Dawson's Creek

Season 3 Episode 1

Like a Virgin

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 1999 on The WB
8.5
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Dawson returns from spending the summer in Philadelphia with his mother, and on his way home meets a beautiful young woman who brings trouble to his otherwise ho-hum life. Meanwhile, Joey, who has frozen Dawson out all summer, realizes she is still reeling from their unexpected break-up when she sees him again, but may have found an unexpected new friend for their junior year; Jen gets more than she bargained for when she takes on the fascist head cheerleader; Mitch accepts a new position as Capeside High's varsity football coach; and although Pacey tries to be brave, he has had a lonely summer without Andie.moreless

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  • Dawson comes home from a summer at his moms and meets a girl named Eve.

    9.0
    "Like a Virgin" was an awesome season 3 premiere. I love the character Eve. She's so mysterious. I love seeing Dawson's wild side in this episode and he crashes his father's boat, goes to strip club, throws a party with stripper, and then gets caught by his dad. Joey throwing herself at Dawson was pathetic but it was highly entertaining. I love the end of this episode where Pacey rows his boat to Joeys and they bond. Jen becoming a cheerleader is so awesome. It's something that she would never do and so it's very entertaining. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Great opening to a new season..

    9.8
    This episode was pretty great but did have some boring parts to it.



    Dawson comes home from staying with his mom all summer in Philidelphia and he meets a beautiful girl on the bus ride back. Her name is Eve. When Pacey sees how depressed Dawson is about Joey he knows he has to get him away from her so he takes him to a stripper club. Eve winds up being there.



    Later that day Dawson walks into his house and Eve standing right there hoping to talk to him for a little while. Pacye persuades Dawson to take the boat out on a spin. Dawson agrees to the offer so him and Eve go out on the boat. They are to busy kissing and they run into the dock at the Ice House.



    Joey flips out when she sees them together. She thought the first time they see eachother after all this time they would look into each others eyes and know at that moment all was forgiven in the world.



    In the end the fixing up for the dock at the Ice House was 3,000 dollars so Pacey and Eve come up with an idea to get some money. They host a stripper joint at Dawsons house and they have to pay $20 to get in. When they reach the limit of how much money they need they will let people in for free.



    Joey is hiding out in Dawsons room when he goes up there to lie down for a little while. She tries to get him to have sex with her. He kindly declines the offer because that isn't how it is suppose to be. He says he doesn't want to be with. Not yet anymore. She runs out the window crying.



    Dawson goes downstairs to tell Pacey to go make sure Joey is alright. He rows over to Joeys Dock at her house and holds her and tells her he understands what she is going through. Sometimes you love someone but you have to let them do whats best for them first before you can be together is pretty much how he put it. Eve asks Dawson to take a risk and come with him on the boat. The boat that coworker of hers let her borrow. He politely refuses the offer. In one of the ending scenes Dawsons dad shows up at his house early and now Dawson is in trouble. We don't see anything else of that scene beyond that.



    For me this was a rather good episode. It kept my attenion this whole time.moreless
  • The beginning of things to come.

    9.5
    Now that Dawson is back from summer vacation in Philly, his feelings for Joey have changed. As have Joey's for him. Though, that doesn't mean they reunite and run off into the sunset together. No, this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship we see starting to blossom between Joey and Pacey. One that they never really shared before. When Dawson asks his best friend to look out for Joey, he may get more than he bargained for. We have seen the sexual tension between them for the last two seasons. Though it's been cloaked in what seemed to be pure hatred for one another. We see the softer side of Pacey, the more vonurable side of Joey, and the wild side of Dawson.moreless
  • On his way back from Philly, Dawson meets seducive, Eve and gets more then he asked for when he crashes his dad's boat. Joey who froze Dawson out all summer, realizes she's not over him and presents him with a choice that could change both of their lives.moreless

    7.1
    I think I agree with Kevin Williamson when he says the Eve story line was propostorious. It just made Dawson look like a bigger goof than he was in his adolescent years. I think the show would have been better if maybe Dawson had still not taken Joey on her offer, but gave the relationship another chance. He had no reason to deny her and it just sounded unrealistic.
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)

Vanessa Dorman

Vanessa Dorman

Belinda McGovern

Guest Star

Amelia Martin

Amelia Martin

Bespectacled Girl

Guest Star

Fred Maske

Fred Maske

Teenage Boy

Guest Star

Brittany Daniel

Brittany Daniel

Eve Whitman

Recurring Role

Niklaus Lange

Niklaus Lange

Rob Logan

Recurring Role

Obba Babatundé

Obba Babatundé

Principal Howard Green

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Principal Green: Good morning, I'm Principal Green. Welcome to the new school year. Like all of you, in my junior year of high school, I had a new principal. My first day back, he stood before us and imparted some honest and touching words, words which were ment to usher into what he called one of the best years of our lives. This is not that speach. We live in a different time. You children are living and thinking like people twice your age, and why shouldn't you? The rites of passage which onced marked growing up are all but extinct. In short, I'm onto you people. I'm one step ahead of you, for example, like that gentleman in the fifth row who's talking while I'm making a speach. Please stand, sir.
      Pacey: Me?
      Principal Green: What's your name, sir?
      Pacey: (Sarcastic) I don't suppose you'd accept 'Che Guevara', would you?
      Principal Green: Probably not.
      Pacey: Pacey Witter.
      Principal Green: Mr. Witter, I'd like to applaud you for being the first student at Capeside who behaves like one. It is my hope that you all some day will act as such. Be a free thinker. Reclaim your youth, live, learn, screw up. Keep up the good work, Mr. Witter. Oh and by the way, I'll see you on Saturday... for detention!

    • Dawson: Yeah. Less than a week into Junior year and already my life's in complete and utter upheaval.
      Joey: Then I'm probably the last person you want to see.
      Dawson: You're a lot of things, Joey. You're never the last person I want to see.

    • Jen: When you see Belinda and her clique in the hallway, you're desperately wishing that you were walking with them, aren't you? And thinking that maybe if you were wearing the right shoes, sporting the latest hairstyle, and using the hottest shade of lip gloss, then maybe they would toss a glance in your direction. Ever wonder why they force their narrow-minded opinions down our throats? Perhaps it's because they have an inkling of what the future has in store for them beyond graduation. Cut to 25 years from now, Belinda McGovern wakes up one morning feeling empty. Maybe it's because her Dartmouth-educated lawyer husband Tad has run off to Tijuana with her daughter's roommate from boarding school. Or maybe it's because the twins, Timmy and Tommy, call her by her first name and their live-in housekeeper "Mom." Or maybe it's Belinda's daily 2:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 9:15 showdown with her bottle of Prozac. Her life has become a domestic wasteland. Avoid this fate. Don't let yourself become another cookie-cutter blonde, size 4, rah-rah-sis-bam-boom, mindless, soulless, spineless wench. Screw these auditions, screw cheerleading, and screw Belinda McGovern.

    • Joey: What are you doing here?
      Pacey: Well, a funny thing happened. I got in Dawson's rowboat and it magically drifted to your dock.
      Joey: Magically drift any closer and I'll kill you.
      Pacey: I almost believe that.

    • Joey: How would you know what I need?
      Pacey: Yeah, You know, you're probably right. I'm sure I don't have any idea what you're going through. How hard it is to let someone go. How painful it must be to know that as right as you two are for each other, it doesn't mean you're right for each other right now. I wouldn't know a thing about that. About how it makes you want to scream, or hit someone... or cry.
      Joey: Of all the people to see me like this, it had to be you.
      Pacey: It's a new year, Joey. You never know, we could even end up friends.
      Joey: Pacey, I'm upset enough as it is.

    • Joey: (To Dawson) So you love me... You just don't want me.

    • Dawson: Things aren't the same anymore, Jo.
      Joey: It doesn't have to be the same Dawson. It's a new year. Things can be different. And they can be better.

    • Eve: Listen, Dawson, anything that's worth anything is scary. Or dangerous in one way or another.

    • Dawson: Do you have a fever or something?
      Eve: Oh, that's just me. My temperature. I run a few degrees hot.

  • NOTES (7)

    • In the opening credits, when all of them are on the swing, a palm tree can be seen in the background. However, palm trees don't grow in Massachusetts where the show is set.

    • There is a trivia section on one of the DVDs that lists certain classes and teachers the main characters had as Freshman English, etc. However the main characters started High School in their Sophomore year, staying in Capeside High from 10th to 12th grade.

    • During the Pilot episode, Joey says that they "start High School on Monday", implying it is the first time they enter High School and then when they meet Jen, all agree that they are about starting their 10th grade. In both seasons 1 and 2 the main characters are their Sophomore year, but in this season 3, during their Junior year, Jen meets Henry who is usually referred to as a Freshman although Capeside High is supposed to be 10th through 12th grade.

    • The opening sequence for half of the season 3 follows the past seasons' format which are scenes of the cast together in the creek. However, it later changed to a recompilation of some episode scenes.
      This second version of this season's opening credits remained the same for the fourth season opening credits and wasn't changed until the fifth season.

      Kerr Smith and Meredith Monroe are also featured between the main cast as it follows: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson, Kerr Smith and Meredith Monroe.

    • Eve (Brittany Daniel) is introduced in this episode.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger
      Who's Who by The Pretenders
      Sleep Together by Garbage
      Dead Again by Buckcherry
      Let Us Sing by Tricky Woo
      Push It by Garbage
      Hold On by Mary Beth Maziarz

    • Meredith Monroe (Andie McPhee) is featured in the main cast, although Andie does not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Principal Green: What's your name, sir?
      Pacey: (Sarcastic) I don't suppose you'd accept 'Che Guevara', would you?

      Ernesto Che Guevara (1928-1967), commonly known as Che Guevara or El Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist, and guerrilla leader.

    • The episode title Like a Virgin refers to a song by Madonna.

    • Bespectacled Girl (Stacey): We don't wanna wait for this game to be over...

      The attempted cheer is a reference to Paula Cole's song I Don't Want To Wait, which happens to be the theme song for Dawson's Creek.

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