Joan of Arcadia

Season 1 Episode 14

State of Grace

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 2004 on CBS
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State of Grace
God tells Joan to join the debate team, where her partner has a stuttering problem. A new security system is implemented at Arcadia High School. After the art teacher quits, Helen wonders if she would be right for the job. Both Kevin and Luke separately deal with the aftermath of a kiss. And Will and Toni deal with a case involving a reverend accused of child molestation.moreless

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    Douglas Smith (VI)

    Douglas Smith (VI)

    Daniel Shoalar

    Guest Star

    Dan Byrd

    Dan Byrd

    Scott Brooks

    Guest Star

    Curtis Armstrong

    Curtis Armstrong

    Security Guard God

    Guest Star

    Aaron Himelstein

    Aaron Himelstein


    Recurring Role

    Christopher Marquette

    Christopher Marquette

    Adam Rove

    Recurring Role

    Becky Wahlstrom

    Becky Wahlstrom

    Grace Polk

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (26)

      • Friedman: You got to forget about Grace, dude.
        Luke: But I get these feelings. I know it's a biological reaction...
        Friedman: We're not talking biology here. We're talking psychology. You're always throwing yourself against the one gate that's locked. And why? Because you're afraid of going through the gate and enjoying the pleasures of the garden...
        Luke: Hey, hey, I'm not afraid of going through the gate.
        Friedman: Then why are you always walking right past the one gate that's wide open? And don't tell me you don't know who I'm talking about.
        Luke: Glynis?
        Friedman: She's wacky for you, dude. When I took her to the dance, all she talked about was you. Extremely annoying, but, uh... it's because I was wearing cologne and everything.
        Luke: I can't just transfer my feelings from one person to another.
        Friedman: Of course you can. It's built into our DNA. Did you see the look Glynis gave you in Chem today? That's a look you usually have to download.
        Luke: Okay... I appreciate the rather base concern, but I can take care of my own love life.
        Friedman: Right... in the shower.

      • Joan: (being wanded) What? I didn't set off any alarm! So unless you want to sentence me to death for possession of Gummi Bears, I would like to go to class.
        Security Guy God: You seem very upset, Joan. Take a breath.
        Joan: Fascist God?

      • Joan: And what's in it for you, Grace? Your idea of freedom is a world where everyone agrees with you?

      • Grace: Chess, Cheerleading now debate team there are easier ways to bring pain into your life

      • Security Guard God: Do you know what Grace is, Joan?
        Joan: Yeah – pissed off!
        Security Guard God: (sighs) Do you know the meaning of 'grace'? It is a touch of truth, that let's you see the world in a new way. It's a gift that can only be felt when you are open enough to accept it.

      • Will: Somehow, these days every time we're proud of Joan... it involves chaos.

      • Joan: You don't think (Grace) is right, do you?
        Adam: I usually don't listen to what's going on unless I hear my name.

      • Butcher God: I don't exist because people believe in me. I simply exist, whether people believe in me or not.

      • Helen: Our genius son can't even find the salt!

      • Will: Oh yeah, that's a date.
        Joan: Mom, don't look. The men are leering.

      • Will: (to Kevin) You and Rebecca have a date?
        Luke: Yeah, she's cooking him dinner.
        Kevin: So's Mom, doesn't mean I'm dating her.
        Joan: That's a disgusting analogy.

      • Security Guard God: What, a lively exchange of ideas in search of the truth? Who wouldn't love that?
        Joan: Uh, me.

      • Friedman: Eroticism isn't negative, Joan. It's a part of life.
        Grace: Not yours.

      • Joan: (to Friedman) You are foul.

      • Joan: Shouldn't you be in the produce section? I always thought God would be a vegetarian.

      • Joan: Mom, you can't teach at my school – it's like incest or something.

      • Friedman: So did it hurt getting your navel pierced?
        Grace: Dude, don't talk about my navel.

      • Security Guard God: "Suck" is a relative term, Joan. Things could be much worse.

      • Grace: Without art to break up your day you're going to get all morose, and morose belongs to me.

      • Adam: (about going through the metal detectors) I have metal studs on my boxers.

      • Debate Teacher: I would imagine that eloquent oxymoron is one of the reasons you're joining us.
        Joan: I'm dying to be an elegant moron.

      • Computer Girl God: (eating) Are you pro or con, Joan?
        Joan: 'm annoyed. As long as you're asking, can I have a bite of that? I had to skip lunch for this, remember.

      • Grace: (to Joan) Um... I don't--I don't really apologize, so um... this isn't happening, but, uh...

      • Will: What's she doing now?
        Luke: She joined the debate team.
        Helen: As if she wasn't contrary enough.

      • Adam: Yeah there are tons of aspiring artists lining up to teach high school.

      • Friedman: (to Luke) Did you see the look Glynis gave you in Chem today? That's a look you usually have to download.

    • NOTES (3)

      • New Gods: Butcher God, Security Guard God, and Computer Girl God.

      • Music featured in this episode included:
        "Guided By Voices" by Nicole Chase
        "Hey Hey" by The Elms
        "Girl Keeps On" by Lauren Hart
        "Nobody's Fool" by Avril Lavigne
        "I'm Alright (Help Me)" by Michael Brandmeier
        "Girl Keeps On" by Lauren Hart
        "Have a Little Faith in Me" by Dogwood Moon

      • Christopher Marquette was billed as a Special Guest Star.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Joan: I don't know but James Earl Jone is Darth Vader.
        James Earl Jones provided the voice for Darth Vader in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Revenge of the Sith.

      • Adam: It's from my 8th grade Iron Maiden phase.
        Iron Maiden was a heavy metal rock band that was very popular in the '80s.