Dawson's Creek

Season 5 Episode 23

Swan Song

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 15, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

As summer approaches, everyone gets ready for various travels. Dawson prepares to head out for LA with Audrey, while Jack and Jen get ready for their Costa Rica vacation. Left behind in Capeside for the summer, Joey and Pacey lament their fates, until they make a crucial last-minute decision that changes everything.moreless

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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

Afemo Omilami

Afemo Omilami

Clifton Smalls

Guest Star

Brian LaFontaine

Brian LaFontaine

Counter Guy

Guest Star

Logan R. Berkshire

Logan R. Berkshire

Security Guy

Guest Star

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Audrey Liddell

Recurring Role

Nina Repeta

Nina Repeta

Bessie Potter

Recurring Role

Mary-Margaret Humes

Mary-Margaret Humes

Gale Leery

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: Bessie hands Joey her passport which has Joey's birthday listed as May 13, 1983. But during The Kids are alright (the season 6 opening episode), Joey's birthday happens to be some time in early Fall, when the Semester first starts at Worthington, probably August or September.

      In previous seasons, Joey's birthday was never shown to be in the Fall.

    • Dawson and Audrey plan to LA together since he needs to stay at her family home for awhile. However, at the end of the episode she decides to let Pacey drive her, and Dawson is left to fly to LA by himself, creating a really awkward situation for him having to stay with Audrey's parents by himself several days before she arrives.

    • After everyone first shows up at the airport, Joey works and entire shift and the Capeside Yacht Club. Then she talks to Pacey on the dock before deciding to rush to the airport. Beings as it's several hours later, would everyone's flights really be delayed that long?

    • Grams asks Dawson not to tell Jen about her trip. However, later on Dawson invites her to go say hello to Jen and Jack who are waiting for their flight and she accepts. If Grams didn't want Jen to know about her whereabouts, it doesn't sound sensible to go meet her.

  • QUOTES (41)

    • (To flight companion)
      Dawson: It's gonna be ok. Everything's gonna be ok.

    • (About his movie)
      Todd: Oh, what did you think?
      Jen: Kinda sucked.

    • (About the flight to New York)
      Todd: Comin' or goin'?
      Jen: Uh, hard to say, really.

    • Dawson: Damn it. You have this annoying habit of making me not want to get on planes.
      Joey: You're gonna get on this plane, Dawson, and you're gonna go make movies. 'Cause that's your dream, and you're gonna be good to everyone you meet along the way because that's who you are. And if you ever get lost, you remember.
      Dawson: What?
      Joey: I love you, too.

    • Joey: (To Dawson) If we really mean to each other what we say we mean to each other, then...there's nothing to worry about. Everything will work itself out, I guarantee it.

    • Joey: (To Dawson) I started this year thinking that I had to say good-bye to you, but I was wrong. Dawson, you're a huge part of my life... past, present, and future... and I have to start getting used to that because... you make my life better, not worse.

    • Joey: When did you become the fatalist?
      Dawson: Right about the same time I went to kiss you and you turn your head like you're on a bad blind date.
      Joey: I was scared.
      Dawson: Of what?
      Joey: Of going backwards, of never growing up.

    • Audrey: You are very lucky, Pacey.
      Pacey: I know. But why?
      Audrey: 'Cause I kinda love you.

    • Audrey: Hey, dickhead. So now what?
      Pacey: Now we drive to California, stopping only for food and sex.

    • Audrey: That's it? That is your pitch... "meet me downstairs, and we will talk"?! God! You are a lazy romantic, Pacey!

    • Jen: There's so much that I want to say that I'm sorry for this year, but there's no time, and I...
      Joey: Give me a hug.

    • Joey: I thought you were going to Costa Rica.
      Jen: I was. Now I'm not. Thanks to your friend and mine (Dawson), and something tells me it probably has something to do with why you're standing in line right now.

    • Pacey: (To Joey) Does this Dawson character really mean that much to you? Ok, I'm just kiddin'.

    • (About Dawson and Audrey)
      Joey: We're gonna go, we're gonna go to the airport, we're gonna find them, and we're gonna say everything that we really want to say to them.
      Pacey: And we would do that because...
      Joey: Because we can. Come on.

    • (To Joey about Dawson's letter)
      Pacey: I have no idea what was in that letter you were just reading, I have this funny feeling you were sitting here, in true Joey fashion, wishing that you could unchange it.

    • Joey: Pace, you're pigheaded, and don't bother trying to contradict me because I've earned the right to say these things. Pacey, you need to believe in yourself more.
      Pacey: Ok, point taken.

    • Joey: (To Pacey) Don't take this the wrong way, but, well, despite your pension for sugar-coated cereals and Saturday morning cartoons, you may be the most adult person I know.

    • Joey: I seem to have fallen victim to the Capeside disease.
      Pacey: And what is that exactly?
      Joey: Feeling trapped, feeling sorry for yourself, sort of general inability to see the future.
      Pacey: You mean being a teenager.

    • Todd: Did I crap all over your Hollywood dreams?
      Dawson: Not nearly as much as the critics crapped all over your movie.
      Todd: You've still got balls, kid.

    • Jen: Ok, you should go. Go and help someone. That way maybe our year won't be a total wash.
      Jack: What about you?
      Jen: I don't know. Maybe it's time I go help myself.

    • Jen: Not everybody is as strong as you, Dawson. Not everybody can rise to the occasion and do the right thing all the time. Maybe some of us are just screwed up and there's really nothing to do about it.

    • (Talking about their break-up)
      Jen: We're always gonna be friends. But right now, it feels like that's part of the problem.
      Dawson: Me being honest with you is a problem?
      Jen: Yeah.

    • Bessie: (To Joey) You're not the same. I know you think you are, but you're not.

    • Grams: (To Dawson) Thank you for making my granddaughter happy.

    • Bessie: (To Joey) It's nice to see college hasn't squashed your inner drama queen.

    • Jack: (To Jen) You run as fast as my grandmother.

    • Danny: See, I look at you, and I see myself 15 years ago. You've got a great future ahead of you, kid.
      Pacey: So you're telling me if I play my cards right, I get to end up just like you, huh?

    • Joey: I'm going to say something to you right now that I've never said to you before, something that comes completely from a place of love, understanding, and respect for all the joy that you brought to my life this past year.
      Audrey: Oh, bunny.
      Joey: I don't want to talk about it.

    • Audrey: Who are you gonna unburden your soul to if not to me? Nobody, that's who, and that is not good for your complexion, Joey. Not good for your complexion, it's not good for your soul if you even have one.

    • Dawson: I just realized I hate it when you're not around.
      Joey: Dawson, how do you know that I'm not just this security blanket for you? You know, something that you'll keep coming back to whenever the world gets scary?
      Dawson: It's not the world I'm scared of, Jo.

    • Joey: Why'd you come all the way to Florida?
      Dawson: I don't think you wanna hear it, Jo.
      Joey: Dawson, for as long as I live, I'll never not want to hear something that you want to say.
      Dawson: I went down to Florida to tell you that I love you. (Silence) See? That's not what you wanted to hear, is it?

    • Joey: Last year at this time, saying good-bye was so epic and dramatic, and it felt like we were never gonna see each other again.
      Dawson: Little did you know I'd be showing up at your door 3 months later.

    • Audrey: (Leaving Dawson and Joey alone so they can talk) I know you two, there are things to be said, bitter sweetness to be had, things requiring alone time and nature and whatnot.

    • Audrey:You might have to punch me in the face tomorrow, Dawson.
      Dawson: I am but your humble servant, Audrey.

    • Jack: 4 "C"s and a "D."
      Jen: Whoo! Congratulations to you! Oh, I'm so proud.
      Jack: Thanks. I know. I'm so happy to be, you know, totally and completely mediocre.

    • Gale: You have been a miracle this year, Dawson. My miracle. I'm not gonna let you forget that.
      Dawson: Yeah, I'm pretty cool, aren't I?

    • (About Lily)
      Dawson: A Leery without something to say? I don't buy it for a second. I don't want to miss her first word.
      Gale: I know, honey. You can't be around for everything, you know?

    • (About Audrey)
      Joey: Pacey, why don't you just go talk to her? She's leaving tomorrow.
      Pacey: Believe me, Jo, I have tried so many times, I'm this close to breaking some sort of anti-stalking law.
      Joey: Sounds like it's high time for one of those grand romantic gestures of yours.
      Pacey: Well, I hate to break it to you, but I think I'm fresh out. It's what happens to a guy when he loses his job, his girlfriend, and his self-esteem in a matter of weeks.

    • Audrey: When we meet again and we will, I hope you're not the same dull, bookish prude that I met at the beginning of the year. Because it took me months to crack you, and I just don't know if I have the energy to do it again.
      Joey: Well, I will try not to undo all of your hard work.

    • Joey: (To Dawson) You and me, we had our shot. And you blew it. So I moved on. And you might wanna get on with your life, too, because... I mean, this is getting sad and ridiculous. I just thought that you should know that. Take care.
      (Suddenly Dawson wakes up from the dream he is having).

    • Pacey: Audrey. I don't know if you can hear me. But if you can, don't get on that plane. But if you do, that's okay, too. Because I'm just gonna get in my car and drive to L.A. and camp outside your parents' Beverly Hills mansion until you talk to me. I'm sorry about everything, Audrey. I'm sorry I wasn't completely truthful with you. I'm sorry about my predilection for the company of older women. It's just... it's been a helluva strange year, Audrey. While everyone else was doing the college thing, I was just trying to stay afloat. No one gave me a map for the road less traveled, Audrey. I just got on and started to drive. But when I look back on this year, the only thing I'm gonna remember is you. You're amazing, Audrey. Just when I thought I'd never be able to love anyone in a big way ever gain, you came along and rocked my world. Listen, we don't really even know each other that well, and I suppose I could live without you. I just don't know if I want to. So that's it. That's my pitch. Peace out. Free the West Memphis Three.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The end of this episode marks the second consecutive season to end with Dawson and Joey kissing, after episode 4x23 Coda.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Go Home by Barenaked Ladies
      Tell Her This by Del Amitri
      Leap Of Faith by Bruce Springsteen
      Taking Chances by Abra Moore

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Joey: Last year at this time, saying good-bye was so epic and dramatic, and it felt like we were never gonna see each other again.
      Dawson: Little did you know I'd be showing up at your door 3 months later.

      This is an allusion to episode 4x23 Coda.

    • Pacey: If the shoe fits, right?

      This is an allusion to the classic fairy tale Cinderella, where a prince determines who the girl he wants to marry with is, using a glass shoe that she previously lost when leaving a dance.

    • Joey: Yes, he'll be flying with you. Go on, Rain Man. Your life awaits.

      Rain Man is a 1988 dramatic film written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass and directed by Barry Levinson.
      Tom Cruise, who would eventually become Katie Holmes' husband, stars in this movie.

    • Dawson: I spilled some coffee on the set of "Damage, Inc."

      This is a reference to episode 5x01 The Bostonians.

    • Pacey: I never promised you a rose garden.

      (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden is the title of a song written by Joe South, that is best known as recorded by country singer Lynn Anderson.

    • Pacey: This is my summer job, Danny. 'Cause once you bailed on Civilization, it kinda folded, so I had to quit.

      This is an allusion to episode 5x20 Separate Ways.

    • Audrey: You are so Cher from "Moonstruck" right now.

      Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian 1946-) is an American pop singer-songwriter, actress and record producer.

      Moonstruck is a 1987 romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison.

    • Dawson: I went down to Florida to tell you that I love you. This is a reference to episode 5x19 100 Light Years from Home.

    • Dawson: There was a moment. It was lily's birthday party. And I opened your gift, that book of sketches.

      This is a reference to episode 5x17 Highway to Hell.

    • Jack: Got this for you. Jen: Moby Dick?

      Moby-Dick is an 1851 novel by Herman Melville.

    • Joey: What are you doing here? Why do you look like one of the Village People?

      Village People are a concept disco group formed in the late 1970s. The group is well known for their on-stage costumes as for their catchy tunes and suggestive lyrics.