Dawson's Creek

Season 2 Episode 15

... That Is The Question (2)

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 17, 1999 on The WB
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Episode Summary

On Dawson's advice, Joey attempts to heal the wounds of her new romance with Jack left shattered by rumor and innuendo, but when Jack confronts his innermost secrets, their lives and everyone's close to them will never be the same again. Meanwhile, for the first time in his life, Pacey stands up for what he believes in when he takes on an abusive teacher, but the consequences of his convictions are more than he could have imagined.moreless

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  • Rumours about Jack continue to spread and Jack finally admits to himself the truth. Pacey has to decide whether to continue to stand up for what he believes in or apologize to the teacher.moreless

    "... That Is The Question" is my favourite episode in season 2. Part 2 is a lot more dramatic than part 1. I love how Jack comes out to his father in this episode. It's one of the most memorable scenes for me. It's very intense with crying. And it's sad how his father doesn't accept him. I love how Pacey apologizes for spitting on the teacher but he doesn't apologize for his reason for spitting on the teacher. Grams was so awesome in this episode. I love how she accepted and supported Jack right away. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • One good episode!

    After what happened to Jack in school, the rumor just won't stop going around. Even after Joey decided to make the scene in front of everyone, the decision was still back to Joey on what exactly she wanted in her life. Also, she really needed to find out the truth about Jack. I find the McPhee family quite unfortunate. A Father who walked out of them, a Mother having some symptoms, an elder brother who died, Andie on medication, and Jack revealed his sexual preference.

    This episode really touched me when Jack told Joey the truth, and how she took the news while she was still preparing for the romantic dinner.

    The ending was expected that Joey would go to Dawson again through the window. However, the part was so touchy that I found myself in tears seeing Joey going back to Dawson for comfort. :(

    Such a great episode at the end.moreless
  • One of the best episodes of Dawson's Creek!

    Jack finally comes out. He first tells his father that he's gay This is one of the most intense moments of the series. It is up there with Jen's death.

    Jack: You wanna resolve this? Then you ask me again. Joseph: ask you what?

    Jack: the question! Ask me the question again! Ask me if I'm gay ask me.

    Joseph: you are not gay.

    Jack: Yes i am! You know it. I see how you look at me and i know you know. Think about the that you treated me and the way that you treated Tim, because he was the real son and i was different.And as hard as you've tried to stamp it out or to ignore it, I've tried harder. I've tried harder than you to be quiet, and to forget, and to not bother my family with my problem. But I can't try anymore, because it hurts. I'm sorry, Dad. Andie, I'm sorry. I don't want to be going through this. But I am. He then thanks Pacey for standing up for him during Mr. Peterson's class. Then he tells joey that he's gay Joey is heartbroken, but is thankful that he was finally honest.moreless
  • After a frustrating first part "To Be or Not to Be..." , this conclusion is much better because there is some resolutions.

    Jen and her grams stands up to her religious boyfriend about not judging gay people. She tries to dump him and he says he wants to be taught and asks if she is open to change with her liberal views. Jack finally admits to himself and his father/sister and then finally Joey that he's gay and it causes him and Andy to be closer and tell the father to leave. The best part is that Pacey finally gets statements from other students and decides to take his case to the school board from how the teacher acted last week, but the teacher resigns before that happens. Of course after Pacey says that you earn respect not with fear but with compassion, then the teacher leaves his last words of sting with asking Pacey if he should respect him since he's the one who ended his career, where's the compassion in that? I'm glad some things are wrapped up because how many times can people ask Jack if he is gay? Hopefully I won't have to hear that much often, because it should only take one time to figure it out. This episode basically is screaming things are not black and white. It's a huge grey area to try and sort out. Not just one set of right and wrong and things can't just be sorted into good or evil.moreless
Eddie Mills

Eddie Mills

Tyson "Ty" Hicks

Guest Star

Edmund J. Kearney

Edmund J. Kearney

Mr. Peterson

Guest Star

Jenifer Kruskamp

Jenifer Kruskamp


Guest Star

David Dukes

David Dukes

Mr. McPhee

Recurring Role

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Andie McPhee

Recurring Role

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Grams: (To Ty) If Jack is gay, he doesn't need your judgment, young man. The Lord above will be the one to judge him as he will judge all of us. What he needs from you and me and everyone else in this world is love and tolerance. If anything, that boy must feel scared and alone and it will take the understanding of his fellow man to help him through. Let's save judgment for someone much more experienced than you.

    • Dawson: Here I am single, sandwiched in-between two women who both dumped me. I am pathetic.
      Jen: Hey, look at me, I'm dating a Bible thumping hypocrite, okay?
      Joey: Hey, my boyfriend may be gay.

    • Andie: Um, it's just that, I molded you into this person who I thought you should be. I did it to my father too. I thought it was what I needed you know, I place this unfair burden on people just so they can save me from myself. But I realize that I don't need a knight in shining armor, what I need is a partner. Someone who I can be proud to love and who's proud to love me back in spite of all my faults. And... it's you, You're the one Pacey. I'm really sorry.
      Pacey: How come your apology was so much better than mine? I always lose to you Andie. (They kiss) You know, I take that back, I'm definitely the winner here.

    • Mr. McPhee: You are not gay.
      Jack: Yes, I am! You know it. I see how you look at me, and I know you know. Think about the way that you treated me and the way that you treated Tim. Because he was the real son, and I was different. And as hard as you've tried to stamp it out and to ignore it, I have tried harder. I've tried harder than you, to be quiet, and to forget it, and to not bother my family with my problem. But I can't try anymore, because it hurts. I'm sorry Dad. Andie, I'm sorry. I don't want to be going through this, but I am.

  • NOTES (3)


    • The title of this episode ...That is the question is part of the first line of a very famous speech from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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