THE PERFECT STORM – When Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie Holmes) are assigned a joint English project, Pacey (Josh Jackson) takes "True Love" out for the last sail of the season with Jen (Michelle Williams) to try and forget that his girlfriend is spending the afternoon with her ex-soulmate, only to discover that the seas are a lot angrier than he is. Back at the Yacht Club, Joey realizes that Pacey and Jen are stuck in the middle of a dangerous storm and may not make it out alive if she and Dawson don't overcome their differences and come to their rescue.
Dawson and Joey are paired on a Shakespeare assignment, the story of which mirrors the ailing friendship between Pacey and Dawson. To avoid the fray, Pacey decides to take True Love out and brings along Jen. Andie needs a college recommendation from Mrs. Valentine, but is surprised when she shows up for the interview.
- Episode title taken from the play in question, Two Gentlemen of Verona.