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Let's Remember The Episode Where Dawson Ugly-Cried

The day was May 24, 2000. The show was Dawson's Creek. The time was Ugly Cry Face Time.

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Let me take you back… The town is Capeside. The year is 2000. Peasant tops and flared jeans are just starting to become a thing.

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It's the Season 3 finale, in an episode titled "True Love." (LOL)

And the song is "I Don't Want To Wait" by Paula Cole.

Go ahead, press play, then close your eyes... Sing along... I don't wanna WAIT.

Yes, friends, welcome to DAWSON'S CREEK.

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The only people who matter in this town are Dawson Leery, Joey Potter, Pacey Witter, Jen Lindley, Grams, and Andie and Jack McPhee. This is important. Learn it. Live it.

You may remember that the episode starts with Dawson and Joey on a shopping trip (LOL), because Dawson's mom is getting remarried to her ex-husband (aka Dawsons' daddy).

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Joey has been asked to be the Maid of Honor because CAPESIDE.


Then there's pretty Pacey. He's threatening to leave for the summer on his boat. He's going to the Florida Keys, or something.

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He basically has a LOT of pants-feelings for Joey, and literally can't stay in Capeside if she's going to be there. Presumably because of the things happening in his pants.


After her whirlwind shopping spree, Joey's cruising home when beautiful Doug pulls her over. He explains that Pacey is peacing out, and she should probably stop him.


OK, now it's game time. Stop what you're doing. Take a deep breath, and let's get into the reason we're all here...

That's right. It's time for the best man speech that begins Dawson's slow unraveling into UGLY CRY FACE TIME.

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He raises a toast to his parents, and makes their speech about his own love life, because CAPESIDE.


BREATHE. Because they then have an INSANELY long and painfully awkward conversation about the fact that Joey wants pretty Pacey's D.

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And here is that convo... read if you wanna feel weird:

Dawson: Which is why you should turn around and go to Pacey.

Joey: What?

Dawson: Last year, you had the opportunity to go to Paris, and because of me, you didn't.

Joey: Dawson, that wasn't your fault.

Dawson: Yes, it was. l should've made you go. But l was selfish, and l didn't want you to go. l wanted you to stay here with me. And l refuse to make that mistake again.

Joey: Dawson, l mean, what if it's my choice? What if l want to stay?

Dawson: Joey, come on. Even l can see it. Pacey's this year's Paris.

And Dawson "WALL OF TEXT" Leery just keeps going, for like, 10 minutes.

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Even more awkward conversation:

Dawson: And this time, you have to go. You have to see for yourself. l can tell you it's a colossal mistake and all roads lead back to me, but it won't make a difference. Words and speeches sound great, but they don't add up to anything. All that matters right now is what you want.

Joey: l don't even know what l want.

Dawson: Yes, you do. You want him. You want him like l want you. You love him like l love you. The only difference is, he loves you back the same way. And you deserve that. And l'm not gonna be the one who stands in the way of you getting that. You're free. You can do whatever you want.

Joey: Yeah, but l want us to still be friends. l want to know that you don't hate me.

Dawson: Those are words, Joey. They're just words. Because after you're done dispensing your pleasantries here you're gonna turn around, and you're gonna walk away from me. Aren't you?

Joey: l have to. Otherwise, l'll never know.

Dawson: Just go.

Joey: Look, Dawson—