Joan of Arcadia

Season 2 Episode 22

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 22, 2005 on CBS
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Something Wicked This Way Comes

God tells Joan that her last two years were just practice for her greatest challenge, which will be to face off against a mysterious man who, though he also talks to God, has a sinister agenda... Initially, Joan is simply curious about Ryan Hunter, the charming, wealthy and influential man who revealed to her that he also speaks to God, and who rescued Adam from the woods during a storm. However, she soon discovers Ryan's dark side and is alarmed that he's insinuated himself into the lives of her loved ones, who are quick to dismiss Joan's qualms about him.


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  • Barbara Hall help us!!!!!! Please!!!

    I Couldnt agree more with hduck1's !! I am still here waiting for a scrennplay, a movie, a book or something to tie up the loose ends of this serie! I really enjoyed Joan of Arcadia!! Barbara Hall was so mean leaving us (fans) like that!
  • Puleese let there be more

    Please let there be a sequel, a movie, a screenplay, a book... something to tie up the loose ends of this series. Don't leave us hanging out there. Barbara Hall, where are you? You are needed.
  • Joan of Arcadia Still Airing on GMCTV!

    Hey Joan of Arcadia Fans,

    I just wanted to let you all know that Joan of Arcadia is still being aired on Gospel Music Channel (GMCTV) Monday- Thursday at 9:00pm Eastern and 8:00pm Central time. Learn more about the show and the network by visiting It also airs during the days on Monday- Friday at 11am Eastern and 10am Central. This is exciting news- so stay tuned and let us know what your favorite aired episodes are! Check your local listings to see which channel GMCTV airs on your network.

    Enjoy watching and reminiscing about Joan of Arcadia!

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  • Great season finale

    I liked this as a season finale and was very disappointed when I heard it wouldn't be returning for a 3rd season. Still, the show is very much worth the time. I actually thought about writing a virtual season 3 just to figure out where the show would've gone creatively if it had continued but that's quite the undertaking by oneself. I plan on watching this show for years to come just to come to understand the view on the world it has and the generally positive way in which it viewed people and the way belief can be both a positive and a negative force in the world.moreless
  • So, this it it? Half way through I hoped it would still be a to be continued. Oh, no wait, this is the final episode!

    Well, as cliffhanger at the end of a season I would say, this is a perfect episode.

    As the final episode of a series?? What were they thinking? Another example of a series that was ripped of television. He, you people from the TV companies, there are actually people watching the show.. The least you could do was give the series a proper end.
Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller

Ryan Hunter

Guest Star

Constance Zimmer

Constance Zimmer

Sister Lilly Waters

Guest Star

Sonya Eddy

Sonya Eddy

Female Custodian God

Guest Star

Aaron Himelstein

Aaron Himelstein


Recurring Role

Sprague Grayden

Sprague Grayden

Judith Montgomery

Recurring Role

Mageina Tovah

Mageina Tovah

Glynis Figliola

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When there is a fire at the synagogue, the fireman are aiming the water hoses at one of the outside walls, nowhere near a window or door, therefore it wouldn't help contain or put out a fire.

    • Trivia: Judith looks gothed up after reappearing "head and shoulders only" through the door after talking to Joan. This is either a goof by the production staff or suggests that this is not Judith at all.

    • It's unavoidable from a real-life off-screen perspective, but...David Dorfman (Rocky) has clearly aged in a year and a half since the last time he appeared, and got some height. Do dead people get older and grow up in the afterlife?

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Ryan: Knowing there had to be someone out there with a similar experience. Wondering who it was and if we'd meet, and when we did, if that person would be a worthy opponent. I have to admit. I never pictured a sixteen-year-old girl.
      Joan: Seventeen, with a working knowledge of physics, not to mention a real bug up my ass about anyone who wants to hurt my friends.
      Ryan: The point is, I'm impressed. I'm excited. I think this is gonna be a fair fight don't you?
      Joan: I have a slight advantage. I have God on my side.
      Ryan: Hmm. So far I have the cops, the newspaper, and the school board. He didn't stop any of that from happening. I think, this is gonna be the challenge of a lifetime.

    • Joan: You know why you were chosen and all that?
      Ryan: I don't really care.
      Joan: Where do you think it's leading? I mean there must be some kind of big plan, right? That's why we're meeting. It's all coming together.
      Ryan: Like I said, Joan, I just don't care.
      Joan: What do you mean?
      Ryan: He's Master of the universe, he created everything. I'm supposed to be impressed? With this universe? You do watch the news occasionally.
      Joan: Yeah…
      Ryan: If he were really that divine, not to mention smart, and merciful, he would have scrapped the free will idea. We would have been like computers; intelligent, capable, infallible even, but not free.
      Joan: I don't get it.
      Ryan: We don't have to be bossed around by some love-starved egocentric deity. I didn't ask to be born, but now that I'm here, it's all up to me. I like it that way. My life is a gift, okay, thanks. He can't ask for it back.
      Joan: Does he know you feel this way?
      Ryan: We've talked about it. He enjoys the debates, great conversationalist, very well informed.
      Joan: If you know that he's God, how can you just say no? He's in charge.
      Ryan: But he's not.
      Joan: But he will be.
      Ryan: When it's over. It's over. That's a little something he left out of the story.
      Joan: It's not true.
      Ryan: How do you know?
      Joan: I just know.
      Ryan: (picks up a book) Hegel. Haven't read him in a while. You know what his philosophy was? "Life must be some kind of terrible mistake." But the beautiful thing, Joan? It's not my mistake. Don't look at me like that, I'm a good guy, I saved Adam's life.

    • Judith's Ghost: (popping up out of nowhere, as Joan looks over pictures of Helen and Will) Now you're getting warm, Jo-Jo. A cop and an artist. An avenger and a visionary. What kind of kid did you think they'd have?
      Joan: Okay, can you stop showing up like that? I mean, I miss you, but it freaks me out because none of my other friends are dead.
      Judith's Ghost: Losers.

    • Joan: Explain the electromagnetic spectrum to me.
      Luke: No.
      Joan: Luke, it's not for class. It's personal.
      Luke: You have personal issues with the electromagnetic spectrum?

    • Ryan: I have the dubious distinction of being independently wealthy.
      Will: I always meant to do that.

    • Helen: I don't know if this makes sense, but I see things that aren't there. Except they are. And then sometimes they happen.
      Lily: Yes. We call that 'crazy'.

    • Helen: Is there anything this could be, other than 'I'm having a breakdown'?
      Lily: You could be possessed, but, you know, usually there's more foaming from the mouth.

    • Lily: There's still a chance you're just losing it. I mean, after all, your kid went nuts.
      Helen: Thanks. I'll cling to that.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Friedman's first name was never revealed in the series.

    • Of all the different Gods on the series, Kris Lemche (Cute Boy God) and Jeffrey Licon (Goth Kid God) appeared in the most episodes, nine in total. Coincidentally, they were also the first and last Gods seen on the series respectively.

    • Amber Tamblyn (Joan), Joe Mantegna (Will), Mary Steenburgen (Helen) and Michael Welch (Luke) are the only actors to appear in every episode of the series. In second place are Jason Ritter (Kevin), Christopher Marquette (Adam), and Becky Wahlstrom (Grace), who all appeared in 44 of the 45 episodes of the series. Ritter did not appear in "Trial and Error"; Marquette and Wahlstrom did not appear in "Pilot."

    • Of the 45 episodes of the series, Aaron Himelstein (Friedman) appeared in 33 of them, more than any other guest star.

    • David Burke (Father Ken Mallory) is the only actor, besides the regulars, to appear in both the final episode and the first, "Pilot".

    • Music featured in this episode included:
      "Butterfly" by Dogwood Moon & Jonathan Grossman
      "I Hesitate" by Nick Nolan
      "Angel Dawson" by John Flynn
      "It'll Be Alright" by Dogwood Moon & Jonathan Grossman
      "Can't Believe" by Jason Plumb
      "Secret Hour" by Birdie Busch
      "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5
      "Trapped" by Bruce Springsteen


    • Episode Title
      The title of the episode is from Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 1, by Shakespeare. The quote also has been used for books and movies in the past, most notably, Ray Bradbury's book of the same title.

    • Joan: I have to show you to the other side? Go to the light?
      Referencing the movie Poltergeist with similar dialogue.

    • Glynis: (Popular science) is like the Maroon 5 of physics.
      Referencing the pop band and recent winners of the "Best New Artist" Grammy.