Beauty Contest is the 12th episode of Season 1 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


NEVER JUDGE -- Joey (Katie Holmes) becomes the center of amorous attention when she enters a local beauty competition to earn money towards her future education; meanwhile, to the pageant judges' dismay, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) enters the pageant on the grounds that he is as qualified as any female contestant. Furthermore, on the eve of the extravaganza, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) is surrounded by romance when Jen (Michelle Williams) confesses her regrets about breaking off their relationship and Joey unburdens her heart.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gail Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery

Guest starring

Lori Rom as Hannah Von Wenning


  • Dawson finally realises that he has feelings for Joey. And so does Jen, who wants Dawson back.
  • Pacey recites a piece from Braveheart.
  • Lori Rom, who portrays Hannah Von Wenning, was originally cast as Phoebe Halliwell on another WB series – Charmed.


small town trap | EVE 6
the girl with all the goodbyes | SUSAN SANDBERG
pretty face | CHICKENPOX
fall from grace | AMANDA MARSHALL
superman | GOLDFINGER