Season 3 of WB teen drama Dawson's Creek takes place during the gang's junior year.


Dawson returns from Philadelphia with a new life philosophy, while Joey regrets how she reacted. Pacey coaches Dawson on his new path, while Jack and Jen face the popular kids of high school to interesting results, and Andie returns from her treatment better – but everything is about to change.


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 (11 episodes)
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery (16 episodes)
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan (14 episodes)
Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter (12 episodes)

Recurring cast

Michael Pitt as Henry Parker (15 episodes)
Obba Babatundé as Howard Green (8 episodes)
Adam Kaufman as Ethan Brody (5 episodes)
Brittany Daniel as Eve Whitman (5 episodes)

Guest starring

Bianca Lawson as Nikki Green (4 episodes)
Robin Dunne as A.J. Moller (4 episodes)
Obi Ndefo as Bodie Wells (4 episodes)
David Dukes as Joseph McPhee (3 episodes)
Rodney Scott as Will Krudski (3 episodes)
Niklaus Lange as Rob Logan (4 episodes)
Vanessa Dorman as Belinda McGovern (2 episodes)


  • Kerr Smith and Meredith Monroe are promoted to series regulars.
  • This is the first season following the departure of creator Kevin Williamson.
    • Alex Gansa was hired as the showrunner and the writers were unhappy with the very non-Dawson's Creek tone shift[1]
    • Gansa was fired after the cast complained directly to the network over their storylines, especially Jen and Pacey hooking up[1]
    • Tom Kapinos, who became the showrunner in seasons 5-6, called the Eve storyline a "colossal mistake"[1]
  • It consists of 23 episodes and was released on DVD on June 29, 2004.


Season 3/Gallery



Like A Virgin

29 SEPTEMBER 1999 Tammy Ader 1 36
Dawson returns from spending the summer in Philadelphia with his mother. Meanwhile, Joey, who has frozen Dawson out all summer, realizes she is still reeling from their unexpected break-up; Jen gets more than she bargained for when she takes on the fascist head cheerleader; Mitch accepts a new position as Capeside High's varsity football coach; and although Pacey tries to be brave, he has had a lonely summer without Andie.


6 OCTOBER 1999 Greg Berlanti 2 37
Dawson is recruited by his dad and Principal Green to produce a film for the football pep rally, but the stars of the film end up being Dawson and his lady friend Eve, not the Capeside Minutemen. Meanwhile, Pacey has enlisted Joey for assistance in bringing Andie back to Capeside, but their long-awaited reunion doesn't go exactly as Pacey had intended; and Jack comes to an unexpected understanding with his father who has returned to Capeside to be with Jack and Andie.

None of the Above

13 OCTOBER 1999 Hadley Davis & Bonnie Schneider 3 38
Dawson is stunned when Eve presents him with a sneak peak at the PSAT test and everyone is tempted to cheat including Joey, whose scholarship is dependent on her SAT scores, and Andie, who is desperately fighting for acceptance to Harvard. But when the test is stolen, it's Pacey that Dawson accuses since he sees Pacey slipping back to his old ways. Meanwhile, Jack is insistent that the football team is purposely beating him down because he is gay.

Home Movies

20 OCTOBER 1999 Jeffrey Stepakoff 4 39
Father and son are at odds when Dawson moves forward with a news piece for his mom's Philadelphia station using Mitch's star player, Jack, as his subject matter even though Mitch is vehemently opposed. Meanwhile, Joey and Pacey find themselves in cahoots when they must pay the price for ditching class; Andie jumps to conclusions and panics about the reasons Principal Green wants to meet with her; and Jen goes to great lengths to remove herself as head cheerleader but is shocked at the end results.

Indian Summer

27 OCTOBER 1999 Gina Fattore & Tom Kapinos 5 40
Dawson plays detective when Eve's mysterious ways, including breaking and entering and stealing, cause him to wonder about her reasons for being in Capeside, but the secrets he uncovers may drastically change the lives of others close to him. Meanwhile, Joey's misgivings of Rob lead her to crash his date with Andie but her good will backfires on her; and Jack goes against Jen's wishes and sets up a rendezvous for Henry.

Secrets & Lies

10 NOVEMBER 1999 Greg Berlanti & Alex Gansa 6 41
Dawson is torn about telling Jen the scandalous secret he has about Eve and even more distressed when his mom unexpectedly returns from Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Andie accuses Joey of sabotaging her chance to reunite with Pacey; and Jen shocks the entire town with the entertainment she has hired for the Annual Homecoming Queen Gala and shocks the very shy Henry even more when she asks him to be her escort.

Escape from Witch Island

17 NOVEMBER 1999 Tom Kapinos 7 42
In a bone-chilling installment, Dawson recruits Joey, Pacey and Jen to be his guerilla crew on a documentary for history class about Witch Island, a local spot shrouded in mystery for its reputation for being haunted by witches. They are haunted by tall tales of witches and love lost that has Dawson and Joey questioning their own romance and Jen and Pacey considering a new kind of friendship. Back at school, Andie takes her job on the school disciplinary committee a little too seriously when she tries to take back the halls of Capeside.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

24 NOVEMBER 1999 Heidi Ferrer 8 43
When Jen's (Michelle Williams) mom (guest star Mel Harris, "thirtysomething") unexpectedly arrives in Capeside on Thanksgiving morning, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) confronts her about her secret past, and makes a decision to help bridge the gap between the estranged mother and daughter. Meanwhile, Jen continues to pursue a new type of friendship with Pacey (Joshua Jackson), and Mitch (John Wesley Shipp) and Gale (Mary-Margaret Humes) make known the future of the Leery family.

Four to Tango

1 DECEMBER 1999 Gina Fattore 9 44
Dawson (James Van Der Beek) is suspicious of Pacey's (Joshua Jackson) awkward behavior and misconstrues his actions when he learns Pacey has been spending time with Joey (Katie Holmes). Meanwhile, after rethinking the offer, Pacey cannot move forward with his no-strings-attached relationship with Jen (Michelle Williams), and Andie (Meredith Monroe) urges Jack (Kerr Smith) to meet a gay student from a neighboring town who contacted him via the internet after seeing Dawson's news story.

First Encounters of the Close Kind

15 DECEMBER 1999 Leslie Ray 10 45
Dawson, Joey, Jack & Andie spend the weekend at a Boston university for an advanced look at college and where Dawson has entered his "Blair Witch" documentary in a student film festival. Elsewhere on campus, due to a clerical error, Joey's weekend guide is not what she expected; Andie's pursuit for an advanced admissions interview, leads her to some inspirational advice from an unlikely source; and Jack takes a risk and explores the local gay community.

Barefoot at Capefest

12 JANUARY 2000 Hadley Davis & Bonnie Sikowitz 11 46
Dawson experiences an identity crisis when Principal Green's daughter Nikki emerges as another aspiring young director, and Joey experiences her own crisis when Dawson won't open up to her about the pain of his parents' divorce. Meanwhile, Jack's first efforts to hit on another guy are rebuffed, Pacey and Andie uncomfortably find themselves sharing the same afterschool activity, and Jen realizes that she may have passed up the chance at something special with Henry.

A Weekend in the Country

17 JANUARY 2000 Jeffrey Stepakoff 12 47
Joey's 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 don't lose everything they have after Pacey surprises them with a visit from a prestigious travel critic. Throughout the weekend, Jen admits her concerns to Grams about getting close to Henry; Jack considers moving back home after hearing Andie's loving plea; and Dawson tries to understand the connection between his parents even after their divorce.

Northern Lights

26 JANUARY 2000 Gina Fattore 13 48
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 starr 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.

The Valentine's Day Massacre

2 FEBRUARY 2000 Tom Kapinos 14 49
Joey (Katie Holmes) questions Dawson's (James Van Der Beek) state of mind when he and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) decide to lead their friends to a secret location party hosted by a group infamous for their complete and utter debauchery. Back at home, Jack's (Kerr Smith) ex-girlfriend arrives from Rhode Island nursing a broken heart but is unaware of Jack's coming out last year and Jen's (Michelle Williams) first date with Henry (guest star Michael Pitt) is a Valentine's Day she won't soon forget.

Crime and Punishment

9 FEBRUARY 2000 Gina Fattore & Alex Gansa 15 50
Joey (Katie Holmes) is chosen to be part of a group of students to paint a school mural, but when hers is defaced before the unveiling, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) offers words of encouragement while Pacey (Joshua Jackson) takes action and risks suspension when he goes in search of the culprit. Meanwhile, when Andie's (Meredith Monroe) PSAT scores rank among the best in the country, she gambles with everything she has worked for and comes clean to Principal Green (guest star Obba Babatunde) about the previously stolen test; and Pacey moves in with Deputy Doug (guest star Dylan Neal) when their sister and her kids move back into the Witter house.

To Green, with Love

16 FEBRUARY 2000 Gina Fattore & Greg Berlanti 16 51
Joey (Katie Holmes) relies on the support of Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and A.J. (guest star Robin Dunne) to rally the students in protest against the school superintendent after he forces Principal Green (guest star Obba Babatunde) to resign for expelling the student who destroyed Joey's mural. Meanwhile, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Gale (Mary-Margaret Humes) both go back to their respective places in back and in front of the camera to produce a piece about the ongoing school protest which ruffles more than a few feathers of the school board hierarchy.

Cinderella Story

1 MARCH 2000 Jeffrey Stepakoff 17 52
When Joey (Katie Holmes) turns to Pacey (Joshua Jackson) for rescuing after she flees Boston halfway through her visit with A.J. (guest star Robin Dunne), the two old friends may finally confront their growing feelings for each other. Meanwhile, to avoid suspension, Pacey becomes a mentor to a young boy (guest star Jonathan Lipnicki, "Stuart Little," "Jerry Maguire") and must contend with a little version of himself with a big attitude; and behind Gale's (Mary-Margaret Humes) back, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) asks Mitch (John Wesley Shipp) to help with the opening of her new restaurant.


5 APRIL 2000 Maggie Friedman 18 53
Pacey (Joshua Jackson) hopes taking Dawson (James Van Der Beek) to their favorite childhood camping spot will help ease the pain when he tells Dawson about his new feelings for Joey (Katie Holmes). Meanwhile, Joey (Katie Holmes) deals with the emotional fallout from her kiss with Pacey by spending girls' night out with Jen (Michelle Williams) and Andie (Meredith Monroe), but to Jen's surprise they stumble upon a birthday party for Henry (guest star Michael Pitt) that she wasn't invited to.

Stolen Kisses

26 APRIL 2000 Tom Kapinos 19 54
Dawson (James Van Der Beek) invites Joey (Katie Holmes), Andie (Meredith Monroe) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) to spend Spring Break in the mountains at his aunt's (guest star Julie Bowen) home, but the trip is filled with tension as Joey and Pacey continue to battle about their feelings for each other and Andie becomes intrigued with the gang's childhood friend Will (guest star Rodney Scott) who is visiting. Meanwhile, back in town, Jen (Michelle Williams) becomes surprisingly territorial when another woman flirts with Henry (guest star Michael Pitt).

The Longest Day

3 MAY 2000 Gina Fattore 20 55
In a story that replays the same day's activities from three different perspectives, Joey (Katie Holmes) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) vacillate on the ways to tell Dawson (James Van Der Beek) about their feelings for each other. But when the truth does come out, Dawson's reaction is the one they hoped they wouldn't get. Meanwhile, Andie (Meredith Monroe), who thought she was over Pacey enough to date, accepts a date with Capeside visitor Will (guest star Rodney Scott, "Young Americans" airing this summer on The WB), but their first date is ruined when she also learns about Joey and Pacey.

Show Me Love

10 MAY 2000 Liz Tigelaar & Holly Henderson 21 56
As Capeside prepares for the annual spring regatta, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) compete for the winning trophy, only Joey (Katie Holmes) is tired of feeling like the prize. Meanwhile, after many weeks of mixed messages, Gale (Mary-Margaret Humes) makes the first move with Mitch (John Wesley Shipp), and after Jen (Michelle Williams) finally forgives Henry (guest star Michael Pitt) for his one-track mind, he gives Jen the most romantic night of her life.

The Anti-Prom

17 MAY 2000 Maggie Friedman 22 57
Dawson, Joey and Andie prepare their own unique prom when they learn that the committee has scrutinized Jack's selected date. Dawson, who has invited Joey to be his date, uses the special evening to try to win her back and make Pacey jealous; Andie persuades Pacey to be her escort but her evening ends by consoling him about his love life uncertainties; Jen becomes outraged with Henry when he reveals he is leaving Capeside for the summer; and Gale and Mitch celebrate their new found romance.

True Love

24 MAY 2000 Greg Berlanti, Jeffrey Stepakoff
Tom Kapinos & Gina Fattore
23 58
After an emotional day filled with love, tears and wedding vows, Joey (Katie Holmes) ultimately much choose between her love for Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and her new feelings for Pacey (Joshua Jackson). Across town, Grams (Mary Beth Peil) talks about love and regret with Jen (Michelle Williams), while Jack (Kerr Smith) and Andie (Meredith Monroe) make a decision to drive all night so that Jen can see Henry (guest star Michael Pitt) one last time.

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