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Joan of Arcadia: Death Be Not Whatever

Joan babysits Rocky, a six-year-old boy who has a morbid fascination with death which she finds disturbing. Meanwhile, the Arcadia Police Department is faced with controversary by the assault of an unarmed black man by two white officers.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x7
Production Number: 106
Airdate: Friday November 07th, 2003

Director: Peter Levin (1)
Writer: Barbara Hall

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Guest Stars
April Grace
As Lt. Det. Toni Williams
Barbara Evans (1)
As Jeanne
Becky Wahlstrom
As Grace Polk
Chris Marquette
As Adam Rove
Corinne Bohrer
As Sylvia Tardio
David Burke (1)
As Father Ken Mallory
David Dorfman
As Rocky Tardio
Elaine Hendrix
As Ms. Lischak
Juliette Goglia
As Little Girl (God)
Justin Scot
As Officer Eicher
Kevin Symons
As TV Announcer
Kris Lemche
As Cute Boy (God)
Patrick Fabian
As Gavin Price
Richard Gilliland
As Mayor Albert Dumbar
Sydney Tamiia Poitier
As Rebecca Askew
Andrew Kavovit
As Officer Koczara
Heidi Sulzman
As Nancy Koczara
Keith Coogan
As Brad Crewson
Mia Cottet
As Flight Attendant (God)
Rob Brownstein (2)
As Marcus Nichols
Robert Catrini
As Captain Robert Hoytt
Stefan Umstead
As Raymond Hartzel
Main Cast
Joe Mantegna
As Will Girardi
Mary Steenburgen
As Helen Girardi
Amber Tamblyn
As Joan Girardi
Jason Ritter
As Kevin Girardi
Michael Welch
As Luke Girardi
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ben HarperBlessed To Be a Witness 
David LoringDon't 
Katy RoseLemon 

Episode Quotes
Flight Attendant (God): I find Career Day a little bit bogus.

Mr. Price: (discussing career day) The point of this afternoon is to pretend that you might one day make a valuable contribution to society. Perhaps you could play along. For example, Ms. Polk, you might want to look into journalism, which is a profession where they actually pay people to be cynical and disaffected.

Grace: I told you about "dude."
Adam: I tried "yo." It didn't take.

Cute Boy (God): Joan, there's nothing I could say about (dying) that would make sense to you.

Mr. Price: And what career would you like to explore Mr Rove?
Adam: I wanna do something soulless and corporate, Mr. Price.
Mr. Price: Good choice.

Luke: You know, it's becoming increasingly obvious the only thing we have in common is DNA.

Joan: Do you need any help?
Will: Do you have any?

Joan: I'm not a psycho. You can ask my friend.
(Adam is banging his head against the bus)
Joan: Or maybe not.

Joan: Dad, you're not in trouble over this, are you?
Will: I'm the chief of police – it's my job to be in trouble.

Joan: What kind of system is it?
Little Girl (God): A perfect one. Trust me.
(There is a long pause)
Joan: I'm listening...
Little Girl (God): I'm finished.

Adam: I hate November.
Grace: How can you hate a month?

Luke: (to Kevin) It's your turn to set the table.
Kevin: My arms are tired!

Grace: What if you just want to live in your car? Where's the booth for that?
Adam: Dude, you have a car?

Adam: Jane, did I know you were coming over?

Helen: (about picking a movie) Nothing sad, I don't want to cry.
Joan: Oh, please. You cried during Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Warning: Joan of Arcadia season 1 episode 7 guide may contain spoilers
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