Dawson's Creek

Season 5 Episode 1

The Bostonians

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 10, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Dawson is a freshman film student in Los Angeles, while Joey starts college at an Ivy League university in Boston. Instead of focusing on the new lives they have worked a lifetime for, they find themselves distracted by the distance between them and their unsettling last kiss.moreless

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  • Dawson starts school in Los Angeles and he gets an internship in Hollywood possibly. Joey is spending all her time studying, while her rooomate Audrey think she should have a little fun. Jack thinks he and Jen should experience some college fun.moreless

    This episode was good, and enjoyable, but it's a little boring. Where's all the drama? I bet all the drama will be here in episodes to come. So Dawson is is going to school in LA. It's probably a film school. He get's an internship at some move making place. That director is a huge jerk. I am so glad Dawson stood up for himself. I liked when everyone clapped after Dawson's speech. It's too bad that he got fired. I'm glad that he ended up in Boston at Joey's door. Joey is in University and all she's been doing is studying. She has a roommate named Audrey which I first thought was going to be a horrible character. But she's not that bad. I like that moment their shared about leaving their boyfriends behind. Jen and Jack are checking out their college experience by going to a frat party. I don't think the long-distance relationship between Tobey and Jack will last long. That guy named Charlie seems cool. I'm not sure if I would like him to go out with Jen though. I have no clue what Pacey is doing. I mean him skipping graduation. And now his a fisherman? I don't understand why he can't just get of the boat and be with his friends. Anyways I give this episode a 7.5/10.moreless
  • Dawson's creek is losing it, I am afraid.

    Actually I was expected that, no more Capeside, welcome to the college guys!

    Unfortunately everybody knows that changing something is not really the best thing to do and Dawson's creek is totally jumping the shark..

    Joey is a... (with an horrible t-shirt which shows her breast!) humm... she is without Pacey, so she is a bad character and I'd rather like Jen now.

    Pacey is a fisherman (super!! what's a big deal!) and doesn't want that people knows that he's back! (super!)

    Jen is still Jen, Jack is still Jack, Dawson is still...Dawson, what's a pity...

    Discover the new Dawson's creek... the end of a wonderful serie...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)

Mary Beth Peil

Mary Beth Peil

Evelyn "Grams" Ryan

Alan Fudge

Alan Fudge

Officer Langer

Guest Star

Ned Brower

Ned Brower

Elliott Sawyer

Guest Star

Sallie Hedrick

Sallie Hedrick

Nearest Girl

Guest Star

Chad Michael Murray

Chad Michael Murray

Charlie Todd

Recurring Role

Ken Marino

Ken Marino

Professor David Wilder

Recurring Role

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Audrey Liddell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (Leaving a message on Dawson's phone)
      Joey: I'm having a pretty great time, but as great as it is, it's not completely great and that's because of you. You're not here and I know that I said that it's okay that you didn't come this weekend but you know what? It's not okay because I miss you.

    • Guy #1: Have you given any thoughts about joining a fraternity?
      Jack: Ah, I don't know. It's not really my scene.
      Guy #1: What's a matter? You got something against family?
      Jack: Not particularly, no.
      Guy #1: Forget about what you've heard. Just forget about it. Being Greek is about being family. It's about having family here at school. You join my house and you're my brother. No one messes with you. Four years of you life. You make a commitment to me and I'll take care of you. You're my boy. Your man.

    • Todd: So what do you want to be when you grow up, Dawson?
      Dawson: What else? A director.

    • Audrey: I'm afraid you're not having the proper college experience.
      Joey: I appreciate the concern.

    • Jack: Yeah, I like Tobey, too. It just so happens that we're kinda doomed to the loneliness of a long-distance relationship at the moment.
      Jen: Well, that's still better than the loneliness of the no-distance relationship. That doesn't make any sense, does it?
      Jack: No, no, it didn't. Look, you need to get some, and soon, all right, before you achieve born-again virgin status.

    • Joey: Jen met a boy.
      Jack: Charlie. And he's not dumb.
      Grams: Well... praise the Lord and pass the sugar. And I say, it's about time.

    • Jen: Man, if there are cookies in these cupboards, I will devote my life to God and his teachings.
      Grams: Ahh, music to my ears, Jennifer.

    • (To Jen)
      Charlie: I was hoping we'd talk a little then I'd find out that you're the kind of girl that doesn't usually come to parties like these. And that would explain why the cutest girl, in the whole place, is alone by herself in the corner. Because you're right, all right, most of the guys here are creeps and the girls are even worse. And God, I hope they don't procreate. But they will. And we're just going to have to do our best. Fight the good fight. Make sure their kind doesn't take over the world.

    • (Leaving a message on Dawson's cell)
      Joey: Dawson, I think it's time that I let you go. And it's really hard for me to do because I know that there's a part of me that's gonna be in love with you for the rest of my life. But this whole running in place and daydreaming is just not healthy for either of us. So this is me cutting the cord, this is me doing what I should have done three months ago. Say goodbye, Dawson.

    • (To Joey)
      Audrey: Chris is my high school boyfriend. Saying goodbye to him was maybe the hardest thing I've ever done. Because I knew, no matter how much we loved each other, no matter how much we promised to stay true to each other, it just wouldn't work. You end up hurting each other. So, I cut the cord and I said goodbye. And it's really hard sometimes. I know he's out there somewhere... falling in and out of love with girls that aren't me. You must think that I'm this great big slut, or something, huh? But, I'm just trying to live life, you know and have fun.

    • (To Audrey)
      Joey: Here I am, a college freshman. If I actually let you get to know me better you would realize that that's a fairly big thing. Here I am working my ass off. Reading, studying, churning out papers... learning, you know? Falling in love with this city which is amazing, yet there's still part of me that's still 15 years old. Still stuck back in Capeside. Still in love with this boy from down the creek who only sees me as a friend.

    • Guy: You're in my Economics class. You're C-10.
      Joey: What did you call me?
      Guy: Row C, seat 10. That's where you sit everyday. You do this thing with your hair when you're taking notes, you kinda tuck it behind your ear. It's kinda cool. Okay, I'm pretty much officially creeping you out, aren't I?

    • Audrey: It's like you're afraid to have fun or something.
      Joey: Why would I be afraid to have fun?
      Audrey: Because if you had fun, you might actually meet someone you liked. If you actually met someone you liked, you might actually have to let go of the past.

    • Audrey: It's just that you study, you know, a lot. And you never want to go out with me.
      Joey: Look, Audrey. Everybody's college experience is different, okay? Some people like to drink and screw around and that's fine. But some people actually want to study and get a great education so hopefully one day they can get a good job and not worry about working retail in the small town from which they came.

    • (About the fraternity party)
      Jack: It's a new year guys, okay? I mean it. We need to spread our wings. Challenge any preconceived notions we had of college. And most important, to reinvent ourselves.
      Joey: What gotten into him?
      Jen: A cute boy invited him.

    • Professor Wilder: I don't even know what the kiss meant.
      Joey: It was just a kiss.
      Professor Wilder: Well that doesn't mean anything to me. Make a choice. What was it? Was it sweet, was it friendly, was it passionate? Was it I want to lay you down on the nearest flat surface and do ungodly things to you? Or was it goodbye?

    • Jack: You didn't think that guy was hot?
      Jen: Sure, in a dumb-guy-with-a-dream kinda way.
      Jack: Nicely put.

    • Professor Wilder: The problem with your story, Joey Potter, is that it ends at the very moment it should begin.

    • (Professor Wilder is reading Joey's paper)
      Professor Wilder: And then, just like that, they were kissing. She didn't know how they got there. She had no idea. The thought of kissing this boy hadn't crossed her mind in years, which was weird, because once upon a time, that was all she ever thought about. And then, just like that, it was over.

    • Joey: If I'm lucky, Audrey is just about finished with her latest conquest so...
      Jen: Sounds like that girl has a really promising future in porn.
      Jack:(Singing) Bow chicka bow bow, chicka bow...
      Joey: You know what? You guys laugh, but it's true. I open the door and I never know what kind of seedy little vignette I'm about to walk into.
      Jen: Yeah, it's pretty much the same thing here. You never know who Grams is gonna bring home from bingo.

    • Dawson: Hey Todd. What I said was 'screw you'. You should be ashamed of yourself man. And not because you treat people badly because a lot of people do that, you should be ashamed of yourself because you have an amazing privilege and you don't even take it seriously. You got to make movies man! You got to do this for a living and you don't even appreciate it.This movie is probably gonna suck. I know that and you know that and the entire crews knows that. And your next movie is probably gonna suck too. Somebody gave you the keys to the kingdom and you're blowing it.I feel sorry for you. If I were you I would do things a lot differently.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Worthington University is supposed to be located in Boston, Massachusetts and to have been founded in 1787 by Josiah Worthington. It is sometimes said to be an Ivy League college.

      The scenes at Worthington were filmed at Duke University, and a number of its students served as extras. Scenes shot at Franklin Street near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were also used.

    • U.S. ratings (millions of viewers):
      Season 5 (2001–2002) 3.9 millions. Network Rank #134.

    • Originally, producers thought of moving Dawson's Creek to another city in order to send off the main characters to College. Cities considered as possible locations were Montreal, Vancouver, Baltimore, Austin, and San Diego. Baltimore ended up being the easiest city to 'fake as Boston', but ultimately it was decided that it was way to expensive to move all the production so they kept the show Wilmington, NC where the 'College Years' were filmed.

    • In the episode 2x01 The Kiss, there is a scene in which Andie and Pacey shopping that actually took place in an area of Wilmington, NC that was called "Molly's Market". A couple of seasons later the marketplace closed down. All the market stuff was tore out and the building was used to build the bar where the kids will hang out at, Hell's Kitchen.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Daydream Believer by Mary Beth Maziarz
      These Days by Jennifer Paige
      Suckerman by Bahu-Rang
      Easy On Me by Arson Welles
      Superstar by Trickside
      Hash Pipe by Weezer
      Goodbye by Wellville
      I Ran by Feel Love Fury
      Leadbelly by Feel Love Fury
      Seductive Sexy by Feel Love Fury
      194 by Feel Love Fury
      Psyche by Love Spirals Downward
      Strange Imagination by Bahu-Rang
      Thistle by Breech

    • Busy Philipps (Audrey Liddell) is introduced in this episode.

    • There are a few changes in the opening credits for season 5.

      Besides the new intro scenes from Boston were added, the classical pier on the creek image was replaced by one of Worthington University.

      Also, Mary-Margaret Humes, John Wesley Shipp and Nina Repeta are no longer credited as part of the main cast (they are supporting now) that is listed as follows: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson, Kerr Smith and Mary Beth Peil.