- So she was vulnerable; perfect for you. 'Cause you're only interested in girls you can save or screw, right Pace?
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
- 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
- hazel | TROY YOUNG CAMPBELL
- pacey + will at the station
- music to my ears | JENNY BRUCE
- joey visits dawson