Joan of Arcadia

Shadows and Light

Season 2, Ep 17, Aired 2/25/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Joan is convinced that she's meant to help Stevie keep her part-time job with Adam, despite Stevie's mother's order that she quit. In an effort to supply Stevie with the Social Security number that Stevie's mother is withholding, Joan gets Kevin to use his investigative reporting skills. Kevin's findings end up leading Will to make a discovery that quickly turns Stevie's world upside-down. Meanwhile, Adam is upset with Joan for telling Helen that he tried to have sex with her, and Kevin is conflicted when the local television station asks him to do a report that pertains to paralysis.moreless

  • 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)
  • we found out sooo much about stevie's mom. i felt sooo bad. Haylie Duff acted out this part very well. overall, one of the better eppies in the 2-year run. =]

    By Fajek13, Apr 27, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Grace: Okay, you can choose to forget this or I can inflict brain damage.

    • Adam: How the hell did this happen? Grace: Ask the little friend in your pants.

    • Female Custodian God: Hi there, Joan. Joan: Oh god... Female Custodian God: The one and only.

    • Joan: Didn't we use to be good people? Kevin: I think so – what happened?

    • Electrician God: (to Joan) What you witnessed was the power of the truth.

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    Notes (3)

    • Haylie Duff was credited as a Special Guest Star.

    • Music featured in this episode included: "Does Anybody Care?" by Nick Nolan "Alone" by Mary Arden Collins "Love Is Still The Answer" by Essra Mohawk "Satellite" by Anna Nalick "Can't Move On" by Chinua Hawk "The Race" by Deb Pasternak "In This Life" by Chantal Kreviazuk

    • New Gods: Charming Dad God, Electrician God, and Cub Scout God.

    Trivia (4)

    • When Joan is talking to Stevie at the end, Stevie's hair changes. It goes from in front of her face to behind her ear without her moving it.

    • You can't get into high school without your Social Security Number, so how is Stevie in school?

    • In the scene where Adam introduces Bonnie's work to Mrs. Girardi in the art room in school, there's an inconsistency. When the scene switches between Adam and Bonnie, Adam's sleeves are rolled up in certain shots and down in others.

    • When Joan walks into the park, Cub Scout God crosses behind her and goes off screen-left. But then he instantly appears on Joan's right and says "Hi, Joan!"

    Allusions (3)

    • Joan and Helen: Watching TV
      The movie they're watching is It Happened One Night (1934) with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.

    • Kevin: It's alive! It's alive!
      In the Frankenstein movies, Dr. Frankenstein brought the "monster" to life through electricity, much like Kevin's "dead" legs were brought back to life. When the monster was alive Dr. Frankenstein made the now famous quote "It's alive! It's Alive!"

    • God's nametag: A. Vatar
      Avatar is the Hindu word for "God in human form". Though frequently used by commentators on JoA to refer to the various appearances of God, I think this is the first time that the word has actually been used on the show.

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