Dawson's Creek: Season 1, Episode 5

Hurricane (17 Feb. 1998)

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When a major hurricane strikes Capeside, all the principal characters take refuge in the Leery home, including Joey's very pregnant older sister Bessie and her boyfriend. Boie. where Jen's ... See full summary »

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When a major hurricane strikes Capeside, all the principal characters take refuge in the Leery home, including Joey's very pregnant older sister Bessie and her boyfriend. Boie. where Jen's overly religious grandmother does not hide her bigotry towards them. Also, Dawson rages at Jen about her past and at Joey for not confiding in him about her mother's philandering. But when Mitch learns about Gail's affair, he angrily storms out of the house, leaving a tormented Dawson to deal with the fallout. Meanwhile, Pacey takes shelter at Tamara's beach house with his brother Doug, a local policeman, where he ruins his brother's chances to hook up with Tamara by secretly telling her that Doug is gay. Written by Anonymous

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Mitch Leery: So... why did you do it? Why did you cheat on me?
Gail Leery: Get ready, Mitch. If you think it can't get worse, it can. The reason why I was unfaithful is preposterous. I have no reason. I woke up one day a few months ago and I realized that my life was perfect. Everything I've ever wanted from the time I was six, has been realized. I've discovered that perfection obtained is a discomforting state. And I got restless. What do you do when everything in your life is right? When everything is just what you ...
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Brilliant mix of wicked weather and oscillating emotions
26 September 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Yes Dawson's tiny dusty TV is sponsored by some big corporation but I don't really mind the advertisement considering it's not viciously hidden in a dialog like these days. This time a new character was introduced, Pacey's brother. Such a playboy cop would have been boring if our favorite lake monster hadn't made fun of him all along. The gay running gag was hilarious and even pointing his gun at him wasn't over the top. Moreover he magnified what Tamara said about their relationship, that it can't last forever. It also revealed that Pacey is conscious of his weakness compared to older boys, men. That's why I had found their affair superficial so far because it hadn't been properly covered. So the hurricane served as an hourglass to slow down time and finally allow the characters to talk in great depth about what happened in the previous episodes. Of course it was also the case on Dawson's side and in fact it was by far the most interesting and moving. In general I think using the weather as a metaphora for emotions was brilliant. Moreover the story was served by an immersive production. From the storm to the wind it really felt like the first day of an upcoming apocalypse.

I knew the truth about Dawson's parents would be unveiled but I hadn't expected it would happen so soon. It was also the occasion to finally let the mother and father have a major role. Dawson didn't go easy on his mum but there're moments when you can't help hurting the people you love. It also applies to his dad considering his hateful speech in the car while the rain was pouring. As for the mother telling him the truth and disrupting the light was a bold move but it paid off in the end because it made the scene almost horrific, mirroring what was happening in the father's mind. But hopefully these intense and dramatic sequences were balanced by the last one, once the hurricane was over and that the mother was able to explain herself. It was quite enlightening because it proves that having a perfect life can become unbearable and also opened a debate about monogamy, an issue raised by Dawson himself. She wanted something new, something different. In my opinion it's not a reason to cheat on your partner and I wish she had mentioned that she should have talked to him first. What's the point of living as a couple if you don't share your feelings and communicate ? As usual it's easier to write than to do but thinking about it is with no doubt a first step in the right direction. So Joey, would you marry me ?

More seriously for once our favorite girl next door was shadowed by the other characters but her supportive spirit can only inspire. After all don't they say that the long time friendships give birth to the most enduring love stories ? The more you overcome obstacles together the more it fluidifies your connection, making it almost unbreakable. It leads us to Jen because I didn't know her story was so chaotic. Too much ? I don't know but having drunken sex at twelve with an older person, becoming pregnant and having unsafe sex with multiple partners is a lot to chew. It was specially true considering Dawson already had to deal with his family crisis. But maybe it was the right time to do it as his heart was already shattered so more opened to accept who she really is. In fact their arc mirrored what her grandmother said to him about forgiving. So even if she's clearly a racist and can be annoying at times as she keeps referring to her religion she still has her moments. Last but not least as always the references to movies and specially Steven Spielberg's productions are welcome. From the photo to the shark it's one of the elements, with the recurrent movie night session, that gives the show a unique identity.


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