Separation Anxiety is the 21st episode of Season 4 of Dawson's Creek.


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.


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-Margaret Humes as Gale Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan

Special Guest Stars

Sasha Alexander as Gretchen Witter
Mark Matkevich as Drue Valentine

Guest starring

Peter Jurasik as Walter Kubelik

Gretchen's letter

Dear Dawson...
I've been thinking about what to say to you since I left your house yesterday. I thought about waiting for you to come to my door, saying this face to face, but I knew it would be too hard. I realize that, as much as I need to move on, you need to stay here. Your whole life is about to change in a way that will never be the same. You're opening a new chapter, and you have to give a proper good-bye to the old one. You don't want to miss these moments, even the sad ones, because you'll never get them back. So enjoy this time. Let it wash over you so that your memories of it are strong. Besides, I don't need to spend a month in a car to fall in love with you. I already am in love with you, even more than you know. So good-bye, Dawson Leery. Thank you for changing my life and opening my heart again. You'll never know how much it meant to me. Have a bitchin' summer.
Love, Gretchen


I'm not ashamed to admit that I'd be scared to go to school without you
—Jack to Jen
I'm an 18-year-old woman who's afraid to be away from her grammy
How can I enjoy it without you?
—Joey to Pacey


  • Gretchen leaves Capeside and Dawson
  • Pacey and Joey finalize their break-up
  • Jack is going on another date with Tobey
  • Jen asks Grams to move to Boston with her


dead yet | MUD'L HEAD
show me heaven | JESSICA ANDREWS
write me a song | EDWIN MCCAIN
windows | AMY COOK
one small year | SHAWN COLVIN
around and around | MARK KOZELEK
waiting for my real life to begin | COLIN HAY


Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.