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Season 2 of American teen drama series Dawson's Creek was originally broadcast on The WB.

Synopsis

Joey and Dawson venture into new territory now that they've finally kissed, leaving Jen and Pacey feeling left out. Jen finds solace in returning to her destructive path – with Abby Morgan in tow. Pacey tries to forge a new beginning for himself, and new kids in town Jack and Andie McPhee try to find their place in a new town and may change the group forever.

Starring

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 (13 episodes)
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery (15 episodes)
Mary Beth Peil as Grams (9 episodes)
Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter (9 episodes)

Special Guest Stars

Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee (21 episodes)
New girl in town and Jack's younger sister
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee (20 episodes)
New guy in town and Andie's older brother
Monica Keena as Abby Morgan (12 episodes)
The ruthless bully at Capeside High who befriends Jen
Mädchen Amick as Nicole Kennedy (3 episodes)
A new film teacher at Capeside High School
Rachael Leigh Cook as Devon (3 episodes)
A film student, who's an aspiring actor
John Finn as John Witter (2 episodes)
Pacey's father
Leann Hunley as Tamara Jacobs (2 episodes)
A former English teacher and Pacey's ex

Recurring cast

Gareth Williams as Mike Potter (5 episodes)
Joey and Bessie's ex-con father
Jason Behr as Chris Wolfe (5 episodes)
Capeside High jock and school lothario

Guest starring

Eddie Mills as Ty Hicks (4 episodes)
Edmund J. Kearney as Mr. Peterson (3 episodes)
David Dukes as Joseph McPhee (2 episodes)
Ali Larter as Kristy Livingstone (2 episodes)
Caroline Kava as Andrea McPhee (2 episodes)
Tamara Taylor as Laura Weston (2 episodes)
Joe Flanigan as Vincent (2 episodes)
Brighton Hertford as Dina Wolfe ("The All-Nighter")
Nick Stabile as Colin Manchester ("Psychic Friends")
Katy Selverstone as Pam ("A Perfect Wedding")
Michele Scarabelli as Mrs. Morgan ("Abby Morgan, Rest In Peace")
Scott Denny as Tim McPhee ("Reunited")

Co-Starring

Richard K. Olsen as Mr. Milo (4 episodes)

Trivia

  • Creator Kevin Williamson, who left the show after this season, refers to Season 1 as Dawson's Creek with Season 2 as Pacey's Pond[1]
  • Meredith Monroe and Kerr Smith join the cast as recurring characters Andie and Jack, respectively, billed as special guest stars throughout the season.
  • The season consists of 22 episodes and was released on DVD on December 16, 2003.

Photos

Season 2/Gallery

Episodes

# episode written by airdate #
1 The Kiss Jon Harmon Feldman 7 OCTOBER 1998 14
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After the moment of truth when Dawson and Joey seal their passions with a kiss, tensions mount as the two are plagued with doubts and questions as to where to take the relationship. Meanwhile, Jen has difficulty understanding Grams' reaction to her grandfather's death, Pacey clashes with new Capeside High arrival Andie McPhee, and Mitch and Gale struggle to bring trust back into their marriage.
2 Crossroads Dana Baratta 14 OCTOBER 1998 15
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Dawson and Joey's newfound affection hits its first crossroad when Joey discovers that Dawson has invaded her personal privacy but he is too consumed with malice and torment by the horrible things he has unearthed to consider forgiving her. Meanwhile, when Pacey's childhood friends are too distracted by their own predicament to remember his all-important 16th birthday, he sets out to expand his horizons; and Abby convinces a downhearted Jen to unleash the wild side she hoped had been left behind in New York.
3 Alternative Lifestyles Mike White 21 OCTOBER 1998 16
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A class project pairing with Dawson provides Jen with the perfect opportunity to use her powers of seduction to draw him away from Joey; while Pacey's teaming with Andie finds them at each other's throats. Meanwhile, Mitch is doing his best to repress his anger towards Gale for her affair, but in desperation decides that an open marriage is the only way to get back what they've lost.
4 Tamara's Return Mike White 28 OCTOBER 1998 17
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When Joey pursues her natural gift as an artist, a chasm develops between her and Dawson as he can't relate to this new interest, while Jack displays a new side beyond his lack of waitering skills as a sensitive art lover. Meanwhile, Tamara Jacobs' unexpected return to Capeside throws Pacey for a major loop just as he and Andie discover a common ground and move past their sadistic sparring.
5 Full Moon Rising Dana Baratta 4 NOVEMBER 1998 18
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On edge because of the ominous full moon, Dawson and Joey's budding romance is overshadowed by the continuing deterioration of Mitch and Gale's marriage and Dawson's shattering discovery of his parents' Thursday night secret. Meanwhile, a promising first date is interrupted when Pacey gets a disturbing glimpse into Andie's home life, and Jen plays with fire when she dates a mysterious older man.
6 The Dance Jon Harmon Feldman 11 NOVEMBER 1998 19
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Joey's secret hangs heavy between her and Dawson as they reluctantly attend the Homecoming Dance along with Pacey, Andie, Jack and Jen, yet the dream of a perfect night ends in utter shambles. Back at the Leery home, Dawson is devastated when Mitch and Gale take the painful step of a trial separation.
7 The All-Nighter Greg Berlanti 18 NOVEMBER 1998 20
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On the eve of an English mid-term, Dawson, Joey, Pacey, Andie, Jen and the school stud are thrown together in an all-night cram session, but as night falls tempting distractions send the night spiralling out of control. A potentially fun study break turns ugly when a magazine "purity test" reveals hidden secrets.
8 The Reluctant Hero Darin Goldberg & Shelley Meals 25 NOVEMBER 1998 21
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Dawson movie wins a prestigious film festival award, but his first major accomplishment as a filmmaker is overshadowed by the disintegration of his personal life, as Joey continues to pull away, his dad gets his own apartment and Jen spirals out of control. Meanwhile, Pacey has nowhere to go but up after his guidance counselor paints a bleak picture of his future, but in a moment of crisis, a newly focused and inspired Pacey rises to the occasion and proves that Andie's belief in him is well-founded.
9 The Election Darin Goldberg & Shelley Meals 16 DECEMBER 1998 22
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Joey joins Andie and Pacey's crusade to bring decency back to politics in the sophomore class election. Meanwhile, Dawson, whose screenwriting is suffering from his adult perspective, hesitantly accepts Jen's tantalizing offer to help him experience the dark pain and exhilaration that comes with being a teenager, while Mitch and Gale use a plumbing emergency as an excuse to rekindle their amorous furniture fetish.
10 High Risk Behavior Jenny Bicks 13 JANUARY 1999 23
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As Dawson hashes out his entire relationship with Joey in his new script, his real life heats up as a collaboration with Jen on his new movie is thick with sexual tension that may inspire Dawson to act on impulse for once in his life. Meanwhile, Joey has graduated from fruit bowls to male nudes in art class, but may have bitten off more than she can chew when Jack accidentally ruins her classwork and offers to pose for her; and Pacey exposes his romantic side as he and Andie continue their delicate dance towards intimacy.
11 Sex, She Wrote Mike White & Greg Berlanti 20 JANUARY 1999 24
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Dawson's gripping video report on mysteries sets a high standard for English class excellence, but when Abby finds a sexy and intriguing yet unsigned discarded love letter, she will stop at nothing to solve the real-life mystery in Capeside. Meanwhile, Dawson's script rewrites lead to speculation that he is sleeping with Jen, while Joey and Jack deal with the repercussions from their artistic interlude, and Pacey inexplicably gives Andie the cold shoulder.
12 Uncharted Waters Dana Baratta & Mike White 27 JANUARY 1999 25
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A father-son fishing trip provides a forum for Dawson and Pacey to air their frustrations over their dysfunctional paternal relationships, and a last-minute addition to the crew has Dawson wishing he was back on dry land. Meanwhile, when the girls help Gale with a news piece on teenage trends, Jen and Joey dig to the core of their animosity towards each other, and an unhealthy dose of Abby's bitterness nearly turns "Ladies Night" into a full-fledged cat fight.
13 His Leading Lady Darin Goldberg & Shelley Meals 3 FEBRUARY 1999 26
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Dawson and Joey continue struggling to redefine their post-break up friendship, while Dawson desperately searches for a leading lady for his film who can capture Joey's distinct, unattainable style, but when he finally finds his girl, she may be more than he can handle. Meanwhile, Pacey tries to be supportive of Andie's precarious emotional state, but his earnest desire to help only places additional stress on her already full plate, and sparks fly when Jen befriends an intriguing stranger.
14 To Be or Not to Be... Greg Berlanti 10 FEBRUARY 1999 27
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In a compelling two-part episode, the Capeside High School gossip mill kicks into overdrive after Jack bears his soul in a English assignment and is forced to expose his innermost secrets while reading the poem aloud in class, leaving Dawson, Joey and Andie shaken by the implications of what it all means. Meanwhile, Pacey tries to defend Jack in the face of an adversarial teacher, and Jen finds her latest suitor Ty is full of surprises.
15 ...That Is the Question Kevin Williamson 17 FEBRUARY 1999 28
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On Dawson's advice, Joey attempts to heal the wounds of her new romance with Jack left shattered by rumor and innuendo, but when Jack confronts his innermost secrets, their lives and everyone's close to them will never be the same again. Meanwhile, for the first time in his life, Pacey stands up for what he believes in when he takes on an abusive teacher, but the consequences of his convictions are more than he could have imagined.
16 Be Careful What You Wish For Heidi Ferrer 3 MARCH 1999 29
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On the eve of Dawson's sixteenth birthday, Dawson, Pacey and Andie follow her therapist's advice and throw themselves into an unabashed night of recklessness and the blues. Meanwhile, back at the Leery house, Joey is organizing a surprise party for Dawson, but the longer the guest of honor is a no show, the more she is subject to surprises of her own; Jen and Ty face up to the their potentially irreconcilable differences; and Gale and Mitch come to decisions about how to raise their son in light of their separation.
17 Psychic Friends Dana Baratta 10 MARCH 1999 30
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Dawson's confidence as a filmmaker is shaken when his new teacher turns out to be a movie studio executive on sabbatical in Capeside and tells Dawson the painful truth about his amateur movie. The future is unsure for Joey as well, when a fortune teller advises her to be open to every new opportunity that crosses her path, and she stumbles into Colin, a gorgeous photographer who brings out Joey's free-spirited side during a wild photo shoot.
18 A Perfect Wedding Mike White 28 APRIL 1999 31
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Joey is distraught when her just-paroled father will be making his reintroduction into society by catering a posh wedding attended by all the bluebloods of Capeside, but the drama at the ceremony pales in comparison to the night's tragic end. Meanwhile, Dawson and his mom share a pep talk about her desire to win Mitch back, but Mitch's new squeeze Nicole stands in their way, while Abby and Jen decide to crash the wedding for a little excitement, and Pacey tries to put a chink in Andie's armor of cynicism.
19 Abby Morgan, Rest in Peace Mike White 5 MAY 1999 32
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The stunning news of the tragic death of a Capeside teen abruptly curtails Dawson and Joey's long-awaited reconciliation, and while they try to sort through their own feelings of loss, Jen is appalled by what she feels is blatant hypocrisy on the part of her mourning classmates. Meanwhile, Pacey is deeply concerned by Andie's drastic reaction to the accident, which triggers something in her about her dead brother.
20 Reunited Greg Berlanti 12 MAY 1999 33
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As an attempt to inject some much-needed spontaneity into their relationship, Dawson takes Joey to a fancy French restaurant, but the dining experience deteriorates into a farce when a reservation mix-up forces them to share a table with Mitch and his date Nicole, while Jen and Gale are having a girls' night out across the room. Meanwhile, Andie's deteriorating mental state has Pacey and Jack deeply concerned as she appears more and more disoriented and anxious, but are at a loss as to how to bring her back from the emotional edge.
21 Ch... Ch... Ch... Changes Dana Baratta 19 MAY 1999 34
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Dawson is floundering to come up with a proper interview subject for his film class final project, and infuriates Joey by dredging up her painful past and interviewing her father as an example of a man who has overcome tremendous odds by making a heroic life change. Meanwhile, Pacey's life gets turned upside-down when Mr. Joseph McPhee comes to town and announces that he is taking Andie and Jack back to Providence with him, while Jen begins making her own plans to leave town, feeling like she may have nowhere left to turn.
22 Parental Discretion Advised Greg Berlanti 26 MAY 1999 35
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When Dawson discovers that Joey's father is back to his drug-dealing ways, Dawson's decision of what's right for his friend over what's right for their friendship could tear her family apart and forever change his relationship with Joey. Meanwhile, for the first time in his life Pacey stands up to his father's painful abuse; Grams desperately tries to reconcile with Jen and bring her home; and Gale struggles over her desire to keep her family together.

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