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So she was vulnerable; perfect for you. 'Cause you're only interested in girls you can save or screw, right Pace?

Show Me Love is the 21st episode of Season 3 of Dawson's Creek.


A DEFINING MOMENT – As Capeside prepares for the annual spring regatta, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) compete for the winning trophy, only Joey (Katie Holmes) is tired of feeling like the prize. Meanwhile, after many weeks of mixed messages, Gale (Mary-Margaret Humes) makes the first move with Mitch (John Wesley Shipp), and after Jen (Michelle Williams) finally forgives Henry (guest star Michael Pitt) for his one-track mind, he gives Jen the most romantic night of her 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
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gale Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan
Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter
Special Guest Stars
Michael Pitt as Henry Parker
Rodney Scott as Will Krudski


My point is: to err is human, to forgive; divine. Hasn't he paid enough penance?
—Grams to Jen


E.T the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


  • The episode ends with Dawson and Joey watching E.T. in his bedroom, which is a callback to the first scene of the pilot.
  • Dawson and Pacey compete in the regatta with Dawson's sponsor being the Potter B&B and Pacey's sponsor is Leery's Fresh Fish.
    • Dawson ends up getting disqualified for almost crashing into Pacey's boat, despite finishing first.
  • Joey says to Dawson that she just needs a friend right now and Dawson obliges.


fiction | NIK KERSHAW
opening montage
sunday morning | BETTER DAYS
dawson ask jack to borrow the boat
somewhere in new mexico | JILL SOBULE
jen + henry on the roof; gail surprises mitch
crush 'em | MEGADETH
let that be enough | SWITCHFOOT
dawson tries to talk to joey
pacey + will at the station
music to my ears | JENNY BRUCE
joey visits dawson