Continuity mistake: When Jack is talking to Professor Freeman outside the book signing, there is a close-up shot of the Professor with a noticable strand of hair hanging off his right forehead. The next shot of him shows the hair smoothed, and the strand back into position. He didn't touch the hair, and his arms were down by his side the entire time. (00:24:15)
Revealing mistake: When Joey hands the reporter the cup of coffee in Pacey's office, you can tell the cup is empty. It tilts to one side, and is behaving as if very light without any fluid in it. Joey pretends to pour cream into the cup, implying there is already coffee inside. But the way the cup tilts in the reporter's hand, it's obvious it's actually empty.
Continuity mistake: When Joey and Dawson are talking at her house before the party, there is a shot of Joey with her hair swept back behind her right shoulder, and the ends curled up as if blown by the wind. She says, "Doing what?" Then the next shot of Joey, as she says "I know," her hair is suddenly completely down around her face, in front of both shoulders, and not curled up on the ends or wind blown. Then the next shot of Joey when she says, "Oh it was nothing, it was great," her hair is once again swept back behind her right shoulder, and curled up on the ends from the wind.
Factual error: When Joey is talking to the Professor, he mentions that her Birthday is the next day. Dawson also helps Joey celebrate her Birthday early at Midnight that night. Clearly this is some time in early Fall, when the Semester first starts at Worthington; probably August or September. But during the Season 5 Finale, Bessie hands Joey her Passport which has Joey's Birthday listed as May 13, 1983. Also, in previous years of the show, Joey's Birthday was never shown to be in the Fall. She didn't even start learning to drive until later in Season 3. (00:07:40)
Plot hole: Joey tells AJ that her Mother used to read "Little Women" to her, and in fact named her 'Josephine' because "Little Women" was her favorite book. But in a previous episode when Joey and Dawson visit her Mother's grave, the gravestone has printed 'Lillian Josephine Potter', meaning her Mother already had Josephine as her middle name. So naming Joey 'Josephine' wasn't only because of the book "Little Women"; her Mother more likely named her that because it was her middle name.
Continuity mistake: In the beginning of this episode, we see Jen and Dawson going into the kitchen where Jen gives him his "back to school' gifts for Film School. As Jen slides across the front of the kitchen counter in her pajamas, her back is to us and she bends slightly forward. Right at this point you can see a real tattoo on the lower back of Michelle Williams, the Actress. This view lasts for a few seconds as she moves into position at the counter. This same tattoo was air-brushed out from a previous episode. During Season 4 Episode 22 "The Graduate" (00-08-49 run time); there is a scene where Jen is wearing pajamas and bending over with her back to us, helping Drue Valentine through her bedroom window. At this point her lower back tattoo was showing, and the Executive Producer mentioned that they had to airbrush it out as they felt it wasn't appropriate for her character Jen. I guess in this Season 5 episode in the kitchen; they either didn't notice her tattoo showing, or chose to ignore it. But it is visible if you watch closely. (00:00:20)
Continuity mistake: At the end of the episode, Joey and Charlie are talking in the pup tent in the living room in the morning. As Charlie says, "I must have lost my touch." Joey is facing him with her hair hanging in front of her left ear and down around her face. But the next shot of Joey as she says "I don't think so"; suddenly her hair is tucked behind her left ear and away from her face. There was no movement of her hand to touch her hair in between shots.
Plot hole: After Drue has spent the night at Jen's house, Grams explains to Jen that she had a nice talk with Drue right after Jen left for school. But this doesn't make sense, because why would Jen have to be at school a certain time, and Drue not go to school at the same time or at all? His attendance at school would have been required as well.
Continuity mistake: At the very end of the episode, when Joey and Pacey are sailing out into the sunset the sky keeps changing between shots. When they are first setting off, it's earlier in the day with bright sun and a cloudless sky. The sun appears at a high angle. The next shot, as they sail further the sky is suddenly full of clouds and it's almost sunset, with the sun lower in the sky. The final shot after that, the sky is still cloudy and in sunset hues as the sun appears just over the horizon about to set. Obviously these shots were taken at different times of the day, although they appear to be right after each other in the show.
Factual error: When Harley talks Joey into calling Eddy's parent's home in Worcester, Joey picks up the old dorm phone that has a handset cord attached. This doesn't make sense, because since Joey is calling long-distance to Worcester she would be more likely to use her cell phone which probably has a pre-paid plan. The old black phones are standard land lines, that come in the dorms; but the roommates both have cells and they also have a more modern wall phone.
Plot hole: This scene reveals that Joey has brought Dawson a special gift from her sailing trip with Pacey. It's a brick from the foundation of Ernest Hemingway's home in the Florida Keys, symbolic to 'build the foundation of a friendship' between her and Dawson. In reality, it's highly unlikely that anyone would have allowed Joey to damage a foundation wall by prying out a large-sized brick; and steal it from the premises of a famous, historic home and landmark. (00:36:15)
Revealing mistake: This scene of Dawson and Joey in the parking lot of the "Dive-In" was not really filmed in the same location. The show only had the location of the "Dive-In" for a limited time, and had to film all other related scenes in the parking lot of the studio in Wilmington, NC. Any scenes that don't show water in the background; and are just palm trees, lighting etc. were actually shot several weeks later in the parking lot, which was recreated to be part of the beach at the "Dive-In". (00:33:30)
Continuity mistake: When Jen and Grams are arguing in the kitchen, Jen says "Why don't you donate to someone who cares". At this point, Jen turns to face away from Grams. But the next shot shows Jen suddenly turned towards Grams, facing her. Later in the scene when Grams says "Why don't you take the time to fill out a couple of your college applications", Jen is turned towards Grams. But the next shot suddenly Jen is facing away from Grams again. Apparently this scene were filmed two separate times, and edited together.
Continuity mistake: At the end of the episode, Joey and Pacey are repainting over the ruined mural with light blue paint. Joey starts to paint a small section of the wall with her roller. Dawson then comes out of a room, and glances down the hallway to see them both painting. But Joey's patch of light blue paint at this point is suddenly much larger. It doesn't seem realistic that Joey would have been able to paint that much more of the wall, in the short amount of time elapsed.
Plot hole: Dawson and Audrey are planning to fly to LA together, and he already mentioned to Audrey that he needs to stay at her family home for awhile. But then at the end of the episode; Pacey talks Audrey into driving to LA with him, and Dawson is left to fly to LA by himself. Wouldn't this make for a very awkward situation if Dawson flew to LA a few days before Audrey arrived by car, and had to stay with her parents completely by himself having never met them before? Doesn't seem like something Dawson would do.
Continuity mistake: This episode shows a full day's events repeatedly in 4 separate segments, and it appears they reused the same scenes and dialogues. But there are noticable differences between Act 3 and Act 4. At the end of Act 3, when Dawson confronts Joey and Pacey about their relationship; he says to William and Andie, "Better yet, ask Joey. Ask her how long [she's] been lying to me and to you." During this same scene in Act 4, Dawsons varies it slightly: "Better yet, Ask Joey. Ask her how long [the two of them] have been lying to you and to me." He also switches 'you and me' interchangeably. Act 3, Dawson further says, "Go ahead ask them, because I can't [stand to look at them]." But in Act 4, he changes it to "Go ahead ask them, because I can't [even stand to look at them anymore]." The way these two scenes were shot varies also. During Act 3, when Dawson is finished talking he storms back into his house, and makes it inside the inner front door alone. But in Act 4, Dawson starts running back into his house with Joey following close behind him, so that she is in the frame when he reaches the inner front door.
Plot hole: When Pacey and Joey are unloading the groceries from the car for her party, Pacey makes a remark that he has to go to Joey's garage to get a dolly to haul in the charcoal. But Joey's house doesn't have a garage. During the entire series; there has never been a visible garage on their property, and the large blue truck is always parked out front in the open.