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Season 6 is the final season of WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.

Synopsis

Last season saw Dawson, Joey, Pacey, Jen and Jack 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 (20 episodes)
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter (24 episodes)
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley (21 episodes)
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter (22 episodes)
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee (18 episodes)
Busy Philipps as Audrey Liddell (17 episodes)
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan (11 episodes)

Special Guest Stars

Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee ("...Must Come To An End")
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gale Leery (5 episodes)
Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter
Obi Ndefo as Bodie Wells ("Merry Mayhem")
Oliver Hudson as Eddie Doling (16 episodes)
Jensen Ackles as C.J. Braxton (12 episodes)
Paul Gleason as Larry Newman (2 episodes)
Eddie Cahill as Max Winter ("Everything Put Together Falls Apart")

Recurring cast

Hal Oszan as Todd Carr (12 episodes)
Megan Gray as Emma Jones (11 episodes)
Roger Howarth as Greg Hetson (9 episodes)
Dana Ashbrook as Rich Rinaldi (9 episodes)
Bianca Kajlich as Natasha Kelly (8 episodes)
Greg Rikaart as David (7 episodes)

Guest starring

Dylan Neal as Doug Witter (5 episodes)
Gareth Williams as Mike Potter ("Merry Mayhem")
John Finn as John Witter ("That Was Then")
Geoffrey Lewis as Bill Paxton (2 episodes)
Mika Boorem as Harley Hetson (6 episodes)
Sebastian Spence as Matt Freeman (5 episodes)
Nicole Bilderback as Heather Tracy (4 episodes)
Jack Osbourne as Jack Osbourne (3 episodes)
Taylor Handley as Patrick (3 episodes)
Sarah Shahi as Sadia Shaw (3 episodes)
Lukas Behnken as George (2 episodes)
Nicole Steinwedell as Kristy Livingstone ("Joey Potter and the Capeside Redemption")
Ray Wise as Roger Stepavich ("All The Right Moves")
Seth Rogen as Bob ("Rock Bottom")
Esteban Powell as Gus ("Clean and Sober")
Alicia Coppola as Toni Stark ("Clean and Sober")
Noah Segan as George ("Castaways")
Matt Funke as Fred ("Lovelines")
Adam Carolla as Adam Carolla ("Lovelines")
Drew Pinsky as Dr. Drew Pinksy ("Lovelines")
Josh Hammond as Mullet ("Rock Bottom")
Jud Tylor as Pacey's date ("Castaways")
Jaime Bergman as Call Girl ("Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell")

Trivia

  • Series creator Kevin Williamson returned to pen the two-part series finale.[1]

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 returns to Boston after working as an assistant director in Los Angeles over the summer and reunites with Joey. Their reunion leads to an evening of truth and intimacy. Meanwhile, Audrey and Pacey return from L.A. with a surprise passenger, and Pacey gets a job interview that could change his life. Sparks fly between Jen and CJ, 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
A call from another woman may alter Dawson and Joey's relationship. Jen, Pacey and Jack plan a surprise birthday party for Joey.

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, Joey stays up all night writing him a emotional e-mail and, in her exhaustion, accidentally sends it out to the entire campus. Meanwhile, Pacey struggles to succeed in the business world without selling his soul; and Jack worries that a very married Professor Freeman is aware of his crush.

Instant Karma!

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16 OCTOBER 2002 Maggie Friedman 4 108
Dawson finds himself in an awkward situation when he is put between Joey 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 new career and then catching him in a lie, Audrey 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 quick thinking saves the day and gets him the girl when a producer arrives at the "Wicked Dead" movie set to fire Natasha and close down production. Meanwhile, Audrey is excited when Emma asks her to be the lead singer of her punk band "Hell's Belles," but is crushed when Pacey misses her first gig because of work; Joey figures out that Eddie isn't really a student and demands the truth; and Jack confronts Professor Freeman about an unfair grade on a paper.

Living Dead Girl

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30 OCTOBER 2002 Tom Kapinos 6 110
When Dawson assists Todd in throwing a blow-out Halloween party on the movie set, Todd and Natasha have Dawson believing he is seeing the ghost of a legendary film actress who was strangled to death on the same stage. Meanwhile, Pacey and Audrey arrive at the party together but leave separately; Jen becomes suspicious about C.J.; and Joey gets stuck taking Professor Heston's teenage daughter to a haunted house with Eddie.

Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell

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6 NOVEMBER 2002 Anna Fricke 7 111
Audrey gets drunk before her band performs and worries her friends, especially CJ who suspects a deeper problem. Meanwhile, Eddie and Joey agree to go on a real date; Pacey 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 announces that he's leaving he and Jack have a heart-to-heart talk about their future.

Spiderwebs

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13 NOVEMBER 2002 Gina Fattore 8 112
Dawson comes through with No Doubt concert tickets for everyone, but the night doesn't go as smoothly as hoped when Dawson and Natasha's first public date ends in a brush with the law. Meanwhile, Joey and Eddie have to sneak into the concert when she accidentally leaves the tickets at home. Jen invites C.J., but he and Pacey come to blows at the concert when it is revealed that C.J. slept with Audrey.

Everything Put Together Falls Apart

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20 NOVEMBER 2002 Maggie Friedman 9 113
Dawson discovers his jealous side when Natasha is drawn to a handsome new actor who arrives to the set. Meanwhile, Joey spends the night at Eddie's apartment but misses Professor Heston's final exam, putting her scholarship at risk. Pacey invites Emma to his office party under false pretences and the angry sparks between the two turn to passion.

Merry Mayhem

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11 DECEMBER 2002 Tom Kapinos 10 114
Dawson and Gail invite everyone back to Capeside for Christmas, but things aren't very merry. Dawson confronts Natasha about her night with another man; Joey's happiness that Eddie accepts her invitation quickly turns sour when her father, on temporary parole, expresses his disapproval of their relationship; Pacey returns home with an expensive new car and fancy gifts to impress his family; Jen spends her time consoling Grams whose boyfriend dumped her; and Audrey 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 is asked by the studio to direct re-shoots of "Wicked Dead" after Todd refuses, but is conflicted about advancing his career by being disloyal to his mentor. Meanwhile, Joey hasn't heard from Eddie since Christmas, so she pays a visit to his apartment only to find it empty; Pacey has second thoughts about his new life and starts skipping work to spend time with Emma; Jen's insecurities as a peer counsellor are compounded when C.J. is assigned to train her; and Audrey, still on a destructive path, returns to Los Angeles to party with old friends including, Jack Osbourne.

All The Right Moves

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22 JANUARY 2003 Maggie Friedman 12 116
Joey follows Eddie 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 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 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 finds his authority questioned when Natasha refuses to do a nude scene. Unable to say good-bye to Eddie, who is moving to California, Joey convinces him that Audrey should be in rehab in Los Angeles, and the three of them should drive there together into a rehab facility. Jen and C.J. set Grams up with C.J.'s Uncle Bill, who turns out to be quite randy.

Clean and Sober

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5 FEBRUARY 2003 Anna Fricke 14 118
When Dawson visits Audrey at rehab, he spots a big time producer and follows her into a therapy session. Meanwhile, Pacey throws a party to celebrate his new success and is surprised when Joey lets loose during a spontaneous game of spin the bottle; Jen catches reformed alcoholic C.J. with a drink; and Jack agrees to marry Emma so that she can get her green card.

Castaways

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12 FEBRUARY 2003 Gina Fattore 15 119
On the way home from a business party, Pacey and Joey 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 and Pacey must make a decision about their future together, but before they even have a chance to talk, Pacey rushes to Capeside when his dad is admitted to the hospital. As a favor to Professor Heston Joey agrees to stay with his daughter Harley and is reminded of what is was like to be a teenager in love. Back in Capeside, Dawson 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 agrees to be Pacey's 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 unexpectedly returns to Boston. Much to his surprise, Dawson 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 is the intermediary that brings Jen and C.J. together.

Love Bites

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9 APRIL 2003 Liz Garcia 18 122
Jen's seemingly happy world comes crashing down when she learns that Grams has breast cancer. Meanwhile, Joey's tumultuous love life continues when Eddie reveals his true reasons for returning to Boston, and Pacey agrees to join Joey as she chaperones for Harley's 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 life savings to finance his new film project.

Lovelines

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16 APRIL 2003 Jason M. Palmer 19 123
Joey and Eddie's emotional and sexual relationship is played out on stage during a counseling center benefit with special guests Dr. Drew and Adam Carolla. Meanwhile, at the same event, Jack and David deal with the insecurities in their relationship, a sober Audrey returns to Boston with her eye on Dr. Drew, and Jen opens up to C.J. about Grams' cancer.

Catch-22

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23 APRIL 2003 Laura Glasser 20 124
Pacey 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 is gone. Back at school, Eddie surprises Joey 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 returns to Capeside to find Dawson's 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 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 has invited her mother from New York with the intent of telling her that she, Jack and Grams 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 has been living in Los Angeles producing his autobiographical television series 'The Creek,' but has never forgotten the love of his life; Joey is a successful book editor living in New York with her boyfriend but comes home to realize she still loves her childhood sweethearts; Pacey 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; Jen is a single mom living with Grams and managing an art gallery in Soho; and Jack 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 has been living in Los Angeles producing his autobiographical television series 'The Creek,' but has never forgotten the love of his life; Joey is a successful book editor living in New York with her boyfriend but comes home to realize she still loves her childhood sweethearts; Pacey 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; Jen is a single mom living with Grams and managing an art gallery in Soho; and Jack is a teacher at Capeside High and has fallen in love with a secretly gay man.

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