Joan of Arcadia

No Bad Guy

Season 1, Ep 17, Aired 2/27/04
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  • Episode Description
  • After Joan stands up for one of her classmates being bullied, an embarrassing picture of Joan, taken with a picture phone, is rapidly spread around school. God instructs Joan to join the band. Will must deal with an elderly driver who accidentally killed several people.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Mantegna

    Will Girardi

  • Michael Welch

    Luke Girardi

  • Mary Steenburgen

    Helen Girardi

  • Amber Tamblyn

    Joan Girardi

  • Jason Ritter

    Kevin Girardi

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (36)

    • Joan: Wait, what is this about? Grace: Retribution, the oldest profession. Joan: I thought that was farming.

    • Angela: What is wrong with you? Friedman: What? Angela: You made my personal and private thoughts a public spectacle. Friedman: You mess with scientists, my friend, you're gonna get science. (Angela tries to hit him) Angela: You freak, I want to kill you! Friedman: Le petite mort. The little death. I have some conversational French in my arsenal.

    • (Joan and Luke are trying to figure out how to work the washing machine) Joan: Look, when I say go, I want you to hit the on button. Luke: Uh, what's the on button look like? Joan: I don't know. It should say "on." Luke: Well, it doesn't. It says "whites" or "colors." Joan: Uh, both. Luke: There's not a "both" button.

    • (Joan accidentally sprained her ankle after getting it stuck in the washing machine) Helen: Okay, Luke, what was your involvement? Luke: I hit a button. It was scientifically unsound. Helen: Huh! I don't want you people in my laundry room.

    • (Friedman shows Joan a copy of the "panty shot" picture and Joan, understandably, gets angry) Joan: (picks up a pencil) Potential… (throws it at Friedman) kinetic!

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    Notes (3)

    • Christopher Marquette was billed as a "Special Guest Star."

    • Music featured in this episode included: "Can't Go On" by Nick Nolan "Days Are Like" by Reed Foehl "Miles Away" by Jennie Devoe "Intermezzo" by Schumann "Asta Loca" by Sean Demis "Something Unspoken" by Lennie Gallant "Maze" by 4 Way Street "It's All In You Mind" by Beck

    • New Gods: Nigerian Doctor God, Locksmith God, and Exchange Student God.

    Trivia (6)

    • The french horn player turned around and put Joan's music up the right way, i.e. not upside down. But later on we learn Joan used to play the piano when she was little. She would have known what side of the music was the up side, even for the percussion part.

    • While the Exchange Student God says "harmless pagan rituals," the closed captioning says "Balkan pagan rituals."

    • The outfits don't match up. Joan's outfits go from a blue cardigan to a red shirt over a purple long sleeve shirt, back to the blue cardigan and again to the red-over-purple. The scenes must have been reshot and edited.

    • Regarding when Joan broke the drum stick in her first band class: From the looks of it, the sticks she was given were probably Goodwoods, which are very strong, and very hard to break. And yet she broke them with only a few hits that weren't even that hard. This is impossible to do. Another thing, when drum sticks break, they don't snap in half, they splinter.

    • When Adam came over to Joan's house, close-captioning read "doorbell rings," but on the audio, he knocked on the door.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Joan: Gee, thanks Ringo!
      Ringo Starr was the drummer for the musical band, The Beatles.

    • Joan: Great - I'm Tiny Tim.
      Referencing the crippled Tim Cratchit of most versions of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

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