Trivia: Because the weather was so bad, and it was raining for days, they had to keep putting off filming the Graduation scenes. The opening scene in this episode, the Practice Graduation was shot either the last day or the second to last day of filming because of the rain. All week long, the weather was awful and kept raining, which forced them to delay the Graduation scenes. (00:17:20)
Trivia: As Paul Stupin mentions in the Commentary for this episode; because Wilmington was so close to the ocean, the weather was constantly changing. When they talked to people on the crew; everyone down there seemed to know either someone whose house, shed, or garage was hit by lightning; or they knew someone who had been hit by lightning, mainly because of the wild weather, and the storms being so bad. (00:18:25)
Trivia: Originally, they were thinking of actually moving the show "Dawson's Creek" to another city in order to send off the main characters to Boston for College, etc. Cities considered as locations for College, etc. were Montreal, Vancouver, Baltimore, Austin, and San Diego. Baltimore ended up being the easiest city to 'fake as Boston'. But ultimately it was decided that it was simply too expensive to move the show; so they ended up sending their main characters to Boston, but actually keeping the show in Wilmington, NC and filming there during the 'College Years'.
Trivia: This episode where Joey and Pacey finally sleep together, was originally planned to be much later in the season. Looking at the broad story arcs planned for the season, the writers realized that there was no big event happening in the show during the earlier time period. Normally, something of great interest has to happen on a fairly regular basis during the season. So they moved the episode up in order to fill the gap.
Trivia: Originally Dawson's love interest for this Season had been planned to be Pacey's younger sister, but when they pitched the idea to the network, they hated it and thought it inappropriate. Therefore, the storyline was turned into Pacey's older sister Gretchen Witter. (00:08:45)
Trivia: During the 4th Season, there were a lot of parties in various episodes. Generally episodes were structured to have some sort of party or get-together in the 3rd or 4th act. This was done in order to intersect the various storylines in a realistic and visually interesting manner.
Trivia: During this scene, Dawson's parents give him a watch with an inscription for his graduation present. The inscription reads "If you will it, it is no dream" or something similar. Alan Cross, who wrote this scene, explains during the commentary that he originally intended to use a line from a Beatle's song "All You Need Is Love" for the inscription. But the show felt that although that would be appropriate for his parent's generation, they needed something more profound. So Alan bought a book of quotes, looked through them and finally ended up improvising the aired version of the inscription. (00:35:45)
Trivia: During this scene, Joey is giving her Graduation speech. At the end of the speech, she asks that everyone 'take a part of Capeside with them on their way through life'. Alan Cross wrote this speech, and Katie Holmes acted it about 99% of the original script. But she requested a slight change at the end. Originally, Alan had written the speech to be more personal about Joey, and end with her asking everyone to 'take a memory of me with you as you go through life'. But Katie Holmes felt that it shouldn't really be about her, but more about the spirit of the Community, the Class and the town of Capeside. So she had the speech changed at the end to say 'take Capeside with you wherever you go' instead. (00:41:30)
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