The Scare is the 11th episode of Season 1 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


"SCREAM" WRITER KEVIN WILLIAMSON BRINGS HORROR TO CAPESIDE -- It's Friday the 13th in Capeside and Dawson (James Van Der Beek) revels in his infamous blood curdling practical jokes. Meanwhile, news hits the sleepy town that young women are being brutally murdered, and Jen (Michelle Williams) fears she might be the next victim when she receives a frightening anonymous phone call; and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) brings a peculiar woman (guest star Jennifer McComb), who does not know she is being stalked, to Dawson's where all guests have encounters of the scariest kind.


In honor of Friday the 13th, both the film and the date, Dawson plays practical jokes against everyone while he plans a séance for the gang to look up ghosts, until they are all spooked by reports of a serial killer heading towards Capeside. Meanwhile, Jen is asked out by a friendly jock, named Cliff, in which the date ends up at Dawson's house while Dawson, Joey, Pacey bring along a slightly-crazed young woman, named Ursula, who is running away from her psychotic boyfriend.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Mary Beth Peil as Evelyn Ryan

Guest starring

Jennifer McComb as Ursula
Scott Foley as Cliff Elliot[1]


Your bizarre mother complex is gonna get us all killed
—Joey to Pacey
JoeyFace it, Pacey, you have the worst taste in women
PaceyOh and that coming from you, it really hurts!
―Future predictions


  • Ursula tells Dawson that he and Joey are in love, but Dawson dismisses it
  • Jen and Dawson almost kiss, but Jen stops it
  • Jen breaks things off with Cliff


nobody cares | VAPORHEAD
will u drive me? | THE ROSENBERGS
do you dream? | MARY THORNTON
temptation | THE TEA PARTY


Notes and references

  1. Last appearance of Cliff