That's all that matters, man. Just find what you love to do, and do it
—Dawson to Pacey
Northern Lights is the 13th episode of Season 3 of Dawson's Creek.


FOLLOW THE STARS – Dawson (James Van Der Beek) makes the radical move of dropping out of film class to spend some time re-evaluating his teenage years. Back at Potter's, Joey (Katie Holmes) is torn between attending Pacey's (Joshua Jackson) opening night and her date with A.J. (guest star Robin Dunne) who has come to Capeside for the evening. At the play, Andie (Meredith Monroe) must take over as director when the faculty director takes ill; and Jen (Michelle Williams) agrees to meet Henry (guest star Michael Pitt), but she throws him another block by bringing Grams (Mary Beth Peil) as her date.


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
Robin Dunne as A.J. Moller

Guest starring

Bianca Lawson as Nikki Green


Think of it from the particles point of view. Inexplicably drawn to something, unable to resist
—A.J. to Joey
You fall in love and it doesn't work out and you think it'll never happen again, but it does. Believe me, it does, in the strangest of places
—Pacey to Joey


affirmation | SAVAGE GARDEN
start of the episode
no regrets | SUE MEDLEY
a.j. and joey stroll
get on the bus | PANCHO'S LAMENT
after party
even now | TRINA HAMLIN
joey + pacey talk
what can never be | SINEAD LOHAN
jen + henry kiss; joey + dawson