Dawson's Creek

Season 2 Episode 12

Uncharted Waters

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 27, 1999 on The WB
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Uncharted Waters
The gang explores uncharted waters when Dawson and Pacey go on a father-son fishing trip with Mitch Leery and Pacey's grumpy, critical, alcoholic father, Sheriff John Witter, whom does not pass up any opportunity to browbeat and put Pacey down every chance he gets. But tensions really begin when Pacey invites Jack along whom tries to make amends to a reluctant Dawson.

Meanwhile, Jen, Joey, Andie and Abby spend a day with Gale doing a report on teenage behavior in the world today with Abby naturally not passing up her opportunity to insult and provoke conflicts and tension between Mrs. Leery and all girls involved.moreless

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  • Pacey, Dawson, and Jack go on a boating trip with their fathers. Gail interviews Jen, Joey, Andie, and Abby on a news report about teenage girls.

    "Uncharted Waters" is a great episode! I love how Pacey for one second feels as if he's done the right thing when it takes control and catches that big fish. His father is jerk afterwards but for one second his father was proud. I love how Dawson gets to know Jack more in this episode. When Dawson found out about the kiss they're used to be so much tension with those characters, and after this episode the tension goes away. I love how Gail invited Jen, Joey, Andie, and Abby to do a news report on teenage girls. I love how they felt silly about it at first. I love how they went into Dawson's room and find a porno. I love how Abby gets kicked out. I also love of Abby didn't go home when she got kicked out and she bonded with Andie and shared that she stir up trouble because her life is boring. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • Everyone airs theirs problems and Pacey finally tells his father what he thinks.

    In this episode, everyone discusses what their problems are in their lives and finally talk to the people that are causing those problems. Andie confronts Abby, Jen and Joey talk about their mutual love of Dawson and how they will work through their constant attention-getting actions, and Pacey tells off his father, but his father is passed out from drinking too much to hear him. This is the first time that I can remember that we get to see exactly how Pacey's father treats him. While Pacey contemplates how horrible his father treats him, Dawson reminds him that he has Andie and himself who love him. It was a good episode, a little too wordy for me, but that is how everyone was able to get their problems on the table and talk about them.moreless
  • How does one ask their own father, why he hates them?

    This episode may be far from original, but nobody said a classic isn't good. The main story (the Witter drama) is the good part of the episode. I find Joshua Jackson's portrayal of "a messed up young boy" convincing. Ever since the second episode I guess everyone figured out that Pacey Witter is the anti-Dawson in many aspects. The probably best part of the entire episode is the ending where Pacey doesn't make up with his father, but simply accepts him. Because, as we must keep in mind, this is a teenage-show, thus it has certain obligations. One of which is not to paint a too dark picture of reality for those impressionable young minds who watch it. Therefore, in most episodes, there is a never-failing light at the end of the tunnel. But this one breaks the mold.

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Michael Hess

Michael Hess


Guest Star

Deborah Hobart

Deborah Hobart

Mrs. Morgan

Guest Star

John Finn

John Finn

Sheriff John Witter

Recurring Role

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Andrea "Andie" McPhee

Recurring Role

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith

Jack McPhee

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Pacey has just won a first place trophy for catching a large blue marlin fish)
      Sheriff John Witter: Well, be proud of yourself. Enjoy this moment. A loser like you probably won't have many more like it.
      (Sheriff Witter walks off as Pacey angrily sits and Dawson walks over having heard everything)
      Pacey: (To Dawson) Do you have any idea how many times I set myself for that line, over and over and over again? I just can't stop myself from just trying to get one qualified, "good job, son", out of that bastard. He must be right. I really must be a simpleton.
      Dawson: I know it's not the same, but there are other people in your life who recognize and respect your talent and intelligence. One of them is standing right in front of you. The other one is probably sitting in her bedroom having a perky coronary in anticipation from your return from sea.

    • Dawson: Pacey how could you forget to tell me that Jack was coming with us? Come on, I need some preparation time before facing my adversary who stole Joey away from...
      Pacey: (Interrupting) You know what? Screw you, Dawson! This world does not always revolve around you. We can't all be the fair-haired embodiment of perfection. Not all of us have wonder-keen and genius attached to their names. Some of us, like my father and myself, are just simple-minded folk trying to make it through the day without breaking something.

    • Pacey: This sucks, dad.
      Sheriff John Witter: Lots of things in life suck, Pacey! That's why it's my job to prepare a loser like you for that inevitability.

    • (The girls are watching a porno video found in Dawson's room)
      Abby: You are aware that where this tape begins, Dawson finished?
      Andie: Finished what?
      Jen: Shaking hands with the unemployed.
      Joey: Boxing the bald-headed bishop.
      Abby: Test-firing the missile.
      Andie: All right, I get your point, guys.

    • Abby: I make a cancer joke and Joey gets mad, or I make a crazy joke and Andie gets upset, or I make a joke about ho-bags and Jen starts humping the couch.

    • Abby: I play a crucial role in this little circle. I'm the girl everyone loves to hate. I'm the one you can take all your anger and aggression out on. Why you ask? Why can't I be sweet? Because sweet is boring. I don't have family lives like you guys. My parents divorce is boring, my house is boring, there's no drama. So, you know what? I create drama. And I think that's a valid extracurricular activity.

    • John: This is what I mean, Pacey. It's the same thing with you over and over again. The simplest instructions in the world and you find any excuse not to follow them. How do you expect me to give you more responsibility if you can't even adhere to the most rudimentary directions. When I speak, you listen. Don't think, just do! Please! I'm not asking that much!

    • Pacey: So I guess this is as good of time as any to have that father-son talk. (In a gruff voice) So, how ya doin' in school, Pacey? (Back to normal) Actually, Dad, I'm doing alright. I'm really turning things around. Turns out I'm pretty smart. (Gruff voice) Good man, Pacey. Always knew you'd turn out to be something. How the ladies treating you? (Back to normal) Well, I met this woman. (Gruff voice) Is she cute? (Back to normal) (Laughs) Aw, cute, man. Andie's beautiful. She's smart. She's funny. I tell ya, this girl is something special.For whatever reason, she seems to think I'm pretty special, too. Why can't you see that? Why can't you see me, huh? When did you give up on me? When I was 5? 10? 12? I'm 16 years old, Dad! (Starting to cry)) And I'm here and I'm not provin' that but I'm trying so hard for you. It's your job. It's your job to love me no matter who I am or what I become because you're my father! You're my dad! You're supposed to love me you son of a bitch. I can't do this by myself.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Spanish title: Aguas desconocidas, meaning Unknown Waters.

    • Despite being featured in the opening credits, Mary Beth Peil (Grams) and Nina Repeta (Bessie) do not appear in this episode.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      Heaved Away by MacKeel
      Watch Your Step by Matthew Ryan
      If I Had A Boat by Lyle Lovett
      I'm Cool by Reel Big Fish
      C'est La Vie by B*Witched
      Slowly I Turned by Black Toast
      Ode To Stevie by Black Toast
      Suburbia by Moxie
      My Door Is Always Open by Binge
      Bottoms Up by Black Toast
      Peace In The Water by Robynn Ragland
      Best Of Me by Far Too Jones
      This Pain by Adam Cohen