- ❝Welcome to the real world, Dawson, where the first person to stab you in the back is your best friend❞
CHEATERS NEVER PROSPER – Dawson (James Van Der Beek) is stunned when Eve (guest star Brittany Daniel) presents him with a sneak peak at the PSAT test and everyone is tempted to cheat including Joey (Katie Holmes), whose scholarship is dependent on her SAT scores, and Andie (Meredith Monroe), who is desperately fighting for acceptance to Harvard. But when the test is stolen, it's Pacey (Joshua Jackson) that Dawson accuses since he sees Pacey slipping back to his old ways. Meanwhile, Jack (Kerr Smith) is insistent that the football team is purposely beating him down because he is gay.
- 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
- John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery
- Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan
- ❝Well, if it isn't Inspector Get-A-Clueseau❞
- —Drunk Pacey to Dawson
- It is centered around the PSATs.
- Another example of Dawson, when he is in a pressured emotional state, lashing out at and demeaning Pacey, another example being at Dawson's 16th birthday party.
- This is the only time on the series Pacey and Dawson are seen physically fighting.
- absolutely (story of a girl) | NINE DAYS
- joey and dawson at the lockers
- swaying | TRAIN
- eve and dawson on the roof
- speak of the devil | CHRIS ISAAK
- pacey and joey at the harbour
- you won't see me cry | SUE MEDLEY
- pacey and joey after the fight
- from my head to my heart | EVAN AND JARON
- pacey and dawson make up