CAN'T WIN FOR LOSING – Dawson (James Van Der Beek) movie wins a prestigious film festival award, but his first major accomplishment as a filmmaker is overshadowed by the disintegration of his personal life, as Joey (Katie Holmes) continues to pull away, his dad (John Wesley Shipp) gets his own apartment and Jen (Michelle Williams) spirals out of control. Meanwhile, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) has nowhere to go but up after his guidance counselor paints a bleak picture of his future, but in a moment of crisis, a newly focused and inspired Pacey rises to the occasion and proves that Andie's (Meredith Monroe) belief in him is well-founded.
- „Jack, how do you know all these things that normal people don't know and you don't know things that normal people do?”
- „I have tried. I have tried to live my life, just like you. I just don't have that, sort of... hope”
- —Jen to Dawson
- „I'm just not really used to hearing those words, 'I'm proud of you'”
- —Pacey to Andie