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Dawson's Creek

Season 2 Episode 22

Parental Discretion Advised

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 26, 1999 on The WB
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Episode Summary

As the WB commercial says... "Children must pay for the sins of their fathers."

Dawson sees Mr. Potter dealing drugs and he is unsure whether or not to tell Joey or leave things looking good. Mr. Witter has to stake out the Ice House because the Capeside police department believes that Mr. Potter is back to his usual tricks. When the gang is studying in the Ice House, one of Mr. Potter's customers lights it on fire, making Mr. Witter more suspicious and Dawson's conflict greater. Gale tells Mitch about her new job offer in Chicago and her discussion to go for it. Pacey becomes depressed and his achievement level decreases, now that Andie is gone, which his father teases him for. Finally Mr. Witter does realize her importance and that he has been a bad father. Jack becomes worried that Jen is suicidal when she doesn't immediately leave the burning Ice House. But later, Grams and Jen reconcile, causing Jen to move back in taking Jack also.moreless

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  • A perfect season finale for an above-average season!

    Ok, I cannot tell you how many times I have seen this episode. Everytime I see it, I cry. Especially the ending where Jen and Grams have their talk on the porch with Alanis Morisette's "That I Would Be Good" playing overhead. The story lines all came to a satisfactory conclusion with some suprises as to what is coming for the 3rd season. I do think that the writers could have extended the story line into the 3rd season by expanding on Mr. Potter's story line.

    I look forward to seeing this episode when it comes on again on TBS

  • Mr. Potter goes back to jail for dealing drugs. Dawson and Koey kind of break up. Pacey and his dad get along. Jen and Jack move in with her grandmother.

    This episode was a great way to end season 2. Dawson catches Mr. Potter dealing drugs. I can't believe after all that he's been through that he is dealing drugs. He has no excuse to do it. He finally gets out of jail and he Joey and Bessie just started liking him. I feel sorry for Pacey because Andie isn't there. I am glad Andie is getting help though. Hopefully when I watch season three everything goes back normal. I am glad that Pacey punch his dad in the face. It needed to happen and at the end when they hugged also needed to happen too. I am glad things are looking cool for them. Jen moved in back with her grandmother. It's so cool that that happened. I'm also glad that Jen's grandmmother is letting Jack move in. It's so nice of her. I think Dawnson and Joey are broken up now for good. Hopefully they stay friends in season three. Dawnson's mother is moving to Philadelphia. That will be good for her. She couldn't stand around and waiting for he husband to come back. Hopefully we get to see her once in awhile in season three. Overall this was a great episode. A good way to season three with not really any cliffhangers.moreless
John Finn

John Finn

Sheriff John Witter

Recurring Role

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

Mike Potter

Recurring Role

Richard K. Olsen

Richard K. Olsen

Mr. Milo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • John Witter: You have a test to get to. Don't screw up!
      Pacey: Isn't there any positive words you can ever say to me?
      John Witter: I'm positive that you will not screw up!

    • John Witter: That bastard was lying to me. He's in it up to his neck and he knows it.
      Pacey: Come on, you don't even know if this has anything to do with him.
      John Witter: A random arson incident in the middle of Capeside? Let's consider the chances of that, Pacey. If God hadn't blessed ya with my good looks, I wouldn't know whose son you were. Why don't you drive yourself home before you make another embarrassing comment?
      Pacey: I think I'll walk.
      John Witter: As if I care.
      Pacey: Nobody assumed you did, Pop.
      John Witter: You'll have to excuse my son, boys. His girlfriend moves away and all of a sudden it's his time of the month.
      Pacey: Screw you, okay?
      Pacey: (Mr. Witter grabs his arm and Pacey quickly removes it) Get your hands off me! You don't touch me again! Ever!
      John Witter: Finally, my boy gets a pair and all it took was getting his heart broken by some girl with a few screws loose.
      Pacey: (Pacey punches him) Andie did more for my life in six months than you did in 16 years, you rotten, drunkard, son of a bitch! So if you want to make fun of me, if you want to bust on me, that's fine. But if you so much as make one more even slightly disparaging comment about the woman I love, you're going to policing this town from a hospital bed, you understand me? And one more thing, even if Mr. Potter was involved in all this, he's still 10 times the father you ever were!

    • Joey: (To Dawson) What I have to say, you're not going to like, so I'll say it quickly. I hope one day that I'll be able to forgive my father for all of this, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to forgive myself, but I know that I will never forgive you. See, Dawson, there are certain circumstances that love can not overcome and from now on... I don't want to know you.

  • NOTES (9)

    • Spanish title: A Discreción de los Padres, meaning Parental Discretion.

    • Executive producer Paul Stupin talks about Wilmington, NC during the audio commentary of this episode. Being an old town, every building in Wilmington is supposed to have a ghost story. There is an inn called the "Wilmingtonian" where they used to stay while filming. In this old inn, the room behind the front desk was supposedly haunted. One of the writers stayed there, and was woken up in the middle of the night with the hairs on her neck standing straight out and sensing a presence. Another writer who stayed in that room supposedly saw a figure in the mirror. There is also a restaurant in Wilmington where a waitress claims that once when she was working on the upper floor, she turned around and saw an apparition standing out on the balcony. It was a fellow dressed as a soldier.

    • The Police Captain's office used in this episode was actually the original Capeside High School Principal's office. Right outside, behind Katie Holmes, was the hallway set for Capeside High School.

    • All the scenes dealing with The Ice House on fire were filmed at the end of shooting before the show was wrapped for Season 2. Apparently, it is common practice to put those scenes with hard to produce elements like fire off until the very end.

    • The actual location of the Ice House was a real bar and night spot in Wilmington, NC.

    • Executive Producer Paul Stupin mentions this true story during the audio commentary of this episode: A night, a girl who was swimming was caught in some currents. Joshua Jackson who was swimming as well, saved the girl, making it tho the local newspapers as a hero, and was known around Wilmington as "the guy who saved the drowning girl". The show crew held a big ceremony on the set, where they gave Joshua a life preserver in honor of his heroic deeds.

    • The river that can be seen in the background in the scene when Pacey is talking to his father is the Cape Fear River, which is considered one of the most polluted rivers in the country.

    • The Ice House had to be written out of Dawson's Creek because the owners of the actual Ice House wished to discontinue their affiliation with the show.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Hit So Hard by Hole
      Why I'm Here by Oleander
      Letting Go by Sozzi
      Moon Beneath My Feet by Kim Stockwood
      That I Would Be Good by Alanis Morissette