In honor of one of my favorite shows coming to Hulu (finally), I decided to compile a list of my favorite episodes of the series. Each episode has its own special meaning and has touched me in a different way.
It became apparent looking back at my favorite episodes that most of them occurred when the characters were taken out of their regular, every day situations and put into something completely different and somewhat random and watching how they react.
Detention 1.7 – The gang all gets Saturday detention, Breakfast Club style. Tensions are high and no one can seem to get along, but much like the Breakfast Club, it only takes a few hours until everyone is best friends again. And the movie references are great throughout the whole episode.
Beauty Contest 1.12 – Joey enters a beauty contest to win the $5000 prize. I like this one quite a bit because it’s the first time we see what Pacey later refers to as “other Joey.” She’s a different girl, confident and stepping out of her comfort zone. This is also the first time Dawson really SEES Joey, which will later lead them to get together.
To Be or Not To Be… That is the Question 2.14-15 – This is an important two-part episode of the series, where Jack is forced by his evil English teacher to come out. Jack comes to terms with his sexuality and the
poor non-existent relationship he has with his father. And Pacey comes forward as the hero of the day proving he’s the one who always tries to help the little guy, no what the issue.
Be Careful What You Wish For 2.16 – Dawson turns 16 and Andie lets loose. One of my favorite scenes in this whole episode is when Pacey, Dawson and Andie are in the club, and while Pacey is in the restroom, the other two order drinks and get hammered. And then they get up and sing the blues onstage.
A Weekend in the Country 3.12 – The gang comes together to help Joey impress the critic that stays at her newly opened Bed and Breakfast. By now, it’s pretty clear that Pacey has a thing for Joey. But it is also nice to see all her friends set their stuff aside and bond family-style. Her B&B turns out to be a big hit.
True Love 3.23 – Dawson’s parents get remarried, and Pacey prepares to leave on his boat trip. Also, after having spent the last few episodes fighting over Joey, Dawson finally “let’s her go” so she can be with Pacey. Joey and Pacey run away to the sea together. Yeah, I’m swooning. Deal with it.
Two Gentlemen of Capeside 4.3 – Pacey and Jen get lost at sea when a big storm moves in, somewhat unexpectedly. Dawson rescues them both. This is a great because Dawson and Pacey put aside their differences and stopped fighting and proved that even though they hate each other, they were still friends no matter what.
The Unusual Suspects 4.8 – Dawson, Pacey and Jack frame Drew by pulling the senior prank to end all senior pranks. This is another time when the two best friends put aside their hatred and come together to do something awesome. And the bonus is that no one was the wiser because they were still openly fighting.
Hotel New Hampshire 5.8 – After the tragic loss of his father, Dawson and Jen attend a film festival. Before his death, Dawson’s dad entered him into the film festival, and he ended up winning. Dawson was finally in a place of healing in this episode and not being sad about his father’s death, but feeling honored to have known him. I was thrilled when Dawson got out of that funk. But… he started dating Jen again.
Something Wild 5.11 – Joey and Audrey celebrate various accomplishments by going to a college bar/club. This marks another appearance by “other Joey.” She gets up on stage and sings her heart out, and kisses Charlie on a whim. Clearly college agrees with her, and she comes out of her shell a little more.
Downtown Crossing 5.15 – Joey gets mugged in Downtown Crossing on her way to see Professor Wilder after filming Dawson’s latest movie. The interesting thing about this episode is that Joey is the ONLY regular character in it. And even though she was attacked and mugged, she shows and incredible amount of compassion for the man who mugged her.
Spiderwebs 6.8 – The gang goes to a No Doubt concert. Because who doesn’t love a little shameless band promotion.
Clean and Sober 6.14 – Pacey and Jack have a party to celebrate their new big screen TV, and Audrey spends time in rehab with a visit from Dawson. If we had all forgotten how much Pacey loved Joey, it was painfully apparent in this episode. She lets loose and gets drunk, and he dotes on her. Fine. I’m swooning again.
Castaways 6.15 – Pacey and Joey get locked in a Kmart overnight. Yes. They are my favorite couple. And this episode lets us have a glimpse into what they are like as a couple with no other distractions, much like when they ran away to sea together.
Joey Potter and the Capeside Redemption 6.22 – Ever the problem-solver and fixer of the group, Joey gets the gang together and pulls major strings to help Dawson make his movie. I love ambition and her determination to see her friends all being friends again, after having drifted apart so far.
All Good Things Must Come to an End 6.22-24 – The series finale. Makes me cry every time. The gang reunites for Gail’s wedding to her new husband, but stay together when they find out Jen is sick and dying. Everyone is forced to deal with their own mortality and tie up all those loose ends they’ve left open for their entire lives. Spoilers: Dawson FINALLY gets his meeting with Spielberg, and Joey and Pacey finally end up together. This two-parter has me in tears for most of the time. Every single time.