Dawson's Creek

Season 6 Episode 23

All Good Things... (1)

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 14, 2003 on The WB
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(Part 1 of 2) Five years have passed and everyone is reunited in Capeside for a special wedding. Dawson has been living in Los Angeles producing his autobiographical television series 'The Creek' and has never forgotten the love of his life, Joey. She is now a successful book editor living in New York with her boyfriend but comes home to realize she still loves her childhood sweethearts. Pacey is the owner of the new Ice House and still carries a torch for Joey, Jen is a single mom living with Grams and managing an art gallery in Soho, and Jack is a teacher at Capeside High and has fallen in love with Deputy Doug. Together all the secrets come out as tragedy and love becomes clear.moreless

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  • The gang returns back to capside for the Gayle's Wedding. They reunite and finds that one of them has a deadly secret. In part-two, Joey will finally make her decsion between Pacey and Dawson.moreless

    10
    Dawson's Creek has always had an unsurpassable amount of wit and irony to it but in this Series Finale, the writers really outdid themselves! All loose ends that had not been tied up in the previous episode,"Joey Potter and the Capside Redemption," were certainly tied up here. This episode made us laugh, cry, and realize that the show may have been called "Dawson's Creek" but it was and has always been about Joey's story. My favorite thing about this finale is that Joey and Pacey ended up together...BRILLIANTLY DONE!!!moreless
  • Pacey and Joey end up together. Dawson's has his successful show. Jenn dies. Jack and Pacey's brother, Doug end up together raising Jenn's daughter.

    10
    Wow I could not have asked for a better series finale than this one. I loved the fact that nothing was predictable. You thought one thing was going to happen and something you did not even consider was what happened. The end was exactly what I wanted except that Jenn died, it made me cry. :(. I was sad that the series had to end but I am glad that it ended the way that it did! This is by far the best series finale I've seen so far!moreless
James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek

Dawson Leery

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Josephine "Joey" Potter

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Jennifer "Jen" Lindley

Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson

Pacey J. Witter

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith

Jack McPhee (recurring Season 2)

Mary Beth Peil

Mary Beth Peil

Evelyn "Grams" Ryan

Sam Doumit

Sam Doumit

Sam

Guest Star

Virginia Madsen

Virginia Madsen

Maddie Allen

Guest Star

Kyle Searles

Kyle Searles

Colby

Guest Star

Nina Repeta

Nina Repeta

Bessie Potter

Recurring Role

Mary-Margaret Humes

Mary-Margaret Humes

Gale Leery

Recurring Role

Dylan Neal

Dylan Neal

Doug Witter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Goof: Although it's supposed to have passed five years, Joey's hair has still dark roots and a different color at the middle and down as seen during some episodes of season 6.

    • When Dawson is in his bedroom and hears a noise outside his window, he panics and grabs his laptop to use it as an improvised weapon. But it doesn't seem logical, because he knows that Joey is in town and she has been coming in through that window for years. And even though, it is highly unlikely that Dawson would actually use a very expensive Apple laptop as a weapon, seeing as he relies on it for his work as a Writer/Producer.

    • When Doug pulls over Jack, the creek behind him is empty throughout the scene. Then, for the last few shots before he drives off again, a sailboat appears in the background, literally out of nowhere.

    • Goof: When Jack is pulled over by Doug he claims that: "It's a deserted road". However, at that very moment the sound of car passing can be heard in the background.

    • At the beginning of the episode, when Joey is kissing Chris, her hand is down resting on the cushion but in the next shot of Joey, her hand is up on the back of his neck in a transition way too fast to be realistic.

    • When Jen and Jack are talking at the B&B, he picks her bottle of pills from her bag and asks her about them. She lies, telling that they are Grams' instead of her own medication. However, we can see Jack examining the label closely enough to have noticed Jen's name written on it.

    • When Joey has just arrived to Pacey's restaurant and they are watching Dawson and the others come, Joey's hair switches from being tucked behind her right ear to being hanging forward on her shoulders despite her arms haven't moved between shots.

    • Goof: When Jen is telling Jack about her illness in the hospital room and asks him to get in bed with her, she lifts her right arm to allow room for him. The tube attached to her arm at the inside of her elbow, is sticking up through the tape because it obviously wasn't inserted into Michelle Williams's arm for real.

    • When Jack is carrying Jen on his shoulder out of Pacey's restaurant, she bends her head down and looking at the roots, it is noticeable that her long and curly hair is real. However, this episode was filmed right after the preceding episodes in Season 6 (not 5 years later as the plot indicates). But in the later episodes of Season 6, Jen's hair was much shorter and straight, so it isn't possible that she could have grown her hair out that quickly. Was she wearing a wig when she had it shorter? It didn't look like it.

    • Goof: When Doug stops Jack for speeding, both vehicles have North Carolina state safety inspection stickers in the lower driver side windshields, as opposed to a Massachusetts inspection sticker, which would be on the passenger's side.

    • Pacey rebuilds and owns the The Ice House, which was the restaurant Joey's family used to own until Joey's father burned it down.

    • Goof: When Dawson arrives at home and is putting his bags down, we see him take his bag off his right shoulder twice.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Jen: It's beautiful today isn't it? Hum, how the sun just affects every breathing thing, I mean you can really see it...
      Dawson: Ok, Mrs. Dalloway.

    • (In regards to the Ice House)
      Joey: Pacey, thank you so much for reopening this place. I did not know how much I missed it.
      Pacey: Cheers. Maybe if your daddy hadn't burned it down in the first place it'd still be yours.
      Joey: Nice Pacey. Nice.
      Dawson: I couldn't write this stuff if I tried.

    • (Gale to Dawson when she finds him sitting in the house working on writing his show while her wedding reception is going on outside)
      Gale: I think you would rather sit in here with the imaginary version of your friends than be out there and talk to the real ones.
      Dawson: Actually, I have a deadline.
      Gale: Right. And this has nothing to do with a certain Joey Potter who climbed out of your window this morning?

    • Colby: So, is Petey a friend the same way you and I are just friends?
      Sam: Yeah, of course.
      Colby: That's what I was afraid of.

    • (To Joey and Pacey that are dancing close by)
      Jen: Hey, let's switch. Dawson won't let me lead.

    • Jen: Abby Morgan? No? She's not funny yet?

    • Dawson: Best thing we can do is just be ourselves, carry on in our typical, usual, distracting...
      Pacey: Sordid love triangle ways.
      Dawson: (Laughs) Leave it up to you to say the most inappropriate thing possible.
      Pacey: Aw, I'm always dependable, my friend.
      Joey: So very not funny.
      (Cell phone rings)
      Joey: Hi, Christopher.
      Dawson: And the triangle becomes a square.
      Pacey: Well put.

    • Joey: We've been through so much Dawson. So many good times and bad. When I loved you, you loved Jen. When you loved me I needed to be on my own. So I left you for Jack. Then he realized he was gay.
      Dawson: Then I convinced you to turn your dad in for trafficking cocaine. You said you'd never speak to me again.
      Joey: But I did. I offered myself to you at that party, after you crashed your dad's boat.
      Dawson: And I refused. For some reason. And so you fell for Pacey.
      Joey: While you were losing your virginity to Jen.
      Dawson: And then we finally sleep together.
      Joey: Only to get into a fight the day after. Ruining everything we waited so long for.
      Dawson: And then I dated that actress and you dated that Eddie guy and....
      Joey: And then years passed, until finally here we are...

    • (To Jen)
      Jack: Your wise sage superpowers have increased with motherhood.

    • Jen: Dawson, remember when I devirginized you?

    • Jack: You know what the difference is between you and me, Doug? You were a fag at 15. You just haven't stopped hating yourself for it.

    • Jack: Good teachers are just tramatized students trying to erase whatever went wrong with their own high school experience.

    • Joey: Dreams aren't perfect Dawson. They come true, not free.

  • NOTES (21)

    • Most of the artists and songs featured in the two-part series finale were songs that were intended to be featured in the original Pilot, but whose licensing proved too expensive at the time.

    • The scene where Pacey, Dawson and Joey are driving back from the hospital was shot using what is known as "Poor Man's Process". It involves shaking the car a little, and a crew person holding two lights behind them simulating headlights. Normally. such scenes are shot towing the car to on a trailer, but the budget didn't afford for it.

    • When Joey is watching "The Creek" in her NY apartment and the show ends, we can see "Directed By Dawson Leery" appear on the screen and right afterwards,"The Creek" 's credits appear. Looking closely at those end credits, you can notice that they appear to be the same crew members in Dawson's Creek.

    • The finale scored a 6.6 rating among adults 18-34, the highest rating in the key demographic The WB had received in it's 8 year history. Overall it was watched by 7.3 million viewers.

    • Meredith Monroe ("Andie" McPhee) shot three scenes, only one with dialogue, but all of them were cut due to time constraints. However, the scenes were restored on the DVD Extended Cut release of the series finale.

    • The different characters in the show represent the different parts of who Kevin Williamson was or how he saw himself: Dawson, the dreamer; Joey, the cynic; Pacey, the joker; Jen, the rebel. Jack was added to represent Kevin Williamson's sexuality.

      Dawson ends up being a producer/writer for his own show, loosely based on his life, perpetuating the cycle of Kevin Williamson's story.

    • By the end of the series, Joshua Jackson and Kerr Smith are the only two cast members to direct an episode throughout the entire shows 128 episode run.

    • James Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery), Katie Holmes (Josephine "Joey" Potter), Joshua Jackson (Pacey J. Witter), Michelle Williams (Jennifer "Jen" Lindley), Mary-Margaret Humes (Gale Leery), Mary Beth Peil (Evelyn "Grams" Ryan) and Nina Repeta (Bessie Potter) are the only seven cast members to appear in both the pilot and the series finale.

    • Katie Holmes' character Josephine "Joey" Potter was the only one of the original four main characters (Dawson, Joey, Pacey, & Jen) to appear in all 128 episodes of the series.

      In second place is Joshua Jackson (Pacey J. Witter), who appears in 126/128 episodes of the series. James Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery) is in third place with appearances in 122/128 episodes of the series, and in fourth place is Michelle Williams (Jennifer "Jen" Lindley), who appeared in 120/128 episodes of the series.

    • Since the finale was written by series creator Kevin Williamson, he chose not to include the character of Audrey since she was not an original cast member.

    • Dawson: "Walking your dog?"

      This quote is a reference by Kevin Williamson in regards to the Dawson's Creek's first episode Pilot. In this episode, Joey asks Dawson how often he "walks his dog". Also Dawson tells Pacey to go home "walk his dog".

      When this episode originally aired, there was some confusion about the meaning of this phrase. The above quote is a clever way of explaining to original fans that "walking your dog" was used only because the networks thought that masturbate was too graphic for teen television.

    • The night before the wedding, when Joey and Dawson lay in bed to sleep, they take the exact same position they did on the series' first episode Pilot, just before the opening.

    • When Dawson and Joey are in his room, after the reunion at the Ice House, the song in the background is Edwin McCain's I'll Be.

      The very same song is played in the first season finale entitled Decisions when Joey finds Jen asleep next to Dawson in his bed.

    • If, by Dragmatic, is featured in this episode.

      The song also appeared in The Graduate and Escape from Witch Island.

    • Busy Philipps (Audrey Liddell) doesn't appear in this episode, although she is featured in the opening credits.

    • Former executive producer Greg Berlanti assisted Kevin Williamson with the writing of this two hour farewell episode, but was unable to take a credit as co-writer due to his contractual commitment to Warner Bros. Television and his hit show Everwood.

      Also, Everwood's medical consultants were responsible for defining the fatal ailment that would take Jen's young life.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      The Art Of Losing by American Hi-Fi
      Always On My Mind by Phantom Planet
      If by Dragmatic
      Fall From Grace by Amanda Marshall
      I'll Be by Edwin McCain
      Reflections (Of You) by Painted Man
      Have A Little Faith In Me by Painted Man
      Have A Little Faith In Me by John Hiatt
      Say Goodnight by Beth Nielsen Chapman

    • Originally aired as a 2 hour series finale with the episode ...Must Come To An End comprising the final hour.

    • Hand In My Pocket, by Alanis Morissette, is featured in the episode.

      This song was originally chosen to be the show's theme song, but was replaced by Paula Cole's I Don't Want to Wait after Alanis Morissette opted not to have her song on a teen show.

    • The stars and producers of the show approached series creator Kevin Williamson to pen the series finale.

      After some talking, he finally accepted the invitation and decided to right some wrongs he thinks happened throughout the course of the series, which he left after the second season.

    • Producers originally wanted teen-idol Chris Klein, series star Katie Holmes' fiance at the time), to play the part of Joey's boyfriend in NY.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Dawson: Ok, Mrs. Dalloway.

      Mrs. Dalloway is a 1925 novel by Virginia Woolf.

    • Dawson: "Walking your dog?"

      This quote is a reference by Kevin Williamson in regards to the Dawson's Creek's first episode Pilot. In this episode, Joey asks Dawson how often he "walks his dog". Also Dawson tells Pacey to go home "walk his dog".

      Editor's note: See more information about it in the 'Notes' section.

    • Buffy Summers: Are you gonna go all Dawson on me everytime I have a boyfriend?

      Buffy mentions Dawson's Creek on the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer while discussing with Angel her relationship with Spike.

      This quote was not part of the Dawson's Creek season finale but is noted to show how Dawson's Creek had become part of the cultural landscape during its time on the air.

    • Jack McFarland: Closure is important. Like, you know... I didn't watch Dawson's Creek this season. And now, all of a sudden it's gone. And, uh... I never got a chance to say good-bye.
      Will Truman: It was a lot easier for me. I had like, eight of my "Creek" buddies over. We cried, we shared, we baked. It was healing. And now looking back on it, embarrassing.

      Will and Jack, from NBC's Will & Grace, discuss the series finale of Dawson's Creek on the Will & Grace 5th season finale.

      This quote was not part of the Dawson's Creek season finale but is noted to show how Dawson's Creek had become part of the cultural landscape during its time on the air.

    • Dawson: Thank you, Sylvia Plath.

      Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer.

    • Lily: Dawson, I got Annie Hall on DVD!

      Annie Hall is a popular movie by Woody Allen starring himself as the lead along with Diane Keaton. Dawson expresses suprise that his little sister would have such a movie probably because it deals with adult relationships, drugs and sex, and Lily is only a little girl still.

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