Dawson's Creek

Season 4 Episode 21

Separation Anxiety

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 09, 2001 on The WB
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Separation Anxiety
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As the school year draws to a close, changes abound for the class of 2001. While Joey and Dawson deal with their respective break-ups, Jen makes a startling decision about her future. In his own way, Jack helps Jen to rethink it. Meanwhile, Dawson has his own decision to make with regards to Gretchen when an unusual opportunity comes their way. And when Mr. Kubiak from Worthington asks Joey to bring Pacey with her to a party for incoming freshman, which fills the pair with hope that they might be able to have a future together after all, eventually Joey and Pacey have to come to terms with the end of their romance.moreless

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  • Seperation Anexity

    10
    Poor Pacey :( the kids prepare to leave the creek aka there only home that they've known and Jen makes Gram an offer she almost refuses. Dawson is working on his movie for USC and Gale and Dawson talk about Gretchen. honestly i think this episode is amazing i can't believe Gale blew Gretchen's cover about leaving that was a little upsetting. i can't believe how Pacey got excited thinking that those people would offer him to go to school but ended up offering to go work on a boat for the summer. anyway i loved the talk with Gretchen and Pacey that was sweet anyway good episodemoreless
  • The Dean from Worthington University has an offer to Pacey, which makes Joey feel that they may be together next year. Gretchen is leaving town, and Dawson wants to go with her. Jen is scared to go off to University without Grams.moreless

    8.5
    I liked this episode of Dawson's Creek as it resolves so many things that were wrong in the last episode. I liked that Joey and Pacey are talking. I really was hoping that the Dean was going to give Pacey some sort of scholarship or whatever, but I guess not. I liked that Pacey said sorry to Joey about what he said. Jen is scared to go off to University. I was so pissed off about Grams selling her house. I certainly don't want her living in an old age home. I am so glad Jen asked her to move to Boston. It was very sweet of her. I am so glad that Grams agreed. Well it looked like she agreed anyways. Gretchen is leaving town and Dawson was going to go with her. But not anymore. I glad she left without Dawson because it would just be another repeat of Pacey and Joey. I give this episode a 8.5/10.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)

Peter Jurasik

Peter Jurasik

Walter

Guest Star

Liz Ernest

Liz Ernest

Snooty Woman

Guest Star

Eric Paisley

Eric Paisley

Dean Newman

Guest Star

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Gretchen Witter

Recurring Role

Mark Matkevich

Mark Matkevich

Drue Valentine

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (14)

    • Dawson: Like all great romantics, Shakespeare realized love was a lot more likely to end with a bunch of dead Danish people than with a kiss.

    • Pacey: ...This is... this is your life, and you should enjoy it.
      Joey: How can I enjoy it without you?

    • Pacey: Um, well... Kubelik wants me to work on his boat this summer. That's what the offer was about. It didn't have anything to do with going to Worthington.
      Joey: Let's go.
      Pacey: Uh, you know what? I think I'll go. But I think that you should stay here, Jo. I've been watching you in there. You've been... gliding from conversation to conversation with complete confidence and ease this time. I don't know if you remember the last Worthington party that you and I attended together, but... you were kind of a jumble of nerves. I guess I was kind of hoping that... you would need for me to be your savior again tonight. But... that's no longer the case. You don't need that now. Everything's different. I think that they're better this way. The only thing that remains the same is you're still the most beautiful girl in the room.

    • (Dawson joins Joey in the pier outside his house and they sit together)
      Dawson: I haven't seen you all weekend.
      Joey: I know.
      Dawson: You do anything good?
      Joey: No, not really. You?
      Dawson: No. Not really.
      Joey: So, what are you doing this summer, Dawson?
      Dawson: This.

    • (Dawson reads Gretchen's note in his yearbook)
      Gretchen: "Dear Dawson... I've been thinking about what to say to you since I left your house yesterday. I thought about waiting for you to come to my door, saying this face to face, but I knew it would be too hard. I realize that, as much as I need to move on, you need to stay here. Your whole life is about to change in a way that will never be the same. You're opening a new chapter, and you have to give a proper good-bye to the old one. You don't want to miss these moments, even the sad ones, because you'll never get them back. So enjoy this time. Let it wash over you so that your memories of it are strong. Besides, I don't need to spend a month in a car to fall in love with you. I already am in love with you, even more than you know. So good-bye, Dawson Leery. Thank you for changing my life and opening my heart again. You'll never know how much it meant to me. Have a bitchin' summer. Love, Gretchen."

    • Joey: And I was so certain that Kubelik's offer was gonna be the answer to all of our problems. A sign, you know?
      Pacey: Yeah. I know. I know, and I think that it was a sign. Just not the one that we were hoping for. But at least we got a better ending this time. I am grateful for that.

    • Joey: (Sighs) Hey, Pace... I'm really sorry about dragging you to that party last night, and... bringing back all of those bad feelings.
      Pacey: (Clears throat) It's not your fault, Jo. None of this is your fault. You're not the reason that we broke up.
      Joey: But I thought that you said...
      Pacey: I know what I said. And I know how I said it, and it makes me sick to my stomach every time I think about it. Blaming you for my insecurities and... then making you feel guilty for all the things that you've accomplished, when you should feel nothing but proud. And I'm so proud of you.

    • Jen: Well, maybe I'm doing it for me. Look, moving to Boston, going away to college, um... it scares me. And somehow, the idea of having you nearby, just to know that you're there, will... you know, it scares me less. So, before you start writing sonnets about my big, beautiful heart, you should know that I'm not doing this for you. I'm doing this 'cause my big, selfish heart wants you to be there. So will you please go with me?
      Grams: Oh, I don't know. It's... such an overwhelming concept. I wouldn't know where to begin.
      Jen: Well, you start by calling movers.

    • (Gretchen is packing her car)
      Dawson: I want to go with you.
      Gretchen: Wh... what? Why?
      Dawson: Because if you leave now, I am always gonna wonder: "What if?" What if there were no pending college departures? What if there were no job offers in Boston? What if there was no Joey. What if it was just you and me, on the open road, with nothing but our hearts to guide us? Would we have worked? You said the reason we broke up is because you don't belong here. Fine. Let's get out of here and just... see what happens.

    • Grams: You don't want to go to college?
      Jen: No. No, not like this. The fact is is that I should've applied for a student loan. Just because I wouldn't take money from my parents doesn't mean that I need to burden you with my entire college tuition. (Sigh) Look, when you offered to help me out, I... I assumed that you had some sort of savings. I didn't think that I was gonna put you into hock.
      Grams: Jennifer, this is not your problem. Look, can we please not have this conversation?
      Jen: I'm not going to Boston, and I'm not letting you sell this house.

    • (Mitch and Dawson have just finished watching his movie of Mr. Brooks)
      Mitch: I can't get over how much he reminded me of you.
      Dawson: I remind you of him?
      Mitch: Well, that part where he talks about that girl? How she jumped over the counter, they went off to California together, they didn't even know each other? Who does that?
      Dawson: Hitchhikers.
      Mitch: Risk takers. Dreamers. People who understand that every once in a while, an opportunity presents itself. And whatever they decide to do in that moment will change the rest of their lives forever. Brooks could have told that girl to get lost. He could have gone off to California alone like he planned, but he didn't.
      Dawson: No, he didn't.
      Mitch: Because he knew. Very few men are lucky enough to actually see those moments, Dawson.

    • Pacey: I need a sign. I need someone or something to tell me what to do. To show me what's right 'cause I don't know what to do anymore. And if this guy's gonna offer me a chance to go to Worthington, then I have my answer and I know for sure.
      Gretchen: What will you know?
      Pacey: Well, that I'm supposed to be with her.

    • Gretchen: Look, I just don't think you should go to the party tonight, Pace. I mean, even if you and Joey are supposed to be together, you both need to take some time apart to figure out what went wrong. Otherwise you're gonna wind up making the same mistakes all over again. Trust me. I know from whence I speak.
      Pacey: Trust you? Miss pack-up-and-leave-town? Forgive me if you're not exactly my relationship role model right now.
      Gretchen: I'm just trying to help, Pace. I don't want to see you getting hurt.
      Pacey: Well, it's too late for that. I'm already hurt. And that's exactly the situation I'm trying to rectify. That's why I gotta go to this party, just to see what the gods have in store for me.

    • (The Capeside High Cafeteria. Jen and Jack are having lunch when Drue shows up with the yearbooks)
      Drue: Hmm. If we can all turn to page 53 in our prayer books, I think we should bow our heads in a moment of silence.
      (They open the books to see the picture of Pacey and Joey as Class Couple)
      Jen: I wonder if they've seen this yet?
      Jack: Or if they're talking yet?
      Drue: I wonder if anyone besides you two cares?
      Jen: Well, as far as I know, they haven't said so much as a hello since the prom debacle.
      Jack: Same goes for Dawson and Gretchen.

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    • Dawson: Like all great romantics, Shakespeare realized love was a lot more likely to end with a bunch of dead Danish people than with a kiss.

      William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright, usually considered the greatest writer in the English language.

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