Dawson's Creek

Season 6 Episode 22

Joey Potter and Capeside Redemption

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 07, 2003 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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