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, Nelly Furtado
-- Try, Starfield -- Tumbling After
Judith, a wild friend of Joan's from summer camp, starts school at Arcadia High; Will investigates a drive-by shooting; Kevin confronts Andy about the on-going lawsuit.
The Enablers -- Can't Be Long, Jeff Lingle
-- Candles Are Lit, Kool & the Gang
-- Celebration, KJ-52 featuring DJ Morphiziz -- Champion, Mutlu -- Damage, Lauren Hart -- I Might Be, Moxie -- Light Up, Babatunde Olatunji -- Long Distance Lover, Jeff Lingle
-- Pink Lemonade, Move.Meant -- Straight Up & Down, 33 West -- The Price You Pay, Korn
-- Word Up, Ben Arnold -- Zig Zag
God instructs Joan to start a community garden; Judith continues her downward spiral; Luke puts up a strong front with Grace; a former police informant is killed setting Will and Carlisle on a mission to find corrupt cops.
Stirling -- A Minor Villain, Sister Someone -- Don't Call, Emmylou Harris
-- Every Grain Of Sand, The Few -- Living In My Skin, Trevor Morgan
-- Skin And Bones, Dynamite Boy -- Sky's The Limit, Skillet -- You Are My Hope
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, Idaho -- For Granted, Doubting Paris -- Good Intentions, Nada Surf
-- Happy Kid, Dogwood Moon -- If You Hear Me, Jeff Lingle
-- Jumpin' & Thumpin', Jeff Lingle
-- Scattered, Peter Gabriel and Youssou N'Dour -- Shaking The Tree, 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, Essra Mohawk
-- Bizarro World, 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
God tells Joan to help her mother collect clothes for the homeless; Kevin attempts stand-up comedy in order to impress Beth; Will wants to counter-sue the Bakers.
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
Joan struggles with the pressures of Junior year; God assigns Joan to work on a videography; Adam and Judith work on a project together; Will, Kevin, and Helen meet with a lawyer to discuss a counter-lawsuit.
Songs: Fiona Apple
-- Across The Universe, Tricky Woo -- Altamont Raven, Zoe -- Half As Good, The Clean Prophets -- More Than Enough, Lexicon -- Rock, David Loring
-- Shine, Peter Frampton (1)
-- Show Me The Way, 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, Nick Nolan
-- Flying In Slow Motion, 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.
Skillet -- A Little More, Monkey King -- Alien, Planet Smashers -- Change, Bruce Hornsby
-- Circus On The Moon, Laurie Grossman -- Found In Rob & Emily, 2 Minutes Hate -- Glide, Jeffrey Lingle -- Perfect Night, Move.Meant -- Problems, Skillet -- Splinter, Patty Griffin
-- The Kite Song, 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, David Loring
-- Once In A While, Daniel Indart -- Sambastico, Charity Von -- The Narrow, Nick Nolan
-- Upside Down, Hush Hush -- You're Not My Man
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, Nick Nolan
-- Remember Your Soul, 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.
Nathan Wiley -- Bride On Fire, 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, Ariel's Worm -- Waiting For The Sun
God instructs Joan to try out for the school play; Adam builds the sets for the play; Grace becomes jealous of Luke and Glynis.
Songs: Bob Dylan
-- I Shall Be Released, Tracy Spuehler -- It's The Sound, The Salteens
-- Nice Day, The Rosenbergs -- Paper & Plastic
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, Stargazer Lily -- Home, Mary Arden Collins -- One More Day, M80 -- Over, Finley Quaye -- Overcome, Lelia Broussard -- Should Have Known, 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, Move.Meant -- Git it Right, 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, Karla Anderson -- What Else Can I Do
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, Crush -- Dig This, David Loring
-- Heading Out, Rye -- If It's True, Jesus Alejandro -- Siempre Mi Dices, U2
-- Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, Black Eyed Peas
-- Third Eye, David Loring
-- Too High, Traci Lords
-- Whacha Gonna Do
Joan is convinced that she's meant to help Stevie keep her part-time job with Adam, despite Stevie's mother's order that she quit. In an effort to supply Stevie with the Social Security number that Stevie's mother is withholding, Joan gets Kevin to use his investigative reporting skills. Kevin's findings end up leading Will to make a discovery that quickly turns Stevie's world upside-down. Meanwhile, Adam is upset with Joan for telling Helen that he tried to have sex with her, and Kevin is conflicted when the local television station asks him to do a report that pertains to paralysis.
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.
2 Minutes Hate -- Alligator, Andrea England -- Another Day, Justified -- Breakaway, A-Lexx -- Go and Work It, John Hiatt
-- Have a Little Faith in Me, Poxy -- I'm Sick of Being Home, Rubber Side Down -- Say Please, Jeanne French -- Sixteen Tons, Kiddo -- This Could Take Forever, The Trews -- Tired of Waiting
Joan prepares to prosecute a case for a mock trial at school, per God's request, while enthusiastically planning a way to celebrate her one-year anniversary with Adam, who has secretly betrayed her. Joan surprises everyone with her passion in prosecuting a mock case against the equally motivated defense attorney, Grace. Meanwhile, while trying to hide his guilt from Joan as she plans a special anniversary night out with him, Adam decides to confess his wrongdoing to an appalled Grace. Meanwhile, Will investigates the murder of an eight-year-old girl and Helen continues her study of Catholicism.
Carrie Horachek -- Branded, Southern Music Library -- Concerto For Clarinet, Universal Honey
-- Fearless, Tim Burlingame -- Ghost, Jeffrey Lingle -- Hymn No. 1, Angeles Drake -- Idle, The Rosenbergs -- Paper and Plastic, Kathrin Shorr -- Where Were You, Traci Lords
-- You Burn Inside of Me
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.
Pilate -- Alright, Conscious Pilot -- Breaking In, Ben Arnold -- Deeper Truth, Mary Arden Collins -- Magic Child, Michele Vice -- Misery Agrees With Me, Move.Meant -- Problems, Kris Delmhorst -- Words Fail You, Anna Nalick
-- Wreck of the Day
Joan and Grace fear the worst when, on the heels of failed attempts to reconnect with Joan, the emotionally fragile Adam goes missing during a hike. Despite Grace's attempts to foster a more comfortable rapport between her friends, Joan is intent on hurting Adam with her rebuffs, which she regrets when it appears that his life may be in danger. Meanwhile, Helen is shocked when a priest tells her that the man who raped her 25 years ago would like her to visit his deathbed so he may apologize. Also, Luke is dismayed and intrigued when he learns that Friedman has been getting stoned.
Sekiden -- Alexander, Crud -- All Used Up, Mike Corrado -- Get By, Jeremy Fisher
-- Let It Shine, Pilate -- Overated, Derek Webb -- Reputation, The Rolling Stones
-- Sympathy for the Devil, 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.
Songs: John Flynn
-- Angel Dawson, Dogwood Moon and Jonathan Grossman -- Butterfly, Jason Plumb -- Can't Believe, Nick Nolan
-- I Hesitate, Dogwood Moon and Jonathan Grossman -- It'll Be Alright, Birdie Busch -- Secret Hour, Maroon 5
-- Sunday Morning, Bruce Springsteen