Season 5 of WB teen drama Dawson's Creek originally aired on the WB. This season is the gang's first year in college.


Last season culminated with the bittersweet graduation of Dawson (James Van Der Beek, Varsity Blues), Joey (Katie Holmes, Wonder Boys), Pacey (Joshua Jackson, The Skulls), Jen (Michelle Williams, Dick) and Jack (Kerr Smith, Final Destination). Lifelong friends and confidantes, Joey and Dawson shared one last kiss as they faced being on separate coasts with Dawson following his Hollywood dream at USC film school and Joey fulfilling her academic destiny at Worthington College in Boston. The third side of last spring's romantic triangle, Pacey, begins the fall entering the working world. He left Capeside after graduating from high school and headed for the high seas. At the end of the summer, he reluctantly returns to Boston and faces his future. While his friends are all in college classes and co-ed dorms, Pacey gets a job in a restaurant and gains confidence that he actually might find something he's good at doing.

Jen and Jack continue their running commentary on all things insipid at the ripest of places, party school Boston Bay College. Jack joins a fraternity and embraces this new world with surprising zest, leaving Jen feeling on the outside. The two bunk with Grams (Mary Beth Piel, The King and I on Broadway), Jen's grandmother, who packed up her life in Capeside and moved to the big city. Grams and her weekly Sunday night dinners provide the stability of some semblance of home and family. Leaving their small town cocoon and heading into the unknown, each struggles to find his or her place in the world as dreams don't always match up with reality. Still contemplating his last kiss with Joey, Dawson embarks on his USC program with an internship in the film industry in California while Joey tackles the challenges of living up to her own academic expectations, a new roommate and a life without her best friend. Jen meanwhile finds herself drawn into a whirlwind relationship without the usual discourse and Jack adjusts to a long-distance relationship and life as an openly gay college student.


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
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan (11 episodes)

Special Guest Stars

Busy Philipps as Audrey Liddell (22 episodes)
Chad Michael Murray as Charlie Todd (12 episodes)
Ken Marino as David Wilder (10 episodes)
Ian Kahn as Danny Brecher (9 episodes)
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gale Leery (7 episodes)
Lourdes Benedicto as Karen Torres (7 episodes)
Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter (4 episodes)
Sherilyn Fenn as Alex Pearl (3 episodes)
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery (2 episodes)
Dylan Neal as Doug Witter ("The Lost Weekend)
David Monahan as Tobey Barrett ("Use Your Disillusion")
M2M as M2M ("100 Light Years From Home")

Recurring cast

Jordan Bridges as Oliver Chirchick (7 episodes)
Ryan Bittle as Eric (6 episodes)

Guest starring

Ned Brower as Elliott Sawyer (3 episodes)
Meredith Salenger as Amy Lloyd (2 episodes)
Pauley Perrette as Rachel Weir (2 episodes)
Jennifer Morrison as Melanie Thompson (2 episodes)
Hal Ozsan as Todd Carr (2 episodes)
Andrea Pearson as Nora (2 episodes)
Brenda Strong as Kay Liddell ("High Anxiety")
Nicole Bilderback as Heather Tracy ("The Bostonians")
Jodi Thelan as Susan ("The Long Goodbye")
Bryce Johnson as Library Guy ("Four Scary Stories")
Jonah Blechman as Tad ("Four Scary Stories")
Drew Wood as Steve ("In A Lonely Place")
Nick Cornish as Wynn ("In A Lonely Place")
Tac Fitzgerald as Chris Hartford ("100 Light Years From Home")
Jack Plotnick as Andrew Waller ("Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)")


Afemo Omilami as Clifton Smalls (2 episodes)
Scott Stevens as Nathan ("Highway To Hell")



Season 5/Gallery



The Bostonians

10 OCTOBER 2001 Tom Kapinos 1 82
Dawson takes his first step in fulfilling his Hollywood ambitions as a freshman film student in Los Angeles, while Joey finally escapes her small town roots by starting college at an Ivy League university in Boston. Instead of focusing on the new lives they have worked a lifetime for, they find themselves distracted by the distance between them and their unsettling last kiss

The Lost Weekend

17 OCTOBER 2001 Gina Fattore 2 83
As Dawson spends time in Boston with Joey, he begins to wonder if his place is truly in California or alongside his friend - until a heartbreaking phone message from Joey expressing her desire to end their friendship causes him to demand a straight and final answer of her feelings towards him. Meanwhile, Pacey discovers what may be his true calling and Jen finds true love with a handsome stranger

Capeside Revisited

24 OCTOBER 2001 Jeffrey Stepakoff 3 84
Dawson is hit with tragedy after he heads home to Capeside to break the news to his parents (Mary-Margaret Humes and John Wesley Shipp) that he is dropping out of USC to be with Joey, who is in shock herself after she realizes Pacey has been in Boston for weeks.

The Long Goodbye

31 OCTOBER 2001 Tom Kapinos 4 85
Lifelong friends Dawson, Joey and Pacey put past grudges behind them in the wake of the tragic death of one of their fathers. Along with Jack, Jen and Grams, each tries to find the words and actions to comfort their friend.

Four Scary Stories

12 DECEMBER 2001 Jed Seidel 5 86
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.

Use Your Disillusion

7 NOVEMBER 2001 Rina Mimoun 6 87
Dawson finally takes Joey up on her invitation for a weekend in Boston, but the two have trouble getting back to where they once were. Meanwhile, Jack is surprised when his boyfriend Tobey (guest star David Monahan) shows up unexpectedly which forces Jack to choose between fraternity hell week and spending time with Tobey.

High Anxiety

14 NOVEMBER 2001 Allison Robinson & Joshua Krist 7 88
Jen sets out to get a bit of revenge on Charlie for cheating on her, while Dawson joins Jack for a night of frat. Joey supports Audrey, whose mother is in town and Pacey throws a party on his boat.

Text, Lies and Videotape

21 NOVEMBER 2001 Karin Lewicki 8 89
Dawson struggles to find direction and considers returning to USC to honor his father, while Pacey makes his move with Karen (guest star Lourdes Benedicto, "ER") despite her relationship with his boss (guest star Ian Kahn).

Hotel New Hampshire

28 NOVEMBER 2001 Diego Gutierrez 9 90
Dawson takes Jen on a road trip to a small film festival in New Hampshire where his documentary is being honored. The spotlight is intoxicating for both of them as they share one of the single most momentous events in a boy's life.

Appetite for Destruction

19 DECEMBER 2001 Anna Fricke 10 91
Pacey decides to throw a dinner party at Grams' house to bring the dissolving group back together - unknowingly setting Joey up for a big surprise when Dawson and Jen are caught in a lip-lock.

Something Wild

16 JANUARY 2002 Jeffrey Stepakoff 11 92
After Pacey teases Joey about loosening up, she surprises everyone by taking up with the last person anyone would dream of - Jen's two-timing ex-beau Charlie (guest star Chad Michael Murray). Meanwhile, newly romantic Dawson and Jen head back to Capeside where they face a disapproving Gale (Mary-Margaret Humes).

Sleeping Arrangements

23 JANUARY 2002 Jed Seidel 12 93
Pacey is torn between his new life in Boston and the calling of the high seas after an old flame offers him the chance of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Jack decides to move out of Grams' house into the fraternity only to discover that one of the guys has a problem rooming with someone who is gay, and Jen stirs the pot with Dawson when she discusses their love life on the radio.

Something Wilder

30 JANUARY 2002 Rina Mimoun 13 94
At his new film school in Boston, Dawson runs into the socially awkward Oliver, who wants Dawson to direct his film. Jack's unhappiness with the frat house comes to a head, while Jen is struggling to keep her radio sass in her current state of puppy love bliss. Joey is asked out by Elliott, but lies to get out of it when Wilder hosts a literary group at his house.

Guerilla Filmmaking

6 FEBRUARY 2002 Julia Rask 14 95
Dawson's student film puts new and old lovers to the test after he solicits Jen's help to recruit Charlie (Chad Michael Murray) for the lothario lead role and Joey's influence to calm down his female lead, Audrey (Busy Phillips), after her guilt over her and Pacey's heated kiss drives her into a locked bathroom.

Downtown Crossing

13 FEBRUARY 2002 Tom Kapinos 15 96
Walking by herself at night, Joey is robbed at gunpoint, and then watches stunned as the fleeing mugger (guest star Samuel Ball) is struck by a hit-and-run driver. Awe-struck by the similarities between the drug-dealing mugger and her own wayward father, Joey stays with him at the hospital in hopes of finding answers about her father.

In A Lonely Place

20 FEBRUARY 2002 Gina Fattore 16 97
Jen and Audrey are tempted to risk their new relationships with Dawson and Pacey after spending the evening with a couple of cute musicians. Meanwhile, Dawson keeps a close eye on Joey after her mugging but she is thrown for a loop when they run into Professor Wilder (guest star Ken Marino) on a date.

Highway To Hell

3 APRIL 2002 Anna Fricke 17 98
The flirtation between Joey and Charlie (Chad Michael Murray) continues after he persuades her to join him and his band on the road for a gig - with her as the lead singer - and they end up in a "no-tell motel" with Pacey and Audrey. Meanwhile, Dawson's world is rocked after he discovers his mother (Mary-Margaret Humes) has a new boyfriend.

Cigarette Burns

10 APRIL 2002 Tom Kapinos & Jonathan Kasdan 18 99
Joey sees Charlie (Chad Michael Murray) in a whole new light after watching him in Dawson's film and decides to give his constant flirtations a chance. Meanwhile, Audrey tests Pacey's true feelings for her and Dawson hooks up with a sexy film critic (guest star Meredith Salinger).

100 Light Years From Home

17 APRIL 2002 Rina Mimoun 19 100
Joey's icy demeanor melts when Charlie (Chad Michael Murray) follows her to Florida where she is enjoying Spring Break with the gang, and she spends the night with him unaware that Dawson is on his way to tell her that he loves her. Things heat up when Audrey's first love Chris (guest star Chris Hartford, MTV veejay) shows up and comes between her and a jealous Pacey.

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

24 APRIL 2002 Nicole Ranadive 20 101
Pacey's new boss Alex (guest star Sherilyn Fenn, "Twin Peaks") works fast, putting the moves on him and firing his girlfriend Audrey in one night, while Joey finds her carefree fling with Charlie (Chad Michael Murray) has taken a turn for the serious when he turns down a chance at rockstardom to be with her.

After Hours

1 MAY 2002 Jeffrey Stepakoff 21 102
Pacey's undeniable attraction towards his sexy new boss Alex (guest star Sherilyn Fenn, "Twin Peaks") gets him into trouble after she makes a late night visit to his apartment and Audrey catches them together. Meanwhile, Dawson runs into a familiar face at the movies and ends up in an older woman's bed.

The Abby

8 MAY 2002 Diego Gutierrez & Jonathan Kasdan 22 103
Pacey finds himself in a dangerous situation with his new boss Alex (guest star Sherilyn Fenn, "Twin Peaks") after he stages a work revolt in front of important restaurant investors which causes her to lose her job - and her mind. Meanwhile, with school out for the summer, Dawson and Joey head back to Capeside to reconnect with their fathers - Joey heads to prison to visit her father unaware that he was paroled months ago while Dawson goes to the cemetery for the first time.

Swan Song

15 MAY 2002 Tom Kapinos & Gina Fattore 23 104
With school out, everyone makes big summer plans: Dawson heads to L.A. to work on his movie along with Audrey who's heading home, while Jack and Jen plan the epic Costa Rican adventure, leaving Joey and Pacey feeling perpetually stuck back in Capeside. However, all plans change when Joey and Pacey race to the airport to reclaim their loves and a special someone crosses paths with Jack.