Dawson's Creek

Season 4 Episode 10

Self Reliance

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 20, 2000 on The WB
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Self Reliance
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Joey can't find a moment alone to study or deal with her feelings. Dawson's collaboration with Mr. Brooks begins, rejuvenating his filmmaking spirit. Jen takes Jack to a "Gay-Straight Coalition" meeting but she seems to fit in with the crowd more than Jack does.

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  • Dawson decides to start filming again, and he starts out with the Life Story of Mr. Brooke. Joey does bad on a test. Will she be given a second chance. Jen tries to get Jack to join a gay group". Is this group right for Jack?moreless

    8.0
    This is another good episode of Dawson's Creek. Well I pratically find every episode awesome. Anyways in this episode Dawson is filming Mr. Brooks. It's great seeing Dawson film again. I love the friendship between Mr. Brooks and Dawson, and I love how it grows stronger in every episode. I liked near the end of the episode that Mr. Brooks started to get personal. Joey is stressing in this episode. And instead of getting help with babysitting, and helping run the Bed in Breakfast, she pushes Pacey away. In result she gets a C- on her test. I love how Pacey convinced the teacher to give her second chance. That was really sweet of him. Jen decides that Jack needs to hang around my gay people, so she brings him to this gay youth meeting. I hate the leader of the group. He is so judge-mental. He is so crazy with stereotypes it drives me sick. I'm so glad that Jack doesn't want to be part of that group, because it makes me sick. IF Jack were to join a gay group, it should be with a group that don't judge people. Though not so much drama, but enjoyable, I give this episode a 8/10.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)

Tim Grant

Tim Grant

Family Guy

Guest Star

Elaine Nalee

Elaine Nalee

Nurse

Guest Star

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Gretchen Witter

Recurring Role

David Monahan

David Monahan

Tobey Barret

Recurring Role

Harve Presnell

Harve Presnell

Mr. Arthur Brooks

Recurring Role

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    • Jack: So how does it feel to have a dream come true?
      Dawson: How would I know? Do I look like I'm trapped in an elevator with Kate Hudson?

    • Tobey: That's when you really know you're gay. When your sister has to fight your battles for you. But you don't know what that's like, do you?
      Jack: No. I don't. It doesn't make me any more straight.

    • Joey: I don't know why it should bother me, this Dawson and Gretchen thing.
      Pacey: But it does bother you. Look, it's okay that it bothers you. I just want you to be able to tell me that.

    • Pacey: The truth is, what's really bothering you is what happened between Dawson and Gretchen.
      Joey: I'm not upset about Dawson and Gretchen.
      Pacey: No, okay. Maybe you're not. But you're certainly upset about Dawson and you.

    • Joey: I'm sorry if I can't let things roll of my shoulders, Pacey. I don't really have the energy to buck up and be in a good mood, okay? I'm tired. I'm so tired of worrying about Alexander. I'm so tired of waiting on people. And I'm so tired of doing everything by myself.

    • Dawson: Who was this girl who made you give up filmmaking?
      Mr. Brooks: That's what you want to hear? The salacious details?
      Dawson: No. Complex human emotion.
      Mr. Brooks: All right. Come back after supper. I'll try to dredge up some painful memories for you.

    • (About Tobey)
      Jen: I happen to think he likes you. You know, beneath all that militant, angry, young gay man pashing, which is sexy.
      Jack: Yeah, very far beneath. The guy's a fascist dictator.

    • (About Joey having witnessed Dawson and Gretchen kissing)
      Gretchen: I think you should be understanding and sweet and kind.
      Pacey: And if none of that works?
      Gretchen: Force the issue. Be a world class jerk. You can do it, Pacey. I know you can. I have complete and total faith in you.

    • (About Joey having witnessed Dawson and Gretchen kissing)
      Pacey: And, she says she hasn't had time to run her mind over it yet.
      Gretchen: Oh. Big lie.
      Pacey: Yeah. Huge lie.

    • Gretchen: Sometimes if we don't clear these things up, than they can get kinda awkward and that would suck.
      Dawson: Tell me about it.
      Gretchen: So to sum up, last night was strictly a season's greetings kinda kiss.
      Dawson: (He opens the door for her standing close to each other) Uh, yeah.

    • (To Gretchen)
      Dawson: I like you. And... that kiss meant more to me than just 'happy holidays'. And every thing I said the other day was a lie. Well, not a lie because I think I meant it at the time. But I was basically just trying to fool myself because I didn't want to screw up our friendship. I was going to let that fear stop me, but I don't want to, and I'm not going to. Because I don't want to learn that lesson at 17 or anytime for that matter. And you can tell me that you're too old, you can tell me that I'm too young, and you can tell me that I'm not over Joey, but nothing that you say is going to change the fact that I said it. And I'm really glad that I said it, because you're worth risking everything for.

    • Nurse: (To Dawson) I think you're the reason he's not taking his medication. He says it's because it makes him forget things. And I said: well, forgetting can be a good thing. And then he said: not when you're making a documentary.

    • Mr. Brooks: Look, I'm not going to be around forever. Might be nice to leave something behind, you know? Something for people to remember me by. Since the A&E Biography folks aren't going to get to me anytime soon. Would you still be willing to direct this little picture of ours?
      Dawson: Sure.

    • Dawson: Why ruin a perfectly good friendship?
      Joey: Things don't always have to work that way. Look at us. Look at all that's happened. And we're friends. If we weren't, you wouldn't have... you wouldn't have given me this (Her early Christmas present, a picture of her and Pacey) And I wouldn't be sitting here, telling you to do what your heart tells you to do. Truth is, Gretchen would be very lucky to have someone like you.

    • Tobey: People who fit in like you, beat up people who don't like me. I mean, you don't get that, do you? You know, you've probably never had a rough day in your entire life.
      Jack: Hey, you don't know me well enough to assume anything about me. Or how rough it's been for me, or what my life is like or what it's cost me to get where I am.

    • Pacey: What do you see when you see the future?
      Joey: Us. Me and you, Pace. We grew up together. You see, Dawson and I, we didn't grow up. We are in that house, in Dawson's bedroom, eternally having the same argument over and over again, in this endless cycle that goes on and on. And... I can't stop it. Because whenever I'm around him, I become 15.
      Pacey: Well, if that's the problem, and believe me, this isn't easy for me to say, but... you have to talk to Dawson. And then would you please call me?

    • Pacey: You're right. I did come over here tonight to fight about Dawson. But only because I don't want this to become one of those things we never talk about and then I look up one day and you're gone.

    • Pacey: Please, tell me the truth. Because it's certainly not about you and me. I haven't screwed up for at least a day or two.
      Joey: No, you haven't. You never do. You are the perfect boyfriend. You win the perfect boyfriend contest. You beat Dawson. Is that what you want to hear, Pacey?

    • Mr. Brooks: You know why so many great movies are about love triangles? Simple. For every piece of happiness, there's also a piece of unhappiness. If you haven't told both sides, you haven't told the whole story.

    • Jack: Just because a bunch of people share the same sexual orientation, doesn't mean that they have anything else in common.

    • Gretchen: It was just a kiss.
      Pacey: There's no such thing as just a kiss. Especially not in Capeside.

    • Tobey: I'm sorry, was I wrong? You're not the gay football player?
      Jack: No, I am. I'm just not comfortable with labels like that.
      Tobey: I see. And which label bothers you more? Gay or football player?

    • Jen: Jack, your scene, as you so quaintly refer to, it basically consists of me, Dawson and it pains me to say, Grams. Look, I know this is hard for you, but you cannot spend your entire life surrounded by straight people.

    • (About Gretchen)
      Dawson: She's a friend and I would like to keep her one.
      Jack: Aaaah. Famous last words.
      Dawson: Not every kiss has to be a life-altering event.
      Jack: I know. Believe me, I know.

    • Brooks: God intends to kill us all.

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