Dawson's Creek

Season 5 Episode 5

Use Your Disillusion

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 07, 2001 on The WB
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Dawson takes Joey up on her invitation for a weekend in Boston, but the two have reservations once there. Meanwhile, Jack is surprised when his boyfriend Tobey shows up unexpectedly forcing Jack to choose between fraternity hell week and spending time with Tobey.

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  • Dawson goes to Boston for a weekend and hangs out with Joey. Tobey comes to visit Jack, but wants to spend more time at the Frat than with Tobey. Jen catches Charlie with another girl.moreless

    This episode was actually pretty good except for some out of character stuff, but that doesn't make a difference to the score. Dawson stays the weekend in Boston with Joey. I'm liking this storyline of Dawson. Something is totally up with his behavior. I think it's rude of him not to take the book Joey gave him, but it's understandable because his father died. I just wish I knew what was wrong with him. But that's probably for another episode. Jack was the out of character one in this episode. I mean he was just a little bit out of character, so that's why the score isn't lower. Tobey should be #1, not #5. Jack acted like a total jerk. I feel so sorry for Tobey. I wish Jack would have met with him before he left. It's too bad they broken up now, because I just started liking Tobey. Jen catches Charlie with another girl. It turns out it's his sister and Jen totally freaks out and pours a milkshake on his pants. Funny moment! But Charlie turns out to be a jerk, because Jen catches him kissing another girl. I think Pacey's boss might be gay because it sounds like he's totally in love with Pacey. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • In this episode it shows what people are like around their new "friends" .When Tobey came to see Jack ,Jake treated him like dirt.Jen knew this was bad and she tryed to make Jack see that. Jack ended up picking his new friends over the guy who cares aboutmoreless

    What I thought of this episode was that it was not fair . I thought that Tobey and Jack were a great couple.When Tobey had asked Jack to make him first I was ready to hear Jack say he would but when he didnt I was really let down. When Jen and Tobey were talking before he left I knew that many really do want he wants and that is to be loved by whom he loves.When Jen lays that to Jack you find that many do have a change of hearts as well.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

Melissa Claire Egan

Melissa Claire Egan

Ilyse Todd

Guest Star

Janie Brookshire

Janie Brookshire


Guest Star

Pam Hurley

Pam Hurley

Emily Brecher

Guest Star

Ken Marino

Ken Marino

Professor David Wilder

Recurring Role

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Audrey Liddell

Recurring Role

Lourdes Benedicto

Lourdes Benedicto

Karen Torres

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Here is the inscription that Joey wrote in the book for Dawson:

      "Dear Dawson,
      When something like this happens, you wanna reach out and grab the people around you, the ones who matter the most. The ones you take for granted all the time. And you want to take those people and hold onto them as tight as you can, tell them how precious they are to you, how knowing them makes your life better every single day that you're living it. Because when something like this happens, you realize how awful it would be if they didn't know, if they weren't aware of the profound effect they've had on your life. So, I want to take this moment to tell you that I love you, Dawson, and I'm here for you... now, forever, and every day in between.
      Love, Joey."

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Jack: I did it. I'm officially a brother! Whoo!
      Jen: Congratulations. You officially suck.

    • Dawson: Joey, thank you.
      Joey: For what?
      Dawson: For taking me in, getting me out. All evidence to the contrary, you really did make me feel better.

    • Pacey: How is it that we always end up working the same shift together? You think its fate? Destiny working in our favor?
      Karen: Or could it be the fact that you check to see what my shifts are before asking for yours?

    • Tobey: God, when I'm with you, when I am not with you, no matter what is going on in my life, you are my first priority. But... clearly, I am not to you. Not anymore. And that's the truth, isn't it?

    • Jack: When I first moved to Capeside, ok, everyone got to know me as Andie's brother. And then it was Joey's artist boyfriend. And then I told everyone I was gay, and suddenly, for the rest of high school, that's all I was. Jack, the gay guy.

    • Charlie: My shift got switched, all right? I was gonna call you, but I knew that you'd be at the play. Then my sister called me and told me that she had big news. And the rest... well, it's on my pants.

    • (About Tobey's surprise visit)
      Jack: Guys, come on. I mean, he flew all the way out here just to see me.
      Moskowitz: Yeah, what's that about? He's pretending this is some sweet move, when really it's a hostile takeover.

    • Jen: I really do hope this is iced. (Drops a coffee in Charlie's lap.)
      Charlie: What are you... ?
      Jen: (Spooning whipped cream from the second coffee into Charlie's lap) How about some whipped cream, huh? That is really tasty stuff.
      Charlie: Jennifer Lindley. Meet Elise Todd, my sister. Elise, this is Jen, the girl I was telling you about.

    • (To Jen)
      Pacey: Othello, huh? You think you can give me the Cliff's Notes version?

    • Joey: No, it's not okay, Dawson, because this is your time to freak out and I am totally robbing you of that by making this about me when it isn't and I know that it isn't and...
      Dawson: And I know that you know.

    • Jen: I can't believe he flaked on you for those frat morons.
      Tobey: He didn't flake. He's just running late. That's all. It's no big deal.
      Jen: Tobey, it is a big deal. You're here for one weekend. The very least he can do is loosen his grip on his beer bong and just be on time.

    • Jen: Men, I swear, you gotta ram culture down their throats.

    • (About Audrey)
      Dawson: She still weird?
      Joey: Getting weirder every day.

    • (About the frat guys)
      Tobey: Wait, they can't tie their own shoe?
      Jack: Ahh, it's just a hazing thing. I mean, compared to what they used to do to pledges, this is a piece of cake.
      Tobey: I guess I should take comfort in that. I mean, you could be doing strange things to cattle.
      Jack: What?!

    • Danny: How about you lend me the boat tomorrow night and I'll take the wife out for a romantic evening and I'll give you the night out.
      Pacey: Done.
      Danny: Great. Great. Emily's gonna love this. She's been wanting a night out.

    • (About Danny and Pacey's relationship)
      Karen: I can smell the male bonding from behind the door. And the odor is pungent.
      Pacey: Well, maybe that's just my pheromones calling to you.
      Karen: Maybe you need a stronger deodorant.

    • Jen: I wanted you to go see this play with me. It's a requirement for one of my classes.
      Charlie: I'm sorry. But if you want, you can come by afterwards and reenact all the good parts for me. Naked, of course.
      Jen: Yeah, of course. I'm sure that Shakespeare always intended to have his work performed in the flesh.

    • (About professor Wilder)
      Audrey: You think it's too late to transfer into his class?

    • (About Dawson's visit)
      Audrey: So, you're not planning on bring up the whole...
      Joey: No. God, no. I'm not gonna bring up the kiss, I'm not gonna bring up the whole moving to Boston thing. There will be no talking whatsoever.

    • Audrey: What are you so nervous about? It's just Dawson. You guys have like known each other since you were placenta.
      Joey: Exactly. It's Dawson. My best friend in the entire world who needs me right now more than he probably ever has and that's a lot of pressure. You know, what if I mess up and I say all the wrong things and at the end of the day I'm not enough.

    • Joey: Okay, well let's review. He'll show up around 1, we'll watch movies, we'll order some pizza, it'll just be me and him, no pressure at all. I'll keep everything low key.
      Audrey: Low key doesn't generally involve such a carefully planned itinerary, but whatever.

    • Dawson: Just tell me what needs to get done.
      Gale: No, nothing needs to get done. That's just it. I don't need you to do anything right now. So, why about taking Joey up on her offer? She's been calling here almost every day asking you to go see her.

    • Jen: So what you're saying is, when you grow up, you just want to be yourself?
      Pacey: Yeah. I'm very well adjusted.

    • Jack: Look, we are all growing apart ok? So maybe I wanted to spare Tobey a little bit of pain.
      Jen: What does that mean?
      Jack: It means I want to... I wanna... I wanna met new people ok. I wanna, I wanna have new experiences and I don't want to have to worry about... about hurting somebody else in the process.
      Jen: Well maybe you should have told Tobey that.
      Jack: I'm telling you that!

    • (Talking to Jack)
      Jen: I don't even feel like I know you anymore. We haven't really been friends since you got involved with this frat.

    • (Talking about Tobey)
      Jen: You broke his heart. Do you care? Because you don't seem too bent out of shape about it.
      Jack: Jen, what do you want from me?
      Jen: I want you to take a second and think about what you gave up today.

    • Audrey: You're not happy.
      Joey: No, I am happy. That's the problem.
      Audrey: Uh huh, because you're neurotic.
      Joey: No, because I shouldn't be happy, I mean, my best friend in the entire world just left. I haven't seen him in almost a month and as soon as he walked out of the door, I felt relieved. How horrible is that?
      Audrey: It's not horrible, that's honest.
      Joey: Why do I feel so guilty?

    • (Jen and Tobey are waiting for Tobey's cab and Tobey looks down the street)
      Tobey: What is that?
      Jen: What is what?
      Tobey: That stupid fantasy you have where the guy who broke your heart suddenly realizes he's made the biggest mistake of his life and he finds you wherever you are. He comes running up to you and he says: 'I can't live without you. You are my entire universe and if you don't take me back right now, I will never love anyone again'... Where does this fantasy come from?
      Jen: Movies, television, and that little place in your heart that harbors hope... He's going to regret this, you know?
      Tobey: Yeah maybe. Maybe not. The thing is we tell ourselves that to make ourselves feel better, but the truth is somebody always gets hurt worse in every breakup. This time it's me. Hold on to that Charlie. He seems like he could be a good egg.
      (Tobey looks down the street once more) I really thought he'd come.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Spanish title: Desengaños, meaning Disillusions.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      For Now (Get Up) by Ethyline
      Won't Find You by Universal Honey
      Angels & Gargoyles by Cross My Heart
      Coming Around Again by Dragmatic
      Static Trampoline by Chris Pierce Liberation
      Loud by Matt Nathanson
      Kathy's Song by Shawn Colvin


    • Jen: Yeah, of course. I'm sure that Shakespeare always intended to have his work performed in the flesh.

      William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

    • Pacey: Ooh. Othello, huh? You think you can give me the Cliff's Notes version?

      Othello, The Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare.

      The Cliff Notes are a series of student study guides that explain literary works.

    • The title of this episode Use Your Disillusion is play on the title of the Guns N' Roses' albums Use Your Illusion I & II.