Who was this chance encounter with, Deepak Chopra?
—Dawson to Andie
First Encounters of the Close Kind is the 10th episode of the Season 3 of Dawson's Creek.


LIFE IS CHANGING – Dawson (James Van Der Beek), Joey (Katie Holmes), Jack (Kerr Smith) & Andie (Meredith Monroe) spend the weekend at a Boston university for an advanced look at college and where Dawson has entered his "Blair Witch" documentary in a student film festival. Elsewhere on campus, due to a clerical error, 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 risk and explores the local gay community.



Dawson enters a film festival with high hopes of winning first price, where he meets a volunteer, who turns out to be a talented filmmaker.


Andie hopes to get an interview with the Dean of Admissions, but ends up spending some time talking about life with the Dean's secretary.


Signed on for a weekend rooming with a college student, Joey finds herself in a lacklustre situation when it turns out she's rooming with a guy, who's not exactly enthusiastic about showing her the ropes.


As the only one not staying around campus, Jack walks around Boston to explore the scene and visiting a gay club.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery[1]
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee

Special Guest Stars

Marla Gibbs as Fran Boyd
Robin Dunne as A.J. Moller[2]

Guest starring

Bianca Lawson as Nikki Green[2]
Adam Kaufman as Ethan Brody[2]


  • This episode of Dawson's Creek largely divides the cast into separate storylines for each character.
    • A similar approach is found in the Season 4 episode Four Stories, albeit several storylines in that episode feature more than one main character.


Dawson gets his ID, Joey meets A.J.
mrs. potter's lullaby | COUNTING CROWS
Jack gets on the bus
run into you | LAST DECEMBER
Jack at the bar
never ending | WOOD
Joey and A.J. say goodbye; later in Dawson's room


Notes and references

  1. Michelle Williams (Jen Lindley) and Joshua Jackson (Pacey Witter) do not appear in this episode.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 First appearances of Nikki, A.J. and Ethan
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