Dawson's Creek

Season 5 Episode 6

High Anxiety

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Dawson is having trouble with anxiety attacks since his father's death, so he tries to escape reality with a night of debauchery with Jack and his fraternity brothers, which ends with Dawson accusing Joey of causing his father's death.

Meanwhile, Jen seeks revenge on Charlie, Audrey's mom visits and Pacey makes a discovery about Danny.moreless

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  • Dawson is having anxiety attacks and his doctor suggests he goes to Boston and see a shrink. Audrey's mother is in town and she asks Joey to hang out with them. Jen and Nora get revenge on Charlie. Pacey discovers something about Danny and Karen.moreless

    Pretty awesome episode. It's seems like some people are splitting up and others are getting close. Joey and Dawson are growing apart. It seems that Dawson and Pacey are more closer this season than before. It seems that Jen and Jack or growing apart and that Jen and Pacey are getting closer. Let's start off with Audrey. Audrey's mother has come to town. What a jerk to have for a mother. I love how Joey stands up for Audrey, and I love the ending with Audrey's mother saying sorry. Now let's go to Dawson. Dawson is having some sort of anxiety attacks or whatever, and his doctor tells him to go see a shrink, but he skips out on that last minute. Then he decides to go get drunk with Jack, and he blames Joey for his father's death. First of all, whoever is writer of Jack's character, they need to stop writing for his character, because Jack isn't that much of a jerk. He was a major jerk in this episode. I don't really like the awkwardness between Joey and Dawson. They always give Jen something hilarious to do and I love it. It's exactly like season 1 Jen and I love season 1 Jen. I love how she and Nora get revenge on Charlie. I was laughing the whole time. I love how they made him strip naked, made him close his eyes, and then then they locked him out of the room. It was awesome! Pacey discovers that Danny is having an affair with Karen. Well Maybe. But it looks that way. I have no comment on that. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • Jen learns that Charlie is cheating on her, Audrey’s visiting mother heaps abuse on Audrey until Joey shuts her down, and Dawson is unable to go through with the appointment with a grief counselor and Pacey learns that Karen is having an affair with Dannymoreless

    This was an interesting episode on many levels. From the comical scene when Jen and Nora let Charlie think he is in for a threesome to the tragic moment when a drunken Dawson transfers guilt feeling about his father’s death onto Joey.

    Also we learn about this season’s new characters and the new life and relationships of the five main characters.

    Pacey’s emerging maturity of demonstrates how living in the “real world” can allowed a person to overcome feelings of inferiority that are the legacy of an abusive family.

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

Rebekah D. Hofmann

Rebekah D. Hofmann


Guest Star

Ronn Carroll

Ronn Carroll


Guest Star

Brenda Strong

Brenda Strong

Kay Liddell

Guest Star

Bourke Floyd

Bourke Floyd


Recurring Role

Jonathan Parks Jordan

Jonathan Parks Jordan


Recurring Role

Ian Kahn

Ian Kahn

Danny Brecher

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Jen and Nora play along in Charlie's dorm room, their positions change between shots from back and forth to close together.

    • Goof: When Dawson's doctor calls out to his assistant to make an appointment with a Boston Psychiatrist for Dawson, the appointment is made and confirmed in about 12 seconds.

    • When Joey and Pacey are talking at the boat party, he hair keeps changing between shots.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Dawson: The truth is, Jo, I don't know what to do with myself.
      Joey: Dawson, your dad just died. You've every right to be feeling that way.
      Dawson: You know why I came here this weekend? It was to see a shrink. Well, a grief specialist to be exact.
      Joey: Well, how'd it go?
      Dawson: Didn't. I flaked.

    • Dawson: Joey, for the past 15 minutes, I've been trying to figure out a way to tell you how sorry I am, and I just don't know how. It's like... English is all of a sudden my second language.
      Joey: Aren't we beyond the need for formal apologies at this point? I mean, besides... you were such a jerk last night, I figure you're feeling all kinds of stupid.

    • Dawson: The last time I was here, everybody just walked on eggshells around me, so that just reminded me of everything.
      Jen: Mmm, your life just seems to suck right now in ways that I can't imagine, but... everybody's trying their best, you know?
      Dawson: Yeah, you're right. I'm a lucky guy. I've some pretty kick-ass friends.
      Jen: Don't you forget it.

    • (To Dawson)
      Jen: How was your frat pack experience? Yeah, I can't really picture you hanging out with a bunch of guys who consider the high-5 an acceptable form of greeting.

    • Audrey: Let's try to be good to each other. Ok? 'Cause I know I might be a spoiled brat, but, quite frankly, I'm the only one you've got. And you may be a raging psychotic, but you're my raging psychotic. Do you know what I mean?
      Kay: I'm sorry, Audrey.
      Audrey: Me too, mom.

    • Pacey: If it's any consolation to you, I think Joey's gonna forgive you a lot sooner than you forgive yourself. It will make you feel better.
      Dawson: Thanks.

    • (About Dawson, who is drunk)
      Jack: I'd say he's feeling better.
      Pacey: I'd say he's hardly feeling anything right now.
      Jack: Come on, man. Whatever works.

    • (About Dawson, who is drunk)
      Pacey: You got him drunk?
      Jack: Yeah, he had a few beers at the house. Why?
      Pacey: Well, I kinda thought that the objective was to make him feel better sober.
      Jack: I kinda thought the object here was to make him feel better, period.

    • Audrey: This boat kicks some serious ass, you know?
      Pacey: That it does. And one day, I hope to have one just like it.
      Audrey: But, in the meantime, I mean, it must be quite the chick magnet.
      Pacey: You know, I resent that. Can't a guy just love all things nautical?

    • (About Charlie)
      Jen: I knew it was too good to be true, that I could actually meet a guy that was both cute and honest. What was I thinking?

    • Nora: You're a genius, Jen. I'm so glad you talked me into that.
      Jen: Can you believe that he thought that he could actually talk us into a threesome? I... I mean, no offense, you're really beautiful. It's just not my scene.
      Nora: None taken.

    • Joey: You know, Kay, um, I've sat here this entire meal and listened to you do nothing but cut down your daughter. And I don't know if you're just upset with her because she's not what you want her to be, or because she's 18 and you're not. Audrey may be dramatic, but at least she's never boring. And she may be interested in a lot of different things, but that just makes her well-rounded. And as far as discipline goes, she obviously has a great deal because no matter what you seem to say to her, she somehow manages to grin and bear it. As you can see, I don't really have that kind of discipline. Audrey, let's go. There's a party.

    • Audrey: Mom? Please, stop. You're embarrassing me.
      Kay: Oh, I'm embarrassing you? I'm so sorry, Audrey, but... I don't really think you know what it's like to be embarrassed, not until you have to shell out a 6-figure donation to some hoity-toity new England college just so they'll even consider your daughter... whose academic record is the very definition of embarrassing. You know, the fact that you're here at Worthington at all is a miracle, Audrey.

    • (To Nora and Jen)
      Charlie: I like you... and, uh, I like you... and once upon a time, you both liked me. All right? So I propose... tell me if I'm crazy, here... that, um... we all like each other at the same time.

    • (To Nora and Jen)
      Charlie: We never discussed commitment of any kind.
      Jen: Who never discussed commitment?
      Charlie: You and me... and you and me. Look, come on, guys. This is college. You know how it is.

    • Nora: Who are you?
      Jen: I'm Charlie's girlfriend. Who are you?
      Nora: I'm Charlie's girlfriend.

    • Charlie: I thought we were gonna rock my world tomorrow.
      Jen: Oh. You know what? You're right. I really gotta get one of those palm pilot thingies, keep track of all my liaisons. Oh, well. Just so long as you're here and I'm here... what are your thoughts on getting naked?

    • Kay: Do I look more like Audrey's mother or Audrey's sister? Be honest.
      Joey: Uh... Definitely Audrey's sister.
      Kay: Exactly.

    • Audrey: Mom, do you have any idea how long it's taken me to feel good about my body?
      Kay: And there's no reason you shouldn't, sweetie. It's just a known fact that college freshmen tend to pack on the lbs.

    • Jen: I've become a cliché. I mean, is there anything more trite than blaming a cheating boyfriend on the wayward nature of men when the real culprit here is... it's my own naiveté.
      Pacey: I thought this stuff was normally Jack's area of expertise.
      Jen: Jack, well... Jack; I haven't spoken to in weeks. He's too busy guzzling beer with his neander-creep frat brothers.

    • Jen: Men are such dogs.
      Pacey: That we are.
      Jen: No, it'd be better if they went up to you, sniffed your butt, and peed on you, 'cause they're gonna do it anyway, metaphorically speaking.

    • (About her mum)
      Audrey: We're talking about a woman here, so self-involved and insecure that she used to borrow my clothes and hit on my boyfriends.

    • Joey: Do you need me to take you to the health center?
      Audrey: What? No, why?
      Joey: You're cleaning.
      Audrey: Oh, right, right. I get it. That's a joke, right? Wow. Joey potter made a joke. Maybe I should take you to the health center.

    • Dr. Reiss: I know a doctor in Boston who I think can help you. She specializes in things like this... grief, loss of a loved one.
      Dawson: You mean a shrink?
      Dr. Reiss: Yeah.

    • Pacey: Look, you obviously had a lot of stuff bottled up inside. You combine that with a couple of 12 beers and it's bound to happen.
      Dawson: I'm afraid I said something really terrible to Joey.
      Pacey: Yeah, be afraid. Be very afraid. You put on quite a show last night.

    • (Pacey wakes Dawson up the morning after the party)
      Dawson: Please tell me that how my head feels is no reflection on how I acted.
      Pacey: How your head feels is not a reflection on how you acted.
      Dawson: You're not a very good liar.

    • (Dawson is saying goodbye to Joey)
      Dawson: Can I tell you something, even if it has the potential to make you sad? Joey, when I made the decision not to go back to L.A., all I could do was daydream about this one thing; kissing you. I was so looking forward to this day when it would finally feel right for you and me to give it another try, you know, and for the first time in forever it seemed possible. It seemed like just around the corner and then he died. It just went away. I was living in this fuzzy world of daydreams and I just got yanked out of it and I have no idea how to get back there. And what scares me the most is maybe I never will.
      (Joey kisses Dawson)
      Joey: You'll find your way back. In the mean time, I'll be daydreaming for the both of us.

    • (Dawson comes to Pacey's party drunk and meets up with Joey)
      Dawson: Joey, Joey, Joey. Uh, Joey, I was supposed to call you.
      Joey: Yeah you were.
      Dawson: I was supposed to call you. I am so sorry. Here, hold on, let me rectify this. Hold on, have no fear, Dawson is here. (Dawson pulls out his cell phone and dials Joey's number) I'm calling you right now…Come on Joey, pick up, I know you're there.
      Joey: (Laughing) Dawson. What is up with you tonight?
      Dawson: Quit talking, I'm leaving you a message. (Talking into the phone) Joey, hey it's Dawson. I'm at this party here at Pacey's boat and I wish you were here. You're not here. It sucks that you're not here. I was supposed to call you and I'm so sorry I didn't call you. I meant to, and I was... I was really going to, but you know I couldn't, I just couldn't call you. Does that make any sense? (Dawson then looks at Joey) Does that make any sense? Am I making any sense or am I just rambling on like a drunken idiot on your machine? That's what I'm doing. (Dawson goes back to leaving her a message) But that's ok, because you left me a drunken message, and if you hadn't, I probably would have gone back to L.A. And you know what, I actually... I would probably still be there right now and maybe my dad would still be alive. So, thank you Joey. I appreciate it. (Dawson laughs) Okay, call me. Bye.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Spanish title: Ansiedad, meaning Anxiety.

    • This is the second time we see Dawson drunk in the series with the first time being in Season Two at his birthday party.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Funky Young Flower by Lizzie
      This Side Of Screen by Ides Of Space
      Who Got The Meaning by The Elms
      I Believe by Little Red Rocket
      Top Heavy by The Gentlemen
      Empty by Tait
      Grace by Lure
      12 O'clock Forever by Jane Fontana
      Wash My Hands by Arson Welles
      I Remember by Sabrina Judge


    • The title of this episode is a reference to the movie of the same name, High Anxiety written and directed by Mel Brooks.

    • Audrey: She was the Gisele of her time.

      The quote makes refference to the Brazilian Gisele Bündchen, the world's #1 supermodel in late 90's - early 2000's.