Dawson (James Van Der Beek) struggles to find direction and considers returning to USC to honor his father, while Pacey (Joshua Jackson) makes his move with Karen (guest star Lourdes Benedicto, "ER") despite her relationship with his boss (guest star Ian Kahn).
Dawson returns to therapy with the support of Jen. Joey's invited to participate in Professor Wilder's research project for Worthington, but feels a bit in over her head. Dawson also has to deal with Lilly not being in his father's will.
- 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