You know you love someone when you can spend the entire night, sitting by the fire, watching them sleep
A Weekend in the Country is the 12th episode of Season 3 of WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


WELCOME TO POTTER'S B&B – Joey's (Katie Holmes) friends and their families work together to make sure that the opening of Potter's Bed & Breakfast is a success and that she and Bessie (Nina Repeta) don't lose everything they have after Pacey (Joshua Jackson) surprises them with a visit from a prestigious travel critic. Throughout the weekend, Jen (Michelle Williams) admits her concerns to Grams (Mary Beth Peil) about getting close to Henry (guest star Michael Pitt); Jack (Kerr Smith) considers moving back home after hearing Andie's (Meredith Monroe) loving plea; and Dawson (James Van Der Beek) tries to understand the connection between his parents (Mary-Margaret Humes and John Wesley Shipp) even after their divorce.


Pacey convinces a reviewer to drop by the Potter B&B, much to Joey's chargrin. The whole gang comes to help the Potters fill their house with 'guests', including Gail and Mitch which incurs Dawson's ire. Andie wants Jack to move back home, Jen opens up to Henry and an important person makes a surprise return to Capeside.


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 Gail 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
Obi Ndefo as Bodie Wells


Carl McIntyre as Fred Fricke


She hung up on me. A telemarketer hung up on me
It's cumulative. You have to re-decide, over and over, every day
—Gail on breakups
Phenylenediamine. It's a main chemical used to process film. It's an intense smell... at the time it smelled like possibility
Hickory buring in the hearth. Smells like 46 years of my life


  • First appearance of Bodie since Season 1
  • Grams reveals in this episode that she and Gramps were married for 46 years (possibly longer; a year later, she tells Jen and Jack how they did not live in the house by the Creek as newlyweds).[1] This would mean Grams & Gramps wed at some point in 1952, if not earlier.
  • Dawson tells Jen that his reaction to her history was totally wrong


starmaker | JULIE PLUG
jen and henry
dawson and mitch
jen and dawson stargaze
will you ever know | KIND OF BLUE
fireside stories
ain't too proud to beg | THE TEMPTATIONS
absence of an angel | PANCHO'S LAMENT
jen and henry talk
promise me this | PANCHO'S LAMENT
jack, jen and grams hug
both sides now | JONI MITCHELL
montage; pacey watches joey sleep


Notes and references