Dawson's Creek

Season 6 Episode 1

The Kids Are Alright (1)

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 2002 on The WB
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The Kids Are Alright (1)
Dawson returns to Boston after working as an assistant director in Los Angeles over the summer and reunites with Joey who has spent a relatively angst-free summer in Capeside. Audrey and Pacey return from L.A. with a surprise passenger, Audrey's childhood friend Jack Osborne.

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  • It's Joey's birthday and Dawson comes to Boston as he is the only one that remembers. Grams is taking a class and Jen is surprised she's in one of her classes. Pacey is tired of Audrey and wants some sleep. Jack is sneaking around with other guys.moreless

    Great season opener! It's obvious that the show is all about Joey now. So Let's star off with Joey. It's her birthday and nobody remembers except for Dawson. I love the present he gave her. I am so glad that they had sex. Hopefully the becomes a couple again. Dawson sounds like a jerk though, with him and Oliver not working and all. But Oliver sounds kind of crazy. I like the Jen part of this episode. I love how she reacts to Grams taking the same class as her. Audrey and Pacey return and it seems that Pacey is tired of Audrey. But Pacey just wants some sleep. I like that Audrey decides to get them a hotel and just let him sleep. I love how Jack has been sneaking around with Grams. I like that Pacey wants him to be his room mate. Anyways I give this episode a 9/10, just because of how it ended.moreless
  • season 6 beinging

    I just finish watching this episode and I loved every bit of the ending. It was perfect. I was sooo Joey and Dawson as soon as he got up and changed the clock so it was after midnight for her birthday I began to cry it was sooo great. I love every minute of it. At the start I was a bit sad that Dawson didn't meet Joey first and how he was late to show up at hell's kitchen but when he showed up it made me happy. I think that there meet to be but from what I read they don't end up together. My Dawson Creek season 6 continues I can't wait until the next episode.moreless
  • Dawson and Joey finally have sex...but it seems too late.

    Most of this episode focused on the fact that Joey and Dawson hadn't talked all summer, while she spent her time in Capeside and he was out in California. This episode does introduce Eddie when he disagrees with Joey about the book that she only read part of to get into the advanced class. As revealed in the next episode, no one actually forgot Joey's birthday, they were just trying to surprise her, but the fact that Dawson is the only one that seemed to remember really registers with her. When he gives her the snowglobe, at first they just seem to be having a friendly hug, but then they decide to sleep together. At this point they don't really seem to have that much chemistry so the whole scene is pretty awkward, which is why I only gave this episode a 9. Considering they were talking about sleeping together since they were 15, it seems a little late in the story line when Joey is turning 19.moreless
  • Marks the beggining of the Final Season!!!

    What better way to mark the beggining of the End that with our main 2 characters together, once and for all.

    Joey seemed very very interested in seen Dawson and he almost didnt make it in time, but she waited and waited for him, almost for all the episode.

    How can no one remembers Joey's birthday, that's so wrong and uncharacter like, for all of them.

    Loved all the Jack scenes with all the boys, very very nice, Jack. Also loved the Jen scenes with her grandma, very hillarious.

    I loved the speeches between Pacey and Joey because they make many references about when they where together, and you can see the tension that's allways around this relationship.

    Pacey and Joey FOREVER!!! JAJAJA...

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

Jack Osbourne

Jack Osbourne


Guest Star

Ann Lincoln

Ann Lincoln


Guest Star

Sean Dennison

Sean Dennison

Cute Boy

Guest Star

Oliver Hudson

Oliver Hudson

Eddie Dooling

Recurring Role

Megan Gray

Megan Gray

Emma Jones

Recurring Role

Roger Howarth

Roger Howarth

Professor Greg Hetson

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Goof: At the end of the episode as Joey and Dawson start to kiss they are embracing, and her left arm is around his lower shoulder with her hands on his back. We cut to an immediate close up, and her left hand is now suddenly on his neck.

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode when Joey talks about Pacey and Audrey in L.A. there is an image of her outside sitting in a chair. She picks up a postcard from the table to her left with her left hand. Her right hand is resting on her right knee. When the camera cuts immediately to a close-up of Joey reading the postcard, her right hand is suddenly up at her head with her fingers resting on her temple.

    • In season 4, Andie tells Jack that she is gonna defer Harvard for a year to go back to Italy. It makes then logical sense her absence from season 5. However by season 6, Andie should have been back in Boston attending Harvard University. It's not likely that she would jeopardise her education and deferred a prestigious college like Harvard for more than a year (they probably wouldn't allow it). And if she was attending Harvard, it makes no sense that she never hangs out with her friends. The fact that we learn in 6x24 ...Must come to and edn that she is at Mass. General in Boston furthering her medical training implies that she did indeed attend Harvard for her undergraduate, Pre-Med education. Then why doesn't she meet up with her friends at all during the whole season?

    • Goof: Joey's birthday happens to be some time in early Fall, when the Semester first starts at Worthington, probably August or September. But during Swan Song (the season 5 finale), Bessie hands Joey her passport which has Joey's birthday listed as May 13, 1983. In previous seasons, Joey's birthday was never shown to be in the Fall.

    • At the beginning of the episode, when Joey is shown refunding her Paris ticket, her hair is tucked behind her ears and darker. That shot is from season 5 finale Swan Song, whereas the next shot of her was shot in season 6 where her hair is much lighter, wavier and hanging in front of her ears.

    • Goof: During the intro monologue, Jen is shown seated between her parents on a couch. The two actors that portray her parents are briefly shown from their back side, but they are different ones that the original actors who portrayed them. The father, especially, has different hair and wears glasses.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, when Dawson and Joey are kissing and they lay back on her bed, the snow globe that Dawson has just given her and that sits on the bedside table is having a snowfall, even though it hasn't been touched.

    • Goof: When Joey's cell rings during class, her professor answers it and as he listens to Audrey on the other end, he says very quickly that he got the message. However, when he relays the entire message to Joey after hanging up, the message is much longer.

    • Famous Firsts: Dawson and Joey have sex together for the first time.

    • This episode marks the introduction of Eddie Dooling. Oliver Hudson, who plays Eddie, is the son of actress Goldie Hawn and the older brother of actress Kate Hudson.

  • QUOTES (42)

    • (Dawson gets Joey a snow globe of Hollywood as her 19th birthday present)
      Dawson: It's cheesy. I know.
      Joey: No, it's not cheesy at all. It's perfect.

    • (Recalling what a song brings back to her memory)
      Joey: We went to see it (The movie: Clueless) at the Rialto, remember? And when we got out it was pouring rain, your mom came to pick us up, but the car was, like, way across the street so you grabbed my hand and we ran for it. And it was probably only about 10 seconds or so, but when we got in the car, all I could think about was the fact that... you had held my hand.

    • Joey: You seem... different.
      Dawson: Different how?
      Joey: Just different. A good different... like living your dream agrees with you.

    • Dawson: (About not having talked to Joey in all summer) I thought about you all the time, and about what you said about how everything would just kind of work itself out between us and it just... made me feel so good about us. I just...well, I guess I didn't want to ruin that feeling.

    • Dawson: General rules do not apply to you and me. They never have.

    • Dawson: You look great, by the way.
      Joey: Thank you.
      Dawson: I don't say things like that nearly enough. The second I saw you I thought to myself, "god, she looks great," but I didn't say anything, so... I'm saying it now.

    • Dawson: I thought for sure I was gonna miss you again.
      Joey: You almost did. Everyone left. I was next.
      Dawson: But you couldn't bring yourself to leave, could you? You had to see me.
      Joey: Get over yourself. I'll have you know that I stuck a dollar in that jukebox over 3 hours ago. I was not gonna leave until I heard my song.

    • (Joey doubts whether to work at Hell's Kitchen or with Professor Hetson).
      Jen: Joey Potter will always venture down the sensible path, and the sensible path in this case would be to work for Professor cranky pants.

    • Audrey: Please don't be annoyed with me, Pacey. Trust me. In, like, 2 minutes you're gonna be sorry that you were so annoyed with me and you're gonna feel like a jerk, and I want to save you that pain.

    • Joey: I spent my high school years waiting tables at a place like this. Turned me into a surly wench.

    • Pacey: Do you remember our particular summer together?
      Joey: Rings a bell or 2.

    • Joey: When are they gonna play my song?
      Pacey: Well, maybe the jukebox rejected it on the grounds there's been plenty enough whiny chick-rock for one night, thank you very much.

    • Pacey: Jack's gay.
      Emma: He doesn't look very gay.

    • Pacey: Tell her what a good guy I am. What a great roommate I would make.
      Audrey: I'm not telling her anything. She's hot.
      Emma: Well, thank you.

    • Pacey: (Meets Emma at Hell's Kitchen after trying to convince her to let him and Jack share her apartment) Well, this has got to be some kind of sign, don't you think?
      Emma: I think it's more like an omen of bad things to come.

    • Jack: (To Jen) I got the worst gaydar going.

    • Pacey: (To Emma) There is absolutely no possibility of either Jack or myself falling in love with you because it... because... that didn't come out right. But there's a good reason. Let me try again.

    • Pacey: (Trying to convince Emma not to get the lesbians as roomies) But do you think they could help you with the drum kit down the stairs every time you have a gig?

    • Pacey: (About the drums) These yours?
      Emma: Uh, no, they're my boyfriend's. 'Cause, you know, it's so f-ing impossible to believe that a girl could play a musical instrument that they must be someone else's, right?
      Pacey: That's not what I... I got a bit of foot-in-mouth disease.

    • Jen: Great. So not only are you going to embarrass me into an early grave, but you're also doing this for a man?
      Grams: Jennifer, give an old woman some credit. I am doing this for myself.
      Jen: Ok, fine, but why did it have to be art history? Why can't you take a nice little math class? You know, from what I hear using that part of the brain helps the elderly stave off the early onset of Alzheimer's.

    • Jen: What, you're in my class?
      Grams: Mm-hmm.
      Jen: Oh, this is so uncool.

    • Jack: You and me, roommates?
      Pacey: Sure. Why not?
      Jack: I can think of about a million reasons why not.

    • Pacey: So, this is life at Gram's house, huh?
      Jack: Yeah. Pretty much.
      Pacey: It's kind of...
      Jack: Lame?
      Pacey: I was gonna say quaint, but, yeah, lame pretty much sums it up.

    • Jack: What do you know about selling stocks?
      Pacey: Not a damn thing, but Audrey's father seems to think I'd be good at it. He told me I'm a natural born hustler and I should take advantage of it while I can.
      Jack: Well, you got to admit, pace, you do possess the appropriate degree of obnoxiousness for that particular vocation.

    • Joey: You know Pacey. I mean, he's kind of like a child. If he doesn't get enough attention, he starts to act out, and then there's the burping, the farting, the chronic hal... it's disgusting, really.
      Audrey: Don't I know it.

    • Jen: (Alluding to her parents decision to divorce) I think that the disillusion of the Lindley marriage has actually restored my faith in humanity. I mean, if those 2 loons can take steps to improve the quality of their lives and... and the lives of those around them, then anything is possible. (Grams turns and looks at her) What?
      Grams: What's happened to my granddaughter? If you've eaten her I want you to spit her out this instant.

    • Jen: (To Grams) Have I ever told you that you are my hero? That you're everything that I've ever wanted to be?

    • Professor Hetson: (After noticing that the next day is Joey's birthday) You don't have much to celebrate. It says here that, uh, your scholarship barely covers your tuition.

    • Professor Hetson: I... I can't believe that you said fudge.
      Joey: Oh. It just... kind of came out.
      Professor Hetson: I mean, it's so silly. Even Doris, my secretary, would probably go for the more hard-core version of my favorite expletive.

    • Jack Osbourne: Do you remember the telescope in my bedroom? Well, I didn't really do much stargazing.
      Audrey: I'm so telling your father on you.
      Jack Osbourne: Go ahead. He had a peek, too.

    • Joey: (after knocking Professor Hetson down) I said I'm sorry.
      Professor Hetson: Yeah, well, sorry's not gonna unbruise my ass, now, is it?

    • Joey: (off voice while we see a montage of scenes having to deal with how the characters spent their summer) What Dawson said that night definitely rang true-- my life is waiting for me out there. I know it. And what's really cool is that I have absolutely no idea what to expect. But whatever it is... I'm ready for it. I'm excited. Bring it on.

    • Joey: (off voice while we see a montage of scenes having to deal with how the characters spent their summer) Mr. And Mrs. Theodore Lindley sat their only child down and informed her that they were getting a divorce. She was happy... really, truly happy. She thought it was the most functional thing her parents had ever done.

    • Joey: (off voice while we see a montage of scenes having to deal with how the characters spent their summer) Jack succumbed to a fate typically reserved for heterosexual women: he was dumped for someone far younger and prettier than himself... by e-mail, no less.

    • Joey: (off voice while we see a montage of scenes having to deal with how the characters spent their summer) I met a boy. He was very cute and very nice, and things were going very well right up until the moment he said... "I think I'm in love with you". I know. Poor Joey potter. Cute boy falls in love with her. How tragic. But it was a completely inappropriate display of affection.

    • Dawson: You know what you were saying before, about how living my dream agrees with me? I've been thinking about that and I want you to know that I probably would not be living any dream at all if it weren't for you. I mean, more and more I keep on finding myself in these incredibly surreal situations and every time... I always kind of, in the back of my head just think, "what would Joey think if she could see me right now?" You know, I guess everyone has someone who challenges them and makes them shoot for something just beyond their reach. You're that person for me. So, yeah, maybe we didn't talk this summer, and who knows, maybe we'll find ourselves talking less and less as time goes on and life gets more and more in the way, but... I gotta say, Jo, I don't feel it. 'Cause you're with me everywhere I go. Happy birthday.
      Joey: Thank you.

    • Joey: What are you doing?
      Dawson: I was gonna ask you to dance.
      Joey: Are you crazy?
      Dawson: Yeah, but the offer still stands.

    • (Dawson tells Joey that he was on the phone with Spielberg, who called for Todd)
      Joey: "Hold on a second please?". That's the best you can do for your childhood hero?.

    • Audrey: Come on. Let's go rest.
      Pacey: I don't know how strict we'll have to be about that sleep thing.

    • Drunk Guy: What are you looking at?
      Joey: Drunk guy with his fly open. What are you looking at?

    • Drunk Guy: Are you getting smart with me?
      Emma: I'm afraid that's unavoidable.

    • (To Pacey about Audrey)
      Joey: You break her heart, I'll break your face.

  • NOTES (8)

  • ALLUSIONS (18)

    • Emma: Working in a place like this definitely sharpens your tongue.
      Joey: Tell me about it. I spent my high school years waiting tables at a place like this. Turned me into a surly wench.

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

    • Pacey: Do you remember our particular summer together?
      Joey: Rings a bell or 2.

      Allusion to episode 3x23 True Love.

    • The episode title The Kids Are Alright is an allusion to the song The Kids Aren't Allright by The Offspring.

    • Joey: No. At least, I don't think so. Um... we went to see it at the Rialto, remember?

      The Rialto was the movie theatre in Capeside that first appeared in episode 1x01 Pilot and last appeared in episode 2x01 The Kiss.

    • Joey: What about Oliver?
      Audrey: He flipped out, hated L.A., kept saying that he could literally see his soul leaving his body.

      Oliver Chirchick appeared for the first time in the episode 5x08 Hotel New Hampshire and last in the episode 5x22 The Abby.

    • Joey: Who's Todd?
      Audrey: Do you remember the director that fired him last summer? Well, he hired him as his assistant this summer. That's Hollywood for you.

      Todd Carr appeared for the first time in the episode 5x01 The Bostonians.

    • Joey: So tell me about this movie you're making.
      Dawson: Um, it's a horror movie... no matter what Todd says. He likes to tell people that it's a Hitchcockian thriller, but that's kind of like saying Happy Gilmore is an homage to Woody Allen.

      Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, (1899-1980) was an iconic and highly influential British filmmaker and producer, who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres.

      Happy Gilmore is a 1996 American sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler.

      Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, 1935-) is an American film director, writer, actor, comedian, and playwright.

    • Joey: It just reminds me of something. The summer between seventh and eighth grade, and Clueless.

      Clueless is a 1995 comedy film set in a Beverly Hills high school. It was written and directed by Amy Heckerling. It stars Alicia Silverstone.

    • Dawson: That and... I was on the phone with Steven Spielberg the other day.

      Steven Spielberg, (1946-) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer.

    • Emma: And I know the jukebox is all backed up. I'm still waiting to hear White Wedding, myself.

      White Wedding is a song by Billy Idol that appeared on his album Billy Idol (1982).

    • Audrey: Godot Leery, you mean?

      Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters wait for someone named Godot, who never arrives.

    • Jen: How much you wanna bet?
      Jack: (Imitating Dr. Evil) How about $1 million?

      Dr. Evil is a fictional character from the Austin Powers series of films.

    • History of Pop Culture Professor: And when you look at some of the things we're going to be studying... things like the films of Keanu Reeves, the rise of the WB, and why reality TV shows are bad for the soul.

      Keanu Charles Reeves (1964-) is a Canadian actor.

      The Warner Bros. (WB) is a Television Network, which launched on January 11, 1995.

    • Professor Hetson: How about Last Exit to Brooklyn? Did you read that book?

      Last Exit to Brooklyn is a 1964 novel by the American author Hubert Selby, Jr.

    • Pacey: Ok, Stella Adler, what's up with you?

      Stella Adler (1901-1992) was an American actress, born in New York City. Stella was a member of the Jewish-American Adler acting dynasty.

    • Audrey: Don't you get it, Pacey? None of the great couples ever make it in the real world: Sid and Nancy, Bonnie and Clyde, Dawson and Joey.

      Sid and Nancy is a reference to the eventful life of Sex Pistols's band member Sid Vicious and his relationship with the groupie Nancy Spungen.

      Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) were notorious outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States during the Great Depression.

    • Joey: (Recalling her conversation with Dawson in the season 5 finale): Come 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.

    • The episode title The Kids Are Alright is the song that fades in and out at the end of the song Helpless Dancer on The Who's 1973 release, Quadrophenia.