Dawson's Creek

Season 4 Episode 23

Coda

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 23, 2001 on The WB
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Accepted early to USC, Dawson finds his last night in Capeside has arrived much sooner than everyone had originally anticipated. While Dawson looks forward to spending the evening with Joey, Jack and Jen, Mitch has other ideas. Meanwhile, Dawson's not the only goodbye Jen has in store for her, as she bids farewell to the house she's been sharing with Grams. Finally, Joey says goodbye to Dawson in her own way.moreless

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  • Bittersweet...

    9.8
    This is my favorite episode...

    From the start of the episode, you can tell that this is a Djer episode... reminding us of the "self-indulgent piece of crap" that Dawson made almost 3 years ago, the first scene of the show, and many other things...

    I think if the show ended here, it would be perfect... openened, with no titanic problems... beautiful...

    Dawson's goodbyes were perfect, specially the Jen one... It was really beautiful the way they ended...

    And the Pacey talk, that was touching...

    The bittersweet kiss we all remember... There are too many feelings involved in that kiss... I think it could be the most powerful scene ever... I cried my eyes out...

    The song also made a perfect moment (wich is the song mentioned by Joey)... Daydream Believer - Mary Beth Maziarz...

    And there's the question... Will he stay or won't he?

    For me, best episode ever...moreless
  • Everyone is saying Goodbye. Dawson got early acceptance to University and is now leaving. Jen, Grams, and Jack are moving to Boston. Joey is having trouble letting Dawson go.

    8.0
    This was a very good, but sad episode. Everyone's leaving. Dawson got early acceptance to University and now his leaving. I wonder what that kiss meant at the end of the episode. I guess I'll find out when I start watching season 5 tomorrow. I can't believe Grams and Jack and Jen are already moving to Boston. But at least they will all be there together. I mean Joey will be in Boston at the end of summer. Not much to say about this episode. I mean everyone's saying goodbye and all. I give this episode an 8/10 because there wasn't any drama, but it was sad, and happy and awesome.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)

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Coda is the final part of a musical composition in which the main moments are repeated (Joey and Dawson end up kissing again by the window, same as in the season 1 finale), hence the title for the season 4 finale, which was meant to be the last one of the show for a while, and that is a little tribute to the show itself.

    • The gang sees the movie American Grafitti, a movie about a group of friends last night together before they leave for college, same as their current situation.

    • When Grams is in the kitchen with Jen and Jack, her sweater isn't buttoned right: one button in one side is higher than the other.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (Mitch is giving Dawson fatherly advice, before Dawson leaves for college the following morning)
      Mitch Leery: You know not to have sex without a condom, right?
      Dawson: Oh, dad, please. I was the only kid in kindergarten who knew what Trojans were.
      Mitch Leery: Right. Erm, drugs.
      Dawson: I can't swear to you that I'll never try some variety of narcotic. But I can promise you I'll never get so strung out I'll steal your TV.
      Mitch Leery: Can you promise me... you won't join a frat?
      Dawson: That I can promise.
      Mitch Leery: Okay.

    • Dawson: It's become obvious to me that in life you're either a Mac person or a PC person, and the choice defines you. Let me put it to you this way: Beatles or Elvis?
      Mitch Leery: Beatles.
      Dawson: See? Exactly. This is no different.

    • Joey: Most embarrassing moment.
      Dawson: Uh... that would have to be when the whole school watched me make out with Eve.
      Joey: What are you talking about? That did wonders for your street cred.
      Dawson: Ok. You, same question.
      Joey: Hmm. That's easy. Right here in this room when I offered to have sex with you, and you turned me down cold.
      Dawson: Y... yeah. Hey, could we introduce the "hugest all-time regret" category, because that would pretty much be mine.
      Joey: Mine would be... lying to you about sleeping with Pacey.

    • Jen: I guess that makes me the Boo Radley of the scenerio, huh?

    • (Talking to Jen in front of her house.)
      Dawson: Joey and Pacey and I grew up in mortal terror of this house. Especially around Halloween everytime Grams came out to sweep her porch we half expected her to hop on her broomstick and fly away.

    • Dawson: Is it just me or does the yacht club uniform keep getting sexier and sexier.
      Joey: Bite me!

    • Joey: So what was yours, by the way?
      Dawson: What was my what?
      Joey: Your all time most life altering moment?
      Dawson: For all I know, it could be this one right now... saying good-bye to you.
      (There is a pause as they look into each other's tearful eyes. Then they begin kissing, and the camera pulls to the outside of the room and we see their silhouettes kissing each other through the curtains of Dawson's bedroom).

    • Joey: (Tears running down her cheeks) Do you believe in magic? I never used to. I mean, how could I? 13, your mom dies. You hope against hope for... for magic, something to make it all better. It never comes, and, you know, you look to your father who's unable to overcome all of his tragic flaws. Well, no abracadabra there. And then there's Pacey. Well... any magic that was there, that ran out, didn't it? But, uh, then there's you. There's proof that someone out there is thinking of me... my friend who was with me always. It's pure magic. I guess this is pretty much just a long-winded way of saying that, um... I'm gonna miss you, Dawson.
      Dawson: I'm gonna miss you too, Joey.

    • Joey: My best friend in the whole world is leaving tomorrow, and a big part of me wants him to stay... so I hope you don't hate me.
      Dawson: I could never hate you, Joey... and not for lack of trying, either.
      Joey: These past couple of years, it's been one big soap opera. I wouldn't take it back. I wouldn't... take any of it back, but... I'm glad that it's over. 'Cause I like the way things are now. My life being the cruel joke that it is, now that things are so nice... you're leaving.
      Dawson: Jo... if I thought for one second it was the right thing to do, I would stay, but it's time to go. It's time for me to get out of this room, and it's time for you to discover who you are without us. This chapter's over, Jo. I can feel it.

    • Joey: Dawson... I want you to stay.
      Dawson: Excuse me?
      Joey: I said, I want you to stay. And there, I said it.
      Dawson: You don't think you could have maybe said something before I packed?
      Joey: No, I said it, and now I want you to forget it.
      Dawson: Forget it? Jo, how do I forget that?

    • Joey: Well, you can't keep it a secret forever, Dawson.
      Dawson: What's that?
      Joey: How incredible you are.

    • Joey: (Sighs) Dawson...
      Dawson: Yeah.
      Joey: I know we always joke about this, but... I feel like I'm never gonna see you again.
      Dawson: That's crazy talk, Jo.

    • Pacey: I just... I realized that you're the only person in Capeside that I actually regret not saying good-bye to, because, you know, for a long time there, Dawson, being your best friend was all I really cared about in my life. I just wanted you to hear from me that despite everything that's happened between us and the miles that may be between us right now, you know, I still think about the way things were.
      Dawson: Back when we were just a couple dorks wondering if and when a girl would ever look our way?
      Pacey: Ha, ha, well, speak for yourself, huh?
      Dawson: (Laughs) Yeah, Pace, I'm... I'm really glad you called, because the worst thing about not saying good-bye was I didn't get a chance to tell you something I wanted so badly to tell you.
      Pacey: What's that?
      Dawson: I'm proud of you, Pacey.
      Pacey: Thanks, Dawson.
      Dawson: Good luck out there.
      Pacey: Yeah, you too.

    • Pacey: So how is she?
      Dawson: She's, um... you know, she's doing the same thing you are, Pace. She's keepin' busy. (Sighs) She doesn't say much, but, um... you know, I get the feeling that she thinks about you every 10 seconds or so. I know she'd appreciate a call.
      Pacey: Uh, you know, I just don't think that's a place I'm ready to go quite yet, Dawson.

    • Mitch: You know, it's funny. I knew I'd be sad to see you go. What I didn't expect was this feeling of not wanting you to go. Son or not, Dawson... you are one of my favorite people.

    • Jen: (Sighs) Come here. (They hug) Mm. Ok. Go. Get the Hell out of here. Walk across that lawn, have a great life, and don't ever call me again.
      Dawson: What? So I can confirm your worst fears about men?
      Jen: Yes, exactly. Oh, wait, I forgot. We never slept together.
      Dawson: You got 5 minutes?
      Jen: For you? Always.

    • Joey: What would you say to him if you saw him?
      Dawson: Spielberg?
      Joey: Yeah.
      Dawson: I'd... I... I don't know.
      Joey: Dawson, come on. I mean, this is the guy who shaped your entire world view, who eased all of your childhood traumas, and who made growing up just a bit more bearable.
      Dawson: Um... in that case, I guess I'd just have to say... thank you.
      Joey: Doesn't quite seem like enough, does it?
      Dawson: No, it doesn't.

    • Mitch: Why would I be feeling insecure about the future? I'm not the one whose life is about to change.
      Gale: I think we may have just discovered where our son gets his talent for denial.

    • Joey: What makes you think that I want him to stay?
      Jen: You really want to know?
      Joey: Yeah.
      Jen: It's this little voice inside my head that says "I like your hair color. What number is that?"
      Joey: You still hate me, don't you?
      Jen: No, I don't hate you.
      Joey: I mean, I don't get it, Jen. I mean, how am I supposed to feel about this? Am I supposed to feel good knowing that I have the power to change somebody's life?
      Jen: I don't know. I mean, I think that we all have the power to change each other's lives. The question is... are you going to use it?

    • Jack: Come on, man. You can't tell me you haven't at least thought about it.
      Dawson: What?
      Jack: What? The opportunity to spend the entire summer with her.
      Dawson: Of course I've thought about it. I've thought about it so much it makes me mad because I don't understand why I can't stop thinking about it (Sighs). I fell in love with somebody else this year. Do you have any idea how significant that is for me? I mean... so why can't I stop thinking about her?

    • Jack: Yeah. Yeah, she's really gonna miss you, Dawson.
      Dawson: Yeah, she's got plenty on her mind. Infiltrating the Ivy Leagues... the whole devastating break-up thing.
      Jack: Come on, man. I know, that's all true, but you and Joey saying good-bye, that's a fairly colossal event.
      Dawson: Why is everybody so determined to shake me out my cozy little cocoon of denial?
      Jack: Because if you don't at least acknowledge the hugeness of this moment, you are gonna wake up in some cold sweat in some USC dorm room one night, and you're just gonna have one more thing to add to your list of lifelong regrets.

    • (Dawson and Joey are watching the scene where Pacey disguised as "the Creature" pulls Joey off the dock into the water)
      Dawson: Have you heard from him?
      Joey: No. The "Sea Creature from the Deep" remains incommunicado.
      Dawson: I'm sorry. I'm sure once he's ready, he'll call or write...
      Joey: ... or something. I don't know. Do you ever feel utterly incapable of sustaining a relationship?
      Dawson: I think I'm in touch with that emotion.

    • (Dawson and Joey are sitting on his bed watching the first movie he ever made "The Sea Creature from the Deep")
      Dawson: You know, this sucks a lot more than I remembered it.
      Joey: Dawson, need I remind you that The Sea Creature from the Deep won the juror's prize in the junior division at the Boston Film Festival, for which you were rewarded the princely sum of $2,500?
      Dawson: Yeah, right. Which I then proceeded to waste on my next endeavor, which was entitled… what was it called again? Ah, that's right. "Self-indulgent Piece of Crap".
      Joey: Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

    • Dawson: All time most life altering moment.
      Joey: Ever?
      Dawson: Ever.
      Joey: Well... there are a lot of winners there. (Sighs) But, you know, there was this one moment, uh... a couple years ago... in this room. I was standing over there by the window, and, uh... and you kissed me. It changed everything. It's a pretty powerful thing when you get your biggest wish in one moment. (Long pause as they think about it) Oh, better not forget that one.

  • NOTES (7)

    • This famous line:

      Joey: (To Jen) I like you hair color, what number is that?

      was included into the original script for the 1x01 Pilot episode by Kevin Williamson, and it is used again in this episode.

    • The end of this episode marks the first of two consecutive season to end with Dawson and Joey kissing, next one being episode 5x23 Swan Song.

    • Meredith Monroe (Andrea "Andie" McPhee) doesn't appear in this episode, although she is featured in the opening credits.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Packing Blankets by Eels
      Two By Two by Unknown Artist
      Rock Me To Sleep by Jill Sobule
      How You've Grown by Natalie Merchant
      Daydream Believer by Mary Beth Maziarz

    • In the beginning of the episode we can see Dawson and Joey on his bed, like in the Pilot episode. Also the gang goes to the movies, where some bits of the dialogue are repeated, and Joey and Dawson end up kissing by his bedroom window.

    • It is very strange to see these four friends all together, compared to where they were two years ago. Joey hated Jen, and Jack stole Joey away from Dawson.

    • This is the first and almost last time in five seasons that we ever hear of Jack having a car.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Mitch: Right. Erm, drugs.
      Dawson: I can't swear to you that I'll never try some variety of narcotic. But I can promise you I'll never get so strung out I'll steal your TV.

      This last line, stealing the TV, is an allusion to the 2000 film Requiem for a Dream based on the 1978 novel of the same name, in where the main character sells his mothers TV in order to get money to buy more drugs.

    • Dawson: Let me put it to you this way: Beatles or Elvis?

      The Beatles was a band from Liverpool, England.

      Elvis Presley (1935-1977) was an American singer, musician and actor.

      Both became cultural icons.

    • Dawson: It's become obvious to me that in life you're either a Mac person or a PC person, and the choice defines you.

      Mac (full name Macintosh) is a brand name covering several lines of personal computures designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc.

    • Joey: Hmm. That's easy. Right here in this room when I offered to have sex with you, and you turned me down cold.
      Dawson: Y... yeah. Hey, could we introduce the "hugest all-time regret" category, because that would pretty much be mine.

      This is an allusion to episode 3x01 Like a Virgin.

    • Jen: It's this little voice inside my head that says "I like your hair color. What number is that?"
      Joey: You still hate me, don't you?

      Allusion to this bit of dialogue as seen in the episode Pilot:

      Jen: Hey Joey, I love your lipstick. What shade is that?
      Joey: Wicked red. I love your hair color. What number is that?

    • Dawson: You know, this sucks a lot more than I remembered it.
      Joey: Dawson, need I remind you that The Sea Creature from the Deep won the juror's prize in the junior division at the Boston Film Festival, for which you were rewarded the princely sum of $2,500?

      The Sea Creature from the Deep is the movie we see Dawson and his friends shooting during the episode Pilot and subsequent ones.

    • Joey: What would you say to him if you saw him?
      Dawson: Spielberg?

      Steven Spielberg is an American film director and producer.

    • Jen: I guess that makes me the Boo Radley of the scenerio, huh?

      Boo Radley was a character in Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird.

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