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Joseph McPheeYou are not gay!
JackYes, I am! I see the way you look at me and I know you know
―Truth
...That Is the Question is the 15th episode of Season 2 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.

Synopsis

THE TRUTH AND ITS CONSEQUENCES – On Dawson's (James Van Der Beek) advice, Joey (Katie Holmes) attempts to heal the wounds of her new romance with Jack (Kerr Smith) 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 (Joshua Jackson) 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.[1]

Plot

Joey tries to do something fun to take her mind off of Jack and ends up on a night out with Jen, Ty and Dawson. Andie and Jack face their father, Joseph McPhee, coming back into town, while Pacey faces the consequences of his suspension and has a hard time forgiving Andie.

Starring

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

Special Guest Stars

Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee

Guest starring

David Dukes as Joseph McPhee
Eddie Mills as Ty Hicks
Edmund J. Kearney as Mr. Peterson

Quotes

Here I am, single, sandwiched in between two women who both dumped me
—Dawson to Jen and Joey
You're the only son I have now, Jack. You don't have Tim to hide behind anymore. People notice you now
—Joseph McPhee
If Jack is gay, he does not need your judgement, young man. The Lord above will be the one to judge him, as He will all of us. What he needs from you, from me, from everyone else in this world is love and tolerance. If anything, that boy must feel scared and alone, and he will need the understanding of his fellow man to help him through this. Let's save judgement for someone much more experienced than you
—Grams to Ty
Pacey, I've been meaning to tell you something for a while now... Thank you
—Jack
Respect is not commanded through fear; it's earned through compassion
—Pacey
I place this unfair burden on people so they can... save me from myself. But I realise that I don't need a knight in shining armor
—Andie apologising to Pacey
When I wrote that poem... it clicked something inside of me that has been quiet for so long
—Jack telling Joey

Trivia

  • This is the second part of a two-part storyline of the character Jack McPhee telling his family that he is gay.[2]
  • Pacey researches the state bylaws to have Mr. Peterson reprimanded for his reprehensible conduct. Pacey is awesome.

Music

tell me | AUDRA & ALAYNA
Dawson meets Jen and Ty
waterfall | THE DIN PEDALS
Jack calls Joey
calling you | BOB TELSON
jen and dawson talk; performed by jenifer kruskamp
queen bee | BARBRA STREISAND
ty plays piano; performed by jenifer kruskamp
a sunday kind of love | BELLE, LEONARD, RHODES & PRIMA
joey and dawson dance; performed by jenifer kruskamp
where are you tonight? | THE DEVLINS
dawson walks joey home
reckless | THE DEVLINS
jack and joey
intimacy | THE CORRS
jen and ty talk
wait for the way | BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN
andie hugs jack; dawson consoles joey

Dawson's Trash

From the interactive site "Dawson's Desktop". Pacey is suspended and tries to write an e-mail to Andie on Dawson's laptop
To: AMcphee
From: PWitter
Andie,
All right. Here it is, the Pacey Witter apology. Though, technically, I think you should apologize to me for not standing by me through all this. OK probably not the best approach
To: AMcphee
From: PWitter
OK can we just call a truce? Maybe if we just kind of extracted "right" and "wrong" from the equation, we could just declare neutrality and progress with our relationship. I want you in my life and this week without you sucked...
very classy, Witter. This week without you sucked???
Never mind.

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