Joan of Arcadia

Only Connect

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 9/24/04
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  • Episode Description
  • After a summer of therapy and with school resuming Joan tries to return to a "normal" life even as she ignores God, who keeps reappearing; Will is sued for emotional distress by Andy Baker, whose drunk driving caused the accident that paralyzed Kevin; Luke and Grace try to adjust to their relationship.

  • 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)
  • Joan strives to ignore God and live what she considers a "normal" life after spending time at Gentle Acres and participating in therapy with Dr. Dan.

    By Icantgetstarted, May 22, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Joan: Dad! Kevin's making penis jokes and he doesn't want to play golf with you.

    • Adam: You know, seeing God... Joan: Shh! Adam nobody knows that part except for you. Everybody still thinks that I was just talking to 'people', 'kay? So let's drop the G-word. Adam: It's documented, look. Visions, voices, bilocation... Joan: Adam, Adam, Adam, seeing him, her, it, is a sure sign of crazy, it's like, the uber-sign.

    • Joan: I just want to be a normal couple again. Do you remember normal? Adam: Not really.

    • Cute Boy God: Crazy is destructive. It tears down. I'm all about building up. Joan: Then I suggest you take up carpentry.

    • Will: What's wrong? Helen: Nothing! I'm seeing a nun and a priest!

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Sister Lilly Watters (Constance Zimmer) on the series.

    • This episode was named #19 on The Futon Critic's Top 50 Episodes of 2004.

    • Christopher Marquette and Becky Wahlstrom have now been upgraded to show stars and now appear in the slightly-revised opening credits.

    • New God: Skateboarder God.

    • Music featured in this episode included: "Take Me Away" by Avril Lavigne "Secret" by The Rosenbergs "The Never Saga" by Kara's Flowers (a.k.a. Maroon 5) "Holiday" by Ariel's Worm "Live In Stereo" by Newsboys "Loving The Small Time" by Kara's Flowers (a.k.a. Maroon 5) "(Instrumental Piece Special to JoA)" by Laurence Juber "Tumbling After" by Starfield "How Does It Feel" by Avril Lavigne "Rewind" by Pillar "Guess I'm Doin' Fine" by Beck "Try" by Nelly Furtado "I'll Take It From Here" by Antara & Delilah

    Trivia (1)

    • Ms. Lischak is now Joan, Adam, Grace, Luke, Friedman and Glynis' Physics teacher.

    Allusions (2)

    • Will: Oh, Tiger Woods, he's dorky. Tiger Woods is arguably the best golfer of the 21st century.

    • Episode Title: Only Connect The episode title refers to a quote from E.M. Forster's book Howard's End: "Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die." This probably doesn't make sense when you haven't read the paragraph that precedes it, which explains that the "beast and monk" above refer to fragmented parts of self. Until these fragments are joined by what Forster calls the "rainbow bridge" between prose and passion, they never connect to form a whole person. So, basically, the reference is about reconciling all the parts of oneself and living a full, aware, loving life. At least, that's my understanding.

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