Dawson's Creek

Season 4 Episode 11

The Tao of Dawson

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 10, 2001 on The WB
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The Tao of Dawson
Pacey and Dawson mend their friendship and Dawson tells Pacey he has feelings for his sister, Gretchen. Pacey doesn't like the idea, so he tries to get Gretchen back with her ex boyfriend. Meanwhile, Joey gets locked in a storage closet with Drue Valentine. Dawson observes the feelings growing between Mr. Brooks and Grams and fears that Grams will get hurt when she finds out that Mr. Brooks, like her last husband, is terminally ill.moreless

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  • Dawson loves Gretchen but decides he won't take action and he'll let fate bring them together. Gretchen realizes she's in love with Dawson. Grams and Mr. Brooks are dating, but does Grams know about him dieing? Joey and Drue get locked in a storage room.moreless

    This was another very well done episode of Dawson's Creek. I like the beginning of the episode with Pacey and Dawson fishing. In this episode Dawson is definately in love with Gretchen. And Gretchen is in love with Dawson. I still like the friendship that Dawson has with Mr. Brooks. I'm actually starting to like the idea of Grams and Mr. Brooks as a couple. Grams looked beautiful in this episode. I like how Dawson cares for Grams and I never thought of him having a grandson/grandmother relationship until this episode. Gretchen takes Pacey or a road trip to see her ex-boyfriend. I like that she told Pacey that she got pregnant and had a miscarriage. I thought the scene where Gretchen realizes that she's not who she used to be and Nick falls asleep was funny. I like the end where Gretchen and Dawson are finally together. Now let's get to the good part of the episode. Joey gets stuck in a storage room with Drue. They spend the whole night together. My favourite scene has to be Joey falling, Drue catches her, and then they kiss, then Joey punches him in the face. Drue is definately a perv because he had a phone on him the whole time. But I do like that Joey kind of understands him because it's obvious he has issues with his father. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • Drue and Joey get trapped in the storage room, Grams dates Mr. Brooks even though he's dying, Pacey and Gretchen try to get her car back, oh and yeah, the best part... when Dawson and Gretchen finally get together!moreless

    This is one of my favorite episodes of Dawson's Creek. One word I would use to describe it is "sweet". Right from the start, Pacey and Dawson are fishing together which shows that (at this point) there is a possibility that they may one day be friends again. Then when Pacey realizes about 3/4 of the way through that maybe Dawson isn't such a bad thing for his sister and he and Gretchen have the heart to heart about her pregnancy and the reason she had to drop school - it's such a wonderful moment. Then the whole episode culminates in the final sequence where "I Think God Can Explain" plays. It showcases all the couples on the show - Mitch and Gale looking at the ultra sound, Grams and Mr. Brooks, Joey and Pacey on the dock - while Dawson reads his letter and Gretchen cries while driving frantically to go see him. I love that letter. And then the pivotal moment when they kiss and are finally together. This is actually one of the few episodes where I really like Dawson and I think the last 2 or 3 minutes are just beautiful.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)

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Andrea "Andie" McPhee (recurring Season 2)

Christian Kane

Christian Kane

Nick Taylor

Guest Star

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Gretchen Witter

Recurring Role

Mark Matkevich

Mark Matkevich

Drue Valentine

Recurring Role

Harve Presnell

Harve Presnell

Mr. Arthur Brooks

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Grams: A moment. A single moment of true joy is more powerful than a lifetime of sorrow.

    • Drue: You know, at least your father's in prison. Spending time with my dad is like being in prison.
      Joey: I thought your dad was this wealthy business man who...
      Drue: Who seemed like the coolest guy in the world until the day I discovered him feverantly studying the kama sutra on my mother's new Mexican tile kitchen floor with someone who most definitely was not my mother.

    • (To Gretchen)
      Nick: You know who I am. I mean, isn't that why you came? And don't tell me you came to pick up your car because we both know that's not true. You've come a long distance. Don't you want to go the rest of the way?

    • (To Dawson about Grams)
      Mr. Brooks: One thing worse than the pain of loss is the aching void of inaction. She's not the kind of person to live with that. She knows I'm sick.

    • Nick: College is a fresh start. You can be whoever you want to be.

    • Joey: If you try to touch me or my stuff, I swear to God I'm gonna take this eyebrow pencil and put it through your heart. Am I being clear?
      Drue: Crystal.

    • Drue: Do I look like, MacGyver?
      Joey: No, he was smart enough not to move a box that was propping open a door.

    • Dawson: So, uh... Are you two... Are you two dating?
      Grams: Oh Dawson, please! At my age one does not date.
      Dawson: Well it sounds like you're going to see him later on tonight.
      Grams: We are simply having dinner at your parents' restaurant and then we are going to the Rialto 16 to see "Almost Famous."
      Dawson: Dinner and a movie on a Saturday night is pretty much a definition of a date.

    • Dawson: Last time I acted like a kid with my feelings I ended up trying to prove something in a boat race.

    • Jack: Has it ever occurred to you, Dawson, that maybe they're not mistakes at all? Maybe this is exactly where you're supposed to be at this moment in time. With a girl that you wanted way before Joey Potter.

    • Dawson: Brooks is dying. He's actively pursuing a relationship with Grams who knows, but doesn't seem to mind.
      Jack: Well, maybe he finds strength in taking action and maybe she finds comfort in her religion. I don't know, you are mature in nature. Life and love, that can be frightening. Everyone has their own way of coping with it. Even you.

    • Gretchen: I came to say goodbye to Nick. And more importantly goodbye to a part of myself that I've always struggled with. And you know where I got the strength to say goodbye? From you. Starting when they're little girls, sisters look to their brothers for keys on how they should be treated. And you're right. I deserve so much better than Nick. And my heart knows that because I have a brother who treats me so well.

    • Pacey: You deserve someone who's going to listen to you and commit to you. You deserve someone who's going to make you the absolute center of their universe. You deserve somebody...
      Gretchen: Someone like Dawson?
      Pacey: Oh. That is not what I said.
      Gretchen: But that is what you meant.

    • Drue: How do you stay in a relationship with someone who's so different from you?
      Joey: We're not that different.
      Drue: Oh please. You're responsible and reasonable. He's reckless and rash.
      Joey: Yeah, but part of his recklessness is he's constantly surprising me. And part of his rashness is that he's intensely passionate. Those differences are important. They make for a richer relationship.

    • Mr. Brooks: You're developing a pretty good eye, Mr. Leery. Obviously you're hanging out with the right people these days.
      Dawson: It would seem so.

    • (Talking about her miscarriage)
      Pacey: You told Dawson Leery before you told me?
      Gretchen: He's my friend.
      Pacey: I'm your brother.
      Gretchen: With a very specific idea of how a sister is supposed to behave. I left school to work on who I want to be. You know, I can't try fitting that into everybody else's idea of what that is.

    • Grams: We laugh together, we share the same interests, we look at life the same way. Do you know how hard it is to find a friend like that, Dawson?
      Dawson: Yes I do. I also know how hard it can be when that doesn't last.
      Grams: A moment, a single moment of true joy is more powerful than a lifetime of sorrow.

    • Jack: The only reason she's happy is because she doesn't know the truth.
      Dawson: Well maybe that's not such a bad thing.
      Jack: Okay. You were happy before you found out about Pacey and Joey seeing each other. Would you rather have stayed in the dark, or would you rather someone come to you and told you the difficult truth at the beginning?

    • Dawson: You know, what's meant to be will be, if not... that's the way it goes.
      Jack: Hmmm. Zen in the art of dating. Congrats. I bet you'll create a new movement.

    • Pacey: Why should I care about Dawson? You reassured me that that kiss meant nothing. Even though it didn't really look like nothing. 'Cause you know? It kinda went on a little bit long to be nothing. And I'm pretty sure he doesn't think it's nothing. But, if you say it's nothing, it's nothing.
      Gretchen: Dawson and I are just friends. That's it. Trust me.

    • Dawson: I'm not asking for your permission, Pacey. I'm just letting you know.

    • (Talking about Gretchen)
      Dawson: No, this is more than a grade school crush. And even though she won't acknowledge it, I think on some level she feels the same way about me.
      Pacey: That's a helluva lot to digest before breakfast, Dawson.
      Dawson: Well, last spring if you'd come to me and just told me how you felt about Joey, would have made things a helluva lot easier, so... that's all I'm trying to do.

    • Mr. Brooks: (To Dawson) Make no mistake about it kid, God intends to kill us all. You'll find that you don't have to have your life dictated by the cosmos. You fall in love with the wrong woman. Tell fate to piss off if you don't like his plans for you. Sure there's heart ache to be had but it's small price to be paid for living and dying on your own terms.

    • Dawson: (In his letter to Gretchen) Dear Gretchen, I really enjoyed talking to you in your room today. Try not to be nervous about starting high school. I know you're going to find people that understand you. There's something that I didn't get a chance to tell you. There's someone truly special in my life that I can't stop thinking about. She's unlike anyone I've ever met. Smart and funny and beautiful and just knowing that she's in my life has given me this constant fluttering that keeps me awake at night. When I think about who I can talk to about this, who will understand, the only person that comes to mind is you. And that's a problem because you are the one that I feel this way about. I think about you constantly, every little thing you do. The Elvis Costello sticker you put on your spiral notebook, the way your bangs have grown out every day now for 6 months until Monday when you were finally able to put it all in a ponytail. Today when you invited me to stay and talk to you after Pacey left, it occurred to me that you must think of me too. If I tried to tell anyone else, they would say that you and I are impossible, that our lives are too different, that we could never be right for each other. But we understand each other and we care about each other and years from now I believe that we still will. Your friend forever, love, Dawson.

    • Pacey: Dawson, you and I are friends. Friends. But sisters? Sisters are...
      Dawson: Off-limits?
      Pacey: Yes, sisters are off-limits. They're like mothers, only pretty.

    • Pacey: Do you "like" her "like" her, or just like her?
      Dawson: Pacey this is Gretchen Witter we're talking about here, not Winnie Cooper.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Dawson: Last time I acted like a kid with my feelings I ended up trying to prove something in a boat race.

      It's an allusion to episode 3x21 Show Me Love.

    • Dawson: (In his letter to Gretchen) The Elvis Costello sticker you put on your spiral notebook, the way your bangs have grown out every day now for 6 months until Monday when you were finally able to put it all in a ponytail.

      Elvis Costello (born 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter.

    • Grams: We are simply having dinner at your parents' restaurant and then we are going to the Rialto 16 to see "Almost Famous."

      Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe.

    • Drue: Do I look like, MacGyver?

      MacGyver is an American adventure television series, about the extremely resourceful secret agent MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson.

    • The episode title The Tao of Dawson is a reference to the movie The Tao of Steve.

      Tao is the Chinese word for "way" or "path".

    • Dawson: This is Gretchen Witter we're talking about here, not Winnie Cooper.

      Dawson refers to the way Kevin Arnold from the tv show The Wonder Years could never quite decide whether or not he "liked liked" or just plain "liked" Winnie Cooper, his childhood friend and next door neighbor.