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Season 4 of WB teen drama Dawson's Creek originally aired from 2000-2001.


Following the events of last year, Dawson finds himself resisting letting Pacey and Joey back into his life. Andie focuses her energy on getting into Harvard, Jen revisits the past and Jack meets someone who has an unexpected impact on his life.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee
Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee (episodes 1-7; guest 22)
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gale Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery
Mary Beth Peil as Grams
Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter

Special Guest Stars

Sasha Alexander as Gretchen Witter (20 episodes)
Mark Matkevich as Drue Valentine (17 episodes)
Harve Presnell as Arthur Brooks (9 episodes)
David Monahan as Tobey Barrett (6 episodes)
Dylan Neal as Doug Witter (5 episodes)
Obi Ndefo as Bodie Wells (2 episodes)
Harry Shearer as Principal Peskin (2 episodes)
John Finn as John Witter ("The Te of Pacey")
Andy Griffith as Andrew Lanier ("A Winter's Tale")
Pat Hingle as Irv The Mechanic ("Eastern Standard Time")

Recurring cast

Carolyn Hennesy as Mrs. Valentine (7 episodes)

Guest starring

Rob Nagle as Tom Frost (4 episodes)
David Dukes as Joseph McPhee (2 episodes)
Peter Jurasik as Walter Kubelik (2 episodes)
Carly Schroeder as Molly Sey (2 episodes)
Bridgett Newton as Caroline Sey (2 episodes)
Sabine Singh as Anna Evans (2 episodes)
Garikayi Mutambirwa as Jean ("Coming Home")
Jason Daniel Roberts as J.J. ("Coming Home")
Christian Kane as Nick Taylor ("The Tao Of Dawson")
Jane Lynch as Mrs. Witter ("The Te Of Pacey")
Rachel True as Kira ("Hopeless")
Don McManus as Theodore Lindley ("Eastern Standard Time")
Nance Williamson as Doctor ("Late")


Julia Wright as Kerry Witter

Summer diaries

Summer Diaries
The characters' diary entries of the Summer 2000


Season 4/Gallery


1 Coming Home Greg Berlanti 4 OCTOBER 2000 59
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Senior Ditch Day takes the group outside of Capeside, and into some unknown... and unexpected territory.
19 Late Jeffrey Stepakoff 25 APRIL 2001 77
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
The prom brings some pleasant surprises, as well as some unexpected heartbreak to the group.
21 Separation Anxiety Rina Mimoun 9 MAY 2001 79
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
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
Dawson's goodbyes to friends and family come sooner than expected when he's accepted to a summer program at USC.