Joan of Arcadia

Season 1 Episode 7

Death Be Not Whatever

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 2003 on CBS
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Death Be Not Whatever
Joan baby-sits for a 6-year-old boy who is obsessed with death; officers assault a black man at a gas station.

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  • Very sad episode

    Ok so every episode God asks Joan to do something... this episode God wanted Joan to help people. It all started when she was in the bus and a woman was crying. The woman told Joan that her husband left her for another woman and moved to Mexico, her son's baby sitter moved to Hawaii and she needed to take night classes to get a proper job since she was just a waitress. Joan found out that the woman's son was dying and was very heart-broken and angered at God. Joan questioned why God didn't just help these people? Two cops beat up a person who has a sickness and the cops get suspended for 30days. Will makes an apology to the public for the actions of te two cops. Helen has a cruch on a priest and asks help from the priest because she does not get to ask help from Will anymore because his job takes up most of his time. The priest becomes a great help to her. Adam hates the month of November and is always in a bad mood and everyopne is wondering why. Joan went to the graveyard with the son of the woman and saw the tombstone of Adam's mom and she goes to Adam and talks to him.Overall I loved this episode because it brought a lot of drama and realization about life. It also showed that you should always be open to receive help and to let people help you because sometimes you'll need it. I also realized that even little help is better than not helping people at all.moreless
Andrew Kavovit

Andrew Kavovit

Officer Koczara

Guest Star

Justin Scot

Justin Scot

Officer Eicher

Guest Star

Kevin Symons

Kevin Symons

TV Announcer

Guest Star

Kris Lemche

Kris Lemche

Cute Boy God

Recurring Role

Christopher Marquette

Christopher Marquette

Adam Rove

Recurring Role

Elaine Hendrix

Elaine Hendrix

Ms. Lischak

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Joan is talking to Little Girl God in the park, there is a girl occupying the swing on the left behind God and the swing on the right is empty. When the camera shows Joan and then goes back to the little girl god, the left swing is empty and the right swing is occupied by a different girl. The camera pans to Joan again and returns to God and the left swing is occupied again while the right one is empty.

    • Jason and Rebecca are talking with a reporter at the newspaper. On each camera angle the short loops of Rebecca's necklace change position.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Father Ken: (said to Mrs. Girardi about her son Kevin's accident) The philosopher Kierkegaard... he said that the most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly one you can never have.

    • Joan: You have a lot to answer for, buddy! Nobody asks to be born. (long pause) So we all get to die, and everybody we love dies...
      Cute Boy God: (quietly) Yeah.
      Joan: So that's good for you...?
      Cute Boy God: Joan, there's nothing I can say about that that would make sense to you.
      Joan: A lot of what happens here really sucks! So much for your "perfect system". Can you see me being really mad at you right now?
      Cute Boy God: (whispers) Yes.
      Joan: Why does it have to be so hard?
      Cute Boy God: What, specifically?
      Joan: Being alive? Let's start there.
      Cute Boy God: You wish you weren't alive?
      Joan: No. I... I don't know! I wish it didn't... hurt so much.
      Cute Boy God: It hurts because you feel it, Joan. Because you are alive. You love people, that generates a lot of power, a lot of energy. The same kind of energy that binds atoms together. We've all seen what happens when you try to pry them apart.
      Joan: So, if I... don't get attached to people, then I... won't hurt so much?
      Cute Boy God: (smiling) No, it's in your nature to get attached to people. I put that into the recipe. It's when you guys try to ignore that, when you try to go it alone, that's when it gets ugly. It's Hell.
      Joan: It's "Hell"... like, the Hell?
      (the bus slows and stops)
      Cute Boy God: Oh, look. Your house. Go on, Joan. People are waiting for you.

    • Cute Boy God: Remember me?
      Joan: Why all the familiar looks? Doing your greatest hits, starting to get a little pleased with yourself?
      Cute Boy God: You see me the way you want to see me, Joan. (pause) Like right now, you're mad at me. Maybe you feel safer to be mad at me when I look like this.

    • Helen: I felt alone, ummm, and I talked to a priest. I didn't want to bother you.
      Will: That was the deal we made a long time ago... you get to bother me. You don't have to do anything alone.

    • Father Ken Mallory: Helen, I think what you're touching on here, is that you should be talking to your husband, and you miss being able to do that.
      Helen: (sighing) You don't understand what kind of job he has, and it's especially bad right now, I can't make it worse for him.
      Father Ken Mallory: I've married a lot of people, and I remember the words. You're depriving him of the privilege of living up to them.

    • Helen: (about picking a movie) Nothing sad, I don't want to cry.
      Joan: Oh, please. You cried during Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

    • Adam: Jane, did I know you were coming over?

    • Grace: What if you just want to live in your car? Where's the booth for that?
      Adam: Dude, you have a car?

    • Luke: (to Kevin) It's your turn to set the table.
      Kevin: My arms are tired!

    • Adam: I hate November.
      Grace: How can you hate a month?

    • Joan: Like his asthma?
      Little Girl God: It's not asthma. He tried to tell you what it is, but you ignored him. I understand why. You don't want to look at anyone's pain. The trouble is, when you try to avoid it, you stop helping. People end up alone.
      Joan: You care about everybody so much, why can't you help him?
      Little Girl God: Hey, I'll do my job and you do yours.
      Joan: Mine is... confusing. I thought I was supposed to help the mother, a-and now I'm supposed to help Rocky...? Where does it end?
      Little Girl God: It doesn't. Help kind of moves around. Like... light. Even a little bit is good.
      Joan: So, I helped two people, do I at least get extra points?
      Little Girl God: It's not a point system, Joan. You don't get coupons.
      Joan: What kind of system is it?
      Little Girl God: A perfect one. Trust me. (long pause)
      Joan: I'm listening...
      Little Girl God: I'm finished.

    • Joan: Dad, you're not in trouble over this, are you?
      Will: I'm the chief of police – it's my job to be in trouble.

    • Joan: I'm not a psycho. You can ask my friend. (Adam bangs his head against the bus) Or maybe not.

    • Joan: Do you need any help?
      Will: Do you have any?

    • Luke: You know, it's becoming increasingly obvious the only thing we have in common is DNA.

    • Principal: And what career would you like to explore Mr Rove?
      Adam: I wanna do something soulless and corporate, Mr. Price.
      Principal: Good choice.

    • Cute Boy God: Joan, there's nothing I could say about (dying) that would make sense to you.

    • Grace: I told you about "dude."
      Adam: I tried "yo." It didn't take.

    • Price: (discussing career day) The point of this afternoon is to pretend that you might one day make a valuable contribution to society. Perhaps you could play along. For example, Ms. Polk, you might want to look into journalism, which is a profession where they actually pay people to be cynical and disaffected.

    • Flight Attendant God: I find Career Day a little bit bogus.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Father Ken Mallory: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross spelled them out intelligently in her book, On Death And Dying.
      Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-born psychiatrist and the author of the seminal book On Death and Dying, where she detailed how people deal with tragedy (specifically death, but extendable to any serious loss) in five stages: Anger, Denial, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. A person may skip through one or more of them, but grief generally flows through those stages as people psychologically process the event. When someone gets stuck on, or refuses to go through a stage, it often creates larger issues that can lead to a meltdown.

    • Title
      The title comes from the rather famous poem by John Donne entitled "Death Be Not Proud," in which that he sets forth the idea that when a person dies it is really Death that is dying because that person then awakes to eternal life.

    • Flight Attendent God: Buh bye.
      From an Saturday Night Live skit about obnoxious flight attendents that brush off passenger's complaints with a "Buh Bye"

    • Father Ken Mallory: Future not to be.
      A reference to the philosopher/author Soren Kierkegaard.

    • Joan: Mom, you cried when you saw Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
      Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is a comedy movie, one which helped established the career of Keanu Reeves, and also stars George Carlin. It's the story of how two teenaged airheads with grandiose dreams, whose existence does, in fact, help save the world later on, get involved with a time traveler in order to set themselves on the course that will, later, save the world.