Joan of Arcadia

CBS (ended 2005)




  • Season 2 Episode 4: The Cat

  • 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.

  • Season 2 Episode 3: Back to the Garden

  • Crocuses and tulips would be at a depth (3"-6") where the bulldozer would have dug them up anyway. If it didn't, then that means they're too deep to grow in the spring or any other time.

  • Season 2 Episode 2: Out of Sight

  • In the season 1 episode, "Vanity, Thy Name is Human," Beth refers to the high school where she and Kevin attended as Staten High. However, in this episode, Kevin's high school yearbook says Jefferson High.

  • When Joan enters the hospital room to see Judith, there is someone in-shot at the back of the room, but when Joan leaves, the person is gone.

  • Just after Adam leaves when Judith says her parents are "shrinks", several students (most notably a blond girl with a white binder) walks by them. The next shot shows the same kids walking past her again.

  • Season 2 Episode 1: Only Connect

  • Ms. Lischak is now Joan, Adam, Grace, Luke, Friedman and Glynis' Physics teacher.

  • Season 1 Episode 23: Silence

  • When Helen is in the church talking to the priest you can see the shadow of his head as the actor moves nearer on set before coming on screen in the next scene.

  • During Adam & Helen's heart to heart chat in Joan's huge single hospital suite, the lighting on his face changed with each shot.

  • How is it that everyone knows about Joan and Adam in the hotel room? Exactly six people knew what happened (Joan, Adam, Will, Helen, Luke [to an extent], and Grace [it's unclear whether she knew they did or didn't]), and none of them would seem to be the types to disclose that information.

  • When Will leans in to kiss Joan, she is facing up. When it switches shots to another angle, she is facing sideways.

  • In the hospital scene, when the doctor is describing Lyme Disease to the Girardis, in the background the same patient gets up and leaves...twice.

  • In the hospital hallway when Mrs. Washington tracks down Will, There is a man on the ladder, who steps down and walks past them as they are talking . If you look closely, he does this twice during the dialogue when the camera shoots back and forth. It's the same guy getting off of the ladder twice.

  • Season 1 Episode 22: The Gift

  • 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.

  • Season 1 Episode 21: Vanity, Thy Name Is Human

  • Beth refers to going to nearby Fordham College. Fordham University (which has a subset called Fordham College) is located in NY City in the Bronx, which is nowhere near Maryland, where Arcadia is located. It's certainly too far away for a daily commute, which Beth indicates she is doing.

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Family Dramas, religious mysteries, witty remarks, teen angst, social issues