Full Moon Rising is the 5th episode on Season 2 of Dawson's Creek.


BLAME IT ON THE MOON – On edge because of the ominous full moon, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey's (Katie Holmes) budding romance is overshadowed by the continuing deterioration of Mitch (John Wesley Shipp) and Gale's (Mary-Margaret Humes) marriage and Dawson's shattering discovery of his parents' Thursday night secret. Meanwhile, a promising first date is interrupted when Pacey (Joshua Jackson) gets a disturbing glimpse into Andie's (Meredith Monroe) home life, and Jen (Michelle Williams) plays with fire when she dates a mysterious older man (guest star Joe Flanigan).


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gale Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan

Special Guest Stars

Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee
Monica Keena as Abby Morgan
Leann Hunley as Tamara Jacobs[1]

Guest starring

Joe Flanigan as Vincent
Caroline Kava as Andrea McPhee[2]


The poem left by the mysterious guest at the S.S. Icehouse, read by Joey:

by moonlight many years ago
my true love did I know
by that moon I begged her wake
but that night did she go
young lovers – heed my word!
don't squander love away
the moon is changing ever still
soon comes the light of day


  • Jack and Andie had an older brother named Tim, who was killed in a car accident in November 1997
  • Jen tries to return to her New York behaviour, but it's obvious she can't.
  • Andie and Pacey plan a first date.


catch the moon | MARC JORDAN
joey sketches at the ice house
secret smile | SEMISONIC
jen and vincent
hands | JEWEL
end montage sadness

Notes and references

  1. Last appearance of Tamara on the series
  2. First appearance of Andie and Jack's mother
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