Dawson's Creek

Season 2 Episode 6

The Dance

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 1998 on The WB
out of 10
User Rating
116 votes

By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

Two tragedies rock Dawson's world. First he learns the awful truth about his parents marriage. Then at the Homecoming dance, he witnesses a heated moment between Joey and Jack, setting off a chain of events that shatter a lifelong friendship and a newfound romance. The big night also gives Jen a chance to use Joey's mistakes to try to get together with Dawson. Pacey tries to open his heart to Andie, but instead breaks hers.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • Andie forces the group to come to a dance. Jack talks to Joey about their kiss while dancing but Dawson overhears and get angry and punches Jack. Pacey conforts with another girl after telling Andie he doesn\'t dance causing her to be angry with him.moreless

    The first episode I ever saw was this one and from the first scene I was hooked. When it firsted started I wasnt sure if I would like the show since Im not really in to teen soaps but once I saw the conflict happen mid point I knew I was gonna love this show. The end made me want to watch it even more when Joey was in Dawsons bedroom and they broke it off after saying they loved each other. Although I am a Pacey and Joey fan I was a Joey and Dawson fan after that show.moreless
  • Andie tries to set Jen up with Jack. Dawson finds out about Joey and Jack's kiss. Mitch moves out.

    "The Dance" is a well-done dance episode. I usually hate dance episodes but I love this one. I like Joey's suggestion at the beginning of the episode to invite Jen to the dance. It shows that Joey stopped hatting Jen. I love how Andie has the idea to set up Jack and Jen. I don't think the Pacey dancing with Christy and Andie catching them dancing together was all that necessary but it did lead to Andie listing all the things she likes about Pacey. That was a nice scene and then they danced and kissed. I feel bad that Jack got punched but I love how Dawson has the guts to punch another guy. I love how Jack and Jen leave the dance together and their basically begin their friendship at the end of this episode. I'm not sure if Dawson and Joey officially break up in this episode but it seems like they take a break. It was so sad how Mitch leaves and Gail cries. But the tension between the two characters is gone. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
Ali Larter

Ali Larter

Kristy Livingston

Guest Star

Sean Cw Johnson

Sean Cw Johnson


Guest Star

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Andie McPhee

Recurring Role

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith

Jack McPhee

Recurring Role

Monica Keena

Monica Keena

Abby Morgan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The music used for the dance scene seems to have been added while editing the episode because during an upbeat song, at least 5 couples are swing dancing and during a rather slow song, there are still couples swing dancing.

    • Goof: The music used during the dance is clearly songs by various artists and are taken off of recordings. There's even a scene where Andie goes over to the DJ, which doesn't appear to be on the stage. But there also appears to be a band, or at least three people, on stage during the dance. What are they doing?

    • Famous Firsts: Pacey and Andie kiss for the first time.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Joey: For so long, all I've thought about was you, all I dreamed about was you...
      Dawson: What happened?
      Joey: I got my dream, and now I don't have anything else.

    • Andie: You guys are a bunch of cynics, you know that? I mean, what kind of high school memories will you have if all you did in high school was bitch and moan about everything?
      Joey: Bitching memories.
      Dawson: Moaning memories.

    • Pacey: Dawson, turn the video back on. I want to know who is responsible for Kevin Bacon's roguish devil-may-care hairdo.

    • (To Bessie)
      Joey: I don't think cackling qualifies as concern or advice.

    • (Regarding the kiss with Jack)
      Joey: Dawson, it was just a kiss.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Despite being featured in the opening credits, Mary Beth Peil (Grams) does not appear in this episode.

    • The title for this episode called The Dance is similar to the title of the second episode of season one just called Dance.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Footloose by Kenny Loggins
      Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer
      Less Of Me by Grammatrain
      Sell Out by Reel Big Fish
      She's So High by Tal Bachman
      Did You Ever Love Somebody? by Jessica Simpson
      Special by Garbage
      Take Me Home by Donna Lewis
      If You Sleep by Tal Bachman
      Cinnamon Waits by Nowhere Blossoms
      Man On A Mast by Wine Field


    • In the opening scene of this episode, the group of friends are reunited in Dawson's room watching Footloose.

      Footloose is a 1984 film that tells the story of a teenager who moves to a small town where the government has banned dancing and rock music.

    • Pacey: Dawson, turn the movie back on. I want to know who is responsible for Kevin Bacon's roguish devil-may-care hairdo.

      Kevin Bacon (July 8, 1958) is a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated American film and theater actor.

    • Pacey: Oh my God, we're hanging out with Marcia Brady.

      Marcia Brady was the eldest of the Brady girls, from the TV series The Brady Bunch, and was enrolled in a large amount of a after-school activities.