Joan of Arcadia

Romancing the Joan

Season 2, Ep 15, Aired 2/11/05
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  • Episode Description
  • God wants Joan to do an extra credit assignment on Romantic poetry; Adam takes on a perky and cute assistant (special guest star Haylie Duff); Lucy gets a promotion; Helen takes a break from her Catholic studies; Kevin decides to get back into the dating game.

  • 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 (16)

    • (Joan quoting from "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron) Joan: And on that cheek, and o'er that brow, So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, The smiles that win, the tints that glow, But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below A heart whose love is innocent. Roger: What does that mean to you? Joan: Well, uh, it means…he loves her because she's not a skank.

    • Little Girl God: And they all lived happily ever after? (Joan turns) There's a surprise. (Joan scoffs) You guys really like that ending. Joan: Yeah, well, you have a better one? Little Girl God: They all moved towards spiritual growth and enlightenment? Joan: Yeah. That's gonna work with the kids. Little Girl God: Ever notice that the guy always has to risk his life and the girl is nearly dead when he finds her? It takes a kiss to wake her up and they ride off together. It's a nice metaphor. Joan: For what? Little Girl God: Death and resurrection. Joan: Yeah. Well, that's a fun party game. Little Girl God: It happens all the time. The illusion dies so that something deeper can take its place. Joan: (sits down) Are you saying that... Adam and I are an illusion? Little Girl God: Romance serves a purpose. It’s a meditative state. It puts logic to sleep so that people can come together. Otherwise you guys probably wouldn't risk it. Joan: Why did you have to make love so complicated? I mean... couldn't that one thing been easy? Little Girl God: Love is big. It's a bright light in the universe and a bright light casts a big shadow. So, what do you wanna do, Joan? Joan: (sighs) How am I supposed to know? Little Girl God: By looking at it. Real love is hard work; you have to decide if you want it in your story. Or if you'd rather just stay in the dream.

    • Lilly: Okay. Well, um, I've had about as much fun as a girl can have in one night. Kevin: No. I'm sorry. I really am sorry. Stay. I'll -- I'll be charming. I'll be ebullient, even. I feel ebullience coming on. Lilly: I've never liked clean up committee. Kevin: Look, I was horrible to her, okay? I have some residual guilt. You of all people should understand. Lilly: Quick story before I go, okay? Um, the reason I became a nun is because after the second time I stole money from my blind grandmother to run away from home to join a surfing colony, I decided that I was such a horrible person that no normal remedy could save me. Thinking you're the worst person in the world is no different than thinking you're the best. It's giving yourself a place in the universe you haven't earned. Thanks for dinner.

    • Little Girl God: Romance serves a purpose. It's a meditative state. It puts logic to sleep so that people can come together. Otherwise you guys probably wouldn't risk it.

    • Helen: He thinks (Lucy's) great, and that I'm just being paranoid... which is... probably true. Lilly: Really. Yeah, no, I'm sure you are not intuitive. You're just a woman, and an artist.

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Lt. Lucy Preston (

    • Special Guest Star Haylie Duff is the sister of actress Hilary Duff, who guest starred in the previous episode "The Rise & Fall of Joan Girardi".

    • At one point, Lucy says "Honestly, Will, be a man." Close-captioning reads "Really, Will, be a man."

    • Haylie Duff, Constance Zimmer, and Annie Potts were credited as Special Guest Stars.

    • Music featured in this episode included: "Queen of the Radio" by Doubting Paris "Shooting Stars" by Dee "Steel" by Jon Ray Leslie "Bravebird" by Amel Larrieux "Midnight" by Absinthe Academy< "Non Lasciar Costi" by Liata "The Classics" by Solamingus "Think About It" by Carrie Horachek "Git it Right" by Move.Meant "What Else Can I Do" by Karla Anderson

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    Trivia (2)

    • Not so much a nitpick as a missed opportunity. Byron and Shelley were not just famous poets, but social rebels who challenged authority and got involved in revolutions. If Substitute Teacher God had mentioned that part, Grace would probably have been a lot more interested.

    • When the power went out, Roger and Joan bring out five candles. At first they are spaced oddly, three in front of Roger very close together and then the two in front of Joan more widely spaced. A minute later we see the five candles all perfectly spaced. A minute more and we see them back with three close together and the other two spaced widely apart again.

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: Romancing the Joan Romancing the Stone was a 1984 romantic comedy starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. It was fairly Indiana Jones inspired and did rather well at the box office. The title of this episode is an obvious spin.

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