Joan of Arcadia

The Book of Questions

Season 2, Ep 10, Aired 11/26/04
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  • Episode Description
  • While helping Grace shop for a dress for the occasion, Joan is delighted to finally meet Grace's seemingly perfect mother, Sarah. However, when Sarah's drinking problem becomes evident, Joan begins to understand why Grace is so private – and why she's long been avoiding having her bat mitzvah. Meanwhile, Luke racks his brain to come up with a meaningful bat mitzvah gift for Grace. Additionally, Adam and Joan have different ways of coping with Judith's death. Will supports Lucy's less-than-legal means of trying to get one of Judith's friends to describe Judith's on-the-run killer, and Kevin's ex-girlfriend is deposed for the trial.moreless

  • 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: Oh, that is so sweet! I wanna be Jewish!

    • Joan: God shouldn't pinch cheeks. It never makes the world better.

    • Grace: And just dealing with a lot of questions, that takes a lot of guts when there's no guarantee there'll be answers.

    • Grace's Father: You wanna go over your Torah portion again? Grace: It's under neural lockdown.

    • Grace: If I hear the word "adorable," I will go postal.

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    Notes (3)

    • For the third episode in a row, the story ends with a look at something up in the sky, this time at a meteor shower.

    • Music featured in this episode included: "Everything" by David Loring "The Narrow" by Charity Von "And You Are" by 2 Minutes Hate "Once In A While" by David Loring "Upside Down" by Nick Nolan "You're Not My Man" by Hush Hush "Glide" by 2 Minutes Hate "Hava Nagila" by (FirstCom Music Library) "Sambastico" by Daniel Indart "Give A Little Bit" by Goo Goo Dolls

    • New Gods: Officious Hall Monitor God, Big Tough Guy God, and Female Guest God.

    Trivia (2)

    • Grace, in this episode and in previous episodes, continues to be able to close her locker without having to lift up handle and then inserting the combo lock.

    • The meteor shower was more like a meteor storm, there were too many meteors "falling" at the same time. Usually it's 100/hour over the whole sky, not 50/minute over one part of the sky.

    Allusions (2)

    • Grace: I just want it to come and go quickly... like Hoobastank. Hoobastank is popular rock band at the time who is best known for their hit song "The Reason."

    • Friedman: Then she can use it to kill Colonel Mustard in the library... Said as he holds up a candlestick as a bat mitzvah gift. Referencing the famous Parker Brothers board game, Clue.

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