The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest is the 3rd episode of Season 6 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


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.


Professor Hetson decides to dissect Joey's e-mail to Dawson accidentally sent to the entire campus and Eddie advises her on how to deal with the misogynistic Hetson. Pacey starts to get a handle on brokering, until his boss takes credit for Pacey's work. Jack wants to get to know his professor.


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
Busy Philipps as Audrey Liddell
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan

Special Guest Star

Oliver Hudson as Eddie Doling

Recurring cast

Megan Gray as Emma Jones
Roger Howarth as Greg Hetson
Dana Ashbrook as Rich Rinaldi

Guest starring

Sebastian Spence as Matt Freeman