Dawson's Creek

The WORST episodes of Dawson's Creek

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Four friends in a small coastal town help each other cope with adolescence.

Last Updated: 4/12/2022Network: The WB
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Rock Bottom
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6.81
86 votes

#1 - Rock Bottom

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/29/2003

Joey convinces Eddie to cross the country to take Audrey to rehab; Dawson discovers that directing in Hollywood will be more difficult than he thought.

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Lovelines (aka The Eddie)
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6.83
83 votes

#2 - Lovelines (aka The Eddie)

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/16/2003

Joey and Eddie's emotional and sexual relationship is played out on stage during a counseling center benefit. At the same event, Jack and David deal with the insecurities in their relationship, a sober Audrey returns to Boston, and Jen opens up to C.J. about Grams' cancer.

Directors: Joshua Jackson
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Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
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6.85
79 votes

#3 - Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/24/2002

Charlie's band lands a deal for a tour and Charlie asks Joey to go with him, but she doesn't want to leave college in the middle of the semester. Charlie then decides to quit the band and stay with her, which freaks Joey, who thinks they're jumping too many steps. She breaks up with him so he can go with his band on tour. Meanwhile, Oliver and Dawson finally get to NY to meet with an agent, but Oliver ruins the meeting. Dawson threats to end their partnership and begs for another chance. Civilization is sold and Alex Pearls takes over as the new manager. She promotes Pacey as head chef and fires Audrey. Pacey tries to get Audrey her job back, but all he gets is an inadvertent kiss from Alex.

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Catch-22
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6.85
81 votes

#4 - Catch-22

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/23/2003

Pacey learns he has lost Dawson's money in the stock market. Back at school, Eddie surprises Joey with a trip to Europe for the summer, but a fiery conversation about how differently they live their lives leaves both of them questioning their future together.

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All the Right Moves
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6.85
88 votes

#5 - All the Right Moves

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/22/2003

Joey follows Eddie to his family home where they face up to their true emotions and the obstacles they must overcome to be together. Back in Boston, Pacey is invited to an exclusive party where he receives a promotion and is recruited to be part of a special project but is tipped off that the project maybe not be ethical. Audrey returns from Los Angeles and is welcomed back into the band, but blows her chances by getting drunk just before taking the stage. (The WB)

Directors: Arlene Sanford
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Guerilla Filmmaking (1)
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6.92
83 votes

#6 - Guerilla Filmmaking (1)

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/6/2002

Directing Oliver's movie is not an easy task. First, Dawson has to deal with Audrey's (who took the leading part) complaints about Oliver's kissing skills. Then he has to recast the other lead role after watching the footage and discovering that Oliver stinks as an actor. Now they have to find someone who can act, is hot, charismatic in less then 6 hours. They can't think of anyone but Charlie, who fits the profile like a glove (for Jen's desperation). During the shooting Audrey has a crisis and locks herself in the bathroom because she kissed Pacey and felt like she was betraying her best. They have to call Joey (who was over at Professor Wilder's house to solve their issue) for help, and after her blessing Audrey is back on the set so they can finally finish the shooting. Meanwhile, Jack is fed up with his brothers and decides to move out of the fraternity house after he and Eric have a moment and later Eric accuses him of trying to kiss him to the other guys.

Directors: Julia Rask
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Everything Put Together Falls Apart
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6.92
75 votes

#7 - Everything Put Together Falls Apart

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/20/2002

Natasha is drawn to a handsome new actor who arrives to the set. Meanwhile, Joey spends the night at Eddie's apartment but misses Professor Heston's final exam. Pacey invites Emma to his office party and sparks between the two turn to passion.

Directors: Kerr Smith
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Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
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6.93
75 votes

#8 - Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/6/2002

Audrey gets drunk before her band performs and worries her friends, especially CJ who suspects a deeper problem. Meanwhile, Eddie and Joey agree to go on a real date; Pacey hits it off with a beautiful woman while on a business trip to New Orleans, and is shocked to discover that she's a call girl; and when Professor Freeman announces that he's leaving he and Jack have a heart-to-heart talk about their future.

Directors: Jason Moore
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After Hours
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6.94
82 votes

#9 - After Hours

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/1/2002

Pacey's new boss proposes more professionalism in the workplace and promises to leave behind her attraction towards him, even offering Audrey her job back. Audrey suspects something is going on between them and refuses to return to Civilization. Later, Alex drops by at Pacey's and Audrey walks on them talking about their kiss. She storms out in anger, leaving the future of their relationship unknown while Pacey struggles with the growing attraction he feels for Alex. Meanwhile, Dawson runs into Amy Lloyd, the movie critic, and they end up in bed together. After sex, they talk about movies and she lends him her movie. Joey and Jack focus on studies, and while she has problems concentrating, he has to catch up an entire semester and even goes back to the fraternity house asking for help. Luckily, Eric (the same guy that caused Jack his expulsion) shows up at Grams with the needed notes.

Directors: Mel Damski
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Living Dead Girl
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6.95
78 votes

#10 - Living Dead Girl

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/30/2002

When Dawson assists Todd in throwing a blow-out Halloween party, Todd and Natasha have Dawson believing he is seeing the ghost of a legendary film actress. Jen becomes suspicious about C.J., and Joey gets stuck taking Professor Heston's daughter to a haunted house with Eddie.

Directors: Les Sheldon
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Four Scary Stories
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6.95
82 votes

#11 - Four Scary Stories

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/12/2001

After watching scary movies, Joey, Pacey and Jack talk about their creepiest experiences and urban legends. Joey shares her story of how she was almost attacked by the librarian on Halloween and saved by the creepy man she was running from. Jack tells the story of when he was helping clean the frat house basement and found a guy strapped, who later he found out to be a ghost. Pacey reveals that he was chased by a black car while giving Karen a ride home, but there was nobody driving the car. Grams arrives and says she has the scariest story: the time when Jen got locked out of the radio booth.

Directors: Krishna Rao
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Spiderwebs
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6.95
86 votes

#12 - Spiderwebs

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/13/2002

Dawson comes through with No Doubt concert tickets, but he and Natasha's first public date ends in a brush with the law. Joey and Eddie have to sneak into the concert, while Pacey come to blows with CJ at the concert when it is revealed that he slept with Audrey.

Directors: Bethany Rooney
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The Abby
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6.96
77 votes

#13 - The Abby

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/8/2002

Pacey leads a revolt against Alex at Civilization. Dawson, Joey, and Audrey return to Capeside, leaving Audrey to wonder about their pasts. Joey decides to see her father for the first time since his latest incarceration, while Dawson finally pays a visit to his father's grave. Jack and Jen wonder how they'll spend the summer.

Directors: Michael Lange
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The Impostors
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6.96
80 votes

#14 - The Impostors

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/23/2002

Dawson's manages to 'get the girl' when a producer visits the "Wicked Dead" movie set to fire Natasha and close down production. Audrey is excited when asked to be the lead singer of Emma's band but is crushed when Pacey misses the gig. Joey demands the truth from Eddie.

Directors: Michael Lange
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Instant Karma!
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6.96
55 votes

#15 - Instant Karma!

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/16/2002

Dawson finds himself in an awkward situation when he is put between Joey and the intoxicated leading lady of his film. Audrey allows herself to be taken in by another man's charm.

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Downtown Crossing (2)
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6.98
84 votes

#16 - Downtown Crossing (2)

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/13/2002

Joey is held up and forced to clean up her account by a street mugger, who is accidentally run over by a car just after mugging Joey. The merciful girl from Capeside stands by her aggressor, checking up on him and trying to get an ambulance and get him to the hospital after seeing the similarities between him and her own father. When the cops and paramedics arrive, Joey faints and is taken to the hospital. After recovering, she accidentally meets the mugger's estranged wife and daughter. Joey stands by her dying mugger as she tries to learn more about her own father. After his death, she makes a choice of sparing the guy's little daughter's feelings by telling her he jumped in front of the car to save her life.

Directors: David Petrarca
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In a Lonely Place
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6.99
81 votes

#17 - In a Lonely Place

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/20/2002

Jen and Audrey are tempted to risk their new relationships with Dawson and Pacey after interviewing a couple of cute musicians. Meanwhile, Pacey's caught by surprise when he realizes Jack has taken him to a gay bar, and Dawson's curious upon seeing Joey's reaction when she catches Professor Wilder on a date.

Directors: Keith Samples
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Sleeping Arrangements
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7.00
87 votes

#18 - Sleeping Arrangements

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/23/2002

Dawson and Jen realize that living together is not as much fun as they hoped to be. Between ruined toothbrushes and bathroom overcrowding, they're getting on each other's nerves. Jen faces a new challenge at work after she turns her regular show into an advice show. She mainly gives advice to other girls with problems, and makes statements on men that hurt Dawson's feelings. She comes home expecting a fight, but Dawson surprises her saying he won't fight or lie or cheat on her. Meanwhile, Melanie (Pacey's summer flame) shows up offering Pacey a job working with her uncle's new boat around the Greek Islands. After a lot of thinking, Pacey decides not to go, since he has developed a successful life in Boston working at the Civilization. Jack moves into the fraternity house and gets his own room, but has some problems staying there after he discovers he was supposed to be rooming with another guy who felt uncomfortable living with a gay guy. And Joey decides to give Elliott Sawyer another

Directors: Mel Damski
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Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road
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7.01
83 votes

#19 - Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/30/2003

As Pacey struggles to tell Dawson about her costly investment debacle, Jen conspires to convince her mother to help Grandma face her battle with cancer.

Directors: Peter Kowalski
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Lost Weekend
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7.02
84 votes

#20 - Lost Weekend

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/17/2001

Pacey gets a job at a bar and meets an attractive Hispanic waitress named Karen. Although Karen has a very non-friendly boyfriend, that doesn't stop Pacey from feeling attracted to her. Dawson arrives to visit Joey, and is misled by Audrey when she decides to set her sights on him herself. Jen's compassion gets her to help Charlie and be on the college radio station.

Directors: David Petrarca
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Failing Down
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7.03
137 votes

#21 - Failing Down

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/11/2000

Joey is looking for a new job and gets one at the Yacht Club pretending to know a very affluent family. She is tricked by her boss's son, Dru, who discovers her lies. Mitch (no also a counselor at the school) tells Pacey he's not going to graduate unless he makes up for his bad grades. Pacey doesn't want Joey to know, but Mitch tells Dawson, who tells Joey, showing that he still cares about Pacey. Pacey and Joey have a fight, and Pacey admits he need help.

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Self-Reliance
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7.03
94 votes

#22 - Self-Reliance

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/20/2000

Joey can't find a moment alone to study or deal with her feelings. Dawson's collaboration with Brooks begins, rejuvenating his film making spirit. Jen takes Jack to a "Gay-Straight Coalition" meeting but she seems to fit in with the crowd more than Jack does.

Directors: David Petrarca
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The Kids Are Alright (1)
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7.04
85 votes

#23 - The Kids Are Alright (1)

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/2/2002

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.

Directors: Greg Prange
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Text, Lies and Videotape
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7.04
84 votes

#24 - Text, Lies and Videotape

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/21/2001

Jen helps Dawson go to the shrink he ran away from last week. Dawson still thinks that the whole idea of sharing his thoughts with a complete stranger is weird, but he is surprised with how much he learns from it. Back home, he has to handle the problem with his father will, which does not include Lily. Meanwhile, Joey is working on a project about old love letters written by an obscure writer, and with the help of Audrey's audition tape for "The Real World: Ibiza", she manages to catch something no one of the fellow students caught. Pacey confronts Karen about the risks she is taking for having an affair with Danny, and Karen is hurt when Danny's wife shows up at a dinner party and he blows her off completely.

Directors: Marita Grabiak
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Sex and Violence
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7.04
78 votes

#25 - Sex and Violence

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/2/2003

Joey agrees to be Pacey's temporary assistant but their mutual jealousy leads to disaster in the office. Dawson sells his idea for a coming-of-age movie, but when the studio wants to change it to a teen sex film, he must decide whether to stick with his original concept.

Directors: Frank Perl
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