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Joan of Arcadia: Common Thread

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.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x21
Production Number: 221
Airdate: Friday April 15th, 2005

Director: Elodie Keene
Writer: Stephen Nathan

Guest Stars
Aaron HimelsteinAaron Himelstein
As Friedman
David GrammerDavid Grammer
As Carl Rove
Kathryn JoostenKathryn Joosten
As Old Lady (God)
Wentworth MillerWentworth Miller
As Ryan Hunter
Corinne ReillyCorinne Reilly
As Anne Dodd
David MarcianoDavid Marciano
As Edmond Dodds
Don McManus (1)Don McManus (1)
As Park Ranger (God)
J. Marvin CampbellJ. Marvin Campbell
As Another Park Ranger
Michael BadaluccoMichael Badalucco
As Father Payne
Payton SpencerPayton Spencer
As Kimberly Dodd
Shelly ColeShelly Cole
As Punk Girl (God)
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
Chris MarquetteChris Marquette
As Adam Rove
Becky WahlstromBecky Wahlstrom
As Grace Polk
Episode Notes
Friedman (Aaron Himelstein) has an uncle named Herbert. He has glaucoma and smokes marijuana to help treat his condition.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
CrudAll Used Up 
Derek WebbReputation 
Jeremy FisherLet It Shine 
Mike CorradoGet By 
The Rolling StonesSympathy for the Devil 
SIANsphericTo Myself 

Episode Quotes
Kevin: Do you want some brotherly advice?
Joan: No thank you, Sir Dumped-A-Lot.

Old Lady (God): The Persians make the most beautiful rugs in the world. Not that I play favorites.

Will: You should take a break every now and then unwind.
Luke: No, I actually like the winding better.

Joan: (sighs) So the fourth dimension is--
Grace: Is time.
Joan: Right. I knew that. You explain it a lot.
Grace: So do you get it now?
Joan: No.

God: I know how hard this was for you. But now you know how much more you're capable of.
Joan: Why does that scare me?
God: 'Cause you know that everyday you'll face things that you can't foresee. You know you can't avoid 'em. You just have to adapt , keep going.

Joan: I'm gonna look like a total dork knitting, no offense.
God: You have important work ahead of you. It requires work and understanding.
Joan: What work?
(The bus pulls up)
Joan: It was a simple question.
God: Finish the scarf, Joan.
Joan: But I don't even know where it is anymore. Ugh!

(Luke is stoned. He panics and rushes toward the window, hitting it and falling backward onto the floor. Friedman leans over him. He looks very concerned)
Luke: What do you like about this (marijuana), Friedman?
Friedman: Nothing anymore.

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