Dawson's Creek

Season 5 Episode 22

The Abby

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 08, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Pacey leads a revolt against Alex at Civilization. Dawson, Joey and Audrey return to Capeside, leaving Audrey to wonder about their pasts. Joey decides to see her father for the first time since his latest incarceration, while Dawson finally pays a visit to his father's grave. Jack and Jen wonder how they'll spend the summer.moreless

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  • Pacey decides Alex is being to bossy and tries to teach her lesson. Dawson and Oliver are going to work on a project with their agent over the summer. Joey wants to go see her father. Jack and Jen decide what they want to do during the summer.moreless

    This episode was good, I mean very good. I didn't expect some stuff to happen. Ok before we get to the exciting stuff, let's start off with the boring stuff. Dawson and Oliver are going to be working on some project with their agent over the summer. I'm really glad that Dawson and Oliver made up because I actually like Oliver. I think it's great that Dawson visited his father's grave. Now onto Joey. I like the beginning of the episode where Audrey and Joey open the door and throw their water balloons at Joey's English teacher. Anyways, I didn't really want Joey to go and meet her father. I mean, he started selling drugs again, he'll just do it again. But it does add some great drama. Let's move onto some stuff that's a little bit more drama-ish. Jen's parents want her to spend the summer with them at their beach house. I actually think would like for her to spend time with her mom, because her mom seemed nice in season 3. I hate her father because he such a creep. He should be in jail. Anyways I'm glad she said no to them. I like how Jack was trying to help and I love how Grams always surprises you with what she says. Now let's get to the very exciting part of the episode. Alex is acting like a major b!tch. She's bossing everyone around. Everyone decides they are not going to work anymore, leaving everyone's job in Jeopardy especially Alex. Alex is one crazy lady. Pacey can't start his car so Alex offers him a ride. She drives like a maniac. They could have been in 4 different car accidents. I thought they were going to crash. I am so glad Pacey stopped her. I give this episode a 9/10.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

Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn

Alex Pearls

Guest Star

Jason Little

Jason Little


Guest Star

Stephanie Wallace

Stephanie Wallace


Guest Star

Ken Marino

Ken Marino

Professor David Wilder

Recurring Role

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Audrey Liddell

Recurring Role

Nina Repeta

Nina Repeta

Bessie Potter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Although Dawson is telling his father (speaking to his grave at the cemetery) that he made a movie with a guy he met at the film festival in Hooksett, New Hampshire, in real life there is no such film festival. It's likely that the writers just picked the name of a town in New Hampshire that sounded quaint (and one that most viewers had probably never heard of) to fulfill the title Hotel New Hampshire.

    • Goof: When Pacey's car won't start and he gets a ride from Alex he leaves his car unlocked.

    • Goof: There are two time errors in this episode: Dawson: (To Audrey) Kristy Livingstone's three years older than we are. How can that be, when in 2x06 The Dance Dawson and the gang were sophomores in high school and Kristy was a senior? That's two years older, not three. Jack: (To Jen) But this phone call has been five years coming. Jen came to Capeside the day before her sophomore year in high school in 1x01 Pilot, and in this episode it's the end of her freshman year in college. Meaning she only has waited for this call for four years, not five.

    • Grams is 76 years old.

  • QUOTES (32)

    • (To his father, while in the cemetery) Dawson: I lost my virginity. It was Jen. Believe that? After all that, it was Jen. I made a movie with a strange guy I met up at that film festival in Hooksett. And, uh... we got an agent. And now there's this guy in Hollywood who wants us to fly out there and work with him all summer. So I'll finally get to use that plane ticket that you bought me. I guess there's... some symmetry to that. The real thing I wanna talk to you about is, uh... Joey Potter. I mean, is it still ok after everything that's happened to believe that something perfect is possible? I want to be with her. I love her. Ok. (Sniffs) I'll talk to you later. Don't go anywhere.

    • (To Jen about her parents)
      Grams: If your parents have truly found a way to love you, this won't be their last opportunity to prove it.

    • (To Jen about her parents)
      Grams: Your parents have not been very generous with you. In fact, they've been cheap. I don't think this invitation absolves them of that.

    • Pacey: You can't go through your entire life feeling sorry for yourself. No matter what's happened to you.
      Alex: I believe that.
      Pacey: And also that it's never too late.

    • (To Joey)
      Dawson: This producer... this really big producer saw our movie, and he liked it. He loved it, actually, and he wants to fly Oliver and me out to L.A. This summer to work with him, and he wants to be our mentor... you know, help us get our foot in the door. That's what my agent said. It could be a colossal waste of time, but I don't think so. For the first time, I think this is... the beginning of everything I ever wanted.

    • (About Joey's dad)
      Dawson: The last time he got out, he came back into your life, he turned everything into a complete disaster. If he loves you, which he does, then it's understandable that he wouldn't wanna... repeat that again.
      Joey: You're right. It's just... sad.

    • Alex: (To Pacey) I'm a little disappointed in you. I really thought you were untouchable. I thought you were shock-proof.

    • Alex: (To Pacey) You'll never know what you're capable of until you're ready to push the limits.

    • (About Dawson)
      Joey: He's pretty cool that way. The last time I went to visit my dad in jail, he came with me. It was like... he knew I wanted him to be there without me having to ask. That was a long time ago.
      Audrey: Right! Like anything has changed. He drove all the way from New York to Florida just to see you like 3 weeks ago, for God's sake.
      Joey: He did? What are you talking about?

    • (About her dad)
      Joey: What if he hates me, Audrey? I mean, if somebody sent me to jail, I wouldn't exactly rush back to see them either.

    • (About their dad)
      Joey: He doesn't want to see us.
      Bessie: No. He's probably trying to rebuild his life, and he's not too good at that.
      Joey: But Bessie, we're supposed to be the ones to help him through this. We're family.
      Bessie: Exactly why you shouldn't be so quick to judge. Just give him time.

    • Pacey: I want to know what happened to you, Alex. 'Cause I gotta believe people aren't born mean.
      Alex: Are you gonna save me, Pacey?
      Pacey: No. I'm just curious.

    • Jen: I don't even know if I want to spend the whole summer with my parents. Maybe I'd rather spend it with you.
      Jack: Look, we got time. All right, we got all the time in the world. We will have our adventures. I promise you. But this phone call has been 5 years coming. I mean, you gotta see it through, don't you?
      Jen: I mean, why does my life have to stop and start at their convenience? I just feel like I'm doing really well right now... sort of. And if I dive back into that whole mess, I don't know what's gonna happen.

    • Jen: Whenever the subject of my parents comes up, I seem to have this really annoying habit of falling apart.

    • (To Audrey about Pacey)
      Dawson: I don't think you have to let go of your silly romantic fantasies, because I'd be willing to bet he hasn't let go of his.

    • Joey: Hi. It's still visiting hours, right?
      Guard: Who are you looking for?
      Joey: Potter... Mike Potter.
      Guard: Sorry, miss. That inmate was released 4 months ago.

    • (Reading out loud to Civilization investors)
      Pacey: "It is my unfortunate duty as duly designated representative of the staff of Civilization, to inform you that in hiring miss Alexandra Pearl as the manager of this restaurant, you have made a grievous error in judgment. In her short time here she has demonstrated not only complete incompetence, but an utter disrespect for all of her employees. She's manipulative, vindictive, and cruel, and she has created an environment so hostile and unpleasant that we feel it is impossible for us to serve today's meal at a level representative of our abilities."

    • (About Jen's parents)
      Grams: They would really like you to spend the summer... with them.
      Jen: Well, guess the sky is falling.

    • Jen: Yes, the rumors are true. The unthinkable has happened. The sky must, indeed, be falling.
      Jack: We finally did it.
      Grams: Did what, exactly?
      Jen: Oh, nothing, we've just been at the library.

    • (To Dawson)
      Joey: I've decided to go see my dad. I've been thinking about it, and... ever since the night I got mugged there's just been a lot I felt like telling him and asking him stuff.

    • (About Dawson's room)
      Audrey: So... where is it? The room... the scene for so many long nights of teen romance and angst.
      Dawson: Upstairs, last door on the left. Can't miss it.
      Audrey: Damn right I can't miss it.

    • Alex: (To a cook) You simple, simple little man. What kind of an imbecile do you have to be where you imagine that by placating me it's gonna make me hate you any less?

    • Alex: (To a cook) If you move any slower we're gonna travel back in time.

    • Audrey: (To Joey) Next year, if you see me buy anything at all, I want you to tackle me, knock me out, and shred my credit cards.

    • (To Jack, about going on vacation together)
      Jen: I always hated summer camp, and this sounds suspiciously like summer camp, only for longer, and it's much farther away. Well, if I have to do this thing, you know there's nobody on Earth I'd rather do it with than you.

    • Jack: (To Jen) Grams has a more exciting life at 76 than we do at 19.

    • (To Pacey)
      Alex: If you're gonna behave like a toddler whenever you're around me and you're gonna insist on testing my limits, you'd better be prepared to reap the whirlwind, 'cause we will tangle ass and you will lose. And in the process, I will make your life so extraordinarily unpleasant that you will rue the day that god created woman.

    • (About including her story in the "Worthington Literay Review")
      Joey: Thank you again.
      Professor Wilder: It's me who should say thanks. For more than you can possibly imagine.

    • (About Capeside)
      Professor Wilder: Well, at least it's beautiful in the summer, right?
      Joey: Yeah, um... it just feels like this year was such a great step forward, and... going back feels kind of like 2 steps back.

    • (About "The Kiss" story)
      Professor Wilder: Any more chapters to that story?
      Joey: Well, life twisted and turned unexpectedly. He went his way, I went mine.

    • Joey: (To Audrey) I know you're single with a vengeance right now.

    • Jen: You know what? It may be a huge mistake, absolutely horrible. We may come back after a week. But so what? No matter what happens, for the rest of our lives, whenever Costa Rica comes up in casual conversation, we'll be able to say, "Good Old Costa? Yeah, I spent some time there."
      Jack: How often does Costa Rica come up in casual conversation?
      Jen: Hey! You tryin' to kill my buzz, man?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Spanish title: El Nuevo Abby, meaning The New Abby.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Things Look Brighter by Brandtson
      Super High Rocky Road by Fanny Grace
      Serve It Up by Schnockered
      Baba O'Riley by The Who
      Winding Road by Bonnie Somerville
      Long Year by Sweetsalt
      Seven Years by Norah Jones

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Dawson: I lost my virginity. It was Jen. Believe that? After all that, it was Jen. I made a movie with a strange guy I met up at that film festival in Hooksett.

      These are both allusions to episode 5x08 Hotel New Hampshire.

    • Alex: Lots of cats. They'll live everywhere on me, and they'll be in my hair, and I'll just lay around on the sidewalk wondering about Oliver north and the iran contra hearings.

      Oliver Laurence North (1943-) is an American best known for his involvement in the Iran-Contra Affair.

    • (To Joey about Dawson)
      Audrey: Right! Like anything has changed. He drove all the way from New York to Florida just to see you like 3 weeks ago, for God's sake.

      This is an allusion to episode 5x19 100 Light Years from Home.

    • Joey: (About Dawson) He's pretty cool that way. The last time I went to visit my dad in jail, he came with me.

      This is an allusion to episode 1x13 Decisions.

    • Jen: (Singing) Teenage wasteland, it's only teenage wasteland. Teenage wasteland, oh, yeah teenage wasteland, they're all wasted.

      These lyrics belong to Teenage Wasteland by The Who.

    • Jen: (Singing) Out here in the fields, I fight for my meals, I get my back into my living. I don't need to fight to prove I'm right. I don't need to be forgiven yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

      These lyrics belong to Teenage Wasteland by The Who.

    • Jack: Yeah, or, uh, Jeff Probst.

      Jeffrey Lee "Jeff" Probst (1961-) is a six-time Emmy-nominated (once awarded) American television personality, acting as a game show host, executive producer and a reporter. He is best known for his role as the host of the U.S. version of the Survivor reality show.

    • Jen: Just like Indiana Jones.

      Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr., better known as Indiana Jones or Indy after his pet dog, is a fictional adventurer, soldier, professor of history and archaeology, and the main protagonist of the Indiana Jones franchise.

    • Joey: I've decided to go see my dad. I've been thinking about it, and... ever since the night I got mugged, there's just been a lot I felt like telling him and asking him stuff.

      This is an allusion to episode 5x15 Downtown Crossing.

    • Joey: "The Worthington Literary Review"? I thought this hasn't come out yet. Professor Wilder: It hasn't. Turn to page 28.
      (Joey finds out that "The Kiss, by Joey Potter" has been published)
      Joey: But this is a story from the beginning of the year.

      This is an allusion to episode 5x01 The Bostonians.