DON'T ROCK THE BOAT – A father-son fishing trip provides a forum for Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) to air their frustrations over their dysfunctional paternal relationships, and a last-minute addition to the crew has Dawson wishing he was back on dry land. Meanwhile, when the girls help Gale (Mary-Margaret Humes) with a news piece on teenage trends, Jen (Michelle Williams) and Joey (Katie Holmes) dig to the core of their animosity towards each other, and an unhealthy dose of Abby's (Monica Keena) bitterness nearly turns "Ladies Night" into a full-fledged cat fight.
- This episode marks the first appearance by John Finn as Pacey's father, Capeside Sheriff John Witter.
- Jack and Andie's dad has left his family behind.
- This episodes splits the narrative in two; the guys and the girls.