Beauty Contest is the 12th episode of Season 1 of Dawson's Creek.


NEVER JUDGE -- Joey (Katie Holmes) becomes the center of amorous attention when she enters a local beauty competition to earn money towards her future education; meanwhile, to the pageant judges' dismay, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) enters the pageant on the grounds that he is as qualified as any female contestant. Furthermore, on the eve of the extravaganza, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) is surrounded by romance when Jen (Michelle Williams) confesses her regrets about breaking off their relationship and Joey unburdens her heart.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gale Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery

Guest starring

Lori Rom as Hannah Von Wenning


Cara Stoner as Roberta Crump
Marguerite Lowell as Mrs. Pennoyer
Robby Preddy as Pageant Sign-Up Lady
Tara Killian as Girl (contestant)
Courtney Fendley as Contestant #1
G. Martin Eckhardt as Soundman/Cameraman


  • Dawson finally realises that he has feelings for Joey. And so does Jen, who wants Dawson back.
  • Pacey recites a piece from Braveheart.
  • Lori Rom, who portrays Hannah Von Wenning, was originally cast as Phoebe Halliwell on another WB series – Charmed.


small town trap | EVE 6
the gang at the icehouse
the girl with all the goodbyes | SUSAN SANDBERG
pacey and dawson at the lockers
pretty face | CHICKENPOX
pacey at miss windjammer
fall from grace | AMANDA MARSHALL
pacey's evening wear
superman | GOLDFINGER
pacey on stage
dawson and joey


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