...a Pinter moment. Where everything is said in silence, because the emotion behind what we really want to say is just too overwhelming
—Tamara to Pacey[src]
Tamara Jacobs is a recurring character on Dawson's Creek. She is portrayed by Leann Hunley.


Tamara Jacobs comes to Capeside and works as Pacey and Dawson's English Teacher. She is a 36-year-old divorcee who quickly becomes enamoured with Pacey, in spite of herself.[1] Tamara seems a bit harrowed by love and seems to find a rekindling of hope in meeting Pacey, who she finds so young, yet so mature. However, her actions are illegal and have serious implications, such as her being a sexual predator for creating an emotionally unsafe environment for a minor at public institution.


After initiating her kiss with Pacey, Tamara is reluctant to give in to his advances and her emotions, but eventually gives in and the two start a relationship. When Tamara goes to court over the rumours of the relationship and Pacey relays to the courts it was only a lie he spread, she is temporarily cutting contact with him, eventually realising that she needs a fresh start in her life and they split on amicable terms.

When she returns to Capeside in Season 2, she is immediately drawn to Pacey[2] and when they bump into each other and Pacey goes after her, their feelings are clearly still there. This may have provided them both with closure on the relationship that they did not get when Tamara had to abruptly leave town post-scandal. Although Tamara is not seen on the series again, Pacey seems able to move on with his life and have found closure in their final reunion, and the same is indicated for Tamara.


Notes and references

  1. Pilot
  2. Alternative Lifestyles