Joan of Arcadia

The Rise & Fall of Joan Girardi

Season 2, Ep 14, Aired 1/28/05
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  • Episode Description
  • After saving a girl's life Joan suddenly becomes famous but she soon learns fame is fleeting and can even turn against you; Adam has a job interview that doesn't quite go the way he wants; tension builds between Lucy and Will; as Luke prepares to get his drivers license Grace tries to educate him on the harmful impact vehicles have on the environment.

  • 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)
  • In this episode starring the talentless Hilary Duff as a wannabe, Joan saves the aforementioned wannabe, who at first is grateful and then turns against her the next day to stay with the popular girls.

    By ammunitionized, Aug 27, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Joan: It doesn't make any sense. Personable Woman God: It's a paradox. You're a hero. And you're not perfect. You were horrible to Dylan because you cared. Another paradox. If you accept that they both can exist simultaneously, then you can find peace in the contradictions, which is where you'll find me

    • Personable Woman God: They should really put benches at all the bus stops. Make the world a better place, one tush at a time. What do you think, Joan? Joan: God says "tush"?

    • Grace: Dude, you're contributing to global warming--and you're handing over vital information to the CIA. When they take that picture? That's really a retinal scan. Luke: I'm getting my license, Grace. I'm not starting a covert war. Joan: Is this, like, pillow talk for you two?

    • Adam: My girlfriend is the Wonder Woman of Arcadia High.

    • Adam: If we were married I would be Mr. Joan Girardi.

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    Notes (4)

    • Series star Jason Ritter, special guest star Hilary Duff, and guest star Lauren C Mayhew starred together in the 2004 movie Raise Your Voice.

    • Hilary Duff and Annie Potts were credited as Special Guest Stars.

    • Music featured in this episode included: "Over" by M80 "Wonder" by Jaylene Johnson "Everyone Stares" by Nick Nolan "Free" by Mary Arden Collins "One More Day" by Mary Arden Collins "Overcome" by Finley Quaye "Home" by Stargazer Lily "Should Have Known" by Lelia Broussard "Walk Through The World" by Marc Cohn

    • New Gods: Personable Woman God and Make-Up Lady God.

    Trivia (1)

    • What kind of editors at the Herald would let Kevin write a favorable piece about his own sister, and not edit out the seven uses of the word "hero," etc.?

    Allusions (5)

    • Joan: Enormously huge, like Marlon Brando, but before he died. Referencing the talented actor, who unfortunately put on a few (dozen) pounds in his later career and decided he had to display it in movies like The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).

    • Joan: Who names their kid 'Storm'? Was his dad in the X-Men? The X-Men are a superhero team of mutant teenagers popularized in the comics, an animated series, and two movies (as of the episode's original airing). Storm is Ororo of Africa, a woman with the power to control the weather and, coincidentally (or not), Summers is the last name of another X-Men. Both Storm and Scott Summers are/were (co)leaders of the X-Men.

    • Adam: My girlfriend is the Wonder Woman of Arcadia High. Referencing the long-standing comic book and TV heroine - the Amazon Princess, Diana of Themyscria (sic). As of the time this episode aired, plans were underway for Joss Whedon to produce a theatrical version of the character.

    • Kevin: My editor thought "Joan the Hero" was too good for Hagar the Horrible. Referencing the inexplicably long-standing newspaper strip that first appeared in 1973 and is distributed by King Features Syndicate. Created by Dik Browne and now drawn by his son Chris, Hagar shows the life of rampaging Viking and befuddled family man Hagar the Horrible.

    • Joan: You made me sound like Catwoman. Referencing the long time comic book villainess and sometime hero, most recently immortalized in a less-than-successful movie starring Halle Berry.

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