Dawson's Creek

Season 1 Episode 7


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 03, 1998 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Dawson, Pacey, Joey and Jen all wind up spending an 8-hour Saturday in detention at Capeside High under the supervision of Mrs. Tringle, the school librarian. Abby Morgan, a fellow trouble-maker, stirs the pot by initiating a telling game of truth or dare to break up the monotony of the day.moreless

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  • Truth or Dare Unlike The Breakfast Club, they leave far less friends than were before detention..

    "Detention" is my favorite episode of the first season because of its central focus on the teenagers, for one day, in detention. I always enjoyed the truth or dare game because of the nonsense it created, and the basketball-to-the-face never fails to amuse me. The episode stands out because its the first to really build the relationships and conflicts between the characters. The previous six episodes barely had any scenes with Pacey and the others, and the scenes with the two girls and Dawson were all about Dawson's pursuit of Jen. Now, the characters finally hung for an entire episode and the audience understands the dynamic and conflicts between characters.

    During the game of "Truth or Dare," Jen and Pacey kiss as do Joey and Dawson. Joey balks when she's asked which boy she's in love with. Pacey balks when asked how he got detention. The kiss between Jen and Pacey affects Dawson because Pacey's represents everything Dawson lacks in sexual experience. His fears are relieved when Pacey reveals his embarrassing story of masturbation and Jen swears that she does, in fact, want him sexually..

    The kiss between Joey and Dawson alerts everyone (but Dawson) of Joey's feelings towards her best friend..

  • Dawson, Joey, Jen and Pacey have detention with Abby Morgan.

    "Detention" is another one of my favourites of Dawson's Creek season 1. I love "Breakfast Club" style episodes. I love the introduction of the character Abby. Her character is very unique. I love how you'd think she would have done something worse than anyelse to get into detention but she only had too many tardies. I love how Joey punches a guy to get into detention and Dawson hits Pacey in the the nose with a basketball to get into detention. Jen didn't even desereve to go to detention because she was just stating her opinion. I love how Pacey reveals that he got caught relieving himself in the bathroom by the coach. I love how everyone's relationship changes in this episode with Jen finding out that Joey has feelings for Dawson. Jen also finding out that Joey doesn't hate her. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Exciting!!!

    I totally enjoyed how Joey snaped back at annoying people and later just punch the heack outta the guy which result her into detention. Although I hate to see two best friend fighting on the basketball court.

    Abby really had a way to make all of them talk things out. Playing truth or dare was just the way to do it. Great to see Dawson and Joey kiss. That 15 seconds of kissing between them was just so romantic. I had to watch this episode twice. That was how much I liked it.

    I really love to see them together. I felt like the show was making viewers wait to see their kiss or the romance between them.

    At the end, it was just too hard for Joey to say it ... Dawson still didn't know it was him that she loved.moreless
  • Fun!

    Dawson is self conscious after Joey talks about what girls like in guys. He gets jealous of Pacey and throws a basketball at his face. Dawson gets detention. Joey is doing a report on Japan, but an obnoxious guy, Grant, makes fun of her and talks about how he is superior. She punches him. Joey gets detention. During a discussion, Jen disagrees with the teacher's point and uses a cuss word. Jen gets detention. Pacey gets "excited" after the cheerleaders care for him. He goes to relieve the "excitement" in the restroom, but a faculty member sees him. Pacey gets detention. Abby is tardy a lot. Abby gets detention. The five spend their Saturday in the library. They learn more about each other and play Truth or Dare. Jen and Pacey kiss, while Dawson and Joey kiss, both on dares. Abby can tell that Joey loves Dawson. That complicates things, especially when Joey reveals that at the end.

    This episode was great! It seemed like a fun episode. The only person who I could excuse the detention to is Joey. The rest deserve it. I want Joey and Dawson together so badly! This episode gets a 10 out of 10!moreless
  • This has to be the best episode of this season, and one of the best of the series.

    If you were watching this show, it was obvious that Joey had some feelings for Dawson, but it finally got into the open in this episode, because of Abby Morgan. Alot of drama happened in this episode, such as Joey and Dawson having their first kiss, the first of many in this series, and Pacey and Jen making out, and Dawson and Pacey having their first big argument. A huge game of truth or dare game set all of this off, and it wouldn't have been any drama in this episode if it wasn't for Abby. We'll see where Joey and Dawson go from here, can they remain friends like they were since they were children, or will it be awkrawd everytime they see each other?moreless
Helen Baldwin

Helen Baldwin

Mrs. Tringle

Guest Star

Barry Bell

Barry Bell


Guest Star

Adrienne Harvey

Adrienne Harvey

Cheerleader #2

Guest Star

Monica Keena

Monica Keena

Abby Morgan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • This is a takeoff on John Hughes' movie The Breakfast Club.

    • Dawson's nickname growing up was Oompa Loompa, a name from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    • Famous Firsts: Dawson and Joey's first kiss (although it was the result of a dare).

    • Mrs. Tringle is watching the day time soap opera Days Of Our Lives, a show Creek guest star Leann Hunley (Ms. Jacobs) used to star in.

    • Days of Our Lives that Mrs. Tringle is watching originally aired in September, 1997. One scene specifically appears to be from Sept. 9, 1997.

    • Kevin Williamson created the character Mrs. Tringle based on an English teacher whom he'd had in real life who had a very negative impact on him. She was the basis for his villainous character in the movie Teaching Mrs. Tingle, which starred Katie Holmes.

    • The gang is supposed to be in detention for 8 hours. They must stay there until 5 PM, but when Joey arrives in the library, the clock on the wall reads 7 AM. If that is the correct time, then the gang has 10 hours of detention, not 8.

    • In the original airing of this episode, the librarian's name is Mrs. Tringle, but it was changed after the movie Killing Mrs. Tringle (later changed to Teaching Mrs. Tingle) was released. If you watch closely you can see her name dubbed in by the actors.

      The movie Teaching Mrs. Tingle was originally supposed to be Killing Mrs. Tringle but after the school killings the name was changed.

    • Since Capeside is supposed to be a small town and a small school, everyone, including those in detention (especially Dawson, her best friend), would have known about Joey punching Grant.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Abby: I am so bored.
      Pacey: Why don't you get out your ecstasy, Abby, and me and you can go down to the boy's locker room and... you know...
      Abby: I don't have any left, and even if I did, I wouldn't waste it on Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.
      Pacey: Aww... you're not gonna let Rudolf join in any of your perverted reindeer games?
      Abby: Hey, now that's an idea. We should play a game. C'mon, I'll be your best friend!

    • Dawson: This is so Breakfast Club.
      Jen: Breakfast Club?
      Dawson: Yeah, that John Hughes movie where the five kids are stuck in detention all day.
      Joey: Yeah at first they hate each other and then they become really, really good friends.
      Jen: Oh yeah, that movie stunk. Whatever happened to those actors?
      Dawson: Anthony Michael Hall developed some weird thyroid condition, Molly Ringwald lost her gauky enjenu appeal, and the rest are laguishing somewhere in tv obscurity.
      Pacey: No way, Emilio Estevez! He was in those Duck movies, remember? God, those were classics, so funny..
      (Everybody looks at him.)
      Pacey: What?

    • (Joey and Dawson are watching a movie when Dawson turns it off.)
      Joey: What are you doing?
      Dawson: I don't get this movie.
      Joey: Yeah, but we've been watching it for an hour and a half, I'd kind of like to see what happens.
      Dawson: When movies get too unrealistic it depresses me. I get a headache, I can't watch.
      Joey: Unrealistic? Dawson your favorite movie is E.T.
      Dawson: So?
      Joey: A fat-fingered alien who eats Reese's Pieces and rides around on a bicycle?
      Dawson: But the emotion is realistic. This movie, come on, a girl has to decide between two guys so they drag race? She agrees to go out with whoever has the fastest car?
      Joey: Well, I hate to break it to you, Dawson, but a fast car can be a real turn on.
      Dawson: Well, why don't they just arm wrestle, whoever has the biggest bicep wins.
      Joey: Well, that would work. Give me the remote.

    • Abby: We could all play a game.
      Pacey: Really? What do you want to play? Pin the tail on the ho-bag?

    • Dawson: Well you won't tell me so I do believe you were talking trash about me.
      Pacey: Hey, don't talk trash, recycle it.

    • Pacey: I think we're playing b-ball today. You know, with that hoop up in the air and that ball.
      Dawson: Right. I know how to play basketball man.
      Pacey: Of course you do, sport. Just don't kick the ball and don't hit it with a baseball bat.

    • Dawson: First of all, girls are attracted to romance more than anything.
      Joey: Keep hope alive there.
      Dawson: Second of all, I don't compete with other guys. You don't see me and Pacey running around arm wrestling over some girl.
      Joey: Well, as I said, you don't like to lose.
      Dawson: What's that supposed to mean?
      Joey: Well, Pacey has bigger biceps.
      Dawson: No, he does not!

    • Joey: I don't know what's going on. I have all these feelings... these weird feelings. I don't know how to say it, and I can't say it. We've known each other for so long and you know everything about me. Everything. And I can't even say this. I can't. And I just feel really alone.
      Dawson: Joey, you're not alone.
      Joey: Yes I am.
      Dawson: Jo, I'm here for you. I was here for you in the 6th grade and I'm here for you now. Nothing you can say is going to change that. Nothing. Maybe if you just say these things then they'll be out in the open and these feelings won't be as strong anymore. You know, you'll be free.
      Joey: I can't.

    • Joey: She just might choose the guy with the faster car or the bigger bicep or the bigger joystick.
      Dawson: Bigger joystick?

    • Pacey: Dawson. You're not a little Oompa Loompa anymore. You're a big, bad, manly Oompa Loompa.

    • Pacey: I mean, come on. My butt? It really, it's like a magnet. Chicks, they just can't keep their eyes off of it.

    • Abby: (To Joey and Jen) Y'all can never be friends as long as you keep fighting over the same guy.

    • Jen: Dawson, it's because of you that I get through the bad days.

    • Jen: This is gonna be so much fun. The three of us sitting around doing nothing. It's just like every other Saturday.

    • Pacey: Oh, my God. That sounds like Abby Morgan.
      Jen: Well, who's Abby Morgan?
      Pacey: You've never met Abby Morgan?
      Dawson: The girl is from hell. Literally.

    • Jen: Well, we can't all be like you, Abby, having your little ecstasy gangbangs on the floor of the boy's locker room.

    • Abby: How about you, Joey? Why are you in here? Not that I'm surprised. I mean, incarceration does seem to run in your family.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Abby: I don't have any left, and even if I did, I wouldn't waste it on Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.

      Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a song and popular Christmas story about Santa Claus' ninth and lead reindeer, who possesses an unusually red-colored nose that gives off its own light, powerful enough to illuminate the team's path through inclement weather.

    • Movie References:

      The dialog includes references to:
      E.T. (1982)
      Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
      The Breakfast Club (1985)
      The Mighty Ducks (1992)

    • Abby: Oh great. It's Howdy Doody time.

      A reference to an old kids TV show, Howdy Doody. The show always asked, "Hey kids, what time is it?" which was followed by, "It's Howdy Doody time."

    • Pacey: No way! Emilio Estevez, he was in those duck movies, remember? God, those were classics!

      The gang is talking about how their current situation seemed like the 80's movie The Breakfast Club and Dawson points out how all of the actors in that movie were never heard from again. But Pacey (Joshua Jackson) points out how Emilio Estevez was the star of the "Ducks" movies: Champions, D2 - the Mighty Ducks and D3.

      Joshua Jackson was also in the The Mighty Ducks movies, playing team captain Charlie Conway in the trilogy.

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