Dawson's Creek

Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 24, 1998 on The WB
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Episode Summary


Capeside is abuzz with rumors of a teacher's indiscretion, rumors that prove fateful for Pacey and Tamara. Meanwhile, Joey, Dawson and Jen get a life lesson when Bessie is aided by an unlikely source when she gives birth in Dawson's living room.

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  • Bessie goes into labour. Rumours about Pacey and Tamara flood the school.

    "Baby" is my favourite episode from season one of Dawson's Creek. I love the begininng of the episode with all the akwardness between Dawson, Jen, and Joey. Anyways, I love how Bessie goes into labour and the nearest phone thats working is at Dawsons and so Joey and Bessie get in the boat and goes to Dawsons house. I love how Gram takes charge and helps Bessie with having her baby. I love how Grams starts saying some prayer and she gets Jen to say it, and in the end everythings fine and Bessie has a nice baby boy. It was all intense too. Pacey's storyline was one of my favourites this season, so his plot adds to this being my favourite episode. I love how Pacey tells Dawson about having a real date with Ms Jacobs in another city and a Kid from one stall overhears. I love how everyone in the school is taking about Pacey and Ms. Jacobs. I love the moment between Joey and Pacey when Joey saids she understands how it feels for people to spread rumours about her. I love the end when Pacey tells the court that he was the one who started the rumours and lied about making it all up.moreless
  • Great episode!

    Bessie goes into labor. She and Joey go to Dawson's for help. Unfortunately, there's no close hospital, so Grams must deliver the baby. Rumors fly about Pacey and Tamara. Attourneys and the school board get involved. Pacey denies that the rumors are true and that he made them up. Tamara thanks him, but announces that she's leaving the next day. Pacey and Tamara break up. Bessie has a healthy baby thanks to Grams. Dawsons films most of the birth. Jen actually has a spiritual moment while reciting the Lord's prayer.

    This episode was great! I'm glad that the baby is okay. I am a Christian and would want Jen to become a believer, but I do think that Grams is a little too forceful about it. You can never force someone to believe something that they don't want to believe in. This episode gets a 10!moreless
  • Bessie goes into labor and is at the mercy of her boat rowing sister, a women who doesn't like her and a teenager who is trying to film the entire process. Pacey learns the hard way about life and love.moreless

    This is a wonderful episode because it is the start of the relationship between Bessie, Bodie and Grams. Grams gets to know Bessie and Bodie and you see her attitude toward them starting to soften. Bessie is forced to put her trust in Grams since she is delivering her child thus changing her opinion of Grams. Pacey learns a hard lesson when his conversation about Ms. Jacobs is overheard by another student in the bathroom. He must endure ridicule from his peers, a lecture from his brother and essentially banishment from Ms. Jacobs. While he is devastated they still part as friends.moreless
  • When Pacey and Ms. Jacobs\' affair is revealed, they are forced to end it. While Bodie is on the other side of the county, Bessie goes into labor and is forced to have the baby in Dawson\'s living room.moreless

    Great episode. I think it gave us a greater sense of what Joey had to go through with her mom\'s death. She had never really expressed herself about it, which is understandable, and it gave us some of her feelings or let us know what she was feeling.

    Once thing I thought was wierd with the Pacey-Tamara relationship, besides the felony, was they never had any real conversation. Throughout the whole time, all they talked about was hiding the affair or escaping it. Nothing deep or sincere, just all superfacial.moreless
  • Tamera & Pacey.....

    ...are no more! I actually liked the Tamera/Pacey relationship. In the beginning it seemed like they were only doin the "dirty dirty" for fun, but then they fell in love. The goodbye said it all.

    Bessie goes into labor! Finally, cause that lady looked like a house! Anyway, Jen's Gram has to deliver(sp?) the baby which brought some dention between her and Bessie. There was a little scare when Bessie was beeding a little to much, but in the end she had a healthy baby boy.

David Lenthall

David Lenthall

Superintendant Stevens

Guest Star

Traci Dinwiddie

Traci Dinwiddie


Guest Star

Josh Crouch

Josh Crouch

Smoker/Kenny Leaverton

Guest Star

Dylan Neal

Dylan Neal

Deputy Doug Witter

Recurring Role

Leann Hunley

Leann Hunley

Ms. Tamara Jacobs

Recurring Role

Obi Ndefo

Obi Ndefo

Bodie Wells

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In the scene where Pacey is telling Tamara they should go out together, there is grass in the bottom center of the camera lens in every shot of Pacey.

    • Towards the end of the episode, when Joey's sister is handing Joey the baby, you can see the microphone right above Joey's head, moving up and down a couple of times before disappearing off screen.

    • After 5 episodes opening with just Dawson and Joey in his bedroom, this time they were joined by Jen.

    • In the opening, just after the opening song, the camera pans the harbor and gets a shot of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. It's very distinctive with its black and white diamond pattern.

    • The lighthouse shown (Cape Lookout Lighthouse) is in North Carolina, not Massachusetts.

    • When Joey gets to Dawson's to tell him about Bessie's labor, she walks into his room through the doorway rather than the window. This is one of the few times you see her enter his room through the door rather than the window.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bessie: (Grabs the phone) Listen, you sorry ass civil servant. This is the mother-to-be talking. Maybe I'm not in the tax bracket that guarantees a prompt response to medical distress, but I have a shoe full of amniotic fluid, my pelvis is beating like a rumba band, and I'm in real danger of having my first-born child delivered by two high school students. So, why don't you stop making excuses, get off your oversized backside and get us an ambulance before my fetus enters college?
      Joey: Terrific. I'm sure they will be right on their way.

    • Jen: Grams' way of dealing with my point of view is pretending that it doesn't exist. Which, of course, infuriates me. It causes me to speak emotionally rather than rationally, and I become rude and defensive, and I... I give her even more of a reason to dismiss my viewpoints. It's like we're locked in this awful vicious cycle.
      Dawson: Well, I don't know. You gotta do something. You just can't ignore her for three years until you go away to college.
      Jen: I can't? Oh, there goes plan A.

    • Dawson: Look Pacey, granted this is not good, but this is in your hands, you can control this now.
      Pacey: This is the wrong time for the Obi-Wan moment Dawson.

    • Grams: Thank you, Josephine.
      Joey: It's Joey.
      Bessie: No, it's Judas, actually.

    • Grams: In my house we don't oogle naked men.
      Jen: No, we pray to them.

    • Joey: No time to talk, Dawson. My sister's having her baby.
      Dawson: Cool! Congratulations.
      Joey: On your lawn.

  • NOTES (3)