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    17 Pacey Witter Moments That, Honestly, I Still Think About Every Single Day


    If you're a massive fan of Dawson's Creek like I am, you accept some things to be true — like, we choose to pretend Season 5 doesn't exist, Dawson is the absolute worst, and Pacey and Joey's slow burn in Season 3 is simply the gold standard for teen TV romance.

    Joey and Pacey

    Together, Pacey and Joey are perfect. But it goes without saying that Pacey Witter is the single greatest teen TV boyfriend of all time.

    Pacey smiling at Joey with some heart eyes emojis on the photo.

    And, since I just rewatched Season 3 in all its glory, I've decided to rank the absolute best romantic Pacey moments from that season from "Literally so fucking perfect" to "HE IS SO PERFECT I CAN'T STAND IT." Here goes nothing:

    17. When Pacey foreshadowed the whole dang season:

    Pacey says to Joey, "You know it's a new year. Who knows? You and I might even become friends."

    16. When Pacey named his boat "True Love":

    Pacey holds the "True Love" sign for his boat.

    15. When Pacey called Joey a "freaking goddess":

    Pacey says to Dawson, "Look at that girl, Dawson. She's a freaking goddess man."

    14. When Pacey and Joey engaged in the all-time classic trope of reluctant bed sharing at Aunt Gwen's house:

    Joey and Pacey share a bed.

    13. When Pacey had a brooding monologue about Joey when his brother, Deputy Doug, locked him in jail for the night:

    Pacey says, "She's actually the kind of pretty that gives you butterflies, you know what I mean?"

    12. When Pacey taught Joey how to drive:

    Pacey smiles at Joey before he teaches her how to drive.

    11. When Pacey shed this literal single tear after Joey ended things for the first time in "The Longest Day":

    Pacey cries after Joey ends things.

    10. When Pacey had yet another monologue about how beautiful Joey is:

    Pacey describes Joey's beauty to Buzz.

    9. When Pacey BOUGHT JOEY A WALL:

    Pacey and Joey stand in front of a brick wall that he bought her.

    8. In the final moments of Season 3, when Pacey threw it back to the beginning and had Joey ask for permission to come on board the boat…

    Pacey welcomes Joey onto the boat.

    7. …and then Joey got on the boat and Pacey kissed her with these teeny little mini kisses and it's so adorable and then they sailed off into the sunset together:

    Joey and Pacey kiss on the boat at the end of Season 3.

    6. When Pacey finally kissed Joey for the first time (after a slow burn that basically ruined my life) when he picked her up after her bad date with AJ, that pretentious college dude:

    Pacey and Joey kiss in "A Cinderella Story"!

    5. When Pacey watched Joey sleep while sitting in front of the fire:

    Pacey watches Joey sleep by the fire.

    4. When Pacey counted to 10 and then kissed Joey at Aunt Gwen's house…

    Pacey says to Joey, "I'm gonna count to ten, and then I'm going to start kissing you."

    3. …and then, at the end of that same episode, when Pacey just, like…WENT AND SAID THIS:

    Pacey says, "If you felt even one shred of what I feel for you, then we wouldn't be standing here having this conversation."

    2. When Pacey painted "ask me to stay" on the wall that he bought for Joey:

    Pacey has painted the wall that he bought Joey with the message "Ask Me To Stay".

    1. When Pacey and Joey danced at the anti-prom and Pacey said, "I remember everything":

    Pacey says "I remember everything" to Joey at Anti-Prom.

    And there is the definitive ranking of Season 3 Pacey moments that no one asked for, but I am so glad I made. Please share your favorites in the comments below!