Joan of Arcadia

Season 2 Episode 4

The Cat

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 2004 on CBS
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The Cat
God has Joan adopt a wild cat; Helen's Aunt Olive has a stroke while visiting; Will calls Internal Affairs to investigate for corrupt cops.

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  • Great episode. It is what this series was all about.

    I agree with most everything in the previous person\\\'s review. The Cloris Leachman character was \\\"Aunt Olive\\\" not Helen\\\'s mother. This episode was all about relationships and how they are evolving. Helen and her aunt\\\'s loss of independance. Will and the department, going to IA over who started the fire . Friedman finally getting a conditional yes from Judith! Adam coming to terms with having to \\\"sacrifice his art\\\" for the sake of a school project. Luke and Grace growing with her opening up about her home life. The classroom scene where no words were spoken was excellent. The hug and the tears said it all. There are times that I hate my project of going through my old videotape collection but finding rare gems like this makes it all worthwhile.moreless
  • Helen\'s mom comes and stays with the Girardi\'s, will it cause happiness or havoc?

    Brilliantly written episode. I loved it. On my top 3.

    I really liked Helen\'s reaction to her mom and her complaints. It helps bring her back into reality and gets her anger out.

    The one thing that I really enjoyed in this episode was how Luke and Grace\'s relationships grew. It shows that they have something more between them, other than making out. =] Grace finally is able to let down her shell and allow Luke to come in. She is so vulnerable, it is really touching. Grace is a totally different person. When Luke sees her, he just knows that he can\'t say anything, just him being their helps. \"Silence is stronger than words.\"

    See this episode if you can, it\'s great.moreless
Derek Morgan

Derek Morgan

Roy Roebuck

Guest Star

Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman

Aunt Olive

Guest Star

Allyce Beasley

Allyce Beasley

Feral Cat Lover God

Guest Star

Aaron Himelstein

Aaron Himelstein


Recurring Role

Sprague Grayden

Sprague Grayden

Judith Montgomery

Recurring Role

Mark Totty

Mark Totty

Det. Carlisle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Grace contacts Luke and then logs off, her logout message only says BLACKWIDOW, not BLACKWIDOW-4-U, even though her text message said "BLACKWIDOW-4-U Says".

    • There are several medical errors with the description of Olive's "middle cerebral stroke." A stroke that caused weakness in the right arm would affect speech as well, since such a stroke occurs in the left side of the brain, causing asphasia. But Olive's speech is unaffected. Middle cerebral strokes also don't paralyze the lower half of the body - they affect either the right side or the left side. A middle cerebral stroke wouldn't cause a collapse and unconsciousness. The type of stroke necessary to induce lower-body paralysis would render someone unconscious, but it would be for hours if not days.

    • The color of Guava juice is pink, but the color of the juice that Aunt Olive uses to toast with is orange.

  • QUOTES (14)

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode marks the last appearance of Roy Roebuck (Derek Morgan) and the first appearance of Lt. Lucy Preston (Annie Potts) on the series.

    • We find out that Grace's mother is an alcoholic in this episode.

    • Music featured in this episode included:
      "Advantage" by Parallax Project
      "Happy Kid" by Nada Surf
      "Scattered" by Jeff Lingle
      "The Rebirth" by Move.Meant
      "For Granted" by Idaho
      "Jumpin' & Thumpin'" by Jeff Lingle
      "Good Intentions" by Doubting Paris
      "Shock" by 2 Minutes Hate
      "If You Hear Me" by Dogwood Moon
      "Shaking The Tree" by Peter Gabriel & Youssou N'Dour

    • New Gods: Feral Cat Lover God and Basketball Player God.


    • Joan: Eeew! This is like Arcadia Fear Factor.
      Fear Factor
      was a reality show on NBC in which contestants had to perform various challenges or stunts to eliminate their competitors in order to win $50,000. The challenges where either physical or mental, and designed to cause the contestants a heightened sense of fear.

    • Kevin: Tell that to Siegfried. Luke: No, I think it was Roy.
      Siegfried and Roy are two German-American illusionists and animal tamers that used to perform on the Las Vegas strip. In October 2003, Roy was bitten on the neck by one of their white tigers during a performance.

    • Grace: Okay, Bruce Banner, relax.
      Referencing the alter-ego of Marvel's comic book character the Incredible Hulk.

    • Judith: Skipper, your little buddy . . .

      Referencing the 60's series Gilligan's Island that, despite only a three-year run, ingrained itself on the consciousness of generations.