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After a typical movie night, Joey tells Dawson’s (who have been best friends since the age of 6) that she doesn’t really think if it is possible for them to share the same bed and continue a platonic relationship now that they are going into high school. But her fears are put to rest when Jen, the granddaughter of Dawson’s neighbor, moves to town and Dawson becomes infatuated with her. Pacey, Dawson’s pal starts to fall for the new English teacher and drags the entire group to a movie he knows she will be attending. It is during the movie that Joey gets bitchy with Jen, noticing that Jen is moving in on Dawson; but there relationship is patched up at the end when Dawson and Joey share some intimate information…


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Tuesday January 20th, 1998

Director: Steve Miner
Writer: Kevin Williamson

Alternate Airdates:

United Kingdom Jan 20, 1998
Australia Jan 19, 1999

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (4 Votes cast)

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Flash
Guest Stars
Leann HunleyLeann Hunley
As Tamara Jacobs
Recurring
Mitchell LauranceMitchell Laurance
As Mr. Benjamin Gold
Recurring
Nicole NiethNicole Nieth
As Nellie Oleson
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Ed GradyEd Grady
As Gramps
Recurring
Evan KellyEvan Kelly
As Roger Fulford
George GaffneyGeorge Gaffney
As Bodie Wells
Rick ForresterRick Forrester
As Big Guy
Ted KingTed King
As Newscaster Bob
Main Cast
James Van Der Beek
As Dawson Leery
Katie Holmes
As Joey Potter
Joshua Jackson
As Pacey Witter
Michelle Williams
As Jen Lindley
Mary Beth Peil
As Evelyn 'Grams' Ryan
Nina Repeta
As Bessie Potter
Mary-Margaret Humes
As Gail Leery
John Wesley Shipp
As Mitch Leery
Episode Notes
Working Title: "Emotions in Motion'

This episode debuted with 4.2 million viewers - a record at the time for the WB.

Most of the scenes for this episode were filmed in Southport. Southport was also used in filming I Know What You Did Last Summer, which was written by episode writer and series creator Kevin Williamson.

Before the WB's change over to the CW, this episode was the last episode the WB aired.

This is the only episode in which George Gaffney guest stars as Bodie. In later episodes, Bodie is played by Obi Ndefo.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
BoDeansHey Pretty GirlPacey and Joey film on the dock
ChumbawambaTubthumpingNellie meets Jen
Jann ArdenGood MotherBessie puts lipstick on Joey
The PretendersI'll Stand By YouJoey makes her "walk the dog" comment
Say-SoMercy MeDawson, Jen and Joey in the school cafeteria
Sophie B. HawkinsAs I Lay Me DownJen and Dawson on the docks


Episode Quotes
Joey: I just don't think it's a good idea for me to sleep over anymore, you know?
Dawson: No, I don't know. C'mon, You've been sleeping over since you were seven. It's Saturday night.
Joey: Things change Dawson. Evolve.
Dawson: What are you talking about?
Joey: Sleeping in the same bed was fine when we were kids, but we're fifteen now.
Dawson: Yeah.
Joey: We start high school Monday.
Dawson: Yeah.
Joey: And I have breasts!
Dawson: What?
Joey: And you have genitalia.
Dawson: I've always had genitalia.
Joey: But there's more of it.
Dawson: How do you know?
Joey: Long fingers. I gotta go.

Pacey: (about Jen) You think she's a virgin? Wanna nail her?
Dawson: We just met!
Pacey: And a wasted moment it was. I mean greater men would be nailing right now, you know what I mean?
Dawson: Tact, look it up.

Dawson: I have a semi-quasi date with Jen tonight, we're going to the movies with Pacey and I need you come with us.
Joey: I'd rather go down in a plane crash.

Jen: I'll tell you what Grams. I'll go to church when you say the word penis.

Jen: Hey Joey, I love your lipstick. What shade is that?
Joey: Wicked Red. Uh, I love your hair color. What number is that?
Dawson: You'll have to excuse Joey, she was born in a barn.
Jen: That's okay. Uh Joey, I just do highlights.
Joey: So, uh, Jen, are you a virgin?
Dawson: That's mature!
Joey: Well 'cause Dawson's a virgin and two virgins really make for a clumsy first encounter don't you think?
Dawson: You're going to die
Joey: I just thought I'd help, you know, cut to the chase.
Jen: No it's okay Dawson. Yes I am a virgin. How about you Joey, are you a virgin?
Joey: Please, years ago. Trucker named Bubba.

Pacey: It's a crock. The truth is you're a well put together, knockout of a woman who's feeling a little insecure about hitting forty. So when a young, virile boy, such as myself flirts with you, you enjoy it. You entice it. You fantasize about what it would be like to be with that young boy on the verge of manhood. 'Cause it helps you stay feeling attractive. Makes the aging process a little more bearable. Well, let me tell you something. You blew it, lady. Because I'm the best sex you'll never have.
Ms. Jacobs: You're wrong about one thing, Pacey. You're not a boy.

Jen: Hmm. A long shot here. A Spielberg fan?
Dawson: Pretty much worship the man in a god-like way.

Joey: I just think our emerging hormones are destined to alter our relationship and I'm trying to limit the fallout.

Jen: And why movies? What's the attraction there?
Dawson: I reject reality.

Dawson: See I believe that all of the mysteries of the universe, all the answers to life's questions, can be found in a Spielberg film. It's a theory I've been working on. See, whenever I have a problem all I have to do is look to the right Spielberg movie and the answer is revealed.



Episode Goofs
Dawson claims Steven Spielberg never has sex scenes in his works. However, both The Color Purple and 1941 featured sex scenes.

Jen's bangs change lengths throughout the episode.

When Pacey and Dawson walk into Dawson's house, Pacey is wearing a different shirt than she does in later scenes at Dawson's house.



Cultural References
Dawson: Yeah. Jock quarterback by day, schizoprenic transvestite by night. That's what you call a Tori Spelling complex.

Tori Spelling is an actress best known for her role as Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210.

Dawson: Usually in the moring with Katie Couric.

At the time this episode aired, Katie Couric was the co-host of NBC's The Today Show.

Nellie: Hi, I'm Nellie Olsen.
Jen: Nellie as in Little House?

Nellie Olsen was a character on NBC's Little House on the Prairie.

Dawson: What is with this When Harry Met '80s crap?

When Harry Met Sally was a 1980s hit movie with the tagline "Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning?"



Other Episode Crew

CreatorKevin Williamson
Executive ProducerCharles Rosin  |  Paul Stupin  |  Kevin Williamson  |  Deborah Joy LeVine
ProducerSteve Miner  |  Greg Prange  |  Paul Marks
 
Warning: Dawson's Creek season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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