Joan of Arcadia

CBS (ended 2005)




  • Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

  • Trivia: The fictional town of Arcadia is set in the state of Maryland.

  • In the same scene with Joan and Kevin, the tattoo on Amber's leg is clearly visible when Kevin pulls Joan off the sofa.

  • After Joan throws a glass of water in the face of Kevin, she holds the glass in her right hand. Kevin start tickling her and then the camera shot is made from behind Joan. At that point she does not have the glass in her hand any more. Then the camera shot is changed again from behind Kevin and Joan has the glass in her hand again.

  • Given we later find out in "Just Say No" that Helen was raped by someone crawling in to her window (in college), both she and Will seem awfully calm about Joan seeing a pervert outside her window here.

  • Season 1 Episode 2: The Fire and the Wood

  • Adam tells Grace and Joan that the chemical equation for cellulose (twigs) is C6 H12 O6 but that is the chemical equation for sugar. Adam was close for cellulose, it's a polymer made up of glucose (sugar) molecules. The right molecular formula is (C6H10O5)n.

  • God's plan as he explains it doesn't make sense. Will met Adam as he got home from his party. Then Will went to bed and Roebuck shows up with his report a few hours later that same night. But God says his plan was that Will would be nice with Adam's father the night janitor because their kids were friends, which would lead to Roebuck's brother-in-law who would encourage Roebuck to get the report to Will. How did all that happen between when Will got home and met Adam, and a few hours later when Roebuck showed up? Seems like at least a day would have gone by for all that to happen, and it didn't.

  • In this episode Grace and Adam appear to not know much about each other, but we later find out they have been best friends since pre-school.

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Touch Move

  • In the scene where Joan and Grace share a sandwich. Grace's sandwich at first has no lettuce, but in the next scene it does.

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Just Say No

  • The whole falsified-report thing doesn't make sense - a report has already been filed, which is why the suspect was arrested and then released on bail. Both the defense lawyer and Fellowes should know about the .03 alcohol on the original report - it's pretty unlikely both of them would overlook it.

  • Season 1 Episode 6: Bringeth It On

  • When Joan walks past the cheerleader captains outside the school, the brunette is holding a compact and fixing her lip gloss. When Joan comes over, she hands the compact and gloss brush to Joan for no particular reason. Eventually, she leaves, with Joan holding the gloss and making no effort to return it to her, nor does she visibly notice she is carrying it for no reason, as though it wasn't hers -- she apparently just puts it in her pocketbook.

  • Friedman invites Luke to come play Diablo. At the time of the release of this episode, Diablo would have been ancient. The popular game would have been Diablo II, along with its utterly essential add-on Lord of Destruction -- and you would refer to it as either "Diablo 2" or, more simply, as "D2."

  • In the second breakfast scene, watch the contents of the fridge. Luke gets the empty milk jug out of the fridge and you can see the 48 oz can of V8 juice at the back, but can't see the logo. When Helen goes to the fridge to get the full jug of milk, the can is rotated to make the logo prominent. Further, if you look close, you can see that there is unquestionably more milk in the container in the second shot. Also... watch Kevin reach twice for the Raisin Bran... once from the front, and once from the rear shot. In this case, too, note the extreme visibility of the Raisin Bran product logo throughout the shot.

  • Study scene in the kitchen at the opening of the episode. Luke hands Joan an empty plastic soda bottle. The bottle is missing the cap just before Luke hands it to Joan. (Luke doesn't even have the cap in his hand! It sounds like he puts it on the counter when he grabs the glass.) The camera angle changes to Joan's back and we see Luke handing the bottle to Joan with the cap on. When the view changes back to the original camera angle, Joan is holding the bottle and the cap is missing again.

  • Joan's playing loud music in her room as she practices cheerleading, but she's also wearing headphones.

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Death Be Not Whatever

  • When Joan is talking to Little Girl God in the park, there is a girl occupying the swing on the left behind God and the swing on the right is empty. When the camera shows Joan and then goes back to the little girl god, the left swing is empty and the right swing is occupied by a different girl. The camera pans to Joan again and returns to God and the left swing is occupied again while the right one is empty.

  • Jason and Rebecca are talking with a reporter at the newspaper. On each camera angle the short loops of Rebecca's necklace change position.

  • Season 1 Episode 8: The Devil Made Me Do It

  • When discussing with Joan about the existence of Satan, Father Mallory refers to "The Book of Revelations." The actual title of the Biblical book is in the singular form, "The Book of Revelation."

  • Originally Adam was reluctant to let Price know that he had some personal mystery ("The Fire & the Wood") and was afraid Price would crush it out of him ("The Boat"). Here Adam puts up his artwork on display without explanation so that Price (and everyone else) can see it.

  • Season 1 Episode 10: Drive, He Said

  • It seems odd that Will, a 20-year veteran, approaches the judge's car without a gun, and assuming that the judge is the driver. The car ran a stop sign at high-speed but Will doesn't seem to think it could possibly be stolen.

  • The license shown has minor technical problems on a couple of levels:
    1) The license number displayed is
    In actuality, her license number should be:
    G663-421-034-nnn with 898 as the most probable value for "nnn". Clearly the entire format for the number is wrong, as is key data for the soundex and first name codes (the G663-421)
    2) Maryland laws allow for the obtainment of a first-level learners' permit at 15 yrs 9 months. The second stage LP requires six months time, and cannot be obtained prior to 16 yrs 1 month of age (even if the driver had an LP in another state, which might be true for Joan, since they moved to Arcadia). The Provisional license cannot be obtained at all prior to 16 yrs 3 months. Hence, Joan could not qualify for anything other than the first-level learner's permit on the date shown with the birthday shown. The license in question appears to be a full operators's license, however. An L1 LP would allow time for the four cancellations mentioned in her discussion with Plumber God earlier, but the first level restrictions on driving are quite severe.

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