Joan of Arcadia

Game Theory

Season 2, Ep 12, Aired 1/7/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Despite everyone's protests, Joan allows her snobby, Ivy League-educated guidance counselor to advise her against applying to college. However, after Joan relays her plans to Roger, an engaging college student on the campus she's visiting, he tells her that college is attainable and persuades her to hire him as a tutor. Meanwhile, Adam becomes jealous of Joan's rapport with Roger; Will sees a dark side of Lucy; Helen questions her commitment to Catholicism, and Beth finds it difficult to resume a relationship with the wheelchair-bound Kevin.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Amber Tamblyn

    Joan Girardi

  • Joe Mantegna

    Will Girardi

  • Michael Welch

    Luke Girardi

  • Mary Steenburgen

    Helen Girardi

  • Christopher Marquette

    Adam Rove

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Joan: As the probability of duplicating a tie decreases with each tie thrown, human behavior becomes the deciding factor. This is the domain of the philosophers and the poets and not the mathematicians. Friedman: That was so hot!

    • Grace: All guys are psycho. There has to be another way to procreate.

    • Helen: Joan, if you want to go to design school after college, I'm completely in favor. We won't pay, but I'm in favor.

    • Goth Kid God: Design. I like it. That's why I put it everywhere.

    • Luke: I thought you root for me, Grace? Grace: I make out with you. I root for (Joan).

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Beth Rhinehart (Kimberly McCullough) on the series.

    • Kevin Rahm, Constance Zimmer, and Annie Potts were credited as Special Guest Stars.

    • Music featured in this episode included:
      "Today Is Your Lucky Day" by The Salads
      "Sit Awhile" by Jaylene Johnson
      "Old Familiar Things" by Nathan Wiley
      "Downtown" by Matt Mays
      "Excuse" by Crush
      "Get Rolled On" by Atlas Plug
      "Bride On Fire" by Nathan Wiley
      "Waiting For The Sun" by Ariel's Worm
      "Everybody Hurts" by REM

    • New God: Female Motivational Speaker God.

    Trivia (1)

    • When Joan is going to face off Friedman in Rock-Paper-Scissors, she hands her backpack, coat, and scarf to Grace. However, it all soon disappears from Grace's arms.

    Allusions (3)

    • Band Music: Theme from Rocky
      As Joan prepares to go head-to-head with the geeks in Rock-Paper-Scissors, the band "coincidentally" starts playing the theme music to the movie Rocky in the background - the traditional theme of two warriors going head-to-head.

    • Joan: You're very Matrix-y today.
      Referencing Orpheus's cryptic speeches in the movie The Matrix.

    • Roger: Sun Tzu. Kicking rump for more than 2000 years. The Art of War is a book of military strategy and other useful tips by an ancient Chinese general, Sun Tzu, renowned as a military strategist.

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