Dawson's Creek

Season 6 Episode 24

...Must Come to an End (2)

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 14, 2003 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Most of the artists and songs featured in the two-part series finale were songs that were intended to be featured in the original Pilot, but whose licensing proved too expensive at the time.

    • The video montage with old footage of the gang goofing around that Pacey shows Jen in her hospital room is to the tunes of Alanis Morrisette's Hand In My Pocket. The producers for Dawson's Creek originally wanted this song to play in the opening credits of the show, but Morrisette said no.

    • During the the scene at the end of the episode where Joey and Pacey are watching "The Creek" in her NYC apartment, Pacey's tears were real ones. It was the last scene to be shot for Dawson's Creek and Joshua Jackson got moved.

    • The scene at the end of the episode where Joey and Pacey are watching "The Creek" in her NYC apartment was the actual last scene to be shot for Dawson's Creek.

    • Meredith Monroe ("Andie" McPhee) shot three scenes, only one with dialogue, but all of them were cut due to time constraints. However, the scenes were restored on the DVD Extended Cut release of the series finale.

    • The finale scored a 6.6 rating among adults 18-34, the highest rating in the key demographic The WB had received in it's 8 year history. Overall it was watched by 7.3 million viewers.

    • The different characters in the show represent the different parts of who Kevin Williamson was or how he saw himself: Dawson, the dreamer; Joey, the cynic; Pacey, the joker; Jen, the rebel. Jack was added to represent Kevin Williamson's sexuality.

      Dawson ends up being a producer/writer for his own show, loosely based on his life, perpetuating the cycle of Kevin Williamson's story.

    • By the end of the series, Joshua Jackson and Kerr Smith are the only two cast members to direct an episode throughout the entire shows 128 episode run.

    • Former executive producer Greg Berlanti assisted Kevin Williamson with the writing of this two hour farewell episode, but was unable to take a credit as co-writer due to his contractual commitment to Warner Bros. Television and his hit show Everwood.

      Also, Everwood's medical consultants were responsible for defining the fatal ailment that would take Jen's young life.

    • The stars and producers of the show approached series creator Kevin Williamson to pen the series finale.

      After some talking, he finally accepted the invitation and decided to right some wrongs he thinks happened throughout the course of the series, which he left after the second season.

    • Since the finale was written by series creator Kevin Williamson, he chose not to include the character of Audrey since she was not an original cast member.

    • 'The Creek', Dawson's autobiographical television series, is on every Wednesday at 8pm, the very same time Dawson's Creek was on during most of its course.

    • Katie Holmes' character Josephine "Joey" Potter was the only one of the original four main characters (Dawson, Joey, Pacey, & Jen) to appear in all 128 episodes of the series.

      In second place is Joshua Jackson (Pacey J. Witter), who appears in 126/128 episodes of the series. James Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery) is in third place with appearances in 122/128 episodes of the series, and in fourth place is Michelle Williams (Jennifer "Jen" Lindley), who appeared in 120/128 episodes of the series.

    • During the airing of The Creek that Joey and Pacey are watching at the end, the Joey-esq character Sam utters the now-infamous words: "I don't wanna wait for my life to be over. I want to know right now, what will it be?"

      The dialogue is a reference to the show's popular theme song I Don't Want to Wait by Paula Cole.

    • James Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery), Katie Holmes (Josephine "Joey" Potter), Joshua Jackson (Pacey J. Witter), Michelle Williams (Jennifer "Jen" Lindley), Mary-Margaret Humes (Gale Leery), Mary Beth Peil (Evelyn "Grams" Ryan) and Nina Repeta (Bessie Potter) are the only seven cast members to appear in both the pilot and the series finale and all six seasons of the series.

    • Originally aired as a 2 hour series finale with the episode All good things... comprising the first hour.

    • Michelle Williams (Jen Lindley) was the third main character to die in the show.

      First was Abby Morgan in season 2. Second was Mitch Leery in season 5. And third was Jen Lindley in the series finale.

    • Busy Philipps (Audrey Liddell) doesn't appear in this episode, although she is featured in the opening credits.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Angel by Sarah McLachlan
      Hand In My Pocket by Alanis Morissette
      Healing Hands by Marc Cohn
      Green Apples by Chantal Kreviazuk
      Hands by Jewel
      Say Goodnight by Beth Nielsen Chapman

  • Allusions

    • 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.