Joan of Arcadia

Season 1 Episode 18

Requiem for a Third Grade Ashtray

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 12, 2004 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Friedman tells Adam "even before we were slaves in Egypt, there was this tiny baby...Now, the little tyke's name was Moses". But Moses was born during their enslavement.

    • Helen tells Joan that she arranged to leave her fifth period art class to go take care of Luke but Adam is in fifth period art yet he is in the background with the art class as this is going on. Maybe on different days the classes are in different periods?

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • This is the only episode in which Aaron Himelstein (Friedman) appears where he does not share any scenes with Michael Welch (Luke).

    • Christopher Marquette was billed as a "Special Guest Star."

    • Music featured in this episode included:
      "Tame" by Ariel's Worm
      "I Like You Better" by Anna Waronker
      "Pushing Up Daises" by The Rosenbergs
      "The Big Kill" by The Low Men
      "Aaron's Joint" by Move.Meant
      "100 Years" by Five For Fighting
      "The Big Shape Up" by Drowners
      "I Feel Fine" by Riddlin' Kids

    • New God: Cashier God.

  • Allusions

    • Joan : (mumbling) Ok. Somebody has got to explain this bug book to me. I mean, are we really supposed to believe that somebody just... would turn into a roach? (laughs) Reality check!

      The literary peice that Joan makes several references to (four to be exact) is titled "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka. In short, this man who was walked on by his family for his whole life, wakes up and finds himself as a giant cockroach. At first he's just worried about being late for work, but he then grows into accepting that he's a bug. In the end, the family rejects him, and throw apples at him until one is stuck in his body and he dies from infection. The link between the piece and the show is that they both express changes in life.

    • Will: Roebuck likes to give out morning assignments – it's very Hill Street Blues.

      Referring to the popular and genre-breaking police show, which almost inevitably opened with the morning briefing of the troops.

    • Joan: Is she gonna be like the Yoko Ono of our study group?

      Yoko Ono was the wife of John Lennon (The Beatles). She was more or less a "spiritualist," who encourage John to think about things in a different way. To many fans she is considered the person who drove a wedge between the group, leading to their eventual break up.

    • Joan: Are you there God? It's me, Joan.

      Joan references the title of Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret when trying to get God's attention as she's dealing with the spiraling situation at the Girardi household.