Dawson's Creek

Season 4 Episode 5

A Family Way

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 01, 2000 on The WB
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Gale drops a bomb on Dawson telling him she might be pregnant. Joey seeks advice from Jen, now that she has the feeling sexual intimacy with Pacey is approaching. Jen tells her to go to the clinic to get protection. Jack is in an awkward situation when a girl is making moves on him and he feels pressured to tell her he's gay.moreless

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  • Gale is pregnant and she has to decide if she wants to keep it or not keep it. Joey decides to prepare to have sex so she'll be ready to have sex. A girl flirts with Jack making him tell her he's gay and it has some consequences.moreless

    9.5
    This has to be the best episode so far this season. There's a lot of drama in this episode and I love drama. In this episode we find out that Gale is pregnant. I like Dawson's reaction and Mitch's reaction to the pregnancy. I don't like that she is getting an abortion but I like the drama. I'm starting to like Gretchen. I liked getting a character background of her getting pregnant and then having a miscarriage. I also see that Dawson is painting Mr. Brooks house. In this episode Joey is confused about being ready for sex and being prepared for sex. That woman that was talking to Joey about sex was scary with all those questions. Bessie definately overreacted to Joey having condoms, and info about birth control. I did like the conversation Joey had with Bodie. Andie and Jack are both coaching kids how to play soccer. Some girl named Caroline starts flirting with Jack. I love that Andie is overprotective of Jack. Though, I don't much appreciate that Caroline character because it looks like she's been telling some of the other parents that Jack is gay I do finally like that his character is starting to get drama this season. I give this episode a 9.5/10.moreless
  • Informative like a documentary to "old" world residents...

    6.5
    It has to be a really big deal in the new world to have sex with someone - also to the played and 17 year old Joey. I never ever had seen such discussions about that little rubber or other birth control related things in good old Europe. We live in the 21st century. Sex firstly happened at the age between 15 and 17.



    I think it is the wrong choice to prevent any discussion about sex and birth control in that age. This could cause in a lot of unintentional pregnancies and transfer of diseases like HIV only. Sorry I like the States, but they should find a way to normalize their correlation with sex and their youth.moreless
  • A difficult episode to like but well executed and revealing.

    10
    This episode explores some difficult subjects; homophobia, abortion and teenage sex. That said, it is also contains some view of the future.

    The first clue about Brook's past is revealed when he critiques Dawson's photographs; Gretchen trusting Dawson enough to discuss her personal intimate secret foreshadows their romance and Joey's decision not to have sex with Pacey...yet. Last but not least Jack again who feels the sting of loneliness of being "out" and alone in a community like Capeside. Most importantly Gail's pregnancy and her decision to abort or not abort will effect the future of all the Leary's.

    It is difficult to like this episode but we have to admire the actors and writers ability to deal with difficult themes.moreless
James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek

Dawson Leery

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Josephine "Joey" Potter

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Jennifer "Jen" Lindley

Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson

Pacey J. Witter

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith

Jack McPhee (recurring Season 2)

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Andrea "Andie" McPhee (recurring Season 2)

Carly Schroeder

Carly Schroeder

Molly Say

Guest Star

Bridgett Newton

Bridgett Newton

Caroline Say

Guest Star

Christian Durango

Christian Durango

Billy

Guest Star

Harve Presnell

Harve Presnell

Mr. Arthur Brooks

Recurring Role

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Gretchen Witter

Recurring Role

Obi Ndefo

Obi Ndefo

Bodie Wells

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Dawson is coming down the stairs to talk to his parents in the living room, Gale and Mitch fully change their position in the couch between shots.

    • When Dawson and Gretchen are talking on the bridge, the same two couples keep walking by in the background several times.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • (To Joey)
      Jen: Listen, for girls in New York, a visit to the free clinic to get birth control, safe sex advice, is a right of passage. It's like getting a bar mitzvah or you know, your learner's permit test.

    • Gretchen: Guys, Gale's been throwing up a lot, right?
      Mitch: Yeah.
      Gretchen: And she's still hungry and putting on some weight. She's tired all the time. Her back hurts. Irritability. Mood swings.
      Dawson: Yeah.
      Mitch: The worst. How'd you know?
      Gretchen: Sounds to me like she'll be feeling a lot better in about nine months.

    • Jack: I'm a good person, Andie. People look at me and they see something awful. Do you know how that feels?

    • Pacey: I don't want to make you do anything that you're not ready to do.
      Joey: No. Pacey, I get it. Just as long as you realize that if you do turn into some typical hormone filled silly ass boy and try to manipulate me again, you're out the door.

    • Dawson: You were the best mother that I know. And you were wrong if you think you've disappointed me at every turn, Mom. All you've done is made me proud. You're not afraid to make mistakes. And when to pick up and to keep going and keep trying new things. And I owe some much of who I am to you. To both of you. I used to idealize this perfect childhood. This perfect little house. And then you guys gave me something so much better. You gave me something real. And if I had to do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. If you guys are even half the parents to your next kid that you were to me, he'd be the luckiest kid in all the world.

    • Bodie: Your sister worries about you, Jo. All the time, in fact. She doesn't want you to end up like her. She wants more for you. You know? You're the one who's supposed to get out of here. She just wants to make sure that happens.

    • Molly: Billy and Todd aren't coming. We're definitely going to lose.
      Jack: No, they're coming. They're just a little late, that's all.
      Molly: Their dad called my dad. They said they had to quit the team because you're dangerous. They're not coming.

    • Bessie: You're a seventeen-year-old girl who doesn't understand the first thing about consequences and responsibility. You are not ready to have sex.
      Joey: I am the oldest seventeen year old in Capeside, Bessie. My whole life is consequences and responsibility, okay?

    • Mitch: I always wanted a big family, you know? House filled with love and all that. Admitting that it would never happen... that was devastating. But then one morning I woke up and I realized it did happen. My house is filled with love and my life is full. I don't know, maybe for the rest of my life I'll wonder, what if? But now, I'm am just so grateful to have you. And your mother. It makes all the rest easier to deal with.

    • Gale: I'm a terrible mother, aren't I?
      Dawson: That's not what I said.
      Gale: Let's not pretend that's not what you think, honey. It's no lie that I have messed up at being your mother at every turn. That I'm the one who tore your family apart.
      Dawson: Don't use me as the excuse for making this decision. That's not fair.

    • Dawson: About how I reacted when I found out that mom was pregnant. Umm, I was really shocked, and maybe a little bit disappointed. But I've been thinking and I realize that, this is amazing. I mean, I'm gonna have a little brother or sister. I mean, how cool is that?
      Mitch: Dawson, we're not going to have the baby.

    • Jack: Andie, the word gay is kinda controversial when you're talking about working with kids.
      Andie: Oh, that's crap.
      Jack: I know it's crap, but it's a reality. All I want to do right now is put 'soccer coach' on my college apps. Not 'gay civil rights crusader'.

    • (To Gretchen about her mum's pregnancy)
      Dawson: They're in their 40s, they're about to send a kid away to college. They barely have any money in the bank. The relationship the past couple years hasn't exactly been rock solid. Everything is so unstable. It seems completely irresponsible.

    • (To Mitch)
      Gale: Just because I'm pregnant, doesn't mean I have to stay that way. And if I were to make that decision, right this second, I wouldn't.

    • (Giving advice to Joey about having sex)
      Jen: I don't think that anybody ever really knows if they're ready. But you do know if you're prepared. And you're not.

    • Joey: Pacey's not the problem. It's me. I mean, let's face it, the waiting just goes on and on. And at this point even I'm getting impatient. But for some reason, I just keep waiting.
      Jen: Joey, let me ask you something. Are you sure that you really want to have sex?
      Joey: Of course I want to have sex. But the question is, am I ready?

    • Joey: Your girlfriend offers you her lips in the spirit of teenage lust and you'd rather sit here and watch the True Hollywood Story on Danny Bonaduchie for the fourth time?
      Pacey: You always get to stop it. And I never get to stop it. So today I'm stopping it.
      Joey: Stop it, Pacey.
      Pacey: I just did.

    • Caroline: Coach Jack, am I making you uncomfortable?
      Jack: No. Why would you say that?
      Caroline: Oh, I just thought maybe you thought I was flirting or something.
      Jack: Flirting? Why would I think you're flirting?
      Caroline: Because I am flirting.

    • Joey: My mashed potatoes are cold and so am I.
      Jen: Is this about sex?
      Joey: Is it that obvious?

    • (To Dawson)
      Mr. Brooks: For a photographer, you're an unemotional house painter.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • In the cafeteria Joey and Jen are drinking Nantucket Nectars.

      Nantucket Nectars is a drink company started on Nantucket by two guys who were former bartenders there.

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