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Ever have one of those days, you wish you could live all over again?
—Joey to Pacey
The Longest Day is the 20th episode of Season 3 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I SEE – 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.


I really wish I was more like you
Joey to Jen
The thing is... he's not Pacey
Andie to Joey
He went to grab for her... all he got was air
Will telling Andie the story of Orpheus and Euridice
You know you're gonna get hurt! She is NEVER going to love you like she loves him
Andie to Pacey when she finds out
You think that whatever was wrong when you were with me is gonna magically get better when you're with him?
Dawson to Joey


  • Jack only appears in the scene at the christening of the True Love
  • Pacey cries after Dawson leaves and Joey follows, left behind to tell Andie the truth
  • The episode is divided intro 4 acts; each act dedicated to a different character's/characters' viewpoints. Jen and Andie briefly, respectively share the focus of their stories, before shifting to feature all the characters (except Will and Jack). Jen, however, features greatly in the other characters' viewpoints of the first 3 acts.
    • Act 1 shows Pacey's perspective. At the end of Act 1, Pacey tells Dawson 'there's an us here, now' and the screen fades to black.
    • Act 2 features Joey's perspective. At the end of Act 2, the above occurs and Dawson says 'you didn't tell me' to which Joey responds 'you know, don't you'.
    • Act 3 features Dawson's perspective. At the end of Act 3, we see Dawson's reaction and him telling the non-plussed Andie and Will, who stop by after their date to return the boat Will borrowed from Dawson.
    • Act 4 concludes the episode and fills the audience in on Will & Andie's date, as well as Henry & Jen's fight; the narrative then features everyone.


  • Season 3 showrunner Greg Berlanti describes the vision for Season 3 and the Joey/Pacey relationship in an October 2015 interview:
“I would get Pacey with Joey and have a King Arthur–esque story — Dawson being King Arthur — exploring what happens when Lancelot and Guinevere fall in love,”[1]
  • The construct of the episode is inspired by the 1999 film Go, and the episode is named after The Longest Day (1962).


act I

act II

act III

act IV


The Longest Day at tunefind

Notes and references


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