Joan of Arcadia


Season 1, Ep 13, Aired 1/16/04
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  • Episode Description
  • At Helen's insistance, she and Will take a getaway to a spa, but all does not go well when Will cannot forget about his job. And with the parents away, the kids are up to a little recreation of their own; Kevin and his boss, Rebecca, find it hard to ignore their mutual attraction; Joan, as she is trying to sort out her feelings for Adam, is instructed by God to throw a party while her parents are away; Luke helps Joan pull off a successful party.moreless

  • 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 (37)

    • (Luke, Grace, Friedman and Glynis are looking through one of the Girardis' photo albums) Friedman: Oh, man. Here's Luke in a little Dalmatian outfit. Glynis: Oh! Look at his little ears! Luke: It was Halloween. I was 3! Put that away-- (He tries to take the album off Friedman but he fights back) Grace: Hey, let me see. Glynis: The color palette suits you. Friedman: Dude, your sister's, like, naked. Luke: She's a baby!

    • Adam: (to Joan, at the party) You wanna dance? Joan: Adam, I can't I'm at a party! (leaves) Adam: Just thought I'd ask.

    • Joan: We've been thinking… Will: That's a dangerous proposition.

    • Joan: In case you haven't noticed, we are not cool. Luke: I thought you were cool. Joan: No, I'm not.

    • Grace: It's like a Druid solstice ritual without the viscera. Luke: Stick around. The night's still young. (awkward silence) Grace: I need salt.

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    Notes (7)

    • All of the photos of Luke as a child are actual photographs of Michael Welch when he was younger.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Detective Carlisle (Mark Totty) on the series.

    • Jay Thomas (Elliot) also played the recurring character, Eddie LeBec, one of Carla Tortelli's (many) husbands in Cheers which starred Mary Steenburgen's real life husband, Ted Danson.

    • There's a huge amount of discrepancy between what the announcer is saying about the crackhouse explosion (when Will is watching the TV at the spa) and what the closed-captioning says. The closed captioning specifically drives home that the police would have died if they'd gone in - the actual dialogue doesn't say any such thing.

    • Jay Thomas and David Clennon are billed as a "Special Guest Star."

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    Trivia (2)

    • In this episode Joan says she's not ready to "couple", yet in an earlier episode Joan complains to God that he's never told her to get a boyfriend for an assignment.

    • A day or two spa stay like the Girardi kids buy their parents cost hundreds of dollars, up to almost a thousand depending on different things. How'd the kids put together that kind of money, particularly since we keep hearing on how the family is having financial problems?

    Allusions (2)

    • Liquor Store Clerk God: I don't inhale.
      Echoes President Bill Clinton's famous response when asked about using marijuana.

    • Luke: I'm more responsible than Margaret Thatcher.
      Margaret Thatcher is a former Prime Minister of Great Britian. She often had a reputation of being pious, or straightforward.

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