Joan of Arcadia

Do the Math

Season 1, Ep 19, Aired 4/2/04
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  • Episode Description
  • God tells Joan to take piano lessons; Joan helps her piano teacher deal with her past; Joan learns a painful secret Will and Helen have been keeping from the family; Iris becomes suspicious of Adam and Joan closeness.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Mantegna

    Will Girardi

  • Michael Welch

    Luke Girardi

  • Mary Steenburgen

    Helen Girardi

  • Amber Tamblyn

    Joan Girardi

  • Jason Ritter

    Kevin Girardi

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Another fine episode of Joan of Arcadia in which God asks Joan to take piano lessons, leading to Will dealing with his half-brother and Joan's relationship with Adam reaching a point of revelation.

    By Atreyu75, Jul 13, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Piano Tuner God: Music can't be true if some of the notes are silent. Joan: You're like an endless pop quiz. Music is a metaphor for life, for people... because pretty much everyone I know is missing a few notes.

    • Piano Tuner God: Plato said music is the essence of order and leads to all that is good, true and beautiful. Joan: Okay, so now you're quoting Mickey Mouse's Dog.

    • [About their father] Joan: I'm pretty sure his hammer's broken and how can he play music without all his notes? So you have to help me find Richard. Luke: There was so little of that that I understood.

    • Adam: Hey, you're crying. Joan: Don't worry, it's not because of you... but I'm sure you were in there somewhere.

    • Joan: (about Adam's 70s shirt) He looks like an escapee from a VH1 Special.

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    Notes (6)

    • When Luke makes the comment to Joan about Will thinking the "Godfather was a documentary and not a movie" because he's Italian. It could possibly be an inside joke... Joe Montegna was in the Godfather, the third one to be exact.

    • For her work in this episode Louise Fletcher received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

    • Rob Morrow, who previously worked with Barbara Hall on Northern Exposure, is the second NE alumni to appear on this show - previously, Diane Delano appeared in "Double Dutch."

    • Christopher Marquette was billed as a Special Guest Star.

    • Music featured in this episode included: "Toccata (Fugue) from Bach Piano Partita No.6 in E minor" by Lang Lang "Alright" by Superchick "Wake Up" by Billy & The Lost Boys "Itsy Bitsy Spider" by Susie Tallman "Constellation" by The Lovelies "Discipline of Rain" by Peter Himmelman "Collide" by Howie Day

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    Trivia (3)

    • Trivia: Will mentions that he has a sister, in addition to his half-brother Richard.

    • In the last scene, the same person (people?) in the background walk by twice while Joan and Dog Walker God are talking.

    • Joan was playing the piano (loudly) in another room when Kevin and Helen were discussing the insurance and the second opinion from a doctor that Kevin doesn't want to discuss, but when she comes to the doctor she seems to know all about "secret doctors" and all. There doesn't seem to be any way she would know about their conversation or could have heard about it earlier.

    Allusions (3)

    • Piano Tuner God: Plato said music is the essence of order and leads to all that is good, true and beautiful. Joan: Okay, so now you're quoting Mickey Mouse's Dog. Joan mistakes the philosopher Plato for Mickey Mouse's dog Pluto. Plato was a Greek philosopher and mathematician who contributed to Western thought through his numerous writings which are still studied today, mostly in the field of philosophy.

    • Piano Tuner God: If you want special effects rent Lord of the Rings.
      This is in reference to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, known for its extravagant display of special effects. The movies were released in December of 2001, 2002, and 2003. The trilogy, directed, written and produced by Peter Jackson, was adapted to film from J.R.R. Tolkein's famed books. The last installment of the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King, alone was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won them all, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Special Effects, Best Score and Best Song, among others.

    • Grace: Didn't you ever see that movie, Queen of Outer Space with Zsa Zsa Gabor?
      A real turkey of a '58 flick, probably most famous for starring Zsa Zsa Gabor of car-speeding/police-slapping fame. Although Ms. Gabor doesn't play the title role - it's actress Laurie Mitchell who plays the disfigured, masked Queen. Zsa Zsa is Talleah, the one who inevitably falls for the charms of the hunky Earth astronaut. "Queen" is one of those 50's flicks where the women have wiped out all their men and are determined to go it on their own, until an Earth man shows up and sways them with his good looks and romantic ways.

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