Katie Holmes or Joey Potter is a headstrong, vibrant, wily, sultry, and decided go-getter. And yet, in a gloriously contradictory method, despite her tough-as-nails exterior demeanor, Joey's also a frail, typically unsure, emotionally sensitive, in-need-of-love particular person", stated the show's official book. Joey, named for Jo in Little Women, for years had been climbing in Dawson's bed room window and platonically sharing his bed. Joey's mother had died from cancer when Joey was thirteen and her father, Mike (Gareth Williams), was in prison for "conspiracy to traffic in marijuana in extra of 10,000 pounds." Her harried, single, and very pregnant sister, Bessie (Nina Repeta), about ten years older than Joey,[n 2] was elevating her whereas working the Ice Home restaurant, the place Joey worked as a waitress. Katie Holmes or Joey described as "type of an uptight fussbudget-one who's always snarled over doing the suitable thing and bungling-up methods to hook up with her crush and across the Dawson, creek neighbor.