6. Stolen Kisses, Season 3, Episode 19
Dawson, Joey, Andie (Meredith Monroe), Pacey, and his friend Will Krudski (Rodney Scott) go on a trip to see Dawson’s aunt Gwen (Julie Bowen). It becomes a trip down memory lane for Dawson and Joey, but it’s full of tension as Pacey and Joey try to forget their secret kiss and just be friends.
This is an important Dawson’s Creek episode because it introduces Will, who was used to start the Dawson’s Creek spin-off series Young Americans, which also starred Ian Somerhalder, Katherine Moennig, and Kate Bosworth. But the real reason this is an important episode is it ends with Joey and Pacey confessing their true feelings for each other and deciding to act on them, setting the show down a completely new path.