In a world where the people who raise you end up letting you down, it's an honour and a privilege to have you guys to turn to
—Dawson to the gang
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is the 8th episode of Season 3 of Dawson's Creek.


A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY THANKSGIVING – When Jen's (Michelle Williams) mom (guest star Mel Harris, "thirtysomething") unexpectedly arrives in Capeside on Thanksgiving morning, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) confronts her about her secret past, and makes a decision to help bridge the gap between the estranged mother and daughter. Meanwhile, Jen continues to pursue a new type of friendship with Pacey (Joshua Jackson), and Mitch (John Wesley Shipp) and Gale (Mary-Margaret Humes) make known the future of the Leery family.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee
Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gale Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan
Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter

Special Guest Star

Mel Harris as Helen Lindley[1]


Well, wake up and smell the sanctimony, Mom
—Pacey when Jen tells him her mom's secret
When you come to see your parents as human beings with their own problems it's, oddly, kind of liberating. When you realize they're way more messed up than you are, it's not worth your time or energy to go on despising them for it
—Pacey consoling Jen about her mother


  • Jen's mother reveals that she got pregnant and gave up the child. She does not tell Jen that it was Eve.


beginner's luck | ARIEL'S WORM
Pacey + Jen shopping
america | BREE SHARP
dawson and gail kitchen
17 again | EURYTHMICS
everyone arrives
better than anyone | MARY BETH MAZIARZ
jen & grams on the stairs/andie and joey on the porch
getting over you | JANIS IAN
everyone saying grace
that I would be good | ALANIS MORISSETTE
pacey comforts jen


Notes and references

  1. First appearance on the series of Jen's mother and Grams' daughter, Helen Lindley
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