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")

Guest starring

Carolyn Hennesy as Mrs. Valentine (7 episodes)
Rob Nagle as Tom Frost (4 episodes)
David Dukes as Joseph McPhee (2 episodes)
Peter Jurasik as Walter Kubelik (2 episodes)
Sabine Singh as Anna Evans (2 episodes)
Don McManus as Theodore Lindley ("Eastern Standard Time")
Garikayi Mutambirwa as Jean ("Coming Home")
Jason Daniel Roberts as J.J. ("Coming Home")
Carly Schroeder as Molly Sey
Bridgett Newton as Caroline Sey
Christian Kane as Nick Taylor ("The Tao Of Dawson")
Jane Lynch as Mrs. Witter ("The Te Of Pacey")
Rachel True as Kira
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


# episode written by airdate #
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
Jen tries to work out why Henry seems distant and surprisingly gets some insight on the matter from Jack.
3 Two Gentlemen of Capeside Jeffrey Stepakoff 18 OCTOBER 2000 61
When Dawson and Joey are assigned a joint English project, Pacey takes "True Love" out for the last sail of the season with Jen to try and forget that his girlfriend is spending the afternoon with her ex-soulmate, only to discover that the seas are a lot angrier than he is. Back at the Yacht Club, Joey realizes that Pacey and Jen are stuck in the middle of a dangerous storm and may not make it out alive if she and Dawson don't overcome their differences and come to their rescue.
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
Joey turns to Jen for advice when she starts pondering preparing for having sex, while Andie convinces Jack to teach a kids' football team, where the parents are the problem. Gail can't seem to kick a flue that turns out to be something entirely else.
6 Great Xpectations Nan Hagan 8 NOVEMBER 2000 64
Dawson, Joey, Pacey and Jack come to Andie's rescue after she smuggles 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 facing the conundrum over choosing between Dawson and Pacey to write her college application peer recommendation from "The Person Who Knows You Best" and Andie gets the opportunity of a lifetime.
8 The Unusual Suspects Jonathan Kasdan 22 NOVEMBER 2000 66
Dawson, Pacey and Jack are all prime suspects in the masterful senior prank against Principal Peskin (guest star Harry Shearer, "Spinal Tap") but after their interrogations reveal seemingly air-tight alibis, another culprit surfaces.
9 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Tom Kapinos 29 NOVEMBER 2000 67
Joey is hurt when she realizes a new girl has taken her place next to Dawson on movie night but is completely unprepared when she and Pacey see Dawson kissing her under the mistletoe at The Leery's Christmas party.
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 plans a surprise party for Pacey's 18th birthday but panics when he makes her promise to keep the joyous occasion to just the two of them as his family has ruined every one of his past celebrations, and this will be no exception to the birthday curse.
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
Joey and Pacey feel the pressure to "go all the way" when the senior trip inspires unsupervised mayhem in the class of 2001. Meanwhile, Dawson must decide, with the help of Mr. Brooks' oldest friend (guest star Andy Griffith), whether to take Mr. Brooks (guest star Harve Presnell) off life-support.
15 Four Stories Tom Kapinos 14 FEBRUARY 2001 73
Divided into four sections, this episode tells the story of: the aftermath of Pacey and Joey's first night together, Jen's first therapy session, Dawson dealing with Mr. Brooks' death and later on, Joey and Dawson spend a relaxed evening hanging out.
16 Mind Games Gina Fattore 28 FEBRUARY 2001 74
Pacey is surprised to learn that Joey lied to Dawson when confronted about the couple's night together on the ski trip, and must decide what her reluctance to tell him means about their future together.
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
It's senior ditch day at Capeside High and while Joey and Jen head to New York to confront Jen's estranged father (guest star Don McManus), Dawson and Gretchen (guest star Sasha Alexander) hit the road for a romantic adventure together and Pacey and Drue (Mark Matkevitch) form an alliance that ends in handcuffs.
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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