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Dawson's Creek

Season 6 Episode 24

...Must Come to an End (2)

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 14, 2003 on The WB
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...Must Come to an End (2)
(Part 2 of 2) Five years have passed and everyone is reunited in Capeside for a special wedding. Dawson has been living in Los Angeles producing his autobiographical television series 'The Creek'. However, he has never forgotten the love of his life, Joey. She is a successful book editor living in New York with her boyfriend but comes home to realize she still loves her childhood sweethearts. Pacey is the owner of the new Ice House and still carries a torch for Joey. Jen is a single mom living with Grams and managing an art gallery in Soho, and Jack is a teacher at Capeside High and has fallen in love with Deputy Doug. Together all the secrets come out as tragedy and love becomes clear.moreless

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  • It Broke My Heart

    There has never been a series finale, and I consider my quite the series connoisseur, to inflict pain quite like this one. Jen's death impacted me more than anything else involved with the show, and I don't think there has been a character on the show worthy of such a profound story line other than Jen. It was beautiful, heart wrenching, and nothing spoke to the show's abilities more than Jen's last glance at her grandmother before she takes her last breath holding her hand. It was beautiful, and I'll never get over how she and Jack took care of each other. It spoke to my heart, and I will carry that moment with me for the rest of my life. I try to not read too much into television programs but that was art, truly in its highest form, I don't care what anyone says, it was beautiful and poignant, and it changed me.moreless
  • The best series finale of any show on television.

    This episode is truly remarkable and proves why the entire cast have become megastars
  • Love the whole show!! The last episode was sad & great at the same time!!

    This was a great show!! It ended years ago, but I watched the entire show and enjoyed every moment/episode/season of it! love the happy ending for Pacey&Joey, Jack&Doug and even Dawson's who's career is great! Even the other characters .. But I don't get why the writers decided that the character Jen had to die. Why?!! They could have thought of something else for her character? She played the part well, that was so sad!!! :-( it brought tears to my eyes! Michelle is a great actress!!moreless
  • They criticized the show when it was on air but truly it was one of the best shows ever created

    When I first watched the show I knew that Pacey was going to be my favorite character mainly because I relate to him, but I was a fan that was for Joey and Dawson at first until season 3. I realized that it was never about Joey and Dawson being together it was about them understanding that they are forever going to be linked and just because your soulmates doesnt mean you have to be lovers and the final episode showed that. Joey and Pacey had a connection intimately that even Dawson couldnt shake and she knew it which is why she told Jen she always knew who she loved just was scared to actually love that hard even though she always felt it, Pacey and Joey was a perfect ending. Dawson has a perfect ending as well he is following his dreams since childhood he is meeting his greatest inspiration and he has his best friends in his life. Jen was sad to watch because she struggled all the time but the poetry is beautiful she created life that will live on and like she told jack, teach her to belong, Jen and Jack truly were soulmates as well and as you watch you realize that the point is just that, soulmates just means connected even after life is gone. A truly shakesphearing show drama, tragedy, and Love.moreless
  • Wonderful Finale

    This is and will remain one of my favorite shows of all time! I watched it all when it orignally aired from 1998-2003 and I still watch it on DVD!

    I was very happy with the ending, well I was sad that Jen died and everytime I watch her doing her video message to her daughter it makes me cry!

    I personally am happy that Pacey and Joey ended up together I liked them better than her and Dawson. I also liked when Joey was talking to Dawson about different types of soul mates. Then in the back ground we see Lily and Alexander playing and we know they will be the next Joey and Dawson.

    I also loved that Jack and Doug (whom after the whole 6 season of Pacey bugging him that he was gay and 6 season of Doug denying it) that he is Gay and he and Jack end up together and they will raise Jen's baby!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

Sam Doumit

Sam Doumit


Guest Star

Kyle Searles

Kyle Searles


Guest Star

Ashleigh Sumner

Ashleigh Sumner


Guest Star

Nina Repeta

Nina Repeta

Bessie Potter

Recurring Role

Mary-Margaret Humes

Mary-Margaret Humes

Gale Leery

Recurring Role

Dylan Neal

Dylan Neal

Doug Witter

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: During the audio commentary, Creator Kevin Williamson mentions that the kiss between Doug and Jack on the beach was "the second gay kiss in the show". However, it was actually the 4th gay kiss in the entire series: Jack kissed Ethan in Season 3, Tobey in Season 4, David in Season 6, and Doug in the Season Finale.

    • Goof: During the audio commentary, Executive Producer Paul Stupin mentions that Pacey and Joey went on an "epic journey on a sailboat all over the world.". However, they sailed from Massachussetts down the Eastern Coast to Florida and back again.

    • Immediately after Jen dies, Grams wakes up and guessing that something is wrong, she walks over to her and checks her pulse, using Jen's left wrist. A small clear mark can be seen on Michelle Williams' wrist, as a cue for Mary Beth Peil to know where to place her fingers in the scene, since Grams, being a nurse, is supposed to perfectly know.

    • Goof: Jen's room is full of flowers despite patients with a heart condition are never allowed to have flowers because of the high risk of infection.

    • Pacey rebuilds and owns the The Ice House, which was the restaurant Joey's family used to own until Joey's father burned it down.

    • This episode marks the death of Jennifer "Jen" Lindley character.

    • James Van Der Beek's mic wire is visible in the scene when Dawson and Joey are talking in the gardens after Jen's confession to Pacey.

    • Dawson: The opposite of death is birth. Life has no opposite.

      Dawson says that people always talk about life and death like they are opposites, citing the absurdity of that statement. While somewhat poignant, the writers should have caught this. The words have different meanings and tenses.

      -Life (the state of being alive)
      -Death (the state of being dead)

      Dawson probably meant death, as in the act of dying. That doesn't mean that life has no opposite. They would be opposites in this case.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Dawson: Life has no opposite.
      Joey: I never thought of it that way.
      Dawson: Well, leave it to me to overthink it.
      Joey: You are the writer.
      Dawson: This writer has decided it doesn't matter how it ends. Because fiction is fiction. For the first time in a long time, my life is real. It doesn't matter who ends up with who. In some unearthly way, it's always gonna be you and me.
      Joey: Soul mates.
      Dawson: What we have goes beyond friendship, beyond lovers. It's forever. Joey: Yes it is. I love you, Dawson. Dawson: I love you too, Joey. (Alexander is climbing the ladder that leads to Dawson's old room and Lily is standing at the window. It is reminiscent of Joey and Dawson's childhood) Lily: Come on Alexander, only a few more steps, you can do it! Joey: You and me always. Dawson: Always.

    • Joey: There's so much, Dawson. Both good times and bad. When I loved you, you loved Jen. When you loved me, I needed to be my on my own. So I left you for Jack. I didn't realize he was gay.
      Dawson: And then I convinced you to turn your dad in for trafficking cocaine. You said you'd never speak to me again.
      Joey: But I did. I offered myself to you at that party after you crashed your dad's boat.
      Dawson: And I refused for some reason. So you fell for Pacey.
      Joey: While you were losing your virginity to Jen.
      Dawson: And then finally, we slept together.
      Joey: Only to get into a fight the day after, thus ruining everything we've waited so long for.
      Dawson: And then I dated an actress, you dated that Eddie guy.
      Joey: And years passed, until finally, here we are.

    • Joey: Dreams aren't perfect, Dawson. They come true, not free.

    • Lilly: What's a soul mate? Dawson: It's uh... well, it's like a best friend, but more. It's the one person in the world who knows you better than anyone else. It's someone who makes you a better person. Actually, they don't make you a better person, you do that yourself because they inspire you. A soul mate is someone who you carry with you forever. It's the one person who knew you and accepted you and believed in you before anyone else did or when no one else would. And no matter what happens, you'll always love them. Nothing can ever change that. Make sense?

    • Pacey: I'm just saying thank you. You reminded me of what I'm capable of feeling. It's like I was... walking around seeing my life through a smudged window, and then I saw you and the smudges were gone. The window was clean.

    • Jen: Hi Amy, it's mom. Well, by the time you see this, I won't be here anymore, and I know how much that sucks, for both of us. So seeing as how I won't be around to thoroughly annoy you, I thought I would give you a little list of the things that I wish for you. Well, there's the obvious. An education. Family. Friends. And a life that is full of the unexpected. Be sure to make mistakes. Make a lot of them, because there's no better way to learn and to grow, all right? And, um, I want you to spend a lot of time at the ocean, because the ocean forces you to dream, and I insist that you, my girl, be a dreamer. God. I've never really believed in God. In fact, I've spent a lot of time and energy trying to disprove that God exists. But I hope that you are able to believe in God, because the thing that I've come to realize, sweetheart... is that it just doesn't matter if God exists or not. The important thing is for you to believe in something, because I promise you that that belief will keep you warm at night, and I want you to feel safe always. And then there's love. I want you to love to the tips of your fingers, and when you find that love, wherever you find it, whoever you choose, don't run away from it. But you don't have to chase after it either. You just be patient, and it'll come to you, I promise, and when you least expect it, like you, like spending the best year of my life with the sweetest and the smartest and the most beautiful baby girl in the world. You don't be afraid, sweetheart. And remember, to love is to live.

    • (To Pacey)
      Joey: I can't be let off the hook, 'cause I might just get the notion is okay to keep running.

    • (To Pacey)
      Jen: I hate this. I don't wanna do this! I don't wanna... die! Remind me to never do this again.

    • (Jen and Jack's final scene)
      Jack: Jen I want her. I want her, but I don't know what you and Grams have discussed.
      Jen: Grams is aware of the reality of the situation, with her health and all. We both think that you would make an excellent father. One request can you please help Amy find a place to be? I feel like I never really quite fit.
      Jack: Which is why we're us.
      Jen: I know. I mean from the second that I stepped out of that cab and onto the creek I was the instigator, you know, the girl who caused problems and rocked the creek and upset the delicate emotional balance of Capeside and I don't want Amy to be that person. I want her to belong, I feel like I never really did.
      Jack: Jen. You belong... you belong to me. Don't you get it? You're my soul mate. Amy's gonna know love, every day of her life she is gonna know how much her mother loved her. I'm gonna see to that.

    • Jack: I am her Godfather.
      Jen: I think that when most people sign up for Godparent duties they don't imagine that it could ever extend to beyond a few babysits.
      Jack: Jen, I want her.

    • (After watching the end of 'The Creek' on television)
      Joey: Are you crying?
      Pacey: (Crying) He got me.

    • Pacey: Actually, I... hold on, I'm not done yet, because I also want for you to be happy. It's really important for me that you be happy so I want you to be with someone, whether it be Dawson, or New York guy or some man that you haven't even met yet but I want you to be with someone who can be part of the life that you want for yourself. I want you to be with someone who makes you feel like I feel when I'm with you. So, I guess, the point of this long run-on sentence that's been the last 10 years of our lives is just that the simple act of being in love with you is enough for me. So you're off the hook.
      Joey: You know, for the record, I... I don't wanna be let off the hook. 'Cause everything in my life that I've done has led me here, right now and the last thing I want, need or deserve is to be let off somebody's hook.
      Pacey: Please don't miss my point here...
      Joey: And don't miss mine. Pacey, I love you, you know that and it's very real. It's so real that it's kept me moving, mostly running from it, never ready for it... and I love Dawson, he's my soul mate, he's tied to my childhood and it's a love that is pure and eternally innocent. I can't be let off the hook because I might just get the notion that it's okay to keep running.
      Pacey: So then what exactly are you saying here?

    • Pacey: You're off the hook. I never really put much faith in all that "if you love someone set them free" crap as evidenced by everything I've done in my life up to this very moment, but I am determined to be happy, Joey. Happy in this life and I love you. I mean, I always, I have always, always loved you, but our timing has just never been right and the way I figure it, time is no man's friend. So I have to get right with that and be happy, now, because this is it. I mean, this is all that we get. If there is one thing I've learned from losing Jen, that's what I've learned.

  • NOTES (19)


    • Buffy Summers: Are you gonna go all Dawson on me everytime I have a boyfriend?

      Buffy mentions Dawson's Creek on the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer while discussing with Angel her relationship with Spike.

      This quote was not part of the Dawson's Creek season finale but is noted to show how Dawson's Creek had become part of the cultural landscape during its time on the air.