Y'all can never be friends as long as you keep fighting over the same guy. Joey, it's obvious you're in love with Dawson
—Abby Morgan
Detention is the 7th episode of Season 1 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


TRUTH OR DARE -- Emotions run rampant I the halls of Capeside High when Dawson (James Van Der Beek), Joey (Katie Holmes), Jen (Michelle Williams) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) are all saddled with Saturday detention. But the detention rapidly evolves into a game of truth or dare forcing the friends to face their true feelings for each other, revealing that sometimes a kiss is just a kiss ­and sometimes it's more.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter

Recurring cast

Monica Keena as Abby Morgan

Guest starring

Helen Baldwin as Mrs. Tringle
Mati Moralejo as Grant Bodian
Mike Pniewski as Mr. Pickering


Micah Learner as Daniel
Barry Bell as Coach
Linda Bureau as Cheerleader #1
Adrienne Harvey as Cheerleader #2


  • Joey and Dawson share their first kiss.
  • Jen and Pacey kiss (for the second time)
  • Both Jen and Dawson get jealous.
  • Abby announces the elephant in the room – that Joey is in love with Dawson.



Detention at tunefind

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