Joan of Arcadia

The Cat

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 10/15/04
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  • Episode Description
  • God has Joan adopt a wild cat; Helen's Aunt Olive has a stroke while visiting; Will calls Internal Affairs to investigate for corrupt cops.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Mantegna

    Will Girardi

  • Michael Welch

    Luke Girardi

  • Mary Steenburgen

    Helen Girardi

  • Christopher Marquette

    Adam Rove (Seasons 2+; recurring previously)

  • Amber Tamblyn

    Joan Girardi

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Great episode. It is what this series was all about.

    By TnWriter55, Jan 17, 2007

  • Helen\'s mom comes and stays with the Girardi\'s, will it cause happiness or havoc?

    By _naturally_, Sep 18, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Will: (to Joan) What happened to your nose? Luke: Her cat has a problem with Edmond Rostand.

    • Judith: Friedman, you and me, it's never gonna happen. Friedman: I'm a scientist, my sweet. We toil on unsolvable equations for years. We like.

    • Judith: You don't want to be a cat person, JoJo. They're antisocial, sexually frustrated introverts. Joan: Uh, stow the shrinkisms. I'm taking care of one of God's creatures. Grace: Dude, we eat most of His little creatures. Judith: And your aunt eats the rest, from what I hear.

    • Luke: (to Adam) Have a cricket, good for sex.

    • Joan: (when Adam tries to pet Larry) Don't do that. He'll scratch. (Adam pets Larry, Larry purrs and rolls on his side) Why isn't he scratching? Adam: He likes me. Joan: Why? Adam: I don't know.

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode marks the last appearance of Roy Roebuck (Derek Morgan) and the first appearance of Lt. Lucy Preston (Annie Potts) on the series.

    • We find out that Grace's mother is an alcoholic in this episode.

    • Music featured in this episode included: "Advantage" by Parallax Project "Happy Kid" by Nada Surf "Scattered" by Jeff Lingle "The Rebirth" by Move.Meant "For Granted" by Idaho "Jumpin' & Thumpin'" by Jeff Lingle "Good Intentions" by Doubting Paris "Shock" by 2 Minutes Hate "If You Hear Me" by Dogwood Moon "Shaking The Tree" by Peter Gabriel & Youssou N'Dour

    • New Gods: Feral Cat Lover God and Basketball Player God.

    Trivia (3)

    • When Grace contacts Luke and then logs off, her logout message only says BLACKWIDOW, not BLACKWIDOW-4-U, even though her text message said "BLACKWIDOW-4-U Says".

    • There are several medical errors with the description of Olive's "middle cerebral stroke." A stroke that caused weakness in the right arm would affect speech as well, since such a stroke occurs in the left side of the brain, causing asphasia. But Olive's speech is unaffected. Middle cerebral strokes also don't paralyze the lower half of the body - they affect either the right side or the left side. A middle cerebral stroke wouldn't cause a collapse and unconsciousness. The type of stroke necessary to induce lower-body paralysis would render someone unconscious, but it would be for hours if not days.

    • The color of Guava juice is pink, but the color of the juice that Aunt Olive uses to toast with is orange.

    Allusions (6)

    • Grace: Madame Curie's just trying to recruit me for the science fair again. Madame Marie Curie (1867-1934) was a polish scientist living in Paris who researched radioactivity. In 1911, she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work.

    • Joan: Eeew! This is like Arcadia Fear Factor. Fear Factor was a reality show on NBC in which contestants had to perform various challenges or stunts to eliminate their competitors in order to win $50,000. The challenges where either physical or mental, and designed to cause the contestants a heightened sense of fear.

    • Kevin: Tell that to Siegfried. Luke: No, I think it was Roy. Siegfried and Roy are two German-American illusionists and animal tamers that used to perform on the Las Vegas strip. In October 2003, Roy was bitten on the neck by one of their white tigers during a performance.

    • Aunt Olive: (to the nurse) Nice chatting with you, too, Mrs. Mengele! A reference to Dr. Josef Mengele. He was a Nazi German doctor at Auschwitz concentration camp where he conducted brutal human experiments.

    • Grace: Okay, Bruce Banner, relax.
      Referencing the alter-ego of Marvel's comic book character the Incredible Hulk.

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