Dawson's Creek

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 17, 1998 on The WB
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Episode Summary

When a major hurricane moves inland, all take refuge in the Leery home, where Dawson rages at Jen about her past, and Mitch storms out after learning of Gale's affair. That leaves a tormented Dawson to deal with their fallout. Meanwhile, Pacey ruins his brother's chances to get together with Tamara at her beach house when they are all three trapped there during the hurricane.moreless

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  • Hurricane Bob First episode that got me hooked!

    The episode's in my top 3 of season one episodes because it establishes characters in a way the previous four episodes hadn't--it's more effective than the pilot in world building. The characters are confined in one house with secrets and prejudices concealed within the hearts and minds of those characters. The hurricane storm isn't the only hurricane in Capeside, and the storm won't be as destructive as the metaphorical hurricane descending upon Leery manor.

    Dawson bitches about his life and his mother. Joey uses the "mother card" and reminds Dawson that he's blessed to have his mother, and for one of the seven times in the entire series, Dawson's speechless. Joey doesn't have much of a story in the episode --she just drifts from storyline to storyline.

    Pacey, Doug and Tamara spend the day in Tamara's luxurious house on the coast (a high school English teacher makes THAT much?). Obviously, this is the first episode with Doug Witter.

    "Hurricane" moves Mitch & Gail's storyline forward and even Bessie's with Bodhi and Grams.

    At the end, Joey wishes that she could return to her childhood for one night to remove herself from the drama of everyday life..moreless
  • Great episode!

    Dawson confronts Gale about her affair with Bob. A hurricane is headed toward their area. Jen and Grams stay with the Leery's, as does Bessie, Joey, and Bodie. Grams comments how Bessie and Bodie are in sin by having a child while they aren't married. Jen talks to Joey about Dawson and his feelings about her having been with other guys. Pacey and his older brother, Doug, go to Ms. Jacobs to protect her. Doug likes her, but Pacey is extremely jealous. Tamara turns down Doug's offer to go out. Jen talks to Dawson about her mistakes and they forgive each other. Joey wants to go back to being a kid again with Dawson. Gale tells Mitch about her affair. He tells her that he doesn't love her anymore and that he can't see her anymore either.

    This episode was great! It was sad about Gale and Mitch. It goes to show how dangerous and wrong that adultery is. I sort of agree with Grams about Bessie and Bodie. They should be married before having sex, but I wouldn't judge their races. Jen's life seemed pretty wild before. I'm glad she's changed. This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • Powerful !

    Storyline ? Almost all our main stars are forced to stay in Dawson's home when a hurricane attacks the town but it's not the hurricane that's scary. It's the unbelievable revelations that awaits everybody. Dawson's mother, Gale, tells Dawson's father,Mitch, that she has been sleeping with another man and the consequences are horrible. Jen opens up to Dawson about her terrible sex life. Down at the beach we meet Pacey's brother. Might it be a coincidence that Pacey and his brother end up staying at Tamara's house for a night ? It could be but I know Dawson's Creek so I know it isn't. Things heat up when Pacey's brother starts flirting with Tamara. Pacey gets jealous and tells Tamara that his brother is gay so his brother points a gun at him. Also Joey's sister's boyfriend has a little face off with Jen's grandmother who is a racist and against having a baby before marriage because of her relegious beliefs. Lots of things happening in this episode. I enjoyed it. A huge improvement from the previous episode. This is the episode that set Dawson's Creek on the right track in my oponion. Very intense. The scene with Gale and Mitch were very cool. Betrayal and consequences is one of the best things I look for in these types of shows. The dialogue was all so powerful. I liked how Joey's sister stood up to Jen's mother or the sweet speech Pacey did for Tamara in the end. As disgusting as I thought Tamara and Pacey's relationship was I'm kind of starting to like it. Things are heating up on Dawson's Creek. This was a superb episode :Dmoreless
  • A Hurricane comes to Capeside which makes Dawson, Jen, Joey and their families stuck at Dawson's house and Pacey and Doug stuck at Tamara's house.

    "Hurricane" is definitely one of my favourite season 1 episodes. I love this episode because the storm just makes everything more intense. Gale telling Mitch about the affair was really dramatic. It's definitely my favourite scene in this episode. I love the tension between Joey, Jen and Dawson. I love how Jen reveals more about her past with telling Dawson that she lost her virginity at 12 and her pregnancy scares. I love how Joey tells Dawson off and plays "Dead Mom" card. Pacey, Doug and Tamara stuck in the house was very entertaining. I love how Doug tries to flirt with Tamara and Pacey gets jealous, but Tamara assures Pacey that nothings going on. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • hurricane hits capeside.

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Ric Reitz

Ric Reitz

Bob Collinsworth

Guest Star

Patt Noday

Patt Noday


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 (1)

    • When Jen goes out onto Dawson's porch she can be seen lighting up and smoking a cigarette. This is the only time in the entire episode we see Jen smoke.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Joey: I'm sorry for using the mother card. I keep it in my back pocket and it's way too easy. I shouldn't have done it.
      Dawson: Joey, I don't know what I would do if I lost my mother.
      Joey: It hurts, Dawson. (Pauses) I mean, you're born, and you die, and you make a lot of mistakes in between. You know? (Pauses) Funny thing is, you know... now that she's gone... I can't seem to remember a single mistake.

    • Dawson: Everything's postponed because of the hurricane. My life included.
      Joey: Dawson, your life is a hurricane.

    • Dawson: Got a new award for you mom, but it's not a trophy. It comes in the form of an A and you have to stitch it right here. (Gestures to his chest.) Congratulations.

    • (Walking in the kitchen and finding his parents kissing.)
      Dawson: A flashlight, candles, cold shower and batteries.

    • Gale: I'm an adult Joey. I'm supposed to set an example.

    • Bodie: What do you object to, Mrs. Ryan? The fact that I'm black and she's white? Or the fact that we're unmarried and about to have a child born out of sin?
      Grams: What I object to, more then any of that, is when children raise children. Is when young people like Bessie and yourself have no background in parenting of a mixed race baby. Get ready, Bodie. When that child is born, people will look upon him as different.
      Bessie: Half-black, half-white, it doesn't matter what this child will be. Reguardless of how he looks, this child will be 100% loved.

    • Mitch: So... why did you do it? Why did you cheat on me?
      Gale: Get ready Mitch, if you think it can't get worse, it can. My reason why I was unfaithful is preposterous. I have no reason. I woke up one day a few months ago and I realized that my life was perfect. Everything I've ever wanted from the time I was six, has been realized. I've discovered that perfection obtained is a discomforting state. And I got restless. What do you do when everything in your life is right? When everything is just what you wanted it to be? I have the perfect home, career, the most gifted child, a husband who stimulates me mind, body, and soul every day of my life. I wanted more for nothing. And I guess that made me feel empty not wanting. I justed wanted to "want" again. So, I set out to achive it. And, boy oh boy, did I succeed. Because what I want now, I want back everything I've lost. Mitch, I'm so sorry. It was...
      Mitch: Shhh. Let's just sit here. I don't want to talk anymore.

    • Jen: Are you okay?
      Dawson: I don't get it. I have these two adolescent parents that bump like rabbits everyday of their life. You'd think that would be enough. Evidently Dad couldn't keep up and Mom just said 'Hey!'
      Jen: Don't Dawson. These things have very little to do with sex.
      Dawson: Is the proposition of monogomy such a Jurassic notion? I mean, is it no longer reasonable to think that two people can be enough for each other their entire lives?
      Jen: I don't know.
      Dawson: Maybe it's chemical. Maybe it's some kind of hormonal imbalance that causes one to fornicate with their coworkers. Maybe it's not just Bob. Maybe it includes the whole 6 and 11 action news team.
      Jen: Your mother is a good woman.
      Dawson: You defend her, you would. It makes sense.
      Jen: Excuse me?
      Dawson: You heard me.
      Jen: Yeah and you better clarify yourself right now before I rip your head off.

    • Mitch: It's Bob, isn't it? The first time I saw you, it on the pier at the marina and you were with that girlfriend of yours, that woman who would never shut up. Talk, talk, talk all the time. I can't remember her name. It was one of those soap opera names, you know like, I don't know, like, Lexis, or Dorian.
      Gale: Phoebe.
      Mitch: Ah, Phoebe. And from the minute Phoebe introduced us, I knew that I loved you. I mean, it was that quick, you know, because love comes that quick. It's like a decision. Love is a decision that you make and I made it, right there on the spot. What I need for you to know is that our love came quick and it's lasted. It's weathered the storm. But as quickly as I made that decision 20 years ago to love you, I'm taking it back. I don't want to love you anymore. I choose to hate you now.
      Gale: No, Mitch. Don't.
      Mitch: It's already done just like that. So I suggest that you get OUT OF THE CAR before I physically remove you from it.

    • (Dawson flops on his bed after fighting with Jen, then hears a sneeze)
      Dawson: Oh, don't tell me.
      (Opens his closet door to find Joey inside)
      Joey: Don't mind me. Just passing through.

    • Gale: I discovered perfection obtained is a discomforting state...

    • Dawson: Take two?
      Jen: (Crying) Um hmm.

    • Pacey: (To Ms. Jacobs) Well, I'd be older, so I could tell the world about this wonderful woman who I am rapidly falling in love with.

    • Mitch: (To Gale) I don't want to love you anymore. I choose to hate you now.

    • Jen: Well, I guess I'm no longer the virgin queen of Dawson Leery's hand-held fantasies.

    • Jen: We're not all as pious as you, Dawson. Some of us are not imaginary characters in a Spielberg film. Some of us live in reality.

    • Jen: Oh, Grams, I forgot to tell you the Lord sent a fax while you were out. Something about the Armageddon.

    • Doug: Listen, Pacey! I'm not gay!

    • Dawson: Gotta get ready for Hurricane Bob.
      Gale: Hurricane Chris.
      Dawson: Oh, that's right. Chris is the hurricane. Bob's the anchorman.

    • Joey: (To Dawson) Fasten your seatbelt. It's gonna be a bumpy life.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Movie references:

      The dialog includes references to:
      Twister (1996)
      The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
      The Towering Inferno (1974)
      Jaws (1975)
      It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
      Pocketful of Miracles (1961)