Dawson's Creek

Season 6 Episode 22

Joey Potter and Capeside Redemption

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 07, 2003 on The WB
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When Dawson gives up his dream of making his film, a strong-minded Joey rallies the old group back to Capeside to help Dawson begin production before pursuing her dream of traveling to Paris. Jen, Jack and Grams must say their goodbyes and leave for New York.

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  • Everyone works together to help make film Dawson's movie.

    9.5
    Brilliant episode! It's like it takes you back to the beginning of where it all happened. I love that they mentioned Andie's name because she's a huge part of what happened to all of them. I love how they all work together to make this film happen. It looks like Dawson and Pacey will be able to friends again. I'm glad that Joey was able to finally be able to go to France. It looks like Jack, Jen, and Grams are moving to New York. The episode had a happy ending. I'm not sure about Audrey as she's new, and she had no conclusion, but I'm glad she played the part of Mrs. Jacobs. I give this episode a 9.5/10.moreless
  • Yay Dawson's Creek has returned to the good ole days where it was about a group of friends working together to work on one of Dawson's films.

    9.3
    It's so great to see how the friends all work together on one of Dawson's films. The fact that so many characters are brought back to Capeside to work together on this project is amazing and returns to the core of what the series is about - friendship. The scene where Jen, Jack and Grams are all saying goodbye is so sweet and great to watch. This scene shows how close all the characters are and how important each one is the others. Overall this is a great episode to watch and shows what the show is really all about.moreless
  • Joey\'s monologue was worth the entire episode.

    8.6
    The episode itself wasn\'t that good, the whole \"helping out Dawson\" thing doesn\'t cut it for me anymore, way too first season, if you ask me, but then there is Joey\'s monologue in Paris, that seems just PERFECT. For me, the show could have ended just there and it would be just perfect. That would really show the audience that Joey was never deciding about the boys, but searching herself all this time. That makes it clear that Dawson was never the real lead in the show, but Joey. I know that viewers would never be satisfied if she didn\'t pick any of them, but for me it was never really necessary!moreless
  • With a loss of his movie funds, Dawson starts to shut down his film project. But Joey, Audrey, Jen, Jack, and even Pacey are determined to help raise the money lost for Dawson and get his movie back up and running! Jen, Jack, and Grams leave for New York.moreless

    9.1
    I loved this episode. And I absolutley loved the way they had Jen leave Capeside the exact same way she came. When I wached it, it was even more sad to see her go becasue it made me realize everything she and the rest of the gang had gone through since that moment when Jen came into their lives. The idea to have Dawson recreate the movie scene (that was in the Pilot episode) was a great ending. It also showed me how much everyone (esspecially Dawson and Joey) had changed since their sophomore year in high school.Another classic episode!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)

Mary Beth Peil

Mary Beth Peil

Evelyn "Grams" Ryan

Nicole Steinwedell

Nicole Steinwedell

Kristy Livingstone

Guest Star

Lukas Behnken

Lukas Behnken

George

Guest Star

Matthew Stanton

Matthew Stanton

AV Geek

Guest Star

Dylan Neal

Dylan Neal

Deputy Doug Witter

Recurring Role

Mary-Margaret Humes

Mary-Margaret Humes

Gale Leery

Recurring Role

Hal Ozsan

Hal Ozsan

Todd Carr

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The scenes of Joey in Paris at the end of the episode were actually shot in Montreal.
      In one shot Joey is reading a map with a girl. In the background you can clearly see the flag of Montreal and the old Montreal port monument.

    • Audrey is helping to film Dawson's movie by playing the role of Ms. Jacobs. However, she is in the midst of Summer School at Worthington (she mentions how boring the classes are). It's not likely that she would ditch her classes since her academic standing is in jeopardy from missing almost an entire semester previously.

    • When Joey and Dawson are laying on his bed talking, Joey shifts from staring to him to staring straight up in way too fast transitions for her to have actually moved her head.

    • When Jen and Grams are talking on the porch, they ask Dawson if their cab has arrived and he says no. While they are saying their goodbyes to everyone the cab has arrived, and when they are finished saying goodbye, Grams, Jack and Jen walk to the cab and get in to leave for NYC. What happened to their luggage? It's not carried to the car.

    • After helping Dawson shoot his movie Joey finally goes to Paris.

      There is one shot of her in front of the Eiffel Tower, the place where Katie Holmes got engaged to Tom Cruise.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jen: What is this feeling? It just seems like everything's getting smaller and smaller. It's all still there, but I just can't touch it.
      Jack: I think it's called good-bye.

    • Dawson: I don't want to close my eyes.
      Joey: Why?
      Dawson: I'm afraid you won't be there when I wake up.
      Joey: Close your eyes.

    • Joey: I used to be afraid of so many things: that I'd never grow up, that I'd be trapped in the same place for all eternity, that my dreams would forever be shy of my reach. It's true what they say: time plays tricks on you. One day you're dreaming, and the next your dream has become your reality. And now that the scared little girl no longer follows me wherever I go. I miss her. I do. Because there are things I wanna tell her: to relax, to lighten up, that it is all going to be OK. I want her to know that meeting people who like you, who understand you, who actually accept you for who you are will become an increasingly rare occurrence. Jen, Jack, Audrey, Andie, Pacey and Dawson, these people who contributed to who I am, they are with me wherever I go. And as history gets rewritten in small ways with each passing day, my love for them only grows. Because the truth is it was the best of times. Mistakes were made, hearts were broken, harsh lessons learned. But all of that has receded into fond memory now. How does it happen? Why are we so quick to forget the bad and romanticize the good? Maybe it is because we need to believe that the time we spent together actually meant something, that we were there for each other in a time in our lives that defined us all. A time in our lives that we will never forget. I can't swear this is exactly how it happened, but this is how it felt.

    • Audrey: Who the hell is Eve?
      Jack: Long story. Ambiguous ending.

  • NOTES (9)

    • Spanish title: Joey Potter y la Redención en Capeside, meaning Joey Potter and the Redemption in Capeside.

    • This is the last episode in which Busy Philipps (Audrey Liddell) appears.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Void by Red House Painters
      Nobody's Fault by Phantom Planet
      Sins by Glen Echo
      Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Wedding Present
      Soundtrack Of Your Life by A Girl Called Eddy
      Blue Mind by Alexi Murdoch
      The Air That I Breathe by The Hollies

    • This episode was originally outlined as the season 6 finale, but the ending was "retooled" to set up the next two episodes, when the decision was made to end the series.

    • This episode briefly mentions Eve, a character who was introduced in season 3, who later was revealed to be Jen's secret half sister.

      The storyline, which Dawson's Creek's creator Kevin Williamson called "a disaster. A total mistake," was abandoned.

    • Historic Moment: After five long years Joey finally makes it to Paris.

    • Jen leaves Capeside in the same way as when she first arrived in Capeside: in a yellow taxi cab as Dawson is filming a movie, in the exact same spot where he filmed his first movie and recreating the same scene he was shooting when Jen first arrived.

    • Several scenes from the very first episode are recreated in this episode including: the very first scene where Joey and Dawson share a bed; the scene where Pacey, in his sea creature costume, jumps out of the water and pulls Joey in; the scene where we first see Joey row her boat home and the scene where Dawson and Pacey first meet Ms. Jacobs in the video store.

    • Nicole Steinwedell guests as Kristy Livingstone, a character that Ali Larter originally played in the season two episodes The Kiss and The Dance.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The episode title, Joey Potter and the Capeside Redemption, is taken from the 1982 Stephen King's shortstory entitled Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, which was the basis for the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption.

      The book in which Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption was edited is the same book in which Apt Pupil can be found. Joshua Jackson starred in the movie version of that shortstory. His character's name in the movie was Joey.

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