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 from blissful and romantic nautical getaway to face their Senior year at Capeside High and confront their friends' curiosity.
2 Failing Down Tom Kapinos 11 OCTOBER 2000 60
With the return to school, reality hits hard as Jen's relationship ends and Pacey faces the likelihood that he will not graduate, while his sister appears to brighten the horizon a bit.
3 Two Gentlemen of Capeside Jeffrey Stepakoff 18 OCTOBER 2000 61
The winds of change are blowing though Capeside as a violent storm threatens lives and forces an unlikely hero to come forward.
4 Future Tense Gina Fattore 25 OCTOBER 2000 62
The pressure is on as Capeside's class of 2001 faces the college application process and battles the "senior slump".
5 A Family Way Maggie Friedman 1 NOVEMBER 2000 63
The Leery family may be adding another member, causing several others to reconsider sexual responsibility and all its ramifications.
6 Great Xpectations Nan Hagan 8 NOVEMBER 2000 64
Dawson, Joey, Jack and Pacey come to Andie's rescue after she steals an Ecstasy pill from Jen and concocts a potentially deadly combination with her anti-depressant medication.
7 You Had Me At Goodbye Chris Levinson & Zack Estrin 15 NOVEMBER 2000 65
While Jen is branded as a pariah, Joey is once again torn between the men in her life and Andie gets the opportunity of a lifetime.
8 The Unusual Suspects Jonathan Kasdan 22 NOVEMBER 2000 66
The mystery of who has pulled the Senior prank of the century must be solved when Principal Peskin's boat and golden retriever end up in the school swimming pool with "Class of 2001" inscribed on the sail.
9 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Tom Kapinos 29 NOVEMBER 2000 67
Jen reveals an important decision she's made with regards to college. Jack and Grams, in turn, make a decision on their own. When Dawson comes up empty with answers to an important question, he turns to Brooks for inspiration. When Pacey accompanies Joey to a formal party for prospective Worthington College students, the Dean is impressed... with Pacey!
10 Self Reliance Gina Fattore 20 DECEMBER 2000 68
Now that the Leery's Christmas Party is over, everyone wonders if Dawson and Gretchen feel "a kiss is just a kiss"?
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 throws Pacey a surprise birthday party... but ends up with a few more surprises than she anticipated.
13 Hopeless Nan Hagan 31 JANUARY 2001 71
Drue gets a lesson in love from Joey, while Dawson wonders if he's ready for his romance with Pacey's older sister.
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
When Dawson poses the unthinkable question, Joey is forced to consider whether honesty is the best policy.
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
As the Capeside High seniors face graduation, Andie returns to town, and Joey's on the hot seat as she prepares a speech, while Pacey wonders if he'll graduate at all.
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.
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