Dawson's Creek

Season 2 Episode 4

Tamara's Return

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 28, 1998 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Tamara Jacobs, who left town after her affair with Pacey was almost exposed, shares an awkward reunion with Pacey. The encounter triggers old emotions in Pacey and curiosity in Andie. Meanwhile Jack and Joey enjoy art together.

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  • Doesn't the episode title say it all?

    Tamara Jacobs is back and stirrs up things for Pacey. But he really acted like a man towards her. I always liked them together, but all that "I don't want a girl, I want a woman"-crap needs to be over. I really think Pacey should get with Andie. And I think the episode ending showed that I'll be getting that soon :)

    You wanna know what's really stupid? Joey and Dawson. I mean they're finally together and now Joey's unsatisfied with everything he does or they do. She doesn't know herself why she's pushing himself away. It's just a little ridiculous that she drew one picture and suddenly finds herself in a life crisis...moreless
  • Tamara's Return was an excellent episode. Tamara Jacobs returns to Capeside and Pacey is shocked while Andie is starting to have feelings for him.

    Andie seems like she hates Pacey in this episode at first, so who would've figured that she had feelings for Pacey of all people? I mean, she's a straight-a student and Pacey is barely holding on to passing, but hey I guess anything can happen if he slept with his teacher. Meanwhile, Joey has a new interest in Art and Dawson is not really feeling the Art thing and they have a minor argument. Joey gets Jack, the new guy to go with her, and they will soon become closer. Overall, it was a great episode and it will be interesting to see where Andie and Pacey will go from here. I mean, can Andie possibly make him a better student?moreless
  • Tamara Returns. Joey reveals her interest in art. Abby tries to cheer up Jen after Jen throwing herself at Dawson failed.

    "Tamara Returns" was a good episode with the Tamara and Pacey reunion. Other parts of this episode weren't so good. First of all I love all the Tamara and Pacey scenes. I'm glad that their storyline had a final conclusion in this episode. I love that Pacey starts realizing he has feelings for Andie because it's good that he can date someone his age and someone not 40 years old. I love Joey's interest in art. I really thought it could be her life's passion as with Dawson's life passion is with film. I love Joey finding out that Jack has an interest in art as well. I didn't like Jen and Abby in this episode. Re-watching season 2 I love the character Jen a lot more, but I still don't like her in this episode. I just don't like how they were flirting with an older guy. I give this episode 8/10.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan


Guest Star

Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor

Laura Weston

Guest Star

Leann Hunley

Leann Hunley

Ms. Tamara Jacobs

Recurring Role

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Andie McPhee

Recurring Role

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith

Jack McPhee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Dawson wants to tell Pacey that Tamara is back but Pacey tells him that he's late for Mr. Maddock's class but in the previous episode Alternative Lifestyles we learnt that Pacey, Dawson, Andie, Joey, Jen & Abby all have Mr. Maddock's class together so couldn't Dawson just have told him about Tamara in class.

    • Jack is seen in school for the first time, although he has been attending the school for a couple weeks.

    • Goof: When Abby and Jen go to the docks to find Vincent, Abby is seen wearing a jacket over her dress. But when they do a closeup it is gone. Then when Jen and Abby walk away, you see the jacket again.

    • At the end of Alternative Lifestyles, Pacey and Andie are seen talking and it would seem that they have formed a friendship. But when they are first seen in this episode, Andie has no interest in talking to Pacey.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jen: I left home because I couldn't handle being the bad girl anymore. But if being the bad girl means not walking around in a perpetual state of loneliness,then bad girl it is.

    • Pacey: Listen, I know it's over. It has to be, but I just need to know... (Pauses) Do you miss, erm... teaching?
      Tamara: Yes. Very much.
      Pacey: Good, because I miss you teaching. Very much.

    • Pacey: Hey, I've got nothing going on now. So how about we go for a walk around town together.
      Andie: Yeah, what's the joke?
      Pacey: No joke, I've got no plans. And believe it or not, but I'd rather spend my time with you, than than flying solo. So pinch yourself, it's your lucky day. (Pauses) You in.
      Andie: Well yeah, I might as well.
      Pacey: Unless you've had your heart set on watching Dumbo.
      Andie: Nah, I've seen it about 700 times. Your not gonna throw me in front of a bus are you.
      Pacey: That's not such a bad idea McPhee.

    • Joey: Jack, ever since we hired you, its been nothing but a slapstick comedy. I mean break dishes, you misplace orders and you fall all over yourself.
      Jack: Why don't you just terminate me, if I'm such an incompetent moron.
      Joey: We don't want to terminate you Jack. Its just... (Pauses) Alright, you can open. Bessie will be relieved and it will be like a test run. But... (Pauses) Just don't set the kitchen on fire.
      Jack: Well, thanks for that unqualified vote of confidence.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Pacey: Are you kidding, I love Dumbo.

      Dumbo was an animated movie, that was released in 1941, and centered on an elephant with big ears. It is said to be one of the greatest animated movies of all time.