Dawson's Creek: Season 1, Episode 12

Beauty Contest (12 May 1998)

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Joey asks Jen to help shed her tomboy image so she can enter a beauty competition to make something of herself, while Pacey decides to do the same much to the annoyance of the other female ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Evelyn 'Grams' Ryan (credit only)
Bessie Potter (credit only)
Hannah von Wenning
Cara Stoner ...
Roberta Crump
Marguerite Lowell ...
Mrs. Pennoyer
Robby Preddy ...
Pageant Sign-Up Lady
Girl Contestant
Contestant #1 (as Courtney Fendley)
G. Martin Eckhardt ...
Soundman / Cameraman


Joey asks Jen to help shed her tomboy image so she can enter a beauty competition to make something of herself, while Pacey decides to do the same much to the annoyance of the other female contenders. While Dawson covers the competition as his first news-run gig with his mother's assistance, Jen begins to regret her breakup with Dawson. Written by Anonymous

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Goddess in Black
13 November 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Another winner from the early days of Dawson's Creek. Also another winner for Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson - the former delivering (including, but not limited to) a heartbreaking subtext in her character's talent act scene, and the latter once again stealing scenes with his character's dry wit and hilarious talent act (every American beauty contest has a talent act, right?). Scriptwise, against these two, James Van Der Beek and Michelle Williams are in a lose-lose situation, but they do manage to deliver some of their best scenes in the first dozen of Dawson's Creek episodes.

There's also meat in the script, exposing beauty contests as what they really are: shallow and superficial. The sarcastically (I hope) clichéd talent acts of characters other than Joey and Pacey hit their target. Sadly, true classic status eludes this episode as writers come up with yet anew, improbable angle for the Jen-Dawson-Joey love triangle, changing Dawson from The Dumbest Guy Alive™ to... what? I don't know what to call him at this point. Yes, no viewer probably wasn't surprised at the end of the episode and the writers were under pressure to keep the series ticking, especially as these were just the days of the first season, but TV shows that have come after Dawson's Creek in TV history have proved that you don't *need* to prolong the inevitable if you're a *great* writer (or a particularly brave one). Still, 8/10 greatness.

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