Season 1

Main article: Season 1
# EPISODE WRITER(s) AIRDATE #
1 Pilot Kevin Williamson 20 JANUARY 1998 1
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At the onset of their sophomore year of high school, Dawson Leery and his best friend, Josephine "Joey" Potter, battle with the knowledge that their lifelong friendship may be changing. Adding to Joey's confusing emotions is the arrival of the radiant Jennifer Lindley, who appears to be "the girl next door," but has an air of mystery. Rounding out the clique is Pacey, whose gift for sarcasm is topped only by an over-confident knack for stumbling awkwardly unprepared into adult situations.
2 Dance Kevin Williamson 28 JANUARY 1998 2
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Dawson experiences his first bout of jealousy when Jen accepts a date with Cliff the superjock (guest star Scott Foley); after their first kiss, Tamara (Leann Hunley) does her best to elude Pacey but they once again find themselves in a compromising situation; and Joey makes it clear to Dawson's mother (Mary-Margaret Humes) that she knows her secret.
3 Kiss Rob Thomas 7 FEBRUARY 1998 3
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Dawson's dream of a perfect, storybook first kiss with Jen may finally be coming true; at school, Dawson has the opportunity to join the film class as a silent observer, but can't keep quiet when he sees the film is in trouble; Joey finds herself swept away by Anderson Crawford (guest-star Ian Bohen), an attractive, wealthy preppy; and Pacey and Ms. Jacobs' secret rendezvous may no longer be so secret.
4 Discovery J. H. Feldman 10 FEBRUARY 1998 4
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On the day of Dawson's parents' twentieth wedding anniversary, he spots his mother with another man. Later, Dawson turns to his best friend Joey, rather than his girlfriend Jen, when he needs a friend to confide in about his suspicions. Meanwhile, Pacey and Ms. Jacobs (guest star Leann Hunley) continue to grow closer.
5 Hurricane Dana Baratta 17 FEBRUARY 1998 5
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When the Leerys, the Potters, Jen and her grandmother are confined to the Leery house during a hurricane, temperaments run high when Dawson angrily confronts his mother about her affair and Jen's grandmother exchanges acrimonious words with Bessie and Bodie (guest star Obi Nfedo) about their relationship and their unborn child. Meanwhile, across town, Pacey and Tamara (guest star Leann Hunley) struggle to keep their emotions under control as they weather out the storm in her house with Pacey's older brother, Deputy Doug Witter (guest star Dylan Neal).
6 Baby J. Waters
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24 FEBRUARY 1998 6
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As Bessie goes into labor at the Leery household, Joey turns to Dawson for solace when her sister's anguish floods her with memories of her mother's death; Jen must put aside her religious differences with Grams, who must overcome her own racial judgements, when they are the only ones who must deliver the baby. Meanwhile, when rumors of Pacey's closeness with Miss Jacobs begin to spread, the school board calls for an emergency meeting to decide her fate.
7 Detention Mike White 3 MARCH 1998 7
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Emotions run rampant in the halls of Capeside High when Dawson, Joey, Jen and Pacey are all saddled with Saturday detention. But the detention rapidly evolves into a game of truth or dare forcing the friends to face their true feelings for each other, revealing that sometimes a kiss is just a kiss ­and sometimes it's more.
8 Boyfriend K. Rosin, C. Rosin,
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10 MARCH 1998 8
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Jen's ex-boyfriend from New York (guest star Eion Bailey) shows up in Capeside to win her back, and from Dawson's callow point of view it seems to be happening; Pacey convinces an overworked and tired Joey to crash a party and her evening ands in unforeseen results; and Gale and Mitch continue to work on bringing romance back into their shattered marriage.
9 Road Trip Rob Thomas 17 MARCH 1998 9
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Dawson, heartbroken after his break-up with Jen, allows himself to be coerced into an impetuous road trip with Pacey and Jen's ex-boyfriend, Billy (guest star Eion Bailey). Meanwhile, Jen and Joey find common ground confronting an arrogant Jock (guest star Eric Balfour).
10 Double Date J. H. Feldman 28 APRIL 1998 10
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Dawson, sulking over his break-up with Jen and the knowledge that she has a date with Cliff (guest star Scott Foley), masterminds a double date to stay close to Jen. Meanwhile, Pacey starts to see Joey in a new light and shares his feelings with Dawson, who then reevaluates his own feelings about their childhood friend.
11 The Scare Mike White 5 MAY 1998 11
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It's Friday the 13th in Capeside and Dawson revels in his infamous blood curdling practical jokes. Meanwhile, news hits the sleepy town that young women are being brutally murdered, and Jen fears she might be the next victim when she receives a frightening anonymous phone call; and Pacey brings a peculiar woman (guest star Jennifer McComb), who does not know she is being stalked, to Dawson's where all guests have encounters of the scariest kind.
12 Beauty Contest Dana Baratta 12 MAY 1998 12
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Joey 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 enters the pageant on the grounds that he is as qualified as any female contestant. Furthermore, on the eve of the extravaganza, Dawson is surrounded by romance when Jen confesses her regrets about breaking off their relationship and Joey unburdens her heart.
13 Decisions Dana Baratta 19 MAY 1998 13
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When Dawson learns that Joey might leave Capeside, he is forced to confront his true feelings for his childhood friend. But even though Joey has longed for Dawson for years, she must now decide if this is her one true love. Elsewhere, Jen and Grams (Mary Beth Peil) concede their religious differences to mourn the death of a cherished family member.

Season 2

Main article: Season 2
# EPISODE WRITER(s) AIRDATE #
1 The Kiss J. H. Feldman 7 OCTOBER 1998 14
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After the moment of truth when Dawson and Joey seal their passions with a kiss, tensions mount as the two are plagued with doubts and questions as to where to take the relationship. Meanwhile, Jen has difficulty understanding Grams' reaction to her grandfather's death, Pacey clashes with new Capeside High arrival Andie McPhee, and Mitch and Gale struggle to bring trust back into their marriage.
2 Crossroads Dana Baratta 14 OCTOBER 1998 15
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Dawson and Joey's newfound affection hits its first crossroad when Joey discovers that Dawson has invaded her personal privacy but he is too consumed with malice and torment by the horrible things he has unearthed to consider forgiving her. Meanwhile, when Pacey's childhood friends are too distracted by their own predicament to remember his all-important 16th birthday, he sets out to expand his horizons; and Abby convinces a downhearted Jen to unleash the wild side she hoped had been left behind in New York.
3 Alternative Lifestyles Mike White 21 OCTOBER 1998 16
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A class project pairing with Dawson provides Jen with the perfect opportunity to use her powers of seduction to draw him away from Joey; while Pacey's teaming with Andie finds them at each other's throats. Meanwhile, Mitch is doing his best to repress his anger towards Gale for her affair, but in desperation decides that an open marriage is the only way to get back what they've lost.
4 Tamara's Return Mike White 28 OCTOBER 1998 17
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When Joey pursues her natural gift as an artist, a chasm develops between her and Dawson as he can't relate to this new interest, while Jack displays a new side beyond his lack of waitering skills as a sensitive art lover. Meanwhile, Tamara Jacobs' unexpected return to Capeside throws Pacey for a major loop just as he and Andie discover a common ground and move past their sadistic sparring.
5 Full Moon Rising Dana Baratta 4 NOVEMBER 1998 18
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On edge because of the ominous full moon, Dawson and Joey's budding romance is overshadowed by the continuing deterioration of Mitch and Gale's marriage and Dawson's shattering discovery of his parents' Thursday night secret. Meanwhile, a promising first date is interrupted when Pacey gets a disturbing glimpse into Andie's home life, and Jen plays with fire when she dates a mysterious older man.
6 The Dance J. H. Feldman 11 NOVEMBER 1998 19
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Joey's secret hangs heavy between her and Dawson as they reluctantly attend the Homecoming Dance along with Pacey, Andie, Jack and Jen, yet the dream of a perfect night ends in utter shambles. Back at the Leery home, Dawson is devastated when Mitch and Gale take the painful step of a trial separation.
7 The All-Nighter Greg Berlanti 18 NOVEMBER 1998 20
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On the eve of an English mid-term, Dawson, Joey, Pacey, Andie, Jen and the school stud are thrown together in an all-night cram session, but as night falls tempting distractions send the night spiralling out of control. A potentially fun study break turns ugly when a magazine "purity test" reveals hidden secrets.
8 The Reluctant Hero redberg & Meals 25 NOVEMBER 1998 21
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Dawson movie wins a prestigious film festival award, but his first major accomplishment as a filmmaker is overshadowed by the disintegration of his personal life, as Joey continues to pull away, his dad gets his own apartment and Jen spirals out of control. Meanwhile, Pacey has nowhere to go but up after his guidance counselor paints a bleak picture of his future, but in a moment of crisis, a newly focused and inspired Pacey rises to the occasion and proves that Andie's belief in him is well-founded.
9 The Election redberg & Meals 16 DECEMBER 1998 22
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Joey joins Andie and Pacey's crusade to bring decency back to politics in the sophomore class election. Meanwhile, Dawson, whose screenwriting is suffering from his adult perspective, hesitantly accepts Jen's tantalizing offer to help him experience the dark pain and exhilaration that comes with being a teenager, while Mitch and Gale use a plumbing emergency as an excuse to rekindle their amorous furniture fetish.
10 High Risk Behavior Jenny Bicks 13 JANUARY 1999 23
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As Dawson hashes out his entire relationship with Joey in his new script, his real life heats up as a collaboration with Jen on his new movie is thick with sexual tension that may inspire Dawson to act on impulse for once in his life. Meanwhile, Joey has graduated from fruit bowls to male nudes in art class, but may have bitten off more than she can chew when Jack accidentally ruins her classwork and offers to pose for her; and Pacey exposes his romantic side as he and Andie continue their delicate dance towards intimacy.
11 Sex, She Wrote White & Berlanti 20 JANUARY 1999 24
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Dawson's gripping video report on mysteries sets a high standard for English class excellence, but when Abby finds a sexy and intriguing yet unsigned discarded love letter, she will stop at nothing to solve the real-life mystery in Capeside. Meanwhile, Dawson's script rewrites lead to speculation that he is sleeping with Jen, while Joey and Jack deal with the repercussions from their artistic interlude, and Pacey inexplicably gives Andie the cold shoulder.
12 Uncharted Waters Baratta & White 27 JANUARY 1999 25
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A father-son fishing trip provides a forum for Dawson and Pacey to air their frustrations over their dysfunctional paternal relationships, and a last-minute addition to the crew has Dawson wishing he was back on dry land. Meanwhile, when the girls help Gale with a news piece on teenage trends, Jen and Joey dig to the core of their animosity towards each other, and an unhealthy dose of Abby's bitterness nearly turns "Ladies Night" into a full-fledged cat fight.
13 His Leading Lady redberg & Meals 3 FEBRUARY 1999 26
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Dawson and Joey continue struggling to redefine their post-break up friendship, while Dawson desperately searches for a leading lady for his film who can capture Joey's distinct, unattainable style, but when he finally finds his girl, she may be more than he can handle. Meanwhile, Pacey tries to be supportive of Andie's precarious emotional state, but his earnest desire to help only places additional stress on her already full plate, and sparks fly when Jen befriends an intriguing stranger.
14 To Be or Not to Be... Greg Berlanti 10 FEBRUARY 1999 27
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In a compelling two-part episode, the Capeside High School gossip mill kicks into overdrive after Jack bears his soul in a English assignment and is forced to expose his innermost secrets while reading the poem aloud in class, leaving Dawson, Joey and Andie shaken by the implications of what it all means. Meanwhile, Pacey tries to defend Jack in the face of an adversarial teacher, and Jen finds her latest suitor Ty is full of surprises.
15 ...That Is the Question Kevin Williamson 17 FEBRUARY 1999 28
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On Dawson's advice, Joey attempts to heal the wounds of her new romance with Jack left shattered by rumor and innuendo, but when Jack confronts his innermost secrets, their lives and everyone's close to them will never be the same again. Meanwhile, for the first time in his life, Pacey stands up for what he believes in when he takes on an abusive teacher, but the consequences of his convictions are more than he could have imagined.
16 Be Careful What You Wish For Heidi Ferrer 3 MARCH 1999 29
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On the eve of Dawson's sixteenth birthday, Dawson, Pacey and Andie follow her therapist's advice and throw themselves into an unabashed night of recklessness and the blues. Meanwhile, back at the Leery house, Joey is organizing a surprise party for Dawson, but the longer the guest of honor is a no show, the more she is subject to surprises of her own; Jen and Ty face up to the their potentially irreconcilable differences; and Gale and Mitch come to decisions about how to raise their son in light of their separation.
17 Psychic Friends Dana Baratta 10 MARCH 1999 30
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Dawson's confidence as a filmmaker is shaken when his new teacher turns out to be a movie studio executive on sabbatical in Capeside and tells Dawson the painful truth about his amateur movie. The future is unsure for Joey as well, when a fortune teller advises her to be open to every new opportunity that crosses her path, and she stumbles into Colin, a gorgeous photographer who brings out Joey's free-spirited side during a wild photo shoot.
18 A Perfect Wedding Mike White 28 APRIL 1999 31
Joey is distraught when her just-paroled father will be making his reintroduction into society by catering a posh wedding attended by all the bluebloods of Capeside, but the drama at the ceremony pales in comparison to the night's tragic end. Meanwhile, Dawson and his mom share a pep talk about her desire to win Mitch back, but Mitch's new squeeze Nicole stands in their way, while Abby and Jen decide to crash the wedding for a little excitement, and Pacey tries to put a chink in Andie's armor of cynicism.
19 Abby Morgan, Rest in Peace Mike White 5 MAY 1999 32
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The stunning news of the tragic death of a Capeside teen abruptly curtails Dawson and Joey's long-awaited reconciliation, and while they try to sort through their own feelings of loss, Jen is appalled by what she feels is blatant hypocrisy on the part of her mourning classmates. Meanwhile, Pacey is deeply concerned by Andie's drastic reaction to the accident, which triggers something in her about her dead brother.
20 Reunited Greg Berlanti 12 MAY 1999 33
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As an attempt to inject some much-needed spontaneity into their relationship, Dawson takes Joey to a fancy French restaurant, but the dining experience deteriorates into a farce when a reservation mix-up forces them to share a table with Mitch and his date Nicole, while Jen and Gale are having a girls' night out across the room. Meanwhile, Andie's deteriorating mental state has Pacey and Jack deeply concerned as she appears more and more disoriented and anxious, but are at a loss as to how to bring her back from the emotional edge.
21 Ch... Ch... Ch... Changes Dana Baratta 19 MAY 1999 34
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Dawson is floundering to come up with a proper interview subject for his film class final project, and infuriates Joey by dredging up her painful past and interviewing her father as an example of a man who has overcome tremendous odds by making a heroic life change. Meanwhile, Pacey's life gets turned upside-down when Mr. Joseph McPhee comes to town and announces that he is taking Andie and Jack back to Providence with him, while Jen begins making her own plans to leave town, feeling like she may have nowhere left to turn.
22 Parental Discretion Advised Greg Berlanti 26 MAY 1999 35
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When Dawson discovers that Joey's father is back to his drug-dealing ways, Dawson's decision of what's right for his friend over what's right for their friendship could tear her family apart and forever change his relationship with Joey. Meanwhile, for the first time in his life Pacey stands up to his father's painful abuse; Grams desperately tries to reconcile with Jen and bring her home; and Gale struggles over her desire to keep her family together.


Season 3

Main article: Season 3
# EPISODE WRITER(s) AIRDATE #
1 Like A Virgin Tammy Ader 29 SEPTEMBER 1999 36
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Dawson returns from spending the summer in Philadelphia with his mother. Meanwhile, Joey, who has frozen Dawson out all summer, realizes she is still reeling from their break-up; Jen gets more than she bargained for when she takes on the fascist head cheerleader; Mitch accepts a new position as Capeside High's varsity football coach; and although Pacey tries to be brave, he has had a lonely summer without Andie.
2 Homecoming Greg Berlanti 6 OCTOBER 1999 37
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Dawson is recruited by his dad and Principal Green to produce a film for the football pep rally, but the stars of the film end up being Dawson and his lady friend Eve, not the Capeside Minutemen. Meanwhile, Pacey has enlisted Joey for assistance in bringing Andie back to Capeside, but their long-awaited reunion doesn't go exactly as Pacey had intended; and Jack comes to an unexpected understanding with his father who has returned to Capeside to be with Jack and Andie.
3 None Of The Above Davis & Schneider 13 OCTOBER 1999 38
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Dawson is stunned when Eve presents him with a sneak peak at the PSAT test and everyone is tempted to cheat including Joey, whose scholarship is dependent on her SAT scores, and Andie, who is desperately fighting for acceptance to Harvard. But when the test is stolen, it's Pacey that Dawson accuses. Meanwhile, Jack is insistent that the football team is purposely beating him down because he is gay.
4 Home Movies Jeffrey Stepakoff 20 OCTOBER 1999 39
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Father and son are at odds when Dawson moves forward with a news piece for his mom's Philadelphia station using Mitch's star player, Jack, as his subject matter even though Mitch is vehemently opposed. Meanwhile, Joey and Pacey find themselves in cahoots when they must pay the price for ditching class; Andie jumps to conclusions and panics about the reasons Principal Green wants to meet with her; and Jen goes to great lengths to remove herself as head cheerleader but is shocked at the end results.
5 Indian Summer Fattore & Kapinos 27 OCTOBER 1999 40
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Dawson plays detective when Eve's mysterious ways, including breaking and entering and stealing, cause him to wonder about her reasons for being in Capeside, but the secrets he uncovers may drastically change the lives of others close to him. Meanwhile, Joey's misgivings of Rob lead her to crash his date with Andie but her good will backfires on her; and Jack goes against Jen's wishes and sets up a rendezvous for Henry.
6 Secrets & Lies Berlanti & Gansa 10 NOVEMBER 1999 41
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Dawson is torn about telling Jen the scandalous secret he has about Eve and even more distressed when his mom unexpectedly returns from Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Andie accuses Joey of sabotaging her chance to reunite with Pacey; and Jen shocks the entire town with the entertainment she has hired for the Annual Homecoming Queen Gala and shocks the very shy Henry even more when she asks him to be her escort.
7 Escape from Witch Island Tom Kapinos 17 NOVEMBER 1999 42
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In a bone-chilling installment, Dawson recruits Joey, Pacey and Jen to be his guerilla crew on a documentary for history class about Witch Island, a local spot shrouded in mystery for its reputation for being haunted by witches. They are haunted by tall tales of witches and love lost that has Dawson and Joey questioning their own romance and Jen and Pacey considering a new kind of friendship. Back at school, Andie takes her job on the school disciplinary committee a little too seriously when she tries to take back the halls of Capeside.
8 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Heidi Ferrer 24 NOVEMBER 1999 43
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When Jen's mom unexpectedly arrives in Capeside on Thanksgiving morning, Dawson confronts her about her secret past, and makes a decision to help bridge the gap between the estranged mother and daughter. Meanwhile, Jen continues to pursue a new type of friendship with Pacey, and Mitch and Gale make known the future of the Leery family.
9 Four to Tango Gina Fattore 1 DECEMBER 1999 44
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Dawson is suspicious of Pacey's awkward behavior and misconstrues his actions when he learns Pacey has been spending time with Joey. Meanwhile, after rethinking the offer, Pacey cannot move forward with his no-strings-attached relationship with Jen, and Andie urges Jack to meet a gay student from a neighboring town who contacted him via the internet after seeing Dawson's news story.
10 First Encounters of the Close Kind Leslie Ray 15 DECEMBER 1999 45
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Dawson, Joey, Jack & Andie spend the weekend at a Boston university for an advanced look at college and Dawson's entry in a student film festival. Joey's weekend guide is not what she expected; Andie's pursuit for an advanced admissions interview, leads her to some inspirational advice from an unlikely source; and Jack takes a chance and explores the local gay community.
11 Barefoot At Capefest Davis
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Dawson experiences an identity crisis when Principal Green's daughter Nikki emerges as another aspiring young director, and Joey experiences her own crisis when Dawson won't open up to her about the pain of his parents' divorce. Meanwhile, Jack's first efforts to hit on another guy are rebuffed, Pacey and Andie uncomfortably find themselves sharing the same afterschool activity, and Jen realizes that she may have passed up the chance at something special with Henry.
12 A Weekend In The Country Jeffrey Stepakoff 17 JANUARY 2000 47
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Joey's friends and their families work together to make sure that the opening of Potter's Bed & Breakfast is a success and that she and Bessie don't lose everything they have after Pacey surprises them with a visit from a prestigious travel critic. Throughout the weekend, Jen admits her concerns to Grams about getting close to Henry; Jack considers moving back home after hearing Andie's loving plea; and Dawson tries to understand the connection between his parents even after their divorce.
13 Northern Lights Gina Fattore 26 JANUARY 2000 48
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Dawson makes the radical move of dropping out of film class to spend some time re-evaluating his teenage years. Back at Potter's, Joey is torn between attending Pacey's opening night and her date with A.J. who has come to Capeside for the evening. At the play, Andie must take over as director when the faculty director takes ill; and Jen agrees to meet Henry, but she throws him another block by bringing Grams as her date.
14 The Valentine's Day Massacre Tom Kapinos 2 FEBRUARY 2000 49
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Joey questions Dawson's state of mind when he and Pacey decide to lead their friends to a secret location party hosted by a group infamous for their complete and utter debauchery. Back at home, Jack's ex-girlfriend arrives from Rhode Island nursing a broken heart but is unaware of Jack's coming out last year and Jen's first date with Henry is a Valentine's Day she won't soon forget.
15 Crime and Punishment Fattore & Gansa 9 FEBRUARY 2000 50
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Joey is chosen to be part of a group of students to paint a school mural, but when hers is defaced before the unveiling, Dawson offers words of encouragement while Pacey takes action and risks suspension when he goes in search of the culprit. Meanwhile, when Andie's PSAT scores rank among the best in the country, she gambles with everything she has worked for and comes clean to Principal Green about the previously stolen test; and Pacey moves in with Deputy Doug when their sister and her kids move back into the Witter house.
16 To Green, with Love Fattore
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Joey relies on the support of Pacey and A.J. to rally the students in protest against the school superintendent after he forces Principal Green to resign for expelling the student who destroyed Joey's mural. Meanwhile, Dawson and Gale both go back to their respective places in back and in front of the camera to produce a piece about the ongoing school protest which ruffles more than a few feathers of the school board hierarchy.
17 Cinderella Story Jeffrey Stepakoff 1 MARCH 2000 52
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When Joey turns to Pacey for rescuing after she flees Boston halfway through her visit with A.J., the two old friends may finally confront their growing feelings for each other. Meanwhile, to avoid suspension, Pacey becomes a mentor to a young boy and must contend with a little version of himself with a big attitude; and behind Gale's back, Dawson asks Mitch to help with the opening of her new restaurant.
18 Neverland Maggie Friedman 5 APRIL 2000 53
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Pacey hopes taking Dawson to their favorite childhood camping spot will help ease the pain when he tells Dawson about his new feelings for Joey. Meanwhile, Joey deals with the emotional fallout from her kiss with Pacey by spending girls' night out with Jen and Andie, but to Jen's surprise they stumble upon a birthday party for Henry that she wasn't invited to.
19 Stolen Kisses Tom Kapinos 26 APRIL 2000 54
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Dawson invites Joey, Andie and Pacey to spend Spring Break in the mountains at his aunt's home, but the trip is filled with tension as Joey and Pacey continue to battle about their feelings for each other and Andie becomes intrigued with the gang's childhood friend Will who is visiting. Meanwhile, back in town, Jen becomes surprisingly territorial when another woman flirts with Henry.
20 The Longest Day Gina Fattore 3 MAY 2000 55
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In a story that replays the same day's activities from three different perspectives, Joey and Pacey vacillate on the ways to tell Dawson about their feelings for each other. But when the truth does come out, Dawson's reaction is the one they hoped they wouldn't get. Meanwhile, Andie, who thought she was over Pacey enough to date, accepts a date with Capeside visitor Will, but their first date is ruined when she also learns about Joey and Pacey.
21 Show Me Love Tigelaar & Henderson 10 MAY 2000 56
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As Capeside prepares for the annual spring regatta, Dawson and Pacey compete for the winning trophy, only Joey is tired of feeling like the prize. Meanwhile, after many weeks of mixed messages, Gale makes the first move with Mitch, and after Jen finally forgives Henry for his one-track mind, he gives Jen the most romantic night of her life.
22 The Anti-Prom Maggie Friedman 17 MAY 2000 57
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Dawson, Joey and Andie prepare their own unique prom when they learn that the committee has scrutinized Jack's selected date. Dawson, who has invited Joey to be his date, uses the special evening to try to win her back and make Pacey jealous; Andie persuades Pacey to be her escort but her evening ends by consoling him about his love life; Jen becomes outraged with Henry when he reveals he is leaving Capeside for the summer.
23 True Love Berlanti/Stepakoff/
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After an emotional day filled with love, tears and wedding vows, Joey ultimately much choose between her love for Dawson and her new feelings for Pacey. Across town, Grams talks about love and regret with Jen, while Jack and Andie make a decision to drive all night so that Jen can see Henry one last time.


Season 4

Main article: Season 4
# EPISODE WRITER(s) AIRDATE #
1 Coming Home Greg Berlanti 4 OCTOBER 2000 59
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Joey and Pacey return home to face a barrage of questions about whether they had sex; Pacey's sister abruptly arrives from college without a diploma; and Andie scopes out two potential summer flings
2 Failing Down Tom Kapinos 11 OCTOBER 2000 60
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Pacey learns his prospects for graduation are dim unless he retakes three courses he failed the previous year -- a fact he can't bring himself to mention to Joey. Meanwhile, Henry wants to take a break from Jen and tries to get Jack to help tell her; Joey gets a waitressing job at the yacht club after pretending to be on friendly terms with a board member; and Gretchen (Sasha Alexander) goes house-hunting.
3 Two Gentlemen of Capeside Jeffrey Stepakoff 18 OCTOBER 2000 61
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Pacey gets his first "A" of the semester, but an assignment with Dawson keeps Joey from celebrating with him on the boat. So Pacey takes Jen for a fun platonic sail --- until a storm hits. Meanwhile, Joey asks Dawson why he can't forgive Pacey and Andie prepares for a college interview.
4 Future Tense Gina Fattore 25 OCTOBER 2000 62
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College concerns weigh heavily on Joey's mind as she gets good and bad news about her prospects, then realizes Pacey doesn't have the grades to attend college. Meanwhile, Andie drives Jack crazy over filling out his college applications; Gretchen gets vague about college plans when Gale interviews her for a bartending job; and Drue throws a fake birthday party for Jen.
5 A Family Way Maggie Friedman 1 NOVEMBER 2000 63
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A pregnancy test reveals there may be another Leery on the way. As Dawson sorts through his emotions, he confides in Gretchen who has a secret of her own. Joey decides to visit a free clinic to become more sexually responsible. Andie convinces Jack to become a pee-wee soccer coach but the advances of a player's older sister complicates the situation.
6 Great Xpectations Nan Hagan 8 NOVEMBER 2000 64
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Andie gets a letter from Harvard and the news sends her off to a rave with Jack and an uneasy Jen, who had been resisting pleas from Drue (Mark Matkevich) to attend. After his parents deliver equally important news, Dawson joins the party with Gretchen -- and Pacey and Joey, who wonder why Dawson's been hanging out with Gretchen, his pre-adolescent crush.
7 You Had Me At Goodbye Chris Levinson & Zack Estrin 15 NOVEMBER 2000 65
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Andie's father (David Dukes) suggests the teen take a six-month trip to Italy as a reward for her academic excellence and to relax before she starts college. Meanwhile, Joey needs a peer recommendation for a college application from the person who knows her best, and she's torn between asking Dawson or Pacey to author it.
8 The Unusual Suspects Jonathan Kasdan 22 NOVEMBER 2000 66
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Principal Peskin (Harry Shearer) and Mitch question Dawson, Pacey and Jack after someone puts the senior administrator's boat into the school's swimming pool with the man's dog on board. Meanwhile, Jen agrees to help coach Jack's soccer team as part of her community service.
9 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Tom Kapinos 29 NOVEMBER 2000 67
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Dawson views some of Mr. Brooks' old movies and lavishes the former filmmaker with praise, only to be rudely dismissed. Gretchen plans a party at the Leerys' home. Elsewhere, Jack suspects that Jen has lost interest in filing her college applications.
10 Self Reliance Gina Fattore 20 DECEMBER 2000 68
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Baby-sitting responsibilities and unexpected guests at the bed-and-breakfast cause stress for Joey the night before a big test at school. Jen and Jack attend a gay teens seminar, and Mr. Brooks agrees to participate in Dawson's documentary about the former filmmaker.
11 The Tao of Dawson Jeffrey Stepakoff 10 JANUARY 2001 69
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Unexpected truths are revealed in Capeside when Dawson admits to Pacey that he has feelings for Gretchen, and Joey is locked in a storeroom with Drue Valentine.
12 The Te of Pacey Maggie Friedman 17 JANUARY 2001 70
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Joey plans a surprise birthday party for Pacey, who's reluctant to celebrate because of various mishaps that occurred during previous shindigs commemorating his birth. Elsewhere, Gretchen asks Dawson if they can postpone their scheduled first date since they will both be expected to attend Pacey's party.
13 Hopeless Nan Hagan 31 JANUARY 2001 71
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To get time off from work for a school trip, Joey agrees to her employer's request that she and Pacey accompany Drue on a date with the daughter of an influential yacht-club member. Meanwhile, Dawson and Gretchen go to a dance club with some of her college friends.
14 A Winter's Tale Zack Estrin & Chris Levinson 7 FEBRUARY 2001 72
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When Joey and Pacey head for the school ski trip along with Jack and Jen and the rest of the senior class, there's more going on off the slopes than on.
15 Four Stories Tom Kapinos 14 FEBRUARY 2001 73
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Jen is sent to a psychologist by Mr. Kasdan. Joey and Pacey oversleep at the lodge and find themselves confronted with tensions that accompany the latest developments in their relationship. Dawson asks Joey if she slept with Pacey.
16 Mind Games Gina Fattore 28 FEBRUARY 2001 74
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After a strange turn of events, the Capeside gang learns that realities do not always meet expectations, and Joey begins to regret her lie to Dawson.
17 Admissions Barb Siebertz 11 APRIL 2001 75
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Past, present, and future collide when the group is forced to make some serious decisions about where they'll attend college.
18 Eastern Standard Time Jonathan Kasdan 18 APRIL 2001 76
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Senior Ditch Day takes the group outside of Capeside, and into some unknown... and unexpected territory.
19 Late Jeffrey Stepakoff 25 APRIL 2001 77
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The group faces harsh realities when Joey experiences a scare, and Dawson faces the prospect of Gretchen leaving town.
20 Promicide Maggie Friedman 2 MAY 2001 78
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The prom brings some pleasant surprises, as well as some unexpected heartbreak to the group.
21 Separation Anxiety Rina Mimoun 9 MAY 2001 79
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Dawson and Joey are hopeful that some unexpected turns of events may resuscitate their ailing relationships with Gretchen and Pacey, while Jen makes an important decision.
22 The Graduate Alan Cross 16 MAY 2001 80
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A chapter comes to a close as Dawson, Joey, Jen and Jack don cap and gown, but it's not smooth sailing for all as Pacey's temper may cost him his final chance to graduate. Andie returns to Capeside for the graduation ceremony.
23 Coda Gina Fattore & Tom Kapinos 23 MAY 2001 81
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Dawson's goodbyes to friends and family come sooner than expected when he's accepted to a summer program at USC.


Season 5

Main article: Season 5
# EPISODE WRITER(s) AIRDATE #
1 The Bostonians Tom Kapinos 10 OCTOBER 2001 82
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In the fifth-season opener, the gang takes on college life --- except for Pacey, who's lying low as he docks the yacht in Boston Harbor after sailing away the summer. Joey is struggling in her writing class at Worthington College as she measures her academic dreams against reality and tries to deal with her separation from Dawson, who's continuing his studies at USC with an internship in Hollywood. Elsewhere, at Boston Bay College, Jack and Jen make their way around campus and search for a frat party to attend, as Jack declares that it's time for Jen to meet a new guy and start a "whirlwind college romance."
2 The Lost Weekend Gina Fattore 17 OCTOBER 2001 83
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Dawson visits Joey in Boston, and all goes well until he gets an unusual message on his answering machine. Meanwhile, Pacey is interested in the restaurant business; and Jen and Jack go to a frat party, where Jen meets a new guy (guest star Chad Michael Murray, "Gilmore Girls").
3 Capeside Revisited Jeffrey Stepakoff 24 OCTOBER 2001 84
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Joey learns that Pacey is living in Boston and working at a nearby restaurant. Also in town is Dawson, who's not happy in Los Angeles and is thinking about staying on the East Coast. Meanwhile, Jack gets used to being a Sig Ep brother; and Jen and Charlie take their relationship to a new level.
4 Four Scary Stories Jed Seidel 12 DECEMBER 2001 86
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Jen takes over Charlie's (guest star Chad Michael Murray) nighttime shift on the radio and plays DJ to a host of listeners who call in with terrifying tales.
5 The Long Goodbye Tom Kapinos 31 OCTOBER 2001 85
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The Leerys deal with the aftermath of Mitch's car accident. As friends and family gather around to lend support, Dawson tries to come to terms with the last time he saw his father.
6 Use Your Disillusion Rina Mimoun 7 NOVEMBER 2001 87
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Dawson takes Joey up on an offer to visit her for a weekend in Boston. Meanwhile, Jack is surprised when his boyfriend (guest star David Monahan) visits unexpectedly and makes Jack choose between spending time with him or the fraternity.
7 High Anxiety Allison Robinson & Joshua Krist 14 NOVEMBER 2001 88
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Dawson suffers anxiety attacks while trying to deal with the death of his father, so he takes a trip to Boston to get away from his troubles. While in town, he goes to the frat house with Jack.
8 Text, Lies and Videotape Karin Lewicki 21 NOVEMBER 2001 89
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With support from Jen, Dawson decides to see a doctor in Boston about his anxiety attacks, while Pacey makes his move with Karen (guest star Lourdes Benedicto, "ER") despite her relationship with his boss (guest star Ian Kahn). On the college front, Audrey makes an audition tape for "Real World Ibiza."
9 Hotel New Hampshire Diego Gutierrez 28 NOVEMBER 2001 90
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Joey is feeling left out of Dawson's life since he has been spending more time with Jen at their post-therapy ritual, and Jen and Jack are growing apart because of the amount of time Jack spends at the frat house. To get away from a while, Dawson takes Jen with him to a film festival in New Hampshire, where his documentary is being honored. While the two enjoy the event, they reach a new level in their relationship that could radially alter their friendship.
10 Appetite for Destruction Anna Fricke 19 DECEMBER 2001 91
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Pacey decides to throw a large dinner party at Grams' house to reunite all of his high-school friends, but Joey is in for a surprise when she walks in on a kiss between Dawson and Jen.
11 Something Wild Jeffrey Stepakoff 16 JANUARY 2002 92
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Fall break is in full swing as Joey, Pacey and Audrey (Busy Philipps) celebrate their accomplishments at a Boston bar; Dawson takes Jen back to Capeside to tell Gale (Mary-Margaret Humes) they're dating again.
12 Sleeping Arrangements Jed Seidel 23 JANUARY 2002 93
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Jen and Dawson adjust to their new living arrangements in Grams' house, while Pacey finds out that he has an opportunity to sail around the Greek Islands. Back at the frat house, Jack finds out that one of the brothers didn't want to room with him.
13 Something Wilder Rina Mimoun 30 JANUARY 2002 94
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Jen buys Dawson back-to-school presents to start off his first day of film school in Boston. Meanwhile, Joey gets too close for comfort for Professor Wilder, and Jack learns that he is on academic probation.
14 Guerilla Filmmaking Julia Rask 6 FEBRUARY 2002 95
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Dawson starts to direct a film and lets Audrey (Busy Phillips) play the leading lady. Meanwhile, Audrey tries to fight her growing attraction to Pacey. In the frat world, Jack makes a tough decision about being a Sigma Epsilon brother.
15 Downtown Crossing Tom Kapinos 13 FEBRUARY 2002 96
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Freshman Joey decides to pay a nighttime visit to Prof. Wilder, so she stops at an ATM to get money for the train, unaware that she's being watched. As she heads for the train station, she's approached by a stranger (guest star Samuel Ball), who asks if she can spare some cash. Joey refuses and the man goes away. But he soon returns and he's no longer asking for a handout: He's demanding her cash and belongings. The situation ends up taking an unexpected turn, one that could radically change Joey's perspective on life.
16 In A Lonely Place Gina Fattore 20 FEBRUARY 2002 97
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Dawson and Joey see a film at Dawson's school and Joey notices that Prof. Wilder (guest star Ken Marino) is there --- and he isn't alone. Meanwhile, Jen and Audrey (Busy Philipps) go to a rock concert where Jen is supposed to interview the band members.
17 Highway To Hell Anna Fricke 3 APRIL 2002 98
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Joey lands her first gig as the lead singer of Charlie's (Chad Michael Murray) band and Pacey and Audrey (Busy Philipps) decide to take the road trip with her. Meanwhile, Dawson's sister has her first birthday and the rest of the gang heads home to Capeside for the party.
18 Cigarette Burns Tom Kapinos & Jonathan Kasdan 10 APRIL 2002 99
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Dawson finishes his first picture since starting film school and learns that Oliver's invited a critic (guest star Meredith Salinger) to review it. At the screening, Joey sits with Charlie (Chad Michael Murray) but tries to deny her attraction to the die-hard ladies' man. Meanwhile, Pacey and Audrey (Busy Philipps) continue to explore their undefined relationship.
19 100 Light Years From Home Rina Mimoun 17 APRIL 2002 100
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The gang decides to go to Audrey's (Busy Philipps) beach house for spring break, but they find that some romantic entanglements may ruin the party atmosphere. Meanwhile, Dawson travels to New York to meet with an agent about his newest film.
20 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) Nicole Ranadive 24 APRIL 2002 101
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Pacey learns that he has a new boss (guest star Sherilyn Fenn, "Twin Peaks") at the restaurant after he returns from a few days of vacation. Meanwhile, Charlie (Chad Michael Murray) gets the chance to romance Joey and Dawson tries to get an agent to represent him for his next film.
21 After Hours Jeffrey Stepakoff 1 MAY 2002 102
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Pacey's attraction to his new boss, Alex, gets him in hot water with Audrey when she catches them together. Meanwhile, Dawson has his own fling with an older woman; and the rest of the gang crams for finals.
22 The Abby Diego Gutierrez & Jonathan Kasdan 8 MAY 2002 103
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The gang packs up to go home to Capeside for the summer, and Audrey tries to persuade Joey to bring her along. Meanwhile, Dawson gets an offer to go to Los Angeles; Pacey may lose his job at the restaurant; and Jen and Jack decide to take a trip together.
23 Swan Song Tom Kapinos & Gina Fattore 15 MAY 2002 104
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The gang tries to decide where their paths will lead this summer as they seek to broaden their horizons. But when they bump into each other at the airport, they're still up in the air about their itineraries. Dawson muses over a flight to Los Angeles, while Audrey struggles with the thought of going home without a farewell word with Pacey. Meanwhile, Jen and Jack rethink their travel plans when Jack finds a possible love interest, and Joey sees her summer prospects improve when she discovers she has a valid passport.


Season 6

Main article: Season 6
# EPISODE WRITER(s) AIRDATE #
1 The Kids Are Alright Tom Kapinos 2 OCTOBER 2002 105
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Dawson returns to Boston after working as an assistant director in Los Angeles over the summer and reunites with Joey. Their reunion leads to an evening of truth and intimacy. Meanwhile, Audrey and Pacey return from L.A. with a surprise passenger, and Pacey gets a job interview that could change his life. Sparks fly between Jen and CJ, a handsome new peer counselor she meets at school.
2 The Song Remains the Same Gina Fattore 2 OCTOBER 2002 106
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A call from another woman may alter Dawson and Joey's relationship. Jen, Pacey and Jack plan a surprise birthday party for Joey.
3 The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest Anna Fricke 9 OCTOBER 2002 107
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Joey tries to write a heartfelt e-mail to Dawson and accidentally forwards it to the entire Worthington campus. Meanwhile, Jack frets about his crush on Prof. Freeman, which he fears the professor may be aware of; and Pacey struggles with his new job.
4 Instant Karma! Maggie Friedman 16 OCTOBER 2002 108
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Dawson finds himself in an awkward situation when his ex-girlfriend bumps into Joey. Meanwhile, Audrey feels she's playing second fiddle to Pacey's new career, and their relationship is further strained when she catches him in a lie.
5 The Impostors Gina Fattore 23 OCTOBER 2002 109
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Dawson's quick thinking on the movie set saves the film when a producer arrives and tries to fire the lead actress and close down production. Meanwhile, Audrey is thrilled when Emma asks her to sing in her punk band, and Jack confronts Professor Freeman about an unfair grade.
6 Living Dead Girl Tom Kapinos 30 OCTOBER 2002 110
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When Dawson assists Todd in throwing a blow-out Halloween party on the movie set, Todd and Natasha have Dawson believing he is seeing the ghost of a legendary film actress who was strangled to death on the same stage. Meanwhile, Pacey and Audrey arrive at the party together but leave separately; Jen becomes suspicious about C.J.; and Joey gets stuck taking Professor Heston's teenage daughter to a haunted house with Eddie.
7 Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell Anna Fricke 6 NOVEMBER 2002 111
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Audrey gets tipsy at the bar before her band performs, leading her friends to suspect she might have a drinking problem. Meanwhile, Pacey takes a trip to New Orleans with his coworkers, and Joey and Eddie go on a date.
8 Spiderwebs Gina Fattore 13 NOVEMBER 2002 112
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Dawson scores tickets for the gang to a No Doubt concert, and while they are at the show a secret about Audrey and CJ is revealed. Elsewhere, Joey and Eddie go on a date, and Dawson and Natasha try to rekindle the romance in their relationship.
9 Everything Put Together Falls Apart Maggie Friedman 20 NOVEMBER 2002 113
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Dawson is intimidated when a movie star comes to the set and takes an interest in Natasha. Meanwhile, Joey is distracted by Eddie as she studies for a final exam; and Pacey brings Emma to an office party.
10 Merry Mayhem Tom Kapinos 11 DECEMBER 2002 114
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The gang heads home for the holidays and gathers at Dawson's house for Christmas dinner. But as the celebration gets under way, Audrey gets out of hand and threatens to ruin the Yuletide festivities. Meanwhile, Joey and Eddie have a spat about where to spend Christmas; and Dawson confronts Natasha about her night out with another guy.
11 Day Out of Days Gina Fattore 15 JANUARY 2003 115
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Back in Los Angeles, Dawson is asked by the studio to direct re-shoots of "Wicked Dead" after Todd refuses, but is conflicted about advancing his career by being disloyal to his mentor. Meanwhile, Joey hasn't heard from Eddie since Christmas, so she pays a visit to his apartment only to find it empty; Pacey has second thoughts about his new life and starts skipping work to spend time with Emma; Jen's insecurities as a peer counselor are compounded when C.J. is assigned to train her.
12 All The Right Moves Maggie Friedman 22 JANUARY 2003 116
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Joey follows Eddie to his family home where they face up to their true emotions and the obstacles they must overcome to be together. Back in Boston, Pacey is invited to an exclusive party where he receives a promotion and is recruited to be part of a special project but is tipped off that the project maybe not be ethical. Audrey returns from Los Angeles and is welcomed back into the band, but blows her chances by getting drunk just before taking the stage.
13 Rock Bottom Tom Kapinos 29 JANUARY 2003 117
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While directing reshoots on his film, Dawson finds his authority questioned when Natasha refuses to do a nude scene. Unable to say good-bye to Eddie, who is moving to California, Joey convinces him that Audrey should be in rehab in Los Angeles, and the three of them should drive there together into a rehab facility. Jen and C.J. set Grams up with C.J.'s Uncle Bill, who turns out to be quite randy.
14 Clean and Sober Anna Fricke 5 FEBRUARY 2003 118
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When Dawson visits Audrey at rehab, he spots a big time producer and follows her into a therapy session. Meanwhile, Pacey throws a party to celebrate his new success and is surprised when Joey lets loose during a spontaneous game of spin the bottle; Jen catches reformed alcoholic C.J. with a drink; and Jack agrees to marry Emma so that she can get her green card.
15 Castaways Gina Fattore 12 FEBRUARY 2003 119
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On the way home from a business party, Pacey and Joey make an unexpected stop at a Kmart, miss closing and spend the entire night locked up together. Wandering around the deserted store, the former lovers play in the toy department, dance in the electronics department and talk about life, love and their history together. The night ends with a kiss that leaves them wondering where they go from here.
16 That Was Then Anna Fricke 26 MARCH 2003 120
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Joey and Pacey must make a decision about their future together, but before they even have a chance to talk, Pacey rushes to Capeside when his dad is admitted to the hospital. As a favor to Professor Heston Joey agrees to stay with his daughter Harley and is reminded of what is was like to be a teenager in love. Back in Capeside, Dawson returns to the high school film class as a guest speaker and reflects back on the passion and creative convictions he seems to have lost.
17 Sex and Violence Anna Fricke & Tom Kapinos 2 APRIL 2003 121
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Joey agrees to be Pacey's temporary assistant but they both have second thoughts when their mutual jealousy leads to disaster in the office. Much to his surprise, Dawson sells his idea for a coming-of-age movie, but when the studio wants to change the movie to a teen sex film, he must decide if he should take the deal or stick with his original concept. Meanwhile, an open-minded Grams is the intermediary that brings Jen and C.J. together.
18 Love Bites Liz Garcia 9 APRIL 2003 122
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Jen's seemingly happy world comes crashing down when she learns that Grams has breast cancer. Meanwhile, Joey's tumultuous love life continues when Eddie reveals his true reasons for returning to Boston, and Pacey agrees to join Joey as she chaperones for Harley's school dance, but what should be a magical night doesn't feel right for Joey. Although he is at first reluctant, Pacey agrees to invest Dawson's life savings to finance his new film project.
19 Lovelines Jason M. Palmer 16 APRIL 2003 123
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Joey and Eddie's emotional and sexual relationship is played out on stage during a counseling center benefit with special guests Dr. Drew and Adam Carolla. Meanwhile, at the same event, Jack and David deal with the insecurities in their relationship, a sober Audrey returns to Boston with her eye on Dr. Drew, and Jen opens up to C.J. about Grams' cancer.
20 Catch-22 Laura Glasser 23 APRIL 2003 124
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Pacey is ordered by his superiors to sell stock owned by his biggest client just days before a federal ruling, but the consequences are severe when Pacey is accused of insider trading and realizes that the money he invested for Dawson is gone. Back at school, Eddie surprises Joey with a trip to Europe for the summer, but a fiery conversation about how differently they live their lives leaves both of them questioning their future together.
21 Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road Anna Fricke 30 APRIL 2003 125
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Joey returns to Capeside to find Dawson's script on her doorstep and is overwhelmed that he has written a story about three friends, but Dawson's movie-making dreams are shattered when Pacey comes clean about losing Dawson's money. The ensuing fight opens old wounds and leaves the three friends believing their friendship will never be the same. Back in Boston, Jen has invited her mother from New York with the intent of telling her that she, Jack and Grams are moving to New York so Grams' can get the medical care she needs.
22 Joey Potter and the Capeside Redemption Gina Fattore 7 MAY 2003 126
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When Dawson gives up his dream of making his film, a strong-minded Joey rallies the old group back to Capeside to help Dawson begin production. Meanwhile, an unemployed and depressed Pacey won't be part of Joey's plan but becomes inspired to make sure Dawson has the financial support he needs to finish his film. Once production is up and running, Jen, Jack and Grams must say their goodbyes and leave for New York, and after her covert plan to reconcile Dawson and Pacey, Joey feels she is now is free to pursue her dream of traveling to Paris.
23 All Good Things... Kevin Williamson 14 MAY 2003 127
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Five years have passed and everyone is reunited in Capeside for a special wedding, but the happy reunion is cut short after the group learns that one of their own has been harboring a heartbreaking secret. Since they were last together, Dawson has been living in Los Angeles producing his autobiographical television series 'The Creek,' but has never forgotten the love of his life; Joey is a successful book editor living in New York with her boyfriend; Pacey is the owner of the new Ice House, although he continues his pattern of getting into trouble with older women; Jen is a single mom living with Grams and managing an art gallery in Soho; and Jack is a teacher at Capeside High and has fallen in love with a secretly gay man.
24 ...Must Come To An End Kevin Williamson 14 MAY 2003 128
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Five years have passed and everyone is reunited in Capeside for a special wedding, but the happy reunion is cut short after the group learns that one of their own has been harboring a heartbreaking secret. Since they were last together, Dawson has been living in Los Angeles producing his autobiographical television series 'The Creek,' but has never forgotten the love of his life; Joey is a successful book editor living in New York with her boyfriend; Pacey is the owner of the new Ice House, although he continues his pattern of getting into trouble with older women; Jen is a single mom living with Grams and managing an art gallery in Soho; and Jack is a teacher at Capeside High and has fallen in love with a secretly gay man.
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