Dawson's Creek

Season 2 Episode 1

The Kiss

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 1998 on The WB
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Episode Summary

After their kiss, Dawson and Joey have doubts about the future of their relationship as Joey plans to go to France. Meanwhile, Pacey plays a trick on the new girl, but later finds himself the victim of her trick on him.

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  • Dawson wants to kiss Joey again. Jen's grandfather just died and Jen's not taking it too well. Pacey tries to gets Christy's attention but only gets the attention of new girl Andie.moreless

    "The Kiss" was definitely a great season 2 opener! I love how season 2 starts off where it left off from season one with Dawson and Joey having their first kiss. It was entertaining to watch Dawson struggle with trying to kiss Joey for a second time. I liked th end of the episode where they finally kissed again on the swingset. It was very sad how Jen's grandfatehr died. I like the the scene with Jen and Grams, and Grams is describing her first date with Gramps. I love the introduction of Andie. She's my favourite character on the show. I love how Pacey pretended to be police officer and then Andie finding out that he's really a stundent at Capeside High. It was funny how Andie told Christy that Pacey had some sort of heart disease. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Dawson and Joey - finally!

    The second season premiere picks up where we were left last season: Joey and Dawson finally kiss. I must say I don't really feel the chemistry there so much. When they went on their date and then had their complicated second kiss... I didn't feel it. Well, maybe it'll come to me once I've gotten used to seeing them.

    Of course Jen is annoying as always. Getting in between Joey and Dawson. I can't help that I don't like her that much...

    That Andy chick is kinda weird, but maybe a weird girl is just right for Pacey, he should get a little settled...moreless
  • Great season premiere! The whole DJ storyline a little slow, but very enticing & the Jen storyline had me gripping on for more.

    Great season premiere! The whole DJ storyline a little slow, but very enticing & the Jen storyline had me gripping on for more. Joey & Dawson were sure yet hesitant about them being a couple, Jen mourns her grandfathers death trying to get back into Dawson's life & Pacey frosts his tips...... & attempts to ask out a popular girl. The continuation from Season 1 finale 'Decisions' was very well carried & didn't rush back in to things too soon but in fact dealt with the immediate aftermath of DJ(Dawson/Joey)'s kiss. One great thing about this episode is about how it mainly deals with very realistic feelings for American teens & you feel like that's what you would do if you were placed in the character's position. All in all, a really nice episode that entertains while still needing some work & more storylines. ALSO: A great introduction for Andie & it's great to see some new characters on the show.moreless
  • Joey & Dawson....kiss!

    Sooo... Joey and Dawson are kissing now....does this mean they're dating? I suppose so! Jen is OBVIOUSLY wanting Dawson back....shouldn't have dumped him sistah! =P Anywayyyy, introducing: Andy McPhee! I really like this girl. She has a run in with "Officer Pacey", haha. Anyways, this is a good episode, but of course, I love all episodes! I am just a guilty Dawson's Creek lover. It's one of my favorite shows. While The Kiss isn't my favorite episode, it's still a greattt episode, regardless, therefore, I find it hard to give this episode of Dawson's Creek anything other than a much deserving 10!moreless
  • Great !

    An excelent episode ! I loved it ! Even when they got confused about te kiss . Joey went for the window but Dawson chased her and just said " Don't even think about climbing trough that window " , it was so cute . And then they compared two conversations between Joey and Bessie and Pacey and Dawson . It was so funny the way Bessie and Pacey kept asking questions that Dawson and Joey wouldn't answer . Later thay went out on they first date , and Joey was all nervous about the second kiss but Dawson just said : it's gonna be so simple Jo " loved it!moreless
Ali Larter

Ali Larter

Kristy Livingstone

Guest Star

Juliet Cesario

Juliet Cesario


Guest Star

Liesl Ehardt

Liesl Ehardt


Guest Star

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Andie McPhee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: When Gail confronts Mitch about going to see the divorce lawyers in the top center of the screen you can clearly see a boom mike fall into the scene.

    • Goof: In the scene with Bessie and Joey after she's left Dawson's, Bessie is wearing a summer dress while Joey is wearing shorts. The Kiss is supposed to have picked up exactly where last season left off, which timeline-wise, was in the late fall/early winter. Now it appears to be late spring/summer.

    • It could seem as if the Dawson's Creek characters spend four seasons in high school since season one takes place in their sophomore year. This episode, which is the first episode in season two, begins the day after the end of the season one finale Decisions. Therefore, both the first and second seasons of Dawson's Creek take place during the character's sophomore year of high school.

    • Goof: During Paul Stupin's audio commentary, he mentions that the date between Dawson and Joey belongs to the end of Season 1, where it ended with Joey storming away from the theater. However, there wasn't such a scene at the end of Season 1. Paul Stupin seems not to recall it right.

    • Dawson took both Joey and Jen to the Rialto on his first date with both of them.

    • Pacey has his hair color changed for the duration of this episode.

    • Goof: Kristy walks straight past Pacey, but Pacey doesn't call her name and waits until she's across the road from where there's no reason why she wouldn't have heard him shouting her name.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jen: It seems a little sad that I was the girl whose sole purpose was to let you figure out who you really wanted to be with.

    • Dawson: It's no Eiffel Tower, but it's all we got. But don't forget about the other franc-o-fellow opportunities in town. French fries.
      Joey: French toast.
      Dawson: French doors.
      (They french kiss)
      Joey: French kiss.

    • Pacey: (Talking to himself) Kristy, makes me misty, by the end of the date she will have kissed me... if she ever gets here.

    • Dawson: I'm really glad we've already bipassed the end of the evening "Will she kiss me?" drama. So it should pretty much me smooth sailing from here on out.
      Joey: Yeah, but now you have to endure the agony of "Well, I've already kissed her so should we just check into a motel and go at it like porn stars?" anxiety.
      Dawson: I think I can handle that.
      Joey: Good because I know a good motel.

    • Andie: Hot tip. Kristy Livingstone is a homosapien so perhaps you should start barking up a different tree.
      Pacey: And perhaps you should just stop barking altogether.

    • Dawson: How about something simple like a date?
      Joey: A date.
      Dawson: Yeah.
      Joey: You and me on a date? I don't know Dawson. I was gonna watch TV. I hear Luke Perry is coming back to Beverly Hills 90210.

    • (Pacey crashes his dads car into Andie's)
      Andie: Oh my God, officer I'm so sorry. I didn't even see you pull out. I mean I did see you pull out, but it was so fast, that. (Pacey grunts) Oh God, I just got my license. Please, be kind.
      Pacey: I'm gonna have to see that license and registration little miss. (She shows him her license) Andie McPhee. Rhode Island drivers license.
      Andie: Yes sir, you see my family just moved to town. We live over in Windsor.
      Pacey: (Laughs) Country club.
      Andie: Yes, is that a problem?
      Pacey: Do you realize the severity of what you've done here. Hmm, do you. Sitting behind the wheel of a very powerful automobile is a huge responsibility. One little mistake, and you could run over a cat, a child, a nun.

    • Joey: Do you know why I didn't go to France, Dawson? Because I wanted to go. So badly. I mean, in France I could have started over. I wouldn't be Joey, the waitress. Or Joey, the daughter of a convict. Or Joey, the white trash girl on the creek. Or Joey, half of the "will they or won't they" couple of the century. I didn't go to France because it seemed like the easy way out. The easiest escape from my life, which in spite of a few highlights is pretty pathetic. And I didn't want to take the easy way out, because I figured that sticking around here would make me stronger. That I would learn more here, and in the midst of life's little tragedies I would grow. And there was you, too. Dawson Leery, who finally got a clue. And it seemed like no matter what else happened, I would be secure in that. But I have to tell you, Dawson, as complicated as our friendship was, it doesn't even compare to how complicated whatever you and I have here is bound to be. And never in my life has taking the easy way out seemed like exactly what I need to do.
      Dawson: Look, Jo. Maybe you and I will never be easy. But that doesn't mean we won't be scorching.
      Joey: And what happens if we're not? Do we lose everything? The relationship and the friendship? What are we left with then?
      Dawson: I don't know. And, you know what, I don't care, Jo. For the first time in my life, I don't care if I completely understand it. I don't need to deconstruct it until it crumbles into nothing. I just know that it's a step I'd like to take. With my best friend. You belong here, Joey. Not in France, in Capeside. With me.

  • NOTES (12)

    • U.S. ratings (millions of viewers):
      Season 2 (1998-1999) 5.4 millions. Network Rank #118.

    • During the entire Season 2, it's interesting to note that frequently the guys in the show are wearing shirts, t-shirts, sweaters, etc... with either a single wide or narrow horizontal stripe or a couple of horizontal stripes close together. Apparently this was a very popular, trendy fashion for guy's shirts during the late 90's.

    • The scripts for Dawson's Creek were written in LA and sent to Wilmington, NC about 7 days before filming. So did the director for each episode. However, due to the success of the show, during season 2 the writers became so concerned about making the dialogue perfect that the scripts started showing up later and later to the point where sometimes they arrived only hours before shooting. The actors and the directors were of course upset about it, as they didn't have time to prepare their lines / their shooting. Fortunately, the problem was resolved during Season 3.

    • When Pacey is talking to Christie, he sits down on a bench by the water. Right at his back across the river there is a full-scale old Battleship which has been decommissioned and is currently a tourist attraction, the "North Carolina". Despite several scenes were shot in this Waterfront District, the producers were always careful to frame out the large ship and hide it from viewers, so it doesn't appear at all in n any episodes of Dawson's Creek.

    • The scene in which Andie and Pacey shopping 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.

    • Executive Producer Paul Stupin says during the audio commentary of this episode that the bugs down by the creek in the area by Joey's house were so noisy that they often had to remix and rerecord all of the dialogue already shot.

    • Executive Producer Paul Stupin says during the audio commentary of this episode that the actual creek in front of Dawson's House was called "Hulett's Creek".

    • Dawson and Joey go on their first date to the Movie Theatre Rialto. The shot of the outside marquee is a phony set that was actually a Real Estate Office down in Southport. The title of the film "The Last Picture Show" was not real, but actually computer-generated special effects on the actual marquee.

    • This episode is called The Kiss. The third episode in the first season is simply called, Kiss.

    • The opening credits of season 2 feature the 4 main cast members only than in a different order.

      Season 1: James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson and Katie Holmes.
      Season 2: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson.

      Season 2 opening credits features new scenes as well.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Andie McPhee, played by Meredith Monroe, that will be a recurrent role during season 3 and part of season 4.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Say Goodnight by Beth Nielsen Chapman
      Out Of My Head by Fastball
      Birds Of A Feather by Phish
      Swallow by Nowhere Blossoms
      London Rain by Heather Nova
      Have A Little Faith In Me by John Hiatt


    • Joey: I hear Luke Perry is coming back to Beverly Hills 90210.

      Beverly Hills 90210 was a hit TV Drama that aired on FOX, in which one of its stars was Luke Perry.

    • Pacey: Mulder and Scully never even kissed.

      This is a reference to The X-Files, which featured two detectives and their investigations into the paranormal. And the fact that a large amount of of TV viewers expected Mulder and Scully to become a couple.

    • Pacey: Sam and Diane didn't get together until at least the 4th Season.

      A reference to NBC's Cheers, which featured two characters, named Sam Malone and Diane Chambers, involved in a love-hate relationship.