Joan of Arcadia

Wealth of Nations

Season 2, Ep 6, Aired 10/29/04
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  • Episode Description
  • God tells Joan to help her mother collect clothes for the homeless; Kevin attempts stand-up comedy in order to impress Beth; Will wants to counter-sue the Bakers.

  • 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 (7)

    • Bad Stand-Up Comedian God: Here, what does this (dollar bill) say? Joan: ‘In You We Trust'...

    • Joan: I screw up and I have to be your slave? Helen: That's one of the joys of motherhood.

    • Joan: Judith, that's Friedman. He's the Ebola virus in tube socks.

    • Sister Lilly Watters: St. Helen the Bitchy…

    • Sister Lilly Watters: Has (Joan) ever been drug-tested...?

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    Notes (4)

    • The incident with Joan's pierced navel getting infected is based on a real-life incident when Amber Tamblyn convinced a homeless man to pose as her father so she could get a navel-piercing.

    • Close-captioning gives the final line of Kevin's comedy routine as "Does it hurt! It's the damndest thing." This cannot be heard on the audio.

    • Music featured in this episode included:
      "Therapy" by Jude Crossen
      "Opportunities" by Pet Shop Boys
      "Armageddon Surfer Girl" by ML Lennon
      "Smithereens" by Rust Belt
      "Tea Ball" by Intercooler
      "New Addiction" by Libido
      "Running" by Morella's Forest
      "Get Rolled On" by Atlas Plug
      "I Came Late To The Party" by Stirling

    • New Gods: East Indian Sunglass Guy God and Bad Stand-Up God.

    Allusions (4)

    • Joan: I have a question, remember? Then we'll get to Shecky Girardi. Shecky Green is a stand-up comedian who has been a headliner in Vegas for over 30 years.

    • Wealth of Nations: The title of this episode refers to the groundbreaking book of the same name by Adam Smith that is largely responsible for the development of capitalism as an economic theory.

    • Joan: Yeah, my life is a Will Ferrell movie.
      This is a reference to comedian Will Ferrell, a Saturday Night Live alumni who has starred in numerous comedies.

    • Joan: You have to return it [the coat]. It's way too Freaky Friday.
      Freaky Friday is a film--actually counting remakes, three films--in which a mother and daughter switch bodies. Joan is trying to say that her mother is too old to be dressing like that.

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