Joan of Arcadia

Independence Day

Season 2, Ep 16, Aired 2/18/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Incensed that Will and Helen have forbidden her to go to a concert with Adam and stay overnight with him in his father's camper, Joan goes anyway. After Joan has a conversation with God about free will, she decides to use it as a rationale for lying to her mother in order to go on the trip as she's convinced that Helen simply wants her to remain a dependent little girl. Meanwhile, Luke is shocked when the nerdy, girl-obsessed Friedman rebuffs the advances of the surprisingly infatuated Stevie.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 (13)

    • Joan: We're in a truck. I don't want my first time to be in a truck. Adam: It's a camper.

    • Grace: Seriously dude, what is up with this music?

    • Joan: I'm seventeen years old. You know that's half of a... really old person.

    • Helen: Will, I said "Because I said so." What's next? "This is my house" or "Because I'm your mother"?

    • Joan: Why aren't you mad at me? Helen: I will be.

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    Notes (3)

    • Haylie Duff and were credited as Special Guest Stars.

    • Music featured in this episode included: "Whacha Gonna Do" by Traci Lords "Dig This" by Crush "Third Eye" by Black Eyed Peas "Beautifully Undone" by Lindy "If It's True" by Rye "Too High" by David Loring "Siempre Mi Dices" by Jesus Alejandro "Heading Out" by David Loring "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" by U2

    • New Gods: T-Shirt Vendor God and Three Card Monte Guy God.

    Trivia (7)

    • In the scene where Joan is talking to the T-Shirt Vendor God, God gives Joan the sticker on his shirt, but when he leaves, the sticker is back on his shirt.

    • In the scene during which Joan confesses to Helen that she went to the concert, some shots show 2 plates of cupcakes and other shots show only 1 plate.

    • Will is tossing pillows off the bed. He grabs two pillows, one in each hand. He throws one to the floor and holds on to the other one. The mirror shot shows him empty handed as he grabs for the pillow he just picked up.

    • When Andy comes into the DUI accident he says the accident occurred two years ago. Which contradicts various other episodes saying it's been either two-and-a-half or three years.

    • When Joan and Adam are in the camper in bed and Joan refused Adam for the first time of having sex, several different angle shots are made, where Joan's hair is hanging different. In shots from Joan's side, her hair is hanging over her back, in shots from Adam's side Joan's hair is hanging beside her face.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Grace: Are you a Muppet? Referencing the famous creations of Jim Henson, stars of their own series and several movies.

    • Joan: And watch Donnie Darko so Grace can explain it to me again. Referencing the mildly convoluted movie with Jake Gyllenhaal.

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