Dawson's Creek

Season 3 Episode 22

The Anti-Prom

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 17, 2000 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Dawson, Joey and Andie prepare their own unique prom when they learn that the committee has scrutinized Jack's selected date. Dawson, who has invited Joey to be his date, uses the special evening to try to win her back and make Pacey jealous; Andie persuades Pacey to be her escort but her evening ends by consoling him about his love life uncertainties; Jen becomes outraged with Henry when he reveals he is leaving Capeside for the summer; and Gale and Mitch celebrate their new found romance.moreless

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  • It's Prom!

    "The Anti-Prom" is one of my favourite episodes from season 3 of Dawason's Creek. I found it so rude of Barbara not to give prom tickets to Jack because he wanted to bring Ethan. I love that Dawson came up with idea for an alternative prom. The Ethan and Jack plot was just so intense with how they get into a fight and Jack won't kiss Ethan, and so Ethan leaves, and Jack's crying. I'm not a fan of Dawson trying to win back Joey. But that doesn't ruin the episode for me. I like Joey dancing with Pacey. They belong together. Though, it was also hard to watch Andie as she still in love with Pacey. But I love how understanding she is with not being mad Pacey. Jen and Henry were very entertaining. I love Jen freaking out because Henry is going to football camp in the summer. It's so crazy how Gail and Mitch fall back in love and decide to get married again. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Amasing!

    This is one of the best episodes of the whole show ! ok, here is what you need to know : Jo goes with Dawson to the prom as friends Pacey takes Andy because no one asked her . Joey takes Jacks advice to try and be friends with bouth of them . So she asks Pacey to dance . . . and that part is so beautiful . . . when they dance . . . I think a blind man could see they were in love . But a blind man didn't see them , Dawson did and whined again ofcourse , I mean dude , get a grip ! But as far as Josh and Katie go they did an amasing job in this episode .moreless
  • One of my top 5 favorite Dawson's Creek episodes ever!

    I love this episode. The pain that's evident when Pacey and Joey are dancing is just heartbreaking. I feel sorry for Dawson, but he seems whiny, and at this point it seems clear that Joey should move on. In addition to the perfect "I remember everything" speech which amazed me the first time I saw it because it was so touching, I also like the part where Andie recognizes the depth of Pacey's feelings for Joey because previously she had acted like it was Pacey's fault for falling in love. I don't really like how possessive of Joey Dawson seems, especially when he claims that Pacey shouldn't even be at the Anti-Prom which he organized. I can't believe that any Dawson and Joey fans wouldn't be swayed by how heartbroken Pacey seems throughout this episode and several others.moreless
  • One of my personal favorites.

    This episode is really sweet and shows yet another side of the Joey-Pacey saga. He loves her, obviously, by the way he remembers something she said to him six months ago. How he knows that the earrings she's wearing aren't hers. How he dances with her cheek to cheek getting lost in the moment. And we see that her feelings are still there, but still hindered by Dawson. We also see Andi's feelings are still going strong for Pacey. And though he cares about her and always will, Joey's his true love now. All in all the Anti-prom doesn't end on a high note for any member of the gang.moreless
  • As the junior-prom nears the Joey/Pacey/Dawson love triangle has a new obstacle when Joey agrees to attend the Dance with Dawson, albeit under the pretense of re-affirming their troubled friendship.

    I know that there are a lot of Dawson and Joey fans out there, but I'm sorry after this episode how could anyone not want Joey to end up with Pacey? This episode is classic.I never particularly cared for the Joey character (I was more of a Jen fan as far as the female characters went), but Pacey was the best character on that show and he totally deserved to get whatever he wanted, even if it happened to be someone lackluster like Joey. How could any girl watch the scene at the dance where Pacey delivers the now much-quoted "I remember everything" line and not want him to win. Man, you gotta have a heart of stone to watch that and still want Dawson to win. I love me some the Anti-Prom. Hands down one of the top 3 best Dawson's Creek episodes ever.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)

Corri English

Corri English

Barbara Johns

Guest Star

Michael Pitt

Michael Pitt

Henry Parker

Recurring Role

Adam Kaufman

Adam Kaufman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Dawson and Joey arrive at Dawson's house, they catch Mitch and Gail kissing. Joey and Gail both leave and Mitch has a conversation with Dawson about what Dawson just witnessed. When the camera zooms in on Mitch it appears that his T-shirt is on inside-out as there are visible tags on his collar and the inside seams appear to be showing. It seems to be an intentional wardrobe choice meant to imply that the Leery parents had just had sex and had gotten dressed quickly because they were anticipating that Dawson would be home from school (the characters were known for being all over each other in the first season when they were still married) although it could have been an oversight during filming of the actor's wardrobe malfunction.

    • Goof: When Bessie asks Joey to put on the earrings that Dawson has loaned her to take another picture, Joey only has time to put her right earring on before the photo is taken. However, when we see the picture she is wearing both.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Dawson: I am well aware of the Potter neuroses.
      Joey: I prefer to think of them as quirks.

    • Ethan: Where are you going?
      Jack: To get a soda. I was wondering... wise, gay sage that you are... is Coke or Diet Pepsi better for my "self-actualization"?

    • (To Joey)
      Dawson: This whole year I've been on this soul searching journey and I've come to the end and what I found was you.

    • Joey: I can't keep hurting people Dawson, and I can't choose. So I am telling you the same thing that I told Pacey, please don't make me, I'm not ready and I can't do it.

    • Joey: I just want everything to back to the way it was, you know? All of us friends again and... and me not caught in the middle.
      Jack: Well if you want things to get back to the way they were, you have to set the example. Dawson and Pacey, those two just aren't gonna to do it themselves right now.

    • Andie: I hate the stupid prom... stupid prom can kiss my ass.

    • Joey: It's my mom's bracelet.
      Pacey: I know.
      Joey: How do you know?
      Pacey: Well, because you told me, six months ago. You were wearing that, uh, blue sweater with the snowflakes that you have. We were walking down the hallways at school. I was annoying you as per usual. You said, "Look, Pacey, I just found my mother's bracelet this morning so why don't you cut me some slack?".
      Joey: You remember that?
      Pacey: (Whispers) I remember everything.

    • Pacey: How come this feels so right?
      Joey: Maybe it was those dance lessons.
      Pacey: (Talking about her diamond earrings) Where'd you get those? They're not you.
      Joey: Why because I'm some poor tomboy or because Dawson gave them to me?
      Pacey: Neither. See this, this is you. It's not showy or gaudy. It's simple, elegant, beautiful.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      In Every Corner by Julie Plug
      This Misery by Wild Colonials
      London Rain by Heather Nova
      It's Not Unusual by Wild Colonials
      Foresight by Granian
      I Believe by Kind Of Blue
      Once In A Life by Twila Paris
      My Invitation by Sarah Slean
      Little Things by Chantal Kreviazuk

    • The music that plays in the original "previously on Dawson's Creek" segment at the beginning, which recaps the Dawson/Joey/Pacey triangle, is Jealous by Sinead O'Connor.