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Jack McPhee (Character)
from "Dawson's Creek" (1998)

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"Dawson's Creek: All Good Things... (#6.23)" (2003)
Jack: Good teachers are just traumatized students trying to erase whatever went wrong with their own high school experience.

Doug Witter: [Doug pulls Jack over for speeding] Looks like somebody's in quite the hurry this morning.
Jack: Sheriff Doug. I'm sorry. I'm late, I'm trying to get to class...
Doug Witter: Well, I have no choice but to issue you a citation for doing 40 in a 25.
Jack: Look, I already have all these, these points against my license. D'ya think maybe there's something I could to to... get you to look the other way?
Doug Witter: May I remind you, Mr. McPhee, that attempting to bribe a public official is a serious offense.
Jack: Well, you know, I was just hoping I could appeal to your greater sense of compassion?
Doug Witter: [Doug thinks about it and then leans over and kisses Jack] All right. Just this once I'll let you go with a warning.
Jack: [Jack puts his hand over Doug's] Thanks, honey.
Doug Witter: [Doug laughs] No. No - never call me honey.
Jack: Dude, it's a deserted road. Chill.
Doug Witter: Don't call me dude, either.
Jack: All right. Tonight? Uh, dinner later?
Doug Witter: Yeah. I'll cook. My place.
Jack: Great. I'll bring the handcuffs... kidding.
Doug Witter: Yeah, I'll see you. Jack - slow down.
Jack: Yeah.
[Jack turns to look at Doug's rear end as he walks back to his sheriff's car]


"Dawson's Creek: ...Must Come to an End (#6.24)" (2003)
[Jen and Jack's final scene]
Jack: Jen I want her. I want her. I don't know what you and Grams have discussed.
Jen: Grams is aware of her own situation, her health and all. We both think that you would make an excellent father. Now Jack, please help Amy to find a place to be. I feel like I never really quite fit in.
Jack: Which is why we're us.
Jen: I know. I mean from the second that I stepped out of that cab onto the creek I was the instigator, you know, the girl who caused problems and rocked the creek and upset the delicate emotional balance of Capeside and I don't want Amy to be that person. I want her to belong, I feel like I never really did.
Jack: Jen. You belong... you belong to me. Don't you get it? You're my soulmate. Amy's gonna know love, everyday of her life she is gonna know how much her mother loved her. I'm gonna see to that. Ok?

Doug Witter: [Doug walks up to Jack, who is sitting on the beach with baby Amy asleep in a carriage next to him] Gram said you were here. Just thinking?
Jack: Capeside's favorite pastime.
Doug Witter: What about?
Jack: Moving.
Doug Witter: Moving? Where?
Jack: I don't know. Boston. New York.
Doug Witter: Why?
Jack: Amy.
Doug Witter: Jack, you can't do that.
Jack: Yes I can. How many gay parents do you know in Capeside?
Doug Witter: So? How many gay teachers were there, before you came back? How many gay sheriffs are there, for that matter?
Jack: Last time I checked, none. I'm tired of being first, Doug. Half my life has been about reeducating this community, and what do I have to show for it?
Doug Witter: You think there are prizes for inspiring people?
Jack: I don't want to inspire people any more. All I want to do is give Amy a normal existence, and she's not going to get that here. She's gonna have the same childhood that I did, only instead of being the only gay kid, she's gonna be the only kid with a gay parent. I don't want that.
Doug Witter: You're going to be a gay parent no matter where you are. And yeah-Amy is going to face rejection. That's what it means to be a teenager.
Jack: I just want to be a good parent. I have to be.
Doug Witter: Hey. Jack. Being a good parent means knowing that your child is bound to fall down. And you just have to show 'em how to get back up.
Jack: What do you know about parenting?
Doug Witter: Not much. Hoping to learn quickly.
Jack: It's a sweet gesture, but no thank you.
Doug Witter: It's not a gesture.
Jack: Yes, it is. With everything that we've been through, I'll be damned if we're gonna get back together over your sense of... obligation, or worse, pity.
Doug Witter: Screw pity. I love you. I love you, Jack. I love that you're the bravest person I know... and the kindest. I love that no matter what you do, your life is gonna stand out. I want to stand out with you... and your daughter.
[sighs]
Doug Witter: If you'll let me.
[They kiss, and an elderly couple walks by]
Jack: Uh, it's the Dudleys. Right there.
Doug Witter: Evening, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley. I was just, uh, kissing my boyfriend.


"Dawson's Creek: A Winter's Tale (#4.14)" (2001)
Jack: Did it ever occur to you that you're so caught up in trying to make the right choice that you've never stopped to consider the possibility that there may not be a right choice, or a wrong choice, just a bunch of choices?
Joey: Thanks, Jack. That's helpful.
Jack: That's the point. You don't need help. There's nothing to figure out here. There's only what you feel.
Joey: What I feel is fear.
Jack: I'm not telling you to sleep with Pacey...
Joey: But...
Jack: All the really exciting things in life require more courage than we currently have. A deep breath and a leap. See, Joey, the kind of fear you're talking about... sometimes it's how you know what's worthwhile.

Jen: What are you scared of?
Jack: I'm scared that I'm gonna end up alone. I'm scared that I'm always gonna be someone's friend or brother or confidant but never quite... someone's everything. Mostly I'm scared I'm never gonna meet a guy that I love half as much as I love you.


"Dawson's Creek: True Love (#3.23)" (2000)
Jen: Oww! A piece of crab shell. That's what I need right now, a chipped tooth. It'll keep men away from me for good.
Andie: If that doesn't work, you can always join me in the nunnery this summer.
Jack: At least you got to have relationships before they failed.
Evelyn "Grams" Ryan: Good grief, you all sound like a bunch of old ladies!

Jack: Then why me? Why do I have to have every moment in my life that should be easy and fun, be judged and scrutinized? I didn't ask for this role, y'know? I didn't ask or want to be this different. I didn't ask to be gay!
Joseph McPhee: No more than I asked for a gay son. But boy, am I glad I got one.


"Dawson's Creek: Joey Potter and Capeside Redemption (#6.22)" (2003)
Jen: What is this feeling? It just seems like everything's getting smaller and smaller. It's all still there, but I just can't touch it.
Jack: I think it's called good-bye.


"Dawson's Creek: The Anti-Prom (#3.22)" (2000)
Ethan: Where are you going?
Jack: To get a soda. I was wondering - wise, gay sage that you are - is Coke or Diet Pepsi better for my "self-actualization".


"Dawson's Creek: Self Reliance (#4.10)" (2000)
Jack: So how does it feel to have a dream come true?
Dawson: How would I know? Do I look like I'm trapped in an elevator with Kate Hudson?


"Dawson's Creek: To Be or Not to Be... (#2.14)" (1999)
Jack: [Jack's poem] Today. Today was a day. The world got smaller, darker. I grew more afraid. Not of what I am, but of what I could be. I loosen my collar to take a breath. My eyes fade. And I see... Him. The image of perfection. His frame strong, his lips smooth. And I keep thinking, What am I so afraid of? I wish I could escape the pain, but these thoughts invade my head. Bound to my memory, they're like shackles of guilt. Oh, God, please set me free. Free from the pain and this guilt So that I may face Tomorrow.


"Dawson's Creek: ...That Is the Question (#2.15)" (1999)
Joseph 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 how you treated me and the way 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.


"Dawson's Creek: Homecoming (#3.2)" (1999)
Jennifer "Jen" Lindley: Ever since they elected me leader of their little junta, all they want to do are these nasty, sardonic, self-aware cheers. They've even started to dress like me. It's like they're genetically pre-disposed to having absolutely no identity.
Jack: Yeah, that's the blonde gene.