Joan of Arcadia

Season 2 Episode 14

The Rise & Fall of Joan Girardi

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 28, 2005 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • What kind of editors at the Herald would let Kevin write a favorable piece about his own sister, and not edit out the seven uses of the word "hero," etc.?

  • Quotes

    • Joan: It doesn't make any sense.
      Personable Woman God: It's a paradox. You're a hero. And you're not perfect. You were horrible to Dylan because you cared. Another paradox. If you accept that they both can exist simultaneously, then you can find peace in the contradictions, which is where you'll find me

    • Personable Woman God: They should really put benches at all the bus stops. Make the world a better place, one tush at a time. What do you think, Joan?
      Joan: God says "tush"?

    • Grace: Dude, you're contributing to global warming--and you're handing over vital information to the CIA. When they take that picture? That's really a retinal scan.
      Luke: I'm getting my license, Grace. I'm not starting a covert war.
      Joan: Is this, like, pillow talk for you two?

    • Adam: My girlfriend is the Wonder Woman of Arcadia High.

    • Adam: If we were married I would be Mr. Joan Girardi.

    • Adam: So it's stoke-o-rama for the Rove-ster.
      Joan: Who?
      Adam: I have no idea.

    • Grace: I'm just a simple anarchist trying to get through my day.

    • Joan: Who names their kid Storm? Was his dad in the X-Men?

    • Joan: The other stalls are free. How about giving me a little peace in here?
      Little Girl God: I'm all about giving you peace, Joan.

    • Freidman: Are you seriously considering not getting your driver's license because of her, because you cannot let her put your you-know-whats in the you–know-what – you know?
      Luke: I'm both confused and disturbed by what you said.

    • Helen: Honey, what you did was incredible. I'm so proud of you. And if you ever do it again, I'll kill you.

    • Personable Woman God: I just thought I'd ask. Show I care... because I do.

    • Luke: I just want to drive a really big machine.
      Grace: Is that all men are about?
      Joan: Apparently...

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Joan: Enormously huge, like Marlon Brando, but before he died.
      Referencing the talented actor, who unfortunately put on a few (dozen) pounds in his later career and decided he had to display it in movies like The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).

    • Joan: Who names their kid 'Storm'? Was his dad in the X-Men?
      The X-Men are a superhero team of mutant teenagers popularized in the comics, an animated series, and two movies (as of the episode's original airing). Storm is Ororo of Africa, a woman with the power to control the weather and, coincidentally (or not), Summers is the last name of another X-Men. Both Storm and Scott Summers are/were (co)leaders of the X-Men.

    • Adam: My girlfriend is the Wonder Woman of Arcadia High.
      Referencing the long-standing comic book and TV heroine - the Amazon Princess, Diana of Themyscria (sic). As of the time this episode aired, plans were underway for Joss Whedon to produce a theatrical version of the character.

    • Kevin: My editor thought "Joan the Hero" was too good for Hagar the Horrible.
      Referencing the inexplicably long-standing newspaper strip that first appeared in 1973 and is distributed by King Features Syndicate. Created by Dik Browne and now drawn by his son Chris, Hagar shows the life of rampaging Viking and befuddled family man Hagar the Horrible.

    • Joan: You made me sound like Catwoman.
      Referencing the long time comic book villainess and sometime hero, most recently immortalized in a less-than-successful movie starring Halle Berry.