After a summer of therapy and with school resuming Joan tries to return to a "normal" life even as she ignores God, who keeps reappearing; Will is sued for emotional distress by Andy Baker, whose drunk driving caused the accident that paralyzed Kevin; Luke and Grace try to adjust to their relationship.
-- Guess I'm Doin' Fine, Ariel's Worm -- Holiday, Avril Lavigne
-- How Does It Feel, Newsboys -- Live In Stereo, Kara's Flowers -- Loving The Small Time, Pillar -- Rewind, The Rosenbergs -- Secret, Avril Lavigne
-- Take Me Away, Kara's Flowers -- The Never Saga, Starfield -- Tumbling After
God has Joan adopt a wild cat; Helen's Aunt Olive has a stroke while visiting; Will calls Internal Affairs to investigate for corrupt cops.
Parallax Project -- Advantage, Dogwood Moon -- If You Hear Me, Jeff Lingle
-- Jumpin' & Thumpin', Jeff Lingle
-- Scattered, 2 Minutes Hate -- Shock, Move.Meant -- The Rebirth
Things get dirty in a student council election as God instructs Joan to support a candidate; Helen must deal with a student who protests another students work of art.
Brandtson -- Ain't No Trip To Cleveland, Anna Nalick
-- Breathe (2 AM), Stargazer Lily -- Darlin' You Need Me, Avril Lavigne
-- My World, Omnisoul -- Waiting (Save Your Life), Nick Nolan
-- We Should Try Again, Patti Scialfa
-- Yesterday's Child, Maktub -- You Can't Hide
ML Lennon -- Armageddon Surfer Girl, Atlas Plug -- Get Rolled On, Stirling -- I Came Late To The Party, Libido -- New Addiction, Pet Shop Boys
-- Opportunities, Morella's Forest
-- Running, Rust Belt -- Smithereens, Intercooler
-- Tea Ball, Jude Crossen -- Therapy
Songs: Zoe -- Half As Good, The Clean Prophets -- More Than Enough, Sillan & Young -- So Long Marie, DeeDee O'Malley -- Sometimes, Karla Anderson -- Waiting For Beautiful
After being prodded by Judith to go on a real date, Joan and Adam nervously prepare for a romantic night at a fancy French restaurant. Little do they know that Judith has subsequently made some misguided plans for herself for that evening, which later causes the guilt-ridden Joan to wonder if she could have prevented her friend's misfortune.
Jeffrey Lingle -- By The Fire, Ben Arnold -- House Of Cards, Warren Zevon
-- Keep Me In Your Heart, Lauren Hart -- Words Like Water
As Joan begins to deal with Judith's death, she faces the added pressure of having to relive the day of Kevin's accident during her deposition. Meanwhile, Will feels guilty as he recalls how poorly he treated Kevin in the hours preceding his accident. Additionally, Grace reluctantly agrees to join Luke for dinner at the Girardi's on his birthday.
Songs: Laurie Grossman -- Found In Rob & Emily, Jeffrey Lingle -- Perfect Night, Move.Meant -- Problems, Skillet -- Splinter, Inca -- Vientos Del Sur
While helping Grace shop for a dress for the occasion, Joan is delighted to finally meet Grace's seemingly perfect mother, Sarah. However, when Sarah's drinking problem becomes evident, Joan begins to understand why Grace is so private – and why she's long been avoiding having her bat mitzvah. Meanwhile, Luke racks his brain to come up with a meaningful bat mitzvah gift for Grace. Additionally, Adam and Joan have different ways of coping with Judith's death. Will supports Lucy's less-than-legal means of trying to get one of Judith's friends to describe Judith's on-the-run killer, and Kevin's ex-girlfriend is deposed for the trial.
2 Minutes Hate -- And You Are, David Loring
-- Everything, Goo Goo Dolls
-- Give A Little Bit, 2 Minutes Hate -- Glide, FirstCom Music Library -- Hava Nagila, Daniel Indart -- Sambastico, Charity Von -- The Narrow, Nick Nolan
-- Upside Down
As Joan tries to work her way up to the high dive despite her acrophobia, Luke attempts to overcome his paralyzing fear of undertaking an activity at which he might fail. Meanwhile, Will continues his quest to find Judith's killer, and Kevin goes on a date with Beth. Additionally, while reflecting on Judith's death and Kevin's accident, Helen becomes overwhelmed with concern about her family being in harm's way.
Songs: Kasey Chambers
-- A Million Tears, Aderbat -- Bye Bye, The Boneshakers -- Compromise, Communicate, Angela McCluskey -- Know It All, Mutlu -- Running Away From You, Lelia Broussard -- Secrets, Lauren Hart -- Watch That Girl
Despite everyone's protests, Joan allows her snobby, Ivy League-educated guidance counselor to advise her against applying to college. However, after Joan relays her plans to Roger, an engaging college student on the campus she's visiting, he tells her that college is attainable and persuades her to hire him as a tutor. Meanwhile, Adam becomes jealous of Joan's rapport with Roger; Will sees a dark side of Lucy; Helen questions her commitment to Catholicism, and Beth finds it difficult to resume a relationship with the wheelchair-bound Kevin.
Matt Mays -- Downtown, REM -- Everybody Hurts, Crush -- Excuse, Atlas Plug -- Get Rolled On, Nathan Wiley -- Old Familiar Things, Jaylene Johnson -- Sit Awhile, The Salads
-- Today Is Your Lucky Day
After saving a girl's life Joan suddenly becomes famous but she soon learns fame is fleeting and can even turn against you; Adam has a job interview that doesn't quite go the way he wants; tension builds between Lucy and Will; as Luke prepares to get his drivers license Grace tries to educate him on the harmful impact vehicles have on the enviroment.
Songs: Nick Nolan
-- Everyone Stares, Mary Arden Collins -- Free, Mary Arden Collins -- One More Day, M80 -- Over, Finley Quaye -- Overcome, Marc Cohn
-- Walk Through The World, Jaylene Johnson -- Wonder
God wants Joan to do an extra credit assignment on Romantic poetry; Adam takes on a perky and cute assistant (special guest star Haylie Duff); Lucy gets a promotion; Helen takes a break from her Catholic studies; Kevin decides to get back into the dating game.
Songs: Amel Larrieux
-- Bravebird, Absinthe Academy -- Midnight, Liata -- Non Lasciar Costi, Doubting Paris -- Queen of the Radio, Dee -- Shooting Stars, Jon Ray Leslie -- Steel, Solamingus -- The Classics, Carrie Horachek -- Think About It
Incensed that Will and Helen have forbidden her to go to a concert with Adam and stay overnight with him in his father's camper, Joan goes anyway. After Joan has a conversation with God about free will, she decides to use it as a rationale for lying to her mother in order to go on the trip as she's convinced that Helen simply wants her to remain a dependent little girl. Meanwhile, Luke is shocked when the nerdy, girl-obsessed Friedman rebuffs the advances of the surprisingly infatuated Stevie.
Lindy -- Beautifully Undone, David Loring
-- Heading Out, Rye -- If It's True, Jesus Alejandro -- Siempre Mi Dices, U2
-- Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, David Loring
-- Too High
After Price discovers Joan holding an empty egg carton near his freshly egged car, he wrongly assumes she's the culprit and punishes her with a weekend of community service. Without more direction from God than to rise above the injustice, Joan tries to figure out if she's meant to help a bitter former nun, Lilly, who is overseeing the service project, or one of the social outcasts who are serving as a result of their own offenses. Meanwhile, Joan's also upset that her reluctance to begin a sexual relationship with Adam is driving a wedge between them. In the meantime, Adam meets a troubled artist at the community center; Joan gets Luke a job at the bookstore; Kevin has another car accident.
Songs: 2 Minutes Hate -- Alligator, A-Lexx -- Go and Work It, Poxy -- I'm Sick of Being Home, Jeanne French -- Sixteen Tons, Kiddo -- This Could Take Forever, The Trews -- Tired of Waiting
In the wake of Joan's difficult breakup with Adam, God tells her to do some therapeutic cleaning, which ends up putting her in the middle of a scandal involving her guidance counselor. As part of Joan's clean sweep, she returns everything Adam ever gave her, which only adds to the awkwardness between them. Meanwhile, when Joan returns some items to Mr. Tuchman that he loaned her, a jealous student with feelings for Tuchman vindictively tells the school authorities that Tuchman initiated intimate relationships with both her and Joan. In the meantime, Kevin considers getting a place of his own.
Conscious Pilot -- Breaking In, Ben Arnold -- Deeper Truth, Mary Arden Collins -- Magic Child, Michele Vice -- Misery Agrees With Me, Kris Delmhorst -- Words Fail You, Anna Nalick
-- Wreck of the Day
Sekiden -- Alexander, Crud -- All Used Up, Mike Corrado -- Get By, Jeremy Fisher
-- Let It Shine, Pilate -- Overated, Derek Webb -- Reputation, SIANspheric -- To Myself
God tells Joan that her last two years were just practice for her greatest challenge, which will be to face off against a mysterious man who, though he also talks to God, has a sinister agenda. Initially, Joan is simply curious about Ryan Hunter, the charming, wealthy and influential man who revealed to her that he also speaks to God, and who rescued Adam from the woods during a storm. However, she soon discovers Ryan's dark side and is alarmed that he's insinuated himself into the lives of her loved ones, who are quick to dismiss Joan's qualms about him.
Dogwood Moon and Jonathan Grossman -- Butterfly, Dogwood Moon and Jonathan Grossman -- It'll Be Alright, Birdie Busch -- Secret Hour, Maroon 5
-- Sunday Morning, Bruce Springsteen