Dawson's Creek

Season 3 Episode 19

Stolen Kisses

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 26, 2000 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Dawson invites Joey, Andie and Pacey to spend Spring Break in the mountains at his aunt's home, but the trip is filled with tension as Joey and Pacey continue to battle about their feelings for each other and Andie becomes intrigued with the gang's childhood friend Will who is visiting. Meanwhile, back in town, Jen becomes surprisingly territorial when another woman flirts with Henry.moreless

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  • Dawson Leery, get over yourself

    Dawson Leery, get over yourself.

    Leery, Potter, and Witter are best friends. The admiration each feels for the other two is (presumably) reciprocal. They all share many values. For Witter to fall in love with Potter is perfectly reasonable and natural. For Leery to perceive an emotional attraction between Witter and Potter as betrayal is frankly ridiculous. Especially since Potter was not even with Leery at the time.

    Leery's conception of romantic love is rife with misconceptions. Witter did not steal Potter's love from Leery. Her emotional responses to the two boys/men are separate and independent responses to two separate and independent sets of character traits. They are not interchangeable. What Potter felt for Witter had nothing to do with what she felt for Leery. It was not deducted, so to speak, from what she felt for Leery.

    I know the name of the series is Dawson's Creek. I know the plot/theme was written with Dawson Leery at the hub, and all the other characters revolving around him. But frankly, I'm really not sure that was such a great idea. Dawson Leery has to be one of the most self-absorbed, infantile, narcissistic characters in TV history. Everything is me, me, me!

    Even series creator Kevin Williamson, who modeled Leery after himself, realizes this. That's why in one episode Witter said he was tired of being part of Leery's storyline.

    On another level, the episode is a useful illustration of the selfish nature of romantic love. Romantic love is basically the declaration I love you, followed by a long expectant wait for the response, Yeah, I love you too.

    Contrast this with unconditional love, which gives love without any expectation of quid pro quo. The way Potter treated AJ Moller and Morgan in the episode Cinderella Story came close to unconditional love.moreless
  • Pure romance or utter cornball? You decide.

    This joy of an episode is so exquisitely romantic that it occasionally strays into the realms of the laugh-out-loud corny, the reprise of the acoustic version of Sleepy Jean at the very end of the show being the prime example -- a confluence of the sublime and the ridiculous in one perfect moment, which somehow *is* Dawson's Creek, perhaps because it doesn't actually involve Dawson himself. Which is a relief, because in any case we always sense the eponymous hero's brooding -- some would say irritating -- presence nearby. We're always aware that his arrival on screen is imminent. So there's simply no need to spoil a quintessentially Creeky moment like this perfect, stolen kiss with a jarring and unnecessary appearance by his Leeryness. Thank goodness the writers recognised this.moreless
  • Dawson, Joey, Pacey, and Andie go to Dawson's Aunt's.

    "Stolen Kisses" is an interesting Dawson's Creek episode. It has some really terrific and amazing scenes. But it also has some awful scenes. I love Pacey and Joey in this episode. I love how they constantly flirt. I love how Joey kisses Pacey back at the end of the episode. Jen getting jealous of a waitress who was flirting with Henry was hilarious to watch. I like the character Will. He's very cute and mysterious. I didn't mind that he was flirting with Andie. Now, the part that I hated about this episode was Dawson's Aunt. She was so annoying. She kept talking about Dawson and Joey as if they were a couple. I give this episode a 9/10 for the good parts.moreless
  • This episode is one that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time!

    Joey finally admits to herself how she truly feels about Pacey. She has tried to squash her feelings for the past few episodes but the feelings are just too powerful. While the episode is a fun one it is also a very tense one, especially when Aunt Gwen sees Pacey and Joey kissing. While Joey and Dawson are only friends she makes them feel like they are doing something wrong.

    This is a great episode which captures the feel of young love and the trials and tribulations of falling in love with your best friend\'s girl.moreless
  • It's about time!

    Finally, the wait is over. We all suspected Joey had the hots for Pacey, and now we know. What a sweet and life changing episode. Pacey's feelings for Joey haven't been a secret to the audience since they were confirmed in "A Weekend In The Country". Joey's feelings for Pacey however are never fully expressed until now. But it was well worth the wait. Though there is still one small problem... Dawson. Will she be able to explain her feelings for Pacey? Will he ever forgive them? Or accept them as a couple? Who knows, or cares at this particular moment. Joey finally kisses Pacey! While an acoustic version of Sleepy Jean plays in the backround. It doesn't get any better than this.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)

Rodney Scott

Rodney Scott

Will Krudski

Guest Star

Julie Bowen

Julie Bowen

Dawson's Aunt Gwen

Guest Star

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster


Guest Star

Michael Pitt

Michael Pitt

Henry Parker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Dawson: Growing up does not have to equal growing apart.
      Joey: Somehow it does.

    • Dawson's Aunt Gwen: One thing worse than the pain of loss is the aching void of inaction.

    • Dawson: You know us. Just Dawson and Joey. We'll always be just Dawson and Joey... whatever that means.

    • Pacey: (After Aunt Gwen has caught Joey and Pacey kissing) I think I'm gonna go inside and sing myself some more karaoke. 'Cause God knows that's what I want to be doing, singing myself some more karaoke.

    • Dawson's Aunt Gwen: When my time is up, I want to know that I did one thing well... loved somebody. The rest is just an expression of that one thing... what's your one thing?

    • Joey: I felt it.
      Pacey: What?
      Joey: This morning. Your arm brushed up against me in bed and... I felt it.
      Pacey: How did it feel?
      Joey: It made me feel alive.

    • Andie: What do you want to be when you grow up?
      Will: I don't know. Just happy, I guess.

    • Pacey: I can't keep kissing you, Joey.
      Joey: What do you mean?
      Pacey: I mean just that. *I* can't keep kissing *you.* I've done it twice now. I can't be the one always initiating things. I can't be the one always giving you the answers. Look at me.
      Joey: I can't.
      Pacey: Please. If you felt one shred of what I'm feeling for you, we wouldn't be standing here having this conversation. (Starts to walk away)
      Joey: (Grabs his hand) Pacey...
      (He turns around and she starts kissing him)

    • Pacey: Jo, get in bed, and while you're at it, get over yourself!

    • Will: Isn't it better to have a short time with somebody you really love than a lifetime with someone who's basically your roommate?

    • Pacey: (Talking about Andie) Beware of McPhees carrying too much luggage.

    • Pacey: Well… it's the history, it's killing me. How can I guy compete when the two of you have your own karaoke revue?
      Joey: Pacey, you're not supposed to compete. We're supposed to have our own history... I didn't mean that.

    • Joey: Then why did you come here, Pacey?
      Pacey: You know, for a bright girl, you can be really daft sometimes. Why did you think I came here? I came here to be with you! It's as simple as that. When you like somebody proximity is a good thing, regardless of how they feel about you… or don't. As the case maybe.

    • Pacey: Ok. Joey, I'm going to kiss you now.
      Joey: You can't.
      Pacey: Jo, you can't say something like that to me and expect me not to kiss you. So that's exactly what I'm gonna do, I'm gonna kiss you in about ten second and if you don't want me to kiss you. Well, if you don't want me to then I guess you're just gonna have to stop me. Ten...

  • NOTES (3)