Joan of Arcadia

Season 2 Episode 1

Only Connect

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 2004 on CBS
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Only Connect
After a summer of therapy and with school resuming Joan tries to return to a "normal" life even as she ignores God, who keeps reappearing; Will is sued for emotional distress by Andy Baker, whose drunk driving caused the accident that paralyzed Kevin; Luke and Grace try to adjust to their relationship.moreless

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  • Joan strives to ignore God and live what she considers a "normal" life after spending time at Gentle Acres and participating in therapy with Dr. Dan.

    I was anxious to watch this episode after seeing how the 1st season finale ended with Joan doubting all the experiences she had with God in the entire season. I found Joan's difficulties very believable as she struggled to make everyone trust that she wasn't crazy. Adam's acceptance of Joan after reading about people who had talked to God was interesting because Joan is trying so hard not to trust herself and Adam finally believes her. The final moments of the episode where Joan talks to God, and he questions her about missing him are emotional. Joan's adjustment is central to the storyline, but I also found her father's problems with being sued powerful, especially as he relived past moments with Kevin. Of course, I was also glad to see Luke and Grace together since I wanted them to be together in the previous season, and Grace's reaction of keeping him a secret seems in keeping with her character. Overall, I feel like this episode was a good premiere, and it set up the stories for the season well.moreless
Patrick Breen

Patrick Breen


Guest Star

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

Tom Murphy

Guest Star

Craig Champion

Craig Champion

Skateboarder God

Guest Star

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Old Lady God

Recurring Role

Aaron Himelstein

Aaron Himelstein


Recurring Role

Juliette Goglia

Juliette Goglia

Little Girl God

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Joan: Dad! Kevin's making penis jokes and he doesn't want to play golf with you.

    • Adam: You know, seeing God...
      Joan: Shh! Adam nobody knows that part except for you. Everybody still thinks that I was just talking to 'people', 'kay? So let's drop the G-word.
      Adam: It's documented, look. Visions, voices, bilocation...
      Joan: Adam, Adam, Adam, seeing him, her, it, is a sure sign of crazy, it's like, the uber-sign.

    • Joan: I just want to be a normal couple again. Do you remember normal?
      Adam: Not really.

    • Cute Boy God: Crazy is destructive. It tears down. I'm all about building up.
      Joan: Then I suggest you take up carpentry.

    • Will: What's wrong?
      Helen: Nothing! I'm seeing a nun and a priest!

    • Helen: Luke, one breakdown a year is all we can handle. You'll have to wait.

    • Little Girl God: All carbon atoms are the same. As are all protons, electrons, and neutrons. It didn't have to be that way, but it makes the universe beautiful.

    • Adam: Jane, you can't get all happy about science. It's totally gonna mess up our dynamic.

    • Helen: Why are you repeating everything I say?
      Father Ken: Reruns of West Wing.

    • Lily: You know… the first step of confirmation is not lying to your family. It's pretty much not even a step

    • Miss Lischak: Physics… my little anthropic coincidences... is everything! Particles, matter, antimatter, energy, fission, fusion, neurons, bozons, quarks, neutrinos, antineutrinos, dimensions, determinism, strong force, weak force, relativity, velocity, chaos, order, air, fire, water, love, sex, death, time, space and God!

    • Helen: I didn't know that they let nuns do that.
      Lily: Former nun. I left. I was not kicked out. I left.

    • Grace: You've used up all your minutes.
      Luke: What am I, a cell phone?
      Grace: No, but you are a service provider.

    • Adam: What do you want to know about grout, plaster, or unclogging toilets? And don't get me started on caulk, because that's my passion.

    • Cute Boy God: Have you read this?
      Joan: You stole that!
      Cute Boy God: Well, technically, everything's mine.

    • Joan: I can't hear you.
      Cute Boy God: But you can see me.
      Joan: I'm ignoring you.
      Cute Boy God: I'm used to that.

    • Joan: You are not real.
      Little Girl God: So people keep telling me.

    • Kevin: I'm crippled. I can't do anything that's gonna make me look even dorkier.
      Will: Oh, Tiger Woods, he's dorky.
      Kevin and Joan: Yeah. (obvious tone)
      Will: Well, think about it. I have to run.

    • Sammy: You got here on time. You did the inventory, boxed up the remainders, and now you're unloading stock. (pause) What did they do to you at that camp?
      Joan: Oh, not much, just drugs, shock treatment.
      (Sammy gives her a weird stare)
      Joan: I'm kidding.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Sister Lilly Watters (Constance Zimmer) on the series.

    • This episode was named #19 on The Futon Critic's Top 50 Episodes of 2004.

    • Christopher Marquette and Becky Wahlstrom have now been upgraded to show stars and now appear in the slightly-revised opening credits.

    • New God: Skateboarder God.

    • Music featured in this episode included:
      "Take Me Away" by Avril Lavigne
      "Secret" by The Rosenbergs
      "The Never Saga" by Kara's Flowers (a.k.a. Maroon 5)
      "Holiday" by Ariel's Worm
      "Live In Stereo" by Newsboys
      "Loving The Small Time" by Kara's Flowers
      (a.k.a. Maroon 5)
      "(Instrumental Piece Special to JoA)" by Laurence Juber
      "Tumbling After" by Starfield
      "How Does It Feel" by Avril Lavigne
      "Rewind" by Pillar
      "Guess I'm Doin' Fine" by Beck
      "Try" by Nelly Furtado
      "I'll Take It From Here" by Antara & Delilah


    • Will: Oh, Tiger Woods, he's dorky.
      Tiger Woods is arguably the best golfer of the 21st century.

    • Episode Title: Only Connect

      The episode title refers to a quote from E.M. Forster's book Howard's End:

      "Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die."

      This probably doesn't make sense when you haven't read the paragraph that precedes it, which explains that the "beast and monk" above refer to fragmented parts of self. Until these fragments are joined by what Forster calls the "rainbow bridge" between prose and passion, they never connect to form a whole person. So, basically, the reference is about reconciling all the parts of oneself and living a full, aware, loving life. At least, that's my understanding.