The Bostonians is the first episode of Season 5 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


Dawson (James Van Der Beek) takes his first step in fulfilling his Hollywood ambitions as a freshman film student in Los Angeles, while Joey (Katie Holmes) finally escapes her small town roots by starting college at an Ivy League university in Boston. Instead of focusing on the new lives they have worked a lifetime for, they find themselves distracted by the distance between them and their unsettling last kiss.


3 months have passed since Dawson left for California, and he's not exactly thriving. Joey, Jack and Jen are settling into college life; Jack contemplates joining a frat, Joey is frustrated with her writing class – and new roommate – and Jen meets someone at the gang's first college party. Pacey is secretly docking in Boston, but only Jen knows.


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

Special Guest Stars

Ken Marino as David Wilder
Busy Philipps as Audrey Liddell
Chad Michael Murray as Charlie Todd

Guest starring

Hal Ozsan as Todd Carr
Nicole Bilderback as Heather Tracy
Alan Fudge as Officer Langer
Ned Brower as Elliott Sawyer


  • First appearance of Audrey Liddell
  • This is the first season to take place in Boston