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Joan of Arcadia: Bringeth It On

When God instructs Joan to try out for a position in the cheerleading squad, she learns the difference between friendship and popularity. Joan's lesson occurs against the backdrop of an investigation into an infant abandoned in a dumpster. The evidence points to an Arcadia High School student. Meanwhile, Friedman begins to think his best friend, Luke, is gay.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 105
Airdate: Friday October 31st, 2003

Director: David Petrarca
Writer: Joy Gregory

Guest Stars
Aaron HimelsteinAaron Himelstein
As Friedman
April GraceApril Grace
As Lt. Det. Toni Williams
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
Ivonne CollIvonne Coll
As Marlene
John GetzJohn Getz
As D.A. Gabe Fellowes
Larry HankinLarry Hankin
As Homeless Man (God)
Mageina TovahMageina Tovah
As Glynis Figliola
Morocco OmariMorocco Omari
As Principal Chadwick
Patrick FabianPatrick Fabian
As Gavin Price
Ana Maria LagascaAna Maria Lagasca
As Preppy Girl
Chris HoganChris Hogan
As Hot Dog (God)
Dana DavisDana Davis
As Nicky
David EscobarDavid Escobar
As AV Guy
Jane MorrisJane Morris
As Substitute Teacher (God)
Jordan LeeJordan Lee
As Cheerleading Hopeful
Keri Lynn PrattKeri Lynn Pratt
As Brianna Matthews
Lou RichardsLou Richards
As Brianna's Father
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
This episode marks the first appearances of Friedman (Aaron Himelstein), Glynis Figliola (Mageina Tovah), Sgt. Toni Williams (April Grace) and Ms. Lischak (Elaine Hendrix) on the series.

Aaron Himelstein (Friedman) had been a close friend of both Michael Welch (Luke Girardi) and Christopher Marquette (Adam Rove) for several years before the series premiered.

Aaron Himelstein (Friedman) appears in every subsequent episode of the series except for "Death Be Not Whatever", "The Devil Made Me Do It", "St. Joan", "Do the Math", "Dive", "Shadow and Light" and "Trial and Error".

After being called an "ass" by Grace (Becky Wahlstrom), Friedman (Aaron Himelstein) tells Luke (Michael Welch) that he is going to their mutual friend Dave's house to play Diablo. This is the only reference to the character on the series.

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Episode Quotes
Adam: I just like hanging out with you 'cause you're Jane.
(She puts her hand on his arm)
Joan: "Joan."
Adam: Uh, what?
Joan: Never mind. Jane is good. We'll stick with Jane.
Adam: Unchallenged.

Joan and Grace: We're not hanging out!
Adam: We're not?

Homeless Man (God): Be not afraid, Joan.
Joan: Be not afraid? What's with that?
Homeless Man (God): Sometimes I like to sound old timey.

Joan: Well I can't do any stunts, no no. And how about the jumps? So so. So why am I here well it's really odd, but I'm here to cheer on a mission from God. So put me in the game or leave me on the bench. So you can go to heaven and I'll get out of French.

Will: That's it? Cheerleading's over?
Joan: Yeah. It's a phase, Dad. Keep up.

Man in hot dog suit (God): What is it with you people? I give you very simple instructions and boom you're right back to false gods.

Joan: Go Eagles, Go Eagles, GO GO GO Eagles!
We live to cheer, we're so sincere, unless you get in trouble then we're outta here. Cause it's such a royal pain when a friend gets arrested. How could I have known? How could I have guessed it? It's not like she's my sister. Whoops! Was that my beeper? And even if she was, am I my sister's keeper? Sorry gotta go, tryouts are today. Tell her we'll think of her everytime we say
Go Eagles! Go Eagles! Go Go Go Eagles!
My name is Joan, this cheer is my own, so kiss my feathers cuz this bird has flown!

Helen: Number one...Andrea, work on your mother's voice before you try that out on me, and two: don't use a disease you can only get on a pirate ship.

Joan: Oh, okay okay, like it's really good for me to hear about people butchering each other for 100 years just because they believed in you!
Man in hot dog suit (God): That´s not about faith. That's politics. It's sort of like the difference between friendship and popularity.

Friedman: (to Luke) Dude, your sister's, like, hot.
Grace: Dude, you're, like, an ass.

Joan: Did it ever occur to you that some of us might want to try and succeed.
Grace: Can you say that with pom-poms?

Grace: (to Luke) Listen, I normally couldn't care less, but I think your sister needs, like, an intervention or something.

Joan: (to Adam) I always thought you'd hate me if I was a cheerleader.
Adam: No way. Why?
Joan: 'Cause we're sub-defectives and it would be like deserting the army.

Grace: (to Luke, about Joan) Is she a pod person now?

Joan: (to Helen) Oh, I don't tell you about cheerleading, therefore I must be pregnant?

Helen: There'd be a list of "bad girls" circulating around the school!
Will: We'd never have let that out.
Helen: The CIA couldn't keep a list like that from getting out in a high school!

Grace: (to Joan) Do you have multiple personality disorder? Is that what this is?

Joan: (to Grace) You're, like, my hero.
Grace: It's the one advantage to being universally despised. You get to say whatever you want.
Adam: Unchallenged.

Friedman: Use the force, Luke.
Luke: Gee. That's...that's a new one.

Luke: Would you do me the honor of applying with me, as my partner for the 2004 Arcadia High science fair?
Adam: Yeah, sure
Luke: Actually, I, I meant...
Grace: (taking out earphones) Did you say something?

Grace: Interesting how something corrosive can tell you what something's made of. Kind of like using gay as an all-purpose insult.

Luke: Does anybody ever wonder if I'm having sex?

Luke: You think they (the cheerleaders) know?
Joan: What, that Mom turned in their alpha dog? Probably. They're going to eat me alive.
Luke: I wouldn't worry. Probably anorexic, or at least vegetarian.

Helen: Brianna's boyfriend is Rex Doherty.
Will: So?
Helen: Son of Councilman Max Doherty.
Will: And you never found that worth mentioning?
Helen: Nobody ever asked about the father.

Friedman: (referring to Grace) Unless of course you and Avril LaGrace over there wanna try to get electricity from a potato.

Friedman: (referring to Jeannie Robinson) Hello, J.Ro.

Friedman: Are you insane?
Luke: What?
Friedman: Glynis Figliola wants to turn sound into light with you.
Luke: I might want to work alone.
Friedman: Dude.
Luke: (annoyed) You keep saying that. What does that mean?
Friedman: Nothing, man.

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