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

Special Guest Stars

Busy Philipps as Audrey Liddell
Lourdes Benedicto as Karen Torres
Chad Michael Murray as Charlie Todd
Ian Kahn as Danny Brecher

Guest starring

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


funky young flower | LIZZIE
this side of the screen | IDES OF SPACE
who got the meaning? | THE ELMS
i believe in what you do | LITTLE RED ROCKET
top heavy | THE GENTLEMEN
empty | TAIT
grace | LURE
12 o'clock forever | JANE FONTANA
wash my hands | ARSON WELLES
i remember | SABRINA JUDGE