day before yesterday at finding some side effects that it's wonder drug had on test subjects. The whole company is in bankrupcy. The stock is worthless. From 80-per-share to zero in a...
Joey Potter: [shocked and angry] Not again. Pacey, not again with you!
Dawson: [also shocked and angry] Oh, yeah right... right! Typical, so typical! Why else would you... Pacey! Why did you bluntly ignore my request to sell the stock on the day before this FDA annoucement was to take place?
Pacey Witter: I don't know. I was trying to do the right thing. I thought it would double or triple in value when...
Dawson: [interupting] Oh Jesus... God, Pacey! It's the same damn story with you! You ALWAYS try to do the right thing! But no matter how hard you try to help others or yourself, you don't have the intelligence or the common sense to see all the pieces of the puzzle. You never did. And you probally never will! God, of all the the countless times you let me down, screwed me over, you really did it this time!
Pacey Witter: Now wait a minute. Need I remind you that you came to me with your dream. I didn't approach you. You approached me. You were the one that took the chance. You wanted me to help you with your dream of being a great film maker. You gave me your money to help you double it and to finance your movie. Yet again, this boils down to the fact that "I" screwed your over? If that's not a typical reaction on your part, then what is?
06x20 - Catch-22 Season 6 / Episode 20: - Catch-22

Rich Rinaldi: Pacey, you are so good at your job that often I forget how young, naive, and stupid you are.
Pacey Witter: Rich, I really don't need the speech from you right now.
Rich Rinaldi: Oh, I think you do. And in response to your request, I'm going to tell you what you should have told your friend in the first place: no!
Pacey Witter: Wait, that's it? I come to you, I embarrass myself, and all you can tell me is just a big, plain "no"?
Rich Rinaldi: Pretty much, yeah.
Pacey Witter: You know Rich, you are so good at your job too that often I forget what an unfeeling prick you are!
06x20 - Catch-22 Season 6 / Episode 20: - Catch-22

Pacey Witter: Rich, please. I'm just asking you for this one small favor, just one time. No one will know about this. It will only stay between you and me. After that, I'll never ask your for anything in this lifetime again or the...
Rich Rinaldi: [interrupting] Read my lips: I... don't... do... favors... Witter!
Pacey Witter: Why not? Because, God fobid, you'd have to drop the Gordon Gekko routine for a minute or two? This will be so easy for you just help me out here!
Rich Rinaldi: Help you out? I'm done helping you out! I gave you this job, Witter! I showed you how things worked around here. I gave you a chance to escape some bottom-feeding existence from that small town where you grew up. And every step of the way, you have been a soulful, moralistic, holier-than-thou pain in my ass! So you tell me, why should I help you out?
06x20 - Catch-22 Season 6 / Episode 20: - Catch-22

Rich Rinaldi: Here, take this pen and write down today's date. Because from this day fourth, you will amount to nothing. You are failure and a loser! You deserve to get what's coming...
Pacey Witter: Stop calling me a loser! Don't you ever call me a loser!
Rich Rinaldi: [taunting] Oh, what are you gonna do about it... loser? Loser! Loser...

Rich Rinaldi: Don't worry, it's over. You're through. You're fired. You're finished. You'll never work in this company, in this town... or in this state again! Why do you look so down? This is what you wanted all along, right? Loser!

06x16 - That Was Then Season 6 / Episode 16: - That Was Then

Pacey Witter: Now hold on, what exactly do you want to talk to me about? From my way of seeing things, we are just two brothers trying to take care of our large family.
Doug Witter: No, Pacey. I'm the one taking care of the family. I'm the one that's been taking care of the family for years.
Pacey Witter: Now Doug, don't you dare get righteous on me. You cannot lord your resentment over me because that was your choice.
Doug Witter: Yeah, I do happen to make choices. I know that's a foreign concept for somebody who likes to play musical careers!
Pacey Witter: How did we get here? I'm I stepping on your turf or something? Are you the only member of the family allowed to be carring and compassionate? What did you expect me to do, Doug? Just chomp on my cigar on the other end of the phone and cut a check for the man's funeral? I am a member of this family.
Doug Witter: Yeah, convenently. That's the way it is with you lately. You swoop in at Christmas after not calling or visiting for months, bringing your fancy and expensive gifts, and pull wool over the whole Witter family's eyes. And then you're out. Everybody forgets.
Pacey Witter: Forgets what? That I'm the family failure? The black sheep? I'm never supposed to grow up? I'm not allowed to succeed? I'm I not allowed to want things?
Doug Witter: We all want things, Pacey. Belive me, we all want things!
Pacey Witter: Then what? Am I not supposed to get them? Is that it? Or is that Witter males like us are not supposed to get them? We're just supposed to follow tradition; stay in Capeside, get married, have four or five kids, become drunks who hit and abuse our wives and children every day and night just like Dad and Grandad, and later die from alcoholism before reaching age 50? So wait... ultimately, this is not about me or our father, which is kind of pathetic, Doug, considering the condition that man is in right now up there in that hospital bed. This is about you wanting to see my face every day and remind yourself that you're still the better son. That you're top dog. Well, that's just sad, Doug! That's just sad that you see things that way. It's sad that you resent me because I'm a laid back, free thinker and not the obedient lap dog like you... following our father's orders without question all your life just to nuzzle up to him in order to stay on his good side. I miss the daily beatings from our old man just as much as you do, but I had to leave sometime... whereas you chose to stay here close to our father, slash, domestic abuser.
Doug Witter: Pacey, don't make this a celebration about your retreat from Capeside.
Pacey Witter: I'm not! Listen... I came here to see you, and to see him. And you know what? He knows it, and he appreciates it. Perhaps he's even happy to know that I... his youngest son and youngest child, whom he ignored, abused, and verbaly put down for the better part of my whole life, is not going to hold a grudge against him until the day he dies. In a strange way, this might even be a good thing.
Doug Witter: You know it is a good thing, Pacey. It's all yours. You can have it. Enjoy it while it lasts because our father will not be around forever.
06x09 - Everything Put Together Falls Apart Season 6 / Episode 9: - Everything Put Together Falls Apart

Pacey Witter: Wow. May I say that you are looking ravishing today?
Emma Jones: And yet I can't even see you because you're so transparent.
06x01 - The Kids Are Alright Season 6 / Episode 1: - The Kids Are Alright

Audrey Liddell: You think we should wake him?
Pacey Witter: Well, we should. As much as I've enjoyed his ramblings and his questionable taste in music, he has bragged about the number of times he's seen you naked.
Audrey Liddell: He has never seen me naked.
Pacey Witter: Really? He knows about the tattoo on you-know-where.
Audrey Liddell: Wake up you little pervert!

Jack Osbourne: What the [beep] ?
Audrey Liddell: What's this about you seeing me naked?
Jack Osbourne: [to Pacey] What the [beep] did you tell her?
Pacey Witter: Only what you told me, chief.
Jack Osbourne: Oh, thanks a lot! Thanks a [beep] lot! I confide in you, and this is what I get?
Audrey Liddell: I'm listening, Jack.
Jack Osbourne: Well, you know that telescope in my bedroom? Well, I didn't exactly do much star gazing.
Audrey Liddell: I'm so telling your father!
Jack Osbourne: Go ahead, he had a peak too. And I might say that he was really impressed.
Audrey Liddell: Okay, then I'm telling your mother, and she's really gonna kick your ass, Jack!
Jack Osbourne: [beat] Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever. Out of my [beep] way. I gotta take a [beep] piss.
05x09 - Four Scary Stories Season 5 / Episode 9: - Four Scary Stories

Wench: You people comin' or stayin'?
Pacey Witter: I'm sorry, we were in an accident. Do you have a phone here?
Wench: On the wall over there.
Pacey Witter: No, that phone's out of order.
Wench: Then I guess you're out of luck.
05x09 - Four Scary Stories Season 5 / Episode 9: - Four Scary Stories

Pacey Witter: [to the weird and ugly diner patrons] All right, which one of you inbred, redneck, freaks crashed into my car tonight? Show of hands, anyone? Was it you? Or you? Come one, someone say something.

Vic: Get outta my diner!
Pacey Witter: Oh no, mister. I will not. One of your patrons in here smashed into my car out on the road just a few minutes ago.
Vic: Not my problem, boy!
Pacey Witter: Oh, but it is your problem. If the person is in here and you're hiding him...
Vic: [bearing his rotting, clenched teeth] Leave!
Pacey Witter: Oh my! You really should think about seeing a dentist.
04x12 - The Te of Pacey Season 4 / Episode 12: - The Te of Pacey

Sheriff John Witter: Now, I never told this to anyone... and so help me I will hunt you down if you breath it to a soul. I got rejected the first time I applied to the police academy.
Pacey Witter: You did?
Sheriff John Witter: Yep. Let me tell you Pacey, it was devastating. The second time, I did get in. But I never told anyone, not even my father, your grandfather God rest his soul. Because I knew he'd beat the hell out of me, drunk or sober.
Pacey Witter: I know I'm not college material, Pop. But I just really, really wanted to go.
Sheriff John Witter: Look son, I know I've been hard on you about school. It's not because I think you're not good enough to go, or get in. Pacey, I don't know if it's the right thing for you. I don't know if it's ever been right for you. But ask me if I think you are meant to do great things... I might reply positive.
04x01 - Coming Home Season 4 / Episode 1: - Coming Home

Pacey Witter: We don't have to go home. We survived for the past three months taking odd jobs. We can survive as long as we want, just as long as we're happy.
Joey Potter: Pacey, if you're so serious about this, why bring it up now... two hours from home?
Pacey Witter: Twelve hours from home. I think we should probably drop anchor here, have a bite to eat, and then we can debate whether to scrap this whole mission home.
Joey Potter: No, I don't believe you Pacey Witter. As truant as your natural instincts may be, you'd never really suggest that we skip our senior year of high school entirely?
Pacey Witter: Just what would we be missing from the land of poorly scripted melodramas? Recycled plot lines, tiresome self-realizations. You throw in the occasional downward spiral of a dear friend, and maybe baby here and a death there, and all you really got is a recipe for some soul-sucking, mind-numbing, ennui. And I for one could skip it.
03x22 - The Anti-Prom Season 3 / Episode 22: - The Anti-Prom

Pacey Witter: [to Joey] I remember everything.
03x17 - Cinderella Story Season 3 / Episode 17: - Cinderella Story

Pacey Witter: You can't keep doing this to me, Potter!
03x01 - Like a Virgin Season 3 / Episode 1: - Like a Virgin

Principal Green: Good morning, I'm Principal Green. Welcome to the new school year. Like all of you, in my junior year of high school, I had a new principal. My first day back, he stood before us and imparted some honest and touching words, words which were ment to usher into what he called one of the best years of our lives. This is not that speach. We live in a different time. You children are living and thinking like people twice your age, and why shouldn't you? The rites of passage which onced marked growing up are all but extinct. In short, I'm onto you people. I'm one step ahead of you, for example, like that gentleman in the fifth row who's talking while I'm making a speach. Please stand, sir.
Pacey Witter: Me?
Principal Green: What's your name, sir?
Pacey Witter: [sarcastic] I don't you supposed you'd accept 'Che Guevara', would you?
Principal Green: Probally not.
Pacey Witter: Pacey Witter.
Principal Green: Mr. Witter, I'd like to applaud you for being the first student at Capeside who behaves like one. It is my hope that you all some day will act as such. Be a free thinker. Reclaim your youth, live, learn, screw up. Keep up the good work, Mr. Witter. Oh and by the way, I'll see you on Saturday... for detention!
02x12 - Uncharted Waters Season 2 / Episode 12: - Uncharted Waters

Pacey Witter: This sucks, Dad.
Sheriff John Witter: Lot's of things in life suck, Pacey! That's why it's my job to prepare a loser like you for that inevitability.
02x12 - Uncharted Waters Season 2 / Episode 12: - Uncharted Waters

Dawson Leery: Pacey how could you forget to tell me that Jack was coming with us? Come on, I need some preparation time before facing my adversary who stole Joey away from...
Pacey Witter: [interrupting] You know what? Screw you, Dawson! This world does not always revolve around you. We can't all be the fair-haired embodiment of perfection. Not all of us have wonder-keen and genius attached to their names. Some of us, like my father and myself, are just simple-minded folk trying to make it through the day without breaking something.
02x12 - Uncharted Waters Season 2 / Episode 12: - Uncharted Waters

Pacey Witter: Well, I met this girl. Andie's beautiful. She's smart, she's funny, she's... I tell you, this girl's really something special, Dad. For whatever reason she thinks I'm special too. So, why can't you see that? Why can't you see me? When did you give up on me? When I was five? 10? 12? I'm 16 years old now, Dad! And I'm here and I'm not perfect, but I try so hard for you! It's your job to love me, no matter who I am or what I become because you're my father! You're supposed to love me and give me confidence you drunkard son-of-a-bitch! I can't do this by myself.
02x12 - Uncharted Waters Season 2 / Episode 12: - Uncharted Waters

Sheriff John Witter: Well, be proud of yourself. Enjoy this moment. A loser like you probably won't have many more like it.

Pacey Witter: [to Dawson] Do you have any idea how many times I set myself for that line, over and over and over again? I just can't stop myself from just trying to get one qualified, "good job, son", out of that bastard. He must be right. I really must be a simpleton.
Dawson Leery: I know it's not the same, but there are other people in your life who recognize and respect your talent and intelligence. One of them is standing right in front of you. The other one is probably sitting in her bedroom having a perky coronary in anticipation from your return from sea.
01x09 - Roadtrip Season 1 / Episode 9: - Roadtrip

Pacey Witter: Everybody knows you're a regular Richie Cunningham. Billy,he's the Fonz.
Dawson Leery: Congratulations. That makes you Potsie.

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