Dawson's Creek

Season 5 Episode 9

Four Scary Stories

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 12, 2001 on The WB
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After watching scary movies, Joey, Pacey and Jack talk about their creepiest experiences and urban legends. Joey shares her story of how she was almost attacked by the librarian on Halloween and saved by the creepy man she was running from. Jack tells the story of when he was helping clean the frat house basement and found a guy strapped, who later he found out to be a ghost. Pacey reveals that he was chased by a black car while giving Karen a ride home, but there was nobody driving the car. Grams arrives and says she has the scariest story: the time when Jen got locked out of the radio booth.moreless

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  • Story #1 Joey is stuck in the library with a creepy man. Story #2 Jack meets a Frat ghost. Story #3 A ghost car follows Pacey and Karen. Story #4 Jen gets locked out radio station.moreless

    This episode of Dawson's Creek was brilliant. It actually scared me and I don't scare easily. I think Grams was the scariest story. This is going to be more of a recap than a review. Scary Story #1 is told by Joey. So Joey is basically stuck in the library studying and doing homework. There's a creepy man at the back of the room just staring at her. It comes time when there's nobody else in the library except for the librarian guy who is about Joey's age. The creepy man tries to warn Joey about something, but the young librarian man basically knocks him out for a couple of seconds. And then the librarian guy locks Joey in the library and tries to murder her. But Joey uses her kicka$$ karate moves on him. Scary Story #2 is told by Jack. Jack is stuck in the fraternity basement cleaning up. He hears these scary noises coming from a closet. Eventually he opens the door and there's some kid tied up in there. Jack decides to get this guy a drink of water. When he's getting the water he notices a picture of the Frat from 1968, and he recognizes the boy from the closet. He runs back and the boy is gone. Story #3 is told by Pacey. Some scary car is following Pacey and Karen. They get away and end up in this restaurant and then they leave. The drive and the same car is parked in the middle of the road. Pacey speeds up so fast, the car moves into the ditch. When they get to the car and open it up no one is inside. Story #4 is told by Grams. It's about Jen and her night at the radio station. She hears scary noises outside, she goes out, gets locked out, hears her name being whisper, and she runs inside, and body crashes through the window of the radio station that is calling her name. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Not bad for a scary themed episode.

    The stories were not original, but they were still entertaining. The creepy guy in the library, the dead guy visiting Jack and the car with no headlights, all of these have been done a million times. I guess there is only so many scary tales to tell, but it would have been nice if they did something that had not been used so much. I did like the little twist with the girl showing balls with the baseball bat, but it was soon ruined when there was no one in the car. I think Jake said it best at the end when he said “I guess what we can conclude from this evening is that we can’t offer much more of a thrill than the average slasher flick”. After I thought all was lost, Grams saved the day with her tail of Jen at the radio station. Although it has been done before, I must admit that it had me looking over my shoulder for a minute.moreless

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  • A fun episode

    This was a fun episode based on Halloween. Joey, Jack and Pacey are together telling 'scary' stories involving themselves. Then Grams comes in and tells a story about Jen which frightens them all (even though they dont admit it). It was good to just sit back and watch an episode with all the drama. Very enjoyable!
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

Bryce Johnson (I)

Bryce Johnson (I)


Guest Star

Jonah Blechman

Jonah Blechman


Guest Star

Steve Coulter

Steve Coulter


Guest Star

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Audrey Liddell

Recurring Role

Lourdes Benedicto

Lourdes Benedicto

Karen Torres

Recurring Role

Jonathan Parks Jordan

Jonathan Parks Jordan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Right after Pacey and Karen leave the diner, they get in the car and Pacey sams to a stop, facing the enemy's car. It seems to be in front of them in very close proximity, but in the next shot it is much further away down the road even though Pacey hasn't moved yet.

    • In Jen's story, when she couldn't open the door, if you listen close Jen says "shit".

  • QUOTES (17)

    • (Pacey and Karen find themselves in a creepy diner when an ugly redneck wench of a waitress approaches them)
      Wench: You people comin' or stayin'?
      Pacey: I'm sorry, we were in an accident. Do you have a phone here?
      Wench: On the wall over there.
      Pacey: No, that phone's out of order.
      Wench: Then I guess you're out of luck.

    • Pacey: (To the weird and ugly diner patrons) All right, which one of you inbred, redneck, freaks crashed into my car tonight? Show of hands, anyone? Was it you? Or you? Come one, someone say something.
      (The ugly and inbred diner owner, Vic, approaches Pacey)
      Vic: Get outta my diner!
      Pacey: Oh no, mister. I will not. One of your patrons in here rear-ended my car out on the road just a short while ago.
      Vic: Not my problem, boy!
      Pacey: Oh, but it is your problem. If the person who ran into my car is in here and you're hiding him...
      Vic: (Bearing his rotting, clenched teeth) Leave!
      Pacey: Whoa! You really should think about seeing a dentist.

    • Pacey: When Dawson and Jenny get back, we should all get together. I'll cook for you.
      Jack: No, no, please. That's enough of the fear factor.
      Pacey: Ah heh heh. Yeah. That's funny.

    • Joey: What they say about our generation is true, how we've grown up immune to the media. Look at reality television. Suddenly, it's normal to see people guzzling blood on prime-time.

    • (After having Brecher's car smashed)
      Pacey: Damn! Oh, damn! Brecher is going to kill me.
      Karen: Yeah. I bet he's not going to take you to the prom anymore either.
      Pacey: Heh heh. You're gettin' funnier every minute, let me tell ya.

    • (To Karen)
      Pacey: Brecher is the only guy who's ever made me feel like I'm good at anything, and he's the only person I know who doesn't make me feel like a complete freak for not going to college, and if you knew anything about my life, which you don't, then you would know that that's deserving of no small amount of hero worship.

    • Joey: Who's Karen?
      Pacey: Do you really want to have that conversation now?
      Joey: Uh, no. Sorry. Sugar high.

    • Pacey: What the whole world needs is a good old-fashioned urban legend.
      Jack: Yeah, that's all we need... more predictable stories about a guy with a hook for an arm that kills the amorous couple.
      Pacey: Hey, those stories exist for a reason, Jack.
      Joey: Right, to discourage teenagers from drinking and having sex in the woods.

    • Moskowitz: We are at the peak of our sexual primes. It's all downhill from here. We should be out partying tonight instead of in latrine duty hell. Live a little.
      Brady: I believe this is what's known as peer pressure.

    • (To Jack)
      Joey: I'm sorry, but what could a fella possibly have to worry about in the loving arms of his brethren?

    • Audrey: This is such Joey Potter logic.

    • Audrey: Why do you always assume that my concern is masking self-interest?
      Joey: Because I know you.

    • Audrey: I'm just seeking clarification here. Are you the most bookwormy, pathetic person alive?
      Joey: Well, according to your party-till-you- drop-out standards, apparently.

    • Joey: Maybe I've just lost the will to scream.
      Pacey: Oh, please. You were once and will forever remain the number one skittish kitten in my life.
      (Joey gives him a look)
      Pacey: It's not to worry. It's part of your charm.

    • Jack: You know what the problem is?
      Pacey: Yeah, I know what the problem is. You talk in your sleep, and you talk about things I don't want to know about.

    • Pacey: I now have officially lost faith in Hollywood.
      Jack: It wasn't that bad.
      Pacey: Not that bad? Maybe through the haze of your eardrum shattering slumber, it wasn't that bad, but as someone who actually watched that movie, it sucked!

    • Joey: It was Halloween night. Audrey was walking with me to the library, which was, in itself, a sign of the apocalypse.

  • NOTES (7)

    • During Pacey's 'Urban Legend'; the Diner owner named Vic is Richard Fullerton, the same actor who played the prison guard when Joey went to see her father during the first season.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Complete Me by Edmund's Crown
      It's Gone by Blake Morgan
      Sea Of Love by Phil Phillips & The Twilights
      Spin Your Head by The Ashgrove
      Vinyl Suits by Schnockered
      Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson
      Goodnight Moon by Shivaree

    • The librarian who attacks Joey is wearing a white sweater and black slacks, the same similar styled clothing worn by Betsy Palmer while playing the killer, Mrs. Voorhees, in the first Friday the 13th movie.

    • Pacey's story is loosely inspired by Steven Spielberg's 1971 made-for-TV movie Duel, about a lone salesman menaced by a large tanker truck on a desolate highway.

    • When the show went into syndication and was rerun on cable station TBS, this episode was aired after The Long Goodbye whixh is the way it was originally intended.

      However, the version that is shown is the second and final version featuring Joey, Pacey and Jack telling ghost stories so viewers will still notice the references made about Jen and Dawson being away in the episode Hotel New Hampshire.

    • This is the first episode ever that James Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery) doesn't appear in. As of this episode, this makes Katie Holmes (Joey) the only character in every episode.

    • Originally scheduled to air Oct. 31st, this episode was shelved by the WB until they decided to air in on December 19th. The delay is due to the terrorist attacks that forced the networks to push back their premiere dates, making the episodes 1 week behind their original airings.

      Due to the fact that the episode was filmed way before the previous episode Hotel New Hampshire, changes/reshots were made to the episode in order to make it fit better into the new timeline.

      The WB original description of the episode says: "Jen (Michelle Williams) takes over Charlie's (guest star Chad Michael Murray) nighttime shift on the radio and plays DJ to a host of listeners who call in with terrifying tales." Yet in the episode the stories are told by Joey, Jack, Pacey and Grams, and Chad Michael Murray isn't even in it. The episode was probably changed to make the episode fit in to the spot when it aired.


    • Old guy: You Crouching Tigered his ass.

      This is a reference to the Ang Lee 2000 movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    • Pacey: What the whole world needs is a good old-fashioned urban legend.

      This could be an in-joke considering that Joshua Jackson co-starred in the movie Urban Legend.

    • At the beginning of the episode can see that Jack, Joey and Pacey have just finished watching Friday the 13th.

      Friday the 13th is a 1980 American independent horror film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller.

    • Jack: That's great, but the problem is that people forget that the scariest things are the things that are actually possible. I mean, isn't that why Hitchcock's so great?

      Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (1899-1980) was an iconic and highly influential British filmmaker and producer, who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres.

    • Audrey: I'm Carrie. Carrie White, tragically misunderstood telekinetic heroine of the Stephen King book?

      Carrie is a 1976 American horror film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the novel by Stephen King.

    • The title of this episode, Four Scary Stories, is alluding to the season four episode Four Stories which was the critically acclaimed episode of season four that was sent in for an Emmy consideration. The two episodes follow a similar directing style as well.