Dawson's Creek

Season 5 Episode 7

Text, Lies and Videotape

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 21, 2001 on The WB
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Jen helps Dawson go to the shrink he ran away from the week before. Dawson still thinks that the whole idea of sharing his thoughts with a complete stranger is weird, but he is surprised with how much he learns from it. Back home, he has to handle the problem with his father will, which does not include Lily. Meanwhile, Joey is working on a project about old love letters written by an obscure writer, and with the help of Audrey's audition tape for "The Real World: Ibiza", she manages to catch something no one of the fellow students caught. Pacey confronts Karen about the risks she is taking for having an affair with Danny, and Karen is hurt when Danny's wife shows up at a dinner party and he blows her off completely.moreless

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  • Dawson starts seeing a therapist. Joey and a bunch of other students try to find out who this dead lady wrote to. Pacey knows that Danny is having an affair with Karen, and he let's Karen know, that he knows.moreless

    8.5
    This episode of Dawson's Creek was really interesting. I think it may have lacked some drama, but it was very interesting and it kept me interested. Dawson is now seeing a therapist. This therapist is so different than the one that Jen saw. I think it's interesting, I hope he continues to see her. I'm not sure if I missed an episode, but when did Jen become a radio host? But that's awesome. No jack in this episode, but I'm glad because he was acting way too much out of character. Let's talk about the best part of this episode, Joey. I was just so fascinated with Joey trying to look for who wrote the letter. I actually got interested in wanting to know who wrote it. Though I think it's very inappropriate for a teacher to have a bunch of students at his house, I do find analyzing those letters interesting. Now it's confirmed that Karen and Danny are having an affair. I feel so sorry for Danny's wife. I do like Karen though, and I wish she would dump Danny. She said she would end it, but after that message/phone call, she might now. I'm hoping she starts a relationship with Pacey. I give this episode a 8.5/10.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)

Mary Beth Peil

Mary Beth Peil

Evelyn "Grams" Ryan

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Dr. Rachel Weir

Guest Star

Gwendolyn Whiteside

Gwendolyn Whiteside

Cassandra

Guest Star

Pam Hurley

Pam Hurley

Emily Brecher

Guest Star

Mary-Margaret Humes

Mary-Margaret Humes

Gale Leery

Recurring Role

Ken Marino

Ken Marino

Professor David Wilder

Recurring Role

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Audrey Liddell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (35)

    • (Looking at Audrey's audition videotape)
      Audrey: (Narrating to the camera) I know, great birthday present. I mean what 14-year-old wants to fend for themselves like an adult? But, I have to forgive her, I know that. 'Cause forgiving her is the only way I'm ever going to be good to anyone else. The part that is really terrifying is that I think that... I don't know, I'm like turning into her. I'm loud, shameless, bossy, and I freak people out sometimes. But I don't think I can change that. 'Cause even if I don't particually like who I am, at least I know who that is. And even if I tried to change, who the hell knows who I'll be?
      (Joey excitedly rises to her feet and turns off the tape)
      Audrey: What? What's wrong?
      Joey: Nothing's wrong. That's great, that's it. That's the one.
      Audrey: But I'm just sitting there talking to myself.
      Joey: Exactly.
      Audrey: But isn't it kind of cheesy and vulnerable?
      Joey: No, it's you. It's the real you. That girl in the video who's not afraid to look stupid, that's the real you. And for what it's worth, I met your mom and your're nothing like her.

    • Audrey: Joey, I'm having problems with the tone of my audition tape. Do I go for vixen, vamp, or all-out slut?
      Joey: Well, just as long as you plan on representing all colors of the rainbow.

    • Dawson: I seem to have won a film festival in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Which is... really bizarre because I never entered a film festival in Hooksett, New Hampshire.
      Gale: No, but your father did. Yep. He wasn't very good with little details, but... he always believed in you.

    • Dawson: You still up?
      Gale: Oh, if I don't keep reading, I'll wind up only speaking baby talk.

    • Karen: I'm just another single female with a destructive dating pattern.
      Pacey: Well, then do like you said. Change it.
      Karen: What does that even mean, "change it"? I mean, to what? To you?

    • Karen: You know, I hate you for making me say this, but... thank you.
      Pacey: For what?
      Karen: For this... for bringing me dinner, for listening the other night, for trying to save me when I told you not to, for not saying, "I told you so."

    • (About Professor Wilder)
      Audrey: You don't care that you've obviously impressed him and that he obviously thinks you're special?
      Joey: Heh. No. I just don't care at all.

    • (Dedicating a song to Dawson on the radio)
      Jen: Tonight I have a dedication of my own. And this one goes out to a very old friend who's seen me at my best and at my worst, and one night at Mercer pond, got a pretty good view of me in nothing at all.

    • Professor Wilder: You're a freshman. Your brain has yet to be encoded with your discipline's received ideas.
      Joey: Oh so, in nonacademic terms, I'm just too stupid to know any better?
      Professor Wilder: Would you settle for having an open mind? For most people in college, that's the first thing to do.

    • Professor Wilder: (Quoting Kafka) "Writing letters is like communicating with ghosts, and not just the ghost of the person addressed, but with your own ghost as well."

    • Karen: You ever wish you were someone else?
      Pacey: Yeah. Harrison ford, 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'.

    • Karen: Married men don't leave their wives for waitresses they're sleeping with?
      Pacey: Yeah.
      Karen: Thanks for the news flash.

    • Danny: You know, I'm so sorry you're gonna be stuck back here all night. I mean, I feel like the wicked stepmother that's keeping you from the ball.
      Pacey: I think my inner princess will get over it.

    • (Dawson tells Jen about Mitch neglecting to add Lily to his will)
      Jen: He just made a mistake, Dawson.
      Dawson: I know. I'm not saying he's perfect.
      Jen: I know, but you just seem... you're so afraid to get mad at him.
      Dawson: I'm not. What good... it's not gonna change anything.
      Jen: But it might change you.

    • Joey: Who is that honest with someone they're sexually attracted to? People can be friends, right, best friends, but the second sexual attraction comes into it, it's like all bets are off as far as honesty is concerned.
      Professor Wilder: So, you don't think people can be both friends and lovers?
      Joey: I do. I hope I do, but... not at 18.

    • Professor Wilder: People can't be at ease with other people who are giving them grades?
      Joey: No. Or at least they shouldn't be.
      Professor Wilder: Good point.

    • Gale: Well, you know, Dawson, eventually things are gonna have to start getting back to normal around here.
      Dawson: Were things ever normal around here?

    • Karen: You know, in the real world, sometimes people actually have to do things that are not so enjoyable and accept things that are a little less than perfect, and compromise for reasons that sometimes people are too immature to comprehend. In which case, they should just stay the hell out of it.

    • Karen: I never asked you to have sympathy for me.
      Pacey: You didn't ask me to have sympathy, and believe me, I've been trying not to.

    • (To Pacey)
      Karen: You with a law student. Probably could have come in handy some day.

    • Dawson: Am I just lying to myself?
      Dr. Weir: Dawson, losing someone you love... losing them suddenly, with no logical explanation... the brain isn't set up to cope with something like that. And along the way, a few lies here and there... it's probably par for the course. The only problem is when you start convincing yourself that the lies are true.

    • Dawson: I don't really do anything. I think I'm frozen between the past and the future. I mean, there's no reason I couldn't go back.
      Dr. Weir: Except for the panic attacks... and your mom, who obviously needs you, and your baby sister.
      Dawson: Right. I guess... I guess that wasn't all that true either, was it?

    • Dawson: I've been having these attacks.
      Dr. Weir: Panic attacks?
      Dawson: Yeah. And I know they're my way of dealing with my father's death.
      Dr. Weir: And you're sure about that?
      Dawson: Well, I mean, nothing else is really all that different in my life right now.
      Dr.Weir: Nothing else?
      Dawson: I guess that's not really true, is it?

    • Audrey: Would it be so awful if some incredibly gorgeous guy found you attractive?
      Joey: Well, has it ever occurred to you that the goal of the college experience is not to be reduced to a piece of meat?
      Audrey: Oh, so you'd rather be a brain in a jar?
      Joey: Well, then I wouldn't have to worry about what I'm wearing.

    • Joey: Audrey, I really don't think anyone's gonna be noticing what I'm wearing.
      Audrey: Ok, and where would Madonna be if she had that attitude?

    • Audrey: How come your film geek looks like Tom Cruise and the one who worships me looks like the kid who doesn't want to go to the dance in Sixteen Candles?

    • (To Dawson, about therapy)
      Jen: Really, it's not so bad, trust me. 90% of people on this Earth can benefit from a little honest to goodness time on the couch.

    • Jen: Freud was actually considering himself quite lucky if he could manage to convert hysterical misery into common everyday unhappiness.
      Dawson: So, the goal here is unhappiness?
      Jen: Exactly.

    • Jen: You know, it's not really so bad.
      Dawson: Therapy?
      Jen: Yeah.

    • (Dawson and Gale remember Mitch)
      Dawson: I miss him.
      Gale: So do I.
      Dawson: He could be so...
      Gale: I know, I know. He couldn't make a PB&J without getting jelly in the peanut butter jar.
      Dawson: And he refused to buy socks. He would just borrow mine... I loved him. You know?
      Gale: Me too!

    • Dawson: I'm not going back to USC.
      Gale: Okay.
      Dawson: Okay?
      Gale: The last thing I want you to do is go back to a school that you don't like out of some misplaced desire to honor your father's memory.
      Dawson: But he was so set on me going back there.
      Gale: No, he wasn't ready to give up on the dream, but he would've. You had your reasons for leaving; you'd have won him over.
      Dawson: You think?
      Gale: Oh honey, under all that bluster of concern, he knew it was your decision to make.

    • Professor Wilder: Most people when they get to college feel really insecure. Seems like everybody around them knows so much more, so they race to catch up, they pretend to know things instead of slowing down to actually learn them, because they don't realize that the discomfort of uncertainty is the most precious part of the experience. If you can fee comfortable not knowing, you can learn anything, anything, and if not then you've stopped before you've begun.
      Joey: Well for a while I was feeling insecure.
      Professor Wilder: No!
      Joey: And I just... I guess what I'm saying is, thanks for choosing me to be on this project.
      Professor Wilder: Thank you for sticking with it.

    • Joey: Well I think that Rose Azar's greatest confidant was another writer. I think she was Rose Azar.
      Professor Wilder: I'll Bite.
      Joey: Well, I think she was writing the letters to herself. I think they were like a journal or a diary or a confessional of some kind because they're all about writing and there are not envelopes and there's no small talk like in all the other letters.
      Professor Wilder: Yeah, the interesting ones.
      Joey: Right. I mean, they're all filled with references about what's going on around her. You know, everyday life, political events, mutual friends, publishers, editors, and these letters are all about herself. Her fears and insecurities, the real her and I think that the only person that she was brave enough to share that with was herself... Am I a total idiot?
      Professor Wilder: No. Joey Potter, I think that hush you're hearing is the silence of 5 people simultaneously asking themselves, 'why didn't I think of that.'

    • Dawson: I think the worst part about it was that my mom didn't even seem to care. It was like she expected him to mess this thing up. Maybe that's why I got so mad.
      Dr. Weir: So, you were mad?
      Dawson: Yeah. Yeah, I was.
      Dr. Weir: At your mother or at him for not signing it?
      Dawson: At him. I can't be mad at him right now.
      Dr. Weir: Sure you can. Wasn't your father mad at you? You told me he laid down the law, bought you a plane ticket.
      Dawson: Yeah, I gave it right back to him.
      Dr. Weir: And you had reasons for that.
      Dawson: Well yeah, but he obviously had reasons for wanting me to go back to USC.
      Dr. Weir: Yes, he did. And maybe he was wrong. If he were here and we could ask him, we would probably find out that all those reasons were more about him. His hopes, his expectations and just because he died doesn't mean that he gets to win the argument.
      Dawson: When I remember that night, all I feel is furious.
      Dr. Weir: That's ok. That's how you feel.
      Dawson: So what do I do now?
      Dr. Weir: What every 18 year old has to do, decide what to do with your own life.
      Dawson: What if I don't know?
      Dr. Weir: That's fine too. Although, personally, I think you do know.

    • (Dawson is looking for Mitch's will)
      Dawson: You don't think it could be at the restaurant do you, like in a drawer somewhere in the office?
      Gale: I thought you were going to stop looking.
      Dawson: I was, but I can't.
      Gale: But you heard what Mr. Brenzy said didn't you? It's a technicality. It doesn't matter honey. Everything will be fine.
      Dawson: It would be better if we could find it. I mean it's got to be here somewhere.
      Gale: Dawson. Stop!
      Dawson: Why?
      Gale: Because you are scaring me!
      Dawson: You found it didn't you?
      Gale: Page 63 of the Steven King novel on his night stand.
      Dawson: And it's not signed?
      Gale: Never thought it would be. Honey, your father was a lot of things, but he uh, wasn't good with details.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Gale: Page 63 of the Steven King novel on his night stand.

      Stephen King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author, screenwriter, musician, columnist, actor, film producer and director.

    • Professor Wilder: (Quoting Kafka) "Writing letters is like communicating with ghosts, and not just the ghost of the person addressed, but with your own ghost as well."

      Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was one of the major German language fiction writers of the 20th century.

    • Jen: Freud was actually considered himself quite lucks if he could manage to convert hysterical misery into common everyday unhappiness.

      Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), was an Austrian physician who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology.

    • Karen: You ever wish you were someone else?
      Pacey: Yeah. Harrison ford, 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'.

      Raiders of the Lost Ark (also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark) is a 1981 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford. It is the first film in the Indiana Jones franchise.

    • Audrey: (To Joey) How come your film geek looks like Tom Cruise and the one who worships me looks like the kid who doesn't want to go to the dance in Sixteen Candles?

      Katie Holmes (Joey) would marry Tom Cruise four years later.

      Sixteen Candles is a 1984 coming-of-age film written and directed by John Hughes.

    • The episode title Text, Lies and Videotape is a nod to the 1989 independent film Sex, Lies, and Videotape directed by Steven Soderbergh.

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