The Tao of Dawson is the 11th episode of Season 4 of WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


Dawson and Pacey take small steps to rebuild their friendship, and in the spirit, Dawson tells Pacey that he has feelings for Gretchen. Pacey reacts by trying to set up a well-aware Gretchen with her ex-boyfriend, Nick, although seeing him stirs up a lot of feelings for her.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gail Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan

Special Guest Stars

Harve Presnell as Arthur Brooks
Sasha Alexander as Gretchen Witter
Mark Matkevich as Drue Valentine

Guest starring

Christian Kane as Nick Taylor
Carolyn Hennesy as Mrs. Valentine


  • Gretchen tells Pacey that she left college because she had a miscarriage – and the baby was Nick's, but she never told him.
  • Jack advises Dawson on letting Gretchen know how he feels and Dawson leaves Gretchen a letter he wrote when he was in love with her when they were kids.
  • Gretchen and Dawson start something


broken boy | MICHAL
if i am | NINE DAYS
i think god can explain | SPLENDER