Joan of Arcadia

Season 1 Episode 22

The Gift

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 14, 2004 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When Adam and Joan are looking at the framed photo (the gift) at the end of the show, the photo shows a tight head shot of a man and a woman with just the top of an oil lamp sticking up. The scene cuts into black and white with Joan and Adam as the two people in the photo as a black and white moving picture. When the scene comes back to the framed photo, the lamp and a table are in full view in a much wider shot in the photo where they were not before.

    • In the garage, the screwdrivers are mounted so high that Kevin can't reach them, and Will has to help him. It's a sweet moment but...why'd they mount the screwdrivers so high in the first place? Kevin's been working on the boat for months - you'd think they'd mount a lower rack or something.

    • In the garage, Kevin says he ruined two people's lives. But actually he ruined three - Ben, his wife, and the daughter. Kevin saw all three of them when his dad wheeled him out.

    • Joan planning to have sex with Adam in a hotel, that he's working at, while he's working? It just doesn't seem like the kind of thing you do for that "special" occasion, one of the most important in her life.

    • When Joan is talking to Grace on the bench sometime after she discovers the condom, with presumably a coffee or some such beverage in her hand, there are numerous inconsistent camera cuts between close-up and far away what alternate between Joan having her head tilted down and Joan looking straight at Grace. Looks like a continuity error.

  • Quotes

    • Will: Remember when I took you on the pony ride?

    • Adam: (to Joan and Grace in gym class) Why are you two speeding? Being last is our thing.

    • Helen: Let me finish!
      Joan: No! Because you're going to start crying and quoting songs.

    • Rich Woman God: You're always faced with difficult decisions. I can't make your choices for you - I'm really committed to the free will thing.

    • Joan: (to God) You want me to ace French? Why don't you make the language easier? Or make it...English?

    • Joan: Adam, you believed in yourself.
      Adam: No, you believed in me. And it felt good.

    • Grace: I'm not getting involved. I say something wrong, you two break up and I'm stuck with Friedman as a friend

    • Joan: (to Cute Guy (God)) Great, you have a locker now. What do you keep in there – wrath?

    • Grace: Guys should be sprayed down with cold water, like every hour.

    • God: Faith is believing when there's no rational reason to believe.

    • Joan: Do you really think…?
      Helen: What do you think we think?
      Will: Of course we think – what would you think?
      Joan: Is this a real conversation, or an Abbott & Costello routine?

    • Will: So the cleaner gets taken to the cleaner. The irony, that's what I love about the job.

    • Joan: You might be God, but you're a little clueless.

    • Helen: Oh, and Adam, would you ask your girlfriend not to be so snotty to the faculty?

    • Grace: Who remembers January? Did we even have one this year?

    • Joan: I did not have sex with Adam.
      Helen: Are you sure?

    • Joan: Okay, lets pretend it's Christmas and we're opening gifts. Look, I got a puppy!
      Adam: You want a puppy?
      Joan: No way, they poop all the time.

    • Coach Keady: Cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow to the brain, thereby increasing your chances for higher grades on your finals.
      Friedman: (to himself) Then how come the football team can't spell?
      Coach Keady: Mr Friedman, you're flailing. It's unattractive.

    • Helen: (referring to Joan and Adam) She thought about it, but she didn't sleep with him.
      Will: And we believe that?
      Helen: What choice do we have?
      Will: We could tell her she can't see him anymore.
      Helen: Ahhh, the West Side Story Strategy. Yeah, that always works out real well.

    • Helen: You were alone with Adam at a hotel, and you love him...
      Will: But he was shampooing the rug. I'm a cop, Joan, this is when I start reading you your rights.

    • Joan: I can't use a calculator on my math final! That's civilized. Do they want us to ride horses to school, maybe kill our own food?

    • Adam: He didn't have to throw an eraser at me!
      Joan: Adam, I know the 19th century can be a snooze, but you were snoring. Like the Three Stooges with the little "wee!" at the end.

  • Notes

    • If you look closely when you see God's locker, there is a globe and several pictures of galaxies and nebulas. Specifically, the pictures in God's locker are the Large Magellanic Cloud, the Whirlpool Galaxy, either the Crab Nebula or the Orion Nebula, a spiral galaxy (probably M81), and the Aurora Borealis.

    • '' is not a real web site - it once redirected to, which does reviews of Joan of Arcadia but as of November 2007 is just a holding page.

    • Music featured in this episode included:
      "Good (I've Got A Lot To Learn)" by Dakona
      "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys
      "Hard Times" by Stevie
      "See You" by Troy Gassaway
      "I Feel" by Julie Plug
      "Bellamy" by Jennie DeVoe
      "Confessions" by The Trews
      "La Vie En Rose" by Cyndi Lauper

    • Susan Sullivan and Christopher Marquette were billed as Special Guest Stars.

    • New Gods: French Waiter God and Rich Woman God.

  • Allusions

    • Grace: You were getting all poetic there for a second, Spock.
      Spock was one of the main characters from the original television series of Star Trek and some of the film adaptations. Played by Leonard Nimoy , Spock was the logical thinking Vulcan member of the crew who eloquently gave rational insights into certain situations.

    • Grace: He used to like slot cars and Smurfs.
      At the time when Adam would have been young, The Smurfs were a popular Saturday morning cartoon. Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, the show ran on NBC from 1981 through 1990.

    • Joan: You were snoring, you know, like the Three Stooges...
      The Three Stooges were a famous comedy/vaudeville group, mostly as a trio, that made movies and television shorts in the 1940s-1960s.

    • Helen: Ah, the West Side Story strategy... that always turns out great.
      Perhaps an in-joke of sorts, because Amber Tamblyn's (Joan) father, Russ Tamblyn, was a star in the popular musical of the early 60's, West Side Story. He has also guested on JoA as Dog-Walker God. At the end of West Side Story Tony (who in this case would be Adam) was killed.

    • Joan: You mean 'The Thinker' guy, right?
      "The Thinker" or "Le Penseur" is a sculpture Auguste Rodin made as part of a monumental portal named "La Porte de l'Enfer". It is likely the most famous and recognised work the artist made.

    • Joan: Is this a real conversation, or an Abbott & Costello routine?
      Abbott & Costello were a comedy act comprised on Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. The duo made series of very popular records, movies and a TV series. They were well-known for getting things mixed up, like asking questions with names like Who, What, I-Don't-Know, Tomorrow, and Today, including the very popular "Who's on first?" baseball sketch.

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