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Season 6 is the final season of WB teen drama Dawson's Creek. Creator Kevin Williamson returned to pen the two-part series finale.[1]

Synopsis

Last season saw Dawson (James Van Der Beek, Varsity Blues), Joey (Katie Holmes, The Gift, Wonder Boys), Pacey (Joshua Jackson, The Skulls), Jen (Michelle Williams, Me Without You, Dick) and Jack (Kerr Smith, Final Destination) leaving their small town cocoon and heading into the unknown. Each young adult struggled to find his or her place in a world where dreams don't always match up with reality. Still contemplating his last kiss with his lifelong friend and confidante Joey, Dawson followed his Hollywood dream and embarked on his USC program with an internship in the film industry. The unexpected death of his father changed Dawson's plans, and he found himself moving to Boston and producing a student film. Joey enrolled at Worthington College in Boston and tackled the challenges of living up to her own academic expectations, a new roommate and a life without her best friend.

This season, Joey and Dawson will take their relationship further than ever before, though they will soon be torn apart again and Joey will find an exciting new love interest. Dawson will pursue a career in the film industry, and begin to work on a low-budget film project with echoes of his life in Capeside. He will also find himself involved with a Hollywood starlet. While his friends were all in college classes and co-ed dorms, Pacey found work as a chef in a Boston restaurant and contemplated his uncertain future. Eager to move on with his own love life, Pacey fell for a Joey's roommate, Audrey (new series regular Busy Phillips, Freaks and Geeks). With a newfound confidence that he actually might find something he's good at, Pacey will soon embark on a lucrative new career that comes as a surprise to everyone - including Pacey himself.

Jen and Jack also relocated to Boston last season, where they bunked with Jen's grandmother, Grams (Mary Beth Piel, The King and I on Broadway), who packed up her life in Capeside and moved to the big city. Grams and her weekly Sunday night dinners provide the stability of some semblance of home and family to the group. This season, Jen will need some stability as she deals with her parents' impending divorce, and Jack will face sexual harassment from a professor.

Starring

James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan
Busy Philipps as Audrey Liddell

Special Guest Stars

Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee

Recurring cast

Mary-Margaret Humes as Gail Leery
Dylan Neal as Doug Witter
Megan Gray as Emma Jones
Hal Oszan as Todd Carr
Jensen Ackles as C.J. Braxton
Oliver Hudson as Eddie Doling
Bianca Kajlich as Natasha Kelly

Photos

Season 6/Gallery

Episodes

EPISODE AIRDATE WRITER EP # #

The Kids Are Alright

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2 OCTOBER 2002 Tom Kapinos 1 105
Dawson (James Van Der Beek) returns to Boston after working as an assistant director in Los Angeles over the summer and reunites with Joey (Katie Holmes) who has spent a relatively angst-free summer in Capeside. Their reunion leads to an evening of truth and intimacy, which is ruined when Dawson receives a phone call from another woman. Meanwhile, Audrey (Busy Philipps) and Pacy (Josh Jackson) return from L.A. with a surprise passenger, Audrey's childhood friend Jack Osborne (guest-starring as himself), and Pacey gets a job interview that could change his life. Sparks fly between Jen (Michelle Williams) and CJ (guest star Jensen Ackles, "Days of Our Lives"), a handsome new peer counselor she meets at school.

The Song Remains the Same

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2 OCTOBER 2002 Gina Fattore 2 106
Dawson (James Van Der Beek) returns to Boston after working as an assistant director in Los Angeles over the summer and reunites with Joey (Katie Holmes) who has spent a relatively angst-free summer in Capeside. Their reunion leads to an evening of truth and intimacy, which is ruined when Dawson receives a phone call from another woman. Meanwhile, Audrey (Busy Philipps) and Pacy (Josh Jackson) return from L.A. with a surprise passenger, Audrey's childhood friend Jack Osborne (guest-starring as himself), and Pacey gets a job interview that could change his life. Sparks fly between Jen (Michelle Williams) and CJ (guest star Jensen Ackles, "Days of Our Lives"), a handsome new peer counselor she meets at school.

The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest

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9 OCTOBER 2002 Anna Fricke 3 107
In an attempt to gain closure with Dawson (James Van Der Beek), Joey (Katie Holmes) stays up all night writing him a emotional e-mail and, in her exhaustion, accidentally sends it out to the entire campus. Meanwhile, Pacey (Josh Jackson) struggles to succeed in the business world without selling his soul; and Jack (Kerr Smith) worries that a very married Professor Freeman (guest star Sebastian Spence "Dark Angel") is aware of his crush.

Instant Karma!

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16 OCTOBER 2002 Maggie Friedman 4 108
Dawson (James Van Der Beek) finds himself in an awkward situation when he is put between Joey (Katie Holmes) and the intoxicated leading lady (guest star Bianca Kajlich, "Halloween: Resurrection") of his film, who also happens to be the woman he dumped over the phone after spending the night with Joey. Meanwhile, feeling like she's second fiddle to Pacey's (Joshua Jackson) new career and then catching him in a lie, Audrey (Busy Philipps) allows herself to be taken in by another man's charm.

The Impostors

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23 OCTOBER 2002 Gina Fattore 5 109
Dawson's (James Van Der Beek) quick thinking saves the day and gets him the girl when a producer arrives at the "Wicked Dead" movie set to fire Natasha (Bianca Kajlich) and close down production. Meanwhile, Audrey (Busy Philipps) is excited when Emma (Megan Gray) asks her to be the lead singer of her punk band "Hell's Belles," but is crushed when Pacey (Joshua Jackson) misses her first gig because of work; Joey (Katie Holmes) figures out that Eddie (Oliver Hudson) isn't really a student and demands the truth; and Jack (Kerr Smith) confronts Professor Freeman (guest star Sebastian Spence) about an unfair grade on a paper.

Living Dead Girl

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30 OCTOBER 2002 Tom Kapinos 6 110
When Dawson (James Van Der Beek) assists Todd (Hal Ozsan) in throwing a blow-out Halloween party on the movie set, Todd and Natasha (Bianca Kajlich) have Dawson believing he is seeing the ghost of a legendary film actress who was strangled to death on the same stage. Meanwhile, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and Audrey (Busy Philipps) arrive at the party together but leave separately; Jen (Michelle Williams) becomes suspicious about C.J. (Jensen Ackles); and Joey (Katie Holmes) gets stuck taking Professor Heston's (guest star Roger Howarth, "One Live To Live") teenage daughter (guest star Mika Boorem, "Blue Crush") to a haunted house with Eddie (Oliver Hudson).

Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell

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6 NOVEMBER 2002 Anna Fricke 7 111
Audrey (Busy Philipps) gets drunk before her band performs and worries her friends, especially CJ (Jensen Ackles) who suspects a deeper problem. Meanwhile, Eddie (Oliver Hudson) and Joey (Katie Holmes) agree to go on a real date; Pacey (Joshua Jackson) hits it off with a beautiful woman while on a business trip to New Orleans, and is shocked to discover that she's a call girl; and when Professor Freeman (guest star Sebastian Spence "Dark Angel") announces that he's leaving he and Jack (Kerr Smith) have a heart-to-heart talk about their future.

Spiderwebs

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13 NOVEMBER 2002 Gina Fattore 8 112
Dawson (James Van Der Beek) comes through with No Doubt concert tickets for everyone, but the night doesn't go as smoothly as hoped when Dawson and Natasha's (Bianca Kajlich) first public date ends in a brush with the law. Meanwhile, Joey (Katie Holmes) and Eddie (Oliver Hudson) have to sneak into the concert when she accidentally leaves the tickets at home. Jen (Michelle Williams) invites C.J. (Jensen Ackles), but he and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) come to blows at the concert when it is revealed that C.J. slept with Audrey (Busy Phillips).

Everything Put Together Falls Apart

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20 NOVEMBER 2002 Maggie Friedman 9 113
Dawson (James Van Der Beek) discovers his jealous side when Natasha (Bianca Kajlich) is drawn to a handsome new actor (guest star Eddie Cahill, "Friends", "Glory Days") who arrives to the set. Meanwhile, Joey (Katie Holmes) spends the night at Eddie's (Oliver Hudson) apartment but misses Professor Heston's (Roger Howarth) final exam, putting her scholarship at risk. Pacey (Joshua Jackson) invites Emma (Megan Gray) to his office party under false pretenses and the angry sparks between the two turn to passion.

Merry Mayhem

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11 DECEMBER 2002 Tom Kapinos 10 114
Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Gail (Mary-Margaret Humes) invite everyone back to Capeside for Christmas, but things aren't very merry. Dawson confronts Natasha (Bianca Kajlich) about her night with another man; Joey's (Katie Holmes) happiness that Eddie (Oliver Hudson) accepts her invitation quickly turns sour when her father (guest star Gareth Williams), on temporary parole, expresses his disapproval of their relationship; Pacey (Joshua Jackson) returns home with an expensive new car and fancy gifts to impress his family; Jen (Michelle Williams) spends her time consoling Grams (Mary Beth Peil) whose boyfriend dumped her; and Audrey (Busy Philipps) gets loaded on a combination of liquor and pills and crashes in more ways than one.

Day Out of Days

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15 JANUARY 2003 Gina Fattore 11 115
Back in Los Angeles, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) is asked by the studio to direct re-shoots of "Wicked Dead" after Todd (Hal Ozsan) refuses, but is conflicted about advancing his career by being disloyal to his mentor. Meanwhile, Joey (Katie Holmes) hasn't heard from Eddie (Oliver Hudson) since Christmas, so she pays a visit to his apartment only to find it empty; Pacey (Joshua Jackson) has second thoughts about his new life and starts skipping work to spend time with Emma (Megan Gray); Jen's (Michelle Williams) insecurities as a peer counselor are compounded when C.J. (Jensen Ackles) is assigned to train her; and Audrey (Busy Philipps), still on a destructive path, returns to Los Angeles to party with old friends including, Jack Osbourne (appearing as himself).

All The Right Moves

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22 JANUARY 2003 Maggie Friedman 12 116
Joey (Katie Holmes) follows Eddie (Oliver Hudson) to his family home where they face up to their true emotions and the obstacles they must overcome to be together. Back in Boston, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) is invited to an exclusive party where he receives a promotion and is recruited to be part of a special project but is tipped off that the project maybe not be ethical. Audrey (Busy Philipps) returns from Los Angeles and is welcomed back into the band, but blows her chances by getting drunk just before taking the stage.

Rock Bottom

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29 JANUARY 2003 Tom Kapinos 13 117
While directing reshoots on his film, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) finds his authority questioned when Natasha (Bianca Kajlich) refuses to do a nude scene. Unable to say good-bye to Eddie (Oliver Hudson), who is moving to California, Joey (Katie Holmes) convinces him that Audrey (Busy Philipps) should be in rehab in Los Angeles, and the three of them should drive there together into a rehab facility. Jen (Michele Williams) and C.J. (Jensen Ackles) set Grams (Mary Beth Peil) up with C.J.'s Uncle Bill (guest star Geoffrey Lewis), who turns out to be quite randy.

Clean and Sober

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5 FEBRUARY 2003 Anna Fricke 14 118
When Dawson (James Van Der Beek) visits Audrey (Busy Philipps) at rehab, he spots a big time producer (guest-star Alicia Coppola) and follows her into a therapy session. Meanwhile, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) throws a party to celebrate his new success and is surprised when Joey (Katie Holmes) lets loose during a spontaneous game of spin the bottle; Jen (Michele Williams) catches reformed alcoholic C.J. (Jensen Ackles) with a drink; and Jack (Kerr Smith) agrees to marry Emma (Megan Gray) so that she can get her green card.

Castaways

Castaways
12 FEBRUARY 2003 Gina Fattore 15 119
On the way home from a business party, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and Joey (Katie Holmes) make an unexpected stop at a Kmart, miss closing and spend the entire night locked up together. Wandering around the deserted store, the former lovers play in the toy department, dance in the electronics department and talk about life, love and their history together. The night ends with a kiss that leaves them wondering where they go from here.

That Was Then

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26 MARCH 2003 Anna Fricke 16 120
Joey (Katie Holmes) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) must make a decision about their future together, but before they even have a chance to talk, Pacey rushes to Capeside when his dad (John Finn) is admitted to the hospital. As a favor to Professor Heston (Roger Howarth) Joey agrees to stay with his daughter Harley (Mika Boorem) and is reminded of what is was like to be a teenager in love. Back in Capeside, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) returns to the high school film class as a guest speaker and reflects back on the passion and creative convictions he seems to have lost.

Sex and Violence

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2 APRIL 2003 Anna Fricke & Tom Kapinos 17 121
Joey (Katie Homes) agrees to be Pacey's (Joshua Jackson) temporary assistant but they both have second thoughts when their mutual jealousy leads to disaster in the office and her being fired. Pacey fires Joey, admitting he is too attracted to her to get any work done, but their romance is thwarted once again when Eddie (Oliver Hudson) unexpectedly returns to Boston. Much to his surprise, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) sells his idea for a coming-of-age movie, but when the studio wants to change the movie to a teen sex film, he must decide if he should take the deal or stick with his original concept. Meanwhile, an open-minded Grams (Mary Beth Peil) is the intermediary that brings Jen (Michelle Williams) and C.J. (Jensen Ackles) together.

Love Bites

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9 APRIL 2003 Liz Garcia 18 122
Jen's (Michelle Williams) seemingly happy world comes crashing down when she learns that Grams (Mary Beth Peil) has breast cancer. Meanwhile, Joey's (Katie Holmes) tumultuous love life continues when Eddie (Oliver Hudson) reveals his true reasons for returning to Boston, and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) agrees to join Joey as she chaperones for Harley's (Mika Boorem) school dance, but what should be a magical night doesn't feel right for Joey. Although he is at first reluctant, Pacey agrees to invest Dawson's (James Van Der Beek) life savings to finance his new film project.

Lovelines

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16 APRIL 2003 Jason M. Palmer 19 123
Joey (Katie Holmes) and Eddie's (Oliver Hudson) emotional and sexual relationship is played out on stage during a counseling center benefit with special guests Dr. Drew and Adam Carolla (guest-starring as themselves). Meanwhile, at the same event, Jack (Kerr Smith) and David (guest star Greg Rikaart) deal with the insecurities in their relationship, a sober Audrey (Busy Philipps) returns to Boston with her eye on Dr. Drew, and Jen (Michelle Williams) opens up to C.J. (Jensen Ackles) about Grams' (Mary Beth Peil) cancer.

Catch-22

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23 APRIL 2003 Laura Glasser 20 124
Pacey (Joshua Jackson) is ordered by his superiors to sell stock owned by his biggest client just days before a federal ruling, but the consequences are severe when Pacey is accused of insider trading and realizes that the money he invested for Dawson (James Van Der Beek) is gone. Back at school, Eddie (Oliver Hudson) surprises Joey (Katie Holmes) with a trip to Europe for the summer, but a fiery conversation about how differently they live their lives leaves both of them questioning their future together.

Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road

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30 APRIL 2003 Anna Fricke 21 125
Joey (Katie Holmes) returns to Capeside to find Dawson's (James Van Der Beek) script on her doorstep and is overwhelmed that he has written a story about three friends, but Dawson's movie-making dreams are shattered when Pacey (Joshua Jackson) comes clean about losing Dawson's money. The ensuing fight opens old wounds and leaves the three friends believing their friendship will never be the same. Back in Boston, Jen (Michelle Williams) has invited her mother (guest star Mimi Rogers) from New York with the intent of telling her that she, Jack (Kerr Smith) and Grams (Mary Beth Peil) are moving to New York so Grams' can get the medical care she needs.

Joey Potter and the Capeside Redemption

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7 MAY 2003 Gina Fattore 22 126
Joey rallies the gang to help make Dawson's film a reality. Pacey doesn't feel he should participate following his falling out with Dawson, but goes about contributing in his own way. Jen, Jack and Grams prepare to leave for their new lives in New York.

All Good Things...

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14 MAY 2003 Kevin Williamson 23 127
Five years have passed and everyone is reunited in Capeside for a special wedding, but the happy reunion is cut short after the group learns that one of their own has been harboring a heartbreaking secret. Since they were last together, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) has been living in Los Angeles producing his autobiographical television series 'The Creek,' but has never forgotten the love of his life; Joey (Katie Holmes) is a successful book editor living in New York with her boyfriend (guest star Jeremy Sisto, "Six Feet Under") but comes home to realize she still loves her childhood sweethearts; Pacey (Joshua Jackson) is the owner of the new Ice House and still carries a torch for Joey, although he continues his pattern of getting into trouble with older women, including his newest conquest (guest star Virginia Madsen); Jen (Michelle Williams) is a single mom living with Grams (Mary Beth Peil) and managing an art gallery in Soho; and Jack (Kerr Smith) is a teacher at Capeside High and has fallen in love with a secretly gay man.

...Must Come to an End

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14 MAY 2003 Kevin Williamson 24 128
Five years have passed and everyone is reunited in Capeside for a special wedding, but the happy reunion is cut short after the group learns that one of their own has been harboring a heartbreaking secret. Since they were last together, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) has been living in Los Angeles producing his autobiographical television series 'The Creek,' but has never forgotten the love of his life; Joey (Katie Holmes) is a successful book editor living in New York with her boyfriend (guest star Jeremy Sisto, "Six Feet Under") but comes home to realize she still loves her childhood sweethearts; Pacey (Joshua Jackson) is the owner of the new Ice House and still carries a torch for Joey, although he continues his pattern of getting into trouble with older women, including his newest conquest (guest star Virginia Madsen); Jen (Michelle Williams) is a single mom living with Grams (Mary Beth Peil) and managing an art gallery in Soho; and Jack (Kerr Smith) is a teacher at Capeside High and has fallen in love with a secretly gay man.

Notes and references

  1. https://www.warnerbros.com/studio/news/kevin-williamson-comes-home-%E2%80%9Cdawson-creek%E2%80%9D-write-may-14-two-hour-series-finale

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