Joan of Arcadia

Friday Night

Season 2, Ep 8, Aired 11/12/04
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  • Episode Description
  • After being prodded by Judith to go on a real date, Joan and Adam nervously prepare for a romantic night at a fancy French restaurant. Little do they know that Judith has subsequently made some misguided plans for herself for that evening, which later causes the guilt-ridden Joan to wonder if she could have prevented her friend's misfortune.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Amber Tamblyn

    Joan Girardi

  • Joe Mantegna

    Will Girardi

  • Michael Welch

    Luke Girardi

  • Mary Steenburgen

    Helen Girardi

  • Christopher Marquette

    Adam Rove

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This episode was great, and Adam picking up Joan was just sweet

    By alyssa_hilary, Aug 08, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Dog Walker God: Did you ever hear the riddle about the man, his boxes, and the bridge? Joan: S-stop, I... I just want my friend back. Dog Walker God: A man had three boxes, each box weighed five pounds, the man weighed 190. The bridge could only support 200. How did the man make it across the bridge with all his boxes? Joan: This is just cruel. Dog Walker God: How did he get across, Joan? Joan: He juggles! Yes, okay, I get it, he keeps one box in the air the whole time! Yes, I get it! What are you saying? That if I juggle boxes across a bridge, I'll see Judith again? Dog Walker God: Joan, the bridge is Life. The boxes: all your feelings. Your love. Your joy. Your pain. Your loss. Everyone is crossing a bridge with more weight than they can bear. So, you juggle.

    • Joan: I know you call the shots, but I need you right now. Okay? I really need you. Nigerian Doctor God: I'm here, Joan. Joan: Why did you let this happen? Judith: It's not his fault, Jo Jo. Joan: You make sure that she's okay. Judith: Jo Jo... Joan: No, he can fix this.

    • Friedman: (to Luke and Grace) Just give it up. Hold hands or something.

    • Joan: All right, I'm going to ask you something, but you're not my mother, okay? You're just some random old lady. Helen: I'm not… old. Joan: Fine. Elderly.

    • Luke: "Anarchists Unite." Isn't that contradictory?

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    Notes (1)

    • Music featured in this episode included:
      "House Of Cards" by Ben Arnold
      "Flying In Slow Motion" by Nick Nolan
      "By The Fire" by Jeffrey Lingle
      "Words Like Water" by Lauren Hart
      "Keep Me In Your Heart" (cover of Warren Zevon song) by Jorge Calderon & Jennifer Warnes

    Trivia (3)

    • When Luke sneaks into the anarchist meeting and looks for Grace, he approaches 1st a blond hair girl, mistakes, and when he moves back in next view, that blond girl is seen behind him instead right from the camera, the person hes moving back is a dark haired male.

    • Didn't Grace, Luke and Friedman find it weird that Joan just left them to talk to a mysterious dog walker?

    • When Joan is talking to Helen in the art room, she says that her date with Adam is "tomorrow night." But in the next scene, Luke and Friedman are at the Film Festival. It's possible that they skipped ahead to the next day, but Luke and Friedman are both wearing the same clothes they have been wearing the whole episode.

    Allusions (1)

    • Luke: Plan Nine, Robot Monster, Cat-Women of the Moon...
      Referencing three classic bad movies. Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) was directed by Ed Wood and was Bela Lugosi's last film (sort of), and later immortalized in Tim Burton's biopic Ed Wood.
      Robot Monster (1953) features an alien invader represented by a guy in a gorilla suit wearing a robot helmet (like the one Luke is wearing at the theater), and wiping out almost all of humanity with a billion-dollar bubble machine and a violin bow.
      Cat-Women of the Moon (1953) is a 3-D flick starring the immortal Sonny Tufts with music from Elmer Bernstein, and is one of the "men travel to a distant place to introduce alien/unnatural women to sex" sub-genre of films that were inexplicably popular back in the 50s.

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