Joan of Arcadia

Season 1 Episode 4

The Boat

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2003 on CBS
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The Boat
Helen fears Joan is becoming eccentric when she enthusiastically tackles her boat-building project; Will encourages Kevin to join a wheelchair basketball team.

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  • A boat!

    So in every single episode of this series God tells Joan to do something that she doesn\'t know what for, but benefits her in the end anyway. This episode God wanted her to build a boat. Joan goes with her mom to the boat place, but she just tells her mom it is a project in school. Kevin and his dad argue a lot because Kevinw as jsut living out his fathers dreams and stuff. But when Joan builds the boat... Kevin and his dad get a long on how badly the boatw as made. Joan then realizes why she built the boat.moreless
Mitch Longley

Mitch Longley

Barry "Bear" Caldwell

Guest Star

Ricardo Antonio Chavira

Ricardo Antonio Chavira

Sgt. Eddie Fosberg

Guest Star

Sarah Aldrich

Sarah Aldrich

Janet Milner

Guest Star

Becky Wahlstrom

Becky Wahlstrom

Grace Polk

Recurring Role

Christopher Marquette

Christopher Marquette

Adam Rove

Recurring Role

Erik Palladino

Erik Palladino

Lt. Michael Daghlian

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Grace: The very words "homework assignment" suggest a fascist hierarchy. They assign us a task? No discussion, no explanation? What is that?

    • Adam: Wait, what's the new dude?
      Grace: Try saying "yo" at the end of a sentence.
      Adam: (to Joan who picks up a wallet with a lot of money in it) We're stinkin' rich, yo.

    • Adam: (about his prior ability to play any instrument) No, no. Not anymore. Mr. Price sits me down at a piano and says, "Okay, Mozart, play." So, I do, and I really lean into it, you know? I'm holding down that loud pedal, and I'm hitting the low notes with my elbow - bong, bong, bong! Grand finale... I lift the piano lid thing, and I strum the strings with my shoe. When I was finished, Mr. Price says, "You have got to be kidding." Since then, I...I can't play a thing. I can't even whistle.
      Joan: I'm no expert, but, uh, if you are playing with your elbows...

    • Adam: Jane!
      Joan: Go away, Adam.
      Adam: How did you know it was me?
      Joan: You're the only one who calls me "Jane."

    • Joan: (to Luke) No, I'm in the zone, dogboy! I can't do wrong!
      Luke: Dogboy?

    • Adam: But it is a boat, right? It's not like a chifforobe?
      Joan: What's a chifforobe?
      Adam: I don't know, but it's not a boat.

    • Joan: It's gone!
      Adam: Okay, what's gone?
      Joan: (gesturing to her boat) I did all plans. I just cut pieces of wood...and they fit together! And now...
      Adam: You lost your mojo.

    • Michael: (to Eddie) So either you give me your gun or I'll find it and I'll feed it to you myself!

    • Adam: Price. Somewhere he's got this, like, coffin full of miraculous things kids used to be able to do before he stole it from them.

    • Joan: So did you just pop up to keep me from telling Adam about you?
      Old Lady God: I don't pop – I abide. I'm eternal. No popping.

    • Will: What do you think?
      Kevin: I used to call it basketball - now I call it blackmail.
      Will: This isn't blackmail. It's an accommodation between two reasonable men.

    • Helen: The police department is...what's the technical term?
      Will: '"Sucks."
      Helen: And you don't suck – that's bound to make them hate you.

    • Joan: God joined the Army.
      Naval Officer God: Navy. It's thematic – I want you to build a boat.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music featured in the episode includes:
      "Gentle Go The Hours" by Morella's Forest
      "Beautiful Day" by Mellowdrone
      "Beautiful" by Pocket For Corduroy
      "Remains of the Day" by Say-So
      "Things Behind the Sun" by Nick Drake
      "All Who Are Weary" by Sherri Youngward
      "World Inside the World" by Rhett Miller

    • New Gods: Old Lady God, Naval Officer God, and God on the Radio.


    • God: Last time I asked someone to build a boat it turned out to be something big like, you know, saving the world.
      This refers to the Biblical story of Noah and the flood, found in Genesis 6:8-8:17

    • Will: The Green Goblin figured out what car was mine...
      Villain from the Spiderman comic books and the main villain in the first movie. Pretty much appropos of nothing we see here except the letters are kinda in green.