Joan of Arcadia

Vanity, Thy Name Is Human

Season 1, Ep 21, Aired 5/7/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Joan takes a cosmetics class, per God's request, and Kevin doesn't react well to crossing paths with the last girlfriend he dated before his disabling accident... Glynis' flattering makeover attracts a great deal of positive attention at school, which only adds to Joan's disappointment when Adam fails to notice her own new look. Meanwhile, Kevin, who remains bitter with the belief that he had been dumped by Beth because he had become a paraplegic, harshly rebuffs her efforts to make peace with him.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 tells Joan to take a make-up class that is really about make-up. Adam doesn't seem to be noticing her changes. Will busts a Russian teenage prostitution ring and Kevin sees his old girlfriend from right before the accident.

    By Atreyu75, Aug 03, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Joan: We're both about more than superficial appearances. Like you! Grace: Hey, I look good!

    • Joan: Caring about your appearance is a soulless expression of vanity. Helen: If you've been smoking marijuana, honey, you need to tell me.

    • Joan: (Luke) doesn't compliment you? Glynis: Once he told me my dermis was pleasantly exothermic.

    • Miss Candy: There's no need to apologize for the pursuit of beauty. Ancient civilizations understood this. Joan: So, it's important to look your best while… being a human sacrifice?

    • Joan: The Bat Mitzvah thing? Isn't that over? Grace: You'll know when it's over. There'll be a big, embarrassing party with rubber chicken and old Jews dancing to Donna Summer.

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    Notes (6)

    • Injoke: Glynis refers to Christina Aguilera during makeup class. The actress that plays Glynis, Mageina Tovah appeared in Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' video.

    • Guest star Shelley Long is best known for playing Diane Chambers on Cheers from 1982 to 1987; her costar was Ted Danson, husband of Mary Steenburgen.

    • Shelley Long and Christopher Marquette were billed as Special Guest Stars.

    • Music featured in this episode included: "Lime Sherbert" by Jeff Lingle "Wetter Than Water" by Jeff Lingle "Chained At The Wrist" by Young Circle "Oh Yeah Oh Yeah" by Wilfred N & The Grown Men "I Hate Your Lipstick" by Veal "Put Me In A Photograph" by Army Of Freshman "Drifting Off" by Q-Burns Abstract Message "Last Of Him" by Joe Deveau "Fall Away" by David Wilcox

    • Barbara Hall also worked with this episode's writer, Robert Girardi, on Judging Amy--she possibly got the inspiration for Joan's family name from him.

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    Trivia (4)

    • Beth refers to going to nearby Fordham College. Fordham University (which has a subset called Fordham College) is located in NY City in the Bronx, which is nowhere near Maryland, where Arcadia is located. It's certainly too far away for a daily commute, which Beth indicates she is doing.

    • In another odd sequencing glitch. Joan has her "revelation" in make-up class, and then seemingly the next day, only a couple of scenes later apparently the same day after she gets home, she smells. Isn't that kind of quick if it's on the same day?

    • The timing's a little off. Will apparently gets his arrest on the same day as Joan's first make-up class (it occurs before we see her in class). But then it's the next day (for Joan - she's wearing different clothing) and her second class, and after that Will and Helen are talking about the arrest and that it's Will's big news. If it were such big news, wouldn't he have mentioned it the previous day?

    • When Will enters the house and busts in, when he confronts the older guy neither one of them say anything, but the closed captioning claims they're saying "Where's your warrant?" and "You're looking at it."

    Allusions (4)

    • Grace: You'll know when it's over. There'll be a big, embarrassing party with rubber chicken and old Jews dancing to Donna Summer. Donna Summer is a Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, most known for a string of hits beginning in the disco era and stretching into the early 1980s. With 130 million records sold, she is one of the best-selling female singers of all time, and still holds the record for having three successive double-albums hit #1. Her most well known songs include "Love to Love You, Baby", "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", and "She Works Hard for the Money".

    • Joan: Like Erykah Badu.
      Joan is commenting to Friedman on his hair. Singer Erykah Badu's hair is very large, much like Friedmans.

    • Helen: At least I didn't cut off my ear.
      At that time in his life, Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) was very good friends will the well known artist, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). One day, Gauguin painted a portrait of van Gogh, who was not pleased with the final product. Later, they argued at a café and van Gogh threatened Gauguin with a straight razor. Gauguin stared him down, until van Gogh slunk away. That night, van Gogh sliced off his left ear lobe, wrapped it in a handkerchief, and presented it to a prostitute. [Source: The Annotated Mona Lisa by Carol Strickland, 1992]

    • Will: I have Spidey Sense, remember? Referring to the character Marvel comic book and movie character, Spiderman. His so-called "Spidey Sense" gave him premonitional warning of approaching danger.

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