High Anxiety is the 7th episode of Season 5 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


Dawson (James Van Der Beek) is having trouble with anxiety attacks since his father's death, so he tries to escape reality on a night of debauchery with Jack (Kerr Smith) and his fraternity brothers, which ends with Dawson's accusing Joey (Katie Holmes) of causing his father's death.


Jen sets out to get a bit of revenge on Charlie for cheating on her, while Dawson joins Jack for a night of frat. Joey supports Audrey, whose mother is in town and Pacey throws a party on his boat.


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

Recurring cast

Busy Philipps as Audrey Liddell
Chad Michael Murray as Charlie Todd

Guest starring

Pauley Perrette as Rachel Weir
Andrea Pearson as Nora
Brenda Strong as Kay Liddell


  • Dawson gets wasted and essentially tells Joey that he blames her for his father's death


High Anxiety at tunefind

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