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Sixteen-year-old Joan Girardi and her family have recently moved to the town of Arcadia, Maryland. One day, she encounters a boy of about her own age who makes an extremely outrageous claim: that he is God. He gives her a simple assignment: get a job. Meanwhile, her father, Will Girardi, is investigating a serial killer.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 100
Airdate: Friday September 26th, 2003

Guest Stars
David Burke (1)David Burke (1)
As Father Ken Mallory
Erik PalladinoErik Palladino
As Lt. Michael Daghlian
Ivonne CollIvonne Coll
As Marlene
Justin ScotJustin Scot
As Officer Eicher
Kimberly Kevon WilliamsKimberly Kevon Williams
As Elyse
Kris LemcheKris Lemche
As Cute Boy (God)
Lyne OdumsLyne Odums
As Cafeteria Woman (God)
Morocco OmariMorocco Omari
As Prinicipal Chadwick
Patrick BreenPatrick Breen
As Sammy
Stephi LineburgStephi Lineburg
As Sophie
Billy MayoBilly Mayo
As Desk Sergeant Drake
Deborah TheakerDeborah Theaker
As Mrs. Marx
Dee NelsonDee Nelson
As Mrs. Dorsett
Larkin CampbellLarkin Campbell
As Man in Army Boots
Noah BeanNoah Bean
As Officer Osborne
Main Cast
Joe MantegnaJoe Mantegna
As Will Girardi
Mary SteenburgenMary Steenburgen
As Helen Girardi
Amber TamblynAmber Tamblyn
As Joan Girardi
Jason RitterJason Ritter
As Kevin Girardi
Michael WelchMichael Welch
As Luke Girardi
Episode Notes
All five members of the Girardi family are named after saints.

The series is set in the fictional town of Arcadia in Maryland.

In the original draft of the pilot, the Girardi family were named the Delaneys.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
3 Doors DownKryptonite 
Amy FairchildKryie & Gloria 
Avril LavigneTomorrow 
David LoringRun 
(Instrumental)Concerto for Clarinet 
Katy RoseOverdrive 
Kit HainI Don't Know What It Is 
Melissa RitterBizarre 
Morphic FieldThere's A Love 
Sinead O'ConnorI Believe In You 

Episode Quotes
Kevin: Ever get the strange feeling you're being discussed?
Luke: I never get that.
Kevin: Because you're too boring.

Sammy: You don't happen to have any references on you.
Joan: No, but I was sent by God...
(He looks at her like she's crazy)
Joan: She said! Revealing her acerbic wit!

Joan: So you're a science geek, right?
Luke: I prefer "man of science."

Will: Helen, Canada's where people go when they can't really afford to go on a vacation.

God: I'm omniscient, Joan - it comes with the job.

Joan: Let's see a miracle.
Cute Boy (God): How about that?
Joan: It's a tree.
Cute Boy (God): Let's see you make one.

Helen: Let's sit down to a normal family brekfast.
Luke: Yeah, let's try something new.

Will: Did you happen to see his shoes?
Joan: Oh, yeah. I think they were Gucci.

Sammy: (on the phone) Is it breathing? It's moving? It's hopping? If it's hopping it's not dead!

Luke: So, what you do is that you shoot these photons at this piece of paper--
Joan: And a pervert appears in the yard.

Luke: As the great physicist Faraday once said, "Nothing is too wonderful to be true."

Joan: What about my hair?
Luke: It's on your head.

Joan: Who are you?
Cute Boy (God): I've known you since before you were born, Joan.
Joan: I'm going to ask you one more time.
Cute Boy (God): I'm God.
Joan: You're what?
Cute Boy (God): God.
Joan: Don't to me again.

Episode Goofs
Both Will and Helen are very blasé when Joan tells them that she thought she saw a pervert outside her window the night before. This is very strange, considering that it is revealed in "Just Say No" that Helen was raped when she was nineteen.

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