Dawson's Creek

Season 4 Episode 4

Future Tense

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 25, 2000 on The WB
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Future Tense
Everybody starts to think about their future, and how they are getting into college. Joey's concerned about Pacey not having grades good enough to get into college. Drue makes everybody think it's Jen's birthday so he can have a party. Andie takes over Jack's applications and drives him crazy with her obsession over it. Gretchen is applying for a job as bartender at the Leery's restaurant and doesn't exactly tell what happened (or what will happen) with college.moreless

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  • "Future Tense" ... or why we see a drunken Joey!

    Thinking about the future is an important but tough thing. We have to move on and find our own life. But sometimes there are other peoples involved, who stop us or let us to be in doubt about what is the way we wanna go… Exceptionally love inferences us - Joey too.

    As 4th in class she has the opportunity to choose the college she wants to study on but for Pacey it is a complete other story. He could be fall one or more classes at this senior year. Joey bothers that. She really fears to losing him by her choice and gives him the feeling to stand wide behind her.

    So she get drunken to forget about at the Jen’s fake birthday party, which was organized by Drue. The party highlight might be the following scene with our introverted Joey: Pacey can anticipate her to play strip poker only in last second. After a little argument between both, Pacey gives her the guarantee that wherever she wanna go, he will be by her side…

    Overall it is poor story and not a big deal. It is so predictable that Pacey would give any support whatever she will choose. I think at the ending only the way the spoke about is nice and let us feel great.moreless
  • Future! Future! Future! Everyone's thinking about colleges and the future. Joey is worried about colleges. Drue decides to throw a Jen a birthday party even though it's not her birthday.

    "Future Tense" is a pretty good episode. The one thing I love about Dawson's Creek is everyone can act on that show. The one thing I'm not liking so far is the drama. There's not enough drama yet. In this episode everyone is thinking about the future. I'm not really into future episodes. I absolutely love the beginning of this episode. Congrats to Joey for being 4th highest! I love Joey drunk. It's the best thing in this episode. I also like Pacey's wit and humour. I hate Drue in this episode. I am so glad that Jen decided not to take those pills. I just will Drue would go away because I don't like his character very much. Poor Jack getting his elbow/arm/shoulder hurt during football practice. I liked Andie in this episode and how she's all controlling and excited about the future. I did like that little talk she had with Jack in the bedroom. I'm still wondering why Gretchen is in Capeside. I think Dawson likes her, but I reallhy hope they don't start dating. I give this episode a 7.5/10.moreless
  • The gang must deal with the ever looming prospect of life after Capeside.

    Jen, in an effort to maintain the good image she worked so hard to develope since she arrived in Capeside fights her hardest to stay away from the things that once made her the wild party child that she was back in New York especially Drue Valentine and his all to eager to annoy, destroy and devestate her. Not to mention tempt her with a gift that she would have once taken without question.

    Jack, after seriously injuring himself costing him his spot on the football team has trouble readjusting to being just another student at Capeside. Without football he feels as though he just the outcast again and Andie's constant badgering about his college applications isn't helping matters. But that is just Andie's way, it's how she lives her life and she's dealing with the realization that next year will be the first year she won't have her brother around anymore.

    Dawson, looking to escape from his problems i.e. the Witter/Potter romance looks to hide from his troubles, on the other side of the world if need be. However he finds solice and advice in an unusual place, another Witter. Gretchen that is.

    Joey, must deal with the fact that even though she earned a fourth place class rank some of the doors she just assumed would open for her if she got grades and did well in school might not be a possibility. And the ever looming fact that she and Pacey, reguardless of where she ends up, won't exactly be in the same place next year which leaves her little chance to seek comfort in his arms. Looking for comfort elsewhere she gets drunk, solving nothing but shares quite a good talk with the ever wonderful boyfriend Pacey Witter.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)

Alex Wharff

Alex Wharff


Guest Star

Nicole Arviso

Nicole Arviso


Guest Star

Heather Avery Clyde

Heather Avery Clyde

Ms. Watson

Guest Star

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Gretchen Witter

Recurring Role

Mark Matkevich

Mark Matkevich

Drue Valentine

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Pacey walks around the poker table to meet Joey, her hands shift from being in front of her holding the cards, to being flat down on the table.

    • Goof: When Joey is being helped down from her seat on the dock, Jen's hand shifts from holding Joey's hand to being around her waist.

    • Goof: When Joey is being helped down from her seat on the dock, her cup changes from being in her left hand to being in her right one.

    • Jen, Andie and Joey make a promise to each other, that they will meet in five years, and see how they turned out.

    • Goof: Before leaving the poker table, Pacey puts Joey on his right shoulder; the scene switches and you see him walking out with her on his left shoulder.

      This seems to be the second time the editors reversed the images. This appears to be some kind of "continuity" move, because before you see Jack's sling switch arms, there's a kid who sits down on a table and knocks a stack of empty soda cans down (reference to Sixteen Candles along with the scene where Jen and Drue are sitting on the table around a birthday cake). The soda cans seem to be not reversed as you can clearly read one of the cans to say, "Slice."

      It's possible the editors needed to reverse the next few scenes to have the "exit" of the house to be to the right of the camera. This "makes sense" for the running backs chasing the kid to the right (wouldn't the kid most likely head for the door?) and for Pacey leaving the party.

    • Goof: At one point during the party scene, Jack is very obviously wearing the sling on the wrong (his right) arm, and holding his drink with the one that had been dislocated (his left arm). Just before and after that (and for the rest of the episode) it was back on the correct arm.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Joey: You know, maybe I'll just... maybe I'll just go to one of those fictional colleges. You know? Like on those lame high school tv shows that go one for way too long and then, just in time to save the franchise, all the sudden it turns out that there's this amazing world-class college just right around the corner where all the principal characters are accepted. (She Kisses Pacey) Just to be safe we should start the application process.

    • Gretchen: You know Dawson, it might interest you to know that I did take one film class in college.
      Dawson: Was it a monumental waste of time?
      Gretchen: No, it was great actually. But you know what my teacher said was the most bogus line in Hollywood cinema?
      Dawson: What?
      Gretchen: "There's no place like home."
      Dawson: Wizard of Oz.
      Gretchen: Exactly. It's what everybody remembers about the movie, but it doesn't resonate with the rest of the story. Think about it. You know home is this desolate, gray, dust bowl of a place where some nasty old lady is trying to kill your dog. And Oz is ...
      Dawson: Technicolor.
      Gretchen: And sure it has it's problems. You know, poppy fields, flying monkeys, ...
      Dawson: Talking trees.
      Gretchen: But along the way you make friends. Good friends. With people that you never even knew existed when you were growing up. Straw people, tin people, ...
      Dawson: And lions.
      Gretchen: (Laughs) Exactly. And you help each other realize that all the things that you want to be, you already are.

    • Jen: You will have graduated from a ridiculously expensive ivy league school, moved to New York, where you will have taken a job in a funky SoHo art gallery where your starting salary is actually less than a year's tuition.
      Joey: Why New York?
      Jen: Because, New York is finishing school for cynics like us.

    • Jack: (Reading the cover of the book Andie got to Jen) 'You too, Can Get Into the College of Your Choice'. Please tell me it's a private joke between the two of you.
      Andie: It's not a joke. It's a very helpful book.
      Jack: Maybe so, but as a birthday present or an un-birthday present, it pretty much sucks.

    • Dawson: Joey, everything is working out exactly the way you always wanted. Between your grades and your SAT scores, you can go anywhere.
      Joey: Not you too, Dawson. Can't two people sit down and make small talk without the subject of college coming up? I mean, isn't that possible? I mean, what's next? You gonna ask me where I see myself in five years?

    • (To Pacey about getting into a good college)
      Joey: Maybe I just set these goals that are really unrealistic. You know, certain people get into certain places because of who their parents are.

    • Gretchen: Hey, I may not be Coyote Ugly material, but I can make a 7 and 7 with the best of them.

    • Jen: You already seem to know my friends. They knew that you were here before I did and they didn't warn me, I wonder why that is, huh?
      Drue: Okay. Busted. I didn't tell them I knew you. I wanted to lay low and soak up some second hand impressions of Jen Lindley version 2.0.

    • Dawson: How can anybody be sure where they want to spend the next four years of their life?
      Joey: I'm so sick of answering these lame questions, like...
      Jen: ...where do I see myself in five years?
      Pacey: Wish me luck, lady. I'll probably still be here.

    • Dawson: I've seen how much she loves him. I've seen it in her face. I've seen them hold hands. I've seen them kiss. And tonight, I saw them fight, which is something I've basically seen everyday of my life since the 1st grade.
      Gretchen: But not like this?
      Dawson: I think it was actually worse than the kissing.

    • Andie: In times of uncertainty, I look for things that I can fix.
      Jack: You can't fix me, Andie. You gotta let me make my own mistakes in my own way and my own time. And it's not just for me. You gotta work on letting go of things you can't control. Like where you're gonna go to college. Or where I'm gonna go to college.

    • Jack: It's funny. You think something is making your life a living hell, and when it's gone, you really miss it. (Dawson and Jack notice Joey as she walks in) But then again, I guess you probably know that feeling.
      Dawson: Yeah.

    • Andie: What's your problem?
      Jack: My problem is that not everyone wants to spend every waking moment of their life thinking about college. Some of us want to actually enjoy the remainder of their senior year.

    • Joey: (Drunk) We're not really friends. (Both laugh) I'm just kidding. I'm kidding, I'm kidding. We are. I think we are. Do you think we are? I can't really pinpoint exactly when we became friends...
      Jen: You know what, Joey? Let's not delve too far into it because we'll just remember why we're supposed to hate each other.

    • (About Drue)
      Dawson: Can I ask you an inevitable question?
      Jen: Was he my boyfriend? No. Was he an indiscretion? Yes. But to be quite honest, I'm not quite sure what he remembers. We were both chemically altered at the time. I don't think I need to go any further than that.

    • Dawson: You and dad never suspected that your movie-obsessed son might want to go to school in California?
      Gale: Well, honey, we don't have a problem if you want to go to California or New Mexico or Alaska, if that's what you really want. We just don't want you to make a decision that's going to effect the rest of your life, based on the wrong criteria.
      Dawson: Like?
      Gale: Like the desire to put an entire continent between you and a certain girl we both know.

    • Dawson: Maybe college isn't the be all and end all that parents make it out to be. You know, maybe once you get past all rhetoric of all these great books that nobody reads, college is basically just a holding pen for 18-22 year olds. Like one of those airports that everybody has to stop at on their way to some place else.

    • Joey: What does it mean when you dream that your teeth are slowly receding back into your head and the world's leading experts are powerless to stop it?
      Bessie: It means you shouldn't stay up all night stressing about college. You're gonna end up some place great. It'll give you tons of financial aide and everything will be perfect.

    • Drue: I missed you these past two years.
      Jen: No you didn't. You didn't miss me. You missed my idiotic willingness to try out any and all illegal substances you happened to purchase in Washington Square Park, remember?

    • Advisor: The Ivy's, Georgetown, Duke, Stanford, I mean, these schools accept only a miniscule amount of the people that apply. And hardly anybody ever gets a free ride.
      Joey: So you're telling me I've set my sights too high?
      Advisor: It's a crap shoot.

    • Joey: So you can drink at a party and I can't?
      Pacey: Yes, because as you so rightly pointed out, I am a guy and if I am going to get in trouble for being a guy, I think I should at least get to act like one every once in a while... you know... with your advanced permission and approval... of course, I wouldn't... you know... without asking you first.

    • Joey: I found out yesterday that I'm fourth, my class rank... I'm fourth.
      Pacey: That's your problem? That's not a problem, if anything that's a reason to quit studying.

    • Jen: Go away!
      Drue: If I didn't know better I'd think you weren't exactly happy to see me.

    • Pacey: The aptitude test said I was suited for a career in law enforcement it's obviously is in serious need of some retooling. You haven't been talking to my brother have you?

    • Andie: Oh, there you guys are. I've been looking all over for you.
      Joey: Well, except here, 'cause if you would have looked here, you would have found us, 'cause this, Andie, is where we are.
      Jen: (Whispering) Ignore her. So, where's Jack?
      Andie: He's avoiding me. Am I too controlling?
      Both: Yes.
      Andie: Thanks for the vote of confidence.
      Joey: Andie, it's not a judgement. Some people like salad dressing on the salad and some people like it on the side.

    • Joey: I wanna be with you, Pacey. I wanna stay and be with you.
      Pacey: (Sighs) Well if you wanna be with me then staying here would be a really stupid idea, considering I don't plan to be here... I plan to be wherever you are.

    • Dawson: I'm just trying to figure out why someone who's about to reap the benefits of something she's worked for her entire life is trying to drown herself with some 80-proof fruit punch.

    • Drue: Witter, I knew you couldn't resist a party. I see you've brought the Grim Reaper.
      Joey: We came for your immortal soul, that is if you have one.

    • Jen: Okay, first of all, he didn't dump me, I dumped him.
      Drue: Technicality.
      Jen: Second, this isn't a funk. It's my personality.
      Drue: Harsh.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Spanish title: Futuro Incierto, meaning Uncertain Future.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Sorry by Moxie
      Something To Say by Mike Plume Band
      Backstreets by Filibuster
      Never The Same by Supreme Beings Of Leisure
      Sugar Star by Crushing Velvet
      Five Alive by Medium
      Please, Please (Stacy's Song) by Julie Plug
      You Won't Fall by Lori Carson
      Respect by Train
      Day Ditty by Wild Colonials
      What You Don't Know by Katie Reider


    • Drue: (To Jen) Can I walk you home? Carry your books? Buy you a soda at the malt shop? That's what people do around here for fun in Pleasantville, right?

      Pleasantville is a 1998 movie starring Tobey MaGuire and Reese Witherspoon as teenage siblings that get transported to a 1950's black and white world called Pleasantville where kids have 'good, clean fun' in a simpler era of 'innocence'.

    • Gretchen: Hey, I may not be Coyote Ugly material, but I can make a 7 and 7 with the best of them.

      Reference to the movie Coyote Ugly (2000).

    • Gretchen: But you know what my teacher said was the most bogus line in Hollywood cinema?
      Dawson: What?
      Gretchen: "There's no place like home."
      Dawson: The Wizard Of Oz.

      References to the film The Wizard of Oz.

    • Andie: You guys, ER does not prepare you for that kind of stuff.

      Refers to the TV show ER.

    • Pacey: Except for that whole Boy George thing, but who could have predicted that, huh?

      Refers to the singer Boy George, lead singer of the 80's band Culture Club.