Hey, once upon a time, yourself told me that some love stories never end. What happened to that girl? She offered herself to the boy she loved. The boy she thought loved her back. And he rejected her.
Escape from Witch Island
Dawson & Joey is the relationship between Dawson Leery and Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek, portrayed by James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes.


Dawson Leery and Joey Potter meet as children[1] and with Joey's family on shaky ground, she turns to Dawson's and is almost like a part of it by the time they turn 15. At this age, however, Dawson and Joey are never really friends as Joey hides an insatiable crush on Dawson[2] which informs all of their interactions, including Dawson's romance with Jen, over which Joey is a looming presence.

Joey almost tells him how she feels when they serve detention, but is interrupted.[3] Pacey constantly tries to get Dawson to realise that he returns Joey's romantic feelings[4][5], but not until Dawson sees Joey competing in a beauty pageant do they surface.[6] Joey rejects Dawson's newfound interest in her as superficial, but their relationship is altered from this point onwards. Dawson struggles with changing his relationship with Joey and is unable to tell her how he feels, but ultimately, when faced with her walking away, he kisses her.[7]


After their kiss, Joey worries that Dawson will somehow regret, but is relieved when he asks her out on their first real date.


I need to find out if I'm capable of being a whole person without you
—Joey to Dawson[src]
You think every Joey has a Dawson, and every Dawson has a Joey?


  • Dawson and Joey almost ended up together in the series finale[8][9][10].
  • As Joey and Dawson were construed as the 'endgame' couple for the series, some find it an impressive (and more successful) risk to take, that the writers ultimately changed these plans to pair up Joey and Pacey[11][12].
  • Before Dawson met Jen and Andie, Joey was his only close female friend.
  • While Dawson had always seen Joey, like a sister, she had a crush on him, since they were children.
  • Both have lost a parent, but Joey lost her mother : Lilly Potter, when she was a child, while Dawson lost his father : Mitch Leery, when he was much older.


First kiss
– Detention
First date
– The Kiss
Dawson & Joey get back together
– A Perfect Wedding
Joey tells Dawson she needs a friend
– Show Me Love
They kiss before Dawson leaves for L.A.
– Coda


Dawson and Joey/Gallery

Notes and references

  1. Home Movies
  2. Dance
  3. Detention
  4. Boyfriend
  5. Double Date
  6. Beauty Contest
  7. Decisions

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