Written by: Dana Baratta
Directed by: Lou Antonio
While Pacey and Joey's relationship often gets the spotlight, Pacey and Andie's was also a wonderful storyline, and a crucial element in Pacey actually becoming the romantic hero of the show. Pacey and Andie walked so Pacey and Joey could fly, basically. There are a lot of great moments between Pacey and Andie, but this one — featuring the pair saying goodbye as she leaves town in order to heal her mental health — is devastating and beautiful. Andie's character and mental health weren't always handled with care in later seasons, but here they very much were, as she has agency and control over her journey. Pacey, meanwhile, is the understanding and emotionally intelligent boyfriend of our dreams. He says all the right things and shows her a fierce and unwavering love.
The episode also gives Jack some good material to work with, especially as he tries to navigate his father's reaction to him coming out, as well as his sister leaving town. Jack and Jen also move in together, the real start of their spectacular journey together, which is later cemented as the ultimate platonic soul mate dynamic of the entire series (I'm not sorry, Joey and Dawson).