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Dawson's Creek

Season 3 Episode 17

Cinderella Story

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 01, 2000 on The WB
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Episode Summary

When Joey turns to Pacey for rescuing after she flees Boston halfway through her visit with A.J., the two old friends may finally confront their growing feelings for each other. Meanwhile, to avoid suspension, Pacey becomes a mentor to a young boy and must contend with a little version of himself with a big attitude; and behind Gale's back, Dawson asks Mitch to help with the opening of her new restaurant.moreless

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  • Joey demonstrates something approaching unconditional love toward AJ and Morgan

    Joey demonstrates something approaching unconditional love toward AJ and Morgan.

    Contrast her beyond her years magnanimity with Leery's infantile narcissism in "Stolen

    Leery doesn't deserve Potter's love.
  • pace takes jo to station. gale prepare restaurant.pace becomes mentor. jo meets ajs friend. jo tells aj to go to morgan. pace makes food at buzzs and talks about jo. jo calls pace, who go to her. jo & pace talk, he pulls over and ends up kissing jo again.moreless

    i think that joey and pacey have had feelings since the begining. they just started to find out and let them out, well pacey did twice. i hope that they get together because i think that it could really work because they both love each other, they make each other whole. yes dawson does have a part of joeys heart and always will but that doesnt mean that she can't love someone and we all know that she does. i wonder what dawsons going to do if it goes into a relationship. all we can do is wait and see.moreless
  • Joey visits A.J.

    "Cinderella Story" is one of those episodes where you think you're going to hate the episode but you end up loving it. I actually started liking the character A.J. in this episode. I only started liking him because you could tell he had feelings for his best friend Morgan. I really liked how Joey broke up with A.J. and told A.J. to be with Morgan. Pacey mentoring Buzz was entertaining to watch with Buzz being too hard to handle for Pacey. I loved how Pacey gave Buzz another chance. My favourite part of the episode is the ending. I love the Pacey and Joey kiss. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • What a feeling!!

    I do enjoy this episode very much. Joey seemed never really sure about herself. Others have to tell her about what was happening to her, especially when she decided to visit A.J. With so many opinions herself, this made her such an arguable person with Pacey. Maybe since they always did argue all their lives, it just wasn't that hard for them.

    Pacey was having all the good feelings for Joey which was hard to even express it to her. I was glad at the end Joey realized A.J. also had a soulmate just like Dawson and her, and to get back home, she called Pacey out of all people. Finally, Pacey expressed his true feeling her by kissing her .... whoa, how romantic. Of course, Joey had to react by pushing Pacey away and blaming all on him. Just like all these years as kids, showing how much she always hated him. However, this time deep inside she knew she really liked him too.moreless
  • Excelent!

    ok , I know the episode lasted about 40 min but pretty much all I can remember are sceenes that have Jo and Pacey in them . And ofcoure the one where Paccey talks about Joey with Buzz . Bottom line for this episode is that this is the first time Pacey kissed Joey after realising he was in love with her . I know that there is that whole other story with A.J and that other girl , but who cares ! While watching all of that all I could think was : Jo get your buttt back to Capeside , Pacey is there !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)

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Andrea "Andie" McPhee (recurring Season 2)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Joey has borrowed a coat from Morgan that she returns even though both are heading out to the cold night, each one in a different way. Doesn't make much sense for Morgan to carry around 2 coats and Joey none while she still needs it and could have returned it some time later. It's also rather un-gentleman like for A.J. not to offer his coat to Joey, since he is wearing a lot more clothes than her, that has bare shoulders in a freezing night.

    • Goof: When Pacey and Joey are driving back from Boston, pine forests can be seen at both sides of the road. However, when Pacey pulls off to park, the landscape becomes really different: barren land, a few trees and a lake. Apparently, preset background video was used for the scenes shot inside the car.

    • Goof: While Pacey and Joey are driving to the train station, the lanes are full of cars and there's a heavy traffic. However, as soon as he pulls off the main road, it is still visible in the background but it becomes almost deserted as well as smaller. Apparently, preset video was used for the scenes shot inside the car.

    • Famous Firsts: Pacey kisses Joey for the second time in their life but only the first after realizing he is in love with her. (Pacey kissed her for the first time in Double Date)

    • Goof: Dawson's mom hands him a mug of clam chowder. The handle of the mug is to the left of his face as he drinks. The shot switches, he is still drinking yet the handle is now to the right side of his face. It then flashes back to the left and then back to the right as they talk.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Pacey: You can't keep doing this to me, Potter!

    • Buzz: Is she a hottie?
      Pacey: I'm not gonna answer that.
      Buzz: C'mon, I'm nine. I got years before I even get near it. Least you can do is cough up a description.
      Pacey: She's so beautiful that when you look at her your knees tremble, your heart melts, and you know, without reservation, that there is order and meaning to the universe.
      Buzz: She's a hottie.
      Pacey: Oh, yeah.

    • Joey: I'm not meant to. Isn't that obvious by now?
      Pacey: Because you're sixteen and alone.
      Joey: Because I'm sixteen and in my entire life there's only been two people that have ever really known me. Dawson and...
      Pacey: This A.J. didn't know you. I don't care how you felt about him. He didn't know you, Joey. Because if he did, he never would have walked away from you.
      Joey: I was gonna say you, Pacey.

    • Pacey: So you're a smartass? Guess that's why they put us together. People think I'm a smartass too.
      Buzz: But when they get to know you they discover that under the gruff exterior lies a vulnerable beating heart. Get real. I'm not like the kids on "Seventh Heaven" and I'm not like you, Pissy.
      Pacey: Pacey.
      Buzz: Whatever, Pissy.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Gone by Sue Medley
      I Can't Try Hard Enough by Dag Juhlin
      The Answer by Brooke Ramel
      Dry Land by Tara McLean
      I Know by Kind Of Blue
      Settling by Tara McLean


    • The title of the episode, Cinderella Story, is an allusion to the classic fairy tale Cinderella, where a prince determines who the girl he wants to marry with is, using a glass shoe that she previously lost when leaving a dance.

    • Buzz: But when they get to know you they discover that under the gruff exterior lies a vulnerable beating heart. Get real. I'm not like the kids on "Seventh Heaven" and I'm not like you, Pissy.

      7th Heaven is also a show produced by the WB. The kids on the show are all trouble-makers in various ways, but always seem to learn their lesson and are all good at heart.