Dawson's Creek

Season 4 Episode 16

Mind Games

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 28, 2001 on The WB
8.5
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Mind Games
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The results of the Senior Polls have ramifications for Dawson, Joey and Pacey, as the three try to ignore the tauntings of pollmaster, Drue Valentine. While Pacey and Joey try to eke out some time alone together, Dawson finds his night alone with Gretchen more awkward than he'd expected. Gretchen learns that Joey lied to Dawson about sleeping with Pacey and gets angry as Joey is forcing her to lie to her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Jack is suspicious when Jen drags him on some mysterious errands, suspicions that are confirmed when he realizes what she's just up to.moreless

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  • Senior Polls are out and Joey and Dawson are voted best couple? Secrets, and lies, and more secrets and lies. That's what revolves around Pacey, Joey, and Dawson. Jen wants to trust her therapist so she and Jack follow him around.moreless

    8.0
    Good episode but I'm getting a little bored with whole keeping secrets and everything. I kind of want new drama. Drue gets lamer and lamer every episode. He announces that Dawson and Joey couple of year. That is so lame. Luckily Dawson is on the yearbook staff and changes it to Pacey and Joey as couple of year. I'm on Gretchen's side in this episode. I'm sick of all the secrets. When there's a secret someone get's hurt, even though it's a stupid secret. Gretchen finds out that Joey lied to Dawson about having sex with Pacey. Then she tells Pacey that Joey lied. Now Pacey is going to be all weird because Joey lied. Now let's get to the more positive stuff about the episode. Jen is practically stalker her therapist. I actually thought she had a crush on him. Watching Jack and Jen follow him was hilarious. I actually like how this episode is all about trust. I give this episode a 8/10 though.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)

Rob Nagle

Rob Nagle

Dr. Tom Frost

Guest Star

Melissa Ponzio

Melissa Ponzio

Robin

Guest Star

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Gretchen Witter

Recurring Role

Mark Matkevich

Mark Matkevich

Drue Valentine

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Jen bangs on the window of the of the coffee shop, it is noticeable that it isn't made of glass but some sort of flexible material that flexes and moves too much.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Joey: When we weren't having sex. And everything and every moment wasn't about sex.
      Pacey: I don't know if that time ever really existed.
      Joey: I guess you're right. Before, when we hadn't had sex, everything was about sex. Now that we've have had sex…
      Pacey: Everything is still about sex. Do you think we're doing something wrong?
      Joey: No. Do you?
      Pacey: No.

    • Gretchen: Just promise me something.
      Dawson: Anything.
      Gretchen: That you'll always be as honest with me as you were last night. Cause that's the hardest part about having a relationship. It's so much harder than sex. And trusting someone is like this gigantic act of faith. You put it out there and you can never really be sure if you're gonna get it back. Sex... sex is just mechanical.

    • Jen: Trust. Is that the question?
      Tom: What's the answer?
      Jen: Yeah. Yes. I can trust you.

    • Dawson: I want to apologize.
      Joey: For what?
      Dawson: For that question I asked you a couple weeks ago. That very personal question. I should have never asked you. I don't know why I did. It was some masochistic side of me that I haven't explored yet. Probably the same side of me that's sabotaging my relationship with Gretchen.
      Joey: You think you're sabotaging your relationship?
      Dawson: Well, mentioning you every 30 seconds, I'm sure it doesn't help.

    • Joey: There's a lot we don't know about each other. It's not how it used to be. We used to be able to tell each other everything.
      Dawson: Yeah. I'm not sure that was such a good thing.
      Joey: Not a very Dawson Leery like thing to say.

    • Gretchen: Joey lied to Dawson. I don't know why, I don't know what it meant. But he asked her flat out whether you guys were sleeping together and she lied. And that's the truth, Pacey.

    • Gretchen: You lied to Dawson about you and Pacey having sex.
      Joey: I made a decision, a very private decision about my life and I really don't want the whole world to know about that.
      Gretchen: You really don't want Dawson to know about that.
      Joey: It's the same thing.
      Gretchen: No it's not, Joey. I don't want to be an ogre here, but lying to Dawson isn't going to solve anything. It's not fair to him and it's not fair to somebody who's trying to have a relationship with him.
      Joey: Meaning you.

    • Drue: Oh, please... this whole friend dance you guys do. As if you were actually over each other. As if you haven't fatally wounded each other's psyches and doomed all your future relationships. I mean, I'm sorry this is great stuff. It's what makes you and Joey, far and away the more compelling couple.

    • Drue: You want me to unfix the election so that Joey and Pacey win as Class Couple? Sorry. Can't do that. It's too boring. Where's the conflict? Where's the drama?
      Dawson: There isn't supposed to be any drama.
      Drue: See? It's thinking like that that keeps high school yearbooks mired in mediocrity.

    • Jack: Well, it's fairly common for people to develop a thing for their shrinks.
      Jen: Well, that's not what's happening here.

    • Dawson: Part of me was still clinging to the insane notion that Joey and I were destined to lose our virginity together.
      Gretchen: Well, I guess it's not all that insane. She was your first serious girlfriend.
      Dawson: Yeah, but now I kinda wish they just did it on the boat. You know, or they'd do it now and get it over with. Just put the final nail in the coffin of Dawson and Joey.
      Gretchen: How do you know they haven't?
      Dawson: She told me.

    • Joey: (Pulling Gretchen apart) Umm… I know that Pacey told you… that you know. And I was just hoping that you could…
      Gretchen: ... I could keep my big fat mouth shut? Don't look so serious Joey. Who am I going to tell?
      Joey: Well, it's just that certain people have no need to know this information because it would only hurt them and bring back painful memories. And that's not what I want this to be about.
      Gretchen: You guys are just friends.
      Joey: Yeah, we're just not the type of friends who tell each other everything the second it happens. And if he were to hear something like that, something about me, I'd want it to be from me.

    • (Talking about their new sex life)
      Pacey: Gretchen? Yeah. She knows, but it wasn't me who told her. She figured out for herself. Are you mad?
      Joey: (Pretending) No, I'm not mad. I'm just a little embarrassed, but it'll pass.

    • Pacey: You know, I don't think I like this turn that our relationship is taking here. You have no respect for my feelings, we never talk anymore.
      (Joey keeps kissing him. He groans)
      Joey: Pace, we spent 9 months talking. We've been doing this for two weeks.
      (She goes back to kissing)
      Pacey: But this still doesn't mean you get to treat me like a sex object.
      Joey: Oh, I can tell you're all broke up about it.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Joey: Yearbook is a shameful, squalid waste of time.

      This line is taken directly from the King of the Hill episode entitled Bobby Slam (where it was spoken by Peggy Hill). The writer of that King of the Hill episode was Gina Fattore, who also wrote this episode of Dawson's Creek.

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