Joan of Arcadia

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Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 1/9/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Joan is saddened when she learns Rocky ("Death Be Not Whatever") has passed away, causing her to further question God about life and death. Will loses his job when his discovery and public revelation of the town's political corruption causes the city government (including the police department) to be dissolved by the State Governor. Luke continues to work on his science fair project and his growing attraction to Grace, while Kevin is injured in a game of wheelchair basketball.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Mantegna

    Will Girardi

  • Michael Welch

    Luke Girardi

  • Mary Steenburgen

    Helen Girardi

  • Amber Tamblyn

    Joan Girardi

  • Jason Ritter

    Kevin Girardi

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • this episode was brilliant, i totally wasnt expecting the Joan/Adam kiss and i was totally suprised. they way they scriped the episode was great.

    By Superstar_ellie, Oct 04, 2005

  • One of the best JoA epi's ever!

    By millie51280, Sep 18, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (31)

    • Nurse God: You're right to worry about Adam. In his world, suicide is a reality. He's lived with it for three years. Joan: (long pause) Oh, my God. Nurse God: Some suicides are motivated by rage. At another human being or the universe... or me. Others come from a deep sadness--suicide seems the only way of stopping the pain. ...And then there are those who do not end their mortal lives, but still, they stop living. Which is also a kind of suicide. (walks past) Joan: (chasing) Wait!! W-w-w-wait. Adam's gonna... kill himself? Why? Nurse God: Rocky finished well. The... let's call them "ripples," the ripples Rocky left behind are sad... but good. Adam's mothers' ripples are not good.

    • Luke: Not here to spy. I'm not even in the science fair anymore. Friedman: Why not? Luke: FBI confiscated my project. (Friedman laughs) Luke: I'm not joking. Glynis: I always knew you had what it takes to contravene national security.

    • Kevin: (to Luke) When do you actually absorb information, 'cause it seems as if you're always spouting it out?

    • Joan: Excuse me, doctor, could you tell me how to get change? Doctor: Change comes from within -- but first you have to want to change. Joan: (believing Doctor to be God) "Death is a dividing line," "change comes from within." What is with your lame fortune-cookie wisdom today?

    • Luke: Look, I've really enjoyed our collaboration. I...I feel our intellects and approaches really compliment each other, and I was, you know, hoping you felt the same way. Grace: (sarcastically, in a seductive voice) Stop, stop, you're embarrassing me with your dirty talk.

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    Notes (8)

    • This is the first episode in which Jason Ritter (Kevin) shares a scene with either Christopher Marquette (Adam) or Becky Wahlstrom (Grace).

    • This is the first episode where God doesn't give Joan a mission or assignment.

    • The poem read by the priest at Rocky's funeral: "Do Not Weep" by Mary E. Frye (1932) Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the mornings hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die... (The italicized part was omitted during the actual reading in the episode)

    • We find out Adam's mother committed suicide by overdosing on pills.

    • This episode has the first kiss between Adam and Joan.

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    Trivia (4)

    • Watch the conversation between Kevin and Luke at the hospital. In some of the scenes, when the camera is on Luke, Kevin appears to be resting his head on the bed. As soon as the camera cuts to focus on Kevin, his head is raised. This happens several times in that scene, with the exception of the very beginning and at the end.

    • When Adam comes to the Girardi's and is greeted by Will, his mother's letter is sticking out of the inside of his jacket. When he turns back from saying, "Hi, Chief Girard-", the letter is gone. After he sets down his backpack, the letter is sticking out again.

    • Joan has her dream, then the next day is the funeral, then the next day after that (Sunday morning) she meets Adam over Luke's science project. But she says she dreamed about Adam "last night" when it should be "the night before last."

    • Grace says she has known Adam since they were three, but she was as puzzled as Joan when Adam said he had a photographic memory ('The Fire and Wood'). Also, Grace knew about how Adam's mother died and about the note, but she didn't understand why Adam hated November? (Or maybe she just forgot.)

    Allusions (1)

    • Joan: Like Orlando Bloom in a Speedo?
      Orlando Bloom is a rising movie star having been in such blockbusters as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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