After a short summer romance in Capeside, Joey returns to Boston for a new school year. In the hallway she runs into Professor Greg Hetson, she immediately receives homework. Joey wants to prove herself at all cost and starts working, until a message from Dawson confuses her. Meanwhile Audrey also arrives in Boston. Pacey wants to get a job and luckily finds someone who can help him. Jen learns her parents want to get a divorce and Jack deals with a broken relationship.
Laura Doyle -- 1000 Questions, Sophie B. Hawkins
-- As I Lay Me Down, Melanie Doane -- Bionic, Jonah -- Found, Rose Falcon -- Fun, Anna Waronker
-- Goodbye, Joan Jett and The -- Love Is All Around, Kristin Hoffmann -- Mary, The Tom Kitt Band -- Road To You, Sci-Fi Lullaby -- Slide, Laura Doyle -- Your Love
Pacey and Jack become roomies. Dawson and Joey become closer then ever before untill she finds out that he has a girlfriend back in California.
Joey ignores good advice from Audrey and writes a letter to Dawson with her feelings. By the time she is done she was so tired she mailed it to the whole school in stead of Dawson. Meanwhile Pacey goes to work for the first time and notices everybody has already started.
Lee Hester -- Above All This, Sophie B. Hawkins
-- As I Lay Me Down, Casual Blue -- Blur, Kelly Brock
-- High On The Sunshine, Lee Hester -- Hold It Down, Laura Doyle -- I Love You So, Eli -- Now The News, Pop Unknown -- Tattoo Your Image (On The World), David Poe -- The Drifter, The Juliana Theory -- We're At The Top Of The World, Plankeye -- When It Comes
Dawson is confused when he finds himself wondering about Joey........and Natasha. Audrey gets herself attention from a new guy.
Rebecca Timmons -- Alive, Rubber Snake -- Amsterdam, Geller -- Judas, Moxie -- Just Like Me, Heavy Stud -- Over The Top, A-Delic Groove - Mr. Spike -- Spike, The Crash Poets -- Superstar, Beth Orton
-- Thinking About Tomorrow
Joey wants nothing but the truth from Eddie. Meanwhile, Audrey gets to be lead singer in Emma's band but Pacey is so busy with his job he ends up ignoring Audrey, again.
Schnockered -- Bye Bye Baby, Busy Philipps
-- California Dreamin, Catfight -- Frustrated, Busy Philipps
-- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Binge -- Lately, Heavy Stud -- On 2, Mike Freedman -- Only Human, Jonah -- Reunion, Brian Sullivan -- Spaceshot, Reed Foehl -- Turn Your Lights Down Low
Joey ends up "babysitting" Harley, Prof. Hetson's daughter. Dawson believes he is seeing a ghost while he is trying to put on a Halloween party for Todd.
Murderdolls -- 197666, Movie Scream Queen - Murderdolls -- B, Murderdolls -- Dead In Hollywood, Mr. Spike -- Hard Core, The Undecided -- Land Of Opportunity, Rob Zombie
-- Living Dead Girl, Murderdolls -- Love At First Fright, Josh Rouse -- Miracle, MxPx -- Move To Bremerton, The Kickovers -- Put Me On, Dislife -- Reverend Rider, Dead Poetic -- The Corporate Enthusiast
Audrey's friends think she may have a drinking problem after she gets really wasted before performing with Emma's band.
Nigel Mack -- Bad Girls, Kenny Greenberg -- Greasy Money, Annie Minogue -- Kind Of Girl, Azure Ray -- No Signs Of Pain, Walter "Wolfman" Washington -- On The Prowl, Busy Philipps
-- One Way Or Another, Alexi Murdoch
-- Orange Sky, JP -- The Seduction Of Mrs. Nielsen, Ali Handal -- While You're Here
The whole gang goes to a No Doubt concert. Joey AND Dawson spend their time with their new "close friends" while ignoring eachother. The big secret comes out to Pacey that while he was still with Audrey she slept with Jen's crush CJ.
Josh Zandman -- Beautiful, Pillbox -- Every Song On The Radio, Lake Boone -- Fall, No Doubt
-- Hella Good, Love Candy -- I Can't Let You Go, Nemochrome -- Just A Boy (For Now), No Doubt
-- Magic's In The Makeup, Anna Waronker
-- Peek, Fine Machine -- Right Here, Choo Choo La Rouge -- Say It Twice, Gina Young -- Supergirl, No Doubt
-- Underneath It All
Joey decides to spend the night with Eddie and then misses her important exam. Dawson is getting really jealous of the new actor flirting with Natasha.
River City Rebels -- Friday's Salvation, K.C. & The Sunshine Band -- Get Down Tonight, C60 -- Gone, Out of Eden
-- Good Time, 45 Dip -- Green Tomatoes, Life - Iffy -- Hi, Alice Peacock
-- Into The Light, No Knife -- Parting Shot, The Figgs -- Static, Reed Foehl -- The Remedy, Sister Sledge
-- We Are Family, Glenn Graham & -- Whispers From Heaven
The whole gang decides to go to Capeside to spend Christmas with Gail. Everyone's relationships fall apart.
Joey is confused about not hearing from Eddie since Christmas.
Brian Sullivan -- Crazy, Nemochrome -- Hole In Your Head, Colin Hay
-- How Long Will It Last, Phantom Planet
-- Lonely Day, Frou Frou -- Only Got One
Emma lets Audrey sing in her band again but still gets trashed right before the show starts so she messes up.
Chad Lawson Trio -- Are We There Yet?, Busy Philipps
-- Bad Times, Chad Lawson Trio -- Dear Dorothy, Jennie DeVoe -- Does She Walk On Water, Chad Lawson Trio -- Fair Sky In Wichita, Failsafe -- Kozy Claustrophobic, The Snaggs -- Lost At 22, Busy Philipps
-- Love Is All Around, Tommy Holmes -- One More Day, Jacobstone -- Prince Of The City, Loudermilk
-- Rock 'n' Roll & The Teenage Desperation, Kirsten Proffit -- Something I Can't Be, C60 -- Zombie Lincoln
Eddie, Joey and Audrey head for California to drop Audrey off at rehab.
MxPx -- Move To Bremerton, Heavy Stud -- Over The Top, Foo Fighters
-- Overdrive, The Gentlemen -- Sour Mash, Cornershop -- Staging The Plaguing Of The Raised Platform, Big Bad Bollocks -- Tidza, Wild Colonials -- True (With You)
In L.A. Dawson decides to see how Audrey is doing at rehab. Back in Boston Pacey decides to throw a party and very drunk Joey ends up telling her friend's old secrets to everyone at the party.
Red Chord -- Beacon Street, Schnockered -- Crazy, Moxie -- Don't Kiss Me Now, Heavy Stud -- Drop Out, Universal Honey
-- Find Yourself, Glen Echo -- Hole In My Heart, Joseph Arthur
-- Honey & The Moon, Lava Baby -- If I Didn't Have U, Annie Palmer -- My Friend, Choo Choo La Rouge -- Ragged Dick, Morella's Forest
-- Shining Stars, Jay Hansen Project -- Sometimes, The Donnas
-- Take It Off, Nemochrome -- Thanks Dave, The Andersons -- The Truth Is Out, Danny Blitz -- To Be Alone
Pacey and Joey get locked in a K-mart after closing.
Joey babysits for Harley and finds Patrick in her room.
Joey decides to be Pacey's secretary to make some extra money.
Songs: Frou Frou -- Hear Me Out, Straight Razor Seduction -- Over You, John Lardieri -- The Beautiful Ones, Cynthia Catania -- Without Sleep
Gram's reveals that she has breast cancer and Jen is crushed by the news.
The Dingees -- Chevy Malibu, Nancy Weisler -- Goodbye, Pete Yorn
-- Just Another, Shamra -- Paper Umbrella, Bob Schneider
-- Round And Round, Ballistic Edna -- She Will Return, Damien Rice
-- The Blower's Daughter
Dr. Drew and Adam come from Lovelines to the college to help them with their love and sex problems.
-- Jerk It Out, Grey Eye Glances -- Oh No, Marianne Faithfull
-- Sex With Strangers, Touch and Go -- Would You...?
Pacey looses all of Dawson's money on the stock market.
Songs: Katrina Carlson
-- Blue Streak Cadillac, Lamya -- East Of Anywhere, Nemochrome -- Just A Boy (For Now), Steve Tannen
-- Love In Vain, Brian Sullivan -- Promised, Crushing Velvet -- Radio, Buffalo Tom -- Soda Jerk
Pacey finally tells Dawson that the money is all gone. Dawson is totally crushed by the news and is not sure where to go from there. Jen invites her mother to Boston to tell her about Gram's cancer.
Joey tries everything she can to help Dawson make the movie even though all the money for it is gone. She recruits everyone to help.
Songs: Alexi Murdoch
-- Blue Mind, Phantom Planet
-- Nobody's Fault, The Wedding Present -- Pleasant Valley Sunday, Glen Echo -- Sins, A Girl Called Eddy -- Soundtrack Of Your Life, The Hollies
-- The Air That I Breathe, Red House Painters -- Void
[ Part I ]
The series finale finds the gang 5 years older and everyone is meeting up in Capeside for a wedding. Dawson is a director for a tv show called "The Creek". Jack is a Capeside school teacher in love with the town sherrif. Pacey re-opened the Ice House. Jen is a single mother still living with Grams. And Joey is a book editor living in NYC with her current boyfriend.
[ Part II ]
All the friends try to cope with the revealtion that one of them will pass away very soon. Jen rebuilds her bond between all of her friends, as well as gives her daughter some words of Wisdom. Jack continues to struggle with the curveballs life has thrown him, but starts to think positively about his future. Meanwhile, Joey is forced to choose once and for all between Pacey and Dawson, and finally realizes that the answer has been with her all this time...