The Te of Pacey is the 12th episode of Season 4 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


PACEY'S BIRTHDAY CURSE – Joey (Katie Holmes) plans a surprise party for Pacey's (Joshua Jackson) 18th birthday but panics when he makes her promise to keep the joyous occasion to just the two of them as his family has ruined every one of his past celebrations, and this will be no exception to the birthday curse.


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
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan

Special Guest Stars

Sasha Alexander as Gretchen Witter
Dylan Neal as Doug Witter
David Monahan as Tobey Barrett
John Finn as John Witter

Guest starring

Jane Lynch as Mrs. Witter


Julia Wright as Kerry Witter


  • First and only time Kerry Witter is seen on the series
  • This marks the 2nd time on the show that Pacey has celebrated his birthday; there's continuity issues, as this episode has Pacey born in January 1983, whereas Crossroads celebrated his 16th birthday around August 1998, indicating he was born in August 1982
  • Pacey's mom keeps calling Joey, Joanna
  • In a moment inching towards redemption John Witter buys his son fireworks because he remembered that he liked them as a kid and tells his son that he'll do great.
  • Dawson and Gretchen start a relationship


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