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Joan of Arcadia: Just Say No

God instructs Joan to hold a garage sale the following Saturday. While rummaging through her family's old belongings, she finds painting created by her mother during a difficult time in her life. Joan also attracts the attention of another student. Meanwhile, Will fights desperately to bring a rape case to court despite the fact that the district attorney feels there is insufficient evidence. Kevin finds a newspaper job.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 104
Airdate: Friday October 24th, 2003

Director: Steve Gomer
Writer: Tom Garrigus

Guest Stars
Andrew AbelsonAndrew Abelson
As Andy
Barbara Evans (1)Barbara Evans (1)
As Jeanne
Becky WahlstromBecky Wahlstrom
As Grace Polk
Chris MarquetteChris Marquette
As Adam Rove
Elaine HendrixElaine Hendrix
As Ms. Lischak
Erik PalladinoErik Palladino
As Lt. Michael Daghlian
John GetzJohn Getz
As D.A. Gabe Fellowes
Sydney Tamiia PoitierSydney Tamiia Poitier
As Rebecca Askew
Andy ForrestAndy Forrest
As Shopper
Candice AzzaraCandice Azzara
As Housewife (God)
Danny MoraDanny Mora
As Deliveryman (God)
David DotyDavid Doty
As Businessman (God)
Jan DevereauxJan Devereaux
As Lisa Van Horn
Jeremy GarrettJeremy Garrett
As Todd Bainbridge
Kara ZedikerKara Zediker
As Sara Bonner
Nate DushkuNate Dushku
As Clay Fisher
Scott DamianScott Damian
As Reporter
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
Friedman (Aaron Himelstein), Luke Girardi's best friend, is first mentioned in this episode. He makes his first on screen appearance in the next episode, "Bringeth It On".

Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Rebecca Askew) is the daughter of Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Considering LilyConsequences 
The Flaming LipsYoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1 
Halo FriendliesOver It 
Halo FriendliesI'm All Eyes 
MozartNo. 23 In A Major 
Nick NolanOrdinary Life 
Patti ScialfaLove's Glory 
Reed FoehlAm I Falling 
The RosenbergsLittle Lies 

Episode Quotes
Joan: Do you understand the concept of time management?
Housewife (God): I don't care much about time – that's one of your innovations.

Joan: Great, so ask Isaac Newton to the prom.
Luke: Sure, if he was a girl...and alive.

Luke: Hey, that's my first chemistry set. Someone's going to want that for the Smithsonian some day.

Deliveryman (God): Romantic love – I'm proud of that. Some of my best work.

Grace: We've got nothing – there's more activity in my parents' bedroom.

Joan: Did I miss something?
Grace: Uh, Clay Fisher just flirted with you, Adam Rove is all about you, dramatic tension ensued...Were you born without a radar?

Businessman (God): Where do you think that kind of thing comes from in a person?
Joan: A mood.
Businessman (God): You have a mood, you eat French Fries. But when you have pain, there's a little more work to deal with it.

Joan: How bad was it?
Businessman (God): It was evil...and I don't throw that word around.

Will: I, uh, found my badge. It was on my nightstand. Did you put it there?
Helen: No.
Will: Then I have bad news. You're married to an old fart.

Will: (to Joan) Hon, you didn't sell my badge, did you? (He notices the silence between Helen and Joan)
Will: Are we going to hang meat in here later?

Lt. Daghlian: (to Will) Chief, I'm headed out to the scene of a jumper. Thirtieth floor onto worked.

Rebecca: (to Kevin) Andy is a pissy queen.

Clay: (holding a CD) Yo, Adam Rove. Checked out your stuff, dig it. I wanna punch it in on my show.
Adam: (taking the CD) Where'd you get this?
Clay: I lifted it out of your backpack during the STD film in health class. You were riveted.

Ms. Lischak: Now what is so fun about nucleic acids is...
Mr. Price: (over the intercom) Ms. Lischak, this is Mr. Price, sorry to interrupt, I need Joan Girardi to come to room 171
Ms. Lischak: You shall have Ms. Girardi posthaste. Joan
Adam: I'll tell you later what's fun about nucleic acids...

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