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Dawson's Creek

Season 5 Episode 10

Appetite for Destruction

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 19, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Pacey offers to cook for the gang on their weekly dinner (an event they always plan on doing but always fail to). Jen and Dawson return early and decide to keep what happened between them, but they are caught by everyone making out at the door. The dinner goes on in a very awkward way for everyone as Audrey and Dawson worry about Joey. But surprisingly she seems to be fine with it. Charlie also drops by, causing some tension for Dawson. At the end, they all decide that keeping their long lasting friendships is more important than having a weekly dinner, and Joey confesses to Pacey how she really feels about the whole Dawson-Jen thing.moreless

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  • Pacey cooks everyone dinner. Jen and Dawson return and are caught kissing by everyone. Then they all have an awkward dinner, leaving them all feeling that their friendship is better than none.moreless

    I'm still not sure about how much I like this episode. I do like drama, and there was drama in this episode, but it was boring drama. So, Pacey cooks a dinner for everyone. I liked that they all had dinner together, but I disliked that that was the only thing they did. Jen and Dawson return and are caught kissing leading to a very awkward dinner. Let's start off with Dawson. I like him and Jen as a couple and I think they should continue going out. Now let's go onto Jen. I am really hoping that in episodes to come, that Jen and Joey don't get all jealous of each other. On to Joey. I'm glad that she's strong in all, and I'm glad that she poured our some of her emotion to Pacey. That leaves me hope that they may get together. Onto Pacey. I'm glad Pacey kept his mouth shut during the whole dinner because I want him to be friends with everyone and not mess things up. Onto Jack now. I am really glad that Jen and Jack had that talk because Jack really needs to know he was a jerk. Even though he realized that 2 episodes ago. But Jen wasn't with him 2 episodes ago. Audrey was Audrey in this episode. Though, I could have gone without her spilling food on herself every second. I give this episode a 7.5/10.moreless
  • Pacey fixes dinner for the gang with some unusual results

    This was a great episode in many ways but very painful at first. Joey saw Dawson and Jen in a heated kiss and had to figure out from that that things between she and Dawson were not going to materialize. However, once they finally sat down to eat Audrey stole the show with her dumping food on herself as and excuse to get out of the room to talk to people. This part was hysterical! All in all a great episode.moreless
  • The whole gang is over Gram's house for the weekly dinners that everyone has promised to stick to, but has never been able to make. When finally everyone gets together, Dawson and Jen arrived after their romantic getaway in New Hampshire with news for allmoreless

    This has to be my most favorite episode of this season. It is so well-written and beautiful from beginning to end. The four gaps are so clearly defined, signifying the different courses of the meal: the rice, the chicken, the salad, and the dessert. During each of these meals, some sort of conflict arises and the character engage in very stimulating conversations. Audrey's impulsive soiling of the clothes makes me laugh every time, especially when she tugs Joey away because it just shows how close they have become during the course of the year and how close Audrey has gotten to the members of the gang. The relationships between other characters, such as Jen and Jack, are explored as well as that with Pacey and Audrey. This episode is a classic, excellent in traditional Dawson's Creek fashion. Kudos to the writers. This reminds me of why Dawson's Creek is my favorite show.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)

Mary Beth Peil

Mary Beth Peil

Evelyn "Grams" Ryan

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Pacey: So, Dawson... Dawson Leery!
      Dawson: That's my name.
      Pacey: Yep! Well, come on man.
      Dawson: Come on what?
      Pacey: Why, oh, why did you choose to take the lovely and talented Jen Lindley away for the weekend?
      Jack: A woman even my tribe can't resist.
      Pacey: And here you are not sharing the details?
      Dawson: There's nothing to share.
      Pacey: Really? So that's why you've been staring at the bathroom door like you wish you had telekinetic powers? Which means to me that either you are very, very concerned about Audrey's wardrobe or, perhaps, you're concerned about Joey?
      Jack: You call me crazy but I don't think Joey's gonna mind a little kissing. Unless, of course, something more happened.
      Pacey: Now, there's an interesting idea, but what more could have happened?
      Dawson: Guys, I'm not gonna go over the bases with you.
      Pacey: I didn't say bases, did you say bases?
      Jack: Guys, we don't need details.
      Dawson: Alright, I'll be right back.

    • (After questioning Dawson about him and Jen. Dawson leaves the table.)
      Jack: He did!
      Pacey: You think?
      Jack: Yeah, definitely did. Do you feel different?
      Pacey: I do! I do, I feel different. I mean, here we have Dawson Leery walking among us and I gotta tell ya, I'm a little worried that maybe he wasn't prepared. We didn't even get a chance to have the talk. How do you know?
      Jack: It's not so much him as it is her. I mean, as sick as it sounds, I know the look.
      Pacey: Oh man! You know, we almost did too.
      Jack: I know, I know. Come to think of it we almost did once too.
      Pacey: What do you think it takes?
      Jack: A virgin and a straight guy!
      Pacey: Damn!

    • Jen: Um, Joey. Just so you know, for whatever it's worth, and I don't know what that is... I just didn't, I didn't plan on this.
      Joey: I never assumed that you did.
      Jen: I know, I just... this boy has always been between us in one way or another and I feel like you and I were finally getting close and I would just... I would really hate for that to be negated by this development.

    • Audrey: Pacey, always a pleasure. You can make me a tart anytime.
      Pacey: Be careful what you wish for.

    • Joey: Well I, for one, prefer my chicken raw. I don't know what all the fuss is about.

    • Joey: You know what I envy in you Pace? Your ability to see the big picture.

    • Dawson: Joey, it hurts to be around you... I see you even from across the room and it brings up a thousand memories. Not just of us, but of my entire life before. It's like I'm frozen in this place I can't bare to be. I care about you so much. As long as I can remember, everything's always come back to you and no matter what was happening between us even the thought of you was at least a constant comfort, but I can't go back. It just hurts.

    • Dawson: Something shifted when my father died; something was lost. And uh, part of me, the part of me that was still hopeful just thought that maybe you and I could be on hold and then all of a sudden this path that I was on, that seemed like such a great idea when I started it, just didn't make any sense. And the more I tried to stick to my routine, the harder it was to breath. And when Jen and I got out of town, it was like starting over.

    • (Jen is saying goodbye to Charlie outside Gram's)
      Jen: His name is Dawson. I would have introduced you guys if it weren't one of the more awkward meet and greets known to man... look, not that this serves as an absolution, but it seems like I have a habit of picking the wrong guy and I feel like maybe this time I made the right choice.

    • Audrey: He's moving to Boston. How do you feel about that?
      Joey: Fine. I feel nothing, ok? Nothing! It's not the most shocking news in the world... you know what? When Dawson's father died, it cancelled everything out; understandably. And yes there was a point where there were possibilities, I guess, I don't know. I guess I'll never know. And we both thought that things were going to happen, but what happened was that Dawson lost his father. What kind of person would I be if I didn't understand that? So yeah maybe... if this broke my heart, I wouldn't have any right to say so.

    • Joey: You know what? Everyone seems to be operating under this assumption tonight that we're all going to react a certain way to this and that that way is somehow going to be apocalyptic. I don't know how many different ways to say this, but I'm fine, really. You're a good person Jen. That's exactly what Dawson needs right now.

    • (Jen talking to Dawson about Joey)
      Jen: Last week she told me that she couldn't think of anybody better to take care of you than me. I don't think that this is what she had in mind.

    • (Talking to Dawson about his new carefree attitude.)
      Jen: Who is this footloose and fancy free boy?

    • (Talking about Joey)
      Jen: I don't know what I'm going to say to her.
      Dawson: You don't have to say anything.
      Jen: Are you proposing that we sneak around Dawson Leery? Because you know, I am that kind of girl.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Jen: Who is this footloose and fancy free boy?

      Reference to the 1984 movie Footloose directed by Herbert Ross.

    • The episode title, Appetite For Destruction, is yet another reference to the title of a Guns N' Roses' album after the episode Use Your Disillusion.