❝ Lots of things in life suck, Pacey! That's why it's my job to prepare you for that inevitability ❞
—Pacey's dad

Uncharted Waters is the 12th episode of Season 2 of Dawson's Creek.


DON'T ROCK THE BOAT – A father-son fishing trip provides a forum for Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) 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 (Mary-Margaret Humes) with a news piece on teenage trends, Jen (Michelle Williams) and Joey (Katie Holmes) dig to the core of their animosity towards each other, and an unhealthy dose of Abby's (Monica Keena) bitterness nearly turns "Ladies Night" into a full-fledged cat fight.


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
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery

Special Guest Stars

Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee
Monica Keena as Abby Morgan
John Finn as John Witter[1]


Michael Hess as Perry
Deborah Hobart as Mrs. Morgan


❝ I know it's not the same, but there are other people in your life who recognize and respect your talent and intelligence. One of them is standing right in front of you. The other one is probably sitting in her bedroom having a perky coronary in anticipation of your return from sea ❞


  • Jack and Andie's dad has left his family behind.
  • This episode splits the narrative in two; the guys and the girls.


heaved away | MACKEEL
dawson's room
watch your step | MATTHEW RYAN
sheriff witter with dawson & pacey
if I had a boat | LYLE LOVETT
dawson & jack talk
I'm cool | REEL BIG FISH
sheriff witter gives orders
c'est la vie | B*WITCHED
girls in Dawson's room
slowly I turned | BLACK TOAST MUSIC
at the bar
ode to stevie | BLACK TOAST MUSIC
at the bar
suburbia | MOXIE
gail throws abby out
my door is always open | BINGE
dawson and mitch talk
bottoms up | BLACK TOAST MUSIC
playing darts
peace in the water | ROBYNN RAGLAND
andie, jen and joey talk about their lives
best of me | FAR TOO JONES
jack & pacey catch a fish
this pain | ADAM COHEN
joey and jen talk in dawson's room


Notes and references

  1. First appearance of John Finn as Pacey's father, Capeside Sheriff John Witter
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