Though they have all left Capeside for school and beyond, things between Joey, Dawson, Jen, Jack, and Pacey remain unsettled.
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Dawson's trip to Boston is undercut by Joey's grim phone message; Jen decides to give romance a chance.
Dawson finds his dad won't support his decision to drop out of film school; Joey learns of Pacey's presence in Boston.
As Dawson takes on the responsibility of holding the family together following his dad's death, his friends all look for ways they can help ease the pain.
Jen solicits four scary stories during her Halloween night stint as a substitute DJ at the campus radio station.
With his mom's encouragement, Dawson accepts Joey's offer to visit Boston. Nervously preparing for Dawson's arrival, Joey learns that her English professor, David Wilder, has selected her for an important and prestigious assignment.
While in Boston to see a psychiatrist about his anxiety attacks, Dawson finds that his friends' lives are in turmoil, too.
As Dawson begins therapy, Joey looks for the self-confidence to voice her opinions, while Pacey discovers the truth behind Danny's affair.
As Joey and Audrey join Jack and his friends at a fraternity formal, Dawson invites Jen to join him for a weekend in New Hampshire.
Dawson and Jen return home to an unexpected dinner party where their new relationship is suddenly unveiled.
Jen tries to convince Dawson to move to Boston, while Joey, Pacey, and Audrey team up for a night to celebrate their respective achievements.
As Pacey must choose between a new passion and an old one, Dawson and Jen try to find a balance in their new relationship; Jack discovers that he is not quite as welcome at the fraternity as he once thought.
As Dawson starts film school, Jen's new-found happiness jeopardizes her radio show; Joey finds herself with two dinner dates and a difficult choice to make.
As Dawson struggles to direct a classmate's script, Joey confronts her own feelings about Professor Wilder.
Joey helps a mugger who robbed her just before he was hit by a car.
As Joey is forced to face up to her feelings for Professor Wilder, Jen and Pacey get some unexpected advice on romance from a pair of touring musicians.
As Audrey and Pacey join Joey for a road trip to perform with Charlie's band, Dawson's return to Capeside reveals some new information about his mom's life -- and his own romance with Jen.
After screening his new film for Joey, Dawson is surprised - and upset - to learn that Oliver has organized a public screening without asking him first. As they struggle to get acceptable edited version, Oliver asks for Dawson's approval and advice on how to court Jen.
As a Spring Break trip to Florida forces Pacey and Audrey to admit their true feelings for each other, Joey must decide how to handle a very persistent Charlie.
As a tour for Charlie's band leaves Joey facing a big decision, Pacey and Audrey find that the restaurant's new ownership will mean big changes for both of them.
As Pacey tries fighting off the temptations offered by Alex, a study break leads Dawson into the bed with local film critic.
As their freshman year at Worthington draws to a close, Audrey finagles an invitation to spend a few days in Capeside, while Joey learns that a short story she wrote for David Wilder's class has been included in the school's annual literary review. And as Dawson and Oliver are invited to spend their summer working under a Hollywood film producer, Jen and Jack plan for a summertime adventure of their own. In preparation for an important investor's luncheon, Alex turns up the heat on Pacey and the rest of the restaurant's staff. But when her surly behavior gets to be more than anyone can bear, Pacey organizes the staff in a walkout on the day of the luncheon, leaving the tempestuous Alex in a jam.
All the best-laid summer vacation plans are thrown into disarray as everyone collides at the airport.