Dawson's Creek

Season 3 Episode 9

Four to Tango

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 01, 1999 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Dawson is suspicious of Pacey's awkward behavior and misconstrues his actions when he learns Pacey has been spending time with Joey. Meanwhile, after rethinking the offer, Pacey cannot move forward with his no-strings-attached relationship with Jen, and Andie urges Jack to meet a gay student from a neighboring town who contacted him via the internet after seeing Dawson's news story.moreless

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  • Joey and Pacey take dance lessons.

    "Four to Tango" has to be one of the funniest Dawson's Creek episodes in season 3. It was so funny to see Pacey and Joey sign up for dance lessons so that Joey can learn to dance to get a scholarship. It gets even more funny when Jen and Dawson follow Pacey and Joey and catch them dancing together. I love the seen where they keep switching dance partners. It's interesting to see everyone's reaction to everything. I like how Jen founds out about Pacey having feelings for Joey and she completely supports him. I love how Joey overreacts to Pacey and Jen's arrangement. It really shows that she does have feelings for Pacey. Andie is once again so awesome. I love how Jack gets an email from another gay guy who saw Dawson's documentary. It was funny how Andie was more excited about the email than Jack. It was so cute how Jack didn't go into that coffee shop to meet that guy because he wasn't ready. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • This is the episode where we finally begin to realize that Joey and Pacey haven't just become friends, but they really are into each other...romantically...

    Oddly enough, "Four to Tango" is one of my favorite episodes in the history of Dawson's Creek. This episode is pivotal to the whole structure of the third season, because this is the episode that reveals hidden feelings that both Joey and Pacey have for each other. I will go through one storyline at a time:

    *Jack~ I thought this was a good storyline for the Jack character. He finally had the chance to go out with a guy who can relate to him and what he is feeling. I was so angry at Jack for not just opening the door and going in to see that poor guy. He shouldn't have stood him up and he should have gotten over his fear. Once again, he should have listened to Andie, because Andie know all.

    *Pacey & Jen~ This whole storyline is different, but kind of screwed up. I mean, Pacey and Jen have absolutely NO chemistry as a couple and should not be tgether just for casual sex. I agree with Joey on this one. PACEY + JEN = NO. That's all I'm gonna say.

    *Pacey & Dawson~ I do not like Dawson. I don't. I haven't liked him since the very first DC episode. Why? Because he is so self-centered! He needs to get over himself and realize that Joey is not his girlfriend anymore and hasn't been since...the first episode of the second season. So what if Pacey wants to move in on Joey? Joey isn't Dawson's turf anymore, so Dawson shouldn't care if Pacey is having sex with Joey. Dawson's annoying. (sorry to all you Dawson lovers. I don't mean to affend you in any way, it's just my own opinion)

    *Pacey and Joey~ This is where it gets good. I understand that Joey asked Pacey to come to the dance lessons with her because he owed her something, but I do think she asked him for her own personal reasons as well. That is obvious by her little blow up at Jen and Pacey in the coat room when she found them making out. Her face was so funny when she walked in on them! She obviously was jealous. There was no other emotion to explain it. By the end of the episode I was convinced that both Pacey and Joey have feelings for one another and I knew that the DC writers were going to persue that relationship further. I loved Joey's little smile when Pacey volunteered to take more dance lessons with her so she could get her scholarship. It was so adorable!

    I loved this episode so much!

    ODD 'N ENDS:

    *I loved the line "There's enough sexual tesion here to power a Kiss tour". At least she said something around those lines.

    *Darn you Jack! Grrr! Get over it already.

    *Did they ever actually learn how to tango?moreless
  • Very funny

    I love this episode ! This is the first one where we get the idea that Pacey and Joey could be a couple . Joey signed up for a dance class and because Pacey owed her a favour she asked him to be her partner . Dawson was suspicious that something was going , and when he and Jen saw them together thay desided to follow them and discovered that it was nothing but that still dodn't stop Dawson to ask lot of questions while they were dancing and switching partners all the time . It was hilarious ! !moreless
  • Pacey and Joey take dance lessons. Jack debates going on his first homosexual encounter.

    This is my favorite episodes in the season. This is the key point when you finally realize there are feelings between Joey and Pacey. The feelings aren't expressed clearly between the two but everyone else seems to think there is. There was a bit of foreshadowing when the dance instructor says they are in the beginning stages of some weird mating ritual and that they are hot for each other. This episode was well written. The episode finally brings up Jacks homosexuality because up until this sode he never mentions any interest in men. This is definetely one of the best episodes in the series.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 (4)

    • When Jack and Andie are using the computer at school, Jack shows a clear knowledge of computers. However, he seems not skilled at all when it comes to using something as basic as instant messaging.

    • Goof: When Jack and Andie are waiting for Ben's photo to download, there's a close-up of the screen where the last line of the conversation reads: "So. What do you think?". However, when the photo is up, a 'beep' that announces a new incoming message can be heard. It reads: "So. What do you think?", which actually us a line that previously existed in the IM box.

    • When Jen and Dawson spot Pacey and Joey out in the street and follow them, he is supposed to take a 5 minute break at the Video Store. However, he leaves it unattended all during the dance lesson and even afterwards. All that took him way longer than a small break. It isn't like Dawson to be irresponsible with his job.

    • Goof: When Jen is talking to Dawson in the Video Store, her jackets switches from being unbuttoned to being buttoned and then back unbuttoned.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Joey: You never look back, do you?
      Pacey: Why would you look back? The future's out there. And whatever it is, it's gonna be great.

    • Pacey: It seems to me that under the previous regimes in my life, every time I was studying, I was given a reward.
      Joey: I offered you Chex Mix.
      Pacey: And I'm not talkin' about Chex Mix. I'm talking about Tamara, and I'm talking about Andie. Let's just say that those 2 ladies, they trained me to equate studying with...
      Joey: With what?
      Pacey: Sex. I equate studying with sex, sex with studying. Now I get the studying, but no sex, you understand? So it's a little hard to get motivated these days.
      Joey: So what you're saying is you're merely the innocent victim in some behavioral psychology experiment gone horribly awry.
      Pacey: Yeah.
      Joey: And you're desperately in need of some able-bodied female to help you provoke those pre-conditioned Pavlovian homework responses?
      Pacey: Yes.
      Joey: That is the worst pick-up line I have ever heard, Pacey.

    • Pacey: I can't talk right now because I'm trying to stay off Mr. Milo's top 10 most tardy list.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      World You Want by Violin Road
      Hateful by Peter Searcy
      Me, Myself, and I by Vitamin C
      Knock It On The Head by Wood
      Stay You by Wood


    • Joey: (To Pacey) Your social life is basically a triangle consisting of you, me and Dawson.

      Another bit of foreshadowing by one of the cast members.

    • Pacey: I can't talk right now because I'm trying to stay off Mr. Milo's top 10 most tardy list.

      This is a reference to the Top Ten List from The David Letterman Show.