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Dawson's Creek: Detention

In an homage to ‘The Breakfast Club’ all the major characters (as well as bad girl Abby Morgan) are sentences to an 8-hour Saturday detention – supervised by the school librarian Mrs. Tringle. Abby starts trouble by suggesting a game of truth or dare that escalades into something totally different within mere minutes…

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x7
Production Number: 107
Airdate: Tuesday March 03rd, 1998

Director: Allan Arkush
Writer: Mike White (3)

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Monica Keena
As Abby Morgan

Co-Guest Stars
Helen Baldwin
As Mrs. Tringle
Mike Pniewski
As Mr. Pickering
Adrienne Harvey
As Cheerleader #2
Barry Bell
As Coach
Linda Bureau
As Cheerleader #1
Micah Leamer
As Daniel
Main Cast
James Van Der Beek
As Dawson Leery
Katie Holmes
As Joey Potter
Joshua Jackson
As Pacey Witter
Michelle Williams
As Jen Lindley
Episode Notes
aka "Breakfast Club"

Joey was in detention for punching Grant, Jen for saying "bitch" in class, Dawson for throwing a basketball at Pacey's face, Abby for excessive tardies, and Pacey was caught masturbating at school.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
ChickenpoxStupidDawson sees Jen and Pacey together
ColonyA Lot Like Yougang in the bathrooms
Dance Hall CrashersWill Tomorrow Ever Come"Breakfast Club" scene
Michelle MaloneGraceJoey and Dawson kiss on a dare

Episode Quotes
Pacey: Dawson. You're not a little Oompa Loompa anymore. You're a big, bad, manly Oompa Loompa.

Abby: (to Joey and Jen) Y'all can never be friends as long as you keep fighting over the same guy!

Pacey: Oh, my God. That sounds like Abby Morgan.
Jen: Well, who's Abby Morgan?
Pacey: You've never met Abby Morgan?
Dawson: The girl is from hell. Literally

Cultural References
Pacey reveals that Dawson's nickname was Oompa Loompa from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

This episode is based on the movie The Breakfast Club.

Abby references It's Howdy Doody Time when she sees Dawson, Jen and Pacey are also in detention.

Dawson, Jen and Joey discuss what happened to the cast members of The Breakfast Club and Pacey mentions that Emilio Estevez was in "those duck movies." Joshua Jackson (Pacey) starred with Estevez in The Mighty Ducks series.

Mrs. Tringle watches Days of our Lives in the audio/visual room.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorKevin Williamson
Executive ProducerCharles Rosin  |  Paul Stupin  |  Kevin Williamson
ProducerSteve Miner  |  Greg Prange  |  Jon Harmon Feldman
Warning: Dawson's Creek season 1 episode 7 guide may contain spoilers
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