Dawson's Creek

Season 6 Episode 4

Instant Karma!

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 2002 on The WB



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Eddie: (To Joey) I don't mind you kissing me if it's because you want to kiss me, not for revenge or to help you forget someone else. Whatever happened between you guys, you're gonna have to deal with it. Yourself. Just... just you.

    • Eddie: This celebration of madness about people who aren't afraid, who take chances, people who really live. And I guess that I've always... wanted to be one of those people, you know?
      (Joey kisses him)
      Eddie: What was that?
      Joey: Just following an impulse.

    • Pacey: Audrey, I don't know what it is that you want me to say. I mean, I'm really sorry, but...
      Audrey: Maybe... maybe you can just come inside and hold me.
      Pacey: Yeah, I can do that.
      (They cling into bed and Audrey curls up in Pacey's arms)

    • (Professor Freeman confesses Jack that he feels attracted to him)
      Professor Freeman: I don't think I've felt so confused in my whole life. Here I am, I'm a married man, my wife is pregnant, and, uh... I'm showing up at a party just 'cause I'm hoping to run into, uh... a certain student.

    • Joey: Maybe it's the only way that we could finally stand on our own. You know, to... hurt each other so much that we have no choice but to let go. Maybe otherwise we never would.
      Dawson: Yeah. Maybe.

    • Dawson: Do you think it would have worked out between us if I... if we hadn't... if things had been different?
      Joey: I don't know. I mean, that's the thing with us. They never are, are they?

    • Dawson: I... think I'm going back to California. 'Cause I don't really work here anymore.
      Joey: I'm sorry, Dawson.
      Dawson: Things happen.

    • Jen: You know... what happened to Audrey tonight... it's happened to me before... more than once, and... to watch it... to watch her go through it was... just weird. Now you know what a mess I am.
      C.J.: I don't think you're a mess.
      Jen: Well, then you haven't been paying very close attention tonight.
      C.J.: No. You know... Jen, you didn't do anything wrong tonight. And whatever mistakes you have in your past, they're over, and they've obviously made you a more empathetic and more compassionate person, and I don't think that's such a bad thing.

    • (Referring to Natasha and the fact she is pissed off because she's met Joey by chance on the set)
      Todd: You screwed up, mate. She won't come out until you're gone. Which gives me no choice but to do something I really don't want to do, because you're the best assistant I've ever had and the only one on set I actually don't wanna fire. But for the sake of the film, it's exactly what I have to do.
      Dawson: I understand.

    • Jen: If you don't get out of my way in the next 5 seconds, I will separate you from your genitalia.

    • Jason: You're really cute, you know that?
      Audrey: Ha. Yes. I'm also... very dumb, though. And don't forget rich.
      Jason: I don't mind.

    • Rich: (To Pacey after his discussion with Audrey) I can see you love her. Everything about you practically screams, 'I am an idiot in love'.

    • Todd: Uh, Natasha, have you met Dawson's friend... Joey, isn't it?
      Natasha: Oh, my god. This is her, isn't it?
      Dawson: Natasha...
      Natasha: You have the nerve to bring her here tonight, the girl you dumped me for after I gave you the best sex of your life?
      Dawson: Can we...
      Natasha: I'm just quoting you, Dawson. Sorry... you embarrassed? 'Cause I wouldn't want to embarrass Dawson Leery, what with his chivalrous nature and oh-so-quiet dignity. See, Dawson's the kinda guy who'll walk a girl home, you know, help her over a rain puddle? Real gentleman. Then he'll sleep with her, tell her she's the best he ever had, and break up with her answering machine.
      (She storms off, and Dawson, Todd and Joey look at one another not knowing what to say).

    • Dawson: Hey.
      Joey: Hey.
      Dawson: What are you doing here?
      Joey: Nice to see you, too.

    • C.J.: You think I'm the lamest, most square person on the earth, don't you?
      Jen: No! No, not at all. I'm sure you're, like... tons of fun. I'm gonna go.

    • Pacey: We don't all live in Audrey land.
      Audrey: Right. And I'm just some dumb, rich airhead who doesn't get it.
      Pacey: That's not what I'm saying.
      Audrey: Actually, I think it's exactly what you're saying.

    • Pacey: I was studying, and then this work thing just came up.
      Audrey: Since when does a bunch of jerks in suits stuffing dollars down a g-string count as work?

    • Jen: what's a free aisle?
      Audrey: The aisle with the little plastic bins filled with the food that you can snack on while you shop.
      Jen: No. Those are bulk bins. You're supposed to put the food in little plastic baggies and then pay for it.
      Audrey: Really?
      Jen: Yeah.

    • Rich: Fully 3 hot women tried to hit on you in that last club, and you turned down every one. I don't think I could be that faithful to any girl. I don't care how hot she is. You're a better man than I.
      Pacey: You're right, but I think that one of those girls was a guy.

    • (Dawson helps her stand because of her drunken state)
      Natasha: Stop pawing at me, busy hands! I can't believe I actually let those hands touch me naked! Thank god nobody here knows I actually dated you!
      Dawson: Natasha, listen...
      Natasha: So how's that old friend you dumped me for a couple of weeks ago?

    • Dawson: Why you keep calling me Donald?
      Natasha: Well, I think we can both agree Dawson's a stupid name. Plus, you look like a Donald. Or if you prefer... Ronald.

    • Jen: I wanna get drunk at a party, I wanna make out with a stranger, and it's all for naught if you guys aren't there to witness it and make fun of me in the morning.

    • Audrey: Pacey, you gotta be with your girlfriend tonight. I'm beginning to forget what sex is like. I may be forced to shag a stranger to remember.
      Pacey: Ok, look, tomorrow night... I promise you an all-night Witter-Liddell shag fest of epic proportions.

    • Joey: I don't like you, therefore, it must be because some guy broke my heart. It just can't be because you're objectionable in any way.
      Eddie: Really? You don't like me?
      Joey: You know what? I need to get back to work.

    • Dawson: Why would you fire Phil the P.A.?
      Todd: Because Phil the P.A. Gets all huffy when people throw cell phones at his head for buying the wrong kind of batteries.
      Dawson: You threw a cell phone at his head?

    • Todd: Send Natasha to my trailer. It's time for the crazy diva actress tells the director her thoughts on the scene so we can pretend her opinion actually matters talk.

    • Todd: Oh, and you may or may not know, but the lovely Natasha can be a bit of a...
      Dawson: Handful.
      Todd: I was gonna say pain in the ass, but ok. So let's keep her happy.

    • Dawson: Your grandfather died of lung cancer. It took you 6 months to quit. You told me under no circumstances was I to let you smoke no matter how much you begged or bribed.
      Todd: I was just kidding, mate.

    • Natasha: Okay. Dawson, wait. Don't go. I, uh... I got you your job back. See, I was, uh... a bit crazy before. I, um... I saw that girl, and I freaked. Maybe partly because I was drunk... and, see, I was drunk because... I knew I was going to see you tonight. And I was afraid of that... because... well, uh... you really hurt me, Dawson. I mean really. I liked you a lot, and then you broke up with me on my answering machine.
      Dawson: I know. I'm so sorry.
      Natasha: Yeah. But that's not why I got you your job back.
      Dawson: Okay... then why?
      Natasha: Because... I saw you out there talking to her. I saw your face when you were watching her leave, and I realized that... she hurt you way more than you ever hurt me. But you still hurt me. A lot.
      Dawson: I know.

  • Notes

    • When they are filming Natasha's scene, there is a close-up of the marker board where the following information can be read: the film title "Wicked Dead", the director's name "TODD" and on the bottom line, the name "Frank Perl" for "Camera". This is an inside joke since Frank Perl is the Director of Photography for Dawson's Creek.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Amsterdam by Rubber Snake
      Alive by Rebecca Timmons
      Superstar by The Crash Poets
      Over The Top by Heavy Stud
      Just Like Me by Moxie
      Judas by Geller
      Spike-A-Delic Groove by Mr. Spike
      Find Yourself by Universal Honey
      Thinking About Tomorrow by Beth Orton

    • Bianca Kajlich plays the star of a slasher flick. In real life she was the star of Halloween: Resurrection, the sequel to Halloween: H20 which starred Michelle Williams.

  • Allusions

    • Joey: Oh, thank you, Dr. Freud.

      Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), was an Austrian psychiatrist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology.

    • Professor Freeman: I think my favorite is the one where they legalize gambling and Marge gets addicted. Although, the one where homer becomes a monorail conductor is awesome, too.

      This is a reference to the animated show The Simpsons.

    • Eddie: So... how's On the Road?

      On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac.

    • Natasha: So how's that old friend you dumped me for a couple of weeks ago?

      This is an allusion to episode 6x02 The song remains the same.

    • Natasha: Don't be such a Spongebob Squarepants.

      Spongebob Squarepants is an animated television series.

    • Jack: Hugh Jackman's a hottie.

      Hugh Jackman (1968-) is an Australian actor of film, theatre and television.

    • Jack: I'm a little tired and Kate and Leopold's on cable tonight.

      Kate & Leopold is a 2001 romantic movie directed by James Mangold, starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman.

    • Joey: Just because every quasi-bohemian hipster with pretensions of literary greatness worships at the altar of Kerouac, that means I should, too?

      Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was an American author, poet and painter.

    • Dawson: Why would you fire Phil the P.A.?
      Todd: Because Phil the P.A. Gets all huffy when people throw cell phones at his head for buying the wrong kind of batteries.
      Dawson: You threw a cell phone at his head?

      This is an allusion to the same situation that occurred between top model Naomi Campbell and her assistant, who took legal action against her and won.

    • The episode title Instant Karma is a John Lennon's song released at first as a single in Feb. of 1970 and then used on the compliation album Shaved Fish.

      It continues this season's trend of using song titles for episode titles.

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