The Reluctant Hero is the 8th episode of Season 2 on WB teen drama 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
this is who I am | SHOOTER
hope | R.E.M.
celebrity skin | HOLE
got you (where I want you) | THE FLYS
acoustic #3 | GOO GOO DOLLS


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