Dawson's Creek

Season 4 Episode 9

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 29, 2000 on The WB
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
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Dawson asks for Mr. Brooks' advice on becoming a director. Mr. Brooks gives Dawson some insight on his past and why he is the way he is. Joey takes Pacey to a dinner hosted by an exclusive college. She is a nervous wreck but Pacey saves the day.moreless

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  • It's Christmas time down at the Creek. Dawson asks Mr. Brooks advice on writing an essay. Joey drags Pacey to this college dinner party where she needs to impress everyone. Jack and Grams are trying to get Jen to fill in her college applications.moreless

    7.5
    This episode of Dawson's Creek was very good. Not a lot of drama but it was very good. Dawson needs to write an essay on why he wants to be a director or film producer. He asks Mr. Brooks for advice. Mr. Brooks is growing on me. I like that Dawson and him had their moment. Though, I did think Mr. Brook flirting with Grams was strange. Joey has this big dinner party for her one of her colleges she's going to and she drags Pacey along with her. I like how Pacey said all this nice stuff about Joey. Finally the writer's got Jen and Grams on speaking terms in this episode. Seriously they wrote them in the past couple of episodes to be so out of character IMO. I'm glad that Jack and Grams filled out Jen's applications. I found the part where Jack read Jen's Journal funny. And hoe Jen has this sexy dreams about Jack. Hilarious Moment. I also liked the Dawson and Pacey's sister (I forget her name already) kiss. I give this episode a 7.5/10.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)

Peter Jurasik

Peter Jurasik

Walter

Guest Star

Heather Avery Clyde

Heather Avery Clyde

Ms. Watson

Guest Star

Jessica R. Watson

Jessica R. Watson

Screaming Woman

Guest Star

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Gretchen Witter

Recurring Role

Mark Matkevich

Mark Matkevich

Drue Valentine

Recurring Role

Harve Presnell

Harve Presnell

Mr. Arthur Brooks

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: When Dawson is helping aunt to hang the mistletoe, his arms shift from laying on the ladder to being above his head between shots.

    • Goof: When Jen and Jack are talking in her room, Jen's arms shift from being in front of her to being stretched back behind her between shots.

    • Goof: When Joey comes out of the changing rooms, her left dress strap is slipping off her shoulder in the shots from behind, but stays correctly in place in the front ones.

    • Goof: In the scene where Jen and Grams are arguing in the kitchen, Jen shifts from facing to turning her back to Grams between shots.

    • Goof: Jack tells Jenn that he applied in her name to the following colleges: Bard, Brown, Columbia, Emerson, Sarah Lawrence, and BU (Boston University). However, later in this season Jen visits NYC because she's been accepted to the University of New York even though she never applied and Jack did neither. Additionally, both Jack and Jen are accepted at Boston Bay College despite the fact that this school was not on the list of schools that Jack mentioned at the Christmas party. It seems that by the time that we find this out it would have been past the deadline to apply and be accepted for the fall semester.

    • Goof: When Gretchen says that Pacey wearing his camouflage pants would be too much to Joey, in the next scene you see him wearing the same pants.

    • When Jen throws the presents that she got from her parents in the fridge, you can clearly see them falling down in the back.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Dawson: I think I'm ready to make a movie again.
      Mr. Brooks: Oh, crisis of faith over. I'll alert the media.
      Dawson: Now, laugh all you want.
      Mr. Brooks: I intend to. Now what is this picture of yours going to be about?
      Dawson: You?
      Mr. Brooks: Excuse me? Say that again into my good ear, would you?
      Dawson: My mov... my picture is going to be about you. Your life story. We'll talk later. Enjoy the party.

    • (About his best friend falling in love with his girlfriend)
      Mr. Brooks: Do you have any idea what that's like?
      Dawson: I would imagine that it would be terrible.
      Mr. Brooks: Yeah, made me hate directing. Everybody and everything. The day we wrapped, I caught another train. For Capeside, Mass. and I never looked back. Started a new life. Started a better life.

    • Gretchen: You sound like a guy who just broke up with this girl. And he's happy he broke up with her; at least he says he is. And he goes on and on about how much better off he is without her. But the thing is, he can't stop talking about her. Everything comes back to this girl. You love this girl, Dawson.
      Dawson: And that, oddly enough, has not kept her from breaking my heart time and time again.

    • Dawson: I've gotta write this essay. An application to USC film school. And it's killing me. I can't for the life of me answer the question, "Why do you want to be a filmmaker?".
      Mr. Brooks: Why do you, kid?
      Dawson: Well, see, that's the problem. I'm having trouble putting it into words.

    • Gretchen: Why don't you ask Mr. Brooks?
      Dawson: Ask Mr. Brooks for what?
      Gretchen: For help on your essay.
      Dawson: I don't think so. I told the guy I liked his movies and he practically took my head off.
      Gretchen: Oh, Dawson, say what you want about his mercurial mood, but the guy is a resource. Take advantage of him. He's probably one of the only guys you've met who's a real life filmmaker.

    • Grams: These are for you, Jennifer. From your mother and father (Hands her over two presents)
      Jen: Oh, I tell you what (Points to the big box) That, is a sweater from mom. From Barneys. But it was hand picked by the maid. (Shakes the small one) Yeah, jewelry. Jewelry, probably from dad, and I'll bet that it was thrown back in his face by his slutty secretary who did not appreciate being paid for services rendered. Remind me to send them a thank you card.

    • Mr. Brooks: Think you're very clever don't you?
      Dawson: How am I supposed to deal with this? I mean, how am I suppose to deal with the fact that the grumpy old man who basically forced me into indentured servitude, turns out to be a cross between Sam Fuller and Cameron Crowe.

    • (To Gretchen about the Christmas party she organized)
      Dawson: You did a very good thing. Years from now, I'm not going to remember what I got for Christmas, but I will remember what it felt like to see my parents so happy. So thank you.

    • Pacey: Jo, this world, it is opening its doors to you. And when you step through, you are going to be such an amazing part of all this. And wherever you chose to go, you're doing them a favor. Not the other way around.

    • Pacey: I just wanted these people to see you through my eyes for one night. To see this girl. This woman, who has more class and intelligence and beauty and grace then anyone else who's walking the face of the planet. Maybe things like this just come tumbling out of my mouth because I happen to be head over heels in love with you. But the really scary thing is, I think that they're true.

    • Mr. Brooks: (About Dawson) I did yell at the kid but that was before I got to know him. Then I realized he's not an idiot, just a nuisance.
      Grams: Well, perhaps in the future you would take the time to get to know a person before you dismiss them.
      Mr. Brooks: Perhaps you might do the same.

    • Joey: I know that I don't fit in...
      Mr. Kubeck: Joey, you didn't blow it. Your academic record stands on it's own. You're a stunningly bright young lady and no one is grading you on your social skills. Be that as it may, you couldn't ask for a better character witness than that boyfriend of yours. Seriously. He just talked the dean's ear off all about you. How you changed him. How you helped him. How he couldn't imagine a better life than one with you by his side. It's a rare gift to have someone say such things about you.

    • Grams: I'm sorry that you haven't felt like you can talk to me lately. But you must understand something, Jennifer. You must understand no matter how angry or upset or disappointed I may be in you, I will always be there for you. You are going to College, young lady, if I have to beg, borrow or steal, I will get you there. You are the most important thing in my life, Jennifer. And I love you.

    • Dawson: How can you explain the things you love? You can't. You just do.
      Mr. Brooks: God help you, kid.

    • Mr. Brooks: 1956, Louis B. Mayer called me into his office, he's got this brilliant idea. He wants to cast my best friend and my girlfriend in my next picture, 'Turn Away My Sweet'. Well, I gotta agree with him, it's great casting. Until we start shooting and I'm a mad man, crazed beyond belief. I don't even notice what's happening right in front of my eyes. My best friend is falling in love with my girlfriend. By the time I realize it, it's too late. She's gone. I still have half a picture to direct.

    • Joey: You're grinning like an idiot.
      Pacey: Yeah, I know, I can't help it.
      Joey: Why?
      Pacey: Because. (Referring to her) I'm the only guy at this party who gets to walk in with Audrey Hepburn on his arm.

    • Dawson: Mr. Brooks, I need to know why you stopped making your movies.
      Mr. Brooks: What does that have to do with anything?
      Dawson: Because I stopped too.

    • Grams: Jennifer! You are quite possibly one of the most spoiled, self involved brats I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with.
      Jen: You know? You're absolutely right. Why don't I just go to my room?
      Grams: While you're there, why don't you take the time to fill out a couple of your college applications.
      Jen: Right, of course. Anything to get me out of the house quicker, huh?

    • Gretchen: Dawson is one of those rare guys that can make popcorn and a rent video seem like an event.
      Joey: I know what you mean.

    • Dawson: Your films are... they're amazing. You're like this true American primitive. I have so much respect for what you've done.
      Mr. Brooks: Well, Mr. Leery, they're not films, they're pictures. Second of all, they're not amazing, they're hackwork. Third of all, I'm uncomfortable with this newfound respect you have for me.

    • Gretchen: When I left for college, you were like this unstoppable force of film geek energy. I mean, you were all Spielberg this and Hitchcock that. I come back and film is like this unfinished project you've sorta stuffed in your closet. Which begs the question, whatever happened to the talented young filmmaker, Dawson Leery? Why did he stop and where is he now?

    • Gretchen: That film-making will provide you with everything a young man could ever want or need: a three-picture deal at Columbia and a place just high enough on the Premiere Power List to bag yourself one of the girls of the WB.
      Dawson: Moments like this, it becomes glaringly obvious just how related to Pacey you really are.

    • Gretchen: The girl can't help it. She's beautiful.
      Joey: Is it too much?
      Gretchen: Only if Pacey wears his camouflage pants.
      Joey: Which isn't exactly outside the realm of possibility.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Spanish title: Besos y Disparos, meaning Kisses and Shots.

    • Jen has a Paula Cole Band poster in her room which is ironic because Paula Cole sings the theme song to the show.

    • Gretchen advises Dawson about his application to USC film school.

      Sasha Alexander, who plays Gretchen, actually attended USC film school.

    • Meredith Monroe (Andrea "Andie" McPhee) doesn't appear in this episode, although she is featured in the opening credits.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Sorry Charlie by Hathaway
      Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
      Piece of Soul by Katie Reider
      Souvenirs by Say-So
      Jingle Bells by Mark Shane
      String Quartet In C Major "Emperor" by Franz Joseph Haydn
      The Christmas Song by Vikki Carr
      String Quartet No. 15 by Franz Joseph Haydn
      The First Noel by Adam Fields
      O Holy Night by Sue Medley
      Love Came Down At Christmas by Shawn Colvin
      Christmastime by Smashing Pumpkins
      Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Mary Beth Maziarz

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Jen: 'Kay, so what are we going to see? You know what? I want to see that gay one with Dean Cain. All the reviews are calling it St Homo's Fire. Sounds awesome. What do you say?

      Jen is referring to the 2000 film, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, written by Greg Berlanti, a writer for the show. The movie stars Timothy Olyphant and Dean Cain part of a group of gay friends living in West Hollywood and includes a cameo by Kerr Smith.

    • When Jack enters Jen's room, she says: "Will", to which he replies: "Grace".

      This is an obvious reference to the hit show Will & Grace where the main characters are a gay man and his straight girl bestfriend.

    • Gretchen: That film-making will provide you with everything a young man could ever want or need: a three-picture deal at Columbia and a place just high enough on the Premiere Power List to bag yourself one of the girls of the WB.

      Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. is an American film and television production company.

      The Warner Bros (WB) is a television network.

    • Gretchen: When I left for college, you were like this unstoppable force of film geek energy. I mean, you were all Spielberg this and Hitchcock that.

      Steven Spielberg (born 1946) is an American film director and producer.

      Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (1899-1980) was an iconic and highly influential British filmmaker and producer, who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres.

    • Pacey: Because. (Referring to Joey) I'm the only guy at this party who gets to walk in with Audrey Hepburn on his arm.

      Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was an English Academy Award, Emmy Award, Tony Award and Grammy Award winning film and stage actress, fashion icon and humanitarian.

    • Mr. Brooks: 1956, Louis B. Mayer called me into his office, he's got this brilliant idea.

      Louis Burt Mayer (1884-1957) was an early film producer, most famous for his stewardship and co-founding of the Hollywood film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

    • Dawson: How am I supposed to deal with this? I mean, how am I suppose to deal with the fact that the grumpy old man who basically forced me into indentured servitude, turns out to be a cross between Sam Fuller and Cameron Crowe.

      Samuel Michael Fuller (1912-1997) was an American film director.

      Cameron Bruce Crowe (born 1957) is an Academy Award-winning American writer and film director.

    • The title of the episode Kiss Kiss Bang Bang refers to a Nancy Sinatra's song.

    • The title of the episode Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is an allusion to a famous James Bond movie.

      In 1962 an Italian journalist called James Bond: "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang."

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