A Family Way is the 5th episode of Season 4 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


Gale sees no relief in sight from her bout with the flu until a pregnancy test reveals her true condition. Dawson is less than trilled that the Leery family may be adding another member, until he learns that his parents are planning to terminate the pregnancy. Feeling hurt and confused, Dawson confides in Gretchen who seems particularly uncomfortable with this topic. Finally Gretchen reveals her reason for returning to Capeside--she too got pregnant while at school and had a miscarriage. Not wanting to face similar issues and fearing that she may no longer be able to fend off Pacey, Joey decides to visit a free clinic to become more sexually responsible. Unfortunately, Bessie jumps to the wrong conclusion when she stumbles upon Joey's birth control stash.

Meanwhile, Andie convinces Jack to become a pee-wee soccer coach in order to augment his extra-curricular activities. However, the plan backfires when the advances of a player's older sister force Jack to reveal his sexual identity and bigotry resurfaces.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gail Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery
Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter

Special Guest Stars

Sasha Alexander as Gretchen Witter
Obi Ndefo as Bodie Wells
Harve Presnell as Arthur Brooks

Guest starring

Carly Schroeder as Molly Sey
Bridgett Newton as Caroline Sey


everyone | FIVE WAY FRIDAY
just another | PETE YORN
feel the movement | BRIGHT BLUE GORILLA
crest of mary | VERBOW
are we all alone | PASSENGER