I just think our emerging hormones are destined to alter our relationship and I'm trying to limit the fallout
—Joey to Dawson
Pilot is the series premiere and first episode of Season 1 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


EMOTIONS IN MOTION -- At the onset of their sophomore year of high school, Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) and his best friend, Josephine "Joey" Potter (Katie Holmes), battle with the knowledge that their lifelong friendship may be changing. Adding to Joey's confusing emotions is the arrival of the radiant Jennifer Lindley (Michelle Williams), who appears to be "the girl next door," but has an air of mystery surrounding her as she harbors a dark secret from her past. Rounding out the clique is Pacey (Joshua Jackson), whose gift for sarcasm is topped only be an over-confident knack for stumbling awkwardly unprepared into adult situations.


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 Gale Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan
Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter

Guest starring

Nicole Nieth as Nellie Oleson
Mitchell Laurance as Benjamin Gold
Leann Hunley as Tamara Jacobs


Wit. We like that around here
—Dawson to Jen
DawsonShow some respect man, she's somebody's mother
PaceyI have it on pretty good authority that mothers have excellent sex lives


  • The first script and revisions were ready in August 1997[1]
  • Nellie's dad owns the video store where Pacey and Dawson work.
  • Dawson and Jen met before, when they were kids
  • Tamara kisses Pacey
  • Dawson asks Joey jokingly if she has a crush on him and she lies
  • Joey discovers Dawson's mom is having an affair
  • Joey and Dawson have the same conversation about Spielberg and the Oscars in the season four finale.


hey pretty girl | BODEANS
jen arrives
as i lay me down | SOPHIE B. HAWKINS
jen sits at her dock
tubthumping | CHUMBAWAMBA
mercy me | SAY-SO
good mother | JANN ARDEN
i'll stand by you | THE PRETENDERS
joey rows down the creek


Notes and references

  1. Katie Holmes IG. (January 2018)