Dawson's Creek

Season 4 Episode 20


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 04, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

As everyone gets ready for this year's senior prom, some bad news causes Gretchen to reflect on her life. Joey worries about Pacey's odd behavior and they confront once unspoken issues. The festivities cause conflict for Gretchen, as she questions her relationship with Dawson, while an unhappy Jen is rescued by an unlikely individual after she and Jack meddle in each other's lives and arrange dates for each other. As a result, Jen decides to drown her sorrows.

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  • It's Prom! Pacey is acting weird and Joey wants to find out what's wrong with him. Gretchen is not in love with Dawson. Jen goes to prom with Drue and in result she drinks. Jack has feelings for Tobey.moreless

    Can you say worst prom ever? Let's start off with Joey and Pacey. Joey is sensing there's something not right with Pacey. Pacey then decides to blame being so depressed because of Joey. It's all because Joey is going to Boston and Pacey wants to stay in Capeside. I love the drama, but I so don't understand Pacey at all. I really hope they resolve all those issues because Pacey and Joey are my favourite couple. Let's go onto Dawson and Gretchen. Dawson feels ready to sleep with Gretchen, but at the end of prom night Gretchen practically breaks up with Dawson. I love the drama there, and I'm actually on Gretchen's side. Now let's go to what makes this episode so much better. Jen lies to Tobey and says Jack is just to shy to ask him to the prom, so Jack pays Drue and tells Drue that Jen is just to shy to go to the prom. Best Scene Ever. Let't start off with Jack and Tobey. Their first kiss was awesome. Let's go to Drue and Jen. Jen is drunk. I like how she was sharing some personal stuff with Drue. I give this episode a 9/10 because of all the drama.moreless
  • Great!

    Finally a good episode in season 4. We all expected the prom to be something great and unforgettable. Dawson went to the prom with Gretchen who was 4 years older and thinking of her future. Joey was of course with Pacey who came with a dried flower, and forgot the limo. While thinking of his future he ended up putting his anger on Joey. Geez, what a day. Jen ended up with Drue, her nightmare, but ended up being saved by him before she ended up just like Abby. Jack and Tobey had the best time together going on the next level as a couple, and finally get to the word "boyfriend." "Prom," a day to remember, or "Promicide," a day to completely forget?moreless
  • Just another prom at Capeside. Also the problems in the class couple's relationship comes out in a not so private place. Also Jack is finally growing to understand his sexuality a lot more than last years prom.moreless

    The script and the acting wasn't bad. Everything was rather great. No the painful part to watch was the whole break up with Pacey and Joey. That was a very unlike Pacey thing to do. My theory is that maybe the writers had build up Pacey's character so much that they couldn't possibly just make the break up civil they had to make sure they ended the relationship with a horrible bang, making Pacey seem like a jerk and Dawson the most supporting best friend. Knowing full well he was enjoying the whole break up.moreless
  • Ad everyone gets ready for the prom, things are getting bumpy for the class couple, Joey & Pacey. The evenings plans don't go so smoothly when Pacey puts a damper on every one. Jack takes Toby and Jen decides to drown her sorrows, but is saved by Druemoreless

    This was one of the reasons I didn't particularly like the series finale. Pacey is too stand-offish, but still in love. Overall I liked the episode because of the end results with Joey & Pacey and Dawson & Gretchen.

    Personally I'm a Dawson-Joey fan but I have my moments with Joey & Pacey. I think this was just one of the inevitable moments we were waiting for to happen with Joey & Pacey, and I think it was for the better.moreless
  • When the prom is here Jen knows' how to get a date for Jack.We also learned how much Jack and Tobey have in common.With this we see many ways people shpw their ways they do for proms.moreless

    What I thought of this would be "Oh My Gosh". I reallyed loved this episode. It made a new point of view for when you saw it with the first prom and how some people didnt like it and how this one nothing was wrong.Also in this one Jack wasnt afraid of talking and doing stuff with Tobey . I enjoyed on how Jack kissed Tobey and how much to learned what Jack and Tobey have in common.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)

Steve Vernon

Steve Vernon

Limo Driver

Guest Star

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Gretchen Witter

Recurring Role

Mark Matkevich

Mark Matkevich

Drue Valentine

Recurring Role

David Monahan

David Monahan

Tobey Barret

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: About half way through the episode, Drue takes Jen's small bottle of alcohol from her whilst she is sitting on the edge of the boat. At that point, she was not wearing her prom shoes but some nice warm wooly ugg boots.

    • When Joey and Pacey are talking at the table after their breakup, her arms keep switching positions between shots in a far too unrealistic fast way.

    • When Mitch is about to take a pic of Joey and Gretchen, a female shout can be heard just when Mitch is handing Lily to Joey.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Limo driver: You kids want to go to that after party? (Joey, who is sitting in the front seat, shakes her head no.)

    • Gretchen: I'm at the prom, Pacey. I'm at the prom again. I mean, I graduated 4 years ago, and I'm still here. You know, tonight, for the first time... I didn't just feel older than Dawson... I felt old. I mean, too old to be here. Too old to be doing what I'm doing.
      Pacey: You want pathetic? How's this for pathetic? I'm technically still a junior. I'm not even supposed to be here.

    • Pacey: You know what I don't understand?
      Jen: Hmm?
      Pacey: How these guys can be so happy and carefree. I mean, who knows what the future holds, but I do know that it doesn't hold what they expect it to.

    • Jack: Don't worry about Drue, Jen. You can hang out with Tobey and I all night. We'll help you avoid him.
      Jen: Great, 'cause I really plan on having fun tonight.
      Jack: Good. So do I.
      Jen: Good. So do I.
      Tobey: So do I.

    • Dawson: I was just gonna say, given everything that's happened in the 12 months since last year's prom, I'm just really glad we ended up here.
      Joey: Me too, Dawson.

    • Drue: Jack told me everything, and my answer is yes. Jen, I'd love to go to the prom with you. (She looks scared and closes the door on him.)

    • Joey: So... you like my dress?
      Pacey: Well, I believe I already used the word radiant.

    • Pacey: You've spent your entire life trying to get out of Capeside, Joey, because you felt like you deserved better. Well, I am Capeside. That's why I didn't get out and you did, and you do deserve better. You deserve better than this place, and you deserve better than me.
      Joey: You break my heart into a thousand pieces, and you say it's because I deserve better? Just... leave me alone.

    • Gretchen: What we have is an impossible situation.
      Dawson: I'm good at impossible situations.
      Gretchen: I'm not. I'm just not. I'm sorry. (She kisses him and walks away)

    • Pacey: You know... last year... I felt like I could give you something that no one else could give you. I could give you that wall to paint your mural on. I could take you away on a sailboat for a summer. I could even give you that night in the ski lodge. But I don't feel like I have anything left to give you now, Jo. I guess I'm spent. I've become a man who hates himself so much he can't even look at his own reflection in the mirror, and I wish that I could tell you that being with you doesn't make that worse, but it does... because the more that you love me in spite of that, the angrier that I get at you... and the more that I stop loving you back.
      Joey: How long have you felt this way?
      Pacey: I don't know, but I know it's not right.

    • Jack: I don't blame you. Look, Tobey, I'm sorry about earlier... what I said. What I didn't say. The feelings that I've been having for you are so much more than platonic, and they took me by surprise, and I was afraid.

    • Jen: What if I told you I don't want to go back to New York? That I hate New York. I don't know. I just... I feel like I've... I've changed, and I've just been too afraid to admit it, and I've been pushing myself so hard this year to toughen up so that I can go back to school there next year, but, um, I don't... I don't think I really want to. God, you think I'm weak, don't you?
      Drue: You know what I think? I think you should never go backwards when you can go forwards.

    • Pacey: You want me to take off the happy mask? Then happy mask is off. So, now answer me this one question Joey, why are you with me? Why are you with me? Cause I don't know why I'm still with you. I used to know, but now I don't anymore. What I do know, I feel like I'm Josephine Potter's little charity project. I feel like I'm the designated loser...
      Joey: This isn't about me...
      Pacey: No, it is about you. It's about you and how you make me feel when I'm with you! I feel like I'm stupid, I'm worthless, I'm never right! You know what I realize? It's not my fault! When I'm with you it's "poor Pacey, he didn't get into college," or "stupid Pacey forgot the limo, he ripped my dress, he messed up the corsage.
      Joey: I told you I don't care about any of that.
      Pacey: But I want you to care! I don't want you to accept it like it's supposed to be. We are not trapped on this boat. You and I are trapped in this relationship! I can't take it anymore Joey. When I'm with you, I feel like I'm nothing. That's why I flinch when you touch me. That's why I never touch you, why I never think about it. Because when I do, it just reminds me that I'm not good enough.
      Joey: You done?
      Pacey: No, I'm just getting started.
      Joey: Well, you can stop right now. You can go to hell!

    • Joey: This isn't about me. This is about you.
      Pacey: No, it is about you! It's about you and how you make me feel when I'm with you! Ok? I feel like I'm stupid and I'm worthless and I'm never right. But you know what I realize? That it's not my fault! That it's not my fault!

    • Pacey: Why are you with me? Because I don't know why I'm still with you. I mean, I used to know, but I don't anymore.
      Joey: I'll make a note of that.

    • Pacey: You know what I actually realized when I saw the two of you dancing there together? That is the happiest I have seen you all night. I mean, I think it's actually the happiest I've seen you in weeks. You want to know what's worse than that? I don't care. I saw the two of you dancing together, and I just don't care. I'm not angry. I'm not jealous. I'm not upset. I'm really not much of anything.

    • Pacey: You know what? It's the strangest thing, but ever since I got back from that trip with Doug, I've been feeling... really angry. But not angry at myself. It's actually worse than that. I've been feeling really angry at Joey. And I don't know why I'm angry at Joey. And that makes me feel guilty, and then the guiltier that I feel, the angrier I get, and I still don't know what to do about it.

    • Dawson: You know, I think for the longest time, I was just waiting to find somebody I loved as much as I loved you. I realize that's not gonna happen, you know. You were my first love.
      Joey: I don't think I'll ever love anyone the way that I loved you, either. And that's a good and a bad thing.

    • Joey: How long have you guys been…
      Dawson: We haven't... yet. I mean, you know, we might tonight for the first time.
      Joey: You in love with her?
      Dawson: All I know is that it just... it just feels right.

    • Pacey: Why don't you just tell me how you want me to act? 'Cause I can't win with you, Jo. If I act like I'm unhappy, you get angry with me. But if I act like I'm happy, you get angry with me.
      Joey: Well, maybe you should stop acting and just talk to me.
      Pacey: Maybe I just don't have anything left to say.

    • Drue: Hey everyone! Happy prom. (Pauses) Oh, you're probably all wondering what I'm doing here. Well, I'm here to meet my date of course, the one and only Jen Lindley. Oh cool, a baby, can I hold it?
      Everyone: No!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Spanish title: Fiesta Letal, meaning Lethal Party.

    • 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:
      You're An Ocean by Fastball
      I've Changed (Alternate Version) by Josh Joplin Group
      Ruby's Gone by Eva Trout
      Talk Show by Dig Deeper
      Sundrop by Ego
      Roses Around My Feet by Tish Hinojosa
      When We Collide by K.D. Lang
      Wonderful Thing by Vagabond Lovers
      Aftershocks by Mary Beth Maziarz
      20one by Sid Six
      Take My Hand by Dido
      Whadify by Everett Bradley