The Reluctant Hero is the 8th episode of Season 2 on Dawson's Creek.


CAN'T WIN FOR LOSING – Dawson (James Van Der Beek) 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 (Katie Holmes) continues to pull away, his dad (John Wesley Shipp) gets his own apartment and Jen (Michelle Williams) spirals out of control. Meanwhile, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) 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 (Meredith Monroe) belief in him is well-founded.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery

Special Guest Stars

Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee

Guest starring

Jason Behr as Chris Wolfe
Caroline Kava as Andrea McPhee


Jack, how do you know all these things that normal people don't know and you don't know things that normal people do?
I have tried. I have tried to live my life, just like you. I just don't have that, sort of... hope
—Jen to Dawson
I'm just not really used to hearing those words, 'I'm proud of you'
—Pacey to Andie


sitting with an angel | DANA MASE
dawson and jen hang out
this is who I am | SHOOTER
dawson and jen arrive at the party
hope | R.E.M.
chris talks to dawson
celebrity skin | HOLE
dawson sees the guys bring jen upstairs
got you (where I want you) | THE FLYS
dawson carries jen
acoustic #3 | GOO GOO DOLLS
dawson cares for jen


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