Dawson's Creek

Season 6 Episode 21

Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 30, 2003 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Dawson's script for his new movie has no title yet. The copy she leaves for Joey to read is entitled The Untitled Dawson Leery Script.

    • We find out that the room Dawson was painting in the previous episode was his own, which now is the same colour it was in the Pilot episode and the entire room looks almost exactly the same as it did in the very first episode of the show.

    • Audrey comments to Joey: Our time in this particular room is over. They've shared the same dorm room (#27) for two years at Worthington (Freshman and Sophomore) but they still have 2 more years to go. Why would they need to change their doorm room then?

      Explanation: Some universities designate housing options by class. Perhaps only freshmen, and sophmores could live in that particular dormitory.

    • Taking a close look to Busy Philipps' hand when Audrey sings in the bar, it is very obvious that she is not playing the guitar.

    • Mimi Rogers, who played Jen Lindley's mother in this episode, was Tom Cruise's first wife.

      Katie Holmes, who plays Joey Potter, became Tom Cruise's 3rd wife 3 and 1/2 years after this episode aired.

    • Goof: Both hugs in the episode, Pacey/Audrey and Jack/Grams, use two different takes to show the hug. In both scenes, the arms change position.

  • Quotes

    • Jack: (About moving to NY with Jen, Helen and Grams) What do I say? What... what do I say? Well, what do you say? You say, um... well, you say how I can I turn down living with 3 generations of crazies on the Upper West Side? That's what I say.

    • Jack: (To Jen) You and Grams are pretty much all the family that I've got.

    • Pacey: I don't know how to make it right.
      Joey: Well, you're gonna have to figure it out. You know, that's the thing about ghosts. They say that... they don't leave until they're at peace with what they left undone.

    • Joey: Just because I don't fit into that... place you want me to doesn't mean there's not a place for me, Pacey.

    • Joey: No matter how much I love you or how long I stay with you, you're only gonna remember the moments when I leave.
      Pacey: Well, you gotta give me that much, because those are pretty much the most painful moments in my life.
      Joey: That's because you ask for them, Pacey. I'm sorry. You do. Your whole life, you spend so much time expecting the worst that you don't even notice the moments when people are loving you.

    • Joey: I don't feel sorry for you. I feel for you, Pacey.

    • Joey: (To Pacey) We're practically ghosts of our former selves, and honestly, I don't think anyone really remembers what they're mad about anymore.

    • Pacey: I know you'd rather be in the house with Dawson, so why do you just go and help him lick his wounds?
      Joey: Things never change here, do they?

    • Pacey: (To Dawson) I have lost, literally, everything! What do you want from me, man? Does this make you happy, that you're back on top now? I mean, you always liked it better when you were in charge, so is this what you wanted?

    • Dawson: (To Pacey) You wanna know why we're not friends, pace? It's not because of what happened with Joey, even though that turned my world upside down. It's because from that day forward, I realized that you hadn't been my friend for... maybe quite some time.

    • Pacey: We were just gettin' back to be friends, too. It's such a shame to ruin that.
      Dawson: What are you talking about? What would ruin it?
      Pacey: Money. Money would ruin it.
      Dawson: W... what happened?
      Pacey: It's gone. Your money's gone.

    • Jen: Move to New York to live with mom. I don't even really wanna fight about it or discuss it. I just want it to be ok.
      Grams: Oh, Helen, I... I... I couldn't dream of... imposing...
      Jen: No, it's not. She lives 5 minutes away from the best hospital in the country. I don't see that there's any imposition in that.

    • Jen: (To Helen) Grams told me that she had breast cancer, and it... and it was just like the whole world melted away, but I had a thousand questions in my head of how am I going to take care of her and how much time do we have.

    • Bill: (To Grams) You keep wanting to compartmentalize everything in time and space, and you're making yourself sick, and that's why you have cancer, and you're eating yourself up.

    • Jack: Well, technically, technically, I am her boyfriend.
      Jen: Technically, you're not my boyfriend. You don't sleep with me.
      C.J.: Is that the only difference between us?

    • Helen: (To Jack and C.J. Well, you and Jack are both so attractive, and I don't know what the gays look like these days.

    • Dawson: You got out of Capeside. Wasn't that the original plan?
      Joey: Couldn't escape from myself.

    • Joey: Dawson, for so long, you were the only person in the whole world I wanted to be with. Then somehow you became my only one-night stand.
      Dawson: I never meant for it to be like that.
      Joey: I know. I know. Maybe being in this room makes it easier. Having it set up this way, you know, I'm so familiar, and... seems insane not to talk. And sometimes the hardest things to say are the things that... really matter.
      Dawson: Hmm. Why do you think I've spent years trying to write an entire screenplay about you?

    • Dawson: It's weird, huh? This room used to be the official meeting place where we'd discuss what happened that day. And now it's just a film set, and I don't even know what happened this year.
      Joey: Yeah. I was kind of hoping I could just climb up the ladder and... magically fill in all the lost time.

    • Audrey: What are you hiding from, Pacey?
      Pacey: I'm hiding from the suit, because it's evil. Bad things happen when it's on. I allowed people to believe in me for a second, which was foolish, and now it's really coming back to bite them in the ass.
      Audrey: You know what? This isn't you talking. This is your former self rearing its ugly head. Come on, Pacey. I know moments like these. One path is the harsh reality, and one path is the comfortably numb. But guess what? In the morning, when you're all sobered up, the problem's still gonna be there.

    • Audrey: (To Pacey) Oh, my god. My ex-boyfriend is a day drinker. Life is clearly bleak without me.

    • Grams: If I needed to call upon you and... and I needed your help, your support? You'd be there for me, wouldn't you?
      Helen: How could you even ask that? You're my mother. Of course.
      Grams: I guess you get to my age, you don't want to take these things for granted.

    • Helen: (To Grams) I think Jen's made you happy.

    • Grams: One thing I've learned is to regret the past is useless. You can't change it. Might as well live the rest of your life as pleasantly as possible.

    • Helen: It shouldn't be this difficult, I suppose, making conversation with your own mother.
      Grams: I think the problem is the very notion of having to make conversation.

    • Joey: It's perfect. Your eye for detail is creepy. There's no way I'm going to get in that closet and play E.T., but aside from that... it's perfect.
      Dawson: Now that you're here, it's just about right.

    • Jack: Since, um... since when do you know how to cook, anyway?
      Jen: Oh, come on. How hard can it be? I can read, can't I?

    • Joey: (To Audrey) You know what I've realized in our tenure together? That I've never really had a girlfriend, not a good one... and nobody like you.

    • Joey: It's not like we're never going to see each other again.
      Audrey: I know, but... our time in this particular room is over. Anyway, the point is this... I love you very much, Joey Potter.
      Joey: I love you, too.

    • Audrey: Jack is here to meet with the dean to discuss if Worthington is right for him or some such hoo-ha.
      Joey: Right for you? Do you know how many people would kill to come to this school? I mean, I spent my entire high-school career just trying to get an interview here. You just... if it's right for you?

    • (Jack Osbourne sniffs Joey's shorts)
      Audrey: Oh, ok, gross. No, gross. God, can't you just patronize internet porn like a normal person?

    • Grams: I specifically told you I did not want Helen to know that I had cancer.
      Jen: Cancer?
      Grams: The point is, it is my business to dispense with in my own time, and you had some nerve to take it upon yourself to tell her.
      Jen: I didn't tell her. You will. Oh. Look, I don't think that she's any friggin' Mary Poppins, myself, but I think that she deserves to be in the loop, and I can't do this alone. I love you.

    • Grams: What are you doing here?
      Helen: Jen asked me to come. I was so shocked, I could hardly say no.
      Grams: I can imagine.

    • Jen: You look good, mom. Not as Upper East Sidey. I think the divorce must suit you.

    • Dawson: (To Pacey) I needed that and a very financially savy associate producer. I'm giving you credit on the film. So... (Hands script to Pacey) ...you're part of this now. So, welcome to Hollywood, where people have meaningless titles for not even showing up on set.

    • Dawson: (To Pacey) You and I have moved ahead rather nicely. It's about all the obstacles we went through when we were kids.

    • Dawson: I got 3 credit cards in the mail last week, maxed them out in, like, a day. Got lights, cameras, this awesome sound equipment. I'm going completely overboard, but I don't care. I'm talking a mile a minute.

    • Dawson: I think sometimes... you have to lose somebody completely before you can figure out what they really mean to you. I missed you, Jo.
      Joey: You got it right this time, Dawson. I missed us.

  • Notes

    • Spanish title: Adiós Sueño Dorado, meaning Goodbye Golden Dream.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Hand In Hand by Leah Erbe
      Old Time Memory by Josh Kelley
      Home To Me" by Josh Kelley
      Place Called Home by Kim Richey
      Way Beyond Empty by Busy Philipps

    • The song that Busy Philipps (Audrey) performs at the end, Way Beyond Empty, was originally recorded by Zakk Wylde, longtime guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne (father of Dawson's Creek's guest star, Jack Osbourne).

      Zakk Wylde wrote and recorded the song for his own solo album, Book of Shadows, which was released in 1996.

    • This episode features the second appearance of Jen's mother Helen. Mimi Rogers takes over the role originally played by Thirtysomething's Mel Harris in season three's episode Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

      There's an inside joke on the show about this recast, in the scene where Helen can't remember meeting Jack, which she did during Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago.

  • Allusions

    • Jen: He's C.J.'s uncle Bill. He... he and Grams had a thing.

      Allusion to episode 6x13Rock Bottom.

    • Jack: Yeah, Boston Bay does suck.

      Boston Bay College, is a fictional university. There is not such college in Boston City.

    • Grams: Last I heard, bean town had no great hold on you.

      Bean town is a nick name for Boston city.

    • Jen: (To Jack) Do you remember that time that I went over to your house after grams kicked me out?

      Allusion to episode 2x19 Abby Morgan, rest in peace.

    • Jack: We met a few years back. I guess you don't remember me.
      Helen: Oh, right. That wasn't the best thanksgiving. Um, I was probably drunk.

      Allusion to episode 3x08 Guess who's coming for dinner.

    • Pacey: So they told me you went away for a while.
      Audrey: Let's not be awkward exes, Pacey. I was drying out in Malibu.

      Allusion to episode 6x14 Clean and sober.

    • Joey: There's no way I'm going to get in that closet and play E.T.

      E.T. the extra-terrestrial is a 1982 movie by Steven Spielberg.

    • Jen: I don't think that she's any friggin' Mary Poppins.

      Mary Poppins is the main character in P.L. Travers' series of children's books of the same name about a mysterious and magical English nanny.

    • The episode title, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, might be an allusion to the movie The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy has to follow a yellow brick road to go see the wizard.

    • The episode title, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, is a song by Elton John, continuing this season's use of titles related to music.