Joan of Arcadia

Season 2 Episode 6

Wealth of Nations

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 2004 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Bad Stand-Up Comedian God: Here, what does this (dollar bill) say?
      Joan: 'In You We Trust'...

    • Joan: I screw up and I have to be your slave?
      Helen: That's one of the joys of motherhood.

    • Joan: Judith, that's Friedman. He's the Ebola virus in tube socks.

    • Sister Lilly Watters: St. Helen the Bitchy…

    • Sister Lilly Watters: Has (Joan) ever been drug-tested...?

    • Adam: You stole from the homeless?
      Joan: Yes. I am a horrible human being.
      Adam: Yeah.
      Joan: Well, you weren't supposed to say that.
      Adam: Jane, you-- you stole from the homeless.
      Joan: OK! I think we've established that.

    • Joan: Hey! I called at your studio, like, 6 times, but the voice mail kept picking up.
      Adam: Oh, I called you back, but your mom said you were sorting donations. Are we ever gonna get to see each other?
      Joan: Now works for me. You wanna go roll around in the clothes?

  • Notes

    • The incident with Joan's pierced navel getting infected is based on a real-life incident when Amber Tamblyn convinced a homeless man to pose as her father so she could get a navel-piercing.

    • Close-captioning gives the final line of Kevin's comedy routine as "Does it hurt! It's the damndest thing." This cannot be heard on the audio.

    • Music featured in this episode included:
      "Therapy" by Jude Crossen
      "Opportunities" by Pet Shop Boys
      "Armageddon Surfer Girl" by ML Lennon
      "Smithereens" by Rust Belt
      "Tea Ball" by Intercooler
      "New Addiction" by Libido
      "Running" by Morella's Forest
      "Get Rolled On" by Atlas Plug
      "I Came Late To The Party" by Stirling

    • New Gods: East Indian Sunglass Guy God and Bad Stand-Up God.

  • Allusions

    • Joan: I have a question, remember? Then we'll get to Shecky Girardi.
      Shecky Green is a stand-up comedian who has been a headliner in Vegas for over 30 years.

    • Wealth of Nations: The title of this episode refers to the groundbreaking book of the same name by Adam Smith that is largely responsible for the development of capitalism as an economic theory.

    • Joan: Yeah, my life is a Will Ferrell movie.
      This is a reference to comedian Will Ferrell, a Saturday Night Live alumni who has starred in numerous comedies.

    • Joan: You have to return it [the coat]. It's way too Freaky Friday.
      Freaky Friday is a film--actually counting remakes, three films--in which a mother and daughter switch bodies. Joan is trying to say that her mother is too old to be dressing like that.