Dawson's Creek

Season 6 Episode 3

The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 2002 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • The expression Don't sweat it is used twice in this episode, by Professor Freeman and Eddie.

    • This is the only bit we get to know of the e-mail that Joey wrote for Dawson: In the moment when we touched, maybe we went somewhere else that rose above all this, but then we landed, and I think maybe we crashed.

      The e-mail is entitled The Incident.

    • Professor Hetson: Ok, kiddies, knock back your Ritalin and settle down.

      Ritalin (Methylphenidate)is a prescription stimulant commonly used to treat ADHD (Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), daytime drowsiness symptoms of narcolepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome and cancer-related fatigue.

    • The address for students is worthington.edu.net.

      However, since this is the supposedly famous Worthington College, they would likely have worthington.edu or at least some address that ended with the .edu suffix which is only available to educational institutions.

    • Goof: When Joey wants to send the e-mail to Dawson, you can see his address: dawsonleery@worthington.edu.net.

      However, how can he possibly have an address of Worthington when he's not a student at that college/university?

  • Quotes

    • Audrey: Joey, I am serious. E-mail expression is the scourge of the modern age. The internet has made it way too easy to express oneself. Ok, you have some fleeting thought. You send it. It lands with a thud in some unsuspecting person's mailbox. Said person then reads it, gets irked because you've recapped a conversation that you presumably already had. They fail to respond. You feel slighted. But if you must be one of these pathetic passive/aggressive e-mail types, far be it from me to stop you. What do you have so far?
      Joey: Well... I had Dear Dawson, and then I erased it.
      Audrey: Why? I think that's a nice start.
      Joey: I seemed cold.
      Audrey: True. I mean, you did just nude-up with the guy. Oh, I'm sorry, or did you guys do it through a hole in a sheet because that's very Dawson and Joey to me.

    • Joey: I'm not a quitter.
      Professor Hetson: (Cynical tone) People love saying that. It's like they saw it in some movie once and they liked the way it sounded.

    • Joey: I'm sorry I'm late, Professor Hetson, but the first half of class is usually when you reveal how bitter you are, how moronic we are, and how literature is dead. Were you thinking of moving on to something slightly more stimulating today?

    • Professor Hetson: Oh, it's so nice to see you, Potter. Hope our pesky class didn't interfere with your all important e-mail schedule.

    • Audrey: I'm sorry that you feel like I've been a colossal waste of your time.
      Pacey: That's not what I mean, and you know it. You and I come from very different worlds, you know that, right? I mean, I don't even think I realized how different until I went out to L.A. With you this summer.
      Audrey: My dad is a heartless old fool just like your dad. He just wears more expensive suits, that's all.

    • Audrey: We're supposed to be in there with our friends, you know, coming up with ridiculous drinking games and making each other laugh. I think we've all kind of figured out that the real world is a pretty crappy place, so what's the rush in getting there?
      Pacey: Because sooner or later you run out of places to hide.

    • Audrey: (About Emma) How is it living with her? Does she run around in her underwear and ask you guys to zip things up for her?
      Jack: That's funny. Actually, the three of us took a bath together this morning.
      Jen: And I thought you only took baths with Grams.

    • Jen: Does Dawson even know about it?
      Joey: No, that's the thing. I mean, it wasn't even addressed to him. My intimate aftermath was discussed in English class, but Dawson will never know.
      Jen: Well, maybe that's not such a bad thing, because this way there's a little more space between you guys, and, uh, technically, you still have a clean slate.
      Jack: Yeah, seriously, I mean, personal humiliation could've been a lot worse than the public kind.

    • Audrey: If it makes you feel any better, I hardly heard about the e-mail all day long.
      Joey: Audrey, you weren't on campus all day.

    • Rich: (To Pacey) Maybe you wanna be me, and that's so scary you can't think straight. So walk away, Witter. It's what you do. And this is what I do, and I'm freakin' good at it. You wish you were this good, and that's why you bother trying.

    • Rich: (To Pacey) This is a business. I didn't wake up this morning looking for some plucky kid to take under my wing. I came here to do my job, just like every day. Running you hard? Yeah, that's my job. Singing your praises isn't.

    • Joey: Too bad you didn't show up for class today and hear Hetson's brilliant critique of my e-mail. That was the high point, I think, although I also loved walking into rooms to hear people whispering and laughing at me, and then there's nothing better than reaching for the last Jell-O and getting unsolicited sexual advice from a stranger.
      Eddie: Sounds fascinating. Sorry I missed it.

    • Eddie: I'm just not in the mood to take on your rage against the world tonight. I'm sure you'll be just as oversensitive tomorrow.
      Joey: Oh, I get it. You wanna see me crack, huh? The endless horrors of the day are a waste unless they result in my nervous breakdown?

    • Professor Freeman: Are we talkin' about the class, Jack, or are we talkin' about me?
      Jack: Whaa.. no. No. Oh. Um... no, that's not what I meant. It's just, you know... I... I mean, I'm not... well, I am, but...
      Professor Freeman: Don't sweat it. Um... look, I'm glad you like the class. And, uh... and I think it'll show in your work this semester.

    • (Jack tries to sound cool in front of the professor he fancies)
      Jen: You're gonna let me drive the Saab?
      Jack: (Chuckles) Of course, Jennifer. Why wouldn't I?

    • Rich: Man, you don't actually sleep in this car, do you?
      Pacey: Not recently. I just moved into a new place.
      Rich: Good 'cause I don't want to start feeling sorry for you or anything. You don't, uh, see these around much anymore.

    • Professor Hetson: Hey, Joey... you do fancy yourself a writer, correct?
      Joey: Yeah, you could call it a hobby.
      Professor Hetson: So I'm sure that you've gathered at this point that on top of being neurotic and plagued with self-doubt, writers have to endure public humiliation every once in a while.

    • Professor Hetson: I thought you'd be flattered to be in the spotlight. I don't single people out that often.
      Joey: Contrary to what you apparently believe, I'm not an idiot, Professor Hetson.

    • (At Hell's Kitchen)
      Professor Hetson: I can see why this joint would be much more alluring that the confines of the English department: All that silence, all those books.
      Joey: And then, of course, your constant positive reinforcement.

    • (Joey finds out that Professor Hetson is an habitual of Hell's Kitchen)
      Joey: He's obviously been assigned to ruin my life, and he seems determined to do it in record time.
      Emma: Listen, I'm not going to run for cover every time a dark cloud forms over your head. So I suggest you nip this in the bud. It's all yours.

    • Emma: You're sure I haven't made a fantastic mistake, then, living with those 2?
      Joey: Nope. I'm sure you won't be bored.
      Emma: Now, that's a cold comfort.

    • (Joey tells off some random people who are discussing her e-mail at Hell's Kitchen)
      Joey: You know, maybe... and this is just a shot in the dark... she didn't mean to send it to the gossips at large. Maybe she's just trying to get some private closure, never dreamed she'd be subjected to the Oprah psychobabble of her life-lacking peers.

    • (Professor Hetson decides to discuss Joey's e-mail to Dawson in his class)
      Professor Hetson: Fate assigned us some additional reading last night via e-mail. I think you all got a copy, so why not?

    • Audrey: (To Jack) So tell me something. Between Jen and Grams, how do nap during class?

    • (Jack fancies his professor)
      Jack: I just want to be able to see the board.
      Jen: Don't insult me with your scholarly guise. You just want to get a good look at Freeman.

    • (Joey confesses Audrey that she has sent the e-mail that she wrote for Dawson campus-wide)
      Joey: It was a mistake. I was tired. I clicked on the wrong address.
      Audrey: See? I told you that wasn't a good idea.
      Joey: That's all you have to say?
      Audrey: I don't know. Sucks to be you?

    • Emma: I know you've got this brilliant job and all, but you're still going to have to put the dishes in the wash before you go.
      Pacey: Which is exactly why I came down here.

    • Jack: Pacey Witter has a job that million would want that he's vastly under qualified for.

    • Audrey: Just be real, Joey. Say all of the things that you can't say to his face, the whole nine.

    • Joey: (To Audrey about Dawson) I don't like the way things ended, and I want him to know that I care, but I also want to hold on to my righteous indignation.

    • Audrey: (To Joey) You did just nude-up with the guy. Oh, I'm sorry, or did you guys do it through a hole in a sheet because that's very Dawson and Joey to me.

    • (Joey is trying to write an e-mail to Dawson)
      Audrey: Oh, my god! You're still there, like a vegetable.
      Joey: Writing a good e-mail is hard.
      Audrey: Yes, especially when it is a huge mistake.

  • Notes

    • Audrey uses the expression sucks to be you both in this episode and in 5x12 Sleeping Arrangements.

    • Spanish title: La Importancia de no ser Honesto, meaning The Importance of not being Honest.

    • When Joey is done writing her email to Dawson, she clicks on her address book on her laptop and a brief shot of several names and email addresses can be seen. The next morning, when she checks her laptop for email responses, a shot of the names and addresses listed can be seen again. In both these shots, most of the names listed are actually crew members and management of Dawson's Creek, as can be referenced in the credits.

      The names listed when Joey writes the email are: Alan Hartley; Bill King; Elizabeth Clay; Jane Beck (Art Department Coordinator); Julie Delaney (Key Hair); Sandra Allen (Key Make-Up).

      The names listed when Joey checks for responses are: Caleb Womble (Production Coordinator); Chad Graves (1st Assistant Director); Dale Williams (Associate Producer); David Hartly (Unit Production Manager); Frank Waldeck; Greg Prange (Producer); Heather Brannon (Assistant Production Coordinator); Linda Jasper; Michael Jefferson (2nd Assistant Director); Vikki King; Roger Lively (Paymaster); Frank Perl (Director Of Photography); Larry Long (Production Sound).

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      East Of Eden by 60 Cycle Hum
      When It Comes by Plankeye
      Blur by Casual Blue
      Hold It Down by Lee Hester
      High On The Sunshine by Kelly Brock
      We're At The Top Of The World by The Juliana Theory
      Tattoo Your Image (On The World) by Pop Unknown
      Above All This by Lee Hester
      I Love You So by Laura Doyle
      Now The News by Eli
      As I Lay Me Down by Sophie B. Hawkins
      The Drifter by David Poe

    • James Van Der Beek only appears in the last scene of the episode, and doesn't have any lines.

      Before the season began, James Van Der Beek negotiated a shorter shooting contract for himself, explaining his very noticeable disappearances this season on Dawson's Creek, a show that is named after his character.

  • Allusions

    • Pacey: You and I come from very different worlds, you know that, right? I don't even think I realized how different until I went out to L.A. with you this summer.

      This is an allusion to episode Swan Song.

    • Professor Hetson: We're about to get into the poignant ramblings of Joyce and Woolf.

      James Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish writer.

      Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was an English novelist and essayist.

    • Emma: You're sure I haven't made a fantastic mistake, then, living with those 2?

      This is an allusion to episode 6x02 The song remains the same.

    • Jen: Don't you think that's a tad Tracy Flick?

      Tracy Flick is a character portrayed by Reese Witherspoon in the 1999 film Election.

    • Joey: Maybe she's just trying to get some private closure, never dreamed she'd be subjected to the Oprah psychobabble of her life-lacking peers.

      Oprah Winfrey is a television host in The The Oprah Winfrey Show talk show.

    • Joey: You do know I've worked in a restaurant before.

      This is a reference to the three first seasons when Joey worked as a waitress in The Ice House.

    • Professor Hetson: We were wrapping up a rather depraved discussion of Portnoy's complaint last week.

      Alexander Portnoy is the protagonist of Philip Roth's 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint.

    • Jen: Oh, no. Scholarly Jack is gonna make me watch Miss Congeniality again.

      Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy movie by Donald Petrie, starring Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt.

    • Professor Freeman: The plain Janes who go on to grace the covers of Cosmo the same month their makeover movies come out.

      Cosmopolitan (also known as Cosmo) is a world wide selling women's magazine.

    • Audrey: You did just nude-up with the guy.

      This is an allusion to episode 6x01 The kids are alright.

    • Audrey: No problem, sister Christian.

      Sister Christian is a song by Night Ranger.

    • The episode title The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest is a reference to the play, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde.