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    Updated on Jun 11, 2019. Posted on Jul 22, 2016

    17 "Dawson's Creek" Moments That'll Still Leave You Emotionally Wrecked

    You're gonna want to grab some tissues for this one.

    1. When Pacey broke down to his drunk, passed out father:

    Pacey: [to his drunk, passed out father] So I guess this is as good a time as any to have that father/son talk.

    [Imitating his father]:
    So, How you doing in school, Pacey?

    [Himself]: Well, actually dad, I'm doing alright. You know, I'm really turning things around. Turns out I'm pretty smart. Maybe I'm college bound.

    [Imitating his father]:
    Good man, Pacey, I always knew you'd turn out to be something. How the ladies treating you?

    [Himself]: Well, I met this woman.

    [Imitating his father]: Is she cute?

    [Himself]: Cute? Man, Andie's beautiful. She's smart, she's funny. Tell you, this girl's really something special, dad. Whatever reason, she seems to think I'm pretty special, too. So why can't you see that? What can't you see me? When did you give up on me, when I was five? Ten, twelve? I'm sixteen years old, dad! And I'm here and I'm not perfect, dad, but I try so hard for you! I just... And it's your job! It is your job to love me, no matter who I am or what I become! Because you're my father. You're my dad. You're supposed to love me, you son of bitch. I can't do this by myself.

    2. When Jack came out to his father:

    Jack's dad: You are not gay!

    Jack: Yes, I am! You know it. I see how you look at me — and I know you know. And as hard as you've tried to stamp it out or to ignore it, I've tried harder. I've tried harder than you, to be quiet, and to forget, and to not bother my family with my problem. But I can't try anymore because it hurts. I'm sorry, Dad. Andie, I'm sorry. I don't want to be going through this. But I am.

    3. When Joey finally kissed Pacey first:

    Pacey: I can't keep on kissing you, alright? I've done it twice now. I can't always be the one who's initiating this, I can't be the one who's always giving you the answers. Look at me, Joey.

    Joey: I can't.

    Pacey: Please? If you felt even one shred of what I feel for you then we wouldn't be standing here having this conversation.

    Joey: [She grabs his hand as he's leaving] Pacey... [They kiss]

    4. When Pacey ~remembered~:

    Pacey: See this? This is you. It's not showy or gaudy. It's simple. Elegant. Beautiful.

    Joey: It's my mom's bracelet.

    Pacey: I know.

    Joey: How do you know?

    Pacey: Well, because you told me. Six months ago. You were wearing that blue sweater with the snowflakes that you have. You were walking down the hallway at school. I was annoying you as per usual. You said, "Look, Pacey, I just found my mother's bracelet this morning, so why don't you cut me some slack?"

    Joey: You remember that?

    Pacey: I remember everything.

    5. When Pacey bought Joey a wall to paint on:

    Joey: You bought me a wall?

    Pacey: Not bought. Rented. And this thing didn't come cheap either. It cost me a hundred bucks.

    Joey: You bought me a wall?!

    Pacey: You said that already. Look, it's a limited time offer, so you should get cracking.

    Joey: Pacey, did you fail to notice the size of this thing?

    Pacey: Well I just thought your next endeavor should be bigger and better than your last one. It's important that you keep on growing both as a person and as an artist. Now I also got you this [holds up a can of paint] and I know it's not going to cover the whole thing, but as the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

    Joey: Well I'm going to need your help on this one.

    Pacey: Ha, no no no no, not this time, you're on your own this time, sister.

    Joey: Pacey, you're unbelievable, I mean as soon as I think I've got you all figured out, you go and you do something so outrageous that completely challenges me in a way that no one else would even think of that. In case I don't say it enough, thank you.

    Pacey: It's about time, Potter. It's about time.

    6. When Jack worried that because he's gay, he'll always be alone:

    Jack: I'm... I'm scared.

    Jen: What are you scared of?

    Jack: I'm scared that I'm gonna end up alone. I'm scared that I'm always gonna be someone's friend or brother or confidant but never quite... someone's everything. Mostly I'm scared I'm never gonna meet a guy that I love half as much as I love you.

    7. When Grams stood up for Jack:

    Grams: What I have to say is not directed at you, Jen, what I have to say is for Tyson. If Jack is gay, he does not need your judgement, young man. The Lord above will judge him, as he will all of us. What he needs from you, from me, from everyone else in this world is love and tolerance. If anything, that boy is feeling scared and alone and he will need the understanding of his fellow man to help him through this. Let's save judgement for someone much more experienced than you.

    8. When Jack made a solid point about a parent's love for their children:

    Jack: Look, I often wonder how my mom would act if she was aware of what was happening to me if she was capable of comprehending it. I don't think she'd have a problem with it because my mom loves me for the best reason possible: no reason at all. Because that's the way our parents should love us, Jen. Unconditionally. Sadly, most parents don't. But as much as it hurts... it's worse for them. It is worse to be incapable of loving than to not be loved.

    9. When Jack's father finally accepted his gay son:

    Jack: I can't keep going through this. It's like having all the problems of a typical teenager, and there's this whole other level of constant fear... And pain. Do you know the anguish I went through over a kiss? One stupid little kiss? Most people don't have to do that!

    Jack's dad: You're right. They don't.

    Jack: Then why me? I don't want to be different. I didn't ask to be gay.

    Jack's dad: No more than I asked for a gay son... But, boy, am I glad I got one.

    Jack: You don't mean that.

    Jack's dad: Yeah. I do.

    10. When Pacey just wanted Joey to be happy and let her "off the hook":

    Pacey: I love you. I have always, always loved you, but our timing has just never been right. And the way I figure it, time is no man's friend. Well, I have to get right with that and be happy now. Because this is it, this is all we got. If there's one thing that I've learned from losing Jen, that's what I've learned.

    Joey: Pace, I...

    Pacey: Actually, hold on, I'm not done yet because I also want for you to be happy. So I want you to be with someone, whether it be Dawson or New York guy or some man you haven't even met yet, but I want you to be with someone who can be a part of the life that you want for yourself. I want you to be with someone who makes you feel the way I feel when I'm with you. So, I guess the point of this long run-on sentence that's been the last 10 years of our lives is that the simple act of being in love with you is enough for me. So you're off the hook.

    11. When Dawson told his little sister what a soulmate is based off his and Joey's friendship:

    Lilly: What's a soulmate?

    Dawson: It's uh... Well, it's like a best friend, but more. It's the one person in the world that knows you better than anyone else. It's someone who makes you a better person. Actually, they don't make you a better person, you do that yourself because they inspire you. A soul mate is someone who you carry with you forever. It's the one person who knew you and accepted you and believed in you before anyone else did or when no one else would. And no matter what happens, you'll always love her. Nothing can ever change that.

    12. And when it became clear Dawson and Joey WERE soulmates, just not that kind of soulmates:

    Dawson: In some unearthly way, it's always gonna be you and me.

    Joey: It's always.

    Dawson: What we have goes beyond friendship, beyond lovers. It's forever.

    Joey: Yes it is. I love you, Dawson.

    Dawson: I love you too, Joey.

    Lilly Leery: [Alexander climbing a ladder and Lily standing at a window in the Leery house. Reminiscent of Joey and Dawson's childhood] Come on Alexander, only a few more steps, you can do it!

    Joey: You and me always.

    Dawson: Always.

    13. When Jen filmed her message to her daughter before she died:


    Jen: Hi, Amy, it’s mom. Well, by the time you see this, I won’t be here anymore, and I know how much that sucks, for both of us. So seeing as how I won’t be around to thoroughly annoy you, I thought I would give you a little list of the things that I wish for you. Well, there’s the obvious. An education. Family. Friends. And a life that is full of the unexpected. Be sure to make mistakes. Make a lot of them, because there’s no better way to learn and to grow, all right? And, um, I want you to spend a lot of time at the ocean, because the ocean forces you to dream, and I insist that you, my girl, be a dreamer.

    God. I’ve never really believed in God. In fact, I’ve spent a lot of time and energy trying to disprove that god exists. But I hope that you are able to believe in God, because the thing that I’ve come to realize, sweetheart… is that it just doesn’t matter if god exists or not. The important thing is for you to believe in something, because I promise you that that belief will keep you warm at night, and I want you to feel safe always.

    And then there’s love. I want you to love to the tips of your fingers, and when you find that love, wherever you find it, whoever you choose, don’t run away from it. But you don’t have to chase after it either. You just be patient, and it’ll come to you, I promise, and when you least expect it, like you, like spending the best year of my life with the sweetest and the smartest and the most beautiful baby girl in the world. You don’t be afraid, sweetheart. And remember, to love is to live.

    14. When Pacey and Jen shared their final scene together:

    Jen: Oh, god, I hate this. I'm so angry. I'm so angry. I don't want to do this. I don't want to... die. I hate this. Remind me to never do it again.

    Pacey: It's not funny.

    Jen: I'm losing my sense of humor here, Pace. I don't want to leave my daughter. I don't want to leave her alone.

    Pacey: We will not leave your daughter alone I promise you that. Saturday night has me and Amy’s name written all over it, ok? We will take care of your baby. I promise you. Oh, my god.

    15. When Jack told Jen she's his soulmate after asking if he could raise her daughter:

    Jack: Jen I want her. I want her. I don't know what you and Grams have discussed.

    Jen: Grams is aware of her own situation, her health and all. We both think that you would make an excellent father. Now Jack, please help Amy to find a place to be. I feel like I never really quite fit in.

    Jack: Which is why we're us.

    Jen: I know. I mean from the second that I stepped out of that cab onto the creek I was the instigator, you know, the girl who caused problems and rocked the creek and upset the delicate emotional balance of Capeside and I don't want Amy to be that person. I want her to belong, I feel like I never really did.

    Jack: Jen. You belong... you belong to me. Don't you get it? You're my soulmate. Amy's gonna know love, every day of her life she is gonna know how much her mother loved her. I'm gonna see to that. Ok?

    16. When Grams immediately knew:

    Grams: I'll see you soon, child.

    17. And when these two ended up together and everything was perfect:

    Joey: Are those tears? Are you crying?



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