Joan of Arcadia

The Gift

Season 1, Ep 22, Aired 5/14/04
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  • Episode Description
  • After God tells Joan to give Adam a gift, she finds something that leads her to wonder if God's suggesting she have sex with him... While secretly searching through Adam's backpack for gift ideas, Joan is stunned to find a condom there. She soon wonders if sex is the "gift" God had in mind, and she nervously ponders whether or not she'd be ready for such a big step. Meanwhile, Kevin begins covering court proceedings for the paper and ends up causing a stir in one of Will's cases.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Mantegna

    Will Girardi

  • Michael Welch

    Luke Girardi

  • Mary Steenburgen

    Helen Girardi

  • Amber Tamblyn

    Joan Girardi

  • Jason Ritter

    Kevin Girardi

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • God asks Joan to give Adam a gift. After she finds a condom in his backpack, she begins to worry that this gift is related to sex. Also, as Kevin begins his new job as court reporter, he makes a bad call that challenges Will.

    By Atreyu75, Aug 06, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Will: Remember when I took you on the pony ride?

    • Adam: (to Joan and Grace in gym class) Why are you two speeding? Being last is our thing.

    • Helen: Let me finish! Joan: No! Because you're going to start crying and quoting songs.

    • Rich Woman God: You're always faced with difficult decisions. I can't make your choices for you - I'm really committed to the free will thing.

    • Joan: (to God) You want me to ace French? Why don't you make the language easier? Or make it...English?

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    Notes (5)

    • If you look closely when you see God's locker, there is a globe and several pictures of galaxies and nebulas. Specifically, the pictures in God's locker are the Large Magellanic Cloud, the Whirlpool Galaxy, either the Crab Nebula or the Orion Nebula, a spiral galaxy (probably M81), and the Aurora Borealis.

    • '' is not a real web site - it once redirected to, which does reviews of Joan of Arcadia but as of November 2007 is just a holding page.

    • Music featured in this episode included: "Good (I've Got A Lot To Learn)" by Dakona "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys "Hard Times" by Stevie "See You" by Troy Gassaway "I Feel" by Julie Plug "Bellamy" by Jennie DeVoe "Confessions" by The Trews "La Vie En Rose" by Cyndi Lauper

    • Susan Sullivan and Christopher Marquette were billed as Special Guest Stars.

    • New Gods: French Waiter God and Rich Woman God.

    Trivia (5)

    • When Adam and Joan are looking at the framed photo (the gift) at the end of the show, the photo shows a tight head shot of a man and a woman with just the top of an oil lamp sticking up. The scene cuts into black and white with Joan and Adam as the two people in the photo as a black and white moving picture. When the scene comes back to the framed photo, the lamp and a table are in full view in a much wider shot in the photo where they were not before.

    • In the garage, the screwdrivers are mounted so high that Kevin can't reach them, and Will has to help him. It's a sweet moment but...why'd they mount the screwdrivers so high in the first place? Kevin's been working on the boat for months - you'd think they'd mount a lower rack or something.

    • In the garage, Kevin says he ruined two people's lives. But actually he ruined three - Ben, his wife, and the daughter. Kevin saw all three of them when his dad wheeled him out.

    • Joan planning to have sex with Adam in a hotel, that he's working at, while he's working? It just doesn't seem like the kind of thing you do for that "special" occasion, one of the most important in her life.

    • When Joan is talking to Grace on the bench sometime after she discovers the condom, with presumably a coffee or some such beverage in her hand, there are numerous inconsistent camera cuts between close-up and far away what alternate between Joan having her head tilted down and Joan looking straight at Grace. Looks like a continuity error.

    Allusions (6)

    • Grace: You were getting all poetic there for a second, Spock. Spock was one of the main characters from the original television series of Star Trek and some of the film adaptations. Played by Leonard Nimoy , Spock was the logical thinking Vulcan member of the crew who eloquently gave rational insights into certain situations.

    • Grace: He used to like slot cars and Smurfs. At the time when Adam would have been young, The Smurfs were a popular Saturday morning cartoon. Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, the show ran on NBC from 1981 through 1990.

    • Joan: You were snoring, you know, like the Three Stooges... The Three Stooges were a famous comedy/vaudeville group, mostly as a trio, that made movies and television shorts in the 1940s-1960s.

    • Helen: Ah, the West Side Story strategy... that always turns out great. Perhaps an in-joke of sorts, because Amber Tamblyn's (Joan) father, Russ Tamblyn, was a star in the popular musical of the early 60's, West Side Story. He has also guested on JoA as Dog-Walker God. At the end of West Side Story Tony (who in this case would be Adam) was killed.

    • Joan: You mean 'The Thinker' guy, right? "The Thinker" or "Le Penseur" is a sculpture Auguste Rodin made as part of a monumental portal named "La Porte de l'Enfer". It is likely the most famous and recognised work the artist made.

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